WHAT: Statewide #kNOwMORE2017 Advocacy Day
WHEN: February 1st, series of events takes place between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
VISUALS: 200 marchers lift off, speakers in front of the jail, rally speakers and art installation at the Capitol
WHO: Led by Texas Advocates for Justice, participating organizations will include:
Latina de Trans in Texas, Fight for 15,Voices of our Veterans - San Antonio, Anarchist Black Cross, ICE out of Austin, Texas Organizing Project - San Antonio, Mijente, LUPE, Austin Justice Coalition, Inside Books Project, Austin Pantsuit Nation, All of Us or None - San Antonio, PODER
WHERE: (All in Austin, Texas)
9:30 Gather at the Federal Courthouse
(4th and San Antonio)
10:30 March Begin
Noon-1pm Rally at Capitol South Steps
1pm Art Exhibit and Installation
1-3pm Visits with Legislators
(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texas Advocates for Justice (TAJ) will gather more than 200 formerly incarcerated community members, their families, and advocates from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and the Rio Grande Valley. Those coming to the event include those impacted by incarceration and deportation and see these issues as interconnected and rooted in the same systems of oppression and exploitation. The full day of events include a march, rally on the Capitol steps, art installation in the basement rotunda, and legislative visits.
Those formerly incarcerated, deported, and their families demand that communities impacted most deeply by deportation and incarceration policies be consulted in a meaningful way when policies are written, amended, or enacted. On February 1st, TAJ and their supporters will be demanding a stop to both SB4’s anti-immigrant sanctuary cities bill and HB577’s regressive bill to preempt local fair chance hiring ordinances, essentially blocking people with criminal convictions from a fair shot at getting a job upon return to community. They will also be expressing support for legislation that limits discrimination against formerly incarcerated individuals, most notably HB 548, filed by Rep. Joe Deshotel, which establishes Fair Chance policies across the state.
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Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past.