Daily Dispatch 6/25/24: Abortion Ban Leads To Spike In Infant Deaths In Texas, and More
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Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas: Vice President Kamala Harris, in a talk with Sheryl Lee Ralph, calls out the barbarity of Texas' abortion ban (index to 7:30): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GVaSFsHQuY ...Progress Texas runs down the two years since the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v Wade: https://progresstexas.org/blog/two-years-terror-pregnant-texans-after-roe-reversal ...Our official statement: https://progresstexas.org/blog/statement-healthcare-horror-stories-rise-dobbs-second-anniversary ...Post-Roe Texas has seen a dramatic rise in infant deaths and births with ..read more
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Happy Hour 159: The State Of Texas Pride with Ricardo Martinez and Jeff Strater
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16h ago
Pride Month 2024 sees an incredible expansion of Pride celebrations and activism across the state - much of that in rural and small-town Texas, which until just recently, was near-unthinkable. As we know, over the past few sessions, Texas has also set new standards for legislative bigotry and cruelty towards its LGBTQ+ community. So, the push for equality and equity has never been stronger - while the opposition has never been more hateful. We welcome two of the community's most determined advocates to talk Texas Pride, both returning to the pod: Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas, and Je ..read more
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Daily Dispatch 6/24/24: Fresh Horror Stories On 2nd Dobbs Anniversary, And More
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16h ago
Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas: The second anniversary of the 2022 Dobbs decision at SCOTUS sees the almost-complete eradication of abortions in Texas - at least those that are legal or safe: https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/24/abortion-dobbs-anniversary-pregnancy-complications/ ...The Texas Medical Board provided minor and largely useless new reporting guidelines on medically-necessary abortions for doctors on Friday: https://apnews.com/article/abortion-texas-exceptions-doctors-a14839a308b3d7779b83677b1be7fa1c ...While a new horror emerges in forced C-section opera ..read more
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Daily Dispatch 6/21/24: Gateway Leaders Found Morris Resignation "Difficult", And More
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Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas: Audio captured during a Gateway Church staff meeting, called to announce the resignation of Pastor Robert Morris, includes a board member calling accepting the resignation as a "difficult" decision: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/gateway-church-leader-announces-robert-morris-resignation-audio-rcna158026 ...Due to Texas' statute of limitations, Morris is unlikely to be charged - and efforts to change that statute have met resistence from Republican lawmakers: https://www.cbsnews.com/texas/news/north-texas-victims-rights-attorney-figh ..read more
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Daily Dispatch 6/20/24: Turmoil At Maternal Morbidity Committee Over New Anti-Choice Member, and More
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Stories we're following this morning: Members of the state's Maternal Morbidity Review Committee express concern that the addition of a vocal anti-choice OB/GYN presents unfavorable optics for the entire committee: https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/18/texas-maternal-deaths-committee-changes/ The Texas Department of Agriculture, after a year with a blatantly trans-phobic office dress code, remains on thin legal ice: https://www.texasobserver.org/sid-miller-transphobic-dress-code-emails/ Ted Cruz is on blast from his fellow Senators after mucking up the process of legislation providing subsid ..read more
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Daily Dispatch 6/19/24: Happy Juneteenth, Texas! And More
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Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas: For the fourth year, today sees Juneteenth celebrated nationwide as a federal holiday: https://apnews.com/article/what-is-juneteenth-celebration-ideas-federal-holiday-2f7116be4418065cd954b6dbf98c62b8 ...The history of Juneteenth is one of the advance of freedom and progressive solidarity: https://www.splcenter.org/hopewatch/2024/06/18/juneteenth-national-celebration-history ...A history and listing of today's Juneteenth events statewide: https://progresstexas.org/blog/juneteenth-road-freedom ...Dallas' Fair Park will host Opal Lee's Walk ..read more
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Daily Dispatch 6/18: Southlake Pastor Out Over Past Sexual Abuse of a Child, and More
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1w ago
Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas: Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, is out after the public revelation that he sexually abused a young girl for four years in the 1980's: https://www.cbsnews.com/texas/news/i-was-a-12-years-old-woman-accuses-gateway-church-founder-of-molesting-her-as-a-child/ ...Morris is chummy with both Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz: https://x.com/MrsAMartini/status/1802917597286969565?t=JFcQSbPuXFhQJ88EB1trcg&s=03 Texas surgeon Eithan Heim, accused of leaking the private medical records of young transgender patients at ..read more
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Happy Hour 158: Activating And Inspiring Young Progressive Voters In Texas
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1w ago
Young voters - those under 25 - represent a huge percentage of the electorate in Texas, large enough to make decisive differences in electoral outcomes in upcoming elections, most notably at present the one we're working towards in November. Have we established progressive political entities, done a good job in reaching out to, communicating with, and activating this all-important voting bloc? That's a difficult question to answer - and to try to answer it, Progress Texas Advocacy Associate Tatum Owens and Digital Associate Haley Smith have assembled three Texas advocates who have been active ..read more
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Daily Dispatch 6/17/24: Austin Gun Activist Wins At SCOTUS, Bump Stock Ban Overturned, and More
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Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas: Austin gun store owner Michael Cargill's lawsuit opposing the federal ban on bump stock devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to be fired like machine guns succeeds, putting those devices back on the market: https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-supreme-court-backs-challenge-federal-ban-gun-bump-stocks-2024-06-14/ Abortion opponents will NOT rest following SCOTUS's call last week not to rule on a challenge to the FDA's approval of the abortion drug mifepristone: https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/15/politics/abortion-judge-matthew-kacsmaryk-suprem ..read more
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Daily Dispatch 6/14/24: Kacsmaryk-Approved Mifepristone Lawsuit Fails At SCOTUS, and More
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Stories we're following this morning at Progress Texas: A lawsuit against the FDA approval of the abortion drug mifepristone, having found favor in the courtroom of Amarillo anti-abortion federal judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, has failed at the U.S. Supreme Court: https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/13/supreme-court-texas-mifepristone-ruling-abortion/ ...Meanwhile, Kacsmaryk is staying busy - he's temporarily blocked that new ATF rule requiring background checks on gun transactions at gun shows and online: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/south-texas-el-paso/news/2024/06/13/judge-blocks-atf-rule-on ..read more
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