It may seem unthinkable, but it's happening across the country -- hard Left activists are lobbying city councils to de-fund their police departments. It's in danger of happening in Minneapolis, and we suspect the Austin City Council may be considering it soon.
Below are some ways you can get involved in supporting our law enforcement community and taking back the streets of Austin! Check this page regularly for details.
CALL THE COUNCIL!
It's incredibly important that we contact not just your City Council member but the Mayor's office and all other city council offices. Even if you don't live in Austin, tell them you do business in the city and wish to see it safer for all who live, work, and play in Austin, as well as visit the Texas Capitol to be represented as citizens. A full list of contact details is below.
HIT UP SOCIAL MEDIA!
Let your Facebook and Twitter friends know, but don't neglect neighborhood forums such as NextDoor!
We'll have sample text you can share on your social media accounts soon.
SOME WORDS FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
Archive of our LIVE video from Monday, June 8:
Posted by Travis County Republican Party on Monday, June 8, 2020
An important message from our Chairman:
>>Dear fellow Travis County Republican -
This is an urgent request.
Today the City Council will hear testimony that is critical of our Austin Police Department as radical organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America and the Austin Justice Coalition are pushing an outrageous proposal to 'defund the police'.
In light of the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there has been renewed debate about police reform in our country. Debating police tactics and advancing solutions is productive. Peaceful protests are in the finest tradition of America.
But over the past week, we have seen looting, riots, obstructed highways and vandalism across our city.
The Austin Police Department is the only thing that stands between Austin residents and absolute anarchy in our city.
The simple fact is that we have a Mayor and City Council who work to undermine our law enforcement at every opportunity.
They are now considering gutting the police budget, cutting the size of police cadet classes, and they continue to constantly criticize Police Chief Brian Manley.
I want to ask all Republicans to support our police.
1. Advocate strongly for Chief Brian Manley and the continuation of his leadership at APD
2. Advocate strongly for the Public Safety budget with the hope of avoiding any budget cuts
3. Advocate strongly for the July APD Class of Cadets which will provide much needed relief for the existing force
Most importantly, please express your ADAMANT OPPOSITION to any effort to defund our police.
There are two important ways to express your support.
1. Call and email the Austin City Council today. It is very important. See below for emails and phone numbers.
2. Complete this survey for the city about the city budget. Please support a fully funded police department.
Today's special meeting of the City Council begins at 3pm at City Hall. Please attend if you can, or watch online or on local TV. The meeting agenda can be found here.
Our police are there for us. It is time that we be there for them.
Chairman, Travis County Republican Party
|Mayor Stephen Adler||
|District 1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison||
|District 2 Council Member Delia Garza||
|District 3 Council Member Sabino "Pio" Renteria||
|District 4 Council Member Gregorio "Greg" Casar||
|District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen||
|District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan||
|District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool||
|District 8 Council Member Paige Ellis||
|District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo||
|District 10 Council Member Alison Alter||