State of Denial: Where Marriage Equality Stands in Texas

Date: July 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Legally married in other states, many same-sex couples in Texas face an uncertain future at home. Jo Ann Santangelo visited six couples whose legal marriages are not recognized in Texas to see what life is like for them and their families for her photo essay in The Texas Observer’s July issue.

A reception and panel discussion on this issue will feature Santangelo, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman from the photo essay, Lauren Zurbrugg of Equality Texas Foundation, and Elizabeth Brenner of the LGBT Bar Association.

Location: JClark Gallery, 1500 W 6th St., Austin 78703

Screening of Documentary “Food for Change”

Date: July 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:30 pm

Wheatsville Food Co-op’s south store will screen “Food for Change.” This feature-length documentary focuses on food co-ops as a force for social and economic change in American culture, using interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians.

More information and RSVP online.

Location: Wheatsville Food Co-op, 4001 S. Lamar, Austin, 78704

Texas Stands with Gaza Rally

Date: August 2, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm

A statewide rally at the Texas State Capitol will protest Israel’s assault on Gaza, which has resulted in the deaths of over 800 Palestinians (as of Friday, July 25) and is causing a grave humanitarian disaster. Human rights activists and organizations from all over the state will join together to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Gaza and join the call for lifting the siege of Gaza and ending the assault.

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Location: Texas State Capitol, 11th and Congress Ave.

Third Coast Activist Social Hour and Movie Night – “Omar”

Date: August 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The final Third Coast Activist Summer Movie Night of 2014 will feature the Academy Award nominated film “Omar.” Come at 6pm for snacks, Topo Chico, and a special treat – beer from 4th Tap Brewery, a worker owned cooperative. The film will start at 7.

“Omar” is a fast-paced thriller set in the occupied West Bank. There are so many surprises and twists that it’s best not to describe the plot and give anything away. Come for refreshments and socializing at 6, film starts at 7.

omar1“A MASTERPIECE!…the perfect balance of romance and action.”
- Maysoon Zayid, The Daily Beast

“Caught in the middle, there’s no guessing which way this emblematic youth will jump. The story dishes out action and surprises without losing its political intent.”
- Steve Rose, The Guardian

“An incredible love story”
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

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