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Hello Austin. Hello District Six. It is your council member, Jimmy Flannigan. I always do that, leave my name up there. You all know who I am. It's right up there, in the corner. Glad to be with you all again for another claw back. It is our 40th episode! 4-0. It's hard to believe we've been doing this show for almost a full year now. We started last September, I think. Took a couple of weeks off over the holidays. But it's been quite a journey, bringing direct to the district, to the city, information from your council member, from the city. And since the pandemic began, some amazing guests to to tell their story and talk about what they do for the community and bring the good local information. So let's jump right in. I wanna talk just briefly. We should always be keeping our eye on the ball as it relates to the pandemic. So here is our chart. This is the one about the risk-based guidelines. This is the stages. Did you hear the news? We are in Stage 3. Look at that that curve. I wish I could put my hand over so I could draw it. You can see the mouse. Wait, maybe you can see the mouse. We dipped up to Stage 5 over the Stage 4. Look at that. Austin, you're doing a great job. Keep wearing your masks, staying out of those enclosed spaces. I'll show you the the chart here, where we talk about the guidelines. I'll blow it up big so you can read it: Stage 3, Stage 3. It's pretty good, but don't take your eye off the ball, y'all. Don't take your eye off the ball. Still wear those masks. You know we've got the university reopening. I'm sure you've seen some of the social media on that. That's not great. And of course we had hurricane evacuees, you know, because it's not enough in 2020 to have a pandemic and everything else. There's also gonna be multiple hurricanes. And Austin, as it has many times before, stepping up opening up the convention center as a shelter, having our guests joining us from the coast. But it also had people in close quarters. So we gotta stay aware of that. Austin, you're doing a great job, again, wearing your masks, and being generally good citizens out in the public. And again, treat our essential workers as well. You're going to the HEB; you're going grocery shopping. Those folks were not hired to be the bouncers of COVID. So keep up the good work everybody.
Travis County Constable Carlos B Lopez
I wanna get right to our first guest. This is someone Who I've gotten to know for a while. Also one of our amazing law enforcement leaders in our community, Constable Carlos Lopez. Hello Constable Lopez. Hello Jimmy. How are you? I am great. Thanks for joining my show today. How are you doing? How is the family? Is everybody safe and healthy? Well, we're doing great. Today is my wife's birthday by the way: I'm married to Jennifer Lopez, by the way, we call J-Lo. So today's her birthday. Happy birthday, J. Lo! She also just finished her master's degree, so she graduated virtually as well. So we have a couple of things to celebrate as well, Jimmy. Life is good. Obviously we're trying to get through some challenges in the Constable's office in Travis County. And if you don't mind, I could explain to you a little bit about the constable is. The biggest question, the number one question that I get from everyone that I meet: What the heck is a Constable? That's true, right. Yeah. I would love that. Yeah. Please explain to folks what the constable does. Yeah. So we are peace officers. We're obviously peace officers, and we go through the academy, and all that. There are five elected officials in Travis County, elected constables that is. And we run in the presidential year. I'm running unopposed, thank goodness. And every 4 years again we run. My district, My precinct is Central Austin, which was considered central Austin and all in central Austin. The East boundary is I-35, and I have the Mueller community. And I'm bound on the North and by Far West Boulevard, Anderson Lane-area 2222. And on the West side, it goes, if you're familiar with with 620, it almost almost to 620 in the River Place area. And in the south, bound by the lake. So it's a pretty good sized area And although we are law enforcement, considered law enforcement, and we are peace officers, we don't go out, my office does not go out on patrol with the exception of disabled parking enforcement. That's all we do, and there's a very little of that going on right now. But the majority of work that we do, all my officers all my deputies are plain clothes - they're plain clothes, and we have a what we call a soft approach because we deal with - We don't patrol. We don't do traffic, and things like that. As a matter of fact, our vehicles are unmarked as well. The people that we're dealing with are folks that are going through financial issues, going through domestic issues; they're going through some hard times. I'll tell you, this is probably one of the worst times of in a long time that folks are having are struggling financially and domestically as well - having domestic issues. What we do in my precinct, we serve the domestic violence protective orders that are issued by the family court. We do some evictions. The eviction process right now is really not not happening. There is somewhat of a moratorium, and we are dealing with some of the evictions that are considered to be emergency only. But we also deal with civil process - anything that comes out of the the District Court, County Court, in the JP Court: notices, any kind of notices, we serve personally. We go out, and we serve. So we are an essential office. And you know, unfortunately we've had to - our officers can't really work from home all that much. They do some training and all that, but we've had to go out and actually personally serve these individuals. So now we're faced with the COVID pandemic, and so we're having to wear you know our PPE our equipment, and treat things a little bit differently that we've always done before. So we have to be very careful on how we approach things. But the people, again, that we're dealing with are not criminals, per se, you know. They're just individuals that are going through a hard time. So we're doing really well. Unfortunately, we did lose one of my sergeants to to COVID-19. As a matter of fact, he was sick, he went to this area, this location where he was to serve a domestic violence protective order. He told us that no one there was wearing a mask, and he felt that's where he got it from. He got it, he was sick, and 11 days later, he, he Wa,s he was deceased. So we're taking this very serious. And it's obviously affecting everyone in the city. We're trying to do what we can to minimize our folks that are going in the office, and we're trying to get maintain less than 10 people, following all the guidelines of going back to work as much as possible. But it's been tough, it really has. I'm so sorry to hear about about the loss in your office, and that's tough. You know, a lot of folks are - We're seeing that it is real, and it's impacting people's lives, and it covers every corner of the city. It's so interesting to hear you describe just what precinct 5 is: To go from I-35 all the way up to 4 Points and River Place. No one would imagine that that's where the Central Austin constable would be representing. And you yourself, live in District 6. And I'm really proud to have you as a constituent. I don't live in your in your Constable Precinct. You know, I'm a Wilco guy, but I'm glad that you live in District 6, and I'm glad to have your support on my campaign, as I have supported yours. And the challenges of your job and your deputies' job, it, it's already a hard job. It's exacerbated with this pandemic. I hope you all are seeing some of it get better as we're seeing the hospitalizations decrease, and you know people seem to be understanding the need. More people are wearing masks. Are you seeing that level of compliance in the parts of the city you guys are working in? You know, we weren't at first. We weren't at first. The people at first, were not taking it serious. Yeah. I even felt that even some of the Travis County folks were were disregarding a lot of the precautions and procedures that were activated in Travis County and the city of Austin. But as soon as it started hitting home, and people were starting to get sick and dying, people realized how serious it was. And so slowly but surely, I'm seeing that folks are complying. You're still gonna have some folks that for whatever reason are reluctant to follow, but the most of the folks that we deal with are not gonna have a mask on because we're going to their homes. We're not going in their homes. We're going to their homes, and wherever it is that we have to serve this process - the domestic violence protective orders and all that we serve. Most of these folks are not gonna have a mask, so we have to be careful on on our approach and all that. But out in the public, whenever we are out, we're seeing some compliance - not 100%, but we are seeing some. Well, I'm glad that you're experiencing and seeing that as well as I am. We could probably sit here and talk all day about the different things that your office is experiencing. The last quick thing is - one of the things your office - You say you serve the protective orders for folks who are trying to deal with domestic violence. We're seeing or it's reported there's an uptick in domestic violence because of the stay-at-home orders and people being in close family quarters. Are you seeing that in your work? Yes. We have, we have seen an uptick, and we said, we're receiving all the domestic violence protective orders. And in some cases, we have what is called an exclusion of residence - where we have to go out and remove the person from that situation. And that gets to be a little bit volatile as well. But yes, In what we're hearing and what we're seeing is also some child abuse. The problem is that what we're seeing or hearing is that they're all in the same quarters. I mean before the abuser would leave the house, go to work, and they would have an opportunity to reach out and and find some assistance. And now they're all confined, and so it's difficult for folks to get away, if you will, and try to get some assistance. So it's a little bit harder for folks. So we're trying to reach out as much as we can on our end. All we do is we serve the protective orders, and Safe Place and all those great agencies that are out there are doing the best they can to put the word out for folks. But yes, we have seen an uptick in all of that. Well, Thank you, Constable Lopez. Thank you so much for all the work you do, and please pass my thanks on to your deputies and the rest of your staff. It's a very difficult job to do, even during normal times, but especially difficult during a pandemic and literally everything else that 2020 has brought on this community. Thank you. Thank you so much, and thanks for being such a great supporter and D6 resident. Hey, thank you, Jimmy. Thank you for having me and keep up the great work. Awesome. Thanks. It was great to have Constable Lopez on the show. There there are so many different county offices that you get to vote for, and you probably don't even notice it when you're going down the ballot. Get those votes at the top and then you see all the stuff in the middle, and then you find me and school board races, and you know you'll see Project Connect down at the bottom of your ballot this November. But they're are unbelievably hardworking public servants, and I'm glad to have Constable Lopez also as a friend and a constituent In District 6.
Let's go on to our musical guest. I am so excited to have this musical guest on the show, on the 40th episode of the Clawback! The incomparable BettySoo! Hi Betty! Hi, good to be here. Well, thank you for taking some time and joining us on the show today. I'm so excited to have you on here. I'm excited to be here. Well, first off: How are you doing? Is everybody safe and healthy and making it during this pandemic? Yup. Yup. I'm so far, just hunkered down for the last five and a half months or however, long and here and basically almost never leave my home. It's a very different existence from being in hotel rooms, 200 nights a year or whatever. Oh my gosh. Well, I mean that - 50 to 200, yeah! I wanna get into that too for you. What was it like? What was the impact of the South By's cancellation on your work and surviving as a musician, what was the impact that you saw. Well, I think all of us are really grateful that it was cancelled and that the city reacted when it did. I think it's a totally different world like it is for everybody, and yeah it is definitely hard on a lot of the performing community, especially if you're you're not a front person in a band, if you're a band member. Because those of us who front the bands, we can still do this live streams and um find other avenues for presenting music. Sometimes I do these things that Barbara Nesbitt and I called Corona-grams where people ask for a video music Message to be sent to a loved one or a coworker, a friend, somebody that they miss. But if you're the bass player, or the drummer in a band, then it's a little bit harder to find out where that new online hustle is. So it's definitely harder on, you know sound engineers at the clubs, or a lot of people who support the front person and are just as key in a regular time, you know it's more of a struggle for them. And I think we're all trying to find ways to give back the support they've been giving to us for all these years and make sure that they're not left out of the recovery process. That's such a good point. I can identify with that a little bit. When I was at the University - and I wanna talk about that you and I have a very similar origin story. Yeah! That's what I heard! But I was in the Longhorn Band. I was not the front man for the Longhorn Band. I was in the tuba section. So any opportunities for the longhorn band to be doing live streaming, you can't even fit the sousaphone in the screen. That's what I'm saying. It's just not. It's not an opportunity available to us tuba players. It turns out you and I came to Austin. We grew up in suburban parts of Texas. We came to Austin at almost the same time, I think, to attend the university. Is that where your music career began? I mean what was it like being in? I mean I know what I was doing. I was playing music, but it was during football games. Right. I grew up in a very musical family, and we were all encouraged to learn to play a bunch of different instruments, which we all did, my sisters and I. And, but it was definitely like something that you do to be a well-rounded person, not like something that you think of as being a career path, unless you proved to be a prodigy which none of us did. So it was just something that we did to be fulfilling and interesting, and then once I came - but it was always just such an important part of my life. And when I came to Austin, part of the reason I went to UT was because I wanted to live in Austin. I had just heard about the music community here and about how different and unique it was from other places, I wanted to be part of that - At that point, I just wanted to see it. I just wanted to experience it as a fan and to admire it. And then years later, I ended up you know venturing into it, and I think, I have to say that part of the hesitation wasn't just that we weren't ushered into doing it as kids, but when you don't see anybody who looks like you, doing something, it's really hard to envision yourself in that place. So it's not even, like: Oh I wanna do that, but- It doesn't even occur to you that's a possibility, and so it became really important to me, as I was stepping into the music community to always keep an eye out for how can I make this? how can I make what I do visible to younger Asian- American, Pacific Islander people so that younger creatives who can at least see that somebody who looks like them does this, and you know, that they can do it too. That that's amazing, and I'm very fortunate in this part of town that I represent, it has the city's largest Asian community. Right! Of any of the council districts, and so I have the honor and pleasure to work with a lot of different Asian community leaders, and attend a lot of cultural events but to see working musicians coming out of that community, that representation really matters. Right. Thank you for keeping that top of mind for yourself because it does matter. Yeah. Absolutely matters. Yeah. And finally I will say we are finally organizing. A bunch of creatives in Austin, especially right now in the music field, but eventually, including people who work in film, art, dance, theater, we've just formed a new organization called the Austin Creatives - or Asian Creatives of Greater Austin, which you can see our little logo back here. We just launched on Facebook. We're just launching our website, Austin Creatives.org And you know we're we really have a mission to elevate the work of Asian creatives, to advocate for, to provide opportunities, because Asian-American Pacific Islander, South Asian creatives, often get sidelined, and it's not usually through malice or disinterest, so much as just a lack of awareness. And I think a lack of resources because there haven't been, especially outside of the Bay area or certain epicenters of historic Asian communities, there hasn't been a lot of advocacy. Cuz there haven't been previous generations to build that base, so we're trying to do that work now. Well, congratulations. That's sounds like an amazing advocacy group, and one of the things that I've worked really hard on as a council member is the Asian Resource Center. It's not in District 6, but it serves a lot of District 6 residents, and it is going to be expanded. A big part of that expansion is space for creatives, performance spaces of different sizes, bigger hall, but also smaller spaces, classrooms, other types of things. Serving Asian Community Creative network of of artists is a big part of how we're going to measure success. Okay. Yeah. We love the AARC. We definitely wanna be very integrated in our work. Well, I'm so glad that you came on the show today, BettySoo, and I cannot wait to hear what you have prepared for the show today. So why don't you tell everybody what you're going to do, and then take it away! Sure! So this is a song that I wrote with a couple of songwriters in Austin named Rebecca Lobe and Grace Pettis. We have a band together called Nobody's Girl. It's a song that will be on our next record and it's called "Promised Land." [guitar] I saw your face in the stars last night, shining down from a clear black sky. Colorado turned out the lights. A thousand miles from California sand A thousand more to the Blue Ridge Mountains all in the cradle of your weary hands. Staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Looking to the left, looking to the right. [guitar] Cardboard City full of government tents. Kids trying to sleep over subway vents. Keeping watch over cold cement. No vote in North Dakota with the native ID. Churches shot: Philly, Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee. We're all waking up from this same Lost dream. Staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Looking to the left. Looking to the right. Is there a sign on your neighbor's lawn. That makes you wonder how we went so wrong. Show me a side we can all get on. [guitar] I saw a man quilt an eight-foot flag With just his hands and a pile of rags. Sometimes all we need is what we have. We're staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Looking to the left. Looking to the right. I only see what I can see. Feeling small and not that free. Cause from where I stand This doesn't look like the promised land. Staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Staring at the great divide. Cause from where I stand, this could still be the promised land. Oh my gosh, That was so beautiful. Oh thank you so much, that was really amazing, Betty Soo. Thank you so much for sharing your music with me and and the folks watching the show today. Why don't you tell the folks where they can see you performing. Are you live streaming? Where can they get your music? Yeah, I have a weekly Tuesday show on Zoom called Nobody's Happy Hour. And I have a special guest every week, and we spin this wheel. Actually I have it like right here: I have this crazy wheel of activities that we spin that decides what we do next. It's kind of half songswap, Half improv and this week. I've got Butch Hancock from the Flatanders and the week after that Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. So a bunch of great guests every week and it's always a fun time. That's sounds amazing. If you ever want a council member to join the show, you just let me know Okay that sounds like fun! I might do that. That'd be amazing. I don't know if, Kate, if my team has told you but I like to sing a little bit. I'm no musician, but that sounds like a lot of fun. Although I have to ask now that you've brought it up: How is your embouchure? You still own a tuba? I'd never - you know, the thing about playing the tuba is you actually don't own one, cuz the school always gets one right. The school provides the tuba. In fact when I was - I'm going way over time, but this is such a funny story. Sorry! When I was a little kid and going through elementary school and to Middle School, and the band director from the middle school comes to the elementary school and assigns everybody their instruments. And I walked in, my chubby little elementary school Self. They took one look at me and was like: Tuba! Then I went out and when my mom picked me up, I get in the car, and she turns to me, she says what instrument did they choose for you? And I said they told me I'm gonna play the tuba. She pulled right back into the school and said you go in there and tell them that you're gonna play a smaller instrument. And I said, but mom, they provide the tuba! She goes okay, I guess that's fine. And then I played tuba. But I have marched alumni band with the University of Texas Longhorn Band, I've marched Alumni Band every single year since I graduated for 20 years. Oh my god! I have marched the halftime show This, because of the pandemic, will be the first year I will not have picked up a tuba and played since I was in the middle school. Well, that's always the best show, the the alumni band! It's a sad year for a lot of us for a lot of reasons, the least of which is that we're not doing Alumni Band. It'll be the first year in 35 years probably, that I haven't played the tuba. Amazing. Pretty crazy. Thank you. Betty Sue. Thank you so much for sharing your music. And for being on the show, and just let me know when you want me to come on your show. Yeah. that's sounds good. Alright bye. Well that was fun. My team keeps telling me: You gotta keep the show moving, keep the show moving, and then I end up finding a story I wanna tell and end up going long.
Tam Hawkins, CEO of the The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
..So let's go right to our last guest. I'm so happy to have this last guest on the show today. I've been working with her for so many years doing small business advocacy and and all manner of work on policy for the city. Tam Hawkins from Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce! Tam! How are you doing? So glad to have you on the show today. Oh, it's just such delightful Friday afternoon. Betty Soo was just amazing. So thank you for having me. Yeah, and she really was. I'm really glad that we put in the work to bring musicians on the show. We pay them for their time, and you should always pay people for their art. And that was pretty spectacular. But Tam, first, How are you? Is everybody healthy? How's your family doing? So everyone's well It's been really challenging. I mentioned earlier that home schooling or schooling/distance learning right, cuz it's not true home schooling and working, feeding children three times a day has been really tough. But it's also provided some nice respite in terms of getting to know my children in a manner that I just probably wouldn't have been able to, right? So we're doing well physically here at my house. All's good. I'm glad to hear that and I can't imagine how challenging that must be. You know, my chief of staff on the City Hall side, Marti has kids at home, and so I do get a little bit of the play-by-play of the challenges of working parents at this time, and my thoughts and prayers to you! It's it's, I mean it's I'll take it! That's that's a challenge. Why don't we start and just help folks understand what the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce does and your role in the organization? Sure, and I'm glad you ask that, cuz a lot of people, similar to the constable, don't really understand what chambers of commerce do. And so we, at our core, we protect trade and commerce, and we do that in a variety of ways. Our market just happens to focus on a black audience, but we are all- inclusive in terms of who we actually have as members, but with the focus with black business. And so you'll see us do advocacy and government advocacy and education for business development and economic opportunities, economic development opportunities, and all of the things that a normal chamber does, but just with a focus on our target demographic, which is black business in Austin. The folks watching the show know that I used to run the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Yeah, and we got to work together for a number of years doing that work and collaborating with the Hispanic and Asian chambers and what the city calls the MECA - Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance, and really fantastic work trying to elevate business owners of all kinds and get them access to, up until a pandemic, was a pretty extraordinary economic success story, that was in the city of Austin. And making sure everyone has equal access to that success story. Absolutely, I think that's one of the things things although COVID-19 has been so damaging to so many businesses regardless of their ethnicity, right? The entrepreneurs, that strong economy has helped us in so many ways. We will see a fair amount of business not survive. The national average for black businesses is at 41%. At the top of the pandemic, we were projecting 50% for Austin. I am hopeful that that number is continuing to shrink. We last checked we were about at 41%. That is devastating, but if you understand where I sit from in March, I'm happy that number is going down. And what I think again that the factors that are contributing to that is that Austin had a strong economy going in. And our businesses in Austin are so resilient. I am so amazed at their spirit of hope, and how they're able to overcome some challenges that I think would have floored me personally. I also I'm a business owner, but they've been just resilient. Now that doesn't mean that we don't have economic and racial disparities that we have to work on, right? But it doesn't mean that there's a lot of hope out there. Yeah. I think Austin has been pretty resilient through the last two or three recessions. This one, you know we hope will be as resilient this time, but this one is very different. Okay and you know just I mean just for all the reasons we don't have to go into. In addition to having run the LGBT chamber and being able to work with you, I also share the regional Economic Development Board at CAPCOG, which is the 10-county Council of governments and so I've been able to see this work across a much wider region. And one of the challenges in city of Austin is that a lot of black business owners have moved into surrounding communities and in pflugerville. Or they move in the surrounding communities, and and what I love about the way you've taken the black chamber is that you have expanded your mission to include a wider region. What are, how are you seeing the impacts of businesses across this wider region? So what we're seeing is that a lot of them have switched to digital. Those that will we think that will survive, were able to adapt earlier on and swiftly look at their margins and be able to determine where their highest ability to make profit was. So we are seeing some of them close brick and mortars. I think brick and mortar we will also see an effect in commercial real estate. I don't like talking about that part. But we need to start preparing ourselves for what does it look like now, 5 years from now, and and even before that, right? But I think we need to look out a little bit more too, for commercial space. So we've seen our black businesses basically not be able to hold their lease space, and some of them were successful in renegotiating. That is hopeful and good, but others were not as successful. It's a struggle for a lot of folks, and we've tried to the city to stand up as many programs as we can find the resources for. Of course we stood up some programs for individuals. I spent time building the small business loan and grant programs that the city launched, writing the resolutions, and getting them passed by the council and the staff all the programs out. We had almost twice as many businesses apply for support as there was funding. Yeah. So yeah. So there are a lot of really good businesses that applied, that if, frankly, if we had an even minimally functional, federal and state government, there would be additional resources that we already know who needs them. We already know that they're qualified, and I'm and I'm so thankful for the Black Chamber for being a part of getting the word out on those programs, so that we can ensure that folks who don't- Who may not feel government is there to help them, know that we are standing up programs specifically to help everyone. Absolutely. Absolutely. And it is not done. If you didn't get a grant, this time around. Please don't give up hope. At the moment that there's another stimulus from the federal government, the systems are in place. The money can flow directly. That program in particular was very vital to Black business, cuz it it help fill in the gap, where the the other programs might not have been able to. And so I continue to applaud our city for some of the great work that's being implemented and and it's all such a struggle for all of us trying to come up with the best solution, right? None of us - What I say is that none of us have ever been through this before. We don't even have the privilege of having a grandparent or our great uncle or someone who can kinda help us navigate this, right? And so we're kind of all writing it as we go. But that also is good news because there's a lot of opportunity in that. So we are able to look at some things in a different manner than we otherwise might not have been able to. Well, Tam thank you so much for spending some time with me today and joining the show. Before we end, why don't you tell folks how they can engage with the chamber, and how they can best support black businesses in this community. So at its core black businesses are like any other businesses: the best way you can support them is to buy from them, to purchase for them, to use their services. So uh AustinBCC.org is a great platform to look at some of the businesses in the area We share lists with others, so there's some other great organizations that are also highlighting black businesses. We are supporting AALI, which is the African-American Leadership initiative in conjunction with two other organizations, and we're acting as a supporter of that role. And what that is is developing a black business leaders in a different way. We also have one of my favorites, is the Bristol-Joseph Culinary Scholarship. And for those of you who don't know, Tavel Bristol-Joseph was on the Food & Wine List Best Chef in America 2020. I'm so proud of him for Austin, in Austin. Emmer & Rye is a restaurant that he's a partner in, and that scholarship will help fund, I believe right now we're at two full rides for a culinary student at ACC. And finally the other one is, we have a consumer packaged goods accelerator that we're going through and so I'm excited that we'll get some black businesses launched in CPG and get them launched with the tools that they need to be successful, and that's about it. There's an early voting drive on October, the 24th. I'm excited about that and I can keep going but I'll stop. I'm gonna well you've done some great work, Tam. It's always been a pleasure working with you and and to partner with you as a council member. Please keep up all the work. Let me know and let our community know how we can support. As you have continued to support black businesses in this community and again, thank you so much for coming on the show. Thank you so much for all the work council member that you and your team do to support business in Austin. Thanks, Tam. You know, I spent many years- let me get that off there. I spent many years working with and leading the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and getting to know the leaders of the Hispanic and Asian and black chambers, over many years, my first engagement with the LGBT chamber was- I think it was in 1999. It's been many years. It's how I decided to want to become a council member and learning the ways that city government could improve, and we've been able to do a lot of that work helping the city improve over the last few years, certainly in the years that I've been on the council. And so for that, I just wanna close by saying go to my website JimmyFlannigan.com/next JimmyFlannigan.com/next and talk about you can sign up for a yard sign you can sign up as a public supporter. You can also make a donation to the campaign. There's only a couple of months left. The voter registration deadline is coming up in October. Make sure you're registered to vote, but most importantly, talk it up to your friends and neighbors. This election is so challenging for all of the good candidates like myself, who normally would go out and knock on doors 10-20,000 doors over this time, who because of the pandemic, trying not to put people in that situation, but it relies upon you and the word of mouth. So please keep up the good work for everybody out there. Everybody stay safe, and I hope your families are healthy, and go to website. Sign up as a supporter. Thanks again, everybody. Wear your masks, be safe, and we'll see you next week.
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Darlene Lanham, Executive Director of Asian Family Support Services of Austin and Kim Collins Gilby, Chair of the Williamson County Democrats join the show with special performance by Stephanie Bergara and Bidi Bidi Banda!Read more
Rep. Lloyd Doggett and Jen Ramos, President of the Austin Young Democrats joins the show with special performance by BettySoo, Bonnie Whitmore, and Jaimee Harris!Read more
Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, founder of Jolt Action & former 2020 US Senate candidate and Cesar Acosta, President of AURA join the show with special performance by Bobby Cheatham of AI & Bad BirdsRead more
Jeremy Hendricks from LIUNA Local 1095 - Laborers' Union and Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition join the show with special performance by Erin Walter from Parker Woodland!Read more