US Appeals Court Upholds Texas Harsh New Abortion Law

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 2:07 pm

This will end up in the Supreme Court, where 6 of the 9 justices are Roman Catholics I might add.

Vessel: Former Greenpeace Doctor Offers Worldwide Abortion Access (#SXSW)

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:50 pm

Every 10 minutes, a woman dies from a botched abortion. That’s 47,000 women every year. But what if there were an extremely safe way women could self-administer abortion, without needing the permission of the medical establishment or the state?

Vessel – the first documentary from filmmaker Diana Whitten — studies one woman’s efforts to get the abortion pill and the information needed to use it to women worldwide.

Edward Snowden Speaks to #SXSW (#SXSnowden)

By: Monday March 10, 2014 2:13 pm

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower in exile, spoke to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas today. He appeared via a choppy videostream which was said to be routed through seven proxy servers. Joining the conversation in person were the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian.

Above All Else: The Beauty & Tragedy of Tar Sands Blockade (#SXSW)

By: Friday March 7, 2014 5:00 pm

The most emotionally devastating and artistically gifted scene in Above All Else, John Fiege’s new climate change documentary, comes late in the film. Deep in the night, East Texas landowner David Daniel hikes through the darkness to an environmental activist encampment where he has to deliver bad news. The scene is lit only by the head lamps that Daniel and the others wear, highlighting or obscuring their grief-stricken faces. Around them is the hush and murmur of the forest. It’s a scene that may have occurred millions of times through history — a half dozen humans, alone among untouched wildness, sharing their pain.

A Conversation With John Jack Anderson, Occupy Photojournalist

By: Friday March 7, 2014 9:15 am

John Jack Anderson has decades of experience as a photojournalist. As part of the Austin Chronicle team, he conducted a long study of Occupy Austin from its first beginnings till the point when it’s activity waned two years later. He continues to be a fixture at local protests, and during the height of Occupy was our embedded reporter — someone activists trusted enough to tip off about direct actions and civil disobedience before they happened, even in those paranoid days of police infiltration and provocation.

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 2: Mutual Aid

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 9:21 am

One reason I wanted to chat with Scott Crow was his experience with Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. In recent years, we’ve seen similar collectives spring out of the activist networks formed by Occupy Wall Street — projects like Occupy Sandy. Late last year, alongside key Common Ground Collective organizer Lisa Fithian and many others, I organized Austin Common Ground Relief to respond to a record-breaking flood on Halloween. As the group’s dispatcher, I relied on the networks and skills formed during Occupy Austin.

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:59 pm

Scott Crow is a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which provided grassroots solidarity and mutual aid after Hurricane Katrina. An anarchist activist, author and public speaker, he travels regularly to share his views. The second edition of his book about Common Ground, Black Flags and Windmills is due out soon. It’s one of multiple book-length projects in the works.

Both Scott & I call Austin home, so I invited him out for coffee and conversation on a recent break from an unusually chilly Central Texas winter.

Texas Republicans Cannot Reanimate the Dead

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 7:28 pm

Four Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination to run for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the fall election participated in the first televised debate of the primary season on Monday evening. Of particular note, they all disagreed with the judge who ordered the hospital to disconnect Marlise Munoz from a ventilator. They also vowed to change the law so that this mistake will not happen again.

UPDATE Judge Intervenes: Texas Hospital Keeps Pregnant Body Functioning: Where Could This Lead?

By: Friday January 24, 2014 2:25 pm

Marlise Munoz is dead. She died Nov. 26, probably of a pulmonary embolus, when she was 14 weeks pregnant. But John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas refuses to turn off the machines and let the family claim the body of their beloved.

This family is grieving a tragic loss. Their grief is all the more devastating because the firm wishes of their loved one – the woman paramedic, the daughter and wife who knew she never wanted to be maintained in an unconscious state – mean nothing.

Hypocrisy is bigger in Texas

By: Friday January 3, 2014 1:30 am

Sounds totally fair…in a Rick Perry fashion doesn’t it?

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