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Date: August 15, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm Youth Rise Texas will hold an end-of-the-summer celebration and fundraiser that includes youth theatre, live music from Krudas Cubensi, food, and cold drinks. The work of the first annual Youth Organizing Institute will be featured, with a multimedia monologue series created by six Austin teens impacted by […]

Fundraiser for Sulma Franco


Date: August 14, 2015 Time: 6:30 pm  to  9:00 pm Sulma Franco came to Austin six years ago, fleeing Guatemala after abuse, violence, and threats on her life because of her activism as a lesbian for LGBT rights. She decided to enter the United States without documents after being denied a visa by the U.S. […]


Date: August 12, 2015 Time: 7:30 pm  to  9:03 pm How does a 16-year-old evolve into a criminal? This documentary explores race, class, education, and the prison system by examining a bank robbery committed by Texas high-school students. Director Darius Clark Monroe’s film interweaves suspenseful reenactment footage with candid interviews from people involved in every […]


Date: August 11, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm Dana Pedersen from Cooperation Texas will lead a discussion after screening the new documentary from the Swedish media cooperative Fria Tidningar. “Can We Do It Ourselves?” confronts some common criticisms of cooperative enterprises—that they must be inefficient, inflexible, or otherwise inferior to capitalist enterprises—drawing on […]


Date: August 10, 2015 Time: 11:30 am  to  1:00 pm Panelists at the “Shades of Green” lunch will discuss their experience as people of color practicing environmentalism and conservation, and offer insight into how Austin’s predominantly white environmental movement can become more collaborative. David Buggs (Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Texas Parks & […]

Screening of “Homestretch”


Date: August 6, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm This documentary follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, “Homestretch” follows these teens on their journeys of struggle and triumph, connecting personal stories to larger issues of poverty, […]


Date: July 31, 2015 Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:00 pm Rania Masri, Associate Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, will speak about the effects of the Israeli war on Gaza and the ongoing work for activists. The event also will feature a presentation of KinderUSA’s […]

Press Conference Supporting Sulma Franco


Date: July 29, 2015 Time: 10:30 am  to  11:00 am Faith leaders will release a letter expressing support for Sulma Franco’s request for a stay of removal to prevent her deportation to Guatemala. Franco fled her home country after abuse, violence, and threats on her life because of her activism as a lesbian for LGBT […]

Report on the U.S. Social Forum


Date: July 28, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:00 pm In late June, the third U.S. Social Forum was held simultaneously in Philadelphia, PA, and San Jose, CA, with associated events occurring in Jackson, MS, and Tijuana, Mexico. Marcus Denton will describe his experience in Philadelphia, situate it against the first two Forums (Atlanta in […]

“Austin While Black” Screening


Date: July 23, 2015 Time: 7:30 pm  to  9:00 pm The creators of the web series “Austin While Black,” Evelyn Ngugi and Doyin Oyeniyi, will screen the four episodes of the show that have been released and lead a discussion after each one. Ngugi and Oyeniyi earned journalism degrees at the University of Texas at […]