Travis County Sheriff Candidates Forum

Date: February 13, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

ICE Fuera de Austin/ICE Out of Austin, Grassroots Leadership, and other community groups will host a Travis County Sheriff Candidates Forum, with a focus on immigrant detention and deportation, and visitation policies at the county jail. Confirmed candidates include Sally Hernandez, Todd Radford, Don Rios, John Sisson, and Debbie Russell.

Childcare will be provided. Email to request or call 512-499-8111.

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

Youth Rise Presents “Love Letters: Radical Acts of Faith”

Date: February 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:30 pm

In this multi-media performance, the teens of Youth Rise Texas share their hopes and dreams for a changed world. The evening of food, drinks, and music will support summer youth internships. Tickets available on a sliding scale ($10-$25). Tickets available online.

Youth Rise Texas uses mentorship and multi-generational organizing to develop the leadership of youth who are directly impacted by parental incarceration, immigrant detention, and deportation.

Location: East Space, 2900 Airport Blvd Austin, 78722

Robert Jensen Discussing Plain Radical

Date: February 14, 2016
Time: 12:15 pm  to  1:30 pm

University of Texas professor Robert Jensen will lead a discussion about the ideas in his new book, 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 stories and the nearly 3,000 pages of correspondence that flowed between the two men between 1988 and 2012, the book is part love story, part intellectual memoir, and part political polemic—an argument for how we should understand problems and think about solutions to create a decent human future, if there is to be a human future at all.

Independent journalist Dahr Jamail of Truthout said, “Jensen’s heartfelt book about perspective, love, growth, kinship, and the necessity to live radically, couldn’t possibly come at a better time.” Kirkus Review called the book, “A heartfelt book about an inspiring model of wisdom, self-awareness, and thoughtful engagement with the world.”

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe St., Austin, 78705 (directions and parking information online)

Beyond Diversity: Racial Justice on Campuses and in Communities

Date: February 16, 2016
Time: 3:30 pm  to  5:00 pm

As the Supreme Court ponders the role of race and ethnicity in campus admissions, social movements on campuses and in communities across the country are raising foundational questions about racial justice. At the University of Texas at Austin, how can we support the goal of a more diverse campus while also addressing the challenges of hate speech and free speech in the ongoing pursuit of inclusion and equality?

A panel of UT educators will address these issues and open up a conversation with the audience: Ixchel Rosal, Student Diversity Initiatives; Rich Reddick, Educational Administration; and Eric Tang, African and African Diaspora Studies.

The program is sponsored by the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication.

Location: Belo Center for New Media, First Floor Auditorium, (BMC 1.202), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin

Austin Premier of (In)securus Technology Film

Date: February 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Since May 2013, those incarcerated at the Travis County Jail have been unable to visit their family and friends in person and have been forced to use a video chat service provided by the Dallas-based company Securus. Grassroots Leadership and community allies aided those who were affected to bring in-person visits back to Travis County and pass state legislation that will prevent other counties from replacing in-person visits with video chats.

Austin-based filmmaker Matthew Gossage’s “(In)Securus Technology: An Assault on Prison Rights” chronicles the fight for in-person visits in Travis County and connects the dots between private, for-profit interests and incarceration. Tickets for the premier are available online.

Location: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center’s Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St., Austin, 78702