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Protesters rally against police brutality in the summer of 2020. (Austonia staff)

Texas activists will take to the Capitol on Thursday morning, calling for police reform bills similar to those implemented around the nation after George Floyd's death last May.

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As Texas gets ready to lift the mandatory mask mandate on March 10, food and bar workers gathered at the Texas Capitol to express their frustration with the lack of COVID-19 precautions without adequate access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The event, which began at 1 p.m. on Monday, was hosted by the Austin chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, Restaurant Organizing Project and The Amplified Sound Coalition.
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Food and bar workers, among others, will rally outside of the Texas Capitol at 1 p.m. on Monday in protest of Gov. Greg Abbott's reversal of the mask mandate.

The groups will also argue their right to be labeled as essential workers and qualify for vaccinations in the rally, which is organized by the Amplified Sound Coalition and Austin's chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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Trump supporters gather in front of the Texas Capitol while the U.S. Capitol building was breached.

While 2020 gave us at least two weeks of relative sanity before COVID-19 struck, 2021 started out in utter chaos.

Despite New Year's Day being relatively quiet for the American people, a break from the madness would turn out to be short lived. Here's a look at what the new year has brought so far:

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