Justice & ADVOCACY
We Believe in Change
We Believe In Change
The Austin Area Urban League connects with local businesses, corporate community leaders, and citizens who are working to build a stronger, more vibrant Austin.
Board members, staff, and volunteers from the Austin Area Urban League participate on various boards, commissions, and panels throughout Central Texas. This effort creates a network of professionals who express the need for political and social change, benefiting all individuals and creating a level playing field. Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.
AAUL Advocacy effectively encompasses a broad range of activities including research, budget, legislative and policy analysis, community organizing & mobilizing, communication (in all forms), and civic engagement & education
Advocacy involves engaging government officials, the media, community leaders, constituents (The People), civic groups, and others who care about and hope to influence the issue
Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiative focusing on advancing equity practices and policies in public and private entities/sectors
Education Equity via Equity and Excellence Project (EEP) in partnership with the National Urban League
- Voter Education/Registration (VER)
- Census Complete Count
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Advocacy Skills with AAUL
Drafting messages, understanding local government structure and function and budget negotiation processes are just a few of the skills you can learn to be an effective advocate and make a difference for the issues and people you care about.
- Understand the issues
- Center Community Voice
- Build Relationships & Mobilize Others
- Take Action
Understand the Issues
Education plays an important role in learning what we need to know about the truth, cultural relevance, impact, and policies surrounding issues faced by marginalized or excluded groups and communities. By educating holistically, we can leverage this knowledge to create the change needed so community members are Healthy, Housed, Informed, and Safe.
Center Community Voice
The voices of community members facilitate an important role in understanding, pressing, and building long-lasting relationships based on trust. Centering the voices and experiences of community members enables us to collaborate equitably so the change created is by and for the people of Austin and Central Texas.
Build Relationships & Mobilize Others
Advocacy is a joint venture. We need allies. The chances for success are much greater when there are large numbers of organizations and people taking an informed position. Join our Social Action network to learn about upcoming events and opportunities to be involved.
Informing and educating Austin and Central Texans about the issues community members face goes nowhere without concrete action to make equitable change a reality. We make sure you know all the ways individuals and groups can be involved, raise our voice, and create a better city where Austin and Central Texas community members are Healthy, Housed, Educated, and Safe.
Research: The systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. Evaluation: The making of a judgment about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment.
Policy: A rule, plan, course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, organization or individual.
Advocacy: Public support for or recommendation of a particular societal cause/solution or public issue.
Analysis: A detailed examination of anything complex in order to understand its nature or to determine its essential features.
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The vision of the Austin Area Urban League is an Austin/Central Texas that provides an Equitable Quality of Life opportunity for all its residents, in all aspects of life. The mission of the Austin Area Urban League is to provide tools to African Americans and under-served populations to build a foundation for social and economic equity and equality.
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Important Election Dates
Friday, May 6, 2022: Deadline to post candidate requirements – Form 1-15 (PDF)
Monday, December 19, 2022 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates: Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only).
Sunday, January 1, 2023: First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
Wednesday, January 18, 2023: First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY).
Friday, February 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m: Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY).
Friday, February 17, 2023: Last Day to Order General Election or Election on a Measure.
Thursday, April 6, 2023: Last Day to Register to Vote.
Monday, April 24, 2023: First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023: Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked).
Tuesday, May 2, 2023: Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance.
Saturday, May 6, 2023 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Monday, May 8, 2023 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply): Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail
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