Month: November 2020

After One Year of Freedom City Policies, Community Groups Call on Austin Police Department to Fully Comply

Austin, TX — On June 14, 2018, following a long community-led campaign, the Austin City Council unanimously approved the Freedom City Policies, a community-based response to local entanglement with federal immigration enforcement and racial disparities in arrests by the Austin Police Department (APD). To mark the Policies’ one-year anniversary, immigrants, community groups and residents reflect on their impact …

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How do Texas shelter in place orders affect Workers Defense members and our community?

Workers Defense members are impacted in many ways by the COVID-19 crisis — economically, socially, and physically. This page includes useful information about how recent shelter in place orders affect members who work in construction in the three main areas where Workers Defense members live: Dallas, Houston and Austin.  Want to know what we’re fighting …

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An Urgent Demand to Elected Officials: Protect All Communities in the COVID-19 Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, we are grappling with the staggering impact this crisis will have, and is already having, on working families, immigrant communities and people of color across Texas and the country. After decades of public policy failures that stripped away worker protections, gutted social safety nets, and criminalized immigrant communities and communities …

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Rest in Power: Workers Defense Commitments to Fighting anti-Black Violence and White Supremacy

This week, George Floyd was laid to rest in his hometown of Houston after being brutally murdered by Minneapolis police. We are filled with rage and sorrow for his family, friends and community and stand in solidarity with the millions around the world and country who demand an end to white supremacy and police brutality. …

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