Austin is currently the fastest growing city in the United States and, from 2011 to 2016; it's expected to have an economic growth rate of over 6%, with a population growth rate approaching 3%. This means it's following a trend common across many major cities in Texas. Read more here.
Racism, Excessive Force, and Resignations: Will Austin Police Get Millions More Despite Its Troubled Legacy?
Right now, Austin voters are weighing in on one of the most consequential local elections in recent Texas memory. Prop A is a ballot initiative that would boost the Austin Police Department’s (APD) already-massive budget by hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years. If passed, the proposition wouldn’t just syphon money away from critical city services like the fire department, EMS, and parks: It would set the table for similar efforts elsewhere in the state. Read more here.
"There are some incredible legal problems involving African Americans and Latinos in the [redistricting] maps, so it does not appear as though those are going to be rectified, so I don’t see any way around the fact that there might very well be litigation,” said Gary Bledsoe, Texas State NAACP President. Read more here.
Days away from Austin approving the hiring of APD's Interim Chief Joseph Chacon to the APD chief position, Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder said hiring Chacon for the job will set progress back 30 to 40 years. Read more here.
Texas House Democrats broke quorum twice to delay the passage of what they call a voter suppression bill, but on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott made Senate Bill 1 law. "It does make it easier than ever before for anybody to go cast a ballot," said Abbott. "It does also, however, make sure that it is harder for people to cheat at the ballot box in Texas." Before Abbott could put his pen down, several groups filed lawsuits challenging the bill, including the Texas NAACP. Read more here.
Local community leaders are asking for more than traffic improvement to come from a plan to upgrade Interstate 35 through downtown Austin. They also want it to improve the quality of life and perhaps even race relations in the city. Read more here.
On August 19, the Austin Police Department say they found a 51-year-old man in the middle of the highway, who officers say was aggressive when they approached. APD has released video footage of this officer-involved shooting, which can be seen here.
Check out ATXSoul Radio's "Above the Fray" episodes, featuring our very own NAACP Austin branch President, Nelson Linder here.
More Black Texans are getting vaccinated this month. “We're trending in the right direction,” said Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder. Data from the Kaiser Family Foundation backs him up. In fact, nationwide, the number of Black and brown, and Asian people getting vaccinated is rising. Read more here.
The Round Rock ISD Police Department has been selected to give a presentation on redefining school policing, a transformative policing model at the National School Safety Conference. Read more here.
For frequent updates, visit the Facebook page of Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder!