July 2015


“Collective Courage” Reading Group

Date: July 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Cooperation Texas is sponsoring a reading group for Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s book “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.” No prior reading required for this first meeting.

For more information, contact Dana Pedersen,

Location: Carver Library, 1165 Angelina St., Austin, 78702

Bill Fletcher Jr.: “Ferguson to Jerusalem, The Struggle for Justice”

Date: July 14, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Bill Fletcher Jr. is a racial justice, labor, and international activist. Formerly president of TransAfrica Forum, a nonprofit advocacy center focused on a just U.S. foreign policy for Africa and Africans in the Diaspora, Fletcher was a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, and is currently an editorial board member of and a steering committee member of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

This event is sponsored by the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights and the People’s Task Force.
Location: St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Road, Austin, 78721

“Austin While Black” Screening

Date: July 23, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm  to  9:00 pm

The creators of the web series “Austin While Black,” Evelyn Ngugi and Doyin Oyeniyi, will screen the four episodes of the show that have been released and lead a discussion after each one. Ngugi and Oyeniyi earned journalism degrees at the University of Texas at Austin and created “Austin While Black” to highlight stories that often get left out of discussions about Austin.

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

“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

“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