Several dozen progressive and criminal justice organizations, as well as elected officials, candidates for office, and faith leaders, all agree that criminalization is not the answer.
University Democrats were first registered at the University of Texas at Austin as a student organization in 1953. Since then, we have been committed to promoting progressive values, electing Democratic candidates, and turning Texas blue. You may also know us as Young Democrats and UT Democrats.
Indivisible Austin is a chapter of the grassroots movement based on the principles outlined in the Indivisible Guide. We are dedicated to uniting Texans to hold their elected leaders accountable.
Friends of Hyde Park is a true neighborhood association, one whose primary goal is to bring neighbors together. We understand that even though we live together we might approach situations from a different perspective and we value all the perspectives that make Hyde Park the best neighborhood in Austin to live.
After the disheartening 2010 elections, a group of activists from Central Texas banded together to ask the tough questions: What happened? Why did it happen? How can we actually make a difference in Texas government?Not satisfied with the answers we found, the Liberal Austin Democrats decided to take a stand and get results our way. As our movement grew, we recruited some of the best thinkers, activists and organizations Texas has to offer to strengthen our message and help Texas move forward.
Vanessa Fuentes is elected to Austin City Council. She represents District 2 in Southeast Austin. Elected to the Austin City Council on Nov. 3, 2020, Councilwoman Vanessa Fuentes is the second Latina to serve in this role. She brings more than ten years of community, public, private and nonprofit sector experience, which earned her a reputation as an innovative, results-oriented leader.
Before becoming the elected representative for District 7, Council Member Pool served in the Travis County Constable’s Office, was Treasurer and member of the Executive Board of Liveable City, and was a co-founder of the Bull Creek Road Coalition, an affiliation of seven neighborhoods and a stakeholder group in the sale and development of state-owned property along Bull Creek Road.
Paige Ellis was elected in 2018 to represent District 8 – Southwest Austin. Her professional background includes Marketing and Public Involvement. For 8 years prior to being elected, she worked for an environmental firm specializing in environmental compliance on housing development and regional transportation projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Member Kathie Tovo represents City Council District 9. She was first elected to the Austin City Council on June 18, 2011, and was re-elected and began serving on the first geographically elected City Council in January 2015. She was also selected by her peers to serve as Mayor Pro Tem 2015-2018.
Gathering Ground Theater is a theater group made of people who experience homelessness in Austin, Texas and their allies. The group creates work about different topics related to the experience of homelessness, as well as the social structures that affects it through its events. Gathering Ground Theater aims to spark a wide community discussion around homelessness and to create opportunities for unmediated, meaningful and equal interactions for diverse groups.
Texas Homeless Network (THN) is a non-profit membership-based organization helping communities strategically plan to prevent and end homelessness. THN works to end homelessness in Texas by collaborating with all communities, large and small, across the state to build systems to achieve this goal.
We are one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.
Education Austin is the labor union for certified and classified employees of the Austin Independent School District. Created in 1999 from the merger of the NEA-affiliated Austin Association of Teachers (AAT) and the AFT-affiliated Austin Federation of Teachers/Allied Education Workers (AFT/AEW).