Jewish Voice for Peace Organizational Meeting

Date: October 26, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm  to  7:00 pm

Folks interested in forming an Austin chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace are invited to attend this founding meeting intended to provide Austin’s Jewish communities a space to work with other organizations to secure justice and equality for the Palestinian people. For more information email

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., Austin 78723

UT Professor Discusses Austin’s Declining African American Population

Date: October 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm  to  7:30 pm

UT Professor Eric Tang will speak on “Outliers: The Case of Austin’s Declining African American Population” as part of the Community Engagement Dialogue series of UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Tang was co-author of a study that found that Austin was the only major city in the United States to experience a double-digit rate of general population growth coincident and a decline in the African American population.

A former community organizer, Tang teaches in African and African Diaspora Studies and is a faculty fellow in DDCE and the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. He is completing a book about refugees and the U.S. urban crisis, and his current research focuses on the past and present of racial segregation in Austin.

Location: UT Community Engagement Center, 1009 E. 11th St., Austin

Mike Davis on “Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster”

Date: October 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Historian and activist Mike Davis will speak on “Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster/A California perspective on Texas-as-the Future.”

Davis—a MacArthur Fellow in 1998 and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside—is the author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles; Ecology of Fear; Planet of Slums; and In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire. During the late 1960s, Davis lived in Austin where he was an organizer for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

The event is a benefit for the New Journalism Project, the Texas nonprofit that publishes The Rag Blog and sponsors Rag Radio.

The suggested donation is $10, and an informal gathering will follow with food and beverages.

Davis will also be Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio, Friday, October 31, 2-3 pm, on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin and streamed live.

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Screening: “Which Way Home”

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

“Which Way Home” is a film that shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States. After the film there will be a Q&A with speakers from Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Grassroots Leadership, and School of the Americas Watch.

The film is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Location: Wildflower Church, 1314 Oltorf, Austin, 78704

Robert Jensen on “Capitalism v. Christianity: A Tale of Two Cults”

Date: November 16, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:30 pm

Challenging the conventional wisdom of many secular and religious folks, Robert Jensen argues that faith in the Cult of Capitalism is irrational and that a commitment to a reformulated Cult of Christianity (along with other religious traditions) is rational as we face up to the corrosive effects of modern life on human nature and the destructive effects of modern life on nature. As inequality and ecological collapse intensify, where do we look for values based on solidarity and sustainability?

The talk is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s weekly Public Affairs Forum.

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756