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Bibliography | Women’s Marches

Women’s Marches: The Bibliography

From El Paso to Corpus Christi, tens of thousands of Texans gathered in solidarity marches as a part of the global women’s marches organized in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Demonstrators marched through government districts and college campuses to call attention to the bigoted, discriminatory rhetoric and attitudes espoused by Trump’s incoming administration and the 85th Texas Legislature. Organizers looked to catalyze the widespread anger and discontent at the possibility of rights rollbacks into civic action, with local and state politicians making appearances to call on participants to increase their engagement during uncertain times. Here is an overview of events and coverage across the state’s regions.

Central Texas


Source: KXAN (YouTube)

North Texas


Source: The Dallas Morning News (YouTube)

South Texas
West Texas & Rio Grande


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South Texas News | Low-income People of Color

Federal housing agency finds Houston’s rejection of affordable housing project violated Civil Rights Act
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a report condemning Mayor Sylvester Turner’s rejection of a proposal for a mixed-income Galleria-area apartment complex.
  • The report outlined how the rejection of affordable housing in the integrated neighborhood was racially motivated and therefore in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
  • The report also detailed corrective actions for the city to take, including developing formal anti-segregation policy for tax-credit housing and establishing a local fair housing commission to facilitate fair, integrated housing.
Coverage

South Texas Feature | Black Women

Jefferson County’s Historic New Sheriff

Swept to victory amidst a dramatic election year, newly elected Sheriff Zena Stephens has taken the reins of a department of more than 400 people and a budget of $40 million in Southeast Texas, undeterred by a hate incident attacking her campaign office nearly a year ago. Texas Monthly sat down with the first black woman to hold the title of sheriff in the state (and one of only two currently elected in the country) to discuss her career, challenges in police-community relations, and her strategic vision for her new role.

Read

She’s the Sheriff” (Texas Monthly | January 2017)

Additional Coverage

(Image Credit: Todd Spoth/Texas Monthly)

South Texas News | Black

New digital TV channel focused on black-centered programming set to launch in Houston
  • HTX Digital Channel 43.3 will build a schedule focused on black culture and entertainment.
  • Slated programming includes a show called “Soul of the South” and one featuring former Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Walker.
  • The new station is set to launch on February 20 and will broadcast to more than 500,000 Houston-area households.
Coverage

New Houston TV channel to feature African-American entertainment” (The Houston Chronicle | January 2017)

(Image Credit: Charlie Riedel/Associated Press, via The Houston Chronicle)

South Texas News | Latino/a/x

Federal judge rules against Pasadena in Latino voting rights case
  • Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ruled that an electoral change from eight to six voting districts for the Pasadena City Council with the addition of two seats voted on city-wide constituted an unconstitutional weakening of Latino Pasadenans’ voting power.
  • The dilution reflects the ethnic segregation of the city, where resources have historically been concentrated in the predominantly white south versus the predominantly Latino north.
  • Expected to be appealed to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the case is seen as a test to the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding contemporary enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 widely viewed as weakening the voting rights of minorities nationwide.
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MALDEF v. City of Pasadena

Coverage

(Image Credit: The Houston Chronicle)

South Texas News | Children with Disabilities

Investigation finds Houston ISD intentionally underserved students with disabilities
  • Only 7.26% of HISD students are enrolled in special education programs—significantly lower than the national average of 13%—and students of color in particular suffer from under-identification for special education services.
  • While HISD officials praise the statistic as an example of the effect of early intervention, an investigation by the Houston Chronicle finds that the low rate was achieved through deliberate discouragement, delay of student evaluation, position elimination, and budget cuts, effectively denying fair education to students in need.
  • The decrease in service to students with disabilities came as a result of an arbitrary benchmark (8.5%) for special education enrollment that the Texas Education Agency set unscientifically, but HISD went further to set even lower standards after that goal was met.

Read:
Denied: Houston schools systematically block disabled kids from special ed” (The Houston Chronicle)
Angry parents in Houston and Dallas turn out at forums, demanding end to special education target” (The Houston Chronicle)

Watch:

Source: KXAN YouTube

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U.S. Feature | Students with Disabilities (Outlas)