Texas Civil Rights Project

After World War II, Mexican American veterans returned home to lead the struggle for civil rights.

Many of their stories have been recorded by the Voces Oral History Project founded and directed by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.

In her new book “Texas Mexican Americans and Post War Civil Rights Rivas Rodriguez tells the stories of three lesser known battles in Mexican American civil rights in Texas.

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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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has filed a brief with the Texas Supreme Court encouraging them to limit landowner liability regarding accidents that involve undocumented migrants.

Staples writes in his brief that the State of Texas must protect policies that enable landowners to secure their land from trespassers and illegal activity without fear of legal retribution.

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A water supply shortage in the town of Kenedy, Texas is depriving the local state prison of water and creating dangerous condition for the inmates and guards.

In Kenedy, Texas, a town 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, two of the town’s five water wells broke down last week,creating a water shortage for the community and is impacting the nearby John B. Connally Unit prison.

Prisoners have been given a limited supply of drinking water and have had to ration their water, go without showers and are prevented from flushing toilets.

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The City of San Antonio’s banning of two residents from city hall and the city council chambers are going to be challenged in court.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has decided to take the case of Michael Cuellar, who was banned from City Hall and city council meetings by SAPD and City Attorney Michael Bernard.

Cuellar and John Foddrill, who was also banned from city buildings, are at the center of a debate about first amendment rights to petition the government.