Bennie Meeks, a long-time Austin resident and activist, died last week. An early proponent of community policing strategies, Mr. Meeks was effective in advocating that approach both in Chicago and in policy gatherings in Washington, D.C.

A prizefighter early in his life, Mr. Meeks was active on the West Side and was a long-time member of the Austin Green Team.

A funeral Mass will be held this Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Church, 5112 W. Washington Blvd.  Viewing will begin at 10 a.m.