On Democracy Now!, Cristina Parker, the immigration projects coordinator for Grassroots Leadership, details the status of the immigrant women at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center who are striking to fight against what they say is grave mistreatment.
Ten days after news broke of a hunger strike at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, reports are emerging from inside Hutto that six women are being rounded up for transfer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as retaliation for participating in the hunger strike.
As election results rolled in across the country Wednesday, mainstream media cast the day as a “big win” for conservatives, ignoring that the voting results only reflect the people who made it to the polls, not necessarily the views of the majority or a growing trend ahead of the presidential elections.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which banned discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, was rejected by the city’s residents by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent.
“It’s ironic and stunning that, on the one hand, we’ve seen incredible progress for women, yet on the other hand, they’re inundated with little bits of discrimination and people don’t really realize it,” said Jenny Schwartz, partner at Outten & Golden, a national employment law firm.
The GOP-backed bill would require school boards to designate bathrooms and locker rooms as being exclusively for one gender.
The strike at a Texas immigrant detention facility has swelled to almost 500 since last Wednesday, according to Grassroots Leadership, an organization that forms part of a larger umbrella group known as Texans United for Families.
A federal court ruled Thursday that state Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates must continue despite efforts by the Jindal administration to block the funds.
Cruz, in a press release, used a clinic technician’s interest in fetal development to charge that the clinic employee thought abortion procedures were “cute.”
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement that the actions taken by Texas officials should be a “national scandal” and that the organization would continue fighting back against attempts to restrict women’s reproductive health care.