“Suspended Childhood” Teach-In on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Date: June 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

The Excellence and Advancement Foundation and Texas Appleseed are sponsoring a teach-in on the school-to-prison pipeline and practices in AISD schools.

Texas elementary schoolchildren are suspended, sent to alternative schools, and expelled at alarming rates, often for minor Student Code of Conduct violations such as horseplay, disruption of class, or dress code violations. During the 2013-2014 school year, almost half of all suspensions in Texas were issued to PK-2nd grade students, removals that are not required under state law and are at teachers’ discretion. And school districts have the ability to create their own student codes of conduct that go well beyond the state law, allowing suspensions of young students for normal, age-appropriate behavior.

More information on Facebook, and register online to receive snack and drinks, Spanish-English interpreting, and childcare. Contact Rocío Villalobos,,
512-473-2800 ext. 100.

Location: Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave Street, Austin, 78702

Eating While Young and Black: Dispatches from a Gentrifying City

Date: July 22, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:30 pm

It’s time for a fresh story. In Austin and in cities across the United States, Black youth and their families face gentrification, outmigration, displacement, and rebuilding. But their food experiences are often represented without this context and without young Black voices. RSVP for an opening performance and interactive talk that explores representations of eating while young and Black, their impact, and why shifting the narrative matters now. Interwoven with clips from *Eating While Young and Black*, a 4-year multimedia project with African-American and Afro-Latinx youth from Austin, Texas. Performance by Xavier Clark, with interactive talk by Dr. Naya Armendarez Jones of Food for Black Thought.

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30, event begins at 7 pm. Seating is limited. RSVP on Eventbrite at

Location: Huston-Tillotson University, Agard-Lovinggood Auditorium, 

Worker Cooperative National Conference

Date: July 29, 2016
Time: 8:00 am  to  6:00 pm

The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute will co-sponsor the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin this summer. Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, an organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and shift the conversation around immigration and identity, will keynote the conference.

Registration is open online.

Location: Thompson Conference Center, University of Texas, 2405 East Campus Drive, Austin

5K Run for Palestine

Date: August 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 pm  to  12:00 pm

The Reach Education Fund and Austin’s Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights are sponsoring a family-friendly community 5K walk/run benefiting college students in Palestine. Reach Education Fund, a Houston-based nonprofit, provided university scholarships to 100 students in Palestine last year.

The event starts at 9 am, with the run at 10 am with two loops around Creek Trail starting and ending at Virg Rabb Pavillion at Old Settlers Park. The $35 registration fee can be paid online. More information on Facebook or contact, (512) 585-8184.

Location: Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 78665