Helping People Gain Power
Austin, TX— Earlier this afternoon, the Austin City Council unanimously voted in favor of Items 40 and 49, replenishing the RISE fund to include an additional $12 million for direct financial assistance to disproportionately impacted Austin residents. The move comes after rising pressure from community advocates and members to replenish the RISE fund but fell short of the demands from community organizations asking for at least $70 million for direct financial assistance. The new resolution only allocates $12 million for direct assistance to people facing financial hardship. Read more about Austin City Council votes in favor of replenishing direct cash assistance fund for most directly impacted Austinites, but is it enough?
AUSTIN — On Saturday, family members of people incarcerated in Texas prisons will demonstrate in front of Governor Greg Abbott’s mansion to draw attention to the growing COVID-19 crisis in Texas prisons.
Demonstrators will call on Gov. Abbott and the Board of Pardon and Paroles to use their authority to release incarcerated people from Texas prisons who are at the tail end of their prison sentences and are already parole-eligible or parole-approved. Read more about SATURDAY: Families of Texas prisoners will demonstrate at Governor Abbott’s mansion over growing COVID-19 crisis in Texas prisons
On Thursday, May 14, 2020, 14 community groups sent a letter to Harris County Judge Hidalgo and Commissioners expressing their gratitude in passing the Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund as well as offering their support in bringing it to reality. Read below:
County Judge Lina Hidalgo
Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Precinct 1
Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Precinct 2 Read more about 14 community organizations send letter to Harris County Commissioner Court regarding creation of COVID-19 fund
AUSTIN — Today, a coalition of organizations representing formerly incarcerated people, prisoners’ families, and criminal legal reform groups is calling on Texas Governor Abbott and the Board of Pardons and Parole to release incarcerated people who are at the tail end of their sentences and are already parole-eligible. Read more about Advocates: Release parole-eligible people from Texas prisons to prevent further COVID-19 deaths