Gus Bova

Gus Bova writes about labor, homelessness, politics, the border, and occasionally other topics. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @gusbova
Texas Legislature

The Lege This Week: Who Cancels the Cancellers?

It just might be the Texas Legislature.

Welcome to the 87th Legislative Session. Since the last session came to a close in June 2019, Texas has been hit by an unrestrained pandemic and a crippling economic crisis—and now the fallout from deadly blackouts. Under unprecedented circumstances, lawmakers … Read More

Clockwise from top left: Casandra Gonzalez with Yolanda Reyes; Daniel Morales, an El Paso nurse who died in August, with family; Jessica Fajardo, an Odessa phlebotomist who died in April, with a friend; Pwar Gay, an Amarillo meat processing worker who died in May; Maurice Dotson; Margaret Ferguson, who worked for a roofing company in Allen and died in October.
Health Care

COVID-19’s Deadly Toll on Texas Workers

As COVID-19 devastates workers unable to stay home, families are left struggling for justice.

Graveyard Shift As COVID-19 devastates workers unable to stay home, families are left struggling for justice. By Gus Bova January 18, 2021 From the January/February 2021 issue. Isabelle Papadimitriou was finally a grandma. The baby girl, Lua, was born in … Read More

News

In San Antonio, a Fight over Public Housing Heats Up

The fate of the Alamo City’s oldest and largest public housing development is fueling a conflict between San Antonians with different visions for the future of the city’s West Side.

Update: On January 21, the board of the San Antonio Housing Authority announced dramatic changes to its plans for the Alazán-Apache Courts, including that the agency has cancelled its proposed partnership with the private developer NRP Group. As it proceeds … Read More

News

The Year Newspaper Unions Roared Back to Life in Texas

At the beginning of 2020, there were zero union papers in the Lone Star State. Soon, it seems, there will be three.

In mid-February, a coterie of newspaper higher-ups from around the country gathered at the Omni hotel in downtown Fort Worth for an affair ostentatiously called the Key Executives Mega-Conference. During one presentation, a Chicago-based employment attorney, Michael Rybicki, warned of … Read More

Roland Gutierrez, a current state representative, makes a video update as he campaigns with his volunteers, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in San Antonio. and Republican Pete Flores, center, stands with his daughter Vicky, left, and state Sen. Donna Campbell, right, as he talks to supports after he defeated Democrat Pete Gallego in a runoff election capturing a reliably blue state Senate seat, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in San Antonio.
Texas Politics

Democrats Seek to Undo San Antonio Senate Slip-up

Or, Roland’s Revenge.

If elected to the Texas Senate, Roland Gutierrez promises not to end his tenure in federal prison. During a September phone call, the six-term state House rep assured me: “I’ve led my life as a responsible person; my parents raised … Read More

Erika Andiola speaking at a Bernie Sanders campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2016.
Texas Politics

Erika Andiola Says Dreamers Know How to Push Biden

“All we can do is pick our opponent,” says Andiola, the chief advocacy officer for the San Antonio-based immigrant rights group RAICES Action.

Erika Andiola puts her faith in the movement, not politicians. The 33-year-old, originally from the Mexican state of Durango, has seen elected officials leave her community behind too many times before. Andiola, who lives in Phoenix, has been a leading … Read More

Economy

Austin and America’s Thirty-Year War on the Homeless

Cities have spent three decades criminalizing homelessness. Last year, Austin bucked the trend—and sparked a firestorm that still hasn’t gone out.

No Place to Be Cities have spent three decades criminalizing homelessness. Last year, Austin bucked the trend—and sparked a firestorm that still hasn’t gone out. By Gus Bova September 21, 2020  The years living on the street showed in … Read More

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News

Why Does John Cornyn Tweet?

An analysis.

About midday on March 14, Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn sat down at a black laminate table, laced his fingers around the neck of a cold bottle of Corona Extra, poured half the beer into a lowball glass and thought: … Read More

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