Hello all. Our friends at MonkeyWrench Books have some great events coming up. Remember that buying books and magazines there helps support a great community resource. http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/.

MonkeyWrench will be at the December 2 Raj Patel event with copies of Raj’s books, Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing. Details below and at http://www.austintheatre.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=30281.

As always, information about upcoming events and more can be found at our website – http://thirdcoastactivist.org



Monday, November 5, 7 pm

Forum on “Surveillance, Space, and the Public”

Scholars, artists, and activists will discuss stop-and-frisk policies, the right to privacy, and public safety. Panelists include Simone Browne, UT Sociology professor; Micha Cárdenas, Los Angeles-based artist, scholar, and activist; and Ernesto Yerena, artist and activist.

The panel will be followed by small-group discussions.

The program is sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the University of Texas.

Location: Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302, SE corner of Speedway and 24th St.


Tuesday, November 6, 9 pm

Election Night Anti-Party Party

Feeling dismayed about electoral politics? Still want to understand all the election-inspired internet memes? MonkeyWrench Books is hosting an election-night gathering with live streaming coverage from Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751 http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/


Thursday, November 8, 7 pm

Mexican Political Asylum: From Victims to Activists

Carlos Spector, a leading immigration attorney specializing in Mexican political asylum cases, will discuss the causes of violence in Mexico as well as the U.S. government’s rationale for denying Mexican asylum claims. Spector will be joined by 32-year old Juan Fraire Escobedo, son of Marisela Escobedo, a human-rights activist who was murdered in Mexico while advocating for judicial reform. Escobedo, who has applied for political asylum in the United States, will discuss his family’s continuing fight for justice and what can be done to end the political repression and violence in his country.

For more information, contact Alejandra Spector, mexenex@gmail.com.

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723 – 5604manor.org


Thursday, November 8, 7 pm

“After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action”

Dada Maheshvarananda will discuss his new book, After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action. He explains how social crises are interlinked with personal struggle for peace and justice.  Maheshvarananda is director of the Prout Research Institute in Venezuela.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751 http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/


Friday, November 9, 1-3 pm

The Road Ahead: A First Look at the 2012 Election

This post-election briefing with community organizers and political professionals from Texas will assess the 2012 election results, with a focus on participation among traditionally disenfranchised communities, especially, youth, Hispanics and African Americans.

National political professionals and pollsters will be teleconferencing in to provide an overview of how Texas fits into the national landscape.

The event is sponsored by the School of Journalism and the Texas Civic Engagement Table, which was established in 2010 to address the low level of voter engagement.

For more information, contact Lesley Nicole Ramsey, lesley@texastable.org.

Location: Belo Center for New Media, Fifth Floor Presentation Room (BMC 5.102), northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe, University of Texas, Austin https://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/bmc.html


Sunday, November 11, 3:30-5:30 pm

Communities of Color and Higher Education: Bridging the Divide

While the U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating on the fate of affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas, Quilombola (formerly the Austin Black and Brown Alliance) is sponsoring a panel with scholars, teachers, organizers, and students to discuss how access to higher education affects communities of color on a more local level.

The panel includes moderator Josh Tang (University of Texas student), Patricia López (Texas Center for Education Policy), Gerald Torres (UT law professor), Samantha Robles (UT student), and Richard Reddick (UT education professor).

For more information online, http://www.facebook.com/events/436561126402376/.

Location: Orun Center of Cultural Arts, 1720 East 12th St., Austin 78702


Sunday, November 18, 7 pm

“Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” Film Screening

Anne Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic.” Ostracized as a “red” in the 1950s, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice advocates. The documentary http://www.annelewis.org/Anne_braden.html explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman’s life spent in commitment to social justice.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Anne Lewis http://www.annelewis.org/.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751 http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/


Sunday, November 25, 7 pm

“Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention” Screening and Discussion

Texans United for Families and Grassroots Leadership http://www.grassrootsleadership.org/ will screen the Al Jazeera English Fault Lines documentary film “Punishment and Profits” and discuss how the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high during the Obama administration.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751 http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/


Monday, November 26, 7 pm

Texas Observer’s Melissa del Bosque and Jen Reel discuss “Kochworld”

Texas Observer reporters Melissa del Bosque and Jen Reel http://www.texasobserver.org/observer-podcast-19-reporting-kochworld/ will discuss their recent cover story on “Kochworld,” http://www.texasobserver.org/kochworld/ which details refinery pollution in Corpus Christi. The story profiles the fenceline communities bordering the Koch and Citgo-owned refineries in Corpus and gives voice to the sick residents living in the shadow of refineries spewing large amounts of known carcinogens.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751 http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/


Friday, November 30 – Saturday, December 1

Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas-USA Conference

ASPO-USA http://aspousa.org/ will hold its 2012 Peak Oil Conference in Austin. http://www.cvent.com/events/the-next-oil-crisis-is-the-boom-just-another-bubble-/event-summary-11a8c07f60dd41a2a53842ecdf190d3f.aspx

ASPO-USA’s mission is to help America navigate and adapt to a new energy future in a world of diminishing oil supplies. The group focuses on information and education campaigns to raise public awareness about the urgency and far-reaching consequences of Peak Oil.

The conference’s hosts are the Cockrell School of Engineering, McCombs School of Business, and Energy Institute at UT.

For more information, contact info@aspousa.org.

Location: University of Texas Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto, Austin, 78712


Sunday, December 2, 8 pm

An Evening with Raj Patel and “Generation Food”

Join us at the Stateside at the Paramount for an inspirational evening featuring writer and activist Raj Patel. http://www.austintheatre.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=30281

The author of bestsellers on food (Stuffed and Starved) and economics (The Value of Nothing), Patel is working on a new multimedia project with award-winning documentary filmmaker Steve James, the director of “Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters.” The “Generation Food” project http://generationfoodproject.org/ will show how ordinary people around the world are overcoming obstacles and “setting the table” for themselves, their communities, and generations to come using better, smarter ways of growing food and feeding the world than the industrial agriculture system.

The current issue of Edible Austin includes a story about Patel and the project. http://www.edibleaustin.com/content/editorial/editorial/1111?task=view

Tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, online http://tickets.austintheatre.org/public/loader.asp?target=hall.asp?event=699 or (512) 474-1221.

The $103 VIP tickets include preferred seating and a pre-event reception with Raj Patel at 6 pm featuring seasonal tastings from Austin-area chefs and beverage makers. Regular tickets are $28.

The evening is part of a week of great events for Edible Austin’s “Eat/Drink Local Week,” celebrating local, fresh food in Central Texas from December 1-8. http://www.edibleaustin.com/eatdrinklocalweek

The week’s activities raise money for two local nonprofit groups. Urban Roots http://www.urbanrootsatx.org/ uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin. The Sustainable Food Center http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/ works to strengthen the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food through managing three of the area’s largest farmers markets and the Grow Local, Farm Direct, Happy Kitchen, and Sprouting Healthy Kids programs.

Location: Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701 http://www.austintheatre.org/

Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public. Please forward where appropriate.
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