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Texas Observer Magazine - November/December 2020

How We Got Here
Texas has undermined its public health system for decades. Here, COVID-19 found the perfect place to spread. 
By Sophie Novack

Quilts of Color
Carrying on the legacy of black quiltmakers in Texas.
By DaLyah Jones

Tenant Blacklisting
Even unlawful eviction filings can stay on a tenant's record and make it harder to find future housing. 
By Megan Kimble

A Grave Injustice
Thirty years ago, Congress. passes a law requiring Native American bones to be returned to tribes. Few have been returned. 
By Amal Ahmed

The Interview
José Garza wants to be the first DA in Texas to end the prosecution of all low-level drug crimes. 
Interviewed by Michael Barajas

How to Die in Texas
Texas is at the forefront of changes in the funeral industry.
By Sunny Sone

Short Story
This year's short story contest winner, "Immaculate," was chosen by Bryan Washington.
By Nellie Downer

Poem
"Why I Hide My Poetry From Texas."
By J. Alan Nelson

Plus:
Eye On Texas
Dialogue
Political Intelligence
Texas Observed
Strangest State
Ben Sargent's Loonstar State and More...

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