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February 8, 2017

There are 4.4 million Texas votes missing

Under Section 5 of the NVRA, eligible voters have a right to register to vote every time they update or renew their driver’s license with DPS. However, the state disregards these requests and fails to comply with federal law. Right now, we estimate that tens...

January 30, 2017

My duty as an attorney

As attorneys fighting for civil rights in Texas, it is our responsibility to ensure that we make concrete differences in people’s lives and to push back against unconstitutional policies. ...

January 27, 2017

What our resistance looks like

By Efrén C. Olivares As the new director of TCRP's Racial and Economic Justice program, this week has been a tough one to stomach. Politicians unleashed a barrage of rhetoric and actions that will put millions of Texans at risk. It began with news that a...

January 24, 2017

STATEMENT: Lawmaker’s letter is inappropriate and furthers hateful discrimination

        For Immediate Release Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Contact: Zenén Jaimes Pérez, Communications Director Phone: 512.474.5073 ext. 116 Email: zenen@texascivilrightsproject.org   STATEMENT: Lawmaker’s letter is inappropriate and furthers hateful discrimination Austin, TX — In a letter dated January 11, 2017, freshman state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg, asked mosque leaders and Muslim student associations...

December 7, 2016

Texas bailing system creates modern day debtors’ prisons

By Ryan Roberts, TCRP Contributor The term debtors' prison likely conjures images of 19th century workhouses filled with the poor, toiling away due to their unpaid debts. These practices, antiquated and often barbaric as they are, were commonplace in Western Europe, eventually making their way to...

December 5, 2016

RELEASE: Judge orders officials to stop asking illegal interview questions

For Immediate Release Monday, December 5, 2016 Contact: Zenén Jaimes Pérez, Communications Director Phone: 512.914.5905 Email: zenen@texascivilrightsproject.org RELEASE: Judge orders officials to stop asking illegal interview questions Williamson County commissioners asked illegal questions about abortion, same-sex marriage and religious affiliation in constable interview   Williamson County, TX — Federal District Judge David Ezra...