Metro Page: Austin/Tejas

Alice Embree :
METRO EVENT | DSA to screen ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ at the Alamo

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | February 17, 2017

Event: Screening of  ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’
Dates: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Address: 1120 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704

AUSTIN — This International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, there will be a screening of Mary Dore’s documentary about the early women’s movement, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. It will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 South Lamar Blvd., at 7 p.m.

The film was highlighted on The Rag Blog when it premiered in Austin in 2015.
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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | The Rag makes history!

We ‘Celebrate The Rag’ & it’s lasting impact on our city at the Austin History Center, Sunday, Feb. 19.

From left: Richard Croxdale, Alice Embree, and Thorne Dreyer, editors of Celebrating The Rag. Photo by Alan Pogue / The Rag Blog.

Event: ‘Celebrating the Rag’
What: Discussion, film screening, book signing
Who: Editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale, and film producer Glenn Scott
When: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Austin History Center
Address: 810 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701
Phone: 512-974-7480
Cost: Free and open to the public; Refreshments

AUSTIN — The Austin History Center is “Celebrating The Rag” with a big event on Sunday, February 19, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. And everyone’s invited!

Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale, editors of the acclaimed new book, Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper, will speak and lead a discussion. And they will sign copies of the book.

Glenn Scott of People’s History in Texas will sneak preview screening of the new documentary film, The Rag: Austin Underground Press 1966-1977, that tells the history of the legendary underground newspaper that helped make Austin weird.
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Pamela Ellen Ferguson :
METRO | Showing solidarity at the border

Our Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera delegation visited Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña.

From left, Delegate Drew Messamore, joking with CFO activists Julia Quinones, Yohana Esparza, and Cristina Gonzalez, ATCF Education Coordinator and Facilitator. Photo by Pam Ferguson / The Rag Blog.

By Pamela Ellen Ferguson | The Rag Blog | February 1, 2017

AUSTIN — Nine of us associated with Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (ATCF) bundled into a van and sped off toward the border to show solidarity mainly with the progressive CFO — the women-led grassroots Mexican workers organization (Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os) bonded to ATCF for some 17 years. Timing was vital as this was the last delegtion prior to Trump’s inauguration.

(According to its mission statement, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera “raises awareness about conditions of social and economic injustice along the Texas/Mexico border particularly as they affect women workers and supports community-driven alternatives through transnational solidarity and fair trade.”)
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Banafsheh Madaninejad :
METRO EVENT | Be a ‘peaceful protector’ at Muslim Capitol Day

Texas State Capitol. Photo by Joe Wolf / Twitter.

Action: Peacefully Protecting Muslim Capitol Day Attendees
When: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 9 a.m.-Noon
Where: South Steps of the Texas Capitol
Address: 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78703
Phone: 512-472-5050
Cost: Free and open to the public

By Banafsheh Madaninejad | The Rag Blog | January 27, 2017

Please join the peaceful protectors in supporting Muslim Texas Capitol Day, Tuesday, January 31, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Texas State Capitol.

This is the day when around 700 Muslims gather at the Capitol for lobbying purposes — a tradition that has been happening for 23 years. Our job will be to create a human chain around the lobbyists and make sure that the press conference from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. happens with the least amount of disruption.
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Glenn Scott :
METRO | On Saturday, January 21, women ‘to make a mighty sound’ in Austin

As many as 25,000 are expected for a Women’s march and rally at the Texas State Capitol.


notes from the resistance


By Glenn Scott | The Rag Blog | January 17, 2017

AUSTIN — Leaders of the Women’s March on Austin (#MarchOnAustin) predict that, on Saturday, January 21, our state and national leaders will hear “a mighty sound from thousands of women and allies standing up for their rights.”

That prediction is from rally coordinator Melissa Fiero.

(At the time of this posting, as many as 25,000 women and their supporters are  expected to participate.)

Participants are advised to assemble on the south lawn of the Capitol grounds at 11 a.m., with the one-and-a-half-mile march starting at noon. The march will weave around downtown Austin and return to the Capitol about an hour-and-a-half later for a rally. The march will be led by dignitaries and a professional drum corps
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Mark McKim :
METRO | Protest the Trump inauguration
in Austin

Join the One Resistance Rally and Protest Friday, January 20, from Auditorium Shores to the Capitol.


notes from the resistance


By Mark McKim | The Rag Blog | January 8, 2017

America faces a crisis. Donald Trump’s campaign promises threaten millions. We must rally, protest, organize, and support one another.

On Inauguration Day, we will gather to protest Donald Trump’s politics of fear and hate. This is a call to action to rally for justice and dignity for all. We’re rallying for civil rights, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, our environment, and good jobs, as well as justice and safety in all of our communities.
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Alice Embree :
METRO | Mourn, then organize


notes from the resistance


Street art in Madison, Wisconsin. Image from USB / Twitter / Creative Commons.

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | January 8, 2017

AUSTIN — In 1915, when Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer Joe Hill was awaiting execution before a Utah firing squad, he wrote the following to his fellow Wobbly, Bill Haywood: “Don’t waste any time mourning — organize!”

“Don’t mourn, organize,” became a rallying cry whenever a leader died or the movement suffered a major defeat. Perhaps better advice today would be, “Mourn, then organize.”

We are experiencing a time of resistance and increased mobilization in Austin, and we need to organize networks of solidarity. With the tagline on The Rag Blog, “Notes from the Resistance,” we hope to accommodate brief dispatches on events, links to community calendars, and announcements of upcoming actions.
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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | ‘Celebrating The Rag’
at BookPeople

The editors of the acclaimed new book about Austin’s iconic underground newspaper speak and sign books on Thursday, January 5.

Thorne Dreyer, left, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale, editors of Celebrating The Rag, will appear at Book People, January 5, 2017.


UPDATE: The event at BookPeople was a tremendous success, with an enthusiastic overflow crowd. Celebrating The Rag editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale spoke, led discussion, and signed books. Artist Kerry Awn and photographer Alan Pogue also offered some memories and joined in the signing. The event was rebroadcast on Rag Radio. Listen to it here.

Celebrating The Rag at BookPeople, Friday, January 6, 2017. Photo by Alan Pogue / The Rag Blog.

SECOND CHANCE: There will be another event, this one at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., Austin, from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, February 19. Dreyer, Embree, and Croxdale will speak and Glenn Scott will introduce a partial screening of People’s History in Texas’ documentary film about The Rag. It will be free and open to the public.


Event: ‘Celebrating the Rag’
What: Discussion and Booksigning
Who: Editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Richard Croxdale
When: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 7 p.m.
Where: BookPeople
Address: 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78703
Phone: 512-472-5050
Cost: Free and open to the public

AUSTIN — Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale, editors of the new book, Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper, will speak and sign books at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar in Austin, on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Copies of Celebrating The Rag will be available for purchase at the event.
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Pamela Ellen Ferguson :
METRO | An ecumenical gathering for
Chanukah in Austin

Members of Austin Jewish Voice for Peace stage vigil at Texas State Capitol.

Chanukuh vigil in Austin, Dec. 21, 2016. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

By Pamela Ellen Ferguson | The Rag Blog | December 27, 2016

AUSTIN — Elaine Cohen, an activist with Austin Jewish Voice for Peace (AJVP) and a Rag Blog contributor, invited me to join a Chanukah vigil outside the Texas State Capital on Wednesday, December 21. The aim? to protest Islamaphobia, racism, and Trump’s appointment of David Friedman — an extreme right-wing settler supporter — as the next ambassador to Israel.

Traditional Chanukah songs hit my ears as I approached the Capital along 11th Street. Families I recognized from the orthodox Lubavich community were gathered on the sidewalk enjoying latkes.
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Scott Squires :
METRO | Sustainability as solidarity

Imagining a new eco-political ideology for the American Left.

Protesters rally down the Ann Richards Bridge in Austin, Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump was elected president. Photo by Scott Squires /
The Rag Blog.

By Scott Squires | The Rag Blog | December 7, 2016

AUSTIN — In the middle of a sweaty crowd blocking traffic on the Congress Street Bridge Wednesday night, November 9, in Austin, Texas, hundreds of protesters rallied against the United States’ new president-elect and the hateful demagoguery he spewed throughout his 16-month-long campaign.

Many in the crowd were concerned with protecting minority groups endangered by a new rising tide of American racism shouted in unison — and they issued a rallying cry for the upset voters who watched Hillary Clinton’s presidential run go up in flames, and an election that celebrated the ridiculous and offensive rhetoric of a political outsider.
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Elaine J. Cohen :
METRO | It’s time for a ‘migra’ watch


notes from the resistance


ICE out of Austin meeting

ICE out of Austin meeting. Photo by Elaine J. Cohen / The Rag Blog.

By Elaine J. Cohen | The Rag Blog | November 27, 2016

AUSTIN — ICE out of Austin, an immigrant-led activist group, and the Austin Sanctuary Network met together for the first time at Wildflower Unitarian Church on November 22, 2016. More than 50 people met in the building on Oltorf, just west of IH-35, which Faith Presbyterian shares with Wildflower.

The meeting was called to address the immediate concerns of Austin’s immigrant community in the wake of the recent election results. Various people from a range of community groups addressed the meeting on a variety of issues. One of the first myths exposed is the misconception that Austin is a sanctuary city. It is not.

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Omar Rodriguez Ortiz :
METRO | Fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline reaches Austin

Allies of the ‘water protectors’ collect provisions for the harsh winter.

Volunteers coordinate supplies to be delivered to Standing Rock Sioux and their allies. Photo by Omar Rodriguez Ortiz / The Rag Blog.

By Omar Rodriguez Ortiz | The Rag Blog | November 16, 2016

AUSTIN — People started arriving in the morning with non-perishable food, heavy winter clothing, boots, sleeping bags, tents, and medical supplies, as if preparing for war. An army of volunteers coordinated the arrival of cars, the delivery and sorting of provisions. As it started raining harder and harder, even more people turned up.

With only three days of planning, they met Saturday, November 5, at the Resistencia Bookstore in Austin to aid the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will enable the daily transportation of hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil from North Dakota to refineries in Illinois.
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