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Hello, Austin! Hello, Clawback viewers! Hello, District 6! Welcome to the 46th episode of the Clawback. We've been doing this for this for more than a year, and it has continued to be, I hope, a source of good information. Spectacular show: Colin Wallis, Parks Foundation, Ashley Cheng the Rabble podcast and Rouser, and D6's own Jaelyn is gonna be performing for us. But as I often do, I wanna start with just a quick update on things that are going on outside of the work our guests do. We have a council meeting coming up next week, something to be paying attention to: I have authored a resolution that's on that agenda. We are going to continue our word reimagining public safety by starting to look into the Code Enforcement Department. There are things that we still send officers to do that really are a code enforcement action, and it would be better if we didn't send our officers to do jobs that other departments could be doing, that way, the officers are free to the more intense and specific work for which they are highly trained. That resolution, I hope will pass next Thursday in the council meeting - part of our longer and larger effort that I lead as chair of the Public Safety Committee for the council. Some really good and important work going on there. So I have a new graphics package. I'm very excited to share it with everybody. I'm gonna do- I'm gonna do this. I'm gonna move my camera over you can see my green screen poking out in the back-. Here we go. How do I do it... Here we go. Isn't that beautiful? Absolutely beautiful. So October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. We'll be talking about this a couple of more times in the show. We've got a couple more shows in October, but I just wanted to highlight a couple of things about this. The National Domestic Violence Hotline was actually started in Austin. It's actually from this community, and I wanted to be able to put this up on the screen so you could see and help promote the work of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The stories have been very clear that during this pandemic, where people are staying at home more, folks who are in these dangerous situations are even more at risk. And domestic violence has been on the rise as a result of all the stay-at-home efforts. And then our own Courtney Santana with Strive2Thrive Foundation, another District 6 constituent doing amazing work on this topic. And then, Gina Chavez, who was also on the Clawback a number of episodes ago, recently nominated for a Latin Grammy, very exciting, is honoring this month and this work and Survive2 Thrive by allowing you to donate by texting ELLA, which is the song she performed on the Clawback! If you text ELLA to 44-321, you will be able to give a donation to Survive2Thrive, and excellent idea during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So be sure to do that! Now, I'm gonna- I'm still learning the best way to do my new graphics package. It's a little clumsy, gotta move my camera back and forth. Maybe we'll get a second webcam at some point? We'll do it that way.
Ashley Cheng, co-host of The Rabble Podcast & co-founder at Rouser
But let's bring up my first guest: She is the co-founder of Rouser and the co-host of the Rabble podcast. The amazing Ashley Chang! Hello! Thank you for having me! Well, thank you for coming on the show today. First off, how are you doing? How is your family? Is everybody safe and healthy? Yes. we're doing good. Thank you for asking. I'm doing great. I was actually in your district this morning. I was picking up postcards from a friend of mine who lives in the district. CJ Zhao is picking up some postcard labels that go out to get the vote out. And I got to take a nice stroll through the hood, which is really lovely. CJ is great and a great leader of the Austin Chinese-American Network- Yes! - in our city. Talk to folks about what is Rouser and this podcast, which is really caught fire. You've got such a great audience for that. But help folks understand how it started. And what the work is that Rouser and the podcast are doing. Yeah. So we call Rouser a "creative civic engagement firm," and we started it in the wake of the 2016 election really when my business partners and I just decided that we needed to be paying a lot more attention, a lot more invested in local politics than we had been – and seeing that obviously with what you do Jimmy, how important that is in our everyday lives. And so we all - just being brand new to politics - just started showing up to a lot of events and seeing what we could learn. And from that, we came up with the idea of the podcast. We actually pitched it to Wendy Davis when she was leading Deeds Not Words and wasn't running at the time for Congress, and she thought it was a wonderful idea, and she turned to us and said Hey ladies, I actually think that Y'all should just do this. This is a great idea! Why don't you just do it? It's your idea. And so we really took that to heart and launched the podcast during the last legislative session. Yeah, it's grown much faster than we could've even realized. But I think it just shows what a need there is that so many folks are willing. I think a lot of people think that so many folks are apathetic about politics, but I think it's so much more that it's just the barrier to these systems. People have that need to get involved and just wanna do it in a way that's accessible and maybe even fun - which I think you do a wonderful job up here on the show, too. Well, I mean I'm trying. The systems are complex, and they're complex in some reasons that are some good reasons, and then there are some reasons that I think probably rooted in trying to keep certain people out of the process. Oh yes. I think that's something that I really appreciate of the work that you do, Ashley, and a lot of good folks in Austin do about ensuring representation as we're building our political systems. There's a lot of old white dudes involved, and I don't consider myself old, but I mean we know what's going on right here. So it's really important to ensure that Austin as a majority minority city is really having full representation in our political system. I'm really curious to hear the work you guys have done or you all have done to bring new voices into the political space and how that's gone. Yeah, I mean well with the Rabble podcast that's been a huge priority of ours to make sure that we are prioritizing voices of color, Black, indigenous people, and making sure that their voices are heard, and also that we're uplifting them and making sure that they're in those positions of power. As you mentioned, our systems, they weren't made for all of us. I think making it a more approachable system for folks to get involved is really huge for us. Then with my work with- I'm the vice president of Asian Democrats of Central Texas, and we're doing a lot in terms of helping young AAPIs or Asian American Pacific Islanders get more involved in trying to do that in creative ways. I was recently elected to the DNC representing our Texas AAPI caucus. It's so funny, we talk about representation, and I think about the movie Crazy Rich Asians. It was about a bunch of rich people, really, we're talking about representation. I was so shocked when I saw that movie for the first time- I cried, because I'd never seen on the big screen so many- representation in that way, and I didn't even realize. It was a really quite a silly movie in a lot of ways, but I didn't realize how much that would mean to me until I experienced it. And now, flash forward a few years, We're doing a phone bank with the author of Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Quan, who's actually a huge Democratic activist which I never even realized. So it's interesting to see the ways representation can play out. It's important of course, when it comes to political power, I think in all forms anytime that folks who don't feel represented in certain spaces can make themselves seen, as a wonderful thing. That's really amazing. I can certainly remember from my own experience being the first openly gay man to serve on the Austin City Council and thinking back into the 90s when the LGBT community was first starting to get some representation in media, and how it felt for me, I'm also being reminded by my staff that on the Austin City Council, I am the only white dude who is a district council member, so- There are a lot of white dudes that are in the political system, but very few of them sitting on the Austin City Council, lest we forget. I do have to say, that you have done a lot for the Asian community, and we- Oh! I failed to mention this: You're endorsed by Asian Democrats Central Texas, and that's because you've done a lot of work and making sure you're listening to communities and actually getting the work done when no one is looking. And I do really appreciate that, too. Well. Thank you Ashley, as we talk about often on the show, District 6 represents the largest Asian community amongst the council districts, and I have always taken that very seriously and prioritizing those voices, and those issues, and ensuring that the Asian community is being well represented since there is not an Asian person on the city council, and there only has ever been one. So it really takes some concerted effort. It really helps to have you and CJ and all the other folks that are out there in that, so that I know what's going on in the community and can represent those voices. Yeah... The last thing I wanna ask you- go ahead. Oh, I was just gonna say that with you, it's not just a performative thing where you're just saying let's listen to the Asian community. I mean I think you've actually done the work, and I think that's really important for people to see, too. Well, I like to think that on the council, I'm not trying to pay lip service to anything. Definitely not. I think folks who who don't like some of the things that I say, have at least got to admit that I'm always direct and honest. Maybe that is the one thing that's least found in politics is direct honesty sometimes. The last thing, Ashley, I'm just curious what your experience has been in activism and politics as it's enacted by the pandemic. I know I'm on my campaign, we're on the ballot in November. We're gonna talk more about that at the end of the show, but we we haven't been able to do all the normal things we would do. We haven't been able to go to, all the community events, and the cultural events, so many cultural events in the Asian community. How has your experience been doing this work during a pandemic? I've mentioned that Rouser, we call ourselves a creative civic engagement firm, and there's so much about the pandemic that has been terrible for everyone. But honestly, it's been another opportunity for us to be more creative in how we do this work so the Rabble, we're doing social distance lit drops, dropping Post-It notes with voter info. This Sunday, we're throwing a Throwback 90s-themed dance party so people can mask and social distance and get Post-It notes out on doors, so people know how to vote. And because it's the last time the Democrats were in control in Texas was in the 90s. And the 90s are back, and so are Texas Democrats. So we're making a party of it. If anyone wants to come by, that's gonna be Saturday 10am. You can check out our social media at The RabbleTX if you join. And there's another thing that we're doing, very creative, that never would have happened, we never would have come up with the idea had it not been for the pandemic. If anyone is a Netflix, 'Indian Matchmaking' - that reality TV show fan out there: I was watching that, and Vyasar Ganesan, who's a local Austinite who works at LASA, a college counselor there. He's a huge fan of D&D or Dungeons & Dragons, and we came up with the idea to host a fundraiser with him playing DD. And now on Monday night, at 7PM, we are streaming on Twitch, a fundraiser that he is leading for Donna Imam for Congress. Andrew Yang is going to be playing with us. A number of AAPI voice actresses, and there's just no way an idea like this would have come out in normal circumstances, I think. So it's an opportunity to bring people together in a really different way. That's so cool- and no one has ever said that about D&D before. So- It's coming back! But a great shout out for Donna Mom, a great shout out for Donna Imam, who is running for Congress in the Williamson County portion of District 6, part of four congressional districts that intersect District 6. Thank you, gerrymandering! Yes. Good luck to Donna Imam. Ashley, Thank you so much for coming on the show and congrats both in your 2019 Organization of the Year by Travis County Democratic Party, and your 2020 Anne McAfee Rising Star Award. You are a rock star in this community. Ashley, Thank you so much for joining the show. Thank you so much. That was really cool. The Rabble podcast is great. I mean- they should invite me on the show. I didn't know I didn't maybe say that while she was here, I don't wanna be rude. It's a great. It's a great podcast and Rouser does some really good work in this community, but let's get to our musical guest!
I am so excited to bring her on. I've gotten to know her as a community member and a volunteer and and a neighborhood leader. But she's also an incredibly talented musician, so excited. Welcome to the show, Jaelyn! Hi! Hey, Jimmy! Thanks for the big build up. Yeah well, thanks for being on the show. You know we've been able to bring on a lot of great musicians, but I always especially love to bring on musicians that are also D6 neighbors! Long-time D6er. Yup. I love. I love that so much. Before we get into some of the questions. How are you doing? How's your family? Everybody been safe and healthy? Yeah. We've been safe. I mean we've been hunkered down for what is it like a 1,000 months, and so we're all staying safe and healthy wearing our masks, I've talked about this a lot, there's been a ton of candidate forms, and I've been able to bring this up. Even my opponents have to acknowledge that Austin has done a great job and a lot of that is because people have taken it seriously wearing their masks protecting themselves. I'm I'm glad to hear it's working. I ask every guest that's been on the show. No one has been having a problem. It's been- I'm really thankful for Austinites being so good and caring about each other. Yeah, I just kinda I kinda feel bad for the makeup stores lately cuz I feel like there must be a real depression of lipstick sales. You know? I wouldn't know, I wouldn't know, but I mean I could get into a whole Drag Race conversation, but we're not gonna get into that. I'm just saying I'm saving a lot of money on makeup, with masks and sunglasses and whatnot. So. Right right. Well, speaking of being at home and having to live our lives: You are also a mom. You're not just a musician. You are a mom and you have kids in virtual classes. You're active in the PTA. What is that experience been, managing this part of the crisis as a family? I have I have a first and a fourth grader, two of the sweetest little boys and summertime was hard enough cuz it felt like it lasted forever. It started in spring break. So just as about the time we were getting used to that, then then school started, and I think one of the most challenging things for families right now in public school is that - I mean God bless the teachers and the administration and they are doing the best they can for sure - it's just like everything else right now, It's kind of one day at a time or One week at a time. Things are constantly changing. We're having to adjust. Parents who work or, for instance myself, is self employed. It's really a big challenge to try to manage all that, and I don't know that it's talked about enough. I feel – Sometimes the parents feel like we're out there just kinda flailing on Our own out there in the ocean, but yeah, it's been incredibly challenging to try to do all that and make sure our kids are still learning and that they're not being I don't know, I mean "traumatized" I guess is a pretty strong word, but honestly, it's kinda one of the things you consider as a parent. You don't want your child to feel like this was this scary time and so it's a a lot. It's a lot, you know we're all doing the best we can. So you gotta keep that in mind. My chief of staff, Marti is also a parent and has two young kids, and so I've been able to follow their experience more closely cuz obviously, as my chief of staff, We work together quite a bit, and it has been stunning to see how much has to be juggled to also maintain income but also have to be on some level, a full-time teacher and managing. Depending on how old your kids are and all that, it can be full time. A first grader can't sit there on a computer and self-direct his learning. So it's it's a lot, but like I said, We're all doing what we can. I think they're okay. I think they're doing okay. Well, I'm glad to hear that. In addition to being a mom, in the before times in the long ago, you were an event planner and worked in the hospitality industry. Yes! How did how did that work? I mean, have you been able to work at all during the shutdown? Tell us about some of the event organizations you've worked with in that part of your career. Yeah. So I've worked with DMCs town, which is a Destination Management Company, which basically means that we're the representatives for Austin. And companies who come in, and if you're not familiar with this industry, I mean it's a big industry in Austin, and there are a ton of companies that come here just for their events. It's a big destination, and that's not even including weddings and all that, which Austin is also a destination wedding location. So if you didn't- if you weren't aware of that, it's a big industry. So anyway, on the corporate side, which is what I would I would do, of course as soon as South by Southwest was cancelled, that was like the light switching off for the corporate event industry. Within one week to 10 days, literally everything had gotten cancelled for everybody in town and that affected the hotels, restaurants, venues, rental companies, of course the planners, all the contractors, catering. I mean it was thousands upon thousands of people who are still not able to do any kind of meaningful work right now in that industry. Jimmy, I know that you're really active in this, being an advocate for the industry, if there's anything you wanna mention about what's going on your end. But yeah, it's a really, there's a lot of industries that are back, and events are not back. And they're not gonna be back to the level they were for long time. And I think we're just trying to create some awareness about that. So it's a critical sector in Austin. I chair the regional Economic Development Board and so, in addition to being a council member, I also Am involved in a lot of the regional economic conversations. The tourism industry is the third largest employer as an industry in our community, and it's almost a hidden massive employment base. A lot of the sectors within tourism are mostly female-owned businesses, wedding planners and event planners. It's a lot of economic opportunity and entrepreneurship from women. It's a critical sector that I believe will come back with a vengeance the moment people start feeling safe as it relates to the pandemic, cuz people- I mean, I have Zoom fatigue! I don't know if other people have it. I mean people are just desperate for in-person. There's probably gonna be some more work-from-home than maybe there was before, but people are definitely gonna wanna travel. They're gonna wanna get out of their houses. They're gonna wanna go see people in person. I think that industry will come back big, and it's kind of incumbent upon state and federal support, and then the city as a mechanism to ensure these industries survive so that they're there when they when the economy is ready to come back. Yeah. There is innovative stuff going on with hybrid events and virtual and some great ideas for keeping people safe even in-person and so there's some stuff going on. But I mean, 90% is still not happening right now. Well, and you've brought some of your own innovation, where you started streaming pretty quickly right after South By was cancelled. I did, yeah! How was that been going? It's going well. Just so there's no confusion for people: Most musicians cannot make a living doing streaming shows, so they really need your support! If you do log in, and you do watch somebody's virtual show, and they have a way to leave a virtual tip or some way to online support them, or be a patron on Patreon – That's a really big resource for a lot of musicians – then do it, support those people, whatever you can. Sometimes it's - Patreon is subscription service. It's a monthly fee, but you can do it for a dollar a month, a lot of times or $3 or $5 per month, and it adds up. It makes a big difference to artists and creators, and then on streaming shows, Facebook doesn't pay us to do these shows, YouTube unless you have millions of views, they're not. So if there's a way for you to support them or leave a virtual tip, definitely do it, because, cuz yeah, we're just all trying to do what we can to hold on until there's some other avenues for income. But yeah, it's going well. I mean the cool thing about doing virtual shows and doing online stuff is that it's a pretty wide reach, right? You know, people don't have to leave their homes or fly across the country to go see you. They can - I've gotten fans from South America and New York. It's really cool. Somebody last night - That's awesome. Was like: I'm French! And I was like, Well, that's great! Mercí for coming! I feel like I took a lot of French. I still can't speak it. That's great. Well, we have, to your point. We have taken great pains on this show, we have paid the musicians who have performed for their time and their talent, and we have worked very hard to ensure that we are honoring the professional service and your talent by paying all of our live performers that have come on to the Clawback. You guys do a good job. In Austin most people are pretty aware of how this all works. Music is a big thing here but yeah, I just have to always say that, because some people think that Facebook's paying me. Like, no! That's not how that works. Well, Jaelyn, I'm excited to hear what you have prepared for us today. Why don't you tell folks about the song, and take it away? Yeah. So I'm doing, like I said on Facebook Live, I've been doing a weekly live stream and so that's for now, it's at 9 o'clock PM every Thursday. I'd love for you to join me, and I've been writing a lot of stuff angsty quarantine music, and I just- When I went to choose the song for today, I thought well, what my shows - how I like to describe them is, they're kind of an escape. And so as we deal - we're dealing with this stuff. We're all in the weeds all day long, and so on Thursdays for my shows I like for us to just have fun and forget about the rest of the world. So for today, I thought I'd do just this fun little bluesy song. I'm not normally a blues artist, but I do love a good bluesy song every once in a while. And yeah. So this is what I wrote; it's just kinda something fun. Here we go. ["I Know How to Sing the Blues" guitar intro] I saw you last night, couldn't put up A fight, your jeans were so tight we put out the light, And I woke up next to you. But this ain't my first rodeo, baby. I've been here a time or two, and I'll always Be alright. Cuz I know how To sing the blues. Honey, You know you're fine, like a box of red wine. Taste sweet for the night, got me feeling. alright, but now I'm regretting you. But I'm gonna make it through. I'll always be alright, Cuz I know how to sing the blues. I walked out your door, high heels on the floor, You're not worth the cryin', I found a man I rely on. It's Uber-man Ted, Come to take me away from you. Oh he'll do. He's got that 5-star smile Lights my fire, And we'll drive away singing the Blues. I'm a terrible pretender and unrepentant sinner You'll call me later and call me baby, And offer me sweet surrender, And I know Just what I'll do. It sure as hell ain't you But you'll be alright, baby Cuz you'll know how to sing the blues. Yay! Gosh, Jaelyn your voice is so great. Oh, thank you! You sounded so good. That was awesome. That was just that was just amazing. Thank you. Thank you again for joining the show; one more time remind folks where they can see your music, hear your music, and about your live stream. Yeah, definitely check out my website there on the screen, and then there's links to everything else, but Facebook live for now 9pm on Thursdays, live shows every week. And then I just launched a Patreon, so be on the look out for that, that will be on the website too. So you can check that out and Instagram JaelynMusicATX and yeah, that's pretty much it for now. So awesome. Thanks so much, Jaelyn, Thank you. Thank you. Thanks for all you do, Jimmy. Thanks for being a great District 6 musician. Have a good one. Thank you. Man, her voice was so good; that was awesome.
Colin Wallis, CEO of the Austin Parks Foundation
Let's get to our last guest. This is- I'm so excited to have Colin Wallis joining the show, the CEO of the Austin Parks Foundation. Hi Colin! Hey, Jimmy, Good morning. Thanks for having me! Yeah, thanks for coming on the show. I am excited to talk about the work of the Parks Foundation, and how you guys are evolving your work, especially with the pandemic. But first: How are you doing? How is your family? Is everybody safe and healthy? Yeah. we're great. You know, I think similar to Jaelyn, who, by the way I was clapping for her and I realized nobody can hear me clapping. We have two small kids. My wife works for AISD. We've been juggling, like you said, work and kids and educating, and it certainly isn't the easiest thing we've ever done, but it's worth it. We're making it through. We're healthy and employed, and our kids are happy, so life is good. I'm so glad to hear that, Colin. Why don't you tell just give everybody the high level What the Austin Parks Foundation is and the work that you do. It's really simple: Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with people in the community to make our parks better. So Austin is blessed with an abundance of parkland. We have about 350 parks and open spaces in Austin proper. We'll never have the budget we need to take care of them the right way, so the Parks Foundation works closely with the city to do everything we can to make those parks better. We've been able to join the Parks Foundation on It's My Park Day and in a couple of different parks in District 6: The Spring Woods Park. We did some work at the new park - there's actually a new park opened in District 6, the disc golf course in the Davis Spring neighborhood. But all of that was in the before times, in the long, long ago as I keep saying it. What does the work of the foundation look like now? How have you guys pivoted and are planning for the future in this kind of new reality? Yeah. So similar to everybody else, we're learning to work remotely like everybody else, which is a huge challenge not only for our relatively small team, but also as you know, working with the city and the Parks Department, when you can do it and then when you sort of throw Zoom and remote meetings as the only way to get together, it makes it just a little bit more complicated. But I think the thing that we're really excited about is that most people will tell you that parks have played some pretty substantial role in their life during the pandemic. Where we're sequestered to our homes and can't go to our favorite restaurant or movie theater or bar, what have you. And so a lot of people are really out using parks responsibly, and walking and running and biking and taking their kids to release some energy and playing tennis - all the things you can do in our parks. So we're really trying to just harness that energy and make sure that people realize how important they were, how important they are, and how important they will be to future generations. One of the things is somewhat unique in District 6 is we have a number of neighborhoods that, in addition to having access to the city parks, they also have some of their own neighborhood parks funded through a neighborhood tax or HOA fees or what have you, but I think to your point, what we're learning in the pandemic is how much value these open spaces provide, and how important it is that they'd be accessible to everyone. But that does lead to this condition I've heard the Parks Foundation talk about, where "we love our parts to death." So I'm interested in some of the specific initiatives that you guys have done or that 51900:32:13,542 --> 00:32:16,262 you're planning in terms of keeping our parks maintained. I've mentioned It's My Park Day, but I know you guys do a couple of other things and you know some of the city-wide work. You don't have to limit it just to District 6 cuz I know D6ers love parks in every part of town. So we're gonna do a virtual It's My Park Day for the fall. Starting November November 7-14th. You can see it on Austin Parks.org We're gonna sort of rethink instead of having thousands of people and hundreds of parks around the city. We're gonna have some fun with it virtually, so that people can still engage. Then we'll hope that in the spring we do It's My Park Day in person. But we're still doing volunteer work in parks just in a much different way. I think our the biggest initiative that we're really excited about is as we've been working with the city to try and bring a train back to Zilker Park. About 3 years ago now, almost 3 years ago, the floods washed out some of the tracks. The concessionaire that was there before before with the zilker Zephyr didn't come to an agreement with the city and left. So we've worked with the city to take the responsibility of getting that train, a new train up and running. We've been spending a lot of on the pandemic working with the train, manufacturer, and engineers for the route, so that we can have that train up and running sometime late next summer or early in the fall for all of Austin to enjoy, to get back to some sense of normalcy. That's very exciting. I'm glad that you laid out the history of that, because there were folks who had been confused thinking that the train had just shut down in the pandemic or just recently, and it's been a while. And I'm glad to see the Parks Foundation step up as you guys often do to help ensure our public spaces in our community assets that are in our park system are operating and successful and most importantly sustainable, cuz that's the thing. We wanna make sure we get these parks operating in a way that the public can enjoy them. Colin, Thank you so much for your time on the show today. Why don't you just remind folks one more time where they can go to learn about the Parks Foundation and how they can get involved. Absolutely, so, Parks.org Right now we're taking votes for the name of the new train. We'd love to see people come on our site and vote for their favorite name. We'll be doing It's My Park Day in a few weeks. I'd love to see some people volunteer for that. We're a non-profit, so we always take donations, and we've always got lots of volunteer opportunities on our site. Awesome, Colin, Thanks so much and thanks for all the hard work of the Austin Parks Foundation. Thank you, Jimmy. I have been able to do a couple of there. It's My Park Day events. We did, like I said, we did Spring Woods and we did at the new disc golf course in Davis Spring. It was a really fun event. I am looking forward to the day where we can do more of those in-person events, because it was really it was great to meet folks who I hadn't met before, but also give some of that volunteer time back to our our community. That's our show for today. I just wanna close out with one more thing. I've got- I'm gonna bring up my amazing new graphic package, if you will bear with me. I just wanna say Thank You. Thank you to all of the D6 folks, all of the folks who have supported the campaign. We are just a couple of days away from the start of early vote. I wanted to just take a moment to thank everybody. You know we have done in the last few years more than 60 different town halls and community events and forums engaging the district. Just in this campaign cycle, we have done 20 different candidate forums and candidate screenings, and candidate interviews, and that has led to countless solutions and problems solved in this district on traffic, on affordability, on flooding, on trash pickup. My amazing team at City Hall Marti, my Chief of staff, Lizzy, my Constituent Services Director Nathan, Kate, Frankie. These folks have done amazing work solving problems for District 6 and that has led to some pretty spectacular support for the campaign. I wanna thank all of the Democratic clubs in the Democratic Party for endorsing my campaign. I wanna thank the labor group, Central Labor Council and AFSME and LiUNA! Workers Defense Action Fund, Unite Here! Obviously our public safety endorsements have been so amazing to have the support of both the EMS and Firefighters who are our first responders in this pandemic. We have got national endorsements, neighborhood endorsements, business endorsements, and then, of course our media endorsements with the glowing endorsements from the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman. Ultimately all very important signs that we are doing important, valuable, necessary work, and I hope that I have earned the support for four more years, because ultimately, the most important endorsement I need is from YOU at the ballot box starting on Tuesday. Remember: When you go to vote, you gotta vote all the way down the ballot to get to your Austin City Council and then below that will be the bond propositions and the Project Connect item. Make sure you vote all the way down the ballot. Get out to the polls starting on Tuesday, October 13th. You can vote, you can see 7AM to 7PM, except on Sundays. And of course, because District 6 is half-Wilco, half- Travis, it couldn't be simple, It has to be more complicated than that. But thanks everybody for your support. Thanks for your endorsements. It's time to close this thing out, and I hope I have done everything that I can to have earned your vote in this election. You can find out more - all of the information about our endorsements and our solutions and our leadership that I have been able to bring District 6 to the head of the table on all these critical issues on my website: JimmyFlannigan.com/reelect Get out to the polls, encourage your friends and neighbors, and make sure that you vote all the way down the ballot. Thank you, Austin. Thank you District 6. We'll see you next week.
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