Hello there! My name is Rana Ghana and I am a team member at The Challenger Newspaper, a local street paper here in Austin,Texas for over a decade. Our paper was featured on the cover page of the AustinTexas.gov website until recently when it was re-updated. The Challenger Newspaper provides a valuable resource for homeless, underemployed, veterans, and disaster victims seeking refuge in our city by having an extensive two-page list of resources, health care programs, employment services, and other emergency services available to those suffering on the street or from poverty issues. The city was nice enough to go through with a previous request I had to change the link from saying "The Austin Advocate" which is what the paper was previously named to an updated link saying "Street Paper". I am kindly asking for whoever can see it through to consider featuring a link to The Challenger Newspaper again under the section named Connect With The City. Thank you for your consideration and here is a link to the paper's main page: www.challengernewspaper.org
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Please don't narrow/remove driving lanes in order to add/widen bike lanes. The relative benefits are 10's of thousands of people versus handfuls of people.
Many times requests are ignored or not followed up with and this isn't fair to taxpayers and citizens.
The sculpture of an oversized dryer vent hose that is in front of city hall is an eyesore. It is not pleasant to look at and gives the impression to tourists that this city has horrible taste in art. It has got to go.
944.17 Sexual gratification. (1) In this section, “in public” means in a place where or in a manner such that the person knows or has reason to know that his or her conduct is observable by or in the presence of persons other than the person with whom he or she is having sexual gratification. (2) Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor: (a) Commits an act of sexual gratification in public involving the sex organ of one person and the mouth or anus of another. (c) Commits an act of sexual gratification involving his or her sex organ and the sex organ, mouth or anus of an animal. (d) Commits an act of sexual gratification involving his or her sex organ, mouth or anus and the sex organ of an animal. (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to a mother’s breast−feeding of her child. History: 1977 c. 173; 1983 a. 17; 1987 a. 332; 1995 a. 165.
Breast feeding in Public
Q: Does federal or state law protect a woman’s ability to breastfeeding in public?
A: Yes. Wisconsin law allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise allowed.36 Further, no person may prohibit a mother from breastfeeding her child, direct her to move to a different location to breastfeed her child, direct her to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breastfeeding.37 This means women are allowed to breastfeed in restaurants, stores, parks, malls, and other public locations. Breastfeeding in public is not a violation of Wisconsin’s sexual gratification, indecent exposure, or obscenity laws.38
Q: Are there local ordinances that protect a woman’s ability to breastfeed in public?
A: Madison and Dane County both have local ordinances that permit a woman to breastfeed in public, and Madison’s breastfeeding ordinance provides additional protections.39 Madison’s ordinance protects the “expression” of breast milk in any public or private location where a woman (mother or surrogate) is otherwise permitted.40 Expressing breast milk includes pumping as well as breastfeeding. The one exception to a woman’s ability to express breast milk under Madison’s ordinance is that the owner of a private residence may prohibit a woman from breastfeeding or pumping within that private residence.41
. The campaign to provide formula to children began as part of a social movement to liberate women from household responsibilities and to give them the opportunity to maintain their place within the workforce, even after the birth of a child. Since its inception, however, the movement away from breastfeeding has also allowed a redefinition of the use of the breast from an object for feeding a baby to an object of sexual stimulation. Some authors argue that this sexual objectification of the breast has inhibited women from breastfeeding. Whatever the case, current attitudes toward the breast and its exposure in the public arena have definitely colored the issues surrounding breastfeeding’ especially within an employment context. As a result, the social norms regarding breastfeeding have been severely altered since the introduction of formula. See Corey Silberstein Shdaimah, Why Breastfeeding is (Also) a Legal Issue, 10 HASTINGS WOMEN’S L.J. 409, 412-13 (1999). 8. See Heidi Littman et al., The Decision to Breastfeed: The Importance of Fathers’ Approval, 33 CLINICAL PEDIATRICS 214, 214 (Apr. 1994). 9. See id. 10. See U.S. BUREAU OF THE CENSUS, STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE UNITED STATES: 1998 (118th ed. 1998). 11. See id.
We would've passed comprehensive light rail in 2000 had it been a municipal vote rather than countywide, and that's probably not going to change -- why would the rest of Travis County pay for us to have light rail? Perhaps we can reorganize CapMetro to be municipal rather than countywide so that we can finally pass light rail as a city without the rest of the county voting it down.
I understand transparency and the need to tell the average voter what their taxes are being spent on. What I don't understand is giving the media every bit of information available - when that could endanger our city personnel. Case in point: New ballistics vests for APD. Nuff said, no justification is necessary. But no, not enough! Anyone that brings a rifle to the party is not acting on impulse, and they believe they can use that greater accuracy and power to further whatever fanatical ideology is driving them. In short, they are thinking and planning. And we just told these people where not to aim. I pray this does not come back to haunt us.
I urge the city of Austin to condemn the president's executive order to put a hold on immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries. Our economy depends on innovation, much of which is generated by foreign-born engineers and business people. I have worked in various high tech companies, with a high proportion of people from the targeted countries. I can say without a doubt that product developement would go much slower without their contributions.