“A GREEN NEW DEAL, AND BEYOND: FACING ECOLOGICAL CRISES”
Date: October 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
We face multiple, cascading ecological crises that require dramatic changes in public policy and everyday life. Robert Jensen will offer a framework for understanding today’s debates over environmental issues. The Green New Deal proposals have been criticized for being too radical, but what if they are not radical enough?
Jensen, recently retired from teaching in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas, is the author of The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men and Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully.
Location: ACC Eastview Campus Auditorium (Room 8500), 3401 Webberville Road, Austin, 78702
BORDER SOLIDARITY DELEGATION
Date: October 11, 2019
Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera raises awareness about conditions of social and economic injustice by hosting solidarity delegations to the border to visit with its partners, el Comité Fronterizo de Obreras (Border Committee of Working Women) and their member communities within the free trade zone of Mexico.
The next delegation will be visiting Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. More information and sign up online.
BUILDING GREEN JUSTICE FORUM: “POTENTIAL THROUGH PLACE”
Date: October 15, 2019
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Huston-Tillotson University will host the sixth annual Building Green Justice Forum, this year focusing on “Potential through Place.”
The modern environmental justice movement understands that our fates are linked to the places we live and work, and that for people of color those places often are ignored, under-resourced, and overly burdened with polluted air, water, and soil. Yet these places also are home to the environmental justice community’s pride, strength, and motivation.
Place holds multiple meanings. In the sciences, an organism’s place in an ecosystem is described by its habitat (physical location) and its niche (role in the community). From those two dimensions, complex interactions emerge that define sources of both resilience and vulnerability. Our human ecosystem is no different. The Building Green Justice Forum will examine these ideas’ potential to transform the entire environmental movement to center equity.
Registration and coffee begins at 8 am, with speakers, panels, and workshops throughout the day. The speakers and schedule will be announced soon. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The forum is free but please register online. More information on the Facebook event page.
The event is sponsored by the HT Center for Sustainability and Environmental Justice, Green is the New Black, The Dumpster Project, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.
CLIMATE IN CRISIS: LOCAL ACTION STARTING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Date: October 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will sponsor a forum on how to take action on the climate crisis, featuring Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, who has worked on water
issues in Austin for 30 years, and Brandi Clark Burton, founder of EcoNews and former adviser on environmental action to Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)
JASON DE LEÓN ON HUMAN SMUGGLING
Date: October 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, will speak on “Soldiers and Kings: A Photoethnography of Human Smuggling Across Mexico” as part of the University of Texas Humanities Institute’s Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.
Location: Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 201 E. 24th Street (SE corner of 24th and Speedway), UT Campus