Rally for Criminal Justice System Overhaul

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm

Formerly incarcerated individuals, family members of people in prison, and supporters will rally to demand that policymakers address unfair sentences, deplorable prison conditions, and the need to eliminate barriers to housing, jobs and education once a person is released from prison or jail.

More information online.

Location: South steps of the state Capitol, 11th and Congress

Screening: “Which Way Home”

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

“Which Way Home” is a film that shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States. After the film there will be a Q&A with speakers from Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Grassroots Leadership, and School of the Americas Watch.

The film is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Location: Wildflower Church, 1314 Oltorf, Austin, 78704

Screening of “Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians”

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

“Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians” tells the story of the Wixárika (Huichol) people and their struggle against the Mexican government and Canadian mining companies to protect Wirikuta, their most sacred territory where the peyote grows. Following the screening will be a presentation by two of the film’s protagonists, traditional Wixárika shamans José Luis Ramírez and Enrique Ramírez from the Sierra Madre, and director Hernán Vilchez.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The event is sponsored by The Native American and Indigenous Collective at the University of Texas at Austin and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. More information online.

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Screening of “Young Lakota”

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

The “Second Saturday Screening” for November is “Young Lakota,” a documentary about three neighbors in Kyle, a small town in the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their tribe, defies a South Dakota law criminalizing abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation.

The short film “Alma de Mujer” directed by Andrea Zarate will be screened after “Young Lakota.”

Snacks will be provided and free childcare is available; email by noon on November 7.

Location: Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St, Austin, 78701

Robert Jensen on “Capitalism v. Christianity: A Tale of Two Cults”

Date: November 16, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:30 pm

Challenging the conventional wisdom of many secular and religious folks, Robert Jensen argues that faith in the Cult of Capitalism is irrational and that a commitment to a reformulated Cult of Christianity (along with other religious traditions) is rational as we face up to the corrosive effects of modern life on human nature and the destructive effects of modern life on nature. As inequality and ecological collapse intensify, where do we look for values based on solidarity and sustainability?

The talk is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s weekly Public Affairs Forum.

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756