DEI starts with us

Don’t be guilty of excluding people from your churches, communities and organizations based on gender, class, cliques, partisan politics and personal agendas, writes Valerie F. Leonard. Engaging in such behavior stunts progress.

How we can honor Kobe Bryant

Daryl Satcher shares his feelings about the NBA great’s time here on earth and his legacy after dying in a helicopter crash last month. His 13-year-old daughter Gigi was also killed in the crash.

Give thanks for what you can do

State Rep. La Shawn Ford shares his thoughts on this Thanksgiving Day. “Wherever we find ourselves, we have to be thankful for the opportunity to live another day to help each other with our given talents,” he writes. AustinTalks wishes every one a happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your support.

Gun violence hits close to home

A 22-year-old man was shot to death near state Rep. La Shawn Ford’s family home last weekend. Nearly 30 people have been killed in Austin so far this year. Ford urges city leaders to take more aggressive steps to protect West Side residents and “end this violence now.”