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The Long Tail of Voter Suppression

The Long Tail of Voter Suppression

This article was published in partnership with . Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation has chronicled the breadth and depth of political and cultural life from the debut of the telegraph to the rise of Twitter, serving as a critical, independent, and progressive voice in American journalism.Last month, cars snaked through the parking lot of San Antonio’s AT&T Center as volunteers in bright yellow MOVE Texas t-shirts directed traffic through the sprawling complex. Some of them wore face shields and carried clipboards as they bounced between cars registering people to vote. The Spurs...

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Michael Barajas
Oct 16
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Houston, Let People Walk

Houston, Let People Walk

This spring, in the early days of the lockdown, my family joined thousands of other Houstonians in taking advantage of the car-free streets to go for long bike rides. It was surreal. Streets in Houston are for cars, not people, and yet there they were: People on brand-new bicycles, seeing the city up close for the first time. Kids rode bikes in packs like characters from The Sandlot. Families, like mine, luxuriated with toddlers on once-dangerous streets. Bike rentals skyrocketed.In cities across Texas, people were unable to gather in their usual spots—offices, malls, movie theaters—without...

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Evan Mintz
Oct 12
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One Texas-Sized Loophole is Letting Lone Star Polluters Off the Hook

One Texas-Sized Loophole is Letting Lone Star Polluters Off the Hook

This story is . Sign up for their daily newsletter, .Unauthorized pollution has become the norm in Texas. Every single day last year, at least one industrial facility in the state emitted more toxic pollutants than it’s allowed to under state and federal laws. In the Midland region, home to the country’s most productive oil and gas basin, fossil fuel operators emitted more than 61 million pounds of pollutants above permitted levels last year. In the Houston area,  lasted more than three months and emitted 15 million pounds of pollution, blanketing the city in smoke and forcing residents to...

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Naveena Sadasivam
Oct 14
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Beyoncé Isn't Possible Without Houston. Houston Isn't Possible Without the Black Diaspora.

Beyoncé Isn't Possible Without Houston. Houston Isn't Possible Without the Black Diaspora.

Beyoncé’s second visual album, Lemonade, is characterized by foreboding visions of weeping willows, dark bayous, and images of Black women decorated in antebellum garb. It’s an ode to the landscape of Texas and Louisiana and heavily inspired by the 1991 film . Lemonade, a 12-song visual, takes the viewer through a folkloric story of love, loss, forgiveness, and growth while centering Black feminine power and unity. It’s also an ode to her home and her roots.A native, Beyoncé identifies as a Creole Afro-Texan: a mixture of West African, Mexican, Indigenous, Spanish, and French heritage,...

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DaLyah Jones
Sep 9
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Voting Begins in a Month. Here’s What Is at Stake in Texas.

Voting Begins in a Month. Here’s What Is at Stake in Texas.

In late November 2018, just weeks after U.S. Senator eked out a win against Democratic phenom , Texas’ senior U.S. Senator went on the radio with a warning: “Texas is no longer, I believe, a reliably red state.” O’Rourke, a former El Paso congressman, had lost by just 215,000 votes, the closest a Texas Democrat has come to winning a statewide election in a generation.While some in the Republican Party were eager to dismiss O’Rourke’s near-win as a fluke, Democratic . Amid historic voter turnout, Democrats flipped a dozen legislative seats and two congressional districts in suburban turf...

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Justin Miller
Sep 14
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5,000 People Contract COVID-19 While In ICE Custody

5,000 People Contract COVID-19 While In ICE Custody

This story originally appeared on .Jessica and her five children haven’t seen Hilder Lainez-Alvarez—their husband and father—in several months. He’s being detained at the in the Rio Grande Valley.Jessica agreed to speak with TPR if her full name wasn’t used.Lainez-Alvarez was transferred to that facility after being held at the neighboring in Willacy County. He was placed into removal proceedings in February and an immigration judge granted him voluntary departure. Lainez-Alvarez departed back to his home country of Nicaragua in March, where his wife said he was almost killed. He was...

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Sep 17
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A New Study Finds a Link Between Flaring and an Increase in Premature Births

A New Study Finds a Link Between Flaring and an Increase in Premature Births

When the fracking boom came to the Eagle Ford Shale, it brought of investment and tax revenue to the rural, sparsely populated swath of South Texas that stretches from the borderlands near Laredo to the northeast toward College Station. In 2015, at the height of the boom, the Eagle Ford was producing . At night, satellite imagery showed from flaring, the burning of natural gas at well heads.But last month, a new found that those flares were directly linked to an increase in preterm births in South Texas. Pregnant women exposed to more than 10 nightly flares within three miles of their home...

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Amal Ahmed
Aug 18
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Texas Solar Hits a Turning Point

Texas Solar Hits a Turning Point

On Garland Richards’ ranch in West Central Texas, silicon solar panels spread for two square miles in a shimmering blue expanse that resembles a lake. The Holstein solar farm, which began operating in July in Nolan County, is as long and broad as a small town. The farm has 709,000 solar panels that generate 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 40,000 homes.Richards leased a tract of his land for the solar farm in hopes that the revenue will pay the taxes on the rest of his property—10,000 acres of cattle country that’s been in his family since the 19th century. “I want to be...

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Nancy Nusser
Aug 13
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How Texas Women Delivered the Nineteenth Amendment

How Texas Women Delivered the Nineteenth Amendment

In the decade leading up to 1920, suffragists in Texas won a series of dramatic victories for women’s voting rights. They organized to impeach a governor, convinced his replacement to partially enfranchise women by promising to support his reelection, and leveraged their new voting power to lobby crucial support for the Nineteenth Amendment—which prohibits denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex—in both the U.S. Congress and the Texas Capitol.Despite their importance to the amendment’s eventual ratification 100 years ago, Texas’ suffragists remain relatively unknown. For...

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Michael Agresta
Aug 17
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Inside the Dallas Morning News Union Fight

Inside the Dallas Morning News Union Fight

On the morning of July 20, journalists at the Dallas Morning News they were forming a union, a historic move in a state that hasn’t had a union newspaper in nearly 30 years. If successful, the Morning News employees would join the NewsGuild, a fast-growing union representing more than 24,000 media workers around the country.On Tuesday, however, Morning News Publisher Grant Moise sent a letter to organizers saying the paper’s parent company, the A. H. Belo Corporation, is refusing to voluntarily recognize the union. That means the workers will have to pursue a federally conducted election, a...

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Gus Bova
Jul 31
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In Harris County, A Group is Working to Expand Voting Access in Jails

In Harris County, A Group is Working to Expand Voting Access in Jails

This story was published as a part of Voting Rights Day, a collaboration with the . Follow them on , , or , or .Durrel Douglas says most of the people he met during his first get out the vote campaign inside the Harris County jail in January 2018 were surprised to see him there. As he and other volunteers with the Houston Justice Coalition went from pod to pod, registering people to vote and helping them apply for mail-in ballots, jail staff told him they didn’t realize anyone behind bars was allowed to cast a ballot. People incarcerated inside the hulking lockup in downtown Houston were...

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Michael Barajas
Aug 6
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COVID-19 Cases Now Tied to Meat Plants in Rural Texas Counties Wracked with Coronavirus

COVID-19 Cases Now Tied to Meat Plants in Rural Texas Counties Wracked with Coronavirus

A meatpacking plant in Deep East Texas appears to be connected to an outbreak of in a rural part of the state where the number of coronavirus cases has skyrocketed in recent weeks. The state health department is investigating cases at a Tyson poultry processing plant in Shelby County that may comprise a significant number of the county’s 69 confirmed cases. While meatpackers across the nation have been slammed with high numbers of coronavirus cases, leading to the deaths of workers and facility closures, this represents one of the first known outbreaks of the virus at a plant in Texas.The...

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Christopher Collins
Apr 22
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COVID-19 Cases Now Tied to Meat Plants in Rural Texas Counties Wracked with Coronavirus

COVID-19 Cases Now Tied to Meat Plants in Rural Texas Counties Wracked with Coronavirus

A meatpacking plant in Deep East Texas appears to be connected to an outbreak of in a rural part of the state where the number of coronavirus cases has skyrocketed in recent weeks. The state health department is investigating cases at a Tyson poultry processing plant in Shelby County that may comprise a significant number of the county’s 69 confirmed cases. While meatpackers across the nation have been slammed with high numbers of coronavirus cases, leading to the deaths of workers and facility closures, this represents one of the first known outbreaks of the virus at a plant in Texas.The...

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Apr 22
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More Highways, More Problems

More Highways, More Problems

ruce Elementary School sits in the shadow of one of Houston’s countless towering, concrete overpasses. From the playground, the sound of cars zooming past and heavy-duty trucks heading to Interstate 45 drowns out the voices of community advocates. Dozens of people have gathered outside the school’s front gates for a press conference, ahead of a late July vote by the Houston-Galveston Area Transportation Policy Council that allocated $100 million toward expanding the portion of the highway closest to the school. The noise pollution here is obvious, but less so is the fact that the asthma...

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Amal Ahmed
Aug 21
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Mi Barrio No Se Vende

Mi Barrio No Se Vende

Graciela Sánchez, the director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, would like to see Alazán-Apache improved but largely preserved.By Gus BovaApril 13, 2020ayla Miranda never thought she’d need public housing. Raised between Illinois and San Antonio in a Republican military family, the 36-year-old always believed hard work would be enough. Over the years, she helped run a construction company, worked at a post office, and managed gas stations. But starting in 2011, things took a turn: Her parents’ house was foreclosed on, her husband was arrested and they divorced, and her son was...

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Michael Barajas
Apr 13
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Houston Is Ground Zero for a Potentially Lifesaving COVID-19 Treatment

Houston Is Ground Zero for a Potentially Lifesaving COVID-19 Treatment

Houston attorney Troy Chandler is a big guy—6-foot-2 and 250 pounds—but on March 12 he felt as though he’d been hit by a truck. The first time he went to the emergency room at Houston Methodist Hospital, doctors “looked at him like he was crazy.” He hadn’t traveled abroad or been exposed to anyone known to be infected with , and his temperature was only 100.3. Maybe he just had a cold made worse by seasonal allergies, they said.Six days later, Chandler rushed back with a spiked temperature, a wracking cough, and labored breathing. This time, he was led by nurses shrouded in layers of...

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Lise Olsen
Apr 15
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