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Say No to Racism | Racial Justice Events (Aug 28-Sept 5)

Randi Turkin 2 years ago

Say no to racism!

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 protest in person or sit in front of your computer screen and learn how to talk about racism, you are being an ally and helping to make the change we so desperately need to become an anti-racist world.

Below is a list of online events taking place between Friday, August 28 – Saturday, September 5. If we have missed something, please email us at randi@artprofiler.com so we can add it to this list. You can find additional resources on our website as well.

ArtProfiler Resources
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

In Person Events


Drop the Charges Day of Action in Austin
Tuesday, September 1 at 4:00-6:00PM
Woolridge Square – 900 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX

Many people protesting in support of Black lives across the country have been arrested for taking action against the racist system in America – 14,000 across the country and close to 200 in Austin. Their arrests are based on trumped up charges, and in Austin, by police officers who have demonstrated maliciousness toward young protesters with impunity. At this rally, you’ll hear stories from family and friends of those arrested in Austin, and as a group, will demand that all charges be dropped against protesters.

Refuse Fascism Protest
Saturday, September 5 at 6:00-7:30PM
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.”

Online Events


Who is Still Marching/Protesting? – August Monthly Dialogue – YWCA ATX
Friday, August 28 at 12:00-1:30PM
Online event
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The increasing number of Covid cases, schools restarting, the presidential race and economic depression all serve as distractions from the anti-racism work many continue to move forward. Join this discussion that focuses on the questions: How do you balance everything? How do continue “marching” and being anti-racist? Does “normalcy” mean we don’t address racism and discrimination?

Monthly Dialogues focus on issues of racism and discrimination and are a place for safe conversation, allowing participants to respectfully share their thoughts, experiences, and information. Zoom will be used to facilitate the workshop, it is requested that participants who have access, will utilize their cameras to create a deeper sense of connection.

If you are able, please consider making a donation to YWCA Greater Austin. During this time especially, your generosity keeps YWCA moving forward, providing services in the community.

Confronting Racism: A Community Conversation
Monday, August 31 at 7:00-9:00PM
Online event
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Hosted by the Georgetown Public Library, this is a community-wide read and virtual panel discussion focused on deepening our understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. Participants will be able to sign up to participate in a virtual panel discussion about the three books and antiracism in general, and to ask questions or share comments.

Select from a slate of three best-selling books: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (for adults), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (for teens), and New Kid by Jerry Kraft (for children grades 5-8). All three books are available in print, audiobook, e-book, and e-audio from the Georgetown Public Library and from Lark & Owl Booksellers, the co-organizers of the program. Several Georgetown residents have made donations to allow the library to purchase additional copies of these books.

Schedule for panel discussion on Aug. 31:
7 p.m. Welcome (Tiffanie Harrison)
7:10 p.m. Discussion of “New Kid” by Jerry Kraft
7:45 p.m. Discussion of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
8:30 p.m. Discussion of “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism
Thursday, September 3 at 12:30-1:30PM
Online event
Register here

Hosted by Austin Child Guidance Center in partnership with Impact Austin, this is a discussion to assist parents and caring adults in ways they can foster meaningful conversations about race and racism with their families. Led by Emmitt W. Hayes, Jr, who developed and implemented the Texas Criminal Justice Treatment Initiative; Chloe Picot-Jacobs, a therapist on the Infant/Early Childhood Project; and Kristen Pierce-Vreeke, the executive director and first woman and person of color to lead Austin Child Guidance Center.

We’ll post an updated event list on Friday, September 4.

Cover photo: American People Series #20: Die, 6′ x 12′ – 1967 (Currently on exhibit at NYC Museum of Modern Art) | Faith Ringgold created this masterpiece in response to race riots breaking out around America in 1967. How fitting it still is.

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