State Representative Armando Walle

Politics

‘I would do it all over again:’ State Rep. Armando Walle of Houston defends profanity-laced tirade about proposed immigration laws

Posted on · Walle, a Democrat and Latino, called out a Republican state lawmaker for successfully ending debate about a proposed law that would allow any police officer in Texas to deport someone who is in the United States illegally.

Tilt Vision Waller Mural

Arts & Culture

Waller art studio files civil rights lawsuit against city over its mural-regulating ordinance

Posted on · The small town northwest of Houston passed a mural-related ordinance in February, a few months after Tilt Vision Art began painting murals on commercial buildings in Waller. The new law led to the cancellation of the company's contract with a local real estate developer and violates their constitutional rights, the lawsuit alleges.

Federal Courthouse in Galveston.

Voting

Federal court strikes down Galveston County’s 2021 redistricting plan

Posted on · Judge Jeffrey V. Brown ruled the county violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act when it redrew its political boundaries to eliminate the one precinct in which Black and Latino residents comprised a majority of registered voters.

Darryl George Barbers Hill

Education News

Houston-area Black student suspended over hairstyle to be sent to alternative education program

Posted on · Darryl George, 18, is a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu and has been suspended since Aug. 31. He will be sent to EPIC, an alternative school program, from Oct. 12 through Nov. 29 for "failure to comply" with multiple campus and classroom regulations, the principal said in a Wednesday letter provided to The Associated Press by the family.

Barbers Hill Hair CROWN Act

Civil Rights

Family of Houston-area Black student suspended for his hairstyle is suing Texas officials

Posted on · Darryl George, a 17-year-old student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, has been serving an in-school suspension since Aug. 31 because school district officials say his dreadlocks violate their dress code. George's family accuses Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton of failing to enforce the CROWN Act, a new state law outlawing racial discrimination based on hairstyles.

City of Houston Seal

Civil Rights

Houston companies claim in federal lawsuit that city program awarding contracts to minority-owned businesses is unconstitutional

Posted on · Landscape Consultants of Texas and Metropolitan Landscape Services, which are owned by a white couple in Houston, allege that local government contracting programs aimed at promoting the growth of minority-owned businesses amount to racial discrimination and violate the U.S. Constitution.

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