“Our success in the past has been running through the door that is cracked and breaking it open.”
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.
AJC is a Black-led organization that elevates lived experience, builds leadership, organizes, advocates, celebrates Black culture, and mobilizes people to boldly fight racist systems through a Black, queer, feminist, abolitionist lens.
“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.
March 15, 2015
Founded in 2015
When Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) was founded in 2015, Austin had the highest per capita rate of police shootings in Texas
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.
August 8, 2019
Penned an op-ed in the New York Times
Chas Moore and Sukyi McMahon, Executive Director and AJC Board Chair at the time. Click to read the article
- End to Class C Misdemeanor Arrests
- Rewritten Body Cam Policy
- Negotiated Use of Force Policy
- De-escalation Policy
- Leading organization for pushing a truly separate Office of Police Oversight that allowed:
- Complaints against the APD accepted online.
- No statute of limitations for investigations.
- Public recommendations on APD incidents.
- APD chief obligated to respond in writing…
AJC believes in leveraging our many skills and passions to move the needle on issues of racial justice. Here are some of our most outstanding impacts