LGBT And Immigration Activists From Houston Go To Austin To Criticize SB4

first_img X 00:00 /01:19 Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Allala / Houston GLBT Political CaucusFran Watson, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus (third from the left), looks at State Senator Sylvia Garcia (center) during a press conference held in Austin as members of the group visited the Texas Capitol to voice their concerns over SB4 and SB6.Two lobbying groups from the Houston region that don’t typically work together joined forces in Austin this week to criticize bills that have to do with two of the hottest political topics this year for the Texas Legislature.Members of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus and immigration activists who are worried about Senate Bills 4 and 6 visited the Texas Capitol on Monday to express their concerns to state lawmakers.SB 4 would punish cities that don’t cooperate with the federal government in regards to detaining undocumented immigrants, while SB 6 would require transgender people to use public bathrooms based on their gender at birth and not on their gender identity.Tammi Wallace, co-founder and co-chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, said at a press conference that “ultimately, SB 6 sends a message that Texas is not open for business and that we will discriminate, at all cost, to our state’s economy on the back of business owners, particularly small businesses.”Carla Perez, a member of the Texas chapter of United We Dream, the largest group representing DREAMers in the United States, explained they are tying SB 4 and 6 together because that can make their advocacy more efficient.“We are here to ensure that our elected officials know, and that the state knows, that you cannot just deport immigrants and throw our LGBTQ brothers and sisters under the bus,” Perez noted at the press conference.The Texas Senate has already passed the so-called anti-sanctuary cities bill and there is a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday March 15th in the House of Representatives, while the so-called bathroom bill is still being debated in the upper chamber. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more



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Go back to the enewsletter Emirates will introduce

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterEmirates will introduce a second daily flight from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) starting 1 July 2019. The additional flight means that Emirates customers will now have 11 daily flight options to and from three London airports.The second daily flight to Stansted will also be operated by Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration with 6 private suites in First Class, 42 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 306 seats in Economy Class.“We are increasing capacity to London Stansted to meet steady demand from both leisure and business travellers to and from the region, as well as international student traffic to Cambridge. We continuously seek ways to maximise convenience and flexibility for our customers and the second daily flight combined with the optimal travel schedules will do exactly that; provide a seamless travel experience with Emirates,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West.All Emirates First Class and Business Class customers travelling to and from Stansted enjoy complimentary chauffeur drive service within an 80-kilometre radius.Beginning 1 July, Emirates’ flight schedule to London Stansted will be:EK65 DXB/STN 0900/1330EK66 STN/DXB 1500/0105 +1EK67 DXB/STN 1415/1845EK68 STN/DXB 2110/0710 +1Emirates second daily flight to London Stansted brings Emirates’ total weekly flights to the UK to 140: six services a day from Heathrow, three daily from London Gatwick and Manchester, two daily from Birmingham, Glasgow and London Stansted, and a daily service from Newcastle and Edinburgh. Emirates serves a global network of 158 destinations.Lead image: London Stansted Airport | Image credit: Essex MagazineGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more



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