Events from Third Coast Activist

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Friday, March 11, 11 am-12:30 pm

Athletes as Activists: Lessons from Black Lives Matters and Beyond

British journalist Keme Nzerem will moderate a panel on “Athletes as Activists,” featuring author and former NBA player Etan Thomas, former English Premier League and Jamaican national team football player Michael Johnson, and athlete/writer/activist Shireen Ahmed.

For more information check or contact Ben Carrington,

Location: University of Texas, Glickman Conference Center, Liberal Arts Building (CLA 1.302B), Austin


Saturday, March 19, 1 – 4 pm

Iraq Veterans Against the War Art Exhibition

Local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War and the Civilian-Soldier Alliance at Howson Hall will host an exhibition of the War Is Trauma poster portfolio on the 13th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

This event will also be a release party for the Jacob George Memorial Album, where folks who placed orders for the album can pick up their copies. Unfortunately, there will not be any copies of the albums for sale, but it will be available for digital download. You can listen to a Democracy Now segment about Jacob here.

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


Wednesday, April 20, 7 pm

Mason Inman on The Oracle of Oil

Journalist Mason Inman will speak about his new book, The Oracle of Oil (W.W. Norton), the first biography of M. King Hubbert, the maverick geologist most known for the “Hubbert curve” and as “the father of peak oil” for his predictions of oil shortages. Joining Inman in the conversation will be Russell Gold, a Wall Street Journal energy reporter and author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.

Inman has written widely about energy and the environment for Scientific AmericanNatureScienceNew Scientist, and National Geographic News.

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

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

tcadpScheduled executions

The State of Texas is scheduled to execute three people this month:

  • On March 9, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Coy Wesbrook for the murders of his ex-wife, Gloria Coons, and Antonio Cruz in 1997 in Channelview (Harris County). In 2012, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a Harris County criminal court to re-evaluate Wesbrook’s intellectual competence to face execution.
  • The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Adam Ward on March 22 for killing Commerce Code Enforcement Officer Michael “Pee Wee” Walker in 2005 in Hunt County.  Ward was 22 years old at the time of the crime.
  • On March 30, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute John Battaglia for the 2001 murders of his two daughters, Faith and Liberty, ages 9 and 6, in Dallas County. Battaglia is now 60 years old.

At this time, there are seven additional executions scheduled to take place in Texas through July 2016.

Attend a vigil in your community on the day of executions. Note the new vigil location in Waco. Information and updates on these cases will be available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.

Allies Against Slavery Event


Allies Against Slavery invites you to the

2016 Slave Free City Summit

Austin, Texas  •  April 22 – 23 •  For the City Center

“Intersections & Opportunities”

What would happen if the cities of the future were deeply committed to freedom?

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Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Dealing with Conflict in Hispanic Congregations

Led by Mr. Dionisio G. Salazar

April 8, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conflict happens in all congregations and culture plays a part. Come and learn about conflict and culture. Take home a new skill to address conflicts in your congregation and to build consensus on important issues.

Recommended for pastoral leaders serving congregations in which Hispanic/Latino/a people are in the majority. Ordained elders, licensed local pastors, Commissioned Ruling Elders, and all priests and pastors welcome.

Cost: $60 (includes lunch and a one-one-one follow-up consultation). Scholarships available (Contact

Qualifies for .7 Clergy CEUs

The workshop is in Spanish and English.


Preaching in the era of #BlackLivesMatter

Led by The Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer and The Reverend Dr. Carolyn Helsel

Date:  April 25, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center

100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost: $60/person (including lunch) $15 Livestream

How do you bring mind, heart, soul, and strength to bear on preaching in the era of #BlackLivesMatter? Come join Margaret Aymer and Carolyn Helsel as they help you deepen your understanding of racism, explore how your identity has been shaped in a racialized society, and claim your gifts for preaching.

Qualifies for .7 Clergy CEUs


Recommended for: clergy, educators, and other lay leaders.

By registering for this event, you are granting Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary the permission to publish group pictures taken during the event on Facebook.

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Topics: “Listening to All of God’s Children”
and “Which Black Lives Matter?”
Led by The Reverend Dr. Tanya Marie Eustace and The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Leath

Date: May 3, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Presented by The Wesley Connection at Austin Seminary

Come and learn from scholar pastors formed in the Wesleyan tradition who are leading the church into the future.

Cost:  $15 (Lunch Included) $15 Livestream

Recommended for: clergy and lay leaders of all denominations

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