Notes From Third Coast Activist

BUILDING GREEN JUSTICE FORUM: ORGANIC ACTIVISTOLOGY

Date: September 28, 2017

Time: 8:30 am  to  4:00 pm

Huston-Tillotson University will host the fourth annual Building Green Justice Forum, this year focusing on “Organic Activistology.” Presenters and participants will reflect on their roles as organic activists – thinkers and doers who reflect their community’s history, values, and knowledge and who engage to direct the community as leaders and organizers. This exploration includes an analysis of the broader frame of environmental justice work, including tensions, conflicts, power sources, intersectionalities, and motivations.

Keynote speaker will be Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. In March 2017, Ali resigned his position as a top environmental justice administrator in the Environmental Protection Agency in protest of Trump administration policies. Ali worked at the EPA for more than two decades, starting in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Other presentations and workshops will feature activists, community members, students, and researchers working on issues of environmental justice.

Registration and coffee begins at 8:30 am, with speakers, panels, and workshops throughout the day.

The forum—which is sponsored by Green is the New BlackThe Dumpster Project, and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center—is free but please register online.

For more information on sponsorship, contact Karen Magid, kmagid@htu.edu, or Amanda Masino, ammasino@htu.edu.

Location: Dickey-Lawless Science Building, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702, with free parking in the Chalmers Avenue lot and free street parking around campus.


AI-JEN POO SPEAKING ON “IMMIGRATION AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN FAMILIES”

Date: October 19, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm  to  7:00 pm

Ai-jen Poo will discuss the role of immigrant women in the American care economy, featuring the stories and solutions of immigrant women for a more caring economy and democracy.

Poo is Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of Caring Across Generations. She also was a co-founder of Domestic Workers United and led a seven-year legislative campaign that resulted in the nation’s first Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in New York City. Her 2015 book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in Changing America, outlines a road map to create a more caring nation, providing solutions for fixing our fraying safety net while also increasing opportunities for women, immigrants, and the unemployed.

The lecture, sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, will be followed by a reception. Free registration and more information online.

 Location: Eidman Courtroom, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E Dean Keeton St., Austin, 78705

From Third Coast Activist…

“THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH” AT AUSTIN UNDERGROUND GRADUATE SCHOOL

Date: February 6, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

“The Truth About Truth,” a four-session writing class at the new Austin Underground Graduate School, will investigate the meaning of truth in the age of “alternative facts.” Why write in a society that some call “post-literate”? In this class, instructor Eric Imhof will help students develop writing and editing skills to present logical arguments and critique the narratives that support the dominant systems that shape our culture.

The class will meet on Mondays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 7:30-9 pm. There is a $50 fee. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: Soma Vida, 2324 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin

 

“ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS GOOD FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION? A CRITICAL DIALOGUE”

Date: February 10, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

This University of Texas Opportunity Forum Lunch Series program will focus on the latest research on charter schools followed by a critical dialogue. Government funding and other support for charter schools is controversial. Opponents express concerns about accountability and reallocating resources from traditional public schools. What does research say about the effectiveness of charter schools? What are the pros and cons of charter schools?

The keynote address will be by Huriya Jabbar, professor of Educational Policy Studies. Moderator Kevin Cokley (Educational Psychology) will be joined by panelists Edmund Gordon (African and African Diaspora Studies and AISD Trustee), Larkin Tackett (IDEA Public Schools), Sarah Cotner (Magnolia Montessori For All), and Ken Zarifis (Education Austin).

The event is free, with lunch provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Location: Francis Auditorium in Townes Hall, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin

 

“DIVINE REBELS: EXPLORING THE MODERN PROPHETS” WITH ROY BOURGEOIS

Date: February 12, 2017

Time: 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch, will appear in several settings at University United Methodist Church. In addition to speaking at both the 8:30 and 11 am worship services and at the 7:45 pm service focused on college students, he will also be available for conversation during a pot-luck luncheon at 12:15 pm.

SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that stands in solidarity with the people of Latin American and the Caribbean, continuing to work to expose the U.S.-based school, once called School of the Americas, and its role in training Latin American soldiers in repressive tactics and deploying them throughout the region.

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, 78705

 

“MAKING THE SHARING ECONOMY WORK FOR EVERYONE” WITH JANELLE ORSI

Date: February 14, 2017

Time: 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Janelle Orsi will discuss the rapidly changing state of the sharing economy as well as ways in which the sharing economy could be, and in some case is already, a transformative force for social and environmental justice. Orsi is executive director and cofounder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy.

The event—sponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center and co-sponsored by the UT Opportunity Forum and Texas Law Civil Rights Clinic—is free and lunch is provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Location: Eidman Courtroom, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E Dean Keeton St., Austin, 78705

 

CONVERSATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Date: February 16, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Citizens Climate Lobby is sponsoring an open-ended discussion on climate change over beverages and food at ABGB. Gather outside at the Earth photo at a table down the hill, and bring a question or topic to put on the discussion list. The climate group is buying the first pitcher of beer and cheese pizza.

For more information, contact Jeff Baker , imallears@pvco.net or (512) 751-2154.

Location: Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., 1305 West Oltorf, Austin, 78704

 

CITIES LEADING CLIMATE ACTION

Date: February 19, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Brandi Clark Burton will discuss the Mayors Summit 2016 in Mexico City, which advanced urban responses to climate change.

The event is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Public Affairs Forum series and the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee. More information online.

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

 

HISTORIAN DAVID ROEDIGER SPEAKING ON “RECONSIDERING RACE AND CLASS”

Date: February 21, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Historian David Roediger will speak on “Reconsidering Race and Class,” drawing on his forthcoming book Race, Class, and Marxism to think about how we can productively write, think, and organize at the intersections of race and class in the United States, past and present.

Roediger currently teaches history and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. He also has taught labor and Southern history at Northwestern, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, and University of Illinois, and he was an editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers at Yale University.

Roediger has written on U.S. movements for a shorter working day, the history of radicalism, and the racial identities of white workers and immigrants. His books include The Wages of WhitenessHow Race Survived U.S. History, and Towards the Abolition of Whiteness. He is the former chair of the editorial committee of the Charles H. Kerr Company, the world’s oldest radical publisher, and has been active in the surrealist movement, labor support, and anti-racist organizing.

The event is sponsored by the University of Texas’s Social Justice Institute, with cooperation from the Humanities Institute, Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication, and departments of Journalism and American Studies. For more information, contact Robert Jensen, rjensen@austin.utexas.edu.

Location: University of Texas, Belo Center for New Media (BMC 1.202), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin

 

GREEN MOVIE NIGHT: “SAND WARS”

Date: March 3, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Green Sanctuary Committee will screen the documentary “Sand Wars,” which details how the worldwide construction boom fueled by emerging economies and increasing urbanization has led to intensive sand extraction on land and in the oceans, with damaging environmental impacts.

A discussion group will follow the film. For more information, contact green@austinuu.org or (512) 288-4080

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

Recycling Event at Crestview UMC Austin

BOPA Recycling – Crestview UMC

BOPA Recycling will be offered in our parking lot on Saturday, November 12, starting at 9 am and closing at 11 am or when the trailer is full, whichever comes first.  Bring Batteries, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze (the last three in closed containers). No electronics this time.  Crestview UMC is conducting this drive with the Crestview Neighborhood Association.

Building Green Justice Forum

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The third annual Building Green Justice Forum will be held on October 13th on the Huston-Tillotson University campus in the Dickey-Lawless Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Race, Health, and the Environment.” The event is free and open to all.  More information and the RSVP located here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-green-justice-2016-tickets-25634314926

Huston-Tillotson University will host the third annual Building Green Justice Forum, this year focusing on “Race, Health, and the Environment” from scientific, sociological, political, and historical perspectives.

Keynote speakers include Mario Sims, social epidemiologist with the Jackson Heart Study and a professor in the University of Mississippi’s Department of Medicine, addressing the Jackson study’s research on the greater prevalence of cardiovascular disease among African Americans and the reasons for the disparity.

Also delivering a keynote address will be Paula Flores-Gregg from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Rev. Eugene Keahey, pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, who will discuss the fight for environmental justice in Sandbranch, a community southeast of Dallas that has been battling for water rights for over 30 years.

Workshops will feature activists, community members, students, and researchers working on issues of environmental justice and health.

The forum is sponsored by Green is the New Black, The Dumpster Project, and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. For more information, contact Karen Magid, kmagid@htu.edu or Amanda Masino, ammasino@htu.edu.

Interfaith Environmental Network

IENWednesday, September 7, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm

Congregation Beth Israel

3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Austin, TX 78756

Light refreshments will be served.

Featuring guest speakers:

Jennifer Smith, Executive Director, Congregation Beth Israel

Charlene Heydinger, President, The Texas PACE Authority

Your congregation can finance energy efficiency improvements through the PACE Program! Learn how at IEN’s September Symposium!

A new, state-sponsored financing option enables nonprofits—including houses of worship—to obtain affordable, long-term loans covering up to 100 percent of the cost for energy efficiency, water saving, and onsite generation technologies. The PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy)  program is now available in the cities of Dallas and Houston, Travis County, Williamson County, and two counties in the Rio Grande Valley: Cameron and Willacy. http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d7a51146eae6d77f15b01e5f6&id=387a92072e&e=4b6d4fac8f
One congregation in Austin became the first in Texas to benefit from PACE financing. Come hear their story and learn how PACE might work for your congregation!

This event is co-sponsored by:  The Texas PACE Authority & Interfaith Environmental Network

Earth Day 2016

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Billion Acts of Green

Countdown to 2020

The movement continues.

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.

And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.

Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.

– See more at: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/#sthash.IdDpHhGH.dpuf

Also, http://earthdayaustin.com/

BOPA Recycling at Crestview UMC

BOPABOPA (Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling in our parking lot at Crestview UMC, 1300 Morrow on Saturday April 23, starting at 9 am. We’ll close at 11 am or when our trailers are full, whichever comes first. We are conducting this recycling drive in partnership with the Crestview Neighborhood Association. Bring Batteries, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze (the last three in closed containers). We can accept only these items! They will be taken to the city’s hazardous waste recycling depot. Just drive up, give your zip code (requested by the city) and volunteers will unload your vehicle.

A collection of electronic items will go on at the same time and place, to benefit Wooten Elementary School. Items can be working or non-working cables, circuit boards, computers, laptops, LCD screens, modems, monitors, motherboards, networking hardware, telecommunication equipment, telephones, cell phones, printer cartridges and toner cartridges, electronic games.