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Austinites, protesting against police violence and racial injustice, shut down I-35 one year ago today. (Austonia)

This weekend marks one year since Austinites marched en masse in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining protesters in cities across the country—and world.

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Brenda Ramos visits the gravesite of her son Mike Ramos who was killed by Austin police. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Brenda Ramos often visits Assumption Cemetery, just off the I-35 frontage road in South Austin, near Ben White Boulevard.

Her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins are buried there. So is her son, Mike Ramos, who died on April 24, 2020, after being shot by an Austin police officer at a nearby apartment complex.

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Assistant Chief Joe Chacon briefs the media on the first day of early voting last October. (Austonia staff)

Assistant Police Chief Joe Chacon will serve as interim police chief of the Austin Police Department following the retirement of Brian Manley on March 28. City Manager Spencer Cronk is conducting a national search for Manley's permanent successor and plans to make an appointment by August. "We need to have a chief in short order," he said during a press conference on Monday.

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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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