AUSTIN: Planning Commission Recommends Domain On Riverside Amid Protests

By Jamie Haynes The Austin City Council chambers were filled Tuesday night for the planning commission’s “public” meeting; in addition to community advocates and lawyers in expensive suits, supporters of revolutionary organization Defend Our Hoodz (DOH) made their presence known. As the meeting began, four community members unfurled color posters featuring: Michael Wheelan (Presidium Group lawyer), Fayez Kazi (Planning Commission Chair and founder of Civiltude), … Continue reading AUSTIN: Planning Commission Recommends Domain On Riverside Amid Protests

AUSTIN: Planning Commission Chair Does Business with “Domain on Riverside” Developers

By Dylan Dissenso At the upcoming planning commission hearing on Tuesday, newly-elected commission chair Fayez Kazi and his colleagues will likely decide whether or not to recommend the “Domain on Riverside” application, a proposal to remake the Ballpark, Town Lake, and Quad apartment complexes on East Riverside into a yuppie wonderland of luxury condos and high-end retail. While the hearing is public, the dealings behind … Continue reading AUSTIN: Planning Commission Chair Does Business with “Domain on Riverside” Developers

AUSTIN: Anti-Gentrification Activists Return $50 Donation to Sellout Non-Profit in Pennies

By David Martinez Last Friday afternoon, residents of the East Riverside neighborhood of Austin visited the offices of arts non-profit Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) and dumped $50 worth of pennies in an act of protest against the Riverside Arts District and John Riedie, the CEO of the non-profit. The community members included tenants of apartments facing redevelopment and supporters of revolutionary organizations Defend Our Hoodz … Continue reading AUSTIN: Anti-Gentrification Activists Return $50 Donation to Sellout Non-Profit in Pennies

AUSTIN: City Staff Calls Police to Repress Anti-Gentrification Activists at Public Meeting, Several Arrested

By Mike Talavera The City of Austin exposed itself as an enemy of the people on Wednesday night when city staff called the police immediately in response to Riverside community members led by revolutionary organization Defend Our Hoodz – Defiende El Barrio (DOH) showing up to a city meeting to protest the latest move by developers to gentrify the East Riverside area. Seven protesters were … Continue reading AUSTIN: City Staff Calls Police to Repress Anti-Gentrification Activists at Public Meeting, Several Arrested