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Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
ACLU Presentation on Racial Profiling and Human Rights
Rebecca Bernhardt, attorney and project leader for the ACLU-TX, will give a presentation on the organization's expanding effort to address the problem of racial profiling.
Location: AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca.

Thursday, November 8, 9 p.m. - Midnight
Benefit for Community Radio in Mexico
La Otra ATX is an Austin collective that participates in local organizing, as well as supporting struggles in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and other parts of Mexico. This benefit - with music from DJ Eye-One and Ocote Soul Sounds - is for a community radio station in Blanca Navidad, a squatted settlement outside of Nuevo Laredo.
La Otra ATX met and began working with the members of Blanca Navidad during the Zapatista visits to the border in October 2006 and May 2007. Blanca Navidad was named White Christmas because the land was occupied shortly before the freak snowstorm in the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande Valley in December 2004. Most of them work at maquiladoras in the area. The local government tried to evict them by burning and bulldozing their homes, but they fought back and are still holding on to these recovered lands.
Location: Carousel Lounge, 1110 E. 52nd St. (52nd and Cameron Road).


Friday, November 9, 6-9 p.m.
Benefit for Student/Farmworker Alliance: Indy Short-Films, BK Brand-Busting, and Son Jarocho
The Student/Farmworker Alliance will present a night of multimedia and culture in solidarity with Florida farm-workers. Recently returned Austinite, Brent Perdue, will screen short-films about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and SFA produced during his time in Immokalee, Florida. Local youth from area high schools will break down Burger King's branded image in an interactive presentation. And a local band, will play a set of son jarocho, a traditional musical style of Veracruz, Mexico. Light refreshments will be served and a donation is requested. This is an all-ages event.
As the CIW explains, "Today, in the wake of the Yum Brands and McDonald's agreements, we stand on the threshold of a more modern, more humane agricultural industry in Florida. Yet, facing this historic opportunity, Burger King seems to have chosen business as usual over progress, continued exploitation over justice. It is time for Burger King to seize the moment and stand with Florida's tomato pickers in our fight for fundamental human rights in the fields."
Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We work in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a membership-led organization of mostly Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian low-wage immigrant workers based in Southwest Florida. Together we won the four-year Taco Bell Boycott in 2005 and McDonald's campaign in 2007. We're building on these victories by taking on Miami-based Burger King to address human rights violations in its tomato supply chain. Our work in Austin began in 2001, making us one of the longest-active cities in the national SFA network.
Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.

Friday, November 9, 7 p.m.
Film: "Best in the West"
Throughout the 1960's and 70's thousands of young men and women left Iran to seek education and opportunity abroad. A group of particularly adventurous and charismatic friends met up in San Francisco. BEST IN THE WEST locates their experiences, as young men establishing their lives in a new country, within the context of the Vietnam War, changes in Iran, and the social, political, and musical atmosphere of San Francisco in the 60's and 70's. The parallel history of the Iranian oil industry and its relationship to American oil companies and the growth in American consumption provides a surprising and ironic counterpoint. Originally shot on 16mm and miniDV, the film also incorporates archival images of a pre-revolutionary Iran and an oil-hungry America and a lively soundtrack of Iranian music and American R&B, funk, and soul.
Location: Nuevo Onda, 2218 College Ave.


Saturday, November 10 - Sunday, November 11
Women and Fair Trade Craft Sale, Film Screening
The fourth annual Women and Fair Trade event is a project of the Austin chapter of American Friends Service Committee. The hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. China Blue, a film about a blue jeans factory in China, will be screened at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Full details are available at http://womenandfairtrade.org
Location: Dominican Joe 515 South Congress Ave.

Sunday, November 11, 12:45 p.m.
"A Jewish-American's Experience Traveling through Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories"
Nova McGiffert, a 25 year old Jewish preschool teacher from Minnesota, will deliver a report on human rights abuses she witnessed on recent tours of both sides of the Separation Wall in the West Bank in Israel. McGiffert has recently returned from a three month journey to Israel and Palestine, where she embarked on contrasting educational tours on both side of the Separation Wall and volunteered with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank.
Location: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive, west of I-35 off Wells Branch Parkway.

November 11, 12 (Sun, Mon)
Carlos Mauricio, Torture and the School of the Americas
Professor Carlos Mauricio, a survivor of School of the Americas graduate abduction and torture, will be in Austin to speak about the movement to close the SOA. SOAW - Austin is preparing for the annual protest at the School of the Americas on November 16-18. For information visit soaw-austin.org.
11/11 at 1 pm: Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido Parkway.
11/12 at 5 pm: University of Texas, Benedict Hall, BEN 2.104.


Monday, November 12, 7 p.m.
KOOP Winter Season Orientation
KOOP Radio begins a new period of training for volunteers wishing to become programmers over the next six months, beginning with the orientation on the second Monday of November, this time at the AFL-CIO Building. If you think that certain kinds of news, culture and music are underrepresented on the radio, here is your chance to change the media by becoming involved with a volunteer-run community radio station. Attendance is required to enroll in the training program; however, anyone may attend if one simply wants to find out more about KOOP or to volunteer at the station.
Location: AFL-CIO Building at 1106 Lavaca.


Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
"The Conscience of a Liberal" - a talk by Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and author
Paul Krugman joined the New York Times in 1999 as an op/ed columnist and continues as a Princeton professor of economics and international affairs. He is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 scholarly papers, specializing in international trade and finance. His current academic research is focused on economic and currency crises. Krugman also writes for a broader public audience and has emerged in recent years as the sharpest analyst on the Times' editorial pages.
In this talk, Krugman will discuss the ideas in his new book, The Conscience of a Liberal, published by W.W. Norton. James K. Galbraith, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and director of the Inequality Project, will introduce the program and offer reflections on the issues Krugman raises in his work.
Location: UT Campus, UTC 2.102, UTC (University Teaching Center) is on 21st Street near the intersection with Speedway, next to the PCL library. Parking is available in the Brazos Garage off MLK Blvd.


Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
"By Invitation Only" screening and discussion with filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker
New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker explores the insular world of the elite, white Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras. Questioning their racial exclusivity, she takes an unprecedented insider's look at the pageantry. As she examines her own place in an alluring tradition, Snedeker challenges viewers to reflect on the roles we all play in our lives. "By Invitation Only," her first feature-length documentary, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. The film recently won Best Documentary at the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and has been presented at numerous festivals, conferences, and campuses. At home in post-Katrina New Orleans, Snedeker is producing a new film in which she asks diverse people about their dreams for the future of the city.
Location: UT Campus, CMA Auditorium (2.320).

Wednesday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Austin Anarchist Soccer presents:
The 2007 Anti-Racist World Cup Slideshow
The Mondiali Antirazzisti (Anti-Racist World Cup) - http://www.mondialiantirazzisti.org - is an annual tournament in Italy that celebrates football -- as it's known in the rest of the world -- in its purest form: non-commercial, anti-competitive, bringing people together and not causing division through racism, nationalism and sexism. It's a really fun time as well.
In 2006 Austin Anarchist Soccer was the first team ever from North America to play in the Mondiali. This Year AAS fielded two teams at the tournament. Both times we took home the Coppa Chilometra (Kilometer Cup) for being the team that traveled the furthest distance to attend. The first year it was awarded to Texas Anti-Borders Patrol, and last year it was given to ATX United.
Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.


Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.
St. Andrew's Film Series: "Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol "
Spin the Bottle offers an indispensable critique of the role that popular culture plays in glamorizing excessive drinking and high-risk behaviors. Award-winning media critics Jackson Katz and Jean Kilbourne contrast these distorted representations with the often disturbing and dangerous ways that alcohol consumption affects the lives of real young men and women. Illustrating their analysis with numerous examples, Katz and Kilbourne decode the power and influence these seductive media images have in shaping gender identity, which is linked to the use of alcohol. Nowhere is this link more cause for concern than on Americas' college campuses.
By exploring the college party scene, Spin the Bottle shows the difficulties students have in navigating a cultural environment saturated with messages about gender and alcohol. Interviews with campus health professionals provide a clear picture of how drinking impacts student health and academic performance, but it is the students own experiences and reflections that tell the real story behind alcohols alluring public image. Spin the Bottle concludes with concrete strategies for countering the ubiquitous presence of alcohol propaganda and challenges young people to make conscious decisions about their own lives.
This film is shown as part of St. Andrew's Presbyterian's 2007-08 Film Series: "Media, Making Men and Women." Films are moderated by Karin Wilkins, Professor in the UT School of Radio-Television-Film, who leads us through the complex subject matter to better understand how this affects our sense of self, our families and our communities.
Location: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive, west of I-35 off Wells Branch Parkway.

November 15 and 16 (Thu and Fri)
Media Omissions on Israel and Palestine with Alison Weir and Alan Pogue
Alison Weir is a journalist, human rights activist and founder of "If Americans Knew." She has traveled independently throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, having recently returned from Nablus, in the Occupied West Bank. Alan Pogue, an award winning documentary photographer, will display photos and present his new book, "Witness for Justice."
Nov. 15, 7 p.m.: UT Campus, ETC 2.108.
Nov. 16, 7 p.m.: St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 126 W. Oltorf St.
Sponsored by The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, UT Palestine Solidarity Committee and Pax Christi - Austin.


Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m.
Austin Project for a Participatory Society Book Club, "Hard Work"
The APPS book-of-the-month for November is Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement by Rick Fantasia and Kim Voss. This is a concise overview of the U.S. labor movement and includes an exploration of social movement unionism, which may well signal a revival of the labor movement and the emergence of a new social imagination in the United States. Book may be obtained from Monkeywrench Books, which has ordered extra copies.
Location: Carver Branch Library (1161 Angelina).


Tuesday, November 20, 6:30pm
Vote Rescue movie night!
Come at 6:30 to dine; meeting begins at 7.
Location:  Opal Divine's,  3601  S. Congress


Wednesday, November 21, 7 p.m.
Third Coast Film Night at Alamo Drafthouse, "Bamako"
        Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the
couple is on the verge of breaking up. In the courtyard of the house
they share with other families, a trial court has been set up.
African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the
World Bank and the IMF whom they accuse of being at the heart of
Africa's woes. Watch the trailer online at http://www.bamako-
themovie.com/trailer.html - read the reviews below, then make plans
to come and see the film.
        "A feat of intellectual and cinematic daring that will leave your
brain buzzing."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
        "A FIERCE AND UNFORGETTABLE PIECE OF POLITICAL ART. A disarmingly
beautiful investigation of Africa's social, economic and human
crises. A work of cool intelligence and profound anger...a haunting
visual poem. There is also another dimension to the movie, an
attention to the details of daily life in Bamako, that lends it an
extraordinary richness and gravity."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
        "A strong candidate for African film of the year, BAMAKO brilliantly
rises to the challenge of presenting a serious discussion of
globalization, African debt and the World Bank in a lively,
entertaining feature film. Rather miraculously, pic succeeds in
painlessly educating its viewers about global politics and economics
while it describes contemporary Africa with freshness and clarity."
Variety
        "Entertains as it informs, and portrays the complex realities of
contemporary Africa. Part of a pan-African cinematic tradition of
telling the truth - a truth that in this case replicates the
complaints African specialists have been making against the West for
some time."
- N. Frank Ukadike, Sight + Sound
        "It's easy to recommend Abderrahmane Sissako's exuberant BAMAKO, not
least for its vibrant Malian settings and cast of villagers. More
substantially, the movie takes on a key issue of our time--African
debt and the crippling policies of the International Monetary Fund--
and magically manages to be critical without feeling at all like a
lecture. The issues are mostly explored in a dazzling fictional
trial, one that's interrupted by a bizarro, Leone-style Western
starring Danny Glover. Rarely have politics and pleasure mixed this
freely."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY
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=4965
Parking - Free parking on 6th Street is easily available for 7 pm
shows. Information at http://originalalamo.blogspot.com/2007/11/where-
do-i-park-at-ritz.html


Sunday, November 25, 6:30 p.m.
Last Sunday at Ruta Maya Coffee House
        The "Last Sunday" event in November, with host Sean Tate, will focus
on progressive responses to the often reactionary hysteria around
immigration issues.
The gathering will feature speakers from the Workers Defense Project
- www.workersdefense.org , an Austin worker center that helps low-
wage immigrant workers who face unsafe working conditions and
predatory employers. Maria Duque, an immigrant worker and WDP board
member, and Project Director Cristina Tzintzún will talk about their
work and the need for progressive action on the issue.
        Also on the bill is a screening of a new short film, "Hutto:
America's Family Prison," about the prison-like conditions at the T.
Don Hutto "residential facility" in Taylor, TX. About 500 immigrants
and asylum-seekers from around the world, more than half of them
children, are detained at the prison. Organizers with Texans United
for Families - www.texansunited4families.com , a coalition of
advocacy and community groups opposed to detention of children and
their families, will speak about the campaign to close T. Don Hutto.
        Last Sunday co-founder Eliza Gilkyson will be back to perform,
joined by co-founder Jim Rigby, who will offer spiritual reflections
on immigration politics. The main music for the evening will be
provided by Diasporic, Austin's one-of-a-kind funk/hip-hop/jazz/soul
quartet.
Location: Ruta Maya Coffee House, 3601 South Congress.
Cost: $8 suggested donation to support the independent artists
performing; no one turned away for lack of funds.


Tuesday, November 27, 8 p.m.
Hurricane Relief for Nicaraguan Indigenous Communities
        On September 4th, Hurricane Felix, a Category 5 storm, made landfall
on the northern stretches of the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast.  The
storm killed more than 100 people and devastated the town of Puerto
Cabezas and smaller outlying indigenous Miskitu and Mayangna
communities. Houses were destroyed, cattle and crops lost, forests
were leveled and water sources contaminated. International relief
efforts have focused on Puerto Cabezas, but aid has been slow to
reach many of the smaller indigenous communities most severely affected.
        Melesio Peter, who recently returned from the coastal communities,
will provide a brief presentation on the current state of relief
efforts in the region. Funds are being raised to buy food and housing
materials, replace livestock and repair water systems. Donations will
go to Amigos y Hermanos de Nicaragua.
        If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a contribution
you may send a tax-deductible donation to: San José Catholic Church,
2435 Oak Crest Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. On the bottom left corner of
the check (on the memo line), please write "Amigos y Hermanos de
Nicaragua."
Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.



Sunday, December 2, 4-7 p.m.
NOKOA Get-Together and Fundraiser
Activists, community leaders, and UT folks will join together to honor and support the work of NOKOA, a long time Austin progressive newspaper, edited by Akwasi Evans. There will be wine, beer, soft drinks, salty and sweet snacks, and other goodies. It will be an opportunity to network with old friends and new in the East Austin community, the UT community, the Progressive community, and others interested in building bridges and forming partnerships.
Suggested donation: $30/ $20/ $10 students and seniors or Give What You Can. Families and children are welcome. Plenty of free parking.
Location: Lyons Gardens, 2720 Lyons Road, just off Pleasant Valley Road.

Monday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Third Coast Film Night at Alamo Drafthouse, John Pilger's "The War on Democracy"
John Pilger's first film for cinema - The War on Democracy - "tells a universal story," says Pilger, "analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called war on terror".
Around the world, increasing numbers of people are opening their eyes to the grassroots struggles being waged in Latin America, in particular the revolutionary process unfolding in Venezuela. Unfortunately the corporate media's reporting of the anti-neoliberal rebellion in Latin America is dominated by the perspective of the rich and powerful. Pilger provides the perspective of the oppressed and the partisans of resistance.
The snapshot of Venezuela provided in The War on Democracy is an exciting one: in the barrios of Caracas, Pilger speaks to people learning to read in order to participate in land councils, and visits free medical clinics and the government-subsidised supermarket chain Mercal, which prints articles of the constitution on the back of sugar and rice packets. Pilger makes the point that Chavez and his supporters have faced 11 elections in 10 years, and his popularity (as well as that of the Bolivarian revolution) has grown exponentially. In the most recent elections, held in December 2006, three-quarters of the eligible population voted and massively endorsed Chavez.
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=4952

Sunday, December 2, 4-7 p.m.
NOKOA Get-Together and Fundraiser
        Activists, community leaders, and UT folks will join together to
honor and support the work of NOKOA, a long time Austin progressive
newspaper, edited by Akwasi Evans. There will be wine, beer, soft
drinks, salty and sweet snacks, and other goodies. It will be an
opportunity to network with old friends and new in the East Austin
community, the UT community, the Progressive community, and others
interested in building bridges and forming partnerships.
Location: Lyons Gardens, 2720 Lyons Road, just off Pleasant Valley Road.
Suggested donation: $30/ $20/ $10 students and seniors or Give What
You Can. Families and children are welcome. Plenty of free parking.

Thursday, December 6, 8 p.m.
Documentary, "The Murder Of Fred Hampton"
        An unprecedented documentary on the slain leader of the Illinois
Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Fred Hampton, killed on December
4th, 1969 by Chicago police while he slept in his apartment.
Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk were filming a documentary
portrait of this charismatic speaker and community organizer when his
murder occurred. Arriving at the crime scene only a few hours after
the police raid, the unsettling footage they captured was later used
to contradict news reports and police testimony in Hampton's
assassination.
Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.

Monday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Third Coast Film Night at Alamo Drafthouse, John Pilger's "The War on
Democracy"
        John Pilger's first film for cinema - The War on Democracy - "tells
a universal story," says Pilger, "analysing and revealing, through
vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths.
It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called war on
terror".
        Pilger's film, like his journalism and television programs, provides
the perspective of the oppressed and the partisans of resistance. He
focuses on the grassroots struggles being waged in Latin America, in
particular the revolutionary process unfolding in Venezuela: in the
barrios of Caracas, Pilger speaks to people learning to read in order
to participate in land councils, and visits free medical clinics and
the government-subsidised supermarket chain Mercal, which prints
articles of the constitution on the back of sugar and rice packets.
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=4952

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