Austin: Police Assault Protesters, Showing Bias for Fascist Provocateurs

by Mike Talavera Last Saturday, Austin police retaliated against a group of protesters who had successfully thwarted a fascist-led pro-police rally, arresting several and pinning one young man face down on the ground and repeatedly punching him. The crackdown came after two men, one the son of a police officer and the other a former or part-time police officer, tried to ram their vehicles through … Continue reading Austin: Police Assault Protesters, Showing Bias for Fascist Provocateurs

Texas: Tesla Demands Millions in Tax Breaks for “Gigafactory” from Poor Community

By Mike Talavera Electric car manufacturer Tesla, run by the high-profile billionaire Elon Musk, is currently in negotiations with Travis County and the Del Valle School District to secure tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for the “Gigafactory” it wants to build in the neglected eastern part of the county. Residents, the majority of them working class Chicanos and Latino immigrants, have expressed … Continue reading Texas: Tesla Demands Millions in Tax Breaks for “Gigafactory” from Poor Community

Opinion: Infowars and Other Reactionaries Spread Dangerous Anti-Mask Hysteria

By Jakob Stein On June 28 the fascist media outlet Infowars, led by its owner and lead radio host Alex Jones, hosted an anti-mask rally at the Texas Capitol in Austin. The event drew approximately 150 American flag-waving, MAGA hat-wearing reactionaries who chanted the slogan “We can’t breathe,” in a racist mockery of the words which have been a rallying cry for the movement for … Continue reading Opinion: Infowars and Other Reactionaries Spread Dangerous Anti-Mask Hysteria

Austin: Presentation Builds International Solidarity in People’s Resistance to Police Terror

By Mike Talavera The Committee to Support the People’s Struggle in Brazil gave a presentation on June 18 in Rosewood Park in Austin which highlighted resistance to police oppression in the favelas (slums) of Brazil’s major cities and connected it to the recent protests in the US. The event was carried out in the internationalist spirit of supporting resistance to the Brazilian state and ruling … Continue reading Austin: Presentation Builds International Solidarity in People’s Resistance to Police Terror

Opinion: Austin to Let Landlords Loose on Tenants in Eviction Frenzy

By Edwin Pierce Texas state and local government have always cared for landowners, private businesses, and the rich, while neglecting and even brutalizing the poor and working class. Since the lockdown of the Texas economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state has shown only meager compassion to the masses who are most vulnerable to the crisis – which the national U.S. government failed to … Continue reading Opinion: Austin to Let Landlords Loose on Tenants in Eviction Frenzy

Austin: Protesters Take Down and Burn US, Texas Flags from Police Headquarters

By Mike Talavera On June 19, protesters in Austin marked the historic date of the emancipation of slaves in Texas with anti-imperialist defiance by pulling down the United States and Texas flags from the poles in front of Austin Police Headquarters and burning them on the street. In place of the symbols of imperialism and racism, the Transgender rights flag was raised in front of … Continue reading Austin: Protesters Take Down and Burn US, Texas Flags from Police Headquarters

Opinion: Newly-Formed JUST America Criminalizes ‘Aggressive’ Protesters, Praises Cops, Hugs Boogaloo Boys

PHOTO: Eric Brown (at Mic), Michael Burnett (on Right), at JUST America press conference with APD By David Martinez JUST America, a brand new organization in Austin that has arisen in the national uprising against police brutality, has built its young reputation on collaborating with the Austin Police Department in press conferences, vilifying combative protesters, and displaying questionable associations with right-wing extremists such as the … Continue reading Opinion: Newly-Formed JUST America Criminalizes ‘Aggressive’ Protesters, Praises Cops, Hugs Boogaloo Boys

Texas: Police Murder of Javier Ambler Covered Up for 15 Months, ‘Live PD’ Deleted Footage

PHOTO: 40-year-old Javier Ambler, killed by Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies in March 2019 By David Martinez Another horrific case of the police murdering an unarmed Black man resurfaced this past week as the March 2019 killing of Javier Ambler became the focus of further outrage. His death occurred in Austin, Texas, but was mainly carried out by deputies of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. As … Continue reading Texas: Police Murder of Javier Ambler Covered Up for 15 Months, ‘Live PD’ Deleted Footage

San Marcos: Rent Strike SMTX Demands Justice for Justin Howell

By Noah Long While protesting in front of Austin Police Department Headquarters, Texas State student Justin Howell was shot in the back of the head with a ‘less lethal’ round, fracturing his skull. Seeing him in critical condition, five protesters and medics attempted to carry his body towards police headquarters but were then fired upon by Austin Police with multiple bean-bag rounds, injuring at least … Continue reading San Marcos: Rent Strike SMTX Demands Justice for Justin Howell

Austin: Police ‘Thank You Cards’ Stunt Invites Mockery, Shows Desperation

By Kyle Rosse It seems like the world is caving in on the Austin Police Department. Calls have amplified for police chief Brian Manley to resign, APD headquarters has been besieged by protests for nearly two weeks, and the crimes of Austin Police, including the April murder of Mike Ramos, have been widely circulated to a national audience. With all this deserved anger coming their … Continue reading Austin: Police ‘Thank You Cards’ Stunt Invites Mockery, Shows Desperation