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 Friday, July 31 – Thursday, August 6. 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
March to Amplify Black Voices and Defund the Police
Saturday, August 1 at 7:30-10:30PM
UT Austin Tower – 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, Texas 78705
Hosted by Austin DSA, Austin People’s Party and North North University Mutual Aid Society are hosting a march “to amplify Black Austin voices and demand the defunding of the Austin Police Department. The city will vote on its budget in August and council member Kathie Tovo is currently proposing only 150k in cuts. This is insubstantial in the face of Austin Justice Collation’s demand of a 100 million dollar cut Communities of Color’s demand of a 200 million dollar cut let alone the damage that the APD has inflicted on this city.”
Protesters will meet on the University of Texas campus and march to Tovo’s neighborhood with drums, chalk and speakers. Water and masks will be provided; masks are mandatory – protesters will keep safe social distancing practices in place.
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Austin, “Spike Lee’s epic drama spans the extraordinary life of activist Malcolm X, whose relentless advocacy for Black liberation made him a humanitarian icon.”
Hosted by Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and New Politics Forum, this online event will take a deep dive into the history and impact of student activism with respect to the current calls to action and demonstrations around the state and nation. This multifaceted program will include poetry, comedy, and in-depth discussions with faculty and leaders in the field, and student leaders about the historical implications of social movements and the potential impact of youth civic engagement in 2020.
Watch Party: Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution
Saturday, August 1 at 7:00-9:00pm
“In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.”
Socialist Night School: Why Are The Police Like This?
Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00-8:30pm
RSVP herehttps://actionnetwork.org/events/socialist-night-school-why-are-the-police-like-this/ for Zoom link
Socialist Night School is an open course that provides a chance to develop our politics together, regardless of background knowledge or whether you’ve attended a class before. Non-members, New members, and lifelong socialists, all are welcome! This week’s discussion is about the history of policing in America, and their role in repressing labor and social justice movements. The session will start with a brief lecture on the readings Why are the Police Like This? and an interview with Alex Vitale.
Black Everythang Matters Live Stream
Thursday, August 6 from 7:00PM – 1:00AM
Chaka of RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS) & Heard Presents: Black Everythang Matters Live Stream at Empire Control Room & Garage. Line up: 5D, Chakeeta B, Clarence James, DJ Kay Cali, Eimaral Sol, J Soulja & Mama Duke.
100% of proceeds to benefit the DAWA Fund, giving grants to Austin based people of color who are experiencing financial difficulties. Donate here.