If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that we are on the same side of history—the one that doesn’t remain silent and will prevail when it comes to achieving justice for men and women who have died or suffered because of American racism. You’re here because the battle for justice has only just begun, because you want to help end police brutality in this country, because you are ready to help reform policies that have kept systemic racism alive for far too long. BECAUSE YOU ARE AN ALLY.
If this doesn’t sound like you, then let’s have a conversation as to why.
For three weeks there have been protests, rallies, marches and gatherings around the world in support of George Floyd and all of our brothers and sisters who were taken by means of violence at the hands of prejudice. Here at ArtProfiler we are committed to remaining in the fight by using our platform to educate, inspire and show our support for those in the Black community facing injustices every day. Please check out our previous article that details a number of ways to join the cause and support the families of those suffering.
Below is a list of upcoming local events for Austin and its neighboring counties. If we have missed something, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to this list. We know that there are many who would like to join the cause but are unable to attend in-person events due to the ongoing pandemic. For this reason, we have broken the list down into two sections: In-Person Events and Virtual Events.
It has never been more important that educators speak up and defend the rights of their students to exist, and to grow and flourish in America. Educators will stand side by side with their students and their families, and demand that they be treated with dignity, respect and basic human rights.
Saraneka Martin, a pregnant Black mother who was shot in the stomach with a rubber bullet and brutally dragged onto the ground by APD while peacefully protesting, is holding a press conference to share her experience of being brutalized by the Austin Police Department and her experience with the institutions that failed her afterward. Signage and black attire is encouraged, as is social distancing and Covid masking.
For those who have been directly impacted themselves or who have a loved one who has been directly impacted by the criminal justice system and would like to get involved in your community to help transform it. Open to the public, light snacks included.
Peace in Austin Candlelight Vigil
Friday, June 12 at 9:00PM
Austin Police Department – 715 East 8th Street | Austin, TX 78701
The march begins at Planet Fitness Round Rock (200 W Palm Valley Boulevard) and ends at Round Rock City Hall (approximately a 25-minute walk). Community speakers will be present and VDRs will be on deck to register voters.
March on the Capital
Friday, June 19 from 5:00PM-12:00AM
Juneteenth Celebration – Social Justice “Pull Up” Rally
Saturday, June 20 from 1:00-4:00PM
Register here to follow updates and stay connected.
Sponsored by the Austin Area Urban League, this event aims to unite us as one voice to express that the time has come to fight for social and economic equity in Central Texas and beyond. 100% of donations will benefit the AAUL’s COVID-19 response to disenfranchised communities as well as justice and advocacy initiatives. Register Sponsored by the Austin Area Urban League, this event aims to unite us as one voice to express that the time has come to fight for social and economic equity in Central Texas and beyond. 100% of donations will benefit the Austin Area Urban League’s COVID-19 response to disenfranchised communities as well as justice and advocacy initiatives.
4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Sunday, June 21 from 3:00-8:00PM
Harker Heights Events Center – 710 Edwards Drive | Harker Heights, Texas
Unlearning Circle: Liberal White Women & the Violence of White Supremacy (Virtual Event)
Saturday, June 13 at 10:00AM
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This event is hosted by Undoing White Supremacy Austin (UWSA). The organization’s unlearning circles “provide an opportunity for primarily white identifying people to come and explore white supremacy culture and our role and responsibilities in undoing racism.” The Saturday event will focus on liberal white women’s role in perpetuating the violence of White Supremacy especially on Black bodies.
Travis County Girl Squad / Call for Black Women Mentors (Virtual Event)
Wednesday, June 17 from 6:00-7:00PM
***The organization is currently looking for Black women to serve as a mentors.***
This online event is a Q&A session to learn more about becoming a mentor for the Travis County Girl Squad, a mentoring program that supports Black girls between the ages of 13-17 years old. “Now more than ever, youth need a supportive adult in their life. Youth who have a positive role model report higher self of esteem, avoidance of risky behaviors and greater scholastic achievement.”
Juneteenth 2020 – Growing Your Roots During a Global Pandemic Using Genealogy as a Progressive Tool (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 19 from 10:00AM-12:00PM
Hosted by Downs-Jones Library, Huston-Tillotson University, this event commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the last group of enslaved African-Americans emancipated. The presentation will focus on ancestry and genealogy.
Juneteenth Black Family Reunion – The Music, The Moments The Movement (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 19 at 3:00PM (CST)
Livestream at YouTube.com/NAACP | YouTube.com/RevoltTV
Juneteenth 2020: Stay Black and Live (Virtual Event)
Friday, June 19 at 6:00-9:00PM
More info here
A collaboration with several Black organizations in Austin’s EAST side, The VORTEX and the George Washington Carver Museum along with other groups, this event will be streaming across multiple online platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitch and on the Juneteenth website) and will feature community leaders and music and spoken word performances by local artists.
We’ll post an updated event list next Thursday, June 18th.