Protests have been dominating the news. Between the Standing Rock protests and anti-Trump rallies that have cropped up in the wake of the election, images of marches and protest signs seem to be everywhere.
But how has marching for a cause impacted people’s lives here in Austin? And how can exercising that First Amendment change Central Texas?
This week, we want to have a discussion. We want to talk with you about how assembling for a cause has impacted life in Austin, and why you feel like protesting is or isn’t important. Have you marched for something? Has civil action impacted your life? Do you feel like protesting addresses the issues?
To help spark the conversation, we’ll be posting thought-provoking videos throughout the week.
The Snapshot: Right to Assemble gives a brief overview of protests in Austin that helped propel big social changes, from desegregation to recognition of LGBTQ groups.
Austin Revealed will present the stories of people who decided to personally take a stand against prejudice, from people who pushed back against segregation at Austin’s public pools to an in-depth look at the Chicano Civil Rights Movement here in Austin.
We’ll have more content throughout the week, so stay tuned! Tell us what you think about the right to assemble in the comments!