“Gaza: One Year Later” Fundraiser with Rania Masri

Date: July 31, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:00 pm

Rania Masri, Associate Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, will speak about the effects of the Israeli war on Gaza and the ongoing work for activists. The event also will feature a presentation of KinderUSA’s humanitarian relief projects benefiting children and families in Gaza.

This fundraiser will include an art auction, live oud music, a Middle Eastern dinner, and a Palestinian bazaar. Tickets, tables, and sponsor packages available online.

Location: Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, 78754

Screening of “Homestretch”

Date: August 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

This documentary follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, “Homestretch” follows these teens on their journeys of struggle and triumph, connecting personal stories to larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

Discussion will be led by Dahlinda Alaniz, who heads the Austin Independent School District’s office that provides services to homeless teens.

The screening is part of the “Controversy & Conversation” series, a collaboration between the Austin Public Library and the Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues Program at the University of Texas.

Location: Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, 78702

“Shades of Green:” Connecting with Austin’s Racially Diverse Environmental Community

Date: August 10, 2015
Time: 11:30 am  to  1:00 pm

Panelists at the “Shades of Green” lunch will discuss their experience as people of color practicing environmentalism and conservation, and offer insight into how Austin’s predominantly white environmental movement can become more collaborative. David Buggs (Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department) will moderate a panel including Dominique Bowman (Huston-Tillotson University), Dave Cortez (Sierra Club), and Marisa Perales (environmental attorney).

This is the first in a series of events designed to facilitate discussion and collaboration about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental community in Austin. The next event will be at Huston-Tillotson University on October 14.

Space for this event is limited. The $35 lunch tickets are available online. For more information, contact Nico D’Auterive, Hill Country Conservancy Manager of Events & Marketing,

Location: Green Pastures, 811 W Live Oak St., Austin

“Can We Do It Ourselves?” Film Screening and Discussion

Date: August 11, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Dana Pedersen from Cooperation Texas will lead a discussion after screening the new documentary from the Swedish media cooperative Fria Tidningar. “Can We Do It Ourselves?” confronts some common criticisms of cooperative enterprises—that they must be inefficient, inflexible, or otherwise inferior to capitalist enterprises—drawing on the experiences of actual worker-owners and insights from cooperative researchers in the U.S. and Sweden.

Cooperation Texas works to create sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives, a business model that puts people and the planet first.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751

“Evolution of a Criminal:” Film Screening and Discussion

Date: August 12, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm  to  9:03 pm

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a criminal? This documentary explores race, class, education, and the prison system by examining a bank robbery committed by Texas high-school students. Director Darius Clark Monroe’s film interweaves suspenseful reenactment footage with candid interviews from people involved in every angle of the crime. The twist? The filmmaker himself was involved in the robbery. Monroe will participate in a discussion after the film local panelists involved in criminal justice reform.

The event is co-sponsored by the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and Grassroots Leadership. More information and tickets online.

Location: Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin