South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...Samantha Smoot, executive director of the Texas Freedom Network since 1998, recently announced her resignation, effective Jan. 1, 2005..."
"...War film, history lesson, love story? Loach's new work is all of these and more, a sometimes-astonishing, sometimes-pedantic look at the Spanish Civil War of 1936, the first such film to deal with Franco and company since For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hart plays David, an unemployed, idealistic Brit who drops everything and rushes off to strike a blow for freedom alongside an international mix of incoming fighters from places such as Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, the United States, and, of course, Spain..."
"...The planned December release of this biopic about the universally revered South African leader could not be better timed. This nation-builder and worldwide face of the anti-apartheid movement died at the beginning of this month at the age of 95, following a prolonged illness, and was laid to rest after a 10-day mourning period that coincidentally coincided with the planned international rollout of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom..."
"...Arguing religious freedom, the Satanic Temple began its fight against the state of Texas’ new burdensome rule that requires women to bury or cremate their aborted or miscarried fetus...."
"...I've just returned from a place where french fries have little to do with "freedom." Comfortably installed at a Parisian sidewalk cafe for lunch recently, freedom came into play only in my decision to devour the salty fried potato batons that curved around my plate as opposed to leaving them there because they were ... um, French...."
"...With Garcia’s decision to wait for other states, or the Supreme Court, to legalize marriage, queer couples in Texas remain trapped in the state’s holding pattern limbo. But Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry – a nationwide campaign working to bring marriage equality to entire country – refuses to sit back and idly wait for the day when nine justices decide to end marriage discrimination...."
"...2.) A state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of government authority. 3.) A utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government."..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: Aaron Benfield's "Black Is a 'Freedom Hater'" letter in the Oct. 30 issue: It's always amusing to see RonPauloompas talking about how their candidate is the "freedom candidate,” because it's clear that those people are unfamiliar with Ron Paul's actual House record (which is easily accessible at thomas.loc.gov)..."
"...Yet the majority of Russo’s speakers are supporters of his cause – a cause that this former music promoter; former Bette Midler manager, producer of the films The Rose and Trading Places and failed candidate in the Nevada governor’s race is championing with this self-produced film. His efforts have been rewarded with a genuine grassroots campaign of viewer support, and in one of the odder examples of politics making strange bedfellows America: From Freedom to Fascism is being distributed by Cinema Libre – the independent company that has also released such left-identified fare as Uncovered: The War on Iraq, WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception, The Future of Food, and Tim Robbins’ Embedded Live..."
"...Dear Editor, Regarding the indignation over the cover of the Jan. 27 Chronicle [“The New Texas Family Planning,” News]; should we riot and burn in protest, as our contemporaries in the Middle East are doing in retaliation for recent cartoon depictions of their prophet? Supposedly, our country was founded on freedom of speech and a free press..."
"...Dear Editor, "Red flag" laws, or should we call them false flag laws, continue the attack on our freedoms! ["Gun Control? In Texas?" News, July 20.] Due process, one of the very foundations of our freedom, has been under attack for years (civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to steal your property without even charging you with a crime!) and these laws accelerate that attack. These unconstitutional and immoral laws give the government, whether state or local or federal, much more power and the cost to the citizens is much less freedom! This is much more than a Second Amendment issue, although this basic human right must be protected vigorously! Article 1, Section 9 and 10 of the Texas Constitution and the Fourth Amendment to the U.S..."
"...Dear Editor, While I strongly condemn the Garland shooting, I do wonder if freedom of speech means ridiculing a religious figure revered by more than a billion people. Prophet Muhammad, throughout his life, showed kindness to those who maligned him. His neighbors threw dust at him as he prayed, but he never retaliated..."
"...The effort to restore ballot rights for all in North Carolina is being called Moral Freedom Summer, which connects it directly to the historic Freedom Summer of 1964. In that heroic campaign, activists struggling to secure the vote for African-Americans suffered horrific beatings, firebombings, and a shocking triple murder..."
"...Let us now assess the state of the free press in this land of ... well, of press freedom..."
"...The State Board of Education fights are more than just squabbles among politicians – there are also activist groups that do all they can to drive the debate and motivate citizens. The two most prominent have been the Texas Freedom Network (which "advances a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties to counter the religious right," according to its website) and the Liberty Institute (formerly the Free Market Foundation), "dedicated to protecting freedoms and strengthening families" and closely affiliated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family organization...."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “RonPauloompas Mistaken About Their 'Freedom Candidate'” [“Postmarks,” Nov. 6]: It is only in the last 85 years that the incorporation doctrine, with the 14th Amendment as its basis, has been invoked to compel states to abide by the provisions of the Bill of Rights..."
"...However, I take great exception to his not-so-subtle disdain for this greatest of nations. For more than a hundred years, America has been the beacon of liberty and defended freedom when threatened by tyranny – with blood and treasure..."
"... At least I can respect the economic arguments. The “personal freedom” and “property rights” angles are embarrassing..."
"...You should begin your future by letting this guy know what is important to you. It sounds to me like you don't need or desire the freedom he's offering, and maybe he's offering that freedom to you because he wants it for himself..."
"...The longtime owner of the tract, mindful of its historic and cultural importance, as well as the sensitive nature of both its neighbors and geology, sold it to a developer after being promised he would build three or four estate homes there. The developer then flipped it to the Blacks after realizing the land had a 12% impervious cover limit due to being an integral part of the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. Lastly, yes, property rights are part of the freedom we enjoy, but freedom requires certain responsibilities, part of which is respect and consideration for each other..."
"...1. O'Connor sided with the plaintiffs – led by Texas and backed by seven other states, as well as Catholic hospital network Franciscan Health (formerly known as Franciscan Alliance, as referenced in the lawsuit) – who fear the imposed rule will infringe on medical providers' religious beliefs as protected by the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), by forcing them to "perform and provide insurance coverage for gender transitions and abortions, regardless of their contrary religious beliefs or medical judgment," states the injunction..."
"...But in the mid-Seventies, he shot one of the grittiest, loosest, biker dramas of the decade. "The original title was Freedom RIP," he says..."
"...Dear Editor, Of all the things left to us by the constitutional drafters, freedom of speech and the separation of church and state are the most important. Unique in the Western world at the time, these are the two principles of which we should be the most admiring. So, when they come into conflict, resolution can be tricky..."
"...At each farm, local chefs, artisan food makers, winemakers, distillers, and craft brewers will share their creations with guests. Proceeds of the tour will benefit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, or FARFA, a nonprofit organization that lobbies to protect small family agricultural operations and ensure the public's access to real food..."
"...Our prison population is now greater than 2 million people. (America has the world's largest prison population mostly because of a failed drug war.) Freedom seems to only be for the elite or the rich, not the average citizen. Our government is broken and only through major changes can we save it..."
"...Dear Editor, Having been fortunate enough to serve as a director of Oklahoma City's chapter of Planned Parenthood when I was in my 30s, I feel qualified to write a letter about what the organization is about. It is about education, freedom of choice, and quality of life for women and children..."
"...It's about sexual mores. Are we to live in a land where sexual freedom between consenting adults is considered acceptable and respectable, or a land where every act of sexual intercourse must be fraught with at least a slight threat of pregnancy and the decades of perhaps unwanted responsibilities that must inevitably follow, lest we stray from God's alleged intended purpose and engage in it purely for our own selfish pleasure? Personally, I vote for sexual freedom..."
"...Several hundred convened at Wooldridge Square Park on Saturday for a rally and march to the Capitol in support of President Donald Trump. The 1776 Freedom March, organized by Texans United for America, was promoted as an event to celebrate freedom, liberty, "American exceptionalism," and a return to the "America first" ideal..."
"...Leonie wrote, "Reports from Liberty's news site indicate the prayer room is not available to students of all faiths." Frisco Superintendent Jeremy Lyon fired back in an open letter that the room in question was open to all students, and had been for the last seven years, with no questions raised. Moreover, Lyon noted, Principal Scott Warstler made the room available because not doing so would violate the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, since the students would have to take two hours from class every day to go home and pray..."
"...But even with that victory, making bond remains a formidable roadblock to freedom. "Since the decision by the federal court, ICE has been setting bonds, but not in an individualized way as the judge required," Hines recently told Democracy Now! "ICE will set bonds between $7,500 and $10,000, which is far higher than what the judges are setting, forcing us once again to go into court to seek the reduction of bonds..."
"...law, while not requiring us to subscribe to the Great Man Theory of History. Were it not for decades of protest, activism, organization, and people willingly laying down their lives for freedom – Martin Luther King Jr..."
"...In that context, Tishgart asked, "Is privacy an antiquated notion? Is it a thing of the past?" It definitely costs. Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance, estimated a cost of $22,000 a month to get real privacy..."
"...The work of the Chronicle, and most especially of staff writer Jordan Smith, has been directly instrumental in correcting a terrible and ongoing injustice. Thanks to her reporting, wrongfully imprisoned Fran Keller is now free, and Dan Keller should be free before long (see "Freedom for the Kellers," p.30)..."
"...If not, our government should stop calling itself a democracy and end this farce. Past dictators would be happy with the way we are trying to end what's left of the freedoms we have..."
"...My family arrived more than 100 years before our great nation declared independence. As another Independence Day passes, I cannot help but be thankful that I live in a country that grants me religious freedom..."
"...The city's municipal court and the county court have a revolving door of "criminals" paying off debt(s) - in most cases, that they didn't ask for or agree to. They pay this debt out of compliance and for the illusion of freedom..."
"...Doubling the debt, reducing our personal liberties, and expanding our military presence overseas is not change. As an independent, I am labeling you a “freedom hater.”..."
"...A responsible citizenry would be unnecessary. Oh, I forgot we're already there. So you avoid that rational position because you have made it perfectly clear that you're in favor of centrally planned government. Hence, your intellectual and moral laziness works well. Unfortunately though, your position is terribly dishonest and freedom killing...."
"...Download a pdf of the Texas Freedom Network report on sex education in Texas...."
"...Dear Editor, I hope Texans will not be deceived by government officials who demonstrate by their actions that they favor totalitarianism over freedom. Random driver checkpoints were popular with officials in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union for the same reasons..."
"...It's a good thing that Texas is passing a journalism shield law, because reporters may need new tools to redress the hammering that the Freedom of Information Act could take this session. Today, while the House Judiciary committee will be taking testimony on that very shield law, House State Affairs will be hearing Senate Bill 889. This subtle but radical bill does away with the established idea that a FOIA request should be free (after all, it's your government, paid for with your taxes)..."
"...These are hardly “right-wing” positions. It is certainly true that I am a fiscal conservative as well. My common sense, pro-freedom agenda, however, transcends the tired labels of “right” and “left,” and places me squarely in the realm of moderation..."
"...is the primary neo-leftist political arm. If the likes of these people ever bear responsibility for national security, freedom will be at the tipping point of extinction...."
"...Dear Editor, As so eloquently expressed by Richard Harvey ["Postmarks Online," Sept. 24], the definition of liberalism is fundamentally about freedom..."
"..."We in this country, in this generation are -- by destiny rather than choice -- the watchmen on the walls of freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of 'peace on earth, goodwill toward men.'"..."
"...Stories like these are what made about 80 Austinites and others meet at Crockett High School Saturday night to ride buses hundreds of miles, in the style of the Sixties freedom rides across the South, to show their support for those targeted in the 1999 drug bust. Like Barrow, Darlene Grant, an associate professor of social work at UT, worries about the children of those arrested..."