Helping People Gain Power
AUSTIN — Thursday evening, ICE officials at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas told Melvin Griselda Cruz-Lopez that there had been no appeal filed in her case and she must sign her own deportation. They stated she would go crazy spending six more months there, like the other women do, when she refused. Read more about ICE Retaliates Against Detained Mother for Fighting to be Reunited With Her Daughter
I’m happy to share the news that Jennifer Pumphrey has joined the Grassroots Leadership team as a field organizer in Austin.
Jennifer is starting from a place of deep knowledge about the local community, because she was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Specifically, she grew up on the East Side, and saw first-hand the racial disparities, oppression, and gang violence in the community. This sparked an interest in Jennifer at a very young age in understanding and the need to fix our broken judicial system.
Then, Jennifer experienced that system herself for the first time in her late teens. “It was like adding fuel to the fire,” Jennifer said. Read more about We are proud to welcome Field Organizer Jennifer Pumphrey to the Grassroots Leadership team
As TAJ’s membership, vision, and impact grows, so does our team. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the next two Amos Walker TAJ Fellows, Chantel Pridgon (of the Austin TAJ Chapter), and Sybil Sybille (of the Houston TAJ Chapter). This fellowship, which builds the leadership of formerly incarcerated people and their families, is named in memory of Amos Walker, a beloved TAJ member and community leader from Houston Read more about Texas Advocates for Justice Welcomes Two News Amos Walker TAJ Fellows in Austin and Houston, Chantel Pridgon and Sybil Sybille
WATCH: Facebook Live Video featuring Grassroots Leadership organizers Alicia Torres and Chris Harris, explaining the policy, what it means for Austin, and what comes next Read more about As Austin’s Freedom City Policy Goes Into Effect Today, Organizers Explain Why It Matters
AUSTIN — Despite escalating danger to Griselda’s young child, ICE has denied multiple legal and community requests for release on humanitarian grounds. This mother remains unable to protect her while detained at the infamous for-profit T. Don Hutto immigration prison in Taylor, Texas. Read more about ICE Places Child in Danger by Refusing to Release Mom, Griselda, to Protect Her