When Walls Become Bridges: Trade and Migration along the Texas-Mexico Border

Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Activists and academics from the United States and Mexico will discuss political and economic issues on the boarder. Panelists include Julia Quiñonez (Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico); Atanacio Martinez Luis (Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico); Laura Carlsen (Americas Program, Center for International Policy, Mexico D.F.); Elvia Rosales Arriola (Women on the Border, Austin); Bob Cash (Texas Fair Trade Coalition, Austin); Alonzo René Mendoza (United We Dream, Austin); and Juan Belman (University Leadership Initiative, Austin).

More information online and on the Facebook event page.

Location: University of Texas, Sid Richardson Hall, 1.208, Austin

The First Decade of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 8:30 am  to  6:00 pm

This symposium marking the 10-year anniversary of the implementation of the Secure Fence Act features national and local speakers who will address the potential expansion and hardening of the physical and political reality of the U.S. border

The symposium opens at 6 pm on Thursday with the photo exhibition “Continental Divide: Borderlands Wildlife, People and the Wall.”

Full program and more information online. The event is sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice of the School of Law.

Location: Eidman Courtroom, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E Dean Keeton St., Austin, 78705

People’s Climate March

Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm

People’s Climate March events will be held around the country, including in Austin.

Location: Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin

Balancing Power between the Feds, State, and Local: Where Do We Belong?

Date: May 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm


Texas doesn’t like to be told what to do by Congress, yet Texas is willing to exert its power over counties and cities. Where do residents of our state fit in this power struggle? The panel to discuss these questions will include Gina Hinojosa, District 49, Texas House of Representatives; Leslie Pool, Austin City Council member; Reggie James, director of Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club; and Sanford Levinson, professor in the University of Texas School of Law

The event is sponsored by Common Ground for Texans, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Austin.

Location: Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock, Austin

C.J. Alvarez Speaking on “A Grassroots Perspective on Border Policing”

Date: May 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

C.J. Alvarez will discuss the history of policing on the U.S.-Mexico border from the point of view of those most affected by it. From the 19th century to the present day, U.S. officials have explained that border policing operations are necessary for “security,” but border policing activities have created great insecurity, destabilization, and dislocation for millions of people.

Alvarez is an assistant professor in the department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, and an affiliate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies. He is working on a book on border policing titled The Shape of the Border: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide.

The event is sponsored by the Workers Defense Project and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. The talk with start at 6 pm, with light refreshments at 5:30 pm.

Location: Workers Defense Project, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723