One year ago today, El Paso was the site of one of America's deadliest shootings and the deadliest terrorist attack on Latinos in U.S. history. As we honor the memory of the 23 people who lost their lives, let us never forget what makes our community strong.#ElPasoStrong⭐️ pic.twitter.com/KhmXzxcK1f— Rodrigo Santos Legaspi (@r_santoslegaspi) August 3, 2020
Saturday marked another night of demonstrations against #PoliceBrutality in #Austin, w/ tensions heightened bc of last week's shooting death of Garrett Foster, a 28-year-old protester, by a man who has not been charged. https://t.co/eFpsHwDcWv via @TexasTribune #ATXprotests— Joel Mayer 🍁✡🌹 (@LostMapleTX) August 3, 2020
Austin Police Department arresting protesters while they are legally standing on the sidewalk, shoving folks back to prevent filming their arrest, and attacking a journalist with pepper spray.#austinprotests #ACAB #austinprotest #AustinTX #APD pic.twitter.com/1u85CwyPF5— Basically Just Kanaya @ HSNewGamePlus (@AltUniverseWash) August 2, 2020
APD is kettling and pepper spraying protesters on the sidewalk by Garrett's memorial. People need to come out to 4th and congress! This is ridiculous #austinprotests https://t.co/Ua3HUDf3yT— Mike Ramos Brigade (@mike_r_brigade) August 2, 2020
I'm one of the people who got sprayed. Tried to stop a guy from rushing the cop who had just shoved him to the ground. Rewarded with pepper spray in the eyes from — Caroline_Faison (@CarolineFaison) August 3, 2020
Controversy erupts after 'Back the Blue Cruise' makes uninvited stop at Friendship-West Baptist Church | https://t.co/20bHcbe272 https://t.co/Nbo0ycTb3N— Malcolm Mac (@MAMcGuire) August 2, 2020
A group of 1,000+ bikers & Jeep drivers led a convoy across DFW in support of police today. During the convoy, there was a heated exchange at Friendship-West Church, which was widely documented on social media. No arrests were made & the convoy continued.https://t.co/IejnbveyUn— DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner) August 2, 2020
Dozens descended on Dallas Police Headquarters for a Black Lives Matter march Sunday night after hundreds of people participating in a Back the Blue caravan stopped in the parking lot of a prominent Black church in Oak Cliff earlier in the afternoon.https://t.co/hxjyHQVqlU— Alanna Quillen (@AlannaNBC5) August 3, 2020
#RGV: Plasma donations urgently needed https://t.co/x3Xjx7DESD via @RioGGuardian— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 1, 2020
What @SenTedCruz is saying is that the U.S. economy does not work, and will not recover, unless it can compel marginalized people to risk their lives in the midst of a global pandemic to go back to work for wages that are not livable. https://t.co/Xngo53tWqh— Mark Charles 2020 (@wirelesshogan) August 2, 2020
Texas on the road to the death of tens of thousands of Texan children. https://t.co/aiKZzMeWrC— 𝐓𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐤𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐲 (@LTrotsky21) August 1, 2020
“Rental assistance will only reach so many people, a grace period could protect countless more." - Zoe Mddleton TX Housers— Texas Poor People's Campaign (@texas_ppc) August 2, 2020
Houston's last fund for rental assistance ran out in 90 min., leaving a countless number of people with no help and no where to go.https://t.co/g9pmUaryYI
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned telehealth into a necessity. But across Texas, only 69 percent of rural residents have access to broadband to make it happen. https://t.co/nM3SL4oWvc— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) July 31, 2020
As more & more of our brothers & sisters fall sick from CoVid19 what is left behind is shattered lives & bankrupt families. Join us next week Thursday @7pm #TX21 for a Zoom townhall on why we need #MedicareForAll Info: https://t.co/OU8Pznc3Sg https://t.co/6oMAi79xjD— Tom Wakely For Congress - TX21 (@Wakely2020) July 31, 2020
I do have some political headlines.
SD14: Sen. Sarah Eckhardt was sworn in following Rep. Eddie Rodriguez’s decision to withdraw from the special runoff election. There are now 10 women serving in the Texas Senate for the first time in state history.CD23 open: Raul Reyes Jr. will seek a recount of his 46-vote Republican runoff loss to Tony Gonzales II. “We want to ensure all ballots were counted properly through an expeditious recount process as allowed under law.”Texas Libertarian Convention: At its convention in Big Spring, the state's Libertarians nominated Kerry McKennon as its candidate for U.S. Senate. He received 2% of the vote in 2018 as the Libertarian nominee for lieutenant governor. The party’s delegates elected four women to its top leadership positions, including Whitney Bilyeu as chair and Bekah Congdon as vice chair.
The Biden Texas team includes @racunatx as state director, @CollierForTexas as senior adviser, and @TariqThowfeek on comms #TxLege https://t.co/Td45tocBne— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) August 3, 2020
#HOUSTON BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS: Breakthroughs in utility-scale batteries “co-located" with wind and solar facilities have enabled renewables to replace fossil fuels as the low-cost electrical baseload for two-thirds of the world population. More: https://t.co/HgIx74sN0s#hounews pic.twitter.com/yJMckb3wXk— Progressive Forum (@ProgressHouston) August 1, 2020
The momentum to end routine flaring by 2025 is stronger than ever. With combined interest from investors, operators and local communities the pressure is on for @txrrc to end the wasteful and harmful practice. #CutMethane. #TXEnergy #txlege https://t.co/E66HJAML6I— EDF Energy Program (@EDFEnergyEX) August 1, 2020
The Texas Association of School Administrators is firing back at what it calls state leaders’ politicized attempts to “micromanage” school reopenings. https://t.co/bQRY2QCo34 pic.twitter.com/AMZvtkhQNe— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) August 3, 2020
So the math on this: There are roughly 363,000 teachers in Texas.— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) August 1, 2020
Of those, about 130,000 could take retirement now & avoid exposure to #coronavirus in a classroom.
That's 36% of the state's teacher workforce.
Maybe tap the brakes on opening schools? #txLege https://t.co/COzUTvDvW5
Reminded me of this quote from a black school board member in @alexazura and my school desegregation project:— Aliyya Swaby (@AliyyaSwaby) July 30, 2020
“People don’t believe in educating all children. They believe in educating their kids, not your kid." https://t.co/cteq5m8D8D#txlege #txed
Has this Wrangle been long enough for ya? Let's end here with something cool and refreshing.
Willie Shannon eats his lunch in an ice house during a heat wave in San Antonio in June, 1948. Everything about this image, which was taken by a photographer for the San Antonio Light newspaper, is absolutely outstanding. I'll bet it felt great in there on that particular day. pic.twitter.com/BTgA4s1HdG— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) August 1, 2020