The SJI collaborates with several grassroots projects in Austin. This year’s community collaborations include:
Workers Defense Project (WDP)
Recognized as one of the most dynamic and creative workers centers in the nation, WDP seeks to achieve systemic change through grassroots organizing efforts with Texas’ low-wage construction workers. Eighty percent of WDP’s members labor is in the construction industry, which is a major engine of economic growth in Texas. The Social Justice Institute provides research support for WDP on it groundbreaking reports on the working conditions in the state’s construction industry.
Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Prenatal Clinic
Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Prenatal Clinic supports the individual and collective empowerment of low-income mothers of color while also improving pregnancy and birth outcomes for communities of color in Austin. The Social Justice Institute collaborates with Mama Sana on research evaluating the quality and quantity of prenatal care services to low-income women in Austin and Travis County.
Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC)
The AIRC promotes human rights and dignity, and social and economic justice for immigrants through community organizing, policy advocacy and public education. It organizes city-wide and state-wide actions in defense of immigrant rights, including the National Day of Action for Fair Immigration Reform. The Social Justice Institute supports AIRC with office and meeting space at the UT Community Engagement Center.
Detention Watch Network (DWN)
DWN is a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons. The Social Justice Institute supports DWN with office and meeting space at the UT Community Engagement Center.