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MFSA Upcoming Social Justice Events

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Thursday, October 6, 7-9 pm

5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723 –

Panel discussion – Budget cuts and women’s health

This panel discussion about the disastrous effects budget cuts are having in Central Texas on women’s health.  Starting this month, targeted attacks on Planned Parenthood health centers are hitting close to home.  Gov. Rick Perry approved a state budget that singles out women’s health, eliminating more than two-thirds of funding for basic women’s health care services including life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, abortion services, HIV testing, and affordable birth control. Effective September 1, the Planned Parenthood in downtown Austin will no longer receive $474,000 in federal/state funds that allow them to serve 4,000 Austinites each year.  Speakers will include Drucilla Tigner, Community Outreach Specialist with Planned Parenthood, and UT professor Dana Cloud, who teaches and studies rhetoric and history of social movements. The event is sponsored by Austin RAGE (Radical Action for Gender Equality).

Saturday, October 8, 2011
NAMI WALK, AUSTIN, TX – National Alliance on Mental Illness

In 2011, thousands of concerned citizens in over 80 communities across the nation will walk together to raise money and awareness about our country’s need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness

Location: W. Riverside at S. 1st Street (across from RunTex)
Walk-On Registration: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Program: 9:00 AM followed immediately by Walk
Walk Distance: 5K.

Sunday, October 9, 6-8PM

5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723 –

Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule

David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign will speak at a community forum on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule.” In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections, there has been increased interest in abolishing “corporate personhood.” Cobb, an attorney and organizer for the Move to Amend coalition, will talk about the proposed constitutional amendment.

The screening is sponsored by Austin Center for Peace and Justice, Coffee Party Austin, Gray Panthers of Austin, National Gray Panthers, The Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition, the Travis County Green Party, and Vote Rescue. For more information contact Bill Stout,, or visit the Travis County Green Party website.

Thursday, October 13, 7-9pm

5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723 –

NY Times’ Gail Collins on “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present”

New York Times op/ed columnist Gail Collins will reflect on women’s struggles for equality over the past half century in an informal lecture and discussion. Drawing on her 2010 book, “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present,” Collins will talk about what has been accomplished and the challenges that lie ahead.

Collins joined the Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later became a columnist. In 2001, she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times’ editorial page. Collins is also the author of “America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines” and “Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics.” Before joining the Times, Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International. Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut, where she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau to provide coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper chains.

The suggested $15 donation at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit 5604 Manor. The event is sponsored by the Workers Defense Project, Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas.

For more information, contact Robert Jensen at (512) 471-1990 or

Sunday, October 16 – 12:15 pm

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr

Screening of Documentary – Except for Six

This is an inspiring and informative documentary on end-of-life health care.  A discussion will follow, led by Hospice Chaplains from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Monday, October 17 – 6:30 p.m.

University UMC Meeting to Help the Homeless

UUMC plans to start a consulting service to those seeking to build a small business to market their skills, whatever they are. Please join us if you are interested in becoming a consultant/mentor and also help in creating this valuable service to the homeless and working poor community who visit UUMC every week. The kind of skills we need for this team include people who can give advice in the following areas, financial, legal, sales, marketing, customer service, production, logistics, administration and more. Come and share your knowledge and experience with those struggling to find work. We will partner with the Workers Defense Project, Capital Idea and local recruitment agencies to extend the range of services to those seeking work. Join us to improve economic justice in Austin.

Sunday, October 23, 12:30-2pm

Forum on Sustainable Food

The Congregational Church of Austin/United Christian Church will sponsor a Sustainable Food Forum. Guest speakers from Austin’s Sustainable Food Center and Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms will discuss ways in which their organizations are seeking alternatives to unsustainable farming and food production practices, and solutions to the lack of adequate access to fresh and nutritious food for low-income people.

Location: Congregational Church of Austin, 408 W 23rd St., Austin, 78705; parking is free at the Co-op Parking Garage until 2 pm. 

Wednesday, October 26, 7-9pm

5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Freedom Fighters speaking on criminal justice system

The Freedom Fighters — a group of formerly incarcerated innocent men from Dallas — will speak about their efforts to reform the criminal justice system that unjustly imprisoned them. The event is sponsored by the Austin Black and Brown Alliance, which works to unify working class Black and Latino/a communities to address common forms of structural racism and economic inequality through political organizing, education and research, and trainings and programming to promote economic justice and self-determination.

The suggested donation of $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit the work of the Freedom Fighters. Spanish speakers are welcome; there will be translation. Childcare will be available.  For more information, contact or see the event Facebook page.

Saturday, October 29 – 2:30-4:30pm

It’s A Special Needs Halloween Dance

Bethany UMC – Fellowship Hall

Dance, Eat, and Have Fun, Fun, Fun!  Join Bethany UMC for a Special Needs Halloween Dance Party! Costumes are optional.  Afterward, there will be a  church service at 5:00 PM.  There will be a Costume Parade and plenty of fun and laughter.  For more information, contact:  Lisa @ 512-590-1806

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