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Worker Cooperative National Conference

Date: July 29, 2016 Time: 8:00 am  to  6:00 pm The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute will co-sponsor the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin this summer. Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, an organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and shift the conversation around […]

Documentary: “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”

Date: June 24, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm White Allies of Racial Equity is hosting a screening and discussion of a documentary about Anne Braden. Charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Anne Braden used the attacks to turn herself “inside out” and embrace a lifetime of […]

Date: June 9, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:30 pm The new Media Education Foundation documentary “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States” analyzes the news coverage and political discourse around the Israel/Palestine conflict. Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its invasions of the Gaza strip […]

The Two-Party System: Past, Present, Future?

Date: June 4, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm Michael Faber, Texas State University political science professor and author of Our Federalist Constitution: The Founder’s Expectations and Contemporary Government, and Dan Eckam, secretary of Common Ground for Texans and an independent researcher, will discuss how the two-party system developed and why it suppresses alternatives. […]

Date: June 2, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm Grassroots Leadership is hosting an evening of dancing to benefit the Hutto Visitation Program. The event will honor Insis (Maribel) Bernardez for her leadership in launching the women’s hunger strike inside Hutto to challenge the unjust detention system, and Professor Barbara Hines for her work […]

Screening of “The Land Speaks Arabic”

Date: May 15, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm The Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe,” describes the dispossession of the Palestinian people in 1948 and is commemorated on May 15. “The Land Speaks Arabic” documents the founding of the Zionist movement and the expulsion of Palestinians in the early 20th century using photographs, films, news reels, and official documents, along with the testimonies of Palestinian survivors. Following the […]

Amending the Constitution: Why Now?

Date: May 14, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm Current efforts to amend the Constitution include the attempt to overturn the Citizens United decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a convention of the states to consider nine constitutional amendments “to rein in the federal government and restore […]

Date: May 12, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:00 pm University of Texas Professor Christen Smith will speak about her new book, Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil, which explores the Black body in pain as it also defines Brazil as an exotic Black space. Smith, who teaches in Anthropology and African and African […]

Robert Jensen on “Plain Radical” Politics

Date: May 8, 2016 Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm University of Texas professor Robert Jensen will discuss the political and ecological vision outlined in his Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully. The book sketches the comprehensive radical politics of Jensen’s late friend and comrade Jim Koplin. Drawing on first-hand […]

Date: May 7, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:30 pm The Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Friends Meeting of Austin and Austin Jewish Voice for Peace will host a book talk and discussion by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, author of Refusing To Be Enemies. The book documents the nonviolent resistance of Palestinians and Israelis in […]