Grassroots Leadership Blog

Everything you need to know about the upcoming vote on Travis County’s budget

You heard the calls to defund the Austin Police Department, you demanded that elected officials take notice, and you made it possible to begin shifting City of Austin resources from policing to community. But did you know that Travis County is the primary arm of government that incarcerates Austin residents and their budget process is happening right now?  Read more about Everything you need to know about the upcoming vote on Travis County’s budget

What happens when elected officials think no one’s watching?

Just a few weeks ago, when all eyes were on them, Austin City Council took the first steps toward investing in communities’ health and wellbeing instead of policing. However, when they thought no one was watching, they handed the Austin Police Department more than $1.7 million in state grants last Thursday—and they plan on giving APD more money. Read more about What happens when elected officials think no one’s watching?

Announcing Annette Price and Claudia Muñoz as Grassroots Leadership’s new co-Executive Directors!

Dear Grassroots Leadership Family,

Today, we are enormously proud to announce Claudia Muñoz and Annette Price as Grassroots Leadership’s new co-Executive Directors

We are proud to be amongst the first non-profits in the south whose leadership and staff are personally impacted by the systems we are trying to dismantle including mass incarceration, detention, and deportation.   Read more about Announcing Annette Price and Claudia Muñoz as Grassroots Leadership’s new co-Executive Directors!

14 community organizations send letter to Harris County Commissioner Court regarding creation of COVID-19 fund

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

As COVID-19 reaches Austin, here's how we are taking care of our community and ourselves

Over the past years, our team has successfully prepared for and responded to crises, and we’re good at what we do — from reuniting women detained at the notorious T. Don Hutto detention center with their children, to responding to ICE raids in our community, to working with communities as they navigate the criminal legal system. Read more about As COVID-19 reaches Austin, here's how we are taking care of our community and ourselves

Grassroots Leadership: A year in review

Texas is the most incarcerated state in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more than 1,000 immigration jails separating thousands of people from their loved ones, and a wealthy few profiting from the incarceration of Black, brown, and poor communities. For decades, the solution to dealing with people who are targeted by unjust laws has been incarcerating, punishing, and criminalizing those communities. Read more about Grassroots Leadership: A year in review

Texas Advocates for Justice speaks at Federal Court hearing regarding ending cash bail in Harris County

On October 28, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas held a final hearing on a historic agreement to put an end to Harris County’s unconstitutional bail practices.

Our lead Houston field organizer, Dianna Williams, gave a powerful testimony on why it's time for Harris County to invest in #CommunitiesNotCages. Read below.


Good morning, Your Honor.    Read more about Texas Advocates for Justice speaks at Federal Court hearing regarding ending cash bail in Harris County

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