Luci Baines Johnson, NAACP, and TCRP Announce Voting Rights Initiative

LEGAL AND ORGANIZING INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS VACUUM CREATED BY SUPREME COURT’S ADVERSE VOTING RIGHTS DECISION At a press conference attended by Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, who signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder, the Texas Civil Rights Project announced creation of a statewide Voting Rights Initiative to fill the vacuum left by the June 25, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision, invalidating a crucial part of the Voting Rights … [Read more...]

TCRP Sues to Stop Racist Death Threats Against Austin Family

TCRP SUES AND FILES FOR INJUNCTION TO STOP GUN-WIELDING RACIST WHO MAKES DEATH THREATS AND SLURS AGAINST AUSTIN WOMAN AND FAMILY The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) today filed a motion for a temporary injunction and a civil rights lawsuit in state court in Austin against Amanda Benavides. According to the filings, Benavides has been attempting to drive Cristina Pina Perez off of her own property she owns because she is an immigrant of Mexican descent. The filings allege next-door … [Read more...]

TCRP Sues Williamson County Commissioners for Hiring Constable Based on Politics and Religion

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) filed a lawsuit against all five members of the Williamson County Commissioners Court today on behalf of Robert Lloyd, a qualified applicant for the recently open position of Williamson County Constable for Precinct 3. The suit alleges the commissioners violated Mr. Lloyd’s constitutional rights by asking him questions about his views on abortion, gay marriage, religion, and the political party for which he voted. “I don’t understand what those questions … [Read more...]

STCRP Files Lawsuit against Jo Leigh Ares’ New Business in San Benito, Texas

PARK GIRL CONTINUES TO DECEIVE VALLEY RESIDENTS Alamo, Texas -- Today, the South Texas Civil Rights Project (STCRP) filed a lawsuit in Cameron County, Juan Galvan v. Jo Leigh Ares et al, on behalf of a couple who Jo Leigh Ares is trying to illegally evict from their mobile home in San Benito, Texas. Despite a pending criminal trial, civil lawsuit, and multiple bankruptcy proceedings, Jo Leigh Ares formed San Benito Garden Park Mobile Homes, LLC on July 31, 2012. Shortly afterwards, the … [Read more...]

Heat in Texas State Prisons Creates a ‘Death Trap’ that Kills Prisoners

SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS FILE FEDERAL WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS Austin, TX – The Texas Civil Rights Project and Austin attorney Jeff Edwards filed wrongful death lawsuits in Austin federal court today for the families of Douglas Hudson, Kenneth Wayne James, Rodney Adams, and Robert Allen Webb against Texas prison officials. Most inmate living areas in TDCJ prisons are not air conditioned. The indoor heat index can regularly reach 130 degrees – temperatures the National Oceanic and … [Read more...]

Austin Taxi Driver Files Federal Lawsuit After Being Forced by Police to Transport Violent, Intoxicated Man

Cab Driver Also Files Suit in State Court Against Man Who Brutally Attacked Him The Texas Civil Rights Project filed suit on Friday in U.S. District Court in Austin on behalf of a local taxi cab driver, Akbar Amin-Akbari, against the City of Austin and five Austin Police Department (APD) officers for forcing him to give a ride to a man who was extremely drunk and behaving violently. The man, Dustin Christopher Rowden, then brutally attacked Mr. Amin-Akbari while they were driving on I-35, … [Read more...]

TCRP Joins Broad Coalition in Ethical Complaint Against 5th Circuit Judge Edith Jones

U.S. 5TH CIRCUIT JUDGE EDITH JONES CITED BY COALITION FOR BIAS AND PREJUDICED STATEMENTS AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICANS, HISPANICS, DEATH PENALTY DEFENDANTS, AND PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES AUSTIN, TX - A broad coalition — including an agency funded by the Mexican government (the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program) , various civil rights organizations, legal ethics experts, and law professors – are today filing a judicial-misconduct complaint against Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Fifth … [Read more...]

TCRP Joins Coalition in Ethical Complaint Against Federal Judge Edith Jones for Bias and Prejudice

AUSTIN, TX -- A broad coalition -- including an agency funded by the Mexican government (the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program) , various civil rights organizations, legal ethics experts, and law professors -- are filing a judicial-misconduct complaint against Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in New Orleans, with jurisdiction over Texas. The Complaint alleges that at a recent speech on February 20, 2013, at the University of Pennsylvania School of … [Read more...]

TCRP Sponsors Dialog on Inequity Issues in AISD Schools – May 18, 2013

PUBLIC INVITED SATURDAY, MAY 18, 9:30am HUSTON-TILLOTSON -- STUDENT UNION TCRP will host a stakeholders dialog this coming Saturday morning to discuss the issues of inequity within schools in the Austin Independent School District. AISD Trustees have also been invited to attend and offer comments after the dialog. The event, “Community Conversation: Achieving Equity in Austin ISD” will take place May 18, Saturday morning, from 9:30am-12:30pm, at the Davage-Durden Student Union at … [Read more...]

TCRP and Prison Legal News Sue Corrections Corporation of America

CCA Is Illegally Withholding Evidence of Grisly Deaths at Dawson State Jail AUSTIN -- In a lawsuit filed today, the Texas Civil Rights Project and Prison Legal News allege Corrections Corporation of America is covering up the deaths of seven people at the Dawson State Jail while denying hundreds of women access to medical care. TCRP and PLN are suing CCA, a Tennessee profit-making corporation for illegally withholding evidence of past and current wrongdoing. “Private prisons siphon public … [Read more...]