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Welcome to The Austin Common news feed. This is where you’ll find all the latest, up-to-date info about what’s happening around town. Explore by topic, type, or just scroll through it all by looking at the “latest posts” section at the bottom of the page. 

Our news philosophy is simple. With all of our coverage, we try and do the following:

  • Keep it local

  • Keep it brief

  • Actually explain the news

  • Give you clear steps for action

  • Keep it positive

  • Keep it nonpartisan

You can learn about how we actually do this by clicking on each of our story types below. 

 

As a community-based news source, we’re here to serve you. That’s why we promise:

  • To follow journalistic principles of accuracy, fact-checking, multiple sources, and dedication to the truth

  • To immediately fix mistakes if they’re made and to be honest about how they happened

  • To approach our news coverage from a place of respect, civility, and kindness for our fellow Austinities

  • To honor the value of lived experiences (especially within marginalized communities) as well as expert testimony/ opinion 

  • To allow for open, two-way communication between our staff and readers, ensuring that our content is relevant and useful to you

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Can’t quite decide which type of news post you want to read? You can scroll through all of our latest posts below. 

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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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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Amy Stansbury

What We’re Watching, Reading, Etc: Local Government

Every Monday, The Austin Common staff shares what we’re reading, watching, and listening to. This week, we’re focusing our recommendations on racial justice & local government. For more, follow us on Instagram – @the_austin_common. Read: A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government  Just starting to get involved

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Council Meeting, Explained
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Amy Stansbury

How The Heck Do I Testify At A City Council Meeting?

Summary We’ve partnered with the team at A Functional Democracy to share some helpful tips for testifying and to help distribute their “A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government” book. Action Box Sign up to speak at the next Council meeting and get yourself a copy

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Council District Map
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Redistricting: What It Is, Why It Matters & How To Get Involved

Summary The City of Austin is beginning the process of redrawing our City Council districts, which happens every 10 years. Action Box Help shape Austin for the next 10 years! Apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Committee. Right now, the city government is

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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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Take The Census
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Amy Stansbury

Do Something: Take The Census

We’ve talked about it here before, but in case you need a little refresher…   Every 10 years the US government conducts a census to get an accurate count of everyone living within our borders, regardless of citizenship status.   Numbers compiled during the census

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Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Austin Org You Should Know: League of Women Voters

Summary In this edition of our “Austin Orgs You Should Know” series, we highlight the League of Women Voters Austin Area, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “Empowering voters. Defending democracy. Action Box If you’re passionate about democracy and voter education, then become a member

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Healthy Streets Sign
1 News Item To Know - AC
Amy Stansbury

Healthy Streets Program Means More Space For Walking & Biking

Summary The new Healthy Streets program closes certain Austin streets to through traffic, making more space for pedestrians. Action Box Bring the Healthy Streets program to your neighborhood by filling out the city’s recommendation form. Just click here. Add this to one of the many

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