Please join us in supporting two important efforts this week:
At this Thursday’s meeting, The Austin City Council is considering ending the City’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, a racist policy that punishes our city’s youth.
We need your help to get rid of the juvenile curfew for good.
WHAT: “Lights Out on Juvenile Curfew” Gathering at Austin City Council Meeting
WHERE: Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St Ste 100
WHEN: Thursday, September 28 at 4-6 PM
From Grassroots Leadership: The juvenile curfew allows police to charge youth in Austin who are in public between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. with a Class C misdemeanor. If given a citation, youth as young as ten years old can face municipal court, a steep $500 in fines in addition to court costs, and incur a criminal record if convicted. The juvenile curfew criminalizes children, with youth of color vastly overrepresented amongst those punished by this policy. Rather than intervening to ensure young people’s safety, the curfew only serves to disproportionately police and jail people of color.
Preserve the historic Montopolis School for Negro Children
Also on Thursday, following organizing by the Montopolis community, the City Council will vote to take up the community’s request to preserve the historic Montopolis School for Negro Children with a park, museum and historic cultural landscape over developers who threaten to demolish the school.
Let City Council know that you stand in solidarity with Montopolis and #BlackHistoryMatters. Send a letter for Montopolis Negro School now.
Thanks to Texas Appleseed, Grassroots Leadership, ATXEJ and many others for their great organizing and for making us aware of these events.
See you at City Hall!