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Gissela SantaCruz

Gissela SantaCruz is an editorial writer and columnist at the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Gissela SantaCruz

Abandonar suspensiones pero hacer frente a prejuicios
 Desde hace tiempo sabemos que suspender de la escuela a los niños pequeños, aun a los que apenas están en preescolar, tiene un efecto negativo en el desempeño académico de los estudiantes. Sin embargo, en Austin, los niños menores de 10 años han sido enviados a sus casas cuando presentan comportamientos...

Posted: 10 days ago

Desde hace tiempo sabemos que suspender de la escuela a los niños pequeños, aun a los que apenas están en preescolar, tiene un efecto negativo en el desempeño académico de los estudiantes. Sin embargo, en Austin, los niños menores de 10 años han sido enviados a sus casas cuando presentan comportamientos...
SXSW has something to offer for everyone — even political junkies
 I’m reconnecting with an old friend this year. After a few years of slight disconnect, we seem to once again have a lot in common. My friend — the annual South by Southwest Festival — and I go back 20 years. In our earlier years, SXSW gave me all I wanted and needed as a fan and writer of music and film. Access to new artists...

Posted: 15 days ago

I’m reconnecting with an old friend this year. After a few years of slight disconnect, we seem to once again have a lot in common. My friend — the annual South by Southwest Festival — and I go back 20 years. In our earlier years, SXSW gave me all I wanted and needed as a fan and writer of music and film. Access to new artists...
SantaCruz: AISD suspension ban a positive step; still needs tweaks

Posted: 22 days ago

We have known for some time that suspending very young children, even those in kindergarten, affects the academic success of students. Numerous studies and experts cite such negative effects. Yet in Austin, kids younger than 10 are sent home for disruptive behavior. Thankfully, that won’t be the case much longer since the Austin Independent...
LBJ Civil Rights Summit: Long road ahead for immigration reform

3:56 AM Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 8, 2014 Hope. That, in essence, is what some political leaders have for any chance of comprehensive immigration plan to pass soon in this country. Among those leaders with hope is San Antonio mayor Julián Castro and former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. Both spoke...
Cigarroa: ‘This has been difficult for me’

3:48 AM Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 9, 2014 On Thursday, UT-Austin President Bill Powers will learn his fate. During a closed-door regents meeting, members will discuss “appropriate action” concerning the leader of the system’s flagship. The ongoing saga between Powers and the regents will certainly...
Do you agree with Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim countries?
 I agree with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s most recent take on President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. “The Executive Order went too far,” McCaul, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said this week, writing...

5:00 AM Friday, Feb. 03, 2017

I agree with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s most recent take on President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. “The Executive Order went too far,” McCaul, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said this week, writing...
Thank you for your ‘Dear President Trump’ letters

5:50 PM Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2017

On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as our country’s 45th president. Along with the title, Trump inherits the fears and hopes – be they reasonable or not – of an entire nation. And hearing from approving and disapproving Texans is almost a given. We’d like to give readers a platform to start those correspondences...
Grupo anti-racismo se enfrenta a ardua pero necesaria tarea
 Austin luchará oficialmente en contra del racismo institucional, proclamó el mes pasado el alcalde Steve Adler. Ya era hora de hacerlo. Para una ciudad que se ha autodenominado como progresiva e inclusiva, Austin se ha visto lenta en hacerle frente a su larga historia de desigualdades e injusticias. Las barreras institucionales...

4:00 PM Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2017

Austin luchará oficialmente en contra del racismo institucional, proclamó el mes pasado el alcalde Steve Adler. Ya era hora de hacerlo. Para una ciudad que se ha autodenominado como progresiva e inclusiva, Austin se ha visto lenta en hacerle frente a su larga historia de desigualdades e injusticias. Las barreras institucionales...
SantaCruz: Tough, necessary work waiting for anti-racism task force
 Austin will officially fight institutional racism, Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed last month. It’s about time. For a city that has branded itself progressive and inclusive, Austin has been slow to address its long history of inequalities and injustices that go beyond its shameful 1929 plan which forcefully segregated African-Americans...

4:56 PM Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

Austin will officially fight institutional racism, Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed last month. It’s about time. For a city that has branded itself progressive and inclusive, Austin has been slow to address its long history of inequalities and injustices that go beyond its shameful 1929 plan which forcefully segregated African-Americans...