Nelson Linder, the President of the Austin chapter of the NAACP, told KXAN his organization had been in communication with Ralph Andersen & Associates, the consulting firm overseeing the search for Austin's new police chief. Read more here.
After killing a Republican-sponsored bill to restrict voting in the state, Democrats vowed to oppose any efforts to revive it. Republicans pledged to pass it in a special legislative session. Read more here.
Nelson Linder, president of Austin’s NAACP chapter, said that seeing Austin’s already small, and once thriving, Black population continue to decline is a concern. To reverse the trend, he said, the city needs to invest in affordable housing, make sure jobs pay high enough wages for people of color, and put money back into the community and programs that foster Black culture. Read more here.
Joe Biden has condemned Texas bill SB7 as “wrong and un-American." It is set to pass into law, but the president said that it “attacks the sacred right to vote”, particularly among minorities. Read more here.
When it comes to housing, there are plenty of cities more expensive than Austin — but there are few that have seen affordability decline as rapidly recently. Read more here.
A “Remember and Rise” concert organized by the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission was abruptly canceled. Oklahoma’s governor was ousted from the commission for pushing limits on how racism is taught in schools. And some residents are planning to boycott the opening of Greenwood Rising, a new museum that construction workers are racing to finish in the heart of Black Wall Street. Read more here.
It has been called the first genocide of the 20th century, the “forgotten genocide’’ and the genocide that was the precursor of the Holocaust. Tens of thousands of Africans were killed between 1904 and 1908 by German soldiers in what is now Namibia, a vast, arid country northwest of South Africa. Read more here.
High expectations greeted Mark Washington when he accepted the job last year as Grand Rapids’ top city government official. Based on MLive interviews with city commissioners and residents who closely follow city government happenings, Washington is meeting those expectations. Read more here.
Groups including NAACP, Austin Justice Coalition, and Black Voters Matter are protesting what they call voter suppression while the GOP maintains it's a way to make sure Texas elections are secure. Watch the protest here.
Since 2015, Stanford University's Open Policing project has attempted to track the total number of traffic stops conducted by state and local police across the country. ValuePenguin analyzed the figures provided by Stanford to track the chance that a typical driver will be stopped and the effects on insurance that such stops bring. Read the report's results here.
For frequent updates, visit the Facebook page of Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder!