Providing refuge to Afghans and their families who assisted America has broad public support from both Republicans and Democrats, according to a late August CBS poll. In total, 81 percent of Americans say they believe the U.S. should help Afghans who worked for U.S. troops and officials resettle in America—including 90 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Independents.
Across the U.S., lawmakers in at least 28 states are attempting to pass so-called anti-critical race theory legislation that would prohibit teachers from teaching students about the role of racism, sexism and oppression throughout U.S. history.
In response, educators across the United States are signing a “pledge to teach the truth.” And this weekend, educators in at least 115 cities will stage public demonstrations to stand in protest against the wave of bans on discussing social justice issues in American schools and workplaces.
Trying to block the infamous GOP-led elections bill at the heart of months of protests, Texas state Sen. Carol Alvarado began her filibuster just before 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday. By Thursday morning, Alvarado was still at it. She finished her speech at 9:00 a.m. CT—marking 15 total hours.
The Texas filibuster is particularly brutal: While they speak, senators cannot eat, drink, sit or lean on any surface, or use the bathroom. The senator must be continually speaking and the words discussed must be relevant to the bill.
On Saturday, a four-day, 27-mile Selma-to-Montgomery style march from Georgetown—a suburb north of Austin—ended with a rally at the Texas Capitol attended by almost 10,000 people. The rally was the culmination of a four-day march from Georgetown, a suburb north of Austin, which began on Wednesday, as a way to pressure the U.S. Congress to pass voting rights legislation.
It’s been a little over a week since Texas Democratic state legislators decamped to Washington, D.C., in protest over Gov. Greg Abbott’s uncompromising agenda during the state’s special legislative session. Republican attempts to pass extreme voter suppression legislation are taking up the bulk of media attention—understandably. But the fight isn’t just for voting rights: It’s also about reproductive rights, which are under severe attack in the Lone Star State.
Texas state Rep. Donna Howard is one of the Democrats that fled the state. As a registered nurse and current chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, Howard spoke to Ms. late last week to discuss the flawed assumptions behind the Republican push to restrict abortion access in Texas and the real-life impact of these laws on everyday Texans.
Over 50 Texas Democrats have left the state en masse to prevent a quorum in the House and to freeze extreme election bills from advancing through the chambers. One of those “fugitive” Democrats is Texas state Representative Erin Zwiener (D)—a mother to a 3-year-old daughter named Lark. Due to very real child care constraints, Zwiener faced an impossible choice: Do I flee the state with or without my child?
Zwiener joined Ms. to discuss how these drastic measures relate to Texas Democrats’ overall strategy, and how their quick exit affected her as a wife, parent and legislator.
After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called a special legislative session to discuss voting restrictions and other cultural issues, activists and lawmakers are fighting back against Republicans’ extreme agenda.
Abbott is “pushing forward an agenda that is over-politicized and all predicated on a big lie,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter. “We’re calling this ‘the suppression session.’”
In a year of rampant voter suppression, voting laws in the Lone Star State are the most restrictive in the country. The fight for voting rights in Texas will reach a new flash point this week during a special legislative session beginning Thursday, July 8.
State Representative Erin Zwiener (D) joined Ms. for a conversation about what to expect throughout this special session, how she and other Democrats are fighting growing Trumpism among state legislative bodies, and what Texas Democrats are up to next in their attempts to protect the right to vote for all Texans.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which since its 2010 passage has granted health coverage to more than 31 million Americans, has survived another day in court. In Thursday’s 7–2 decision from the Supreme Court, the justices ruled that Texas and other objecting Republican-led states had no legal standing to bring the challenge to court.
This May, a coalition of reproductive justice, sexual health and feminist organizations came together to celebrate #SexEdForAll month, designed to highlight the importance of high quality sex ed.
Ms.’s Roxy Szal spoke with four experts on how to support young people as they navigate sex ed, consent and relationships.