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Nov 10, 2017
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Austin Chronicle

Activists Out to Derail Police Contract

Grassroots Leadership and local coalition partners are advocating to end meet-and-confer negotiations between the City of Austin and the Austin Police Association. We have hosted forums in districts 5 and 9 to educate the public about the broken contract and the need for city council members to vote 'no' on the contract. "Really, the goal is to get people in those districts to understand the issue, and more specifically to tie it to the role the union contract plays into the issue of police brutality and misconduct," said Chris Harris of Grassroots Leadership. "Then for them to go their to council members, because ultimately the Council is going to decide what happens." Read more about Activists Out to Derail Police Contract

Nov 2, 2017
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Telemundo

Con un altar de muertos activistas locales honraron a inmigrantes fallecidos

"El jueves, varios activistas se unieron a miembros de la comunidad para participar en una celebración del Día de los Muertos en honor de a todos aquellos que perdieron la vida en su intento por llegar a los Estados Unidos.

Los organizadores del evento recalcaron su compromiso con todos aquellos que se sienten vulnerables a la deportación. Entre ellos estaba Claudia Muñoz, quien enfrenta una orden de deportación.

'Grassroots Leadership en los siguientes días va a darle una propuesta a los concejales, en relación a política local. Esta propuesta de política local da recomendaciones de cómo deben de interactuar los policías después de que se hace un arresto y también como limitar los arrestos contra la comunidad indocumentada', dijo Muñoz." Read more about Con un altar de muertos activistas locales honraron a inmigrantes fallecidos

Oct 19, 2017
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KXAN

Social justice groups take a knee at Austin City Council meeting

KXAN covered the #TakeaKnee protests during the Austin City Council meeting on Thursday, October 19. Organizers are urging City Council to reject the police contract and end meet-and-confer negotiations with the Austin Police Association. "'What we have today is faux oversight, in name only,' said Harris. Grassroots Leadership and the Austin Justice Coalition want the city to place more power in the hands of civilians. The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition released a report that no civilian recommendations for police policy in Austin have ever become reality." Read more about Social justice groups take a knee at Austin City Council meeting

Oct 20, 2017
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Univision 62

“Vete de aquí”, el grito de manifestantes a Jeff Sessions durante su visita a Austin

"La organización proinmigrantes Grassroots Leadership organizó una protesta llamada 'No en nuestra ciudad' a las afueras de la Oficina de la Fiscalía de los EE.UU. para el Distrito Occidental de Texas para rechazar la visita del Jeff Sessions.

 'Sabemos que la verdadera razón por la que Sessions viene a Austin es para desafiar a la comunidad mientras luchamos para asegurarnos de que Austin sea una Ciudad Santuario para todos', dijo Claudia Muñoz, directora de programas de inmigración de la organización Grassroots Leadership." Read more about “Vete de aquí”, el grito de manifestantes a Jeff Sessions durante su visita a Austin

Oct 20, 2017
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The Patch

AG Sessions Touts Trump's Immigration Policies During Austin Visit

"Officials at Grassroots Leadership, a civil rights watchdog, also had harsh words against Sessions ahead of his visit. Officials there noted Sessions, in testimony before Congress on Oct. 18, threatened to strip federal funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities' seen as too welcoming of immigrants. 'We know that the real reason Sessions is coming is to defy the Austin community as we are fighting to ensure that Austin is a sanctuary city for all,' said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership. 'Even as we continue to be attacked by Paxton, Abbott, and the Trump administration, we will show Sessions that he will not break us and we will resist any and all steps he takes against us. He is not welcome in our city.'" Read more about AG Sessions Touts Trump's Immigration Policies During Austin Visit
Oct 4, 2017
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The Intercept

Internal Emails Show ICE Agents Struggling To Substantiate Trump's Lies About Immigrants

"AS HUNDREDS OF undocumented immigrants were rounded up across the country last February in the first mass raids of the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials went out of their way to portray the people they detained as hardened criminals, instructing field offices to highlight the worst cases for the media and attempting to distract attention from the dozens of individuals who were apprehended despite having no criminal background at all. ...Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based civil rights group, said the emails show just 'how aggressive and desperate and duplicitous ICE was during these raids.' 'Essentially this is ICE trying to gin up a case for its actions, when really this isn’t at all about public safety,' he told The Intercept after reviewing the correspondence. 'We can thoroughly expect that’s what they’re going to try to do again.'" Read more about Internal Emails Show ICE Agents Struggling To Substantiate Trump's Lies About Immigrants

One month campaign update for Alirio Gámez in Sanctuary in Austin

"Me siento muy contento y agradecido por toda la gente que me está apoyando mucho. Sinceramente les digo que no puedo regresar a mi país, porque el momento que regreso, estoy en riesgo de perder mi vida. Esta petición de nuestra campaña es importante para parar mi deportación." - Alirio Gámez, Oct. 3, 2017

Read more about One month campaign update for Alirio Gámez in Sanctuary in Austin>
Oct 1, 2017
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KUT

Immigrants' Rights Groups Confront Fear And Confusion After Latest 'Sanctuary Cities' Ruling

"Bob Libal, executive director of the immigrants’ rights group Grassroots Leadership, said the constant fear of being deported can have an effect on peoples’ mental health. The Austin Police Department has had a verbal policy that officers will ask about a person's immigration status only if it's pertinent to the case – for example, in a case of human trafficking. Monday’s ruling didn't change the department's procedures very much. Officers will now track when and why they ask about immigration status. Libal said the fear of interacting with anyone who resembles law enforcement can also compromise physical health. 'During the immigration raids here in February,' he says, 'we saw things like declines in attendance at school, declines in people accepting rides in ambulances.' Read more about Immigrants' Rights Groups Confront Fear And Confusion After Latest 'Sanctuary Cities' Ruling"
Sep 22, 2017
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Spectrum News

Immigration rights advocates call deportee's death preventable

Bethany Carson, immigration researcher and organizer at Grassroots Leadership, spoke about APD's unjust arrest of Juan Coronilla-Guerrero for an incident his wife said never happened, and ultimately led to his deportation and death. "ICE is fully aware of the fatal consequences of deportation and still chooses to violently target the most vulnerable people in society for their own profit and political gain," Carson said Read more about Immigration rights advocates call deportee's death preventable.

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