Tag Archives: Austin Human Rights Commission

Thursday, November 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Office of the Police Monitor building a police oversight agency

For 16 years, the Office of the Police Monitor has been available for citizens and city staff to issue complaints against law enforcement. However, it appears not many Austinites take advantage of its services.Police Monitor Farah Muscadin found that of…

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Harassment policy heads to Council without a commission willing to hear cases

After the Ethics Review Commission declined to weigh in on the city’s newly proposed anti-discrimination and harassment policy, it volleyed the task to the Human Rights Commission, which similarly declined to take on the job.This hot potato of an issue…

Monday, May 7, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Better luck next time

Best-laid plans… A pair of music festivals set to take place within six days of each other were felled by permitting problems, with one forced to reschedule until September and another planning a move into Austin nightclubs. The Punk In…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Human Rights Commission offers measured support to the People’s Plan

It’s no revelation that the Austin housing market is exploding and new developments are popping up almost as quickly as people are moving in. And out.To help address the displacement and gentrification Austin is experiencing, at its Feb. 26 meeting,…

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Human Rights Commission finds the naming of Austin public spaces inequitable

In Austin, streets have their names changed from time to time. City parks, however, rarely seem to undergo name changes, but the Human Rights Commission wants to change that.On Nov. 27, the Human Rights Commission considered amending its previous recommendation…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission asks if curfew ordinance does any good

Austin and the United States at large share a history of law enforcement policy discriminating against non-white people, and Monday night Human Rights commissioners Sukyi McMahon and Kristian Caballero invited Texas Appleseed staff and community members to help them answer…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Human Rights Commission talks density bonuses

Housing affordability in Austin as it relates to CodeNEXT was the center of attention at the Human Rights Commission meeting on Monday, June 26. On behalf of Austin Habitat for Humanity, Greg Anderson, the organization’s director of operations, presented a…

Friday, April 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

Human Rights Commission ponders CodeNEXT

The city’s Human Rights Commission is taking a look at CodeNEXT in an attempt to understand the implications of the controversial overhaul of Austin’s land development code on vulnerable populations.On Monday, the commission, which last year urged City Council to…

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Cate Malek

Human Rights Commission condemns Trump

Austin’s Human Rights Commission is pushing City Council to take the bold move of condemning the president of the United States and banning official use of his company’s products and services.At its meeting on Monday, the commission voted 8-2 to…

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Cate Malek

Human Rights Commission prepares to take on Trump and SB 92

Austin’s Human Rights Commission is testing how much influence city government can have at both the state and national levels this year.Members of the commission are proposing to take a strong stand against President-elect Donald Trump in January and are…

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Cate Malek

Human Rights Commission pushes Council to address gentrification

Although gentrification is a well-recognized problem in Austin, the Human Rights Commission believes it has reached crisis level and is pushing City Council to take concrete action.The commission passed a recommendation that Council recognize gentrification as a human rights issue…

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Disparate treatment of women comes back into focus at City Hall

Last spring, Austin found itself in the national spotlight when news broke about a training session held with the intent of helping city staff cope with a female-majority City Council. Though the repercussions were quick for then-assistant City Manager Anthony…

Monday, December 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is gentrification a human rights issue in Austin?

Over the past few months, the city’s Human Rights Commission has been taking a hard look at preservation and gentrification. Though such issues might seem outside the commission’s purview, onetime City Council candidate Fred McGhee has a different opinion.McGhee’s complaints…

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Fair chance hiring moves forward

City Council’s Economic Opportunity Committee voted Monday to direct staff to move forward with writing what is known as a fair chance hiring ordinance. It would include a one-year period to educate employers before they would face penalties for noncompliance.The…

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Police claim no disparities in marijuana arrests

Austin police say African-Americans are not unfairly targeted by police for marijuana offenses, despite community claims to the contrary. The Austin Human Rights Commission met last week to hear a presentation from Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley about statistics related…

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gene Davis

Rights commission recommends source of income as protected class

After hearing stories from low-income residents about how they were vilified while trying to use housing vouchers, the Austin Human Rights Commission last night backed a recommendation to make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against people based on the…

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