Mission and Vision
The Austin Justice Coalition (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.
Austin Justice Coalition (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.
AJC fosters racial reckoning and reconciliation in Austin by acknowledging the ties to racism across systems
that are leading to the decreasing Black and Brown populations, and centering all of its programs, initiatives, and policies across quality of life areas on racial equity and building community power.
AJC strives to narrow the scope of the criminal justice system and to usher in transformative justice
that no longer relies on criminalization and punitive excess, but instead has human dignity as its core organizing principle and defers to community-based initiatives to improve public safety
AJC responds to opportunities to make changes
that are in keeping with AJC priorities and the interests of its community, as they arise.
“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. Since 2015, AJC has served as a catalyst for positive change towards economic and racial equity for Austin’s people of color by developing, organizing, and providing robust programs and events. AJC’s big four areas of advocacy are education, policing, civic engagement, and community building. 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.