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Screening of “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective”

Date: August 31, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:30 pm

Urban Roots is sponsoring a screening of “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective,” which explains how this design method offers an ecological lens for solving problems in agriculture.

The movie will be followed by a panel to explore the differences between people-centered agriculture and industrial agriculture, and highlight how indigenous communities and cultures have been incorporating permaculture-type food production for generations. The panel will be moderated by Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager for the City of Austin, with panelists Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas; Sharon Mays, a member of the Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board; and Lea Scott, Farm Director for Urban Roots.

Tickets available online. All ticket proceeds benefit Urban Roots

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Village Shopping Center, 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, 78757

Support Workers Rights and Safety

Date: September 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:30 pm

The City of Austin is considering a fast-track permit process, and the City Council will vote on including worker protections. That would mean developers who want to use fast-track permitting would have to live up to Better Builder standards for workers—living wage, workers compensation, basic OSHA safety training, local hiring goals, and onsite monitoring to ensure that these standards are met.

The Workers Defense Project—a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships—is asking supporters to gather for a “Rally for Workers Rights” to support this proposal. More information is on Facebook.

Location: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin

Bryan Stevenson speaking on Equal Justice Initiative

Date: September 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson will speak about his work on the injustice of the U.S. criminal system. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Stevenson, who teaches at New York University School of Law, is the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. He has won numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. Watch his TED talk, “We Need to Talk about an Injustice,” online.

The event is sponsored by Seminary of the Southwest and the Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the University of Texas. More information online, or contact advancement@ssw.edu.

Location: University of Texas, LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River, Austin, 78705

Shane Claiborne speaking on “Executing Grace”

Date: September 29, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Shane Claiborne, a leading figure in the New Monasticism movement and a founding member of the Simple Way intentional community in Philadelphia, will speak about life as a radical non-conformist.

Claiborne is the author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical; Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals; and most recently Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us.

For more information, contact Rev. Heather Green, hlee@uumc.org.

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, 78705