By Shelby Webb Updated 7:47 pm CST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 State Sen. Brandon Creighton, second from left, traveled to Israel to deliver a pen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The pen was used by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to sign House Bill 89, also known as the Anti=BDS (Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions) bill, which prohibits the state from contracting with and investing in companies that boycott Israel. less State Sen. Brandon Creighton, second from left, traveled to Israel to deliver a pen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The pen was used by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to sign House Bill 89, also known as the ... more Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 State Sen. Brandon Creighton, second from left, traveled to Israel to deliver a pen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The pen was used by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to sign House Bill 89, also known as the Anti=BDS (Boycott, … [Read more...] about ACLU sues Texas schools, AG over Israel boycott law
A Texas speech pathologist is suing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Pflugerville Independent School District over a Texas law that requires contractors and businesses to sign a pledge promising not to boycott Israel.For nine years, plaintiff Bahia Amawi signed an annual contract with Pflugerville ISD without an issue, but that changed this year when her contract came with a new provision, according to a lawsuit filed early Monday. “The contract this year had several new codes and compliances we had to sign,” she says. “This was the only one that was not related to my job.”That code is part of a 2017 Texas law, dubbed the anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Law, that states that any business or contractor cannot “boycott Israel currently” or “will not boycott Israel during the term of this contract.” To keep her job, Amawi had to sign her new contract with that clause. She refused. “I was shocked because I didn't know … [Read more...] about Speech Pathologist Sues for Her Right to Boycott Israel in Texas
Bahia Amawi had been working as an independently contracted speech pathologist in Pflugerville elementary schools for nine years when she was notified in August of a new job requirement. She could still work at identifying students' speech delays and disorders. But now, she also had to promise that she wouldn't boycott Israel. That requirement may have seemed like it didn't have much to do with speech pathology. But the new clause in her contract was a result of a long-debated anti-boycott, divestments, and sanctions bill that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed in May 2017, effectively making it illegal for Texas government entities to contract with companies that boycott Israel. “My first reaction was shock,” Amawi said. “Why is the government restricting me from boycotting a certain entity?” Amawi, who conducts bilingual and early childhood evaluations as the district's only certified Arabic-speaking speech pathologist, refused to sign the addendum. As a … [Read more...] about A Texas school contractor says she lost her job because she won’t promise not to boycott Israel. Now she’s suing.
click to enlarge Two-thirds of low-income women in Texas who recently delivered a baby aren't getting their preferred method of contraception, according to a new study. The report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) found that the majority of poor women didn't receive the type of contraception they wanted at their initial six-week postpartum visit, putting them at increased risk for unintended pregnancy. Just 8 percent of the women left their "six-week checkup" with a less-preferred type of contraception, and more than half (58 percent) with none at all. “The most effective method to prevent pregnancy is the method the woman wants to be using and will continue to use,” said Kate Coleman-Minahan, lead author of the TxPEP study. Coleman-Minahan recommended expanding Medicaid's pregnancy contraception coverage to at least six months for all women, including immigrants, to remedy the problem. Women in the study said clinic- and provider-level … [Read more...] about Majority of Low-Income Texas Women Who Just Delivered a Baby Don’t Get Their Preferred Choice of Contraception
If greenhouse gasses aren’t curbed, the Texas economy will likely face devastating consequences from climate change. by Naveena Sadasivam Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm CST Sea levels along the Texas coast could rise by as much as 8 feet by 2100, submerging parts of the Galveston and Corpus Christi shoreline. Temperatures may increase by as much as 8.4 degrees by the end of the century, making outdoor workers even more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. More intense hurricanes like Hurricane Harvey could hit the Texas coast. And extreme swings from prolonged droughts to heavy rainfall could ravage the state’s agricultural industry. Those are just a few of the climatic trends in store for Texas if drastic reductions to greenhouse gases aren’t begun immediately, according to a new federal report. The congressionally mandated report, released on Black Friday by the Trump administration, lays out in stark and granular detail the numerous consequences the country … [Read more...] about Trump Administration Report: Climate Change Is Hurting Texas