Helping People Gain Power
AUSTIN — On Saturday, October 24th, formerly incarcerated people, prisoners’ families, criminal legal reform groups, and elected officials will gather in Austin for a remembrance of the almost 200 people who have died in Texas prisons this year due to COVID-19. Read more about SATURDAY: Advocates to gather at Texas Capitol for remembrance of nearly 200 incarcerated Texans and 20 prison staff who have died of COVID-19
Texas — Friday evening, the Fuerza Texas Collaborative—made up by eight racial and social justice organizations—hosted a non-partisan candidate forum featuring five sheriff candidates from Bastrop County, Dallas County, Harris County, and Tarrant County. Read more about Texas Sheriff candidates face community in virtual forum
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
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?
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!