Texas

Back woman in white dress performs behind black microphone and stand while cast in red light in front of brown background

Solange Announces Benefit Show to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief

“I’m committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love.”

In the Face of Federal Gridlock, States Are Moving Forward With New Abortion Laws

While the federal government isn’t moving much policy, state legislatures across the country have been busy reducing or increasing abortion access at nearly equal rates.

A security vehicle sits outside Exxon / Mobil refinery September 23, 2005 in Baytown, Texas.

Hazardous Chemicals Released Into Air Following Hurricane-Related Refinery Accidents in Houston

ExxonMobil acknowledged that two of its refineries were damaged, and there was an unrelated pipeline leak. 

A man waves down to rescue crew as he tries to leave the area after he was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

How to Donate Money and Other Aid to Communities of Color in Houston

A list of charities and organizations working to keep immigrant, Black, Latinx and other populations safe after Hurricane Harvey.  

People stand in line to vote, Black person in center

ICYMI: Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law as Discriminatory, Again

“It imposes burdens disproportionately on Blacks and Latinos.”

Rio Grande Valley

Texas Activists Peacefully Protest Border Wall

As the nation watched violence reign in Charlottesville, Virginia, a peaceful demonstration played out in Mission, Texas, in support of American inclusivity.

People in black and yellow shirts sit in the grass, surrounded by police officers dressed in black and blue

15 Protestors Arrested in #OutragedAndUnafraid Sit-in at Texas State Capitol

Led by young immigrants, the act of civil disobedience was aimed at saving DACA.

Black man in blue outfit near White woman in navy outfit and Black man in black and grey suit and white van

Truck Driver Charged With Felony for Deadly Transport of Undocumented Immigrants

James Matthew Bradley Jr. was charged in federal court for driving a tractor trailer filled with undocumented immigrants, eight of whom were found dead. He could face the death penalty.

Roy Oliver. Mug shot photos of White man in black and gray stripped top.

Texas Cop Who Killed Jordan Edwards Charged With Murder

Dallas County district attorney on Roy Oliver: He is “very, very likely a danger to the community.”

Spray painted sign reads: "287g turns cops into ICE monsters."

Jail Where Sandra Bland Died Now Authorized to Detain Undocumented Immigrants

The Waller County (Texas) Jail was recently approved for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program—despite failing its Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspection.

]A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits waiting for undocumented immigrants at a fence opening near the U.S.-Mexico border on January 5, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.

First Segment of Proposed Border Wall Would Run Through Wildlife Refuge

In Texas, the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge is attempting to bring back the endangered ocelot. The border wall could change that.

Crude oil pipeline construction in Jefferson County, Texas, in August 2008.

Texas Pipeline Spills Over 50K Gallons of Crude Oil

The incident led to the evacuation of 15 residences.

 The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the storm at 12:48 p.m. Central Time (17:48 Universal Time) on June 20, 2017. (Caption by Adam Voiland)

What the Numbers Tell Us About Tropical Storm Cindy

It’s hitting an area with a high concentration of Black people.

Jordan Edwards. Smiling Black boy.

DOJ to Investigate Fatal Police Shooting of Jordan Edwards

Local authorities recently charged ex-officer Roy Oliver with murder for killing the unarmed Black teenager.

Immigrants walk handcuffed after the U.S. Border Patrol caught them illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on December 7, 2015, near Rio Grande City, Texas.

ACLU Issues Texas Travel Advisory Following Sanctuary City Ban

The group is worried about law enforcement racial profiling.

ICYMI: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Signed a Bill to Outlaw Sanctuary Cities in the State

Senate Bill 4, which goes into effect on September 1,  punishes cities, counties, elected officials and campuses that don’t collaborate with federal immigration enforcement. It also makes it a criminal offense for police chiefs or sheriffs to violate the ban.

 The Franklin Mountains, which sit in El Paso, Texas, where the two pipelines will run through.

DAPL Developer Has 2 New Natural Gas Pipelines in West Texas

After months of pushback from local Native and Latinx environmentalists, the Comanche Trail and Trans-Pecos pipelines are in service. 

Jordan Edwards. Smiling Black boy.

Cop Who Killed Jordan Edwards Fired

Ex-officer Roy Oliver was fired three days after he shot and killed the unarmed teenager.

Jordan Edwards. Smiling Black boy.

Jordan Edwards' Family: 'What We Desire is Justice for Jordan'

A Balch Springs, Texas police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen over the weekend. His family just released a statement about his death.

Red, white and blue handmade sign says, "Vote."

Judge Rules—Again—That Texas Voter ID Law is Intentionally Discriminatory

The legislators who created SB 14 wanted to keep Black and Latinx voters away from the polls.