Austin City Council to Vote on Safety, Rights of People of Color and Immigrants

June 13, 2018

AUSTIN — Thursday, the immigrant community, and community groups will rally ahead of a City Council vote on two proposed #FreedomCity policies: items 73 and 74 on the council agenda.

Resolution 73 charges the City of Austin to reduce racial disparities in arrests and eliminate the low-level arrests that APD doesn’t have to make in the first place.  Resolution 74 directs the City of Austin to create policies that further protect immigrant community members and their constitutional rights under SB 4.

WHAT: Rally, Music and Speaker program prior to vote on Freedom City policies
to be taken up by Council

WHO: Immigrant and formerly incarcerated community members, Grassroots Leadership, Texas Advocates for Justice, Workers Defense Project, United We Dream

WHEN: Thursday, June 14th at 5:30 p.m

WHERE: Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

VISUALS: Signs with statistics citing disparities and the need for #FreedomCity policies

More than 25 Austin-area community groups have signed on to a letter of support for the Freedom City policies, saying,

“We are committed to work for the values of trust, community, equality, and social justice that matter to the people who live in our beloved city. We believe that everyone should receive equal and fair treatment and it is our hope that you work diligently to pass the Freedom City Policy for the benefit of everyone who calls Austin home.”

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Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past.

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.

Workers Defense Project is a statewide membership organization established in 2002 that fights to win dignified working conditions for Texas workers and advocates for justice for immigrants. For updates follow us at @WorkersDefense.