Amal Ahmed

Amal Ahmed is a general assignment reporter at the Texas Observer. Originally from Dallas, she has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and previously worked at The Atlantic and Texas Monthly. You can contact her at [email protected].


Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, a small group prays inside an empty mosque before an Eid al-Fitr celebration in Plano, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Civil Rights, News

Muslim Activists Say It’s Time to Join Black Lives Matter Calls to Reform Law Enforcement

A Dallas mosque’s decision to partner with law enforcement during a nation-wide reckoning on the role of policing fits into a broader hesitation from Muslim communities to jeopardize relationships with police departments.

Muslim Activists Say It’s Time to Join Black Lives Matter Calls to Reform Law Enforcement A Dallas mosque’s decision to partner with law enforcement during a nationwide reckoning on the role of policing fits into a broader hesitation from Muslim … Read More

Environment

In Houston’s Fifth Ward, the Storm Never Stops

Residents in this historically Black community are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and woefully unprepared to recover from the next hurricane.

Joetta Stevenson is no stranger to disaster. When Hurricane Harvey pummeled southeast Texas with more than 50 inches of rain in 2017, she watched the flood waters in parts of her Houston neighborhood turn intersections into rivers. Stevenson’s home was … Read More

Flooding in Port Arthur during Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Politics

The Next Census Could Determine the Future of Port Arthur

If a city’s population drops below 50,000, it’s no longer considered an urban area. This different designation means it could lose some of the federal dollars directed toward larger metropolitan areas.

The 2020 census will almost certainly reshape the face of politics and power in Texas. State legislative districts, as well as their congressional counterparts, will be redrawn; federal dollars for everything from highways and wastewater services to Medicare and food … Read More

implementing a Green New Deal will be outrageously expensive and enormously disruptive, but given the significantly-higher-than-cheeseburger stakes, we can’t afford not to.
Environment

The Green New Deal Can Exist in Texas

The state has already shown what can be accomplished when renewable energy is prioritized. Now, Texans want to take action. Do lawmakers?

The Green New Deal Can Exist in Texas The state has already shown what can be accomplished when renewable energy is prioritized. Now, Texans want to take action. Do lawmakers? * by Amal Ahmed September 19, 2019 An unexpected thing … Read More

June 2016 feature, Quintana, Freeport LNG, seagull
Environment

How BP Oil Spill Fines Could Help Protect the Texas Coast

Other states were harder hit by the spill, but Texas is still receiving millions of dollars that can be used for vital restoration and conservation efforts.

Nine years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history—recovery funds are still trickling in to rebuild and restore the Texas Gulf Coast. Last week, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) held a … Read More

Sediments in the Gulf of Mexico that can cause algae blooms.
Environment

Climate Change Will Make Harmful Algae Blooms in Texas Waterways More Common

Blue-green algae exists in almost all of the state’s waterways. Once it starts to bloom, it’s hard to get rid of it.

Cyanobacteria are one of the oldest known life forms on earth. Better known as blue-green algae, the photosynthetic microorganism occurs naturally in almost all waterways around the world. The algae itself is relatively benign. But when it mixes with runoff … Read More

Beto O'Rourke, Julian Castro
Texas Politics

Texas’ Presidential Candidates Break Out Briefly During the Democratic Debate

But it’s probably not enough to challenge the frontrunners.

by Amal Ahmed, Gus Bova, and Andrea Valdez September 13, 2019 The third Democratic presidential debate and all its attendant hullabaloo stampeded into Texas Thursday night. It was a historic night for Texas Southern University, the historically black university in … Read More

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