Opportunities From Third Coast Activist

SCREENING “5 BROKEN CAMERAS”

Date: April 12, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm  to  12:09 pm

The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights will screen the film “5 Broken Cameras,” followed by a brief panel presentation and discussion.  The Academy Award nominee for best documentary is a deeply personal, first-hand account of nonviolence in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the film is structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat’s video cameras, as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost.  ICPR is a grassroots movement dedicated to promoting peace with justice for Palestinians. For more information, contact icpraustin@gmail.com.

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

“BEYOND WALLS AND CAGES”

Date: April 16, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The editor of the new book Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders and Global Crisis will lead a discussion of the book along with two contributors, Bob Libal and Lauren Martin. Beyond Walls and Cages challenges the idea that borders and prisons create safety, security, and order. Instead, walls and cages fortify wealth and power inequalities, racism, gender and sexual oppression. Beyond Walls and Cages offers scholarly and activist perspectives on these issues.

More information online.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751

 

“COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION” ON INSTITUTIONAL RACISM

Date: April 20, 2013

Time: 9:00 am  to  3:00 pm

Staff from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will lead a workshop on race and institutionalized racism. Why are African Americans and Hispanics over-represented in Texas prisons, juvenile facilities, and foster care systems? In this informal, interactive discussion, led by Joyce James and staff from the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD), participants will analyze the problems and examine potential solutions.  Participants should plan to stay for the entire session; lunch will be provided. The event is limited to the first 50 people. To register, contact Doug Bell, dougbell@austin.rr.com, or (512) 331-5201.  The program is sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church, St. David’s Episcopal Church, and the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Location: St. David’s Episcopal Church located at 301 E. 8th St., Austin

ROBERT JENSEN ON “ARGUING FOR OUR LIVES”

Date: April 29, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

UT professor Robert Jensen will discuss and read from his new book, Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog, published by City Lights.  With the quality of political engagement at an all-time low—and threats to social justice and ecological sustainability at an all-time high—it has never been more important for citizens to be able to argue constructively. In this lively primer on critical thinking that draws on more than two decades of classroom experience and community organizing, Jensen offers practical advice on challenging the conventional wisdom and confronting the crises of our time.  Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas and a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. He is also the author of All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice and co-producer of the documentary film “Abe Osheroff: One Foot in the Grave, the Other Still Dancing.”

Location: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, 78703

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