White People to Demonstrate for Black Lives, Call for Police Accountability

Following Recent Brutal Murders of Black People By Police,

White People Locally and Across the Country Call for Changes to Policing

AUSTIN, TX — On Thursday, July 21st at 7:15 AM, the people across Austin will march to End Police Violence as part of a national day of action calling for @FreedomNow from state sanctioned violence against Black and Brown People.  The Austin chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice along with representatives of many local groups will march from the Victory Grill 1104 E 11th Street to disrupt business as usual for those who allow this violence to continue.

Following the murder of David Joseph in Austin on February 8, 2016, and the recent murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in the St. Paul area, Delrawn Small in New York City and other Black people in the last two weeks, White people across the country have been moved to take action in resistance to police violence. 

We’re calling for the transformation of policing in our society, to re-center its purpose and implementation, so that Black people are no longer tortured, brutalized and murdered by police,” said LOCAL LEADER, an organizer of SURJ-Austin.  

The community is calling on Mayor Steve Adler, City Manager Marc Ott and Police Chief Art Acevedo to commit to clear, concrete steps to reduce state violence against Black people in Austin, and a broader transformation of policing in the US, so that it no longer serves as an agent of anti-Black oppression. 

“For centuries, police killings of unarmed Black people have been condoned by our society and our elected officials. This must end.”  

We’re taking action in solidarity with Movement for Black Lives organizers who are occupying, demonstrating, marching and chanting for a new future – a future in which they can be free. Free from state-sanctioned violence and oppression. Free to be themselves. We echo their call for #FreedomNow,” said SURJ-Austin

Details for Thursday’s action are as follows:
Who: Showing Up for Racial Justice – Austin
What: Local participation in national day of action calling for an end to anti-Black police violence, in support of Movement for Black Lives #FreedomNow demonstrations
When: Thursday, July 21st, 7:15AM
Where: Starting at the Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th Street, Austin TX 78702
Why: It is vital for White people to visibly and loudly demonstrate that we condemn the police violence that has become a daily reality for people of color. These actions are meant to not only hold the Austin Police Department and national policing organizations accountable for that violence, but also to call on police officers to condemn and work to end the murders of Black people.
Visuals:  There will be dynamic and engaging visual props, as well as drums, pots and pans and other noisemakers to accompany the call to wake up. 

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Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.

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