Dancing Away Detention benefit for the Hutto Visitation Program

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 to affirm the dignity and rights of the immigrant community.

The visitation program pairs volunteers with asylum-seeking women detained at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, TX, to break the isolation of detention for the women, monitor human rights conditions in the facility, and to build advocates for closing down detention.

Tickets are $10 with appetizers and music DJ ENS and Son de Rey blending cumbia, Latin beats and pop electronica. Silent auction items available and a cash bar. More information online.
Location: El Sol y La Luna, 600 E. 6th St., Austin

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.

Location: North Village Library, 2505 Steck Ave., Austin, 78757

Screening of “The Occupation of the American Mind”

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 have triggered a backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world—except the United States. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.

University of Texas professor Robert Jensen will lead a discussion after the film. Read his review of the film at Counterpunch.

The event is sponsored by the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, Austin Jewish Voice for Peace, and Third Coast Activist Resource Center. More information online.

Location: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., Austin, 78702

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 racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. She was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic,” and named as one of only five southern whites he could count as allies.

Anne Lewis, the film’s director, will be present for discussion and questions after the screening. Facebook event is here.

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

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 immigration and identity, will keynote the conference.

Registration is open online.

Location: Thompson Conference Center, University of Texas, 2405 East Campus Drive, Austin