Alberta Phillips

Editorial writer & columnist

Alberta Phillips is an editorial writer and columnist at the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Alberta Phillips

Phillips: Billy Harden opened doors and brought passion to the stage
 Billy Harden was an Austin treasure. Not just because he was a towering figure in the African-American community, but because Billy — who I knew for over 25 years — was a mover and shaker in Austin’s arts and education communities. Austin School Independent School trustees plan to pay tribute to Harden on April 30 for his...

Posted: 7 days ago

Billy Harden was an Austin treasure. Not just because he was a towering figure in the African-American community, but because Billy — who I knew for over 25 years — was a mover and shaker in Austin’s arts and education communities. Austin School Independent School trustees plan to pay tribute to Harden on April 30 for his...
Billy Harden (1953-2018) opened doors and shaped minds
 Teacher Don Webb greets Dr. Billy Harden (center) then-head of Goodwill industries’ charter school, and Traci Berry, senior
               vice president of community engagement. Goodwill launched a pilot program with funds from the Texas Legislature to help students
               19-50 receive their high school diplomas.
        ...

Posted: 11 days ago

Teacher Don Webb greets Dr. Billy Harden (center) then-head of Goodwill industries’ charter school, and Traci Berry, senior vice president of community engagement. Goodwill launched a pilot program with funds from the Texas Legislature to help students 19-50 receive their high school diplomas. ...
Billy Harden (1953-2018) opened doors, shaped minds
 Teacher Don Webb greets Dr. Billy Harden (center) then-head of Goodwill industries’ charter school, and Traci Berry, senior
               vice president of community engagement. Goodwill launched a pilot program with funds from the Texas Legislature to help students
               19-50 receive their high school diplomas.
        ...

Posted: 11 days ago

Teacher Don Webb greets Dr. Billy Harden (center) then-head of Goodwill industries’ charter school, and Traci Berry, senior vice president of community engagement. Goodwill launched a pilot program with funds from the Texas Legislature to help students 19-50 receive their high school diplomas. ...
Phillips: Election imperils seat for Austin blacks in Legislature
 Fifty years ago, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, some cities erupted in fiery riots as the nation mourned his death. In Austin, days after King was slain, voters went to the polls to make Wilhelmina Delco the first African-American elected to the Austin Independent School Board. That was 1968. Later, Delco would be...

Posted: 19 days ago

Fifty years ago, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, some cities erupted in fiery riots as the nation mourned his death. In Austin, days after King was slain, voters went to the polls to make Wilhelmina Delco the first African-American elected to the Austin Independent School Board. That was 1968. Later, Delco would be...
Phillips: Austin sees bombings, police response through separate eyes
 Ghosts of Austin’s segregated past again are rising from the graveyard as the city seems headed down separate paths in processing emotions over the bombings that gripped the city for much of March. Though suspected bomber Mark A. Conditt is dead, detonating one of his homemade bombs inside his vehicle Wednesday as authorities closed...

3:43 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Ghosts of Austin’s segregated past again are rising from the graveyard as the city seems headed down separate paths in processing emotions over the bombings that gripped the city for much of March. Though suspected bomber Mark A. Conditt is dead, detonating one of his homemade bombs inside his vehicle Wednesday as authorities closed...
Phillips: Austin’s paid sick-leave plan is rushed. No wonder it’s unfair
 Council Member Greg Casar’s proposed new ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for workers is simply written — not in the bureaucratese of most ordinances that originate with city government. But make no mistake: It represents a seismic change in the way many companies do business in Austin. One would think...

7:00 PM Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018

Council Member Greg Casar’s proposed new ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for workers is simply written — not in the bureaucratese of most ordinances that originate with city government. But make no mistake: It represents a seismic change in the way many companies do business in Austin. One would think...
Adler wants city to release city manager search records
   Mayor Steve Adler, after voting to conduct a secret search for Austin’s new city manager, now wants to release all records. When the Austin City Council meets Thursday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler will recommend that the city turn over all records the
            Texas attorney general’s office ordered be released regarding...

12:00 AM Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

  Mayor Steve Adler, after voting to conduct a secret search for Austin’s new city manager, now wants to release all records. When the Austin City Council meets Thursday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler will recommend that the city turn over all records the Texas attorney general’s office ordered be released regarding...
Abbott shouldn’t mess with Austin’s success
 Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite 20 — the cities Amazon named last week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters, called Amazon HQ2. Meanwhile, doing all he can — along with his self-described wingman, Lt. Gov...

7:07 PM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite 20 — the cities Amazon named last week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters, called Amazon HQ2. Meanwhile, doing all he can — along with his self-described wingman, Lt. Gov...
Abbott shouldn’t mess with Austin’s success
 Will Austin attract Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project? Will bats be involved?   Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite
            20 – the cities Amazon named this week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters,...

6:35 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Will Austin attract Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project? Will bats be involved?   Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite 20 – the cities Amazon named this week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters,...
With its legal arguments in shreds, Austin should release records for manager search
 City of Austin chief communications director Doug Matthews, left, interviews then-candidate Spencer Cronk during a town hall
               meeting at the Austin Convention Center, Dec. 12, 2017. Cronk was later hired as Austin City Manager. (Stephen Spillman /
               for American-Statesman)   This week’s decision by the...

5:02 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

City of Austin chief communications director Doug Matthews, left, interviews then-candidate Spencer Cronk during a town hall meeting at the Austin Convention Center, Dec. 12, 2017. Cronk was later hired as Austin City Manager. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)   This week’s decision by the...
AISD’s plan to close, consolidate schools strains public trust
 AISD Superintendent, Paul Cruz during a press conference in 2016. (LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARCHIVES) The move by Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz to close and consolidate several East Austin schools
            soon after voters approved a billion-dollar bond package is a betrayal of public trust. Clearly...

7:27 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

AISD Superintendent, Paul Cruz during a press conference in 2016. (LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARCHIVES) The move by Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz to close and consolidate several East Austin schools soon after voters approved a billion-dollar bond package is a betrayal of public trust. Clearly...