City Council to Vote on Safety for People of Color and Immigrants

June 11, 2018

People of color and immigrants in Austin are more likely to be arrested, jailed, and removed from our community

WHAT: Press Conference announcing Freedom City policies to be taken up Thursday by Council

WHO: Grassroots Leadership, Texas Advocates for Justice, Workers Defense Project, United We Dream, Austin City Council Members

WHEN: Tuesday, June 12th at 8:30 a.m., Prior to Council Work Session

WHERE: Austin City Hall Media Room

AUSTIN — Community groups and co-sponsors of two resolutions, Item 73 and Item 74 on Thursday’s City Council Agenda, will gather to present their policies before council goes into Work Session on Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m.

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 SB4.

Austin City Council is expected to vote on these two items on Thursday.  Community organizations will rally outside City Hall on June 14th at 5:45 p.m. in support of these items.

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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

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.


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