Social Justice Events from Third Coast Activist

Monday, April 20 at 6:00pm
Panel on “Working for Social Justice: Career and Life Choices”

Many students with commitments to social justice struggle with career and life choices. What paths can young people pursue that will allow them to contribute to making a better world? In this event, local organizers and activists will discuss the decisions they have made and answer questions from students.
The panelists will be Lisa Byrd (Executive Director, Pro Arts Collective), Josué Guillén (Trainer, Progressive Technology Project), and Cristina Tzintzún (Executive Director, Workers Defense Project).
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Social Justice Institute of the UT Community Engagement Center. There will be free pizza and beverages. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 or

Location: University of Texas, University Teaching Center (UTC), Room 3.102.

5604 Manor
Thursday, May 12, 5:30–10pm – Anniversary Celebration

In May 2010, the progressive community center opened.  Now they will celebrate a great first year with an anniversary party. Staff and volunteers from the groups with offices in the building — the Workers Defense Project, Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and Third Coast Workers for Cooperation — will be on hand to give guided tours and explain their work.

The evening’s performers will include Cerronato (6-6:45 p.m.) and Eliza Gilkyson (8-9 p.m.).

Cerronato plays an authentic yet innovative version of Colombian vallenato and cumbia, merging ornate melodies from the accordion with rumbling and quirky bass lines, the eccentric syncopation of the guacharaca or scraper, the steady beat of the small drum, and the frenzied flourishes of the bongo.

Eliza Gilkyson, a politically minded and poetically gifted singer-songwriter, has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. The Grammy-nominated artist has appeared on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and etown, and in 2003 was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.

Dance music throughout the evening will be provided by Dj Chorizo Funk.

The big backyard provides lots of room for conversation, and there’s playground equipment for kids. There will be great food and beverages from a variety of local food folks.  The suggested donation of $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit the Workers Defense Project, with a $10 suggested donation.

Location: 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Sunday, May 22 at 12:15pm – Screening of Video of Tim Wise talk  on Illusions of “Post-Racial” Politics

In February, author Tim Wise spoke in Austin about his 2010 book, Color Blind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.  This program will screen the video of that talk, followed by a discussion.

Wise is a frequent speaker on campuses across the country and a regular commentator in mainstream media.  His other books include: Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son; Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; and Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 or

Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)

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