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 local events for Austin and its neighboring counties as well as online events taking place between Friday, June 26 – Tuesday, June 30. If we have missed something, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to this list.
***Please note that local authorities issued an order yesterday banning gatherings of over 100 people. Please click on each event’s link for info on how the organizers are managing the crowd limit.***
BQLM Peace Rally
Friday, June 26 at 7:00-9:00PM
Austin City Hall – 301 W 2nd St | Austin, Texas 78701
Supporting Austin’s Black Queer community with an evening of music, speaking and performances. PPE, water and snacks will be provided.
Rally/March Participant Safe Space
The Butterfly Bar Austin is offering a place of refuge for all marchers, protesters and support teams who need it. There is limited indoor space, however abundant outdoor space. All are welcome to gather at the location before, during and after protesting and to use their space as a location to meetup in case of separation. There will be water to drink, Gatorade, snacks, fresh masks, restrooms, hand washing and sanitizing supplies, power to charge your phone, and a safe space to cool down, rest, and recover.
The Big (Curbside) Bake Sale for Racial Justice
Saturday, June 27 at 10:00AM-2:00PM
Pick Up Locations:
South: Crema Bakery & Cafe
East: Fowler’s Smokin Soul Food
Central: Word of Mouth Bakery on West 12th
North: Eldorado Cafe on Anderson Lane
Local Austin bakers will bake for racial justice. Proceeds collected will be donated to the Austin Justice Coalition and the Communities of Color United. (You can also donate directly to these organizations by clicking on the links.) For the health and safety of the volunteers and supporters there will be a quick and easy pickup system, like grabbing takeout from a restaurant. Drop off cash as your pickup location, then drive up for your goodies. They are offering grab bags at each location for a suggested donation of $10 each. Vegan, gluten free or conventional options will be available.
Caravan for Change
Saturday, June 27 at 11:45AM-2:00PM
Meet at Huston-Tillotson University Parking Lot on the corner of 8th & Chalmers
This is a driving protest for Black Lives Matter. You are highly encouraged to decorate your personal vehicle. There will be a quick speech at noon and the caravan will begin at 12:10pm. Headlights & hazard lights should be on throughout the protests. Stay in the right lane if there are more than one. Honk & make noise. Follow traffic laws!
Marsha P. Johnson Memorial March and Candlelight Vigil
Sunday, June 28 at 6:00PM
A.B. Cantu Pan-American Recreation Center Community Advisory Board – 2100 E 3rd St | Austin, Texas 78702
Austin LGBT+ for Black Lives invites you to remember Stonewall! Join them on Stonewall’s anniversary to remember Marsha P Johnson, the contributions of Trans Women of Color in the LGBT+ community, and to honor the lives of Trans Women who have been lost. The Rally will begin at 6pm, where the organization will host an LGBTQ+ Black and POC market, followed by speakers and musicians beginning at 7pm. Following this will be a silent march honoring Trans women who have been killed, and in solidarity for Black Lives.
Law and Order: Beyond Systemic Racism – June Monthly Dialogue YW (Online event)
Friday, June 26 at 12:00-1:30PM
Register here for the Zoom event
Monthly Dialogues on issues of racism and discrimination are a place for safe conversation, allowing participants to respectfully share their thoughts, experiences, and information. This month’s forum will focus on so much including the question, “If we defund/dismantle the police, how do we ensure that we don’t repackage systemic racism?”
Black Lives Matter Zumbathon (Online event)
Friday, June 26 at 3:00-5:00PM
Join on Zoom with Meeting ID: 624 108 4367
Hosted by Zumba with Autumn, this event is a dance class supporting the Equal Justice Initiative to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect the basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Donations for the EJI are welcome and can be accepted here.
Unpacking: Racial Justice, Intersectionality, and Action (Online event)
Streaming live on the Austin Black Pride Facebook Page
A virtual conversation unpacking Racial Justice, Intersectionality, and Action as International Pride Month comes to a close.
A Study of the Origins & Goals of the Black Lives Matter Movement (Online event)
Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00-7:30PM
Sign up here
The Koinonia School of Race & Justice at Richmond Hill presents a gathering on Black Lives Matter (BLM). Participate with your insights and questions.