Grand Rapids officials acknowledged a history of development inequity in the city’s Third Ward when they created a $750,000 equity fund during the development of the FY2019 budget last spring. Read more here.
In February 2018, the APD SWAT officers were called to the scene of a shooting near Red River and 12th. The officers deployed a stun gun on 31-year-old Quentin Perkins who, according to their reports, was trying to get away. However, a different officer's body-worn-camera footage showed Perkins was on the ground. Read more here.
"Historically, not just you," NAACP Austin President Nelson Linder told council, "but America does a poor job of giving folks the chance to solve their own problems. If the money is there, these are very bright folks. Let them solve their own problems. I think you might find a much better result."
Read more about the events on City Hall in 2010 and think: How have things changed?
Following the Inequality Policy Brief, here are six ways to minimize the rising economic inequality prevalent in the United States. Haas Institute Director John A. Powell discusses why these policies will work in slowing the growth in inequality.
In an effort to build trust in the community, Austin police officers are hitting the streets to meet with the people of Austin. Read more here.
Black and Hispanic drivers who were pulled over in traffic stops in Austin last year were more than twice as likely to be searched than their white counterparts, according to the latest racial profiling report released by the Austin Police Department. Read more here.
An Austin City Council affordable housing initiative fizzled out early June 19 as the Council voted to adopt a PUD ordnance supported by the developer lobby and opposed by city boards, city commissions, and housing advocates. The ordinance will contribute little to solving Austin’s affordable housing crisis. Read more here to understand how East Austin was apprehended.
Nelson Linder has been the president of the Austin chapter of the NAACP for 19 years, so he's had his fair share of seeing justice and injustice. He says when he first heard that actor Jussie Smollett was attacked, he was angry. And now that it's turned out to be far from the truth, he's disappointed. Read more here.
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