Senate Bill 8: The US Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court of the United States to block the Texas app ‘ six-week abortion ban after the 5th United States Court of Appeals remained United States District Judge Robert pitmanthe ordinance of 6 October declaring the ban unconstitutional and temporarily blocking it. In response to DOJ’s request, Justice Samuel alito ordered the state to file its response by today (Thursday, October 21).
Hometown seat reshuffle: Austin City Council member Greg Casar formed an exploratory committee to represent the now-open headquarters in Texas’ 35th arrondissement of the Congress, stretching from East Austin through San Marcos to downtown San Antonio. Casar’s announcement came after the Rep. Lloyd Doggett has announced that he will be running to represent the new 37th district anchored in central and western Austin. Read more.
About These Lines Lege: A group of Latinx advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against Texas challenging the redistribution maps approved by the Texas Legislature for the State House of Representatives, the Senate, Congressional Districts and the State Board of Education. Represented by the Mexican Legal Defense and Education Fund, plaintiffs argue that redesigned districts unconstitutionally dilute Latinx Texans’ voting power and violate federal law Voting Rights Act 1965.
State Sanctioned Hatred: The 87th Texas Legislature concluded its third special session in the wee hours of Tuesday, October 19. Lawmakers approved the government majority. Greg Abbottagenda items, including adoption anti-trans legislation, House Bill 25, which prohibits student-athletes from playing on College Interschool League sports teams that are not their sex at birth. Read more.
The technology of tomorrow: Austin ISD celebrated the opening of its new STEM center in Northeast Early College. Designed in collaboration with Dell Technologies, the center will facilitate the school’s vocational and technological training program, P-TECH, allowing students to earn an associate degree in cybersecurity from Austin Community College.
LBJ Presidential Library reopens to the public on Thursday, October 21, for the first time since it closed over the summer due to the pandemic. Open seven days a week, the library also presents a new exhibition, “Lady Bird: Beyond the Wildflowers”. Masks are mandatory for anyone over 2 years old and groups will be limited to a maximum of six people.
First look at the SXSW range: South by South-West announcement Planned parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson as the first keynote speaker for the March 2022 conference, which will return to his traditional home in person at and near the Austin Convention Center.
Photo by John Anderson
Quote of the week
“We are actually lowering the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in our district.”
– AISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde on AISD enrollment at the annual District State Address