As we approach the presidential election, it’s more important now than ever that we continue the fight for racial justice. This means we have to learn, unlearn, act, support, donate, protest, listen. 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 show up online or in person, you are doing the work necessary to make the change we so desperately need to become an anti-racist world.
Below is a list of in person and online events taking place between Saturday, September 5 – Saturday, September 12. 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
Refuse Fascism Protest
Saturday, September 5 at 6:00-11:30PM
Texas State Capitol – 1100 Congress Avenue / Austin, TX 78701
“The Trump administration continues to threaten our basic human rights by calling for a delayed election and questioning the validity of mail-in ballots. He continues to trample on the rights of transgender people and the LGBT+ community as a whole, the rights of women, the rights of immigrants, and the rights of people of color, and countless other marginalized groups and voices. Fight for the Black Lives Matter movement, the life of George Floyd, the life of Garret Foster, and for the right to protest across the country.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence must get out NOW. We cannot allow them to continue to take away the rights of Americans, and to threaten our humanity. We demand the right to a fair and on time election, the right to protest freely, and against the use of federal forces. Refuse fascism, and refuse Trump’s America.”
Etcetera’s Silent Protest
Saturday, September 5 at 7:00-8:30pm
Mueller Lake Park – 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723
“Silence is violence.” This is a silent protest. Occupy a space with signs and silence.
This online class is for all levels of Hatha yoga. It will be a safe space to feel and acknowledge our own darkness and lightness, and it will be a space to practice self-forgiveness, self-compassion, and self-love. This is a donation-based class with all proceeds benefiting Austin Justice Coalition. You can donate here.
Hosted by IKER Institute, this is a discussion about the link/s between Black Lives Matter and Spiritual Development.
What is the Role of White People in Anti-Racism? (Workshop 1/3)
Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00-7:30PM (CST)
For white folks, unlearning racism, and learning how to be better anti-racists is lifelong work and learning. This can be hard work, but it is also amazingly rewarding. To help facilitate this learning, SURJ is organizing a mini-series on Introduction to Anti-Racism. This will be a three-part workshop series: September 9, September 23, and October 7 (save the dates!). These workshops are, of course, not the be-all and end-all of anti-racism; they are designed to provide a base for white folks who are new to this kind of work, yet want to learn more and get more involved in the struggle for anti-racism and decolonization.
*ASL interpretation will be available for this workshop*
Legacy & Lessons: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter
Saturday, September 12 at 6:00PM (CST)
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, will rebroadcast the community conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning poet and writer Jericho Brown, on his poetry collection “The Tradition.” This conversation was originally Recorded on May 14, 2019.
The Tradition questions why and how we’ve become accustomed to terror: in the bedroom, the classroom, the workplace, and the movie theater. From mass shootings to rape to the murder of unarmed people by police, Brown interrupts complacency by locating each emergency in the garden of the body, where living things grow and wither—or survive. In the urgency born of real danger, Brown’s work is at its most innovative. His invention of the duplex—a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues—is an all-out exhibition of formal skill, and his lyrics move through elegy and memory with a breathless cadence. Jericho Brown is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.