Here are ways to support the movement for black lives here in SATX—including taking the streets, organizing around local demands, and pressing forward toward prison abolition and alternatives to policing.
Immediate-Term: Upcoming Calendar of Protests
Here are all #BLACKLIVESMATTER protests we could identify in SATX over the next couple of weeks (at least, according to Facebook). As far as we can tell, a number of new, small, youth-led groups have popped up in the past couple of weeks, organizing multiple and sometimes overlapping actions. We also know some of these actions have come under scrutiny for collaborating with the City of San Antonio and SAPD or for diverting attention from local struggles around police violence.
As much as possible, we want to promote direct actions that are community-based, autonomous, and black-led. If you see any events below which don’t fit the bill OR if you know of other important upcoming actions that do which are missing, please let us know! Add us to your press list: email@example.com.
Oh, and don’t forget there’s still a pandemic raging, which is also a racial justice issue. If you can’t be out in the streets, this fund looks legit (but again, let us know if you know otherwise).
Saturday, July 18 from 10am-3pm
starting @ Columbus Park (799 W. Martin 78207) and ending at San Antonio DPS HQ and Sherriff’s Office
Sunday, July 19 from 5-11pm (moved from June 28)
@ Travis Park (301 E Travis 78205)
For info on how to support BLM petitions, donation funds, bail funds, and calls for action nationwide, check out this massive Google doc.
Medium-Term: Local Organizing around Specific Demands
1. Demand DA Joe Gonzales reopen cases of Marquise Jones and Charles “Chop” Roundtree
2. Petition drive to repeal chapters 174 and 143 of the state government code, which allows the San Antonio Police Association to evade efforts at holding them accountable for police violence.
The Long Game: Police and Prison Abolition
1. Video panel – “The Politics of Prisons: Women’s Critiques and Alternatives”
“Around the world, prison systems rely on systems and structures that oppress and subjugate groups of people for the purpose of exploitation and social control. Prisons are a site of struggle for many social movements, which believe in approaches to justice and social peace beyond authoritarianism, surveillance and violence. Why do prison struggles matter to women? What could prison abolition look like from a feminist perspective? The panel is organized by Cenî Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace as part of the ‘Solidarity Keeps Us Alive’ campaign.”
“This week has been a greater flashpoint for discussion about abolition of police & prisons in mainstream (white) discourse than perhaps ever before; there have been several public wishes for an explainer or 101 on abolition and decarceration for people who are approaching it for perhaps the first time. The good news is that explainer (and much more!) has absolutely been written, dozens of times over; the work around decarceration has been some of the most successfully documented, accessible, and digitally interactive of any movement. This is a guide to guides, organized loosely by some of the main questions and thought processes that often come up around entry into abolitionist thinking …”
3. Angela Y. Davis’s foundational Are Prisons Obsolete?
4. “The Case for Abolition” by Ruth Wilson Gilmore and James Kilgore
5. Critical Resistance’s Reformist vs Abolitionist Chart:
6. “Lessons for Resisting Police Violence and Building a Strong Racial Justice Movement,” Waging Nonviolence Editors:
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