Houston Matters
Houston Matters
Oct 21, 2020
Teachers Union Weighs In On COVID-19 School Closures (Oct. 21, 2020)
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On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The Houston Federation of Teachers weighs in on recent HISD school closures due to COVID-19 cases. Also this hour: We discuss recent news in our weekly political roundup. Then, we learn how first responders are dealing with their stressful jobs during the pandemic. And we talk with the directors of Houston Grand Opera’s first show of its all-digital season, which is about a centuries-old Flemish competition involving birdcalls.

The Takeaway
The Takeaway
Domestic Violence Victims in the U.S. Are Lacking Resources During Pandemic
In a previous segment, The Takeaway discussed how during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in intimate partner violence around the globe including. So we turn to look at the situation here at home, in the United States. In our series Justice Delayed, we’ve been talking about how the pandemic has led to a backlog of court cases of all kinds. Some states shuttered courts altogether for a time, others opened them with specific kinds of cases taking priority, and others are only conducting proceedings virtually. That changing court landscape means more and more victims of intimate partner violence may be facing delays in their cases, and struggling to receive, or even to reach out for, the resources they need. To understand how survivors of domestic violence are affected by COVID’s impact on the courts, we are joined by Margo Lindauer, Director of the Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern University School of Law. As we talk about domestic violence on the show, we want to remind you that if you or someone you know is affected by intimate partner violence and needs help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE for support in English and Spanish. Check out our 2020 election coverage here. Check out our series, "A Votar: A Look at Latino Voters in the 2020 U.S. Election," here. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe for free to our podcast via iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this segment with you on the go. Want to comment on this story? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram.
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