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.
Below is a list of in-person and online events taking place between Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 26. 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?
Black Lives Matter Student-Led Protest
Saturday, July 11 at 1:00-6:00PM
Texas State Capitol – 1100 Congress Ave | Austin, Texas 78701
This is an entirely student-organized peaceful protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The object of this demonstration is to increase public pressure on local city government officials to defund APD and reinvest this money into restorative justice programs that will help transform and liberate Black and brown communities. More information is available on the event page including a protest itinerary with a list of speakers, the march route, Covid precautions and supplies that will be available.
The Democratic Socialists of America will be at this event and they have a DSA Rally Point for Austin Liberation Youth Movement March. They ask you to RSVP at their link if you’re a DSA member or interested in DSA and attending the march, so that they can provide you updates on where they plan to meet.
Black Lives Matter (Austin) Training Camps: General Body Meeting
Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00-7:00PM
1709 E 12th St | Austin, TX 78702
Dispelling assumptions and thinking critically on criminal justice reform. This meeting will be focusing on training camps.
Book Drive for Inside Books Project
Saturday, July 18 at 7:00-7:30PM
Hoover’s Cooking – 2002 Manor Rd | Austin, Texas 78722
Pick up takeout dinner and support Hoover’s Cooking, which is a black-owned restaurant, but first, raid your bookshelves to bring books for Inside Books Project, which provides books free of charge to Texas inmates. An Inside Books Project volunteer will be sitting in front of the restaurant to collect the books to take to the organization’s drop box.
Because of the large interest in this drive, the host asks that you only come to Hoover’s Cooking if you are ordering takeout food (in the interest of saving parking space for restaurant customers). If you would simply like to donate your books, you can drop them off anytime at Inside Book Project’s drop box located at 3106 East 14 1/2 Street. Drop box is olive green on the Airport Blvd side between the main building and a white shed. Alternatively, you can simply donate to the organization to help them pay their rent and postage.
CAIR Austin is excited to announce a 3-Part series titled Systemic Oppression & Anti-Racism. Part One of the series focuses on amplifying Black narratives in the Muslim community.
Unlearning Circle on White Supremacy Cultural Characteristics
Saturday, July 11 at 10:00AM-12:00PM
Get tickets here
This Unlearning Circle is the first in a multi-month series that will explore how people, and white people in particular, have been racialized and socialized in white supremacy culture. The discussion will focus on how these aspects shape our cultural norms: how we think and act, and how they show up in our institutions and our communities. Part one of this series will also be a discussion around the Sense of Urgency. This is an opportunity for white identifying people to explore white supremacy culture and our role and responsibilities in undoing racism. Suggested reading available on event page.
The Austin Justice Coalition’s Policy Team continues to make efforts in ensuring Austin and Texas is equipped with best practice policies for people of color. Feel free to join and learn about local and statewide policy/ legislation as to engaged with the organization or just as a concerned citizen. Their policy team is very active and engages in a variety of subject matters from criminal justice, education, housing, and mental health.
Black is Beautiful Beer Release
Friday, July 17 at 12:00-7:00PM
Online Sales Event
Pickup at Bluebonnet Beer Company – 1700 Bryant Drive #107| Round Rock, Texas 78664
Bluebonnet Beer Company is proud to participate in the global #BlackisBeautiful brewing collaboration started by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio. All proceeds from these beers will be donated to organizations in the pursuit of ending racial and social injustice everywhere. The local organization they have selected is the Austin Justice Coalition. See the event page for details about the beer and mark your calendars – sales will go live on Bluebonnet’s website on July 17 at 8:00am and will be available in 12oz cans only. Limit of 4 cans per person. Order ahead and pickup at the brewery for a contactless transaction.
Covid-19 and the African American Community
Saturday, July 18 at 10:00-11:30AM
Live video here
This will be a live video forum by Austin Public Health and the City of Austin Equity Office that focuses on Covid-19 and the African American Community. Hear from a community panel, get answers to your questions live, and provide input about how they can make improvements. Details about how to submit your questions available on event page.
Make the City of Austin #DefundAPD: Budget Hearing 1
Thursday, July 23 at 10:00AM-8:00PM
Message Austin DSA for details
Last month, despite the dangers of an ongoing pandemic, tens of thousands of you hit the streets to demand Justice for Mike Ramos, George Floyd, and communities that have been patrolled, brutalized, and terrorized by American Policing. You called, wrote and testified more than you ever have for an issue before city council. Your massive application of pressure won unanimous consent on the dais.
More than one council member has committed to taking 22% or $100 million out of the police budget. This would be a radical reorientation of our city’s priorities, but one that won’t happen without the organizing pressure and people power we’ve seen this summer. This will be the first in a series of budget hearings, and our chance to set the agenda.
It’s been said before that budgets are moral documents. We show our real commitments by where we put our resources. Currently our city’s number one commitment is to APD not public health, building community, surviving this pandemic, or providing for our neighbors. Right now our city has made it a priority to maintain a large, active, and violent police force.
Feel free to come and learn about local and statewide policy/ legislation and way you can get engaged with the Austin Justice Coalition or just as a concerned citizen. Join the organization’s Policy Team as they continue their efforts in making sure Texas is equipped with best practice policies in criminal justice and other areas of concern for the organization.
Austin Justice Coalition July Book Club – “The End of Policing” by Alex S. Vitale
Sunday, July 26 at 5:00-6:00PM
Register for Zoom event here
This month’s book club is a discussion of The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale and how it relates to AJC’s police advocacy work. Everyone is welcome to join.
Book description: “The problem is not over-policing, it is policing itself. Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself.”