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.
It looks like Austin may be restarting its revision of its community land development code, which started with the CodeNEXT initiative and continued with the city's controversial "transition zone" plan. Read more here.
President Nelson Linder says Austin's lack of growth control is responsible for the homelessness and displacement of minority groups. Hear him speak here:
Close family friends of those arrested in a local prostitution sting say their loved ones were targeted because of race. Read more here.
Thursday was a historic day at the U.S. Capitol as President Joe Biden signed an act proclaiming Juneteenth as a national holiday - the first new federal holiday signed into law since MLK Day in 1983. Read more here.
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.
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