It’s more important now than ever that we continue the fight for racial justice. We cannot let the momentum we’ve created come to a halt now, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. A lot of good has come out of the recent protests, but there is still so much more work to do. Whether you join a march in person or sit in front of your computer screen and listen to Black voices, you are being an ally and helping to make the change we so desperately need.
Below is a list of in-person and online events taking place between Saturday, August 8 – Saturday, August 15. If we have missed something, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to this list. You can find additional resources on our website as well.
Black Lives Matter: A Resource Guide
Black-Owned Businesses in Austin
Black Artists in Austin
How the Protests Have Changed the World…So Far
Anti-Racism Education: A Resource Guide
The US Prison System – How the 13th Amendment Failed to End Slavery
Blackface – Is it Really Racist?
The Minstrel Show: Evolution of American Entertainment
The Peoples Tribunal: Austin City Council on Trial
Saturday, August 8 at 6:00-8:00PM
Austin City Hall – 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Austin DSA, Grassroots Leadership and Austin Youth Liberation Movement are coming together to bring The People’s Tribunal to the Austin City Hall Plaza to put the City of Austin Council on trial for their complicity in: Police Violence, Community Displacement, Anti-immigrant practices and Chronically Underfunding the Austin Public Health Department.
The People’s Tribunal will be presided by judges that have been directly impacted by such complicity of violence on part of the Austin City Council and will offer testimony as evidence.
Undoing these crimes will take not just a reckoning with the magnitude of what’s come before, but a massive investment in R.E.A.L (Rise Fund, Equity Office, Austin Public Health Department, Low Income Housing) solutions; the budget demands that Austinites have put forth before the City of Austin Council.
Radical: General Body Meeting
Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00-8:00PM
1709 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
Dispelling assumptions and thinking critically on criminal justice reform. This meeting will be focusing on radicalism. Hosted by Black Lives Matter Austin.
Our Community. Our City. Black Austin Tour for Kids!
Saturday, August 8 at 9:00AM-2:00PM
Link for tickets here
Hosted by blackaustintours, this is an online event for youth from grades K-12th grade to participate and discover the rich and vibrant history of Austin’s Black community by doing virtual visits of historical landmarks and current Black-owned businesses. Participants on this experience will gain factual knowledge on Austin’s history and have a list of businesses to support on their next visit to Texas’ Capitol City. The goal is to help ensure sustainable growth within this historic community. This experience is highly centered on the achievements and strength of Austin’s Back community. Detailed schedule below:
9-10am: Kinder – 4th Grade
11am-12pm: 5th-8th Grade
1-2pm: 9th-12th Grade
Talking to Teens About Race & Racism: Middle – High School
Thursday, August 13 at 5:30-7:00PM
Register here for Zoom link
Austin Child Guidance Center is offering a FREE 90-minute panel discussion to help parents and caregivers engage in an ongoing dialogue about race and racism. This is their 3rd discussion in the series and will focus on middle school to high school youth. Panelists from ACGC will be joined by local experts to discuss the impact of facing racism in school, society, and life on a child’s mental health. This event is free and donations to ACGC are welcome.
The DSA Labor Commission is proud to sponsor this education event which will feature the Zoom showing of the 70-minute film “Union Time.” This film documents the history of the successful 16-year process of organizing the Smithfield pork processing plant in Tar Heel North Carolina. This is one of the largest food processing facilities in the world with 5,000 workers and was one of the largest private sector union victories in a generation. Click here for a description of the movie, which deals with all the issues of 2020: police repression, Black Lives Matter, Immigration and corporate anti-unionism.
Anti-Racism As An Everyday Practice: A Workshop & Discussion
Saturday, August 15 at 10:00AM-12:00PM
In this workshop hosted by BossBabes ATX , anti-racist educators and activists, Briona Jenkins and Pamela Benson-Owens, will lead an action-oriented conversation about implementing anti-racism practices in our personal and professional lives. Attendees can expect a live Q&A with the speakers; to receive action items, resources and next steps for implementing anti-racist practices in their everyday lives; and a moderated discussion time centering Black and non-white voices. All are welcome.
Black Freedom: The History of Austin’s Black Freedom Communities
Saturday, August 15 at 1:00PM-3:00PM
Join the creative team behind the feature film Austin Black Freedom Communities for an afternoon discussion on the history of Austin’s original 13+ Black Freedom Communities, including Clarksville, Wheatville and Southside. Director Funmi Ogunro, alongside her collaborators, will give you a peek behind the lens, all while dropping crucial Austin history gems. Attendees can expect a deep dive into the history of Austin’s Black Freedom Communities; a look at what this means for Austin’s present-day; a behind-the-scenes take on the Austin Black Freedom Communities documentary. All are welcome. You can contribute to and learn more about the Austin Black Freedom Communities film on their Go Fund Me page.
We’ll post an updated event list on Friday, August 14.