Our Vision

Community Not Commodity envisions a multicultural Austin committed to economic justice, democratic engagement, environmental protection, and supporting community.


Our Mission

Community Not Commodity aims to build a strong, geographically diverse, multicultural coalition across the City of Austin to promote the public interest and policies to improve the lives of all our citizens. We develop strategies and provide resources to our coalition to address specific, pressing public policy concerns.

Initially, we are focusing on the following:

  • Promoting anti-displacement and affordable housing programs for low-income Austinites
  • Supporting a new land development code that respects our neighborhoods, prevents displacement, and protects the environment
  • Ensuring transparent, ethical government and campaigns


Board of Directors

  • Linda Bailey
  • Bill Bunch
  • James B. Duncan
  • P. Michael Hebert
  • Mary Ingle
  • Patricia King
  • Mike Lavigne
  • Fred I. Lewis, President
  • Dr. Fred L. McGhee
  • Casey Ramos
  • Ed Wendler, Jr.


Community Not Commodity is a dba of Save Our City Austin, Inc., a Texas nonprofit corporation.