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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.

District Attorney
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Police Reform & The DA’s Race

Summary The Democratic primary runoff for the next Travis County District Attorney is on July 14th. Have no idea who’s even running? Check out our easy-to-read guide below. Action Box Vote. Vote. Vote. One of the biggest races in this election is for our next

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Office of Sustainability Solidarity
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Standing in solidarity against racism and injustice

Partner Post This post comes from one of our Austin Common community partners, The City of Austin Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability is the city department that works on issues related to climate change, food policy, and green business. Action Box Have thoughts

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Video
Essays
Amy Stansbury

What We’re Watching, Reading, Etc: History of Police Reform

Every Monday, The Austin Common staff shares what we’re reading, watching, and listening to. This week, we’re focusing our recommendations on police reform & the upcoming election. For more, follow us on Instagram – @the_austin_common. Read: Black Lives Matter’s Years of Pressure Paved Way For

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Black Lives Matter Protest
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

A Call for Discomfort. A Call for Action.

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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Time To Show Up For Black Mothers
Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Black Mamas ATX: An Org You Should Know

Summary In this story, we highlight Black Mamas ATX, a local organization on a mission to end maternal health disparities. Action Box Support Black Mamas ATX by donating on their Patreon Page. “No mother should have to face death in order to give life.”   

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Austin City Hall
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

How To Impact Racial Justice Policies In Austin: The Basics

Summary In this post, we highlight the local organizations, government departments, and advisory boards and commissions that influence racial justice and policing policies in Austin. Action Box Watch the Austin City Council meeting from June 4th on protests in the city and police policies and

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Booker T Washington
Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Bringing Health Care Home… Even During A Pandemic

Summary The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) has partnered with Dell Medical School to provide holistic health care opportunities to its residents, even during the pandemic. Action Box The team at HACA is trying to share this health care model with other

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Travis County
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

How Gentrification Could Make A Public Health Crisis Even Worse

As millions more Americans are starting to figure out, navigating the process of applying for government benefits or accessing nonprofit services can be extremely difficult… especially in times of crisis.    That’s what 2-1-1 is for.    Since 1996, the United Way’s 2-1-1 call center

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Heart Shaped Food
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

How To Feed Thousands During A Pandemic… And Do It Fast.

Summary The need for emergency food resources has put a strain on Austin’s traditional food network, forcing the city, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits to get a bit more creative. Action Box If you want to help the growing number of Austinties in need of food, consider

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Heart Hands
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Ignoring Privilege Kills People

Summary In this personal essay, local community activist Janis Bookout discusses the real danger of ignoring privilege in the midst of a global pandemic. About Janis Janis Bookout is the Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, as well as one of the organizers of Community

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American Flag
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Freedom At Stake

Summary In this personal essay, local community activist Janis Bookout encourages Austinites to see the power in embracing social distancing and choosing to create a long-lasting, positive impact on our local community. About Janis Janis Bookout is the Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, as

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