Journalism Teach-in: “A Free Press, Now More than Ever”

Date: March 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Independent journalism has become a target of some of the country’s most powerful politicians, who regularly demean venerable news media institutions as “failing,” accuse professional reporters of producing “fake news,” and brand all of journalism as “an enemy of the American people.”

These attacks are why independent journalism is more important than ever.

To celebrate the crucial role of independent journalism in supporting a democratic political system, Austin-area journalists, journalism students, and journalism teachers will gather to articulate the American commitment to a free press. Participants in the teach-in will describe their own work and describe the contributions of legendary journalists, past and present.

“The role of a free press must never be taken lightly,” said Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a former newspaper journalist and current professor at the University of Texas School of Journalism, who led the organizing for the event. “All Americans should understand that good journalism helps our country understand who we are and holds our institutions accountable. We hope this teach-in will shed some light.”

Location: Texas Capitol, south steps, 11th and Congress, Austin

Women Workers Resist!

Date: March 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Sophorn Yang, a former garment worker and president of the Cambodian Trade Unions, will speak about efforts to organize a garment workers union in Cambodia in the face of police attacks and a repressive government.

The event is sponsored by the UT affiliate of United Students Against Sweatshops. There will be a free tostada dinner with vegetarian options,

Location: University of Texas, University Teaching Center (UTC 3.104)

Teach-in on “Policing in America”

Date: March 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

To discuss how policing increasingly organizes life in the United States, this teach-in brings together scholars, teachers, and activists who research, challenge and live the effects of policing in our communities to discuss abolitionist alternatives to a life organized by policing.

Panelists include C.J. Alvarez, assistant professor in the department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas; Sofia Casini, immigration programs coordinator at Grassroots Leadership; Lewis Conway, Jr., a criminal justice organizer who spent 2,095 days in Texas prisons; Eman Nabulsi, a UT student with Palestine Solidarity Committee and National Students for Justice in Palestine; Hana Masri, a UT graduate student who researches the policing and material culture of borders around the world; and Jesus Valles, a Mexican@ storyteller, performer, and a high school educator. Youth from Austin Barrio Writers will perform short pieces at the start and end of the panel.

The event is co-sponsored by various UT and Huston-Tillotson University groups, Resistencia Books/Red Salmon Arts, and Barrio Writers. More information on the Facebook event page, or Karma Chávez, Interpretation into Spanish will be provided.

Location: Dickey-Lawless Auditorium, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin

Revolution and Democratic Confederalism in Northern Syria: Observations on Rojava

Date: March 29, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:00 pm

In the midst of the Syrian civil war in fall 2013, communities in northern Syria launched a unique initiative in non-hierarchical organizing. The Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria (also known as “Rojava”) has included gender and ethnically balanced decision-making bodies as well as a feminist fighting force.

The panel to discuss the political possibilities of Rojava includes journalist Seth Harp, School of Journalism graduate student Pinar Istek, and Government professor Jason Brownlee.

The event is sponsored by UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, and Department of Government.

Location: University of Texas at Austin campus, CLA Building, Room 0.126.

Screening of “Between Earth and Sky—Climate Change on the Last Frontier”

Date: March 31, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Between Earth and Sky” examines the impacts of climate change in Alaska, especially on the native Inupiaq people and arctic soil/permafrost.

The executive producer and director will be at the screening to answer questions, and a member of the nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby will briefly explain how putting a price on carbon would mitigate climate change.

Location: Southwestern University, Olin 105, Georgetown