Sam's Town Point
"...On July 24, the Texas Civil Rights Project filed what have become its annual Americans With Disability Act lawsuits, presenting 30 different allegations that companies within the state have violated federal disability laws. Among the 30, the TCRP named Austin taxi giant Yellow Cab and transportation network companies Uber and Lyft, the three companies most mentioned in the ongoing development of this city's eventual transportation network ecosystem..."
"...TCRP Director Jim Harrington argues that this lingering inaction compares poorly to Abbott's aggressive record of prosecuting sexual assaults and has increased the possibility that witnesses will disappear or charges will be reduced. He added, "The longer you stall this stuff out, the less probability that you have any effective justice."..."
"...But so far, he's been left waiting. On April 14, LPT Assistant Director Arthur DiBianca e-mailed outgoing TCRP Chair Alan Sager, requesting the copies..."
"...The TCRP has also filed a separate lawsuit in state court against Rowden (who is reportedly facing felony charges in connection with the incident) for "assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress."..."
"...The agency blocks access to books by Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Peace Prize winners, for example, but approves access to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and Che Guevara's Guerrilla Warfare. TCRP's Prisoners' Rights Program Director Scott Medlock will accept the award for the group at the NCTE's November conference...."
"...Indeed, it was her hard work that gave the issue some of its worryingly Spartan coverage on the national stage. Galloway will receive the award at the TCRP 17th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner on Nov..."
"...Its recent work includes assisting farm workers to organize, forcing county jails to provide medication for HIV-positive inmates, and, of course, the work for which they are perhaps most well known: suing police departments for brutality. Harrington says TCRP works to "support other groups in their litigation efforts because it gives them the power" to succeed on their own...."
"...Police accountability and transparency were the main themes during Tuesday's civil court hearing in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project. The TCRP is seeking release of an unredacted version of KeyPoint Government Solutions' report on the independent investigation into last May's police shooting death of Nathaniel Sanders II...."
"...But Chairwoman Becky Motal is putting her best face forward in her attempt to hang in there for another couple of years: She attributes the heated contest to the growing popularity of the GOP in Travis County. Other TCRP members lament, both privately and publicly, that the problem isn't what Motal has done, it's what she hasn't done..."
"...In the course of the lawsuit, TCRP received some fairly disturbing information: During a deposition, SAPD Chief William McManus defended the decision to execute the search without first announcing that it was the police there with a warrant – the general requirement to conduct a legal search. In situations involving small amounts of narcotics, "you're probably not going to find too many police investigators that are going to knock," he said..."
"...A year ago, Texas Civil Rights Project director Jim Harrington was listening to his daughter, an Austin Independent School District teacher, talking to another teacher about how there seemed to be rich campuses and poor campuses. Harrington said, "I always wondered why the schools were so unequal." Now the TCRP has released a report showing a stark funding gap between high achieving and struggling schools, which Harrington said shows "a real lack of commitment" in the district to helping poor and underachieving kids...."
"...“The Travis County Republican Party would like to know how they find themselves in this predicament when we provided them with the names of over 350 Republicans willing to work the polls, most of them with training and experience as election clerks and judges, who were available and eager to work during the election, many of whom have not even been contacted by the Clerk’s office,” read the TCRP statement...."
"...1, along with a record of righteous accomplishment. The TCRP began 20 years ago as a two-person Downtown office headed by firebrand attorney Jim Harrington and now boasts a staff of 36 in three full-time offices (Austin, El Paso, San Juan), staff in Odessa and Houston, a host of eager young volunteers, and a litany of legal victories..."
"...TCRP argued that without subscription taxi rides – vouchers for regular trips such as work, doctor appointments, and dialysis – Cap Metro's Special Transit Services aren't efficient and flexible enough to meet the comparability requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The ADA requires that a federally funded transit agency provide services for people with disabilities that are parallel to the fixed-route service in terms of wait times and service area...."
"..."There's no gray area. It's all black and white with him." In any case, a compromise was reached between the two parties, giving Harrington control of the TCLU's floundering South Texas Project, which provided representation to migrant farmworkers, as part of the fledgling TCRP...."
"...The APD embraced the suggestions and in 2011 the DOJ official closed its inquiry. In the wake of Jackson's shooting death, on top of other troubling use-of-force instances cited in a letter to DOJ written by TCRP Director Jim Harrington, TCRP and NAACP have asked that DOJ reopen its inquiry...."
"... J.S.Beyond City Limits Texas Civil Rights Project Director Jim Harrington announced Aug. 9 that TCRP is representing antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan in her quest to get some face-to-face time with President George W..."
"...Republican Party needs you and, if you're helpful enough, there might be some money in it for you. According to a notice posted on the party Web site, the TCRP and Stick are offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the "apprehension and conviction" of the person who destroyed 100 4-by-8-foot Stick campaign signs on the night of Feb..."
"...In June 2002 Owens was involved in an altercation on Sixth Street with Jeff Thornton, captured on city surveillance cameras, in which Owens slammed Thornton against his car and to the ground hard enough to cause Thornton to lose consciousness, the lawsuit charges. Owens was suspended from APD for 60 days after the incident; charges against Thornton of resisting arrest were dropped, TCRP says, once the department saw the video of the incident..."
"...In March, the Texas Civil Rights Project filed a lawsuit claiming that DPS' implementation violates the NVRA. TCRP Executive Director Mimi Marziani tells the Chronicle, "Not only does that clearly on its face violate federal law, but we also argue that it violates the U.S..."