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People gather to support Sulma Catarina Franco-Chamale

Fearing Deportation, Guatemalan LGBT Activist Finds Sanctuary in Austin Church

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Sulma Carina Franco-Chamale is the first person in Texas to seek sanctuary in a church since a nationwide sanctuary movement was reignited last year in Arizona. On Wednesday morning, Franco’s supporters stood by her during a press conference at the Unitarian church, chanting “Let Sulma Stay!” and holding signs that said “Sulma is welcome here.”

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Joan Cheever — on phone in her food truck.

Doing the Lord’s Work

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A San Antonio woman is counting on Texas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Act to trump a local ordinance that could end her decade-old ministry of feeding the homeless, mentally ill and others who are simply down on their luck.

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The Moral Indefensibility of Death Row

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Alex Hannaford’s cover story this month shows an alarming correlation between trauma that happens to adolescent boys, the biological damage it does to their brains, how that altered physiology leads to violent behavior in their adult lives and their ultimate journeys to death row.

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