|Photo from today's Rally Against White Supremacy at Austin's City Hall, photo by Jay Janner of the Austin American-Statesman|
Austin held a large, nonviolent Rally Against White Supremacy today at our City Hall. Powerful speakers held us to our task. Economic Justice is still not achieved in our city, which has a history and also a present reality of racial segregation. There is much to be done. There is a strong commitment to equality, diversity, compassion and justice in our community, though, and many people are working in all levels toward these common goals. We grieve our history of domestic terrorism that has included lynching, forced removal of people from their homes and neighborhoods, official segregation and systematic denials of access in housing, education, government and business. Several of today's speakers led the crowd in repeating the names of past and present victims of these crimes. Many of the names I admit I did not know. Education is a lifelong process.