"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Due to a recent hate
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Due to a recent hate crime in downtown Austin it has become absolutely crucial for the LGBTQIA+ community and victims of hate crimes to come together and show our opposition for all hate crimes. According to crime statistics from the FBI hate crimes have increased by 18% from 2016 to 2017. In 2017, Austin had the most hate crimes of any other city in Texas. This is completely unacceptable and reason enough for us to raise our voices and feet to march to the Capitol.
This is a peaceful, nonviolent march/rally. This cathartic march will help us to make steps in the direction of progress and bring awareness of the demands of our LGBTQIA+ community to have a safe Austin. We are calling all victims, all family members, all peace warriors, all freedom fighters, and all allies to join us in this march. So bring your flowers, dresses, angel wings, prayers, signs, flags, witch craft, love and energy to march peacefully for the safety of our Austin LGBTQIA+ community and victims of any hate crimes.
Spencer Deehring & Tristan Perry, recent victims of hate crime in Austin, will join us in this march/rally to share their story.
We believe that one day we will live in a world where there be will no more LGBTQIA+ hate crimes. 🏳️🌈
We believe that one day, our LGBTQIA+ community will have the safety, health, well being and happiness we rightfully deserved! ✊
May we come together to heal. May we come together to create positive changes for our safety. May we all continue to create the safe, peaceful world that we imagine for our LGBTQIA+ community.🙏
We will gather at the corner of W 4th & Lavaca downtown in front of Halcyon @7pm
Please check below on the Discussion section for more info on the incredible work these activists, speakers and advocates do and have done in the greater Austin LGBTQ+ community to End Hate Crimes. 🙏💫🏳️🌈
OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORT TEAMS
CROWD SUPPORT TEAM
Coordinator of our community Marshalls is Colin Gray. Colin Gray, the Rainbow Patrol and a team of Marshalls volunteers will be on hand to assist with providing instructions, crowd control, and helping in the event that conflicts may occur.
GRIEF COUNSELOR & THE CARE BEARS TEAM
Our professional counselors, Liz Cohen (Waterloo Counseling Center’s board member and a LCSW/therapist), Caitlin Battell (LPC Intern, YWCA’s lead therapist and veteran program specialist) and our CARE BEARS TEAM consists of Tuyến Thai (Care Bears Team coordinator), Caitlin Battell, David Richardson & Alisha Roff will at the march/rally. Our grief counselor and the Care Bears Team will be on hand to provide support, through kindness, compassion and empathy, making space for those struggling with extreme emotions, needing to process feelings, etc.
SIGN LANGUAGE/ASL INTERPRETERS will be interpreting from the stage during the Rally portion at the Capitol!! Thank you to the wonderful people that provide this service for our Deaf LGBTQIA people and their allies! 🏳️🌈
AUSTIN LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS & BUSINESSES THAT ARE SUPPORTIVE OF OUR END HATE CRIMES CAUSE
– Queer Women in Leadership
– Austin Black Pride
– Austin DSA Queer Coalition
– AntiFascism NonChristian Church
– TGQ Social
– Rainbow Patrol
– Waterloo Counseling
– Oil Can Harry’s
– Rain on 4th
MEDIA & TV COVERAGE
CBS Austin, KXAN-TV & Austin Chronicle will be at the event.
We encourage audience members to facebook and youtube livestream the event with the #EndHateCrimes to make it viral to END HATE CRIMES in Austin, America and the world.
We are excited to announce the speakers that have been scheduled for this event. So much work in a short period of time, and we are thankful for the support of the community.
7-8 PM : Everyone gather @ 4th & Lavaca
8-8:30 PM: We march promptly at 8pm up to Congress, to the Texas State Capitol with March & Rally chants.
8:30-10:30 PM: in front of Texas Capitol Building
– Mistress of Ceremonies: Jessica Soukup.
– Sheldon Darnell (Austin Black Pride)
– Naomi Wilson (Transgender rights activist)
– Candace Aylor ( Social Justice Activist)
– Kathryn Gonzales (OutYouth)
– Spencer and Tristan, recent survivors of hate-crime
– Keynote speaker – Shane Whalley
Moment of Silence
Community Open Mic Hate-Crimes Stories Sharing: Nikole Sturm will facilitate an open mic/open forum for anyone who is ready to share your story or that of someone you know and let your voice finally be heard
END – Steven Hyden closing
This is a tentative program and will subject to change.
(Saturday) 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4th and Lavaca streets