Forklift Danceworks and the Austin Animal Center teamed up on Saturday, April 23 for an outdoor performance celebrating the stories of workers caring for Austin’s rescue animals. Dogs, dog owners and puppy caretakers shook their hindquarters to raise awareness about the care shelter dogs need. (Photo by Jana Birchum)
Mutiny of mobility: the Austin Transit Partnership Board of Directors has taken a step towards independence from Capital Metro April 20 by withdrawing the Prez from Cap Metro Randy Clark as the organization’s general manager, trained by Cap Metro and the City to implement Connect Project. The board also called for a third-party analysis of ATP’s leadership from Eno Center for Transportationa Washington, DC think tank.
This is Musk’s world and we live in it: in a deal worth around $44 billion, Elon Musk bought Twitter. He pledged to make it a beacon of free speech as the town hall of the world, prompting the collective groan of most internet users.
Jumping on the Bitcoin bandwagon: as a test, the Austin steakhouse Forks III began to accept bitcoins as payment on Monday, April 25. The restaurant’s press release said Austin’s tech-focused marketplace was the right place to experiment with cryptocurrency. III Forks also has offices in Dallas and Jacksonville, Florida.
Rally of black voters: before the second round of the primaries on May 24, Black Voters Matterwith the NAACP, ACLUand other organizations, will lead a “Texans Address the Union” voter outreach event at the Capitol on Saturday, April 30. Black Voters Matter’s”America’s Blackest Buswill make an appearance amid legislative trainings, letter-delivery activities, a protest at Governor’s Mansion and a recruitment party.
Anti-routers: grassroots organizations Reconnect Austin and Rethink35both concerned with shaping the future of I-35, joined the national coalition Highway Fighters Network Last week. The collective tracks more than 60 local freeway-fighting efforts across the country and coordinates organizations in those cities for nationwide action.
Recognizing Sexual Assault: On Tuesday, April 26, Mayor Pro Tem Alison Alter presented a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in Austin, as she stood alongside representatives of the SAFE allianceAustin Police Department Victim Services Divisionand other groups.
The Band-Aid Solution for Healthcare Remains: A federal healthcare program that gives Texas billions each year to treat uninsured patients (and provide just enough money to postpone much-needed care Medical help expansion) has been in play for months. The federal government argued that Texas made itself ineligible for funding by renewing the 1115 waiver agreement without a public comment period. the Biden Administration announced on April 22 that the legal battle with Texas was not worth it, so the waiver will be effective for the next 10 years.
Photo by Steve Jurvetson / CC BY 2.0
quote of the week
“🚀 💫 🧡 Yesiii!!! 🧡 💫 🚀“
– Elon Musk, in a tweet announcing that he is buying Twitter