• Austin, Texas Tourism : Texas State Cemetery in Austin: Confederate Section
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    Austin, Texas Tourism : Texas State Cemetery in Austin: Confederate Section

    One section of the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin is dedicated to the men and women who gave their lives in the Civil War. After the Civil War the Confederates men’s and women’s home was established in Austin to care for disabled and indigent veterans. When the state took over direction of the home in nineteen ninety-one they began burying the residents here as they passed away. It was deemed the most appropriate place for these decorated soldiers. The last confederate soldier died in nineteen fifty-four at the age of one hundred and eight. There are now more than eighteen hundred soldiers and three hundred and forty-nine of their…

  • Texas Constitution: Texas Must Have Teachers
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    Texas Constitution: Texas Must Have Teachers

    Hello, I’m Vernon Reaser President of Texas Teachers. I’d like to address some facts about the job market for the teaching profession, and its strength over the next many years ahead. What we know, is that funding for public education will end up much better than what is currently talked about in the news. Even the budget writers themselves admit that the final budget will look nothing like their initial proposals. Currently, the state is even looking for ways to almost entirely close the funding gap. But regardless of all this, remember that Texas must have teachers. The reality of the current situation is that Texas still has all of…

  • A Fight For Rape Survivors’ Rights
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    A Fight For Rape Survivors’ Rights

    I was raped on Aug. 9, 2015. I had been downtown with a friend and this man approached us. He led me to a parking garage, slammed my head up against the parking garage wall and raped me vaginally and anally. In his statement to the police he admitted that it was like — he had penetrated me, he just said it was consensual. And I have a body with bruises and a forensic nurse said that I was raped — literally on my rape kit it says, “Opinion: sexual assault.” But my case was still denied prosecution. My case is a part of a national trend of police exceptionally…

  • Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX
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    Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX

    I moved my family to Austin in 2000. The population since we got here has doubled. Austin has, for the size of the city, one of the most mediocre transit systems in America. Traditionally, regulation has been put in place for all the best of intentions. I’ve been a Council Member since January of 2015. My concern was getting in and saying, look, let’s get some technical solutions to fixing the traffic congestion. It’s meant to lower prices or offer us more choices or provide higher quality goods or solve information problems. But instead the new City Council chose to focus on Uber and Lyft. When Uber and Lyft first…

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    Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX

    I moved my family to Austin in 2000. The population since we got here has doubled. Austin has, for the size of the city, one of the most mediocre transit systems in America. Traditionally, regulation has been put in place for all the best of intentions. I’ve been a Council Member since January of 2015. My concern was getting in and saying, look, let’s get some technical solutions to fixing the traffic congestion. It’s meant to lower prices or offer us more choices or provide higher quality goods or solve information problems. But instead the new City Council chose to focus on Uber and Lyft. When Uber and Lyft first…