The east side is at the center of change in Austin. Whether it's a lack of affordable housing or the threat of school closures, communities of color in East Austin are finding it increasingly difficult to defend their right to stay in their neighborhoods.
Rocío Villalobos is a native Austinite and serves as Texas Appleseed's Community Outreach Coordinator. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UT Austin's College of Education. Rocío has been involved in community-based education and social justice efforts in Austin for over a decade and is committed to supporting future generations of changemakers.
Njera Keith is the founder of Black Sovereign Nation, a grassroots organization dedicated to building autonomy in Black communities through direct action, cooperative economics, and community development initiatives. Njera hopes to contribute to the movement for Black liberation through her activism, her organizing, her writing, and her love.