Our Story

“We understand that change comes in many forms, and we are strong proponents of coalition building.”

Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) is a community organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for people who are Black, Brown, and poor. AJC’s strategy continues to create direct and indirect impact in communities of color by influencing changes in local government and advocating for policy reform. This strategy builds on AJC’s experience and knowledge from its work thus far.

January 1, 2015

Founded in 2016

When Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) was founded in 2015, Austin had the highest per capita rate of police shootings in Texas

January 1, 2015

January 1, 2016

Better Before More Campaign Launched

One year later – in response to the Police Department’s request for $13 million to hire more officers – AJC launched the Better Before More campaign.

January 1, 2016

December 20,2020

Toolkit Developed

AJC developed a toolkit for organizers working on police reform to leverage the police union contract process and provided training to community members on city budgeting processes.

December 20,2020

As AJC

“Our success in the past has been running through the door that is cracked and breaking it open.”

Our Vision

AJC serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, over policing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin.

Mission

AJC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people of color by helping them be the driving force behind their own liberation.

Meet Our Team

Meet our gallant men and women behind spearheading the AJC movement and driving the change we yearn for.

Chas Moore

Executive Director, Founder

Amber Watts

Director of Education

João Paulo Connolly

Director of Housing and Community Development

Ishia Lynette

Board Member, Social Media Manager, Community Service

Gaubrielle Pritchard

Board Member, Event Manager

Kendra Garrett

Director of Housing and Community Development

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