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

Justice For Our Neighbors

Mark your calendars, you are invited to JFON Austin’s 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner!
Take a Stand with Austin Region Justice for our Neighbors!

 

Stand with Us!

3rd Annual Benefit Dinner

Sat, November 11, 2017

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Asian American Resource Center

8401 Cameron Road

Austin, TX 78754

 

Austin Region Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON Austin) is a non-profit law office, welcoming refugees and immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.

In the last year, JFON Austin provided twelve Know Your Rights Information sessions and over 80 individual immigration legal consultations. We also represented 110 refugees and immigrant clients in 140 cases. Our core programs offer consultations, emergency preparedness, and immigration legal representation to immigrants across Central Texas. JFON Austin aims to strengthen our individual representation of clients and our education to the immigrant community regarding steps to mitigate harm to their families in the event of raids, detention, or removal.

We invite you to experience how JFON Austin keeps immigrant families together. We hope that you will be able to join us for this event!

 

Southern Poverty Law Center – Ten Ways to Fight Hate

When bias motivates an unlawful act, it is considered a hate crime. Most hate crimes are inspired by race and religion, but hate today wears many faces. Bias incidents (eruptions of hate where no crime is committed) also tear communities apart and can escalate into actual crimes.

Since 2010, law enforcement agencies have reported an average of about 6,000 hate crime incidents per year to the FBI. But government studies show that the real number is far higher — an estimated 260,000 per year. Many hate crimes never get reported, in large part because the victims are reluctant to go to the police. In addition, many law enforcement agencies are not fully trained to recognize or investigate hate crimes, and many simply do not collect or report hate crime data to the FBI.

The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices.

This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community. https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/com_ten_ways_to_fight_hate_2017_web.pdf

Message from ACLU of Texas

Thanks to the hard work of our ACLU legal team and partners, a federal court decided to block most of Texas’s anti-immigrant law Senate Bill 4 (SB4) that was scheduled to take effect Sept. 1. This is an enormous victory for immigrants and their families.

Learn what the SB4 ruling means for Texas immigrants.

This victory is a direct result of the combined efforts of affected communities, cities, and counties. If SB4 had gone into effect on Sept. 1, it would have forcibly enlisted local law enforcement officers into Trump’s deportation force and targeted people of color, at a time when our community is recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

But this fight is not over. The State has already filed its appeal. We will continue to be vigilant of civil rights abuses by local officers.

Read the key parts of the Court’s decision.

Sincerely,

ACLU of Texas

JFON Austin Celebration

*** Do you want to participate? ***

Are you an artist, poet, musician, dancer or performer seeking to share your talent with our clients and volunteers?

Email andrea@jfonaustin.org for more info!

*** Volunteers Needed***

JFON Austin appreciates volunteers for the following activities.

-Event Set up

-Event Tear Down

-Moonbounce supervision

-Knockerball supervision

-Photobooth assistance

-Face Painting assistance

-Piñata assistance

If you are interested in volunteering please email Volunteer@jfonaustin.org

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Justice For Our Neighbors

Austin Region JFON has announced that Virginia Raymond will be the new ARJFON legal director.

“We expect Virginia to be a very capable leader.  In addition to having years of legal experience in the immigration field, Virginia also has a diverse educational and professional background.  In addition to her law degree, Virginia has an MA and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas Department of English.  In addition to practicing law, she also taught at UT, St. Edwards, and Austin Community College, among others.

We’re very excited about all that Virginia brings to JFON.”

Texas UMC Bishops Respond to Immigration Order

An Open Letter to United Methodists in Texas and All People of Good Will

We, the United Methodist Bishops of the State of Texas, greet you in the love of Christ. We call upon those who claim the title “Christian” to remember that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, began his life as a homeless refugee, fleeing with his family to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15). Just as the Holy Family was forced to flee their homeland and seek safety, too many flee for their lives in our violent, terror-plagued world.

In the face of such human tragedy in our world today, we, the bishops of The United Methodist Church in Texas, call upon all United Methodists to see Christ in the refugees of today, regardless of their nationality and/or social, religious, economic, or political background.

We share with others a common sense of frustration, hopelessness, and confusion as we view the unfolding images of today’s refugees in the news. We desire to welcome the sojourner, love our neighbor, and stand with the most vulnerable among us, while also being concerned for the security and well-being of our communities, state, and nation. It is legitimate and proper to be concerned about the safety of our neighborhoods and our country. It is also proper and right that we reflect Christian compassion and values in our response. Jesus was explicit in his teachings when he said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” (Matthew 10:40).

We cannot let fear rule the day; we must let love champion our actions. We are a nation founded on immigration and forged by the courage of shared values to be a “light on the hill” and a beacon of hope in a broken world.

As Christians and as Texans, our values are grounded in respect and hospitality toward strangers. We recognize that these are difficult and complex times that call for the best of America’s values and our highest witness as followers of Jesus Christ. Accordingly, we call upon President Trump, Governor Abbott, and the leaders of our nation and state to seek a more compassionate response to immigrants and refugees. Joining with those who desire a safer America, we pray for a just and caring response to those most in need of our help and love.

Yours in Christ,

The United Methodist Bishops of the State of Texas

Bishop Earl Bledsoe, The Northwest Texas Conference (Northwest Texas-New Mexico Area)

Bishop Scott Jones, The Texas Conference (Houston Area)

Bishop Mike Lowry, The Central Texas Conference (Fort Worth Area)

Bishop Mike McKee, The North Texas Conference (Dallas Area)

Bishop Robert Schnase, The Rio Texas Conference (San Antonio Area)

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