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Media Mention July 31, 2020

Joseph: America is on a brink like none since the Civil War

"America's Third Reconstruction began with the soaring promise of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential election and the victory of a campaign that millions took to be a definitive symbol of historic racial progress," writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph.

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Media Mention July 30, 2020

John Lewis witnessed a 'river of activism' flow from the civil rights movement to BLM

Civil rights leader John Lewis served as a perfect example of the fluidity between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter movement, LBJ's Peniel Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin, told Jeremy Hobson and Allison Hagan of WBUR's "Here & Now."

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Media Mention July 30, 2020

Your local jail may be a house of horrors

The Marshall Project uses and cites research on jail oversight by LBJ's Michele Deitch.  

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Media Mention July 23, 2020

How can local government address systemic racism?

LBJ's Peniel Joseph, one of the nation’s leading civil rights scholars, has studied and written about the history of race and democracy. He has some ideas on how cities and urban areas can begin to dismantle racism.

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Media Mention July 22, 2020

Demand for at-home abortion pills exploded during the pandemic

In the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Americans sought out pills to end pregnancies on their own — without the help of an abortion clinic. LBJ's Abigail Aiken talks with VICE about the findings of the study on which she was lead researcher that found a 27 percent increase in the rate of requests for the pills from Aid Access, an organization that ships abortion-inducing pills across the United States.

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Media Mention July 21, 2020

New PAC pushing for Austin to adopt a strong-mayor government and election reforms

LBJ's Sherri Greenberg explains what a strong-mayor government looks like and how it differs from the form of government that currently runs the city of Austin. 

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Media Mention July 21, 2020

More women sought medication abortion services online after Texas banned abortions amid COVID-19

During a ban on abortion services in Texas earlier this year, more women sought out a telemedicine abortion service called Aid Access, according to a new study from UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. The study found a 27 percent increase in the rate of requests for medication abortion by mail in the U.S. between March 20 and April 11 compared to the beginning of the year. Dr. Abigail Aiken, the author of the study, said she saw the biggest increase in requests in Texas. She said the state, which had the most severe restrictions on abortion at the time, saw a 94 percent increase in requests in that period.

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Media Mention July 19, 2020

Revisiting Louis Farrakhan's influence amid celebrities' anti-Semitic comments

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with LBJ School Professor Peniel Joseph about why some Black celebrities have recently praised Louis Farrakhan's philosophies — and why they've faced criticism as a result.

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Media Mention July 17, 2020

Using AI to assist those experiencing homelessness in Austin

LBJ's Sherri Greenberg joins a panel of experts from The University of Texas at Austin and the city of Austin to discuss a new partnership to look at how AI can identify residents at risk of experiencing homelessness, as well as helping those currently in need find access to services.

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Media Mention July 15, 2020

Five months after outbreak, California to publish COVID-19 data on local jails

California's jail oversight board on Wednesday said it would collect and publish data about COVID-19 cases in county facilities, a response to months of public criticism and an apparently faltering effort to get similar information from the state's health department. "The need for this information is just so obvious," said LBJ's Michele Deitch last month.

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