Come join us for an evening of food, music and comradery, and find out how to get involved with Grassroots Leadership and Texas Advocates for Justice’s criminal justice campaigns! We’re fighting everyday to build the people power needed to fight back against the racialized policies of mass incarceration and criminalization and transform the criminal justice system in Texas.
This month we will be discussing our Freedom City policy, a resolution package recently passed by the Austin City Council, which aims to reduce racial disparities in APD arrests overall; eliminate arrests for nonviolent, citation-eligible misdemeanors; and further protect immigrant community members and their constitutional rights under SB4 (Texas’ infamous ‘show me your papers’ law). Passing our Freedom City policy in Austin was an important and powerful first step, but there is much more work to be done. Come learn how to join the fight and keep the momentum going!
We’ll also discuss how Travis County continues to wage a racist war on drugs that is contrary to public health and safety. Since 2012, the number of drug possession cases filed in Travis County increased 90 percent, and in 2017, 24% of people arrested for possession were African American. Meanwhile, Austin lacks adequate treatment options for those who want help with their substance use. Instead of criminalizing communities of color, we must stop arresting people for drug possession and other public health related charges, instead offering treatment and support.
We are seeking to create a space that centers members of our community who are directly impacted by these policies, are targeted and criminalized by police, and/or have been locked up. Allies welcome. See you there!