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Criminal justice reformers call for the abolition of Texas’ cash and bail bond systems.
07/08/2020
Criminalizing Poverty or Ensuring Justice?

Criminal justice reformers call for the abolition of Texas’ cash and bail bond systems.

Pamela Young remembers the smiles, tears, and stories that accompanied the recent release of 16 Black and Latinx inmates from the Tarrant County Jail. Earlier that day, Young and members of United Fort Worth, a grassroots minority rights advocacy group, paid the inmates’ cash bonds as part of a ne...

Several Tarrant County seats are up for grabs during the November 3 general election, including the position of county s...
07/02/2020
Q&A with Sheriff Candidate Vance Keyes

Several Tarrant County seats are up for grabs during the November 3 general election, including the position of county sheriff.

Several Tarrant County seats are up for grabs during the November 3 general election, including the position of county sheriff. In Texas, the county sheriff manages and operates the county jail and oversees the sheriff’s department, among other law enforcement-related duties. Tarrant County’s cu...

A spokesperson for Hopdoddy said in an email that the restaurant chain “did not file charges following the June 9 protes...
07/01/2020
Fort Worth Protesters Decry Arrests As Acts of Intimidation

A spokesperson for Hopdoddy said in an email that the restaurant chain “did not file charges following the June 9 protests at the Fort Worth location.” The burger chain is an avowed supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Several dozen marchers gathered last night in support of 10 fellow protestors who had been arrested over the course of the past two weeks. On the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse, members of the protest group Enough Is Enough shouted and waved placards. The group wants the charges dropped. The...

“We are planning a protest march for Honky-Tonk Lives Matter at a yet to be determined date,” the message read. “No stat...
06/27/2020
Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon Announces “Honky-Tonk Lives Matter” Protest March

“We are planning a protest march for Honky-Tonk Lives Matter at a yet to be determined date,” the message read. “No statue destruction or destroying of police equipment will be tolerated. Keep in mind, this is a protest, and no one has to wear a mask since the Chinese virus can not [sic] be spread by protesters.”

Just days after around 200 Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the Stockyards, one Northside business thought to offer an opinion. Via a recent Facebook post, a message attributed to the owners of Stockyards-based Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon said they are planning a rally of their own. ...

Old meets new at the reimagined and revamped Stockyards.
06/25/2020
Mule Alley Arrives

Old meets new at the reimagined and revamped Stockyards.

One recent afternoon, a few dozen people gathered on the south side of East Exchange Avenue to watch several cattle languidly walk to their dusty pens near the Cowtown Coliseum. Known as the Fort Worth Herd, the miniature cattle drive has been a staple attraction of the Stockyards for more than 20 y...

As we chatted inside Provender Hall, it was clear that the restaurant and bar are now ready to open. Waitstaff were prep...
06/22/2020
A Preview: Marcus Paslay’s Provender Hall

As we chatted inside Provender Hall, it was clear that the restaurant and bar are now ready to open. Waitstaff were preparing their respective stations, and a handful of guests were being given tours. Paslay said Provender Hall’s tentative opening date is early July.

In early March, weeks before local restaurants began closing en masse, chef/restaurateur Marcus Paslay made the call to temporarily shutter his two ventures, Clay Pigeon and Piattello Italian Kitchen. The preemptive move also meant postponing Paslay’s newest restaurant: Provender Hall, which was s...

A nonpartisan grassroots group says voting in Texas shouldn’t be a life-or-death ultimatum.
06/19/2020
Voting Reform on the Horizon?

A nonpartisan grassroots group says voting in Texas shouldn’t be a life-or-death ultimatum.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its more than 100,000 U.S. casualties, voting reform has become a heated topic. In Texas, electoral politics have been reduced to two talking points: public safety versus voter fraud. “Protecting the integrity of elections is one of my most important and sacre...

A growing number of conservatives, moderates, and progressives aim to reduce police funding.
06/18/2020
Reining in Police Spending

A growing number of conservatives, moderates, and progressives aim to reduce police funding.

Around a dozen activists representing a wide range of political affiliations gathered recently at a restaurant on the Near Southside to discuss the CCPD. Fort Worth’s Crime Control and Prevention District is fueled by a half-cent city tax, and in the wake of ongoing protests against the killing of...

Anti-LGBTQ Facebook Post Causes Near Southside Uproar
06/18/2020
Anti-LGBTQ Facebook Post Causes Near Southside Uproar

Anti-LGBTQ Facebook Post Causes Near Southside Uproar

Felipe Gutierrez counted himself as more than a fan of the Near Southside vintage retail store W Durable Goods. Until recently, he maintained a friendly relationship with co-owners Daniel and Stephanie Wright. When he saw them in public, Gutierrez said he would chat with them about family and life.....

The commissioners’ court amended the agreement to include an annual review.
06/16/2020
Tarrant County Renews Contract With Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The commissioners’ court amended the agreement to include an annual review.

Earlier today, Tarrant County renewed a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that can fast-track illegal immigrants for deportation. Tarrant County commissioners Gary Fickes, J.D. Johnson, and Glen Whitley voted to renew the county’s three-year-old 287(g) agreement, in which mem...

Last evening, protesters prepared for a silent march as they pinned notes to their shirts that read, “With all due respe...
06/15/2020
Protest Group Answers Recent Arrests With Silent March

Last evening, protesters prepared for a silent march as they pinned notes to their shirts that read, “With all due respect officer, I wish to invoke my Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. I do not answer questions from law enforcement without my attorney present nor do I agree to a search of my person or property. I would like to leave now. Am I free to go?”

Tensions flared yesterday evening after Fort Worth police arrested two protest leaders — Lucid Shinobi for interfering with public duties and Nysse Nelson for giving false or fictitious information to a peace officer (“Protest Leaders Arrested Shortly After Meeting Mayor and Police Chief,” Jun...

In a recent letter, Mayor Betsy Price described her commitment to “banning chokeholds and strangleholds” and “requiring ...
06/13/2020
Protesters Announce Meeting with Mayor and Chief of Police

In a recent letter, Mayor Betsy Price described her commitment to “banning chokeholds and strangleholds” and “requiring warnings before shooting.”

Groups protesting the too-frequent shooting of unarmed black men and women by white police officers focused on Sundance Square last evening, just hours after Mayor Betsy Price issued a public statement on the social unrest that has been rocking the country, and the world, since George Floyd, a black...

As the crowd of more than 100 protesters reached the Target Superstore just north of Montgomery Plaza, protest organizer...
06/11/2020
Enough Is Enough and Other Protest Groups Call for Unity

As the crowd of more than 100 protesters reached the Target Superstore just north of Montgomery Plaza, protest organizers began handing out flyers and tape.

The flyers included QR codes that lead to online petitions for demilitarizing the police, reallocating some Fort Worth police department funds for a centralized crisis center, and removing police from Fort Worth and Crowley school districts.

A Wednesday evening march led by Black Lives Matter, Enough Is Enough, FW4GeorgeFloyd, and other protest groups left downtown Fort Worth with one mission in mind: to raise awareness of the movement’s three areas of focus. As the crowd of more than 100 protesters reached the Target Superstore just ...

Around 100 protesters gathered at the Fort Worth Water Gardens for a march through the Near Southside last evening. Lead...
06/10/2020
United My Justice Rallies the Near Southside

Around 100 protesters gathered at the Fort Worth Water Gardens for a march through the Near Southside last evening. Leading the march was Donnell Ballard, founder of United My Justice.

Around 100 protesters gathered at the Fort Worth Water Gardens for a march through the Near Southside last evening. Leading the march was Donnell Ballard, founder of United My Justice. Before the grassroots group headed south toward West Lancaster Avenue, Ballard reminded those present that the marc...

After amassing coolers of water for a long trek under a blazing afternoon sun yesterday, a few hundred protesters left t...
06/08/2020
Sunday Protest Targets the North Side

After amassing coolers of water for a long trek under a blazing afternoon sun yesterday, a few hundred protesters left the Tarrant County Courthouse for a long march into the heart of Fort Worth’s North Side.

After amassing coolers of water for a long trek under a blazing afternoon sun yesterday, a few hundred protesters left the Tarrant County Courthouse for a long march into the heart of Fort Worth’s North Side. As I raced to catch the crowd, I passed a county historic monument that protesters had wr...

Protests have become a daily part of life for downtown Fort Worth and the West 7th corridor over the past nine days. The...
06/07/2020
Protest Leader States Demands

Protests have become a daily part of life for downtown Fort Worth and the West 7th corridor over the past nine days. The movement began in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer as three other police officers looked on, but has quickly grown into a sustained call for political, economic, and criminal justice reform throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County. And the world.

Protests have become a daily part of life for downtown Fort Worth and the West 7th corridor over the past nine days. The movement began in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer as three other police officers looked on, but has quickly grown into a…

Protest organizers are finalizing a list of demands (including a call to reallocate Fort Worth police department funds t...
06/06/2020
Eighth Day of Protests Targets West 7th Corridor

Protest organizers are finalizing a list of demands (including a call to reallocate Fort Worth police department funds to support public schools and mental health facilities) that the organizers say will be handed over to Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth City Council in the near future.

Fort Worth police maintained a low profile throughout Friday evening’s protests. The marches, organizers told me, have grown beyond the recent death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer as three other police officers looked on. Now, protest organizers are finalizing...

Protesters spent Thursday afternoon and evening marching between the Tarrant County Courthouse and Fort Worth City Hall ...
06/05/2020
Fort Worth Protesters Call for Economic Activism

Protesters spent Thursday afternoon and evening marching between the Tarrant County Courthouse and Fort Worth City Hall as city councilmembers and Mayor Betsy Price voted to end the 8 p.m. curfew that had been in place since Monday.

Protesters spent Thursday afternoon and evening marching between the Tarrant County Courthouse and Fort Worth City Hall as city councilmembers and Mayor Betsy Price voted to end the 8 p.m. curfew that had been in place since Monday. By 7 p.m., a crowd of a few hundred gathered outside City Hall to l...

Summary of yesterday's protests in Fort Worth.
06/04/2020
National Attention-Grabbing Protest Last Night in Fort Worth Ends Peacefully

Summary of yesterday's protests in Fort Worth.

Traffic along at the intersection of University Drive and West 7th Street sat at a standstill early last evening as a few hundred protesters occupied the circular intersection and shouted, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” At the north end of the circle, a white police officer whose badge read, “Ritc...

Standing near the south of the largest protest group yet, a volunteer with event organizer United My Justice yelled, “We...
06/03/2020
Largest Yet Tuesday Protest Ends Peacefully

Standing near the south of the largest protest group yet, a volunteer with event organizer United My Justice yelled, “We’re taking one small loop. This is history.”

The steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse were packed with hundreds of banner-wielding protesters when I arrived around 6 p.m. yesterday. Community organizers took turns rallying the men, women, and children who had gathered on East Weatherford Street that day in solidarity with black victims of po...

The order states that “Individuals traveling to and from work or school, seeking medical attention or engaging in those ...
06/01/2020
Mayor Calls for 8 p.m. Curfew Through Order

The order states that “Individuals traveling to and from work or school, seeking medical attention or engaging in those activities exempted by this declaration and order, fleeing dangerous situations, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt.”

Questions remain over what prompted Fort Worth police to use tear gas and flash bombs on a crowd of peaceful protestors late last night. The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. near the 7th Street Bridge and targeted supporters of George Floyd, the black man who was asphyxiated by a white police off...

Mr. Moore is well aware of the criminal acts committed by his office, and he continues to use his resources to attempt t...
05/30/2020
Complaint Against ADA Larry Moore

Mr. Moore is well aware of the criminal acts committed by his office, and he continues to use his resources to attempt to cover up acts of public corruption, nepotism, and obstruction of justice.

DA Sharen Wilson, I wish to file a sworn complaint against Criminal Division Chief Larry Moore. After reviewing Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office documents, speaking with a peace officer in…

On Wednesday, May 27, 287(g) will be at the center of a virtual town hall meeting organized by New Sheriff Now Tarrant C...
05/27/2020
ICE’d Out?

On Wednesday, May 27, 287(g) will be at the center of a virtual town hall meeting organized by New Sheriff Now Tarrant County, a new coalition of civic-minded groups and volunteers. The online meeting, which can be viewed via the page New Sheriff Now Tarrant County, “will be a call to the Tarrant County community to join its effort in electing a new sheriff and demanding real change,” the event organizers said in a statement

The spread of COVID-19 has added a new sense of urgency to reforming how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) handles immigrant detentions. Lawyers for 11 immigrants currently being held in Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado recently said the spread of the coronavirus inside the faci...

Evictions and low employment opportunities are high on the minds of many residents of Fort Worth’s West Side.
05/24/2020
Las Vegas Trail Rising

Evictions and low employment opportunities are high on the minds of many residents of Fort Worth’s West Side.

Last March’s sharp economic downturn left Willie Rankin and the 35 volunteers of LVTRise with an urgent new mission: helping to feed a growing unemployed Westside population and hundreds of newly homebound public school students. With the help of the Fort Worth school district, churches, numerous ...

On Tap in Fort Worth: Brewery Reopening Plans
05/23/2020
On Tap in Fort Worth: Brewery Reopening Plans

On Tap in Fort Worth: Brewery Reopening Plans

The next time you step foot in one of Fort Worth’s breweries (thanks, gov), raise a pint to the fine women and men behind these community-minded small businesses. Sometimes, it takes a worldwide pandemic to truly appreciate life’s pleasures. If your Friday plans include participating in the stat...

Building Fort Worth’s Post-COVID-19 Future
05/21/2020
Building Fort Worth’s Post-COVID-19 Future

Building Fort Worth’s Post-COVID-19 Future

Jason Suder was in a celebratory mood when I sat down to talk with him about his upcoming music venue. I was a little happy, too. The appeal of hanging out with other human beings in the real world can never be underestimated. After grabbing some choice bombers of beer from Southside Cellar, we drov...

ACH Child and Family Services launches a new initiative to support overextended families.
05/18/2020
Providing Safe Spaces for Children

ACH Child and Family Services launches a new initiative to support overextended families.

Even before the realities of the COVID-19 crisis set in, March was set to be a challenging and formative month for Chuck Burton and his colleagues at ACH Child and Family Services. The nonprofit, through its community services division Our Community Our Kids, made Texas history on March 2 as OCOK be...

Local film guru Jimmy Sweeney has kept up with many of the newest independent film releases on Netflix and other service...
05/17/2020
Jimmy Sweeney’s Must-see Films

Local film guru Jimmy Sweeney has kept up with many of the newest independent film releases on Netflix and other service providers. The founder/owner of The Grand Berry Theater, a single-screen indie cinema in the Foundry District, gave us his top four film recommendations.

Netflix recently announced that it added more subscribers during its first quarter than any quarter in the streaming service provider’s 23-year history. Like the rest of the country, Fort Worthians are watching more movies and TV shows than normal due to the shelter-at-home orders. Local film guru...

All names have been redacted. My goal here is to put the spotlight on the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and ...
05/11/2020
State’s Disclosure

All names have been redacted. My goal here is to put the spotlight on the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and its system of doing favors for wealthy and well-connected individuals. I am also using this article to describe the lengths that our county-level prosecutors will go to separate children from parents.

Prosecutors are obligated to release evidence that is favorable to a defendant through a pre-trial discovery rule called Brady disclosure. The term is based on a 1963 Supreme Court case, Brady v. M…

A small North Texas company is positioned to make a big impact in the fight against COVID-19.
05/09/2020
Finding Novel Solutions to Combat COVID-19

A small North Texas company is positioned to make a big impact in the fight against COVID-19.

As the coronavirus crisis was ramping up in mid-March, John Tepper remembered watching the news from his Carrollton home and wondering how hospitals were going to handle sanitizing hundreds of masks per day. The entrepreneur and medical device development consultant knew that the highly infectious C...

Fort Worthians of 1918 and 2020 began their respective years unaware of the scope of epidemics that would cause unpreced...
05/07/2020
Fort Worth’s Great Plague of 1918

Fort Worthians of 1918 and 2020 began their respective years unaware of the scope of epidemics that would cause unprecedented upheaval and concerted efforts at every societal level to contain the deadly outbreaks.

The Fort Worth of 1918 bore little resemblance to the cosmopolitan urban hub that it is today. Motor vehicles were a novelty, and the population was approaching the milestone mark of 100,000. Fort Worthians of 1918 and 2020 began their respective years unaware of the scope of epidemics that would ca...

Tyson Foods Pressuring Sick Employees Back to Work?
05/02/2020
Tyson Foods Pressuring Sick Employees Back to Work?

Tyson Foods Pressuring Sick Employees Back to Work?

The news from Black Hawk County is dire. Local bartender Veronica said that the Tyson pork processing plant where her uncle works has been hit by an alarming number of COVID-19 cases. USA Today put the number at 1,326 as of last Tuesday. We are giving only her first name because she fears retaliatio...

A new grant-based initiative is paying local artists to respond to COVID-19 with new works.
04/30/2020
The New Normal

A new grant-based initiative is paying local artists to respond to COVID-19 with new works.

Like many artists, Jay Wilkinson’s first reaction to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was a feeling of uncertainty and helplessness. Painters, sculptors, and other artists are typically the vanguard of cultural and societal change. In the face of the deadly outbreak, the photorealist painter and...

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Back in December, I could have sworn that I read about a string quartet performing at a local bar...does anyone know who they are and their scheduled performances?
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