The Austin Area Urban League eagerly anticipate your participation in this year’s 41st Annual Equal Opportunity Day black-tie gala. Join for a time of reflection and celebration as we delve into the gala's theme; Civil Rights, a Legacy of Success. This year, AAUL will honor some of Central Texas’ fiercest champions of civil rights, equal opportunity, and social justice while simultaneously kickstarting a healthy discourse with a dynamic keynote speaker. Read more here.
“Well, neighborhoods always change” is a common response to the subject of gentrification.
But if you really understood what gentrification means, you wouldn’t be saying that. So here’s University of Illinois professor Stacey Sutton breaking down how gentrification is a manifestation of inequality – and far worse than many people think.
A D.C. lawyer has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on behalf of three native Washingtonians and CARE, a community group with over 20 members. The suit claims that the city’s housing and urban renewal policies have discriminated against some of the District’s longest-standing residents in favor of attracting millennial renters. The suit is seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Read more here.
The presentation on stand-your-ground laws previously scheduled for August 15th will be rescheduled. Check back later for the new date!
In a press release sent Aug. 8, NCAA President Nelson Linder said over the past four years, the city has lost black leaders in the City of Austin, including code enforcement's Carl Smart, former Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes and previous City Manager Marc Ott. The NCAAP said Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced he was replacing his entire executive team, which includes black employees. Read more here.
A soft heart and a steel spine served Armatha Barryer Banks well as she stood up for justice from the civil rights era to voter registration drives in recent election cycles, family members and longtime friends recalled at her passing. Read more about Mrs. Banks here.
NAACP members and supporters: We have three major events coming up.
1.) Press Conference on August 9th at 9:45 AM at the Austin City Council on 301 W 2nd Street, #1120.
2.) A presentation on stand-your-ground laws on August 15th at 7:00 PM at Simpson United Methodist Church on 1701 E. 12th Street.
3.) The Blanton Museum of Art's Community Conversations event, facilitated by NAACP President Nelson Linder, on August 16th at 12:30 PM.
We hope to see you there! Check out our other events and meetings here.
Gentrification is a term that people throw around a lot, but it’s often oversimplified as neighborhood revitalization. In an enlightening talk, urban planning scholar Stacey Sutton shows us the true costs of gentrification.
For frequent updates, visit the Facebook page of Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder!