President Nelson Linder will be one of many performers at ACC's National Day of Racial Healing on January 22nd. Learn more here and join the NAACP at the event from 12:00 to 1:30pm.
The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9:00am with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus.
We will then march to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. All businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.
The Austin NAACP joins our community and nation today in sending our prayers to the Overton family. Mr. Richard Overton will be sorely missed in our community. We also recognize how fortunate we are to share the memories and joy Mr. Overton gave to all
NAACP Austin President
The Austin NAACP has witnessed several objectives come to fruition based on the implementation of the 10-1 Austin City Charter in 2014.
First and foremost is maintaining African American representation in District 46 with Sheryl Cole and also maintaining representation in District 1 on the Austin City Council with the election of Natasha Harper-Madison. The work of Commissioner Jeff Travillion at Precinct 1 has established a solid foundation as we address inequities and disparities in Eastern Travis County. Electing officials who will conceptualize and write policies that address the needs of their respective constituents is the key to political empowerment.
Aligning city, county and state agendas is paramount and mandatory. Also, educating local voters about our Washington D.C. Bureau and its report card on all 50 states applies on a local level. Voter education and voter registration are inseparable and absolutely necessary.
Specifically implementing and understanding the work of the Civil Rights Division at the Travis County District Attorney Office has had a tremendous impact on reforming and
improving the criminal justice system. We must consolidate all efforts to make public transportation available to everyone in Travis County. AISD must recognize that losing 1600 students as adjacent districts grow is directly related to its unwillingness and ability to confront City of Austin policies that are displacing African American and Hispanic students from East Austin. They should join our fight to mitigate gentrification. We are only consulted when bonds are on the ballot. After the resources are allocated, East Austin is always underserved. This must cease and desist.
We have established two important initiatives to address the unacceptable removal rate of African American children from black households. The first involves organizing parents and providing support and guidance from the beginning to the end of the process. A parental guide to understanding child protective services has been produced by the branch and will be made available to the public. The second aspect is providing a comprehensive support team at the initial hearing in court.
Our other primary focus will be reducing employment discrimination within the City of Austin and throughout Travis County and state government. This will require challenging the EEOC to adopt higher standards when investigating employment discrimination.
With that, happy New Year! Let's come together into 2019 reignited in our fight for civil rights in the City of Austin and throughout the state of Texas.
President Austin NAACP
As the new year approaches, we want to give a special thank you to all who support the NAACP and its fight for civil rights. We could not do what we do without the support of the community. Read here for some of the incredible impacts that we all have made in 2018 on the national level, as inspiration for our continued push for justice in the year 2019.
On Saturday, the Austin chapter of the NAACP hosted its 53rd annual DeWitty/Overton Freedom Fund Banquet. At the banquet, President Nelson Linder reminded attendees that "people care, but caring and mobilizing mean two different things," and it is time for everyone to mobilize for equality. Read more here.
“Declining enrollment is a serious issue for the district,” Trustee Ted Gordon said. “Some of the aspects are beyond our ability to influence, including the lack of affordability in the city of Austin. But some are aspects we can influence. And the district must do a better job of combating the loss of students to charter schools, which are a threat to public education. ... And the district must make the schools on the east and north central side of town more attractive to families and students. We’ve been saying this for a while.” Read more here.
Ninety years after Austin’s first comprehensive plan designated a “negro district”—and fifty years after the first attempt to pass a local fair housing ordinance was overturned by popular referendum -- there are still sharp differences in the quality of life across neighborhoods. Read the commentary here.
The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe the changes in urban neighborhoods across the country, but we don't realize just how threatening it is. It means more than the arrival of trendy shops, much-maligned hipsters, and expensive lattes. The very future of American cities as vibrant, equitable spaces hangs in the balance. Listen to this audiobook, How to Kill a City, to learn more.
African American survivors of sex trafficking are rarely acknowledged even though statistics show they are disproportionately becoming victimized. One sex trafficking survivor, Sophia Strother, wrote this piece to shed light on this important topic. She wrote, "I consider myself to be a champion of 'life after abuse' — a victor in realizing real love doesn’t hurt. After surviving child sexual abuse at the age of 9, child neglect by parents addicted to crack, familial trafficking to support my parents’ drug addiction, and domestic violence, I refuse to be silent." Read more here.
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