South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...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..."
"...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.”..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...But throughout his speech, Adler did something interesting. The mayor never referred to Austin as a sanctuary city...."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...The ongoing legal battle that will decide the fate of the Bexar Co. animal sanctuary Primarily Primates Inc..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...“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...."
"...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."..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The ongoing legal battle that will decide the fate of Bexar Co. animal sanctuary Primarily Primates Inc..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."