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As the city’s Equity Office says, “Austin has a long history of systemic racism and racial inequity that continues today.” That’s why we apply an equity lens to everyday reporting, writing stories that investigate the intersection of equity and the outdoors, climate change, and even the food that we eat.

Clouds
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Why healthy air is important for everyone

About The Author This post was written by the City of Austin Office of Sustainability. Their mission is to protect and improve Austin’s quality of life now and for future generations by leading efforts to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just

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Earth
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Happy Earth Day in the Middle of the Great Pause

About The Author Janis Bookout is the Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, as well as one of the organizers of Community Resilience Trust, a grassroots coalition that came together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of making Austin a more equitable

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Racial Disparity
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

A Look Into APD’s Record of Racial Disparities In Policing

Summary Over the course of this past year, the City of Austin has released 3 major studies, investigating racial disparities & racism within the Austin Police Department. Action Box You can help shape Austin’s reimagining public safety efforts by filling out an online survey here.

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Police Budget Recap
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Big Changes Were Made To APD’s Budget… What Comes Next?

Summary A lot has been done since City Council voted to make $150 million in historic cuts & potential changes to APD over the summer. Keep reading for an update on the latest! Action Box Participate in our city’s effort to reimagine public safety by

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Community Powered Workshop
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

Building Power With Design Justice

Summary The Community Powered Workshop is a local nonprofit that connects and amplifies the voices of communities who have not yet been heard to create powerful places that promote a healthy future and break barriers of systemic injustice. Action Box RSVP for Community Powered Workshop’s

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Mask
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Love Is In The Details

This op-ed was written by Janis Bookout, co-founder of Community Resilience Trust, a former teacher and a contributing author at the Austin Common. You can support her work by contributing to her Patreon account. Articles about the teachers who have died from COVID-19 always seem

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Final Budget
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

The City Has A New Budget. Was Your Voice Heard?

Summary Austin City Council recently approved the city’s 2020-2021 budget after months of debate over police spending. Action Box Even though the budget is finalized, there’s still a lot of work to be done, so stay engaged! Follow your favorite nonprofit/ advocacy organization, as well

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State of the City
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

What is the state of the city? A recap of the mayor’s speech

On Wednesday night, Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual State of the City Address, discussing his major priorities & goals for the city. Didn’t have a chance to watch? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our handy little guide. You can also watch

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Budget Update
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Budget 101: An Update on APD’s Budget

Summary The city is in the process of developing a budget for its new fiscal year (which starts on October 1st). The main point of debate & discussion is over the police department budget. Action Box Get involved in the city’s budget process! Sign up

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