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The Rag Blog :
METRO EVENT | ‘Celebrating The Rag’ in Houston this Thursday!

Editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale are featured in a booksigning event at H-Town’s storied Brazos Bookstore.

Top, from left: Celebrating The Rag editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale. Photos by Alan Pogue.

Event: Celebrating The Rag in Houston
What: Booksigning and discussion
Who: Editors of Celebrating The Rag
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 p.m.
Where: Brazos Bookstore
Address: 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston 77005
Telephone: 713-523-4701

HOUSTON — The editors of the acclaimed book, Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper, will speak, lead a discussion, and sign books at Houston’s storied Brazos Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.

Brazos Bookstore, a Houston literary hub since 1974, is located at 2421 Bissonnet Street in Houston.

Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale edited the book that Kirkus Reviews calls “A raucous, absorbing excursion back to the 1960s and and ’70s.”
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Kerstin Johansson :
METRO EVENT | People’s Climate March at State Capitol on Trump’s 100th Day

By Kerstin Johansson | The Rag Blog | April 25, 2017

Event: Austin People’s Climate March & Rally
Dates: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1-3:30 p.m.
Where: Texas State Capital, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin
Sponsors: Austin People’s Climate Mobilization, 350 Austin, Public Citizen Texas

AUSTIN — I’m part of the group organizing the Austin People’s Climate March and Rally this Saturday, April 29, 1-3:30 p.m., at the Texas State Capitol.

Our climate and health, all of our communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, and young people, are being seriously threatened.  Our fights are all tied together. That’s why we are planning a huge march to bring our demands to our leaders. We demand: slashed greenhouse gases, a clean energy economy, and climate justice.

People of Central Texas will unite to stand up for our communities and our climate. We will rally and march at the the Texas State Capitol from 1-3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29th.
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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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