civil rights

Civil Rights
10:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Texas Civil Rights Project Drawing Attention To Statewide "No-Knock" Warrant Policies

The Texas Civil Rights Project, a statewide civil rights group, is putting pressure on law enforcement groups and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, asking them to create a standard "no-knock" written policy.

The Texas Civil Rights Project released a study this week pointing to a lack of uniformity when comes to police executing "no-knock" warrants -- when police enter a home without knocking for fear that doing so would cause the wanted person to flee or get rid of illegal drugs. 

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Civil Rights
2:34 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Record Crowd Honors MLK, March For Their Own Dreams

Marchers on MLK Drive near St. Philip's College.
Joey Palacios TPR News

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in San Antonio drew a record attendance on Monday -- between 150,000-200,000 -- and chants, songs and prayers echoed as marchers traversed the two-mile route from MLK Academy to Pittman-Sullivan park to keep the dream alive, which is different depending on who you ask.

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

New UTSA Exhibit Highlights Black History And Civil Rights In America

Sanitation Workers Assembling for a Solidarity March, Memphis, March 28, 1968
Ernest C. Withers

A new exhibit opens January 22 at the UTSA main campus off Loop 1604. The exhibit is an extensive collection of race-related media, photographs, video and items from bygone eras. It’s called For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, and according to Associate Professor of Art History Scott Sherer, that title is significant.  

"The exhibit takes its title from the words of Mamie Till Bradley, who was the mother of Emmett Till," Sherer said.

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Arts & Culture
2:04 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Films Bring San Antonio & South Texas Into National Civil Rights Focus

PBS

St. Mary’s University is playing host to filmmaker John Valadez on Thursday, Oct. 10. Valadez has produced PBS Frontline documentaries and other films that have aired nationally on PBS.

The university is showing two of Valadez' films that were produced for the nationally-broadcast PBS series "The Latino Americans."

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Code Switch
2:04 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing

One man was convicted in the bombing in 1977, but more than two decades would pass before any other suspects were tried for murder.
AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:32 am

On Tuesday, Congress will bestow its highest civilian honor — posthumously — on the young victims of a deadly Alabama church bombing from the civil rights era.

The Congressional Gold Medals for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley come 50 years after the black girls were killed by a Ku Klux Klan bomb.

Just as the federal recognition is long in coming, so was justice.

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"I Have A Dream" Speech
3:09 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Castros Join National Celebration Of Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech

Joaquín Castro (left) is increasingly a leading voice in both statewide and national issues.
David Martin Davies TPR News

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech, American Latino’s are also reflecting on their struggle for civil rights and how King’s dream is still alive for them. 

As part of the day-long celebration on the national mall in Washington D.C., San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro will be taking the stage along with other civil rights leaders and President Obama.

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Fronteras Desk
11:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Immigrant Families With Mixed Legal Status In Limbo

Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her.
Heath Haussamen

Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.

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Texas Legislature
2:48 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

How Did The 83rd Legislature Do On LGBT Equality?

People in San Antonio marched for equal rights in Milam Park as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the DOMA case in March of this year.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The month of June is Gay Pride month and Chuck Smith, the executive director of Equality Texas, is looking back over the 83rd legislative session to celebrate the group’s successes and develop a plan for some areas of improvement.

"This legislative session we had a record number of endorsed bills--over 30 bills--and I think that was indicative of lawmakers not being afraid to carry our legislation. I think the reality is that what we are trying to do now is mainstream Texas values," Smith said.

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Texas
3:13 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

What Boy Scout Vote Could Mean For Local Groups

Courtney Collins KERA News

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 7:29 am

No matter which way Boy Scout delegates vote this week on banning gay members, a local leader says troops may be impacted.

We caught up with Cubmaster James Maddux at the Rangers game Sunday during Boy Scouts of America weekend.

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City Government
12:57 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mixed Review For Anti-Discrimination Proposal

The council's governance committee met in the main chamber halls because many people on both sides of the anti-discrimination issue showed up to hear the discussion.
Ryan Loyd TPR

When it comes to city hiring practices or contracts the council awards, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal believes everyone should be included in protections against discrimination, which is why he’s suggesting an update to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies to include gender identity, sexual orientation, and veterans.

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