Breast Cancer Awareness with Sisters Network Inc. A new political party has formed by Diddy #VOTE

#WeStandByYou #SocialJustice #BLM

October 21, 2020
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What will it take to make a positive impact in the ATX community towards racial justice? There are many answers that include learning, communicating, understanding and respecting the differences and similarities we all have. By discovering so many helpful resources for creating positive changes with productive actions. Supporting local Black-owned businesses, volunteering and donating to organizations and causes that will help our community unite. Taking action for Social Justice! '

A new political party has formed Our Black Party created by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Putting his forturne behind a new political platform to empower his community and change the face of American politics. (10/16/20)

Members of Our Black Party agree to center the needs of Black people and Black communities in their work as voters, advocates, and community leaders. At a minimum, members of Our Black Party commit to upholding the following 9 core values.


Shannon Harris, 'The Brew Brotha' wants to diversify the craft beer world starting in Austin with his own brew with Urban Jungle Brewery. Become the 1st black-owned brewery in Austin. In the United States there are over 8,000 breweries, and Black brewery owners account for just 1% of brewery ownership. Working with his wife Tiana, The Brew Brotha's brewery would also be a tap room, garden, and bakery. Creating a space that diversity and inclusivity are not only tolerated but welcomed.  A place where people of color, women, LBTQIA+, and everyone can know that they have a family, a place to hang out, socialize, feel safe, and enjoy good beer. Urban Jungle Brew  kickstarter (10/15/20)


Important #2020election dates:

  • Early voting in TX - 10/13 -10/30
  • Election Day Tuesday 11/ 03
  • Drop off Mail-In Ballot location in Travis Co: 5501 Airport Blvd by 11:59pm Tuesday 11/03

Look out for the #Vote reminder in downtown Austin at 5th & Congress @Mexic_Arte (10/12/20)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! A time of year to shine a pink ribbon of light on preventative measures, research and survivorship. 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women, and 42% of black women are more likely to DIE of breast cancer than white women due to a variety of factors, many reflecting racial disparities. 

The Sisters Network® Inc. is committed to increasing attention to the devastating impact breast cancer has in the African American community, both nationally and locally. Karen Jackson, national president, founded this breast cancer survivorship organization in Houston, Tx in 1995 to educate, empower, and encourage African American women to take preventive measures to protect themselves from falling victim to breast cancer. Their mission continues all across the country and in the Austin area with the Sisters Network® Inc.- Austin, Tx Affiliate Chapter that began in 1997. During this month of October you're invited to the Educate and Empower Speaker Series.

The Sisters Network® Inc supports African American women and men where #BlackHealthMatters and research is important for the fight to #BeatBlackBreastCancer. 

This year, 2020 is the 25th Anniversary of Sisters Network® Inc providing services to help Survivors with financial challenges through their Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP).  This program provides financial assistance in areas such as medical related lodging, co-pay, office visits and prosthesis. It also provides free mammograms for women.  Each gift is put to good work for more life-saving treatments and a cure. Help achieve this goal here

Yara Shahidi (20), an actress and activist has been speaking out about feminism, racism, STEM awareness and many more social justice issues since the beginning of her career. The Grown-ish (Black-ish breakout) star was honored with her own Barbie Shero Doll, ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Mattel relaunched the collectable doll to encourage young people to learn more about the voting process and vote if they are able too. Available October 9. Pre-sale with Amazon $29.99. She's the founder of WeVoteNext which can be found on the package for voter registration and more. (9/28/20)

  Yara Shahidi will also be the first black woman to play Tinkerbell on screen in the lastest live-action adaption of Disney's "Peter Pan and Wendy".

Walk With Me Austin: Over 45 local artistis / musicians that included Black Pumas, Adrian Quesada, Shakey Graves, Gina Chavez, Magna Carda and Sam Houston came together and created "Walk with Me". A powerful anthem for the city of Austin to inspire and unite during this time of unrest happening across the country. Bringing hope to the Austin community while focusing on the important issues of social and racial injustice, civil unrest, equality and the global coronavirus pandemic. Download Walk with Me with proceeds going to HAAM. (9/25/20)

Walk with Me Austin - video premiere and panel discussion

"Justice for Breonna Taylor means there are no “perfect victims” and we are all worthy of advocacy."  taken from an editorial by Brea Baker. She is a racial and gender justice activist working  towards the liberation of all oppressed people with an emphasis on black people and women. (9/24/20) 

A Kentucky grand jury indicted a single police, Brett Hankison, with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the night of Taylor's death. The grand jury did not charge any other officers involved. Find out more and ways to help with #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor (9/23/20)


President Obama has learned a few things from young people. He's returning the favor with tips in making a plan to vote. 


ATX Enterpreneur De J. Lozada is the founder of Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn. In 2016, she started Soul Popped as a single mom of 2 sons and a niece. She had just $53 left in her bank account. She used half the money to pop her first batch of popcorn which she sold out of her car. Her love of Soul Food is the foundation for a healthier and more flavorful way to enjoy the experience of popcorn snacking with flavors like 'Austin Smoke BBQ', 'Banana Pudding' and 'Chicken 'N' Waffles'.  Parking lot popcorn sales turned into the ATX based healthy snack-food company Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn with an online retail shop and in Barton Creek Square Mall. The #SoulPoppedNation continues to grow beyond ATX with #SoulPoppers popping up across the country. Recently De J. Lozada received nationwide attention for her Soul Food popcorn flavor line in Southern Living. #lovepopshere (9/16/20)


California Senator Kamala Harris seized her Moment in History as the first Black woman and the first woman of Indian descent  accepting the VP nomination in the race with Joe Biden in the race for the White House at the virtual Democratic National Convention. She's also the first Californian ever on the Democratic ticket. Watch her seize this historical moment ... (8/19/20)

Mark your calendar for ATX's official Holiday every year on JUNE 19th. JUNETEENTH!  (7/29/20) #BlackAustinMatters


Look what's appeared on Congress Ave. leading to the capitol in ATX this morning #BlackAustinMatters Tuesday , June 16, 2020

Keep Austin Black app created by UT student Earl Potts Jr. created an app to support Black-owned businesses providing a directory to help others support the community.  Google Play store and in beta for iOS  (Fox 7 Austin)

 Art exists when words don’t do justice. “If he can’t breathe, we can’t breathe.” By Chris Rogers Art @ Native Hostel 807 East 4th Street ATX  78702’s Justice Now includes local petitions, dozens of high profile racial justice campaigns.

Social Justice 2020 Current Events

Here are some resources with ways you can 'Educate Yourself ... to take Positive and Productive Action!'


Educate /Help / Learn



DO512 Resource Guide to Creating Change in Austin

Health Resources to Utilize

Organizations to Donate to and Volunteer

Petitions and Forms to Sign

Voting Information to Utilize

Criterion Channel movie streaming service featuring cornerstones of Black cinema at no charge.

Eater Austin: A Roundup of Guides to the Austin Area’s Black-Owned Restaurants All the lists, guides, and apps to help you figure out where to lend your support by dining out

Uber Eats is waiving delivery fees on all orders from Black-owned restaurants through the end of 2020. The company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced in an email to customers on Thursday. The app will provide a prompt to easily navigate over to a list of available Black-owned restaurants in your area.

DO512 Black Artists in Austin: Musicians / Visual

Featured Musician: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (blues, funk, soul)


Featured Visual Artist: Julia Zipporah Alan (animator, rotoscoper, filmmaker)


DO512 Black-Owned Businesses To Support in Austin
A few of the many listed



Shops & more

Big Thanks to some of Austin's Best for resource info:
DO512 Black Artists in Austin: Musicians and Visual
DO512 Black-Owned Businesses To Support in Austin
DO512 Family Resources for Supporting Austin's Black Community
DO512 Resource Guide to Creating Change in Austin
Sustainable Food Center