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Day Trips: Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville
Sanctuary safeguards rare island of palms behind border wall
Columns  November 29, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville protects a rare piece of old Texas. At one time, the thick palm tree forest extended more than 80 miles up the Rio Grande..."

No Sanctuary
Adler, mayors, receive “no clarification” from Homeland Security
DAILY News  March 30, 2017, by Michael King
"...Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, but brought home precious little news to share. There was little opportunity for dialogue, he said, and Kelly offered no Trump administration definition of “sanctuary cities.”..."

Council: No Sanctuary for the Weary
Adler tries to wrap his head around Austin's sanctuary city status
News Story  April 27, 2017, by Michael King
"...Before they ever get down to that, City Hall will be receiving the reverberations of Mayor Steve Adler's impromptu visit to D.C., where he joined a delegation of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting Attorney General Jeff Sessions in another attempt to clarify the Trump administration's definition of "sanctuary cities." Last month, a similar meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly resulted in photo ops and a bland Kelly reassurance that his agency is only interested in apprehending "dangerous criminals." ("No Sanctuary," March 30.) Then, last Friday (April 21), Sessions sent dunning letters to nine jurisdictions – Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York City, Cook County (Illinois), and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – requesting proof that the relevant officials are sharing relevant information with immigration authorities..."

In Pre-emptive Attack, Texas Files Suit Against Austin Over "Sanctuary Cities"
Paxton asks federal court to find anti-immigrant law constitutional
DAILY News  May 8, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Just one day after Gov. Greg Abbott’s secretive signing of a bill that would punish so-called “sanctuary cities,” the state of Texas has stoked a legal battle against Travis County and the City of Austin in order to “uphold the constitutionality” of anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4...."

Marathon House Debate Yields “Show Me Your Papers” Sanctuary Cities Bill
Amendment lets cops question detainees' immigration status
DAILY News  April 27, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Following a 16-hour debate on Wednesday, the Texas House at around 3am approved an even harsher version of the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill than what was originally proposed on the floor...."

No Sanctuary
Sanctuary city bill set to pass House today
DAILY News  May 10, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Forget worrying about how to pay for immigration-enforcement training for police officers, or about those pesky racial- profiling lawsuits that are bound to follow, Texas House Republican lawmakers are bound and determined to pass the so-called "sanctuary city" bill...."

Sanctuary Cities and the Ways We Fight for Human Rights
When community matters more than the law
News Story  February 9, 2017, by Victoria Rossi
"...But throughout his speech, Adler did something interesting. The mayor never referred to Austin as a sanctuary city...."

Abbott Signs "Sanctuary Cities" Bill Into Law
Anti-immigrant bill to take effect on Sept. 1
DAILY News  May 7, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Offering no notice to media until after he signed the bill, Abbott only issued a press release and a video of himself via Facebook defending the legislation that attacks so-called “sanctuary cities." (The term carries no legal definition but refers to, in the eyes of Abbott, any municipality that isn't acting in lockstep with federal immigration policy.) The clandestine move assured no major citizen-led protests or demonstrations – like the all day sit-in at his offices last week – would prevent the governor from ushering the “Show Me Your Papers” bill into law...."

Protesters Stage Sit-in at Governor's Office to Oppose Sanctuary Cities Bill
Activists won't move until Abbott vetoes "racist" bill
DAILY News  May 1, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Jim Rigby of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, vow to remain in the building until Abbott vetoes SB 4, a quixotic battle as the governor assigned the bill punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” as an “emergency” item. [image-1]..."

Austin Against Trump's "Sanctuary City" Order
Austin joins brief supporting lawsuits against Trump "sanctuary city" order
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Michael King
"...Austin is one of three dozen local jurisdictions that signed amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs supporting lawsuits filed by the City and County of San Francisco, and Santa Clara County, California, requesting a preliminary injunction against the Trump admin­i­stra­tion's executive order sanctioning "sanctuary cities" that have refused to fully cooperate with all "detainer requests" submitted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The separate lawsuits, scheduled for a hearing April 5, cite President Donald Trump, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and U.S..."

5th Circuit Upholds Sanctuary Cities Law
ACLU in response: "All legal options" on the table
DAILY News  March 14, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Passed during the 2017 legislative session, the law seeks to punish so-called “sanctuary cities” by slapping local officials with hefty fines and possible jail time if they don’t comply with ICE detainers – federal requests to hold an inmate for possible deportation. It additionally allows police officers to ask for proof of citizenship of those they detain or arrest, which could to racial profiling..."

Federal Judge Tosses State's "Sanctuary Cities" Suit Against Austin
Concurrent case against Texas remains pending in San Antonio
DAILY News  August 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...SB 4 targets so-called “sanctuary cities” by allowing police to ask about the citizenship status of anyone they detain and forces local law enforcement to comply with (now voluntary) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests..."

Jeff Sessions' Empty Threat Against Sanctuary Cities
Immigration fearmongering continues for our intrepid AG
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to "claw back" Department of Justice federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities" during a White House press briefing on Mon­day, March 27: As part of the Trump administration's ongoing crackdown on cities that won't blindly hand undocumented immigrants over to federal agencies, non-compliant cities will now be ineligible for the $4.1 billion in grants dished out by the Office of Justice Pro­grams and Community Oriented Polic­ing Services..."

The Texas Hammer: Immigration and Sanctuary Cities
County sheriff wants to keep ICE out of Austin
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Unwilling to transform local jails into ICE holding tanks, Hernandez's bold, yet completely constitutional, move elicited dispropriate rebuke from GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, who has since made attacking so-called "sanctuary cities" a legislative priority..."

Abbott Cracks Down on Sanctuary Cities
Immigration rights advocates say Abbott is merely pandering to his political base
News Story  November 12, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...Local immigrants' rights advocates aren't overly alarmed about Gov. Greg Abbott's latest effort to crack down on undocumented residents by threatening so-called "sanctuary cities" with sanctions..."

Sanctuary in the Past
In The Whispering Swarm, Michael Moorcock confronts ghosts – history's and his own – in a secret area of London
Arts Story  January 22, 2015, by Michael Berry
"...AC: "Alsacia" is a term for which most American readers probably don't have a reference point. Can you tell me a little about its history and reputation as a sanctuary?..."

Lege Lines: Resistance in the “Sanctuary
Assessing the fallout after SB 4’s passage
News Story  May 4, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Inside the chambers, those voices were amplified by Democratic lawmakers who stood in solidarity to offer passionate and oftentimes tearful remarks against the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill, legislation that punishes cities and law enforcement officials who do not fully comply with federal immigration policy. Dems also filed dozens of amendments aimed at creating safe spaces for the already vulnerable..."

Lege Lines: Same Old “Sanctuary
House version of SB 4? Still terrible.
News Story  April 20, 2017, by Mary Tuma and the News Staff
"...A bit less harsh but still terrible: That's the consensus among pro-immigrant lawmakers and advocacy groups concerning the Texas House's modified version of the "sanctuary cities" bill, which passed through committee last week on a 7-5 vote on party lines. The ultra-conservative Senate was quick to pass Lubbock Repub­lican Sen..."

Lege Lines: The “Sanctuary Cities” Bill's Detrimental Effect
Can anybody reasonably testify in support of SB 4?
News Story  March 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Though she was barely tall enough to reach the microphone, 11-year-old Jaylin Castro stepped up to the podium before the House State Affairs Committee last Wed­nes­day, March 15, and bravely pleaded for state lawmakers to vote against the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill, Senate Bill 4. The fifth grader, the youngest of four children, said her father, an undocumented resident who came to the United States from Mexico as a teenager, is hard-working, supportive, and deserves to live without the fear of deportation...."

5th Circuit Upholds Sanctuary Cities Law
ACLU in response: “All legal options” on the table
News Story  March 22, 2018, by Mary Tuma


Federal Judge Tosses State's 'Sanctuary Cities' Suit Against Austin
Concurrent case against Texas remains pending in San Antonio
News Story  August 10, 2017, by Mary Tuma


Violated Sanctuary
Postmarks  June 25, 2013


"Every Human Being Is Legal"
St. Andrew's offers sanctuary to immigrant mother and child
News Story  April 28, 2016, by Dina Samir Shehata
"...When Immigration and Customs Enforce­ment (ICE) announced at the beginning of this year that it would be intensifying its efforts to deport certain undocumented immigrants, Hilda Ramirez decided it was time to seek sanctuary...."

OSU Chimps Leave Primarily Primates
DAILY News  November 20, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...The ongoing legal battle that will decide the fate of the Bexar Co. animal sanctuary Primarily Primates Inc..."

Shelter From the Storm
Residents Find Sanctuary at Job's House
News Story  August 21, 1998, by Bryan Mealer
"...For the past seven years, Terrell has run Sanctuary, a system of three transitional living facilities in Austin that takes in people down on their luck and helps them get back on their feet. Located on far East 12th Street, just east of Pleasant Valley, is Job's House, one of Terrell's largest facilities, housing 25 men, women, and children..."

The Challenge to SB 4
Opponents to "sanctuary cities" bill ready for court battles
News Story  May 11, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...In an act of exceptional cowardice, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state's harsh "sanctuary cities" bill into law Sunday evening via Facebook video, giving no public notice beforehand so as to prevent protesters from interfering with the passage of one of the country's most extreme anti-immigrant laws ("Abbott Signs 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill Into Law," May 7)..."

Point Austin: On the Backs of Immigrants
In the war over "sanctuary," the victims are most vulnerable
News Column  April 27, 2017, by Michael King
"...Greg Abbott to wave the bloody shirt. As the Texas House was about to debate a pet project of Abbott's – Senate Bill 4, a grandstanding effort to crack down on "sanctuary cities" – Abbott's office issued a statement: "Unlike the mayor and the Travis County Sheriff, the governor believes that releasing violent and dangerous criminal aliens back into our communities once they have had an ICE detainer placed on them is unacceptable..."

Adler, Mayors to Meet With Sessions
Friday AG letter to “sanctuary cities” raises new alarm
DAILY News  April 24, 2017, by Michael King
"...mayors will be meeting Tuesday in D.C. with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, hoping for clarity on what the Trump administration considers a “sanctuary city.” On Friday, Sessions wrote to several cities – not including Austin – requesting “proof” of communication with immigration officials...."

Paxton Sues San Antonio Over SB 4
AG takes his anti-"sanctuary cities" show down the road
News Story  December 6, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Anti-immigration activists enjoyed targeting Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez last year when pushing ICE-friendly Senate Bill 4, but the first attempt to enforce the law is aimed at our southern neighbors. Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Alamo City Police Chief William McManus, the police department, and the city manager for failing to comply with SB 4's provisions against "sanctuary cities." The law, upheld earlier this year in federal court, forces local police to comply with all federal immigration detainer requests or face class A misdemeanor charges..."

Austin Wages Legal Battle Against SB 4 in Court
Austin filing argues SB 4 violates U.S. Constitution
DAILY News  June 2, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...It would also remove public officials who endorse policies contrary to SB 4’s provisions. Meant to punish so-called “sanctuary cities,” it’s widely regarded as racist legislation that will divide families, instill fear in immigrant communities, and drain local resources...."

Texas Vegan May Fest Celebrates Animal Advocacy
Cattle ranch turned animal sanctuary, Rowdy Girl, is on a mission
DAILY Food  May 18, 2018, by Alisha McDarris
"...A calf, to be precise. But unlike many meat-free lifestyle stories, this one includes a Texas cattle ranch that one woman transformed into a one-of-a-kind animal sanctuary...."

All Saints
Planting seeds to save a church
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Film Review  September 1, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...An extra assist comes from having been shot on location at Smyrna’s All Saints church. If nothing else, the film provides an enlightening look into the Karen diaspora, and a healthy reminder that God’s work is not contained by a sanctuary’s walls...."

Tideland
Terry Gilliam misfires completely in this dreary, unfocused, and exhausting psychodrama.

Film Review  October 27, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Jeliza-Rose wanders through the prairies outside her lonely house creating worlds out of the air, talking to herself to make up for a lack of meaningful human contact, and eventually falling in with a psychologically tortured lobotomy patient and his equally disturbed sister. Gilliam has always been sympathetic to traumatized characters with fertile imaginations, and over the years he’s mastered a brilliant and original camera style that allows his damaged heroes to exist outside their circumstances and find a kind of internal sanctuary..."

Love Me if You Dare
Love and malice, as only the French can do it.
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Film Review  June 11, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...Fun and games for Love Me if You Dare’s central children, Sophie and Julien, include urinating on the floor and releasing the emergency brake on an occupied school bus. They have an excuse (of sorts) for their mutually destructive bent – Sophie’s classmates mercilessly taunt her for her Polish immigrant parents, while Julien’s mother is slowly succumbing to cancer – and at first it appears that, in finding each other, these two misfits have found a sanctuary..."

Pollock
Calling Pollock a labor of love is like saying Marilyn Monroe was easy on the eyes. The statement does a disservice to all involved. Harris (this is his directorial debut)...
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Film Review  March 9, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Harris knows a dramatic moment when he spies one, and the film is chock-full of choice bits and spot-on characterizations from the likes of Jeffrey Tambor (as Pollock's critical savior-turncoat Clement Greenberg), Jennifer Connelly (as Ruth Klingman, Pollock's mistress), and an odd and endearingly geeky Val Kilmer (as Willem de Kooning). The heart of Harris' film -- as it was for Pollock -- is in the actual sweaty work of painting, the uncorking of the Djinn within that allowed the artist temporary sanctuary from his demons..."

Seven Years in Tibet
Forget the trailers: Seven Years in Tibet is emphatically not another of those sprawling, inert, beached-whale travelogue movies à la Out of Africa. Nor is it a jerry-rigged contrivance serving...
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Film Review  October 10, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...But shortly after he reaches the mountains, war breaks out and Harrer, a National Socialist Party member, is shunted into a British POW camp. After several escape tries, he and expedition leader Peter Aufschnaiter (Thewlis) succeed and find sanctuary in Lhasa, the holiest city of Tibetan Buddhism and the home of the Dalai Lama..."

SXSW Music Review: Low, Josh T. Pearson, SYML
Strange exorcisms in a Downtown church
DAILY SXSW  March 14, 2018, by Doug Freeman
"...“Peace be with you,” Alan Sparhawk intoned quietly in concluding Tuesday evening’s SXSW showcase in St. David’s Sanctuary, a blessing the Low co-founder offered sincerely following a particularly intense and at times bizarrely unexpected evening in the church...."

Despite State's Opposition, Judge Grants Abortion to Undocumented Minor Held "Hostage"
Texas “must not become a sanctuary state for abortions,” says A.G.
News Story  October 19, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...In a reportedly growing trend, the federal government's Office of Refugee Resettlement blocked the young girl from accessing abortion, a move fully backed by Texas officials. Seizing the situation as an opportunity to double up on his anti-choice and anti-immigration red meat, Attorney General Ken Paxton declared in a court brief that Texas "must not become a sanctuary state for abortions."..."

Austin, Texas Cities Promise Legal Fight Against SB 4
City Council to vote on SB 4 lawsuit resolution Thursday
DAILY News  May 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma


Austin Film Festival: Podcast People
John August takes his Scriptnotes podcast to church
DAILY Screens  October 26, 2014, by Michael Agresta
"...At the start of the live taping of his Scriptnotes screenwriting podcast, John August (Big Fish) looked up at the beautiful stained glass surrounding him in the historic sanctuary of St. David’s Episcopal Church...."

Naked City
The Border Patrol settles a suit by several environmental groups, who claimed that the agency's beefed-up efforts at the border have harmed several endangered species.
News Story  December 8, 2000, by Dan Oko
"...Most of those make their homes in the various federal wildlife refuges that dot the Rio Grande Valley, which Johnny French of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) calls "our string-of-pearls refuge" because, unlike most national preserves and parks, the properties are not integrated into a single sanctuary..."

Famous Long Ago
Legendary "Humanzee" Oliver, his friends, and the bitter fight over animal welfare at a Texas refuge
News Story  December 15, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...It appeared that Oliver and his Buckshire brethren had finally received a reprieve when Wallace Swett, founder of Primarily Primates Inc., the now nearly 30-year-old northwest Bexar Co. animal sanctuary, contacted Buckshire to say that the Leon Springs refuge would be willing to provide permanent retirement for the Buckshire 12..."

A Better Place
For nearly 30 years, Primarily Primates has offered a refuge for misplaced animals
News Story  August 5, 2005, by Cindy Widner
"...In 1983, Primarily Primates took in its first chimpanzee – from a sideshow. A few years later, with a few more chimps in residence, the sanctuary negotiated with the Buckshire Corporation, a Pennsylvania research facility, to retire its chimpanzees, and successfully integrated them into a balanced social group, something no one had been sure could be done with chimpanzees raised in laboratories..."

Megachurch Miracle
Believers Flock to Bigger, Some Say Better, Churches
News Story  December 19, 1997, by Kayte Van Scoy
"...At first glance, it might seem unlikely that the starkly non-traditional Christian Faith Center (CFC) would be hard at work on what will become the largest sanctuary in the city. In a run-down shopping strip at 9414 Parkfield Road, the 3,500-member CFC currently shares the Quail Creek Plaza marquee with Domino's Pizza, Town House Liquors, and the Hunan Dragon Chinese restaurant..."

Primates' Fate in Limbo
Legal battle deciding fate of Bexar Co. animal sanctuary's inhabitants heats up over decision to move seven chimps to primate sanctuary in Louisiana
News Story  November 24, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...The ongoing legal battle that will decide the fate of Bexar Co. animal sanctuary Primarily Primates Inc..."

Primarily Primates: AG Folds on Apes
Lawyers representing warring factions in bitter dispute over operation of Hill Country primate sanctuary square off over conditions of settlement between attorney general and sanctuary's board and management
News Story  May 4, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...The Downtown enclosure was rife with squawking, grunting, and righteously noisy posturing as lawyers representing warring factions in a bitter dispute over the operation of Primarily Primates Inc. – the San Antonio-based sanctuary that is home to 250 primates and numerous other animals, assembled for a final battle – squared off over the conditions of a settlement reached between Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the board and management of PPI, from whom the state wrested control of the facility last fall...."

The Monkey Time
How communing with the apes inspired the artists of the Texas Monkey Project
Arts Story  August 5, 2005, by Cindy Widner
"...An Internet search turned up cryptic information about NASA chimps living near San Antonio. A few e-mails later, Cockrum found himself at Primarily Primates, a nonprofit animal sanctuary in Leon Springs, where for nearly 30 years Wally Swett has taken in, rehabilitated, and provided ongoing care for more than 600 nonhuman primates..."

The Texas Monkey Project
The Texas Monkey Project: 2005 Art Show and Sale runs Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, Aug. 20, at Progress Coffee. All proceeds benefit the Primarily Primates sanctuary
Arts Review  July 22, 2005, by Cindy Widner
"...Sure, some are in zoos, and others, sadly, still, are here as inappropriate pets or research subjects. But a luckier, oh, say, 600 or so live at Primarily Primates, a peaceful, private, delightfully appointed sanctuary nestled on 75 acres in the San Antonio exurb of Leon Springs...."

After a Fashion
AAF takes a well deserved break at a local spa. Oooooh, that feels goooooood.
Columns  April 20, 2001, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...THE BEAUTY BRIGADE Like discovering an enchanted secret grotto, stepping into the Sanctuary Day Spa at 3206 Guadalupe (374-1010) offers solace and safety in a world that can be abrasive to the skin, as well as the soul. The salon and spa is the brainchild of Vidal Sassoon veteran Deklynd Channing, and his business partner, Monique Maley, and offers complete beauty care in a lush and tranquil atmosphere -- though lushness and tranquility have been a tough order to fill..."

Sheriff Sally Hernandez Continues to Do "What’s Right"
Besieged by the state GOP, Hernandez shows no sign of backing down from her immigration policies
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...1. The sheriff was within her constitutional rights, yet still sparked backlash from Abbott, who deemed Austin a "sanctuary city" and began a months-long crusade against the capital city that's included a federal lawsuit, the withholding of millions of dollars in state grants, and the filing of Senate Bill 4, the anti-immigrant legislation that punishes law enforcement and local officials who don't fully cooperate with ICE..."

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