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TribTalk: Ellen Sweets on Austin's "Black Problem"

From left, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Texas State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, Former Austin Independent School district Board of Trustee member Wilhelmina Delco, and Former AISD Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen stand in front of the "Reflections" mural at the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility in Austin, Texas.  The mural celebrates African American pioneers in the area of public service. June 9, 2014.
From left, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Texas State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, Former Austin Independent School district Board of Trustee member Wilhelmina Delco, and Former AISD Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen stand in front of the "Reflections" mural at the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility in Austin, Texas. The mural celebrates African American pioneers in the area of public service. June 9, 2014.

Writer Ellen Sweets says Austin's "black problem" — the fact that it's the only fast-growing large city in the U.S. that's losing African-American residents — is rooted not in race but in the dissipation of a working class. 

Dr. Orlando Garza walks with a dog that was boarding at his animal hospital on Monday in El Paso. Garza has been a practicing veterinarian since 1982.
Dr. Orlando Garza walks with a dog that was boarding at his animal hospital on Monday in El Paso. Garza has been a practicing veterinarian since 1982.

Veterinary Medicine Lacks Hispanics in Texas, U.S.

There were 84 Hispanic veterinarians in Texas in 2010, making up less than 2 percent of the state’s 5,728 veterinarians, according to the 2014 book Changing Texas, whose lead author, Steve H. Murdock, is the former state demographer.

 

Natalie Madeira Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, in her South Congress Avenue neighborhood in Austin.
Natalie Madeira Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, in her South Congress Avenue neighborhood in Austin.

Feeling "Invisible," Black Residents Leave Austin

Among large, fast-growing cities, Austin is the only one with a shrinking African-American population, according to a report from the University of Texas at Austin. The report suggests that the city’s history of racial segregation followed by gentrification of Austin’s historically black neighborhoods has contributed to the decline.

 

TribuneFest: Education and the New Texas

At Thursday's daylong symposium on demographic change, held on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, I talked about the future of education in a rapidly-changing state with TEA Commissioner Michael Williams; UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa; Harold Hahn, chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and Sylvia Hopp, superintendent of the San Elizario ISD.

Disclosure: The University of Texas at El Paso is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune. 

TribuneFest: Health Care and the New Texas

At Thursday's daylong symposium on demographic change, held on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, I talked about the health care challenges posed by Texas' shifting demographics with Kyle Janek, Texas' Health and Human Services commissioner; state Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso; Veronica Escobar, El Paso County judge; and Eric Evans, CEO of the Sierra Providence Health Network. 

Disclosure: At the time of publication, The University of Texas at El Paso was a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune. (See the full list of Tribune donors and sponsors below $1,000 here and here.) 

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Report: Texas Lags in Hispanic Voter Turnout

Low voter turnout among Hispanics in Texas plays a key role in preventing the Republican-dominated state from being politically competitive, according to a new report. Just 39 percent of Hispanics who were eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election cast a ballot. That’s compared to 48 percent of eligible U.S. Hispanics.

 

 

Volunteer Jennifer Butler, second from left, works with Somali immigrants Saharlo Adlle, from left, Zainab Botnb and Ikyan Seer during an English as a second language class at an apartment complex in Amarillo on Feb. 15.
Volunteer Jennifer Butler, second from left, works with Somali immigrants Saharlo Adlle, from left, Zainab Botnb and Ikyan Seer during an English as a second language class at an apartment complex in Amarillo on Feb. 15.

Amarillo Struggles to Handle Influx of Refugees

Amarillo receives a higher ratio of new refugees to the existing population than any other Texas city. Local officials are worried that Amarillo’s refugee population is straining the Panhandle city’s ability to respond to 911 callers who speak numerous languages and to help schoolchildren learn English and adapt to a new culture.

State's OK Sought for Mexican-American Studies Class

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year. Opponents argue that districts already have the authority to develop the class, but supporters say that doesn’t go far enough.

 

 

The rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011 grew faster than the growth rate of the child population in the state during the same period.
The rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011 grew faster than the growth rate of the child population in the state during the same period.

Report: Child Poverty Increases in Texas

In rapidly growing Texas, which is home to one in 11 children in the United States, child poverty has continued to increase despite an improving economy, according to a report released Tuesday. There was a 47 percent increase in the rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011, according to the Texas Kids Count report.

Interactive: Child Poverty by County

In fast-growing Texas, home to one in 11 children in the United States, child poverty has continued to increase despite an improving economy. Use this interactive to see which Texas counties have the highest rates of child poverty and unemployment, and to see which counties have the highest raw numbers of children in poverty or people who are unemployed. 

Jaanvi Sabharwal's hands were decorated with henna for an Indian wedding she attended in Sugar Land. She was visiting from Toronto.
Jaanvi Sabharwal's hands were decorated with henna for an Indian wedding she attended in Sugar Land. She was visiting from Toronto.

What Ethnic Diversity Looks Like: Fort Bend County

Fort Bend has been called the most ethnically diverse county in America, with a population that comes close to an equal division among blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos. A political consultant calls the Houston suburb "the new America," a multicultural community where ethnic communities maintain their identity.

Mariachi Estrella performs during "A Service for Remembrance," at the National Funeral Directors Association convention on Oct. 22, 2013, in Austin. The service honored deceased funeral directors and highlighted Mexican funeral traditions.
Mariachi Estrella performs during "A Service for Remembrance," at the National Funeral Directors Association convention on Oct. 22, 2013, in Austin. The service honored deceased funeral directors and highlighted Mexican funeral traditions.

In the Texas Funeral Industry, Few Hispanics

When funeral directors from across the country gathered in Austin last week, they learned about Mexican traditions while honoring their colleagues who have died. Hispanics are underrepresented in the funeral industry in Texas and the nation.

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.

Advocates Target Latinos in ACA Enrollment Outreach

Latinos account for nearly two-thirds of the more than 6 million Texans without health insurance. Advocates are developing community-based strategies to ensure that Latinos understand the insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act.

TribLive: The Future of Latino Health Care

On Sept. 5, Becca Aaronson talked with Dr. Esteban López, a regional president for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, on health care in what will be soon be a majority-Latino state. 

Texas fast-food workers are planning to join a nationwide strike on Thursday to call for $15-an-hour wages. Recently, there have been similar strikes in cities across the country. This one was in Milwaukee.
Texas fast-food workers are planning to join a nationwide strike on Thursday to call for $15-an-hour wages. Recently, there have been similar strikes in cities across the country. This one was in Milwaukee.

Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike

Fast-food workers in Houston, Dallas and Austin plan to participate in a nationwide pre-Labor Day strike on Thursday, organizers say. The workers, some of whom make the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage, are calling for $15-an-hour wages. The state's restaurant association justified the wages by saying most minimum-wage workers are part time and just starting out their careers.