Screening of “Growing Cities”

Date: October 24, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

growing citiesThe 5604 Manor Community Garden, Festival Beach Community Garden, and Urban Roots are co-hosting a free screening of Growing Cities, a film that examines the role and potential impact of urban farming in America to revitalize cities and change the way we eat. The film screening and potluck are on the occasion of Food Day, a call for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

A potluck dinner will take place outside in the garden from 6-7 pm and the film will be shown indoors at 7, followed by a brief conversation on the film and strategies for strengthening the local food movement. More information here.

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

Amnesty International’s Austin Chapter Celebrates 20 Years

Date: October 24, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The local chapter of Amnesty International will celebrate 20 years in Austin with food, drinks, and music and talk from: Rev. Jim Rigby (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church), Ralph White (Bad Livers), Dicky Grigg (an Attorney who will speak about Guantanamo and Human Rights), and singer/songwriter Sara Hickman.

Location: Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street

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

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