ALYM in the News
THE PEOPLE'S ADVOCATE: AUSTIN LIBERATION YOUTH MOVEMENT ORGANIZES MARCH FOR DEFUNDING POLICE
By Christa McWhirter
"AUSTIN, TX — Austin Liberation Youth Movement organized a march on Saturday, July 11, from the Texas State Capitol to City Hall in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The new organization, which came together in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, has recently garnered attention for their outspoken support of defunding the Austin Police Department and investing back into local communities.
The march began with several speakers, including Councilwoman Delia Garza, who spoke to the current demands of the movement. As many community leaders have been as of late, Garza called for unity amongst youth before ending with a request for the people to hold him accountable."
PEOPLE'S TRIBUNE: AUSTIN TEXAS: BLACK LIVES MATTER STUDENT PROTEST
By Karel Riley
"AUSTIN, TX — The Black Lives Matter student-led protest march took place in Austin, Texas on July 11. It was extremely hot and lightly attended but spirited. It was organized by student-led groups, Our Revolution, Austin Justice Coalition and other justice groups, with the purpose of demanding a major reduction in the police department’s budget, which is currently over $400 million.
On July 15, the City Manager, Spencer Cronk, presented his proposed budget that included only a $11.3 million reduction. Austin Justice Coalition, and other organizations are providing leadership to the community by releasing the results of a commissioned study of 911 calls to the police departments. The study found that under 1% of calls dealt with violent crime, while 40% were entirely non-crime related!"