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Saturday, February 9, 3 p.m.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers Burger King Protest: Serf's Up, Kings Down!
The CIW - http://ciw-online.org - is a community-based worker organization in Immokalee, Florida whose members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state. Through its Campaign for Fair Food, the CIW is leading a broad and diverse movement to hold the retail food industry responsible for human rights violations in its tomato supply chain. With support from across the country, this effort has resulted in precedent-setting agreements with Yum Brands (Taco Bell's parent company) and McDonald's to improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato pickers. The CIW is currently seeking similar accords with Miami-based Burger King, Austin-based Whole Foods, and Denver-based Chipotle.
CIW efforts for farm workers recently received a strong editorial endorsement from the Austin American-Statesman, online at http://statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/editorial/entries/2008/01/11/penny_pinchers_wont_let_tomato.html
Location: March begins at MLK statue on UT campus (East Mall) and ends at Burger King (2700 Guadalupe St.).


Sunday, February 10, 5 - 8 p.m.
Fair Food Dinner with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Student/Farmworker Alliance cordially invites you to join us for dinner, music, and a very special presentation from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
The CIW - http://ciw-online.org/ - is a community-based worker organization whose members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.  Through its Campaign for Fair Food, the CIW is leading a broad movement to hold the fast-food industry responsible for human rights violations in its tomato supply chain. With support from across the country, this effort has resulted in precedent-setting agreements with Yum Brands (Taco Bell's parent company) and McDonald's to improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato pickers. The CIW is currently pressing Miami-based Burger King for a similar accord.
This event is free and open to the public, however organizers ask that you RSVP by Friday, January 25 so they can ensure adequate dinner options.
Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 3707 E. Martin Luther King Jr.


Friday, February 15, 12 p.m.
"Immigration and the Foreseeable Future,"
a talk by Richard Martinez, Professor of Chicano Studies and Urban Planning
With immigration at the center of contemporary political debates, Professor Richard Martinez will explore the popular reaction to immigration and the economic implications for the coming decades.
Martinez, who was born and raised in San Antonio, joined the University of Minnesota faculty after earning a Ph.D. in urban planning (with an emphasis in sociology and Chicana/o & Latina/o studies) from UCLA. He also holds a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University. He spent two years as an engineer with Chevron Chemical at a refinery in Texas before pursuing his interest in urban social problems.
Martinez's research has focused on social power, particularly the manufacture of perception, and social movements, in particular the social psychological conditions that influence their emergence. His book, PADRES: The National Chicano Priest Movement, was published in 2005 by the University of Texas Press.
Location: UT Campus, Chicano Culture Room, Texas Union (UNB 4.206), map at http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/unb.html
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication at the University of Texas.

Friday, February 15, 5-6:30 p.m.
Protest of Senator John Cornyn: "Curb Corn Dog Cornyn"
Movement for a Democratic Society / Austin (MDS-Austin) is hosting a protest of U.S. Senator John Cornyn's support of Bush administration policy on war, torture, civil liberties, and the veto of affordable health care for children. The protest has a Corn Dog theme (Corn Dog is Bush's nickname for Cornyn) to draw attention to Cornyn's consistent service as a lap dog to this administration. For more information, visit http://mds-austin.pbwiki.com
Location: 221 W. Sixth Street (between Colorado and Lavaca, outside Cornyn's Chase Tower office).


Wednesday, February 20, 3 p.m.
"Insurgent Journalism: The Making of Meeting Resistance,"
a talk by Steve Connors and Molly Bingham
Steve Connors and Molly Bingham, two photojournalists turned filmmakers, have explored the motivations and methods of the Iraqi insurgency in their 2007 documentary "Meeting Resistance." Called "a remarkable piece of war reporting" by the Washington Post, the film presents the men and women in the insurgency, speaking candidly about their motivations, hopes and goals. (Meeting Resistance will play this same evening at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. See below.)
Steve Connors has worked for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines -- Time and Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Paris Match, the New York Times and The Guardian. After working for more than a year in Afghanistan starting in November 2001, he went to Iraq during the invasion and spent 14 months there working on the film.
Molly Bingham's work as a photojournalist took her to Rwanda in the wake of the genocide, where she covered the regional fallout of that event. After getting some of the only close-up pictures of the Pentagon on 9/11, Bingham followed the story of America's response to the 9/11 attacks to Afghanistan and the Middle East, landing in Iraq shortly before the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Bingham was detained and held in Abu Ghraib prison for eight days by Iraqi security services during the war.
Location: UT Campus, CMA 5.136 (LBJ Room),
at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton, map at http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/cma.html

Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Third Coast Film Night at Alamo Drafthouse -
Ritz, Meeting Resistance (Intro and Q&A with the filmmakers)
This daring, eye-opening film provides unique insight into the personal narratives of people involved in the Iraqi resistance, exploding myth after myth about the war in Iraq and the Iraqis who participate. Through unprecedented access to these clandestine groups, Meeting Resistance focuses the spotlight on the "other side," leaving the viewer with clarity as to why the violence in Iraq continues to this day.
Meeting Resistance raises the veil of anonymity surrounding the Iraqi insurgency by meeting face to face with individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle, and documenting the sentiments experienced and actions taken by a nation's citizens when their homeland is occupied. Voices that have previously not been heard, male and female, speak candidly about their motivations, hopes and goals, revealing a kaleidoscope of human perspectives. Featuring reflective, yet fervent conversations with active insurgents, Meeting Resistance is the missing puzzle piece in understanding the Iraq war.
"A powerful, fascinating documentary!" -- The New Yorker
"A remarkable piece of war reporting." -- Washington Post
Filmmakers Steve Connors and Molly Bingham will introduce the film and take questions afterward.
Location: Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, at the newly renovated Ritz Theater location, 320 E. 6th Street
Tickets - $8.25 general / $6 student, senior - are available at the door or online at http://www.originalalamo.com/Show.aspx?id=5067
Given the high level of interest in this film and the filmmakers, we're encouraging people to buy tickets in advance online.
Parking information at http://originalalamo.blogspot.com/2007/11/where-do-i-park-at-ritz.html


Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.
Dave Zirin on Sports and Politics
Dave Zirin, Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, has been called "an icon in the world of progressive sports." He is both a columnist for SLAM Magazine, a regular contributor to The Nation magazine, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. He also has an online column on Sports Illustrated's website, si.com. Zirin's new book, Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports (with a foreword by Chuck D), has already been called "the sports primer for our time." Sports Illustrated wrote that Terrordome is "a provocative, sometimes chilling, look at sports and society right now."
Zirin is also the author of the wonderfully designed volume The Muhammad Ali Handbook, and What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States.  His informed and engaging blend of sports and radical politics has earned him numerous invitations to television programs including ESPN's Outside the Lines, ESPN Classic, and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.
Location: Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m.
Third Coast Film Night at Alamo Drafthouse -
Ritz, The Real Dirt on Farmer John
        The burgeoning community supported agriculture movement --
advocating a system of farming predicated on closer relationships
between farmers and the people who buy their food - is the ultimate
subject of this warmhearted documentary profile of Wisconsin farmer
John Peterson. Flamboyant yet laid-back, Farmer John's singular
personality sets the tone of the film, which retraces, through
interviews and home movies, his decades-long struggles to keep the
family farm in business, culminating in the creation of a rural
community dedicated to agriculture and the arts.
        "My family has been plowing and planting every Spring for
generations. I inherited this history and I just about ended the
whole thing . . ."
        -- Farmer John
Location: Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, at the newly renovated Ritz
Theater location, 320 E. 6th Street
Tickets - $8.25 general / $6 student, senior - are available at the
door or online at http://www.originalalamo.com/


Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m.
Living in a Porn Culture:
How Pornography Shapes Our Political and Personal Lives
a talk by Gail Dines and Rebecca Whisnant
Feminist scholars Gail Dines - http://users.rcn.com/gaildines/ - and
Rebecca Whisnant analyze the misogyny and racism that underlie
pornography and an increasingly pornographic culture, with a focus on
a new educational slide show they have developed.
Location: UT campus, Thompson Conference Center auditorium (TCC
1.100), map).
TCC is next to the LBJ School at Red River and Dean Keeton. Plenty of
free convenient parking in the large lots along Red River.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the
Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication and the
Center for Women's and Gender Studies. For more information, contact
Robert Jensen at (512) 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.


Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Third Coast Film Night at Alamo Drafthouse -
Ritz, Meeting Resistance
        Meeting Resistance raises the veil of anonymity surrounding the
Iraqi insurgency by meeting face to face with individuals who are
passionately engaged in the struggle, and documenting for the very
first time, the sentiments experienced and actions taken by a
nation's citizens when their homeland is occupied. Voices that have
previously not been heard, male and female, speak candidly about
their motivations, hopes and goals, revealing a kaleidoscope of human
perspectives. Featuring reflective, yet fervent conversations with
active insurgents, Meeting Resistance is the missing puzzle piece in
understanding the Iraq war. Directed by Steve Connors and Molly
Bingham, this daring, eye-opening film provides unique insight into
the personal narratives of people involved in the resistance,
exploding myth after myth about the war in Iraq and the Iraqis who
participate. Through its unprecedented access to these clandestine
groups, Meeting Resistance focuses the spotlight on the "other side,"
leaving the viewer with clarity as to why the violence in Iraq
continues to this day.
        "A powerful, fascinating documentary!" -- The New Yorker
        "A remarkable piece of war reporting." -- Washington Post
Filmmakers Steve Connors and Molly Bingham will introduce the film
and take questions afterward.
Location: Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, at the newly renovated Ritz
Theater location, 320 E. 6th Street
Tickets - $8.25 general / $6 student, senior - are available at the
door or online at http://www.originalalamo.com/


Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
"Mistaken Identities: Nation/Race/Gender," a talk by Robert Jensen
Robert Jensen will discuss the themes in his last three books:
Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, South End Press, 2007.
The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege, City Lights Books, 2005.
Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity, City Lights Books, 2004.
In these books, Robert Jensen examines how nation, race, and gender affect our understanding of ourselves, with a focus on the unjust systems of power and privilege in which they are embedded. In each case he argues against the dominant culture's ideology and for a politics of liberation.
Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.
Location: Follett's Intellectual Property, 2402 Guadalupe.


Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m.
"The Green Scare:
How corporations created the 'eco-terrorist' menace," a talk by Will Potter
Corporations and the politicians that represent them have been advancing a coordinated campaign to label animal rights and environmental activists as "eco-terrorists." They've taken a few pages from the Red Scare playbook and a few from the "with us or against us" script of the War on Terror in the attempt to build a "Green Scare" upon a foundation of fear. This multimedia presentation will examine the roots of this government crackdown, including the details of "Operation Backfire," the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and the SHAC 7, with a discussion of what the T-word means for activists in all social movements.
Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, D.C., who focuses on how the "War on Terrorism" affects civil liberties. Potter has testified before the U.S. Congress on his reporting, and frequently speaks with journalists and in public forums about efforts to roll back civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism. He has written for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Legal Affairs, Chronicle of Higher Education, In These Times, The Texas Observer, Washington City Paper, Z and Counterpunch. His reporting on the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act has been recognized by Project Censored "for outstanding investigative journalism," as one of the top 25 "stories that didn't make the news" in 2007. Potter graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism.
Location: UT Campus, GEO 2.327
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication and United Student Activists. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.


Thursday, February 28, 8 p.m.
Austin Project for a Participatory Society, "Beyond Capitalism: Participatory Economics and the Economic Justice Movement"
In this talk, members of the Austin Project for a Participatory Society will describe Participatory Economics, an alternative to capitalism, and will look at how this vision for a new economy can help orient and connect existing economic reform campaigns in a process leading to a new society.
Location: Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.



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