The Clawback LIVE! Episode 33

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Mayor Pro Tem, former firefighter, CapMetro board member, candidate for Travis County Attorney, and all around amazing person Delia Garza joins the show. And more Austin music royalty graces the screen with the incomparable Akina Adderley!

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Hey, Austin! Hello District 6! Welcome to the 33rd episode of the Clawback Live! 33 episodes in, although in these times, it might as well be 300 episodes, and it might as well have been a hundred years. I am losing complete track of time and space. I don't know if you all are having that same problem, but here we are it's Friday, for whatever it's worth. It's a Friday, another week another week. You know the Council is on it's kinda quote summer break until the next Council meeting, which is at the end of July but a few weeks before we'll start talking about city budget stuff. But the work didn't stop. We had our first Public Safety Committee meeting - that I chair, and Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza is gonna be on the show on the show today who is a member of that Committee - and a number of other things that she's up to. She's spectacular, and then, Akina Adderley, music royalty, On the show today! I'll tell you, my music minions who help get these songs together, and the musicians on the show, do an unbelievable job. I get folks. I don't deserve to have. So we're gonna roll on forward. Normally what I would do at this point of the show, I'd bring up the dashboard on the pandemic, and we'd show you the data. But those dashboards are under some tech maintenance right now. It's not great, y'all and the last time the dashboards were being maintained it was because the data was exceeding the height of the chart, and they needed to change the chart to fit the numbers in it. That's some scary stuff. But, you know, now there's a mask requirements. So where where your mask I have my my little mask here. It's not big enough. I got a big Irish head, y'all, and look it's like- I can't get my chin and my nose in this mask at the same time, so I don't actually wear this one in public, but I keep it here so I can show you all that you gotta wear your mask. So thanks to Mayor Adler for getting the mask order put in. But can we talk just a little bit about like, what the governor was up to this week? Like, I can't even deal with this statement from Governor Abbott. He said- Well, I'm not gonna quote, I will just paraphrase. But he said that these orders that he put out, which said that local government could not require - he took away the power of local governments to do this kind of public safety and public health work. And I remember the phrase was that the governor had sole authority, sole authority That's some kind of like authoritarian dictator stuff, right? This week, he congratulated the County Judge in San Antonio Bexar County for finding the loophole, something the governor had intended all along. I cannot understand this theory of state leadership, which says we're going to tell you a riddle and if you can solve it, people might live. If you can't solve the riddle, people will die, isn't this fun? I don't understand, and it's not arbitrary in the sense that when in Dallas, they were they were enforcing orders and there was that salon owner who defied the order, and then they were putting a penalty because she was a defying the order. Then the governor changed the rules to make it okay for them. So it's not like the governor has said to local government, Please innovate. Please try. Please do new things. We're not omnipotent. State government can't possibly know the differences. It's why we have local government. It's why our local governments are so important. It's because every community has its own set of challenges and needs and and community blah blah No! No, the governor said, I'm gonna write an order! Let's see if they catch the loophole! Ahhhh! Let's watch! I don't… Well, congratulations to Judge Wolfe in Bexar County for finding the loophole that allows us to save lives. Travis County and Hays County have followed suit. Hopefully Williamson County will do the same. I've kind of put some feelers out to Wilco. I'm hopeful that Judge Gravell, or if I'm to understand he might be on a vacation? I don't know how that works right now. But nonetheless, whoever's in charge in Williamson County. I hope that they will follow suit because the businesses in Williamson County are looking for the same type of clear direction that we have now provided between the city and the Travis County in Hays County. We just need better leadership at the state. I don't know what else to say. It's pretty bad. It's pretty bad. The governor… Come on, man, come on. I don't wanna fight. I don't wanna be like that. I have colleagues who like to fight with you. I don't. I just wanna save people. I just wanna- I just don't want people to die. Can we just agree to that? I don't want- Pandemics aren't partisan. Whatever. I could rant on this for a long time.

MPT Delia Garza

I wanna bring up my first guest, an amazing person generally, and someone with whom I get to serve on the City Council: The mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza. Hi. Hi. Hi. Hi Delia. Thanks for having me on. Well, thanks for coming on the show. Yeah. There's just so much to cover. We have been up to quite a bit of stuff. I'm I'm interested for you. Oh gosh, I forgot to change my background boop boop boop boop There it is. I am interested in your perspective on what we did at the Public Safety Committee meeting yesterday. Sure, well first, I'll say, not just saying this because I'm on your show, but you know, we set up a Committee system when the new 10-one system was put into place. There was a lot of back and forth on how those committees would work, and most of the sausage making so to speak was supposed to happen in those meetings, and it hasn't really happened that way. I think there's important conversations happening in all these committees. But I will say, my work on the judicial Committee now Public Safety Committee and the Public Health Committee have really, I feel like have been the most rewarding and where much of the good work has been done. And so you know, we have a lot of really great momentum right now in calls for criminal justice reform and reform in policing. And we really need to continue having that momentum. And so we were able to have that meeting on Thursday. I think it was great, because yes, technically we're in our Council break right now, but most of us know it's not much of a break, but we definitely, we get a break from Council meetings, but we're definitely doing all kinds of other work. We had some really great conversations about budgeting, and you know where I said that if I don't see significant changes in how we how we budget our public safety budget that I will, for the first time, excuse me, I have to be voting No. I know there's a lot of trade-offs in budgets, but we have we can't have this incremental change. We have to have some bold Progressive change if we're really gonna reimagine our public safety. And so we talk about budgeting. We talked about implementation of some of the resolutions, the slate of reform resolutions, we asked questions about the protest, and you know we're hearing a lot of concerns from our community about our response to that protest. For me, it was incredibly hard to watch some of that footage and see -looks like your city is at war with itself. That was incredibly hard, and we should all agree that we can do a better job of responding to public safety citizens. So iI'm glad that we were able to continue the great momentum we have right now to continue talking about police reform. Well, you know I have been one of the Council Members who has taken the most no votes on city budgets, and you know, the water's fine, Delia! Come on in. It's okay! You know, if we're if we're not serious about voting no, sometimes you're not gonna get what you want. So I don't think it's unfair at all for you to be saying that, because it's important that we're all taking the votes that are the right votes to take. The budget conversation certainly for my district has been the most confusing for folks, about what we mean when advocates or what advocates mean when they say defund, or what we mean when we say, reform or big structural change or whatever the phrases are that we're using. I'm actually wearing a shirt. I'm gonna show everybody the shirt that I'm wearing, which I think is an example of the types of things we can change, but aren't necessarily the stuff you're talking about, cuz you're talking about even bigger stuff. And I haven't wanted to wear this shirt but this is the Love It- hold on. This is the Right, this is the campaign that the Police Department, certainly in my in Region two, which kind of was up in in northwest to help folks remember to lock their doors, and to keep their valuables secure, and we've had a fair number of car break-ins. But a lot of them are like, the doors were unlocked, and they're just kind of like, open up the doors. But I wear the shirt today because this is a campaign that the officers are doing. Why are we asking trained police officers to be marketing consultants? Yeah. Yeah it. It's so bizarre, when the members of the public are asking for different things, and I get very excited about the kind of the early stuff we can do, where we can take stuff like this program, and we can say you know, what how about GSD&M do it? How about an entity who really understands marketing and that kind of stuff, and we're not asking our officers to worry about crafting Facebook posts. Yeah. But there's but there's bigger stuff, and I don't know if you wanna talk about some of the ideas that – I've certainly seen the Cahoots program in Oregon and some other ones where you're actually diverting calls to other types of staff. Yeah, you know I've said this before, and it takes a lot of digging in and a lot of questions to understand exactly what it means But I do not believe we have a crime problem in this country, in the city. It's a mental health, lack of access to public health, mental health, and a housing crisis. And so yes, we're still, There's still gonna be unfortunately, you know, violent crime and incredibly bad things that happen. But much of that is the result of ways we have failed people a long time ago. You know, not everybody has equal access to early childhood learning, not everybody has equal access to education, and all these things. Our criminal Justice system is set up to, what I think many believe, is to right all these past wrongs that we're not dealing with correctly. You know, our War on Drugs is a failed policy that really has just devastated black and Brown communities in our country, And even in our city> So we have we have to think of a different way to respond, and and I always come at this from my experience as a former Austin Fire Fighter, in that there are just some calls that don't need a police officer's response. And our police officers, they're not they're not social workers. They are trained in very military types of ways, and in fact, if I remember correctly, I know this was a way in the police in the Fire Department, is you get extra points on your entrance exam if you have served in the military. We we've set up the system where military service helps you get into the Department, and it's important experience to a certain extent, but we just need to change the way that we think of our response. Many of these calls would be handled better with mental health professionals, people who understand, you know, people's triggers, and those kinds of things. And now we have this great opportunity to have some very courageous conversations and talk about all those options, talk about the options that you offered, and there's gonna be a different way to do this. We've had this discussion. It's like we've talked about it on the edges. We're talking about people calling 911, and it's usually to Fire, Police, EMS. It's you know, it's Fire, the Police, EMS, or you know, mental health you know or social worker. There's gotta be a different way of responding to this to these things. And you know I know everything you say is just right, so much on point as usual, everything you say is on point. But just so we don't get any calls: Having a military service, I think probably adds value to your role as Police officer, as long as we're also taking care of the mental health issues of military service. And if we have folks who are experiencing PTSD, the last thing we want are those issues flaring up. And so there are this is where the systems get complicated because this is the stuff the city Council can do. But then there's also the state laws that come into play that make that job harder. Then there's like the federal side. For military folks alone, the VA has got issues, and how are you getting the health care you need? I mean all these systems are interconnected, and we have spent all these years siloing the solutions, and that's the part of the work that I think, is really exciting, is actually gonna make everybody happier, once we work through this part where there's a lot of confusion. Yeah, and you know, I just wanna- I've talked to a couple of police officers, some of my family, and they've even said that you know they do think they're not equipped to go to some kinds of calls. And I think we can really get to a place where everybody is in agreement, but we have to start having a conversation. So I do want us to address the elephant in the room. I'm gonna pull up a comment from Facebook. We're gonna be – Oop! I'm taking it down, cuz I just saw his Facebook photo. So, Dustin, you've made it hard on me, man, because I wanna leave your comment up, but your Facebook photo is inappropriate. I'll read it: Jimmy Flannigan, will y'all be doing anything to hold Spencer Cronk accountable for ignoring Council's wishes? I have my thoughts on that. Mayor Pro Tem, Do you have some thoughts? Yeah. I think it's important that in every level of our chain of command so to speak, that we have leaders that's reflect the values of our community. And I know that no Community is monolithic, and there's a spectrum of values in our community, but I'm certain for the most part, that the majority of our community really believes that we need to go in a different direction. And I am prepared to do whatever it takes to make sure that we're going in a different direction with the current leadership of our Police Department. And I have tremendous respect for Chief Manley, but I feel we have seen time and time again, the pushback, and the lack of desire to want to really make bold changes and really imagine a different- and I feel like every time I've expressed concerns about that, the response is well, I'm gonna give them more time, or we're gonna try to work on this a little bit more. And I also have tremendous respect for for Spencer, and I know he has an incredibly hard job. But this is a moment that we really need to make some bold changes. It's concerning, and I was frustrated to learn that as of now, our city manager has decided to keep Chief Manley, but this conversation will continue, and I am committed to doing everything that I can to make sure we have a different leadership that's more committed to the reform that's necessary in this moment. I thank you for that, and I would say for my part on that, that I have made it clear that I believe it is also time for leadership change related to law enforcement in this community. Of course, living in Williamson County, that doesn't just apply to the Austin Police Department, that also applies to the Williamson County Sheriff's Department. There's a problem. There's just a problem in the system, and the system is broken. That's why we have to change the system, but I will say, you know Spencer's job is harder than ours. We can call for a thing. He actually has to make it work, and I'm not giving up on Spencer yet because I do believe that, as much as I am confident that change is needed, I am less confident about what that change looks like. Cuz it's not just about taking someone out, you gotta put someone in. And that has to- those questions have to be really addressed because we don't wanna get ourselves behind the Eight Ball. So as you said, the conversations continue. I spoke to Spencer. I've spoken to city leadership on the regular as I'm sure you do as well. Don't give up on us folks. We are still working through these challenges to try to figure out how to do the best by the city as soon as we can, because we know that the clock is ticking. The clock is ticking there. Subject change: Project Connect! You also sit on the board of Cap Metro, which is the only transportation thing I don't sit on. Do I am dying to hear your thoughts on Project Connect. You know it's a very exciting time for our city right now. we are definitely going through growing pains, but all projections show that in 20 years, we will double our population, and while obviously our traffic has not been as bad during this pandemic, we will come out of this pandemic, and those traffic issues will return. I also just read an article that we're on track, I believe, to actually enter that 10th largest city that we're actually gonna pass up San Jose. I think it's San Jose, who's the 10th and we're gonna we're on track to so you know being the 10th largest city in this in our country, which is, people are shocked when I say that you know I've gone to town halls, and they'll say, you mean in Texas right? No in the country. We are going through tremendous growing pains, but you cannot have a modern city by any means without a robust transit system, and this is a really exciting time. We're this 10-1 Council I really feel has done things differently and discussions on how we fund a system, it seems like there will be recommendations for something different. I think that's a good thing, because you know, other jurisdictions have approved systems, and then had to go look for the funding for every incremental addition to that system, and I think there's an opportunity here to really invest in a robust and good public transit system that are that our city needs. And we talk about affordability, and we talk about people getting rid of their cars, and we really do have a chance to do things like that if we approve the system. I'm excited about August, where we will be talking about what, if anything, goes on the ballot. But I mean, let's be honest. I think there will be something on the ballot, and it's the right thing to do. We've waited too long, and we should have done it 10 years ago but I'm excited about the leadership at Cap Metro and his enthusiasm. Sometimes it's a little much, and I've told him that, so this is nothing new, but it does take that. I'm grateful for Randy Clark's leadership and his enthusiasm in getting us to this point. Yeah, I'm excited about it too, and you and I have very similar districts in one regard, that we represent the farthest districts from downtown. Your District 2 and my District 6, and seeing a map that really does do the best job I think this community has ever seen in trying to plan for service in all corners. It's really very exciting. And while there are a lot of hard questions about how to finance it, and what the right sweet spot is in terms of the tax rate and all of that. And then ultimately the voters get to decide that, as you said. Like I said last Wednesday, you can't just "yada yada yada" the plan. The plan is a big deal, and this community has never really had a map and a plan like this, where pretty much everybody's on board, but for how you pay for it. And we're gonna figure those details out. So the last thing I wanna ask you: I'm on the ballot this November, but you're on the ballot like, tomorrow? What is the? When is it? You're in a runoff, you're in a primary runoff for County Attorney. I am. Mayor Pro Tem, tell us about it. Oooh. How much time do we have? I know it. I know I don't have much time but you know I've I've enjoyed incredibly and appreciated that the hard work we've done on the judicial Committee now Public Safety Committee, and I have seen firsthand how policy reforms can change outcomes. And it's not the first time, you know. I have a history of working on systematic change, and the 10-one Council is an example of that. I was part of the grassroots effort to. The way we elect City Council members, and it is because of that we have the first Latina on the Austin City Council: myself. We have the youngest Council, the most Progressive Council, the first female majority Council that has lasted both cycles. And so you know, time and time again, I've seen how systematic change outcomes and that, and that usually leads to better quality of life for many of our marginalized communities. And so it's time for bold Progressive change at the County Attorney's office. I am in a run off. The early voting starts next week, but the week after the last week of June is early voting. Be sure to look at the locations, because they will be different because last, I heard they can't do it at grocery stores, and many people are used to going to grocery stores to early vote, but because of the social distance requirements. So you know I will, as soon as I know where those locations are, I'll put them out on my social media. And then Election Day is July 14th. It was originally May 26 but it was moved by our governor. Thankfully no one had to read the secret decoder ring to understand that we were moving to July 14th, he made that very explicit. But but yes, I'm win a run off. I feel it's an opportunity to really continue the work. I've been doing on criminal Justice reform and it's gonna take bold leadership to reimagine the way that we we handle people in our criminal Justice system from policing, to prosecuting, to our jail system. There's gotta be a different way, because the way right now of basically handling our mental health issues in jails is not working. It's a failed experiment. The way we've been doing things, and we need to change the way we're doing things. Thank you for bringing that up. you know my part of town definitely votes at grocery stores. On the Travis County side, and it is, I didn't even notice that. I noticed that on the Williamson County side, which is not your race, we have a runoff for a congressional race on the Wilco side. They don't even have a polling place in city of Austin. Oh, really? Yeah, 50,000 residents on that side of my district, and not one polling place for them. We have to drive to Cedar Park and Round Rock to vote. So there are some real issues about polling places. A little asterisk: The draft I saw did not have any grocery stores. I don't I haven't seen the final. I don't know if that changed, but I did see an early draft, and I asked, because I personally vote at the Fiesta off Stassney and I-35 and it wasn't on there, and it's always on there. It's where I've always voted. And I was told it was because of the social distancing that is required at grocery stores, and they didn't want a line. So please pay attention to that list. It should be out, if it's not out. But yeah, it's important to know where we're supposed to vote, to make a plan to social distance, and to wear your mask! And I was gonna tell you, my mom can make you a custom mask! If you need one. She might need some measurements of the Jimmyhead. I need like double XL. We've made them for our entire family. But thank you for having me and this opportunity. It is a pleasure to work with you on the Austin City Council definitely. Well I'm gonna miss you on the Council, Delia. Hopefully, we'll get to continue to work together in your hopeful new role as County Attorney. And just so that it is perfectly clear to everyone, I wholeheartedly endorse Dalia Garza for Travis County Attorney, and I encourage all of my constituents, all in this Western part of Travis County, who haven't had the joy and opportunity to work with Delia Garza as your Council Member as she focused on her district down in District 2, but to know that in my experience working with Delia, she is someone who understands the challenges of all communities, not just the ones she represents herself, as I try to do the same, and I'm very excited about some big structural change as we are saying, not just at APD, but you know, kicking the County in the pants a little bit would be much appreciated. Thank you, Mayor Pro Tem, for joining the show today, and good luck in the runoff. Thank you so much. That was awesome, I have really enjoyed working with Delia. She's so thoughtful and intentional on how she works through policy issues. And the idea that she could take the skills that we've accumulated as City council members, which it's a challenging job because the city just does so much stuff - you kinda gotta know all the things - to see her really sink her teeth into kind of one slice of that in the County attorney's offices is very exciting. So if you live on the Travis County side, be looking for Delia's name on the ballot when you go to vote in the runoff, I guess it was two weeks from now.

Akina Adderley

So normally, I would have two more guests, but we're gonna close the show with a member of music royalty: The amazing, the incomparable Akina Adderley. Hi, Akina! Well, hello! Thank you so much for taking some time and joining my cute little show, here. Oh my gosh. My absolute pleasure. Thank you for having me. How inspiring to be on the same show as Delia Garza! Oh my gosh. I mean! I mean she's very inspiring. You're not wrong. Well, Yeah, So thanks for coming on the show, and I've had the joy of bringing on a lot of great Austin musicians as we do the show week to week. I'm so excited to have you kind of in that crew that now has made its way through the Clawback. But as I ask every musician at the start of their of their segment, How are you and your family doing and what is it like during this pandemic to be a musician? Oh, my gosh, well first of all, my family and I, we're doing well. We're healthy. we're safe, so we're doing great. I do have a daughter who's turning seven in a couple of weeks, and so the whole homeschooling vibe was something that was a thing. Also, I'm an educator. I'm the music director at Griffin School here in Austin, and so to teach my students simultaneous to teaching my daughter, simultaneous to my husband teaching my daughter and working, that was a scene. But we found our rhythm. Then, in terms of being a musician right now, it's really required trying to gain some more skills and some more comfort with things that I've traditionally kind of kept at bay: Tech is kind of my Achilles Heel, and so I've had to kind of like [sigh] tiptoe into like learning how to do some things in order to connect with my fans and connect with the people who wanna hear me. So I've done some videos and some recording with some different folks, mostly locally, but a couple of folks out of town. And I've found that I'm actually really enjoying being able to record in my house, and then just send files around and have people make music with that and make art that we can still share with our community and with our fans. But it's definitely been a learning curve, particularly in the beginning, it was like: Baaaaahhh! That part, I can definitely appreciate, although personally, my background is in tech. I was a Web developer before I was a Council Member. so this has been like - I worked from home for almost 20 years. This is, I know how to do this. You're like, this is my time to shine! Yeah, and you know, I mean what kind of person pulls up a live show as a Council Member? Well, you know, the Mayor and Council Member Harper Madison, do them too now and they're amazing. But not typically an introvert. It's difficult. And it turns out there's a little mini introvert inside of me that is having the time of his life. We're I'll just put it this way: laugh or cry, Those are the options. Yup! We're gonna hit a very difficult time in our community, across the nation, but I know seeing the data in Austin, It's going to be really hard right here, and I don't want anyone to think we're taking any of that lightly, but also: laugh or cry. Those are the options, there's gonna be plenty enough time to cry so. My understanding is that you are also the musical director at a at the Adderley School for Performing Arts. Actually, no, that school is my mom and sister's Musical theater school, and I did work there in California for a few years and I do still music direct and conduct shows annually. I do- the Adderley School has smaller workshop shows that happen every semester. And then they have one big full-scale production of a complete musical with a full orchestra and those productions go up usually in the spring, like in May. And of course this year, the show is indefinitely cancelled. But I conduct those shows, so I am involved with the school, and P.S. Black-owned business! Y'all should check out the Adderley School. We love! We stan! That's the family business that my mom and my sister run. That's so cool. I know I'm not going to pitch you my musical idea, although I have one based on my experience as a Council Member. I mean! I don't know that I've ever said the title. I have a title. I don't know that I've ever said it in public. Now is the time! You're so amazing. I will tell you the story. The title of the musical that I have sketched out of my head is called, Pothole! the Musical! I'm in! Yes. I'm in! I'm ready! It's a hell of a tale. I'm ready. I'm gonna write it. All right, you said it in public. I did! Mark it down! Akina Adderley gonna put the book together for Pothole! The Musical! That's right. I love it. I love it. Well that's good. I wanna ask you one more question. You know swing the pendulum back a little back to the serious, and then so excited to hear what you're gonna perform for us today. Last week I had Jackie Venson on the show. Yes, my girl. And she talked about some of the experiences and how she's been - she kind of interpreted the emotional labor that she was feeling in this time because of all of the the folks standing behind me and this moment that we're in, and then I was like four hours later that I saw the Blues on the Green stuff. I'm I'm so interested in your take on what she expressed and how you're kind of living in this moment. Well, it's really fascinating and intense moment to be a black musician in Austin. And I really celebrate Jackie Venson and Chaka from Riders Against the Storm and others who are really you know carrying the mantle, being leaders. It's kind of… In this moment, all these things that I've thought, that all of us black musicians have thought and either talked about a lot or talk about a little, they're all kind of coming to light in this way that is really like - you talked about emotional labor - It's definitely like intense to be having these conversations and to be having them out loud with everybody not just with each other. But it's also to my mind, It's also it makes me feel optimistic that people are having these discussions and talking about equity and talking about talking honestly about how you know Austin gatekeepers in the music business - bookers, festival bookers, things like that, you know for a long, long time the image of like what is it to be an Austin musician? You can name 10-15 musicians when you ask people, what is an Austin musician? And it's very White, but that doesn't reflect the actual music scene, and that doesn't reflect the wealth of talent and the richness and culture that we have, and so, yes, the Emotional labor is there just like dealing with explaining things to folks and having these dialogues of people who haven't thought about this stuff before and haven't thought about equity in the music business before. But it's like, I said, It's also kind of an exciting time, and I'm really really hopeful that a lot of positivity comes out of this, and that a lot of you know advocacy for black artists getting recognized and getting support and getting showcased and getting those big bookings, and all that kind of stuff. I'm excited and really optimistic. We just all have to kind of keep our keep the pedal to the metal. That's… I feel like as long as we all continue to have those dialogues and keep doing the work and keep forcing the issue then I think that we're in a good spot. I hope so, and I am on some ways is uniquely positioned to make sure that we keep that spotlight on. Well, I appreciate that. At least from the City Council level, and being the new chair of the Public Safety Committee looking like this in this moment, right? That's not lost on me what what that means and to have the the trust of the Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member Harper Madison and Council Member Casar with the other members of that Committee. I take that I take that very seriously, and we're gonna get this work across the finish line. I'll tell you Akina, if you got any way folks that need it to explained to them, just send them to me. I will. Don't feel like you gotta explain it to everybody. I'm happy to do that for you. That's part of my emotional labor and I take it willingly. I appreciate that, cuz that's definitely a thing. It's like it's very sweet, but like the the like influx of like really awesome lovely, kind, good hearted White folks being like Akina, what can I do? And I'm, like: ???????????? [laughs] Yeah, I've heard that story a couple of times. Yeah, I can. you know, I'm the first openly gay man to be on the Austin City Council, and so there are there have been moments in time where people would come to me to talk about stuff as far as the LGBT community would come into play, and it's like You think that the only one? Right? Exactly! There's others! Don't you know some others? Yeah for real. Well. Thank you. Akina. I'm so blessed and honored to have you on the show this week, and I am so excited to hear what you have prepared to share with our Clawback audience today! Why don't you take it away? I will! So by the way, this is my first time in three months performing like for people live. I've done like a bunch of videos and recording, but this is my first time actually being like I'm singing a song and like people are watching it as it's happening. Yes! I love it! Whoo! Very exciting. I'm gonna take it away. Thank you. I'm gonna do a song called "Broke." I wrote this last year about folks who, let's just say, voted not in their own best interest and not in my best interest and none of our best interest or didn't vote and it's time to step up, Y'all. We we I think we agree that it's time to go ahead and step up. Alright here we go. Aaaahhhh! Got to plug this into this thing over here. Okay. There's a price you pay for freedom Called responsibility To your neighbor to your brother to yourself and me. Say you acted with no malice, Pain was not your design Either way the pill is bitter baby. Can't you see? Don’t look away You broke it You bought it. Don't look away. You broke it. You bought it. All these claims you put your name to Have a butterfly effect You don’t see it but we feel it each and every day All these different kind of cages. Tryin’ to put us in our place You're so scared of what we'll be when you get out the way. Don't look away You broke it, you bought it. Don’t look away You broke it, you bought it. Flowers sometimes get trampled, That's okay ‘cause they got seeds Soon enough what’s beat down reaches for the sky. All this talk of revolution, Dreamin’ of the promised land I don't know if we gon' find it, but we sure gon’ try. Yeaaaaaaah! Don’t look away You broke it, you bought it Don’t look away You broke it, you bought it Don’t look away, yeah! You broke it, you bought it, yeah! Don’t look away You broke it, you bought it Don't look awaaaaay. Don't look awaaaaaaaay. Don't look awaaaaay. Don't look awaaaaay. Don't look awaaaaaaaay. Don't look awaaaay. Don't look away. Don't look awaaaaaaaaaaaay. Oh, my gosh, Oh, that was- Oh, I can't! Like I, like I'm out of words. Like that was good. It was like so good in so many ways, and I'm gonna be specific because that's who I am. Fabulous! It was good both because your audio set up. Oh! Can I just say your audio set up is on point. Thank you! I think by far the best sounding audio set up, we've had through all the musicians on the show. Oh my god! Whoever helped you put that together, nailed it. My friend, Ryan Young! Oh my God. Thank you so much because, as I said, Oooooh! Achilles heel! Yeah. So you are set up for the live shows, Honey. You sound great. Also, you sound great! And the lyrics. I live! I absolutely live. Thank you! Un-un-unbelievable. Thank you so much for coming on the show and sharing your music. There are - You got some fans girl look. I'm gonna, I'm gonna bring them up. Look at this. Look at this. Look at this. Look at this. Look at that. Truth. Grace Beauty. Look at that. I mean we love it. We stan. We stan. We stan! Look at that. Oh wait, they keep coming. Hold on. There's more. There's more. There's more. There's more. That's awesome. That makes me feel so happy. You, you've really done us a solid here- I'm gonna bring Delia back just to- right before we close out the show Yes. Don't worry, Delia. They got one for you, too. They got one for you, too, right. Everybody loves you and you know, I wanna, just before before we close out the show, just wanna wish both of you and all of the community a purpose filled and wonderful Juneteenth! Yes! And thanks both of you for for taking time in this holiday, which I believe will soon be an Official City holiday as Council Member Harper Madison has called for, and I know that we will also -I know Mayor Pro Team has already said she supports. I will too. Thank you all again for coming on the show today. Thank you so much for having us! Awesome. awesome song. Love. Thank you! Love the lyrics: You broke it, you bought it! Right! All right. Thanks Y'all. Thank you well. That was, that was, gosh, that was so good. That was so good. So yeah, here we go. We all. Here we go lots of big work left to do, a lot of stuff going on. I wanted to just let you all know my campaign: I'm on the ballot this November as I said, I am gonna be doing a virtual campaign kick off at the end of the month, on June 28, you can check out my website as we get the stuff all posted, but I wanted to preview it quickly here on the Clawback, and of course, you can support the campaign, and support this show by making a donation to my website, and help us make sure that we get good solid information and amazing talent like Akina into the ears of everyone throughout District 6 and the City of Austin. Thank you all so much for watching. That's it for Episode 33. And again, you know, I hope I hope folks have a very thoughtful and wonderful Juneteenth. But also, the pandemic is real. Wear your masks. It is not getting better. We have to take care of each other, especially those who are who are older or who have a complicating medical issues. Please stay home, anyone who has the ability and can stay home, please do so. And when you encounter essential workers at HEB or in any other store, please be nice, y'all. Please be nice to the essential workers. They need it. They're putting their lives at risk, literally to make sure you can get your LeSueur Peas. So please be nice to all of our essential workers, and I hope everybody has a beautiful weekend. Stay home, and wear a mask.

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