Hilary Klein on “Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories”

Date: April 6, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm  to  5:00 pm

Hilary Klein will discuss her book “Compañeras,” the story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. The book collects the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers. Klein works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities.

Klein will be making two presentation that day:

3 pm at University of Texas, Liberal Arts Building (CLA 1.302D), Austin

7 pm at MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751


Texas Social Justice Series: Economic Inequality

Date: April 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The second of a four-part series on the fight for social justice in Texas will focus on economic inequality, a concern that disproportionately affects women and racial minorities. Panelists will discuss labor movements, legislative milestones, and efforts to reclaim political and economic rights.

Moderator Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project will be joined by panelists Merline Pitre, professor of history and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University, and Sonia Hernandez, a native of the Rio Grande Valley and a professor at Texas A&M University specializing in the intersections of gender and labor in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands, Chicana/o history, and modern Mexico.

This program is presented in partnership with the Social Justice Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Civil Rights Project. More information online.

Location: Bob Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, 78701 (Congress and MLK)

Austin Co-op Summit

Date: April 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 am  to  5:00 pm

The 3rd Annual Austin Co-op Summit will focus on “Cooperation among Coops” and “Local Government Support of Cooperative Businesses.” The keynote speaker will be Brian Donovan, the outgoing director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association.

Educational sessions will include presentations and discussions about: women in co-ops; mapping cooperation among co-ops in Central Texas; converting to a worker co-op, featuring worker-owners from Polycot Associates, who made the first worker co-op buyout in Texas; co-op skill building, including open-book accounting and planning for expansion; a round table discussion about local government support for cooperatives including city staff and co-op developers from Madison, Minneapolis, and New York; and a session for people interested in starting a co-op.

The summit will begin with a river boat cruise on Lake Austin at 6:45 pm on Friday. More information and RSVP online.

Location: University of Texas, Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, Building A (CMA)

Journalist P. Sainath on Culture and Politics of Rural India

Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:00 pm

After a long career as one of India’s leading newspaper reporters, P. Sainath is building an online archive of the diversity of rural India. In this talk, Sainath will explain how the recently launched People’s Archive of Rural India is documenting the culture and politics of a countryside that is too often ignored.

In a 35-year career as a journalist, Sainath has won dozens of global and national awards and been called “the conscience of the Indian nation” by other journalists. In 2007, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award—Asia’s most prestigious prize, often referred to as the “Asian Nobel”—for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communications Arts for his “passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India’s national consciousness.” Sainath’s recent reporting on the epidemic of farmers committing suicide in India as a result of the collapse of the rural economy forced other journalists to cover the story and government officials to act.

The event is sponsored by the School of Journalism and the South Asia Institute. For more information contact Robert Jensen,, and see “Sainath’s Challenge.”

Location: Belo Center for New Media Auditorium (BMC 2.106), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin

Reading and Signing of “Grandfather Gandhi” with Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 12:15 pm  to  2:00 pm

Arun Gandhi has many stories to tell of his grandfather, the Mahatma, and how his lessons set Arun on a path of teaching nonviolence. One of those stories, told in 2001 at the spiritual center Unity of New York, led Bethany Hegedus to work with Gandhi to craft a picture book that would speak to readers of all ages. More information about the book online.

Hegedus is an author and the director of The Writing Barn in Austin. Gandhi is a writer and speaker who has traveled the world spreading the message of non-violence.

The event is free for children and $5 for adults. To ensure seats, purchase tickets online. For more information, contact Heather McLeod,

Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)