Building the deep connections that come with real community takes more than email and web pages. The connections that can sustain us in our personal and political lives are nurtured in face-to-face conversation and collective efforts to build a better world. Several progressive groups in Austin have come together to purchase and renovate a community center that can provide a building and grounds for this work. 5604 Manor began as a collaborative venture of the Workers Defense Project, Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and Third Coast Workers for Cooperation. Committed to expanding real democracy and economic justice in a sustainable world, these groups found 5604 Manor Road in East Austin, a centrally located building that provides office space for non-profit groups, a large room for cultural and educational events, and a spacious outdoor area for gardening and socializing.
One central goal of the project is to create a truly multi-racial/ethnic/cultural center where we can transcend the divisions that so commonly undermine creative collaborations. While we continue to read, study, and analyze the problems created by unjust systems, it’s essential to progressive politics that we come together in collective effort toward mutual goals. Community is an experience, not just an idea. We make community by coming together in solidarity, not to ignore our differences but to deepen our understanding of each other. Join us at the February 2011 Austin Progressive Potlucker event and hear more from Bob Jensen about 5604 Manor and the collaborative efforts underway.
Please bring a dish that serves 6-8 people. There are no food or drink restrictions and our host will provide beverages and have plates, cups and utensils available although you are encouraged to bring you own.
From downtown, take IH 35 north to 51st Street and go east to Manor Road. Go left (north) on Manor to 5604 Manor Road.
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