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Civil rights leader, community organizer, and criminal justice and immigration reform advocate

Bob Libal is a nationally recognized civil rights leader, community organizer, and the former executive director of Grassroots Leadership.


Bob has spent his entire adult life fighting for criminal justice and immigration reform. He has waged successful campaigns to close troubled private prisons, stood alongside communities impacted by the deportation and criminal justice system, and taken on powerful interests from private prison executives to ICE’s deportation forces.


Bob believes that Travis County should be a force for bold, progressive change.  We must invest in transportation, housing, and support for those facing substance use disorders and those in need of mental health services, not pour hundreds of millions of dollars into a broken system of jailing poor people and communities of color.


Amongst many honors, Bob was named to The Frederick Douglass 200, a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass. Bob’s work on immigration and criminal justice issues has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Business Week, Huffington Post, and numerous national, state, and local media outlets.


Bob has been a resident of Precinct 2 for more than 20 years, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas.

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