Grassroots Leadership Blog

Welcome Rebecca Sanchez!

Grassroots Leadership is pleased to welcome Rebecca Sanchez as our new Administration and Development Associate! Rebecca first came to Grassroots Leadership as a volunteer to help coordinate our 35th Anniversary campaign and celebration, made her way into our hearts, and now joins our full time staff.  Read more about Welcome Rebecca Sanchez!

What you need to know about Fair Chance Hiring in Austin!

In the coming weeks, Austin City Council will be debating a Fair Chance Hiring (FCH) ordinance aimed at eliminating employment discrimination against individuals in Austin with a criminal record. This would be a huge step toward creating a more equitable Austin, strengthening our communities, and dismantling institutional racism in our city.

What exactly is Fair Chance Hiring? Read more about What you need to know about Fair Chance Hiring in Austin!

#Hutto27 update: Maribel is free from immigrant detention, but the fight isn't over

This photo was taken right after Maribel's bond hearing, where the judge flippantly commented, "Well, [Honduras] is a dangerous place" in response to her attorney explaining her case for asylum. In the end, he granted Maribel a $8,500 bond.

Click here to find out how to continue the fight to #FreeTheMadresLuchadoras

On Friday, fourteen people arrived to fill the small courtroom at the San Antonio immigration court and surprised staff with matching t-shirts to support Maribel Zelaya at the bond hearing she had finally been granted after more than a year in detention. Read more about #Hutto27 update: Maribel is free from immigrant detention, but the fight isn't over

Grassroots Leadership and allies submit comments to the FCC on video visitation

This week Grassroots Leadership and many of our partners and allies submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in hopes of improving the way video "visits" are currently being offered and sold at county jails and state prisons around the country.  Our comments can be viewed here. Read more about Grassroots Leadership and allies submit comments to the FCC on video visitation

San Antonio media fails to report opposition to video visit plans at Bexar County Jail

Last week the San Antonio Express News posted this article about Bexar County’s imminent transition to video-only visitation at their county jail.  Despite outcry from community members, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau and County Commissioners continue to push the plan forward.   Read more about San Antonio media fails to report opposition to video visit plans at Bexar County Jail

The year in review: 15 highlights of 2015 at Grassroots Leadership!

Massive march in Dilley, Texas to #EndFamillyDetention!

As we finish up 2015, we thought we’d reflect on the year at Grassroots Leadership.  We’ve had a terrific year of work and it couldn’t have been possible without the hard work and support of our staff, board, volunteers, allies, and donors.  Please consider making a donation to help our work continue in 2016.  Thank you, we couldn’t do it without you! Read more about The year in review: 15 highlights of 2015 at Grassroots Leadership!

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