Gus Bova

Gus Bova reports on immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border and grassroots movements for the Observer. He formerly worked at a shelter for asylum-seekers and refugees. You can contact him at [email protected]

By Gus Bova:

waco, sex assault, civil rights, undocumented
Criminal Justice

Waco Immigrant Mom Locked Up for 2 ½ Years, Alleges Sexual Assault by Guard

Estela Fajardo, a prominent Waco business owner, is stuck in a web of criminal and immigration issues that’s torn her from her four kids. Now, the county says she’s lying about sexual assault.

Estela Fajardo, a prominent Waco business owner, is stuck in a web of criminal and immigration issues that’s torn her from her four kids. Now, the county says she’s lying about sexual assault. – For the last two and a … Read More

Economy

Wage Wars

Activists have won citywide wage theft laws in El Paso and Houston. But local and state bureaucracies have ensured that the problem persists.

by Gus Bova @bova_gus June 13, 2018 For seven years, Paola Hernandez cleaned a city-run health clinic on Houston’s Northside for $8 to $9 an hour. It was a rough area, full of dilapidated houses, shuttered businesses and rundown apartment … Read More

John Guandolo
News

‘Jihadi Circuses’: The Anti-Muslim Police Training in San Angelo Was Worse Than We Thought

"Why is it OK for Muslims to torture?" John Guandolo asked nearly 30 West Texas cops during a May 4 training. “Because Muhammad did it,” they answered.

Earlier this month, Texas’ law enforcement accreditation agency rejected a police training given in San Angelo by the notorious anti-Muslim activist John Guandolo. The daylong course “paint[ed] an entire religion with an overly broad brush” and “provided no training value … Read More

paid sick leave
Politics

Activists Take Paid Sick Leave Fight to San Antonio with 144,000 Signatures

On Thursday, San Antonians turned in roughly twice the number of signatures necessary to get mandatory paid sick leave on November’s ballot.

San Antonio activists on Thursday submitted about twice the number of signatures necessary to get a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance on the ballot in November. About 100 people turned in dozens of white cardboard boxes containing some 144,000 signatures, … Read More

trevino
Politics

Here’s How ‘Berniecrat’ Candidates Did in the Texas Runoffs

As of late Tuesday night, only three of 10 runoff candidates appear to have made it over the hump.

The Texas runoffs were mostly rough sailing for Bernie Sanders-style Democrats. As of late Tuesday night, only three of 10 runoff candidates appear to have made it over the hump. Two Congressional candidates, Laura Moser in Houston’s 7th District and … Read More

René Oliveira, Alex Dominguez
Politics

17-Term State Rep Loses Runoff in Brownsville After DWI Charge

As of late Tuesday, Alex Dominguez held a 13-point lead over state Representative René Oliveira with nearly all votes counted.

State Representative René Oliveira, who first won his Brownsville-area statehouse seat in 1981, has been run off the electoral road by one-term Cameron County Commissioner Alex Dominguez. Oliveira nearly won the March primary outright with 48.5 percent, but his campaign … Read More

farris wilks
Politics

Meet Farris Wilks, Kingmaker of the Texas GOP

Wilks is an elder at an idiosyncratic church that reportedly doesn't allow women to speak during worship. He also pumps millions into Texas Republican politics.

On the morning of October 21, Farris Wilks, a North Texas fracking billionaire, was busy with matters of eschatology. Preaching at the Eastland County church founded by his father, Wilks explained to his congregation — the idiosyncratic, nondenominational Assembly of … Read More

John Guandolo
Politics

State Rejects ‘Anti-Muslim’ Police Training After Public Outcry

TCOLE director Kim Vickers said Wednesday he rejected the course for “paint[ing] an entire religion with an overly broad brush.”

UPDATE: In a pair of letters sent Wednesday, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) announced it has rejected a May 4 police training in San Angelo given by John Guandolo, an ex-FBI agent widely accused of anti-Muslim beliefs. “I … Read More

andrew white, elections, greg abbott
Politics

Untangling Andrew White’s Views on Border Security, with Andrew White

The gubernatorial candidate’s relative border hawkishness has clashed with the realities of a Democratic primary. With a first debate looming, what exactly does he believe?

Andrew White was just like you or me — if you or I were a millionaire Houston investor born to a former Texas governor. Then, late last year, everything changed. White, 45, decided to follow in his late father’s footsteps … Read More

Articles
Top