Sunday, February 12, 6-9 pm
Third Coast Sunday: The Economic Crisis and Opportunities for Economic Justice
In January a group of young activists launched a networking event for the progressive community in Austin. The response from folks at the launch party was enthusiastic, so we’re back with the new “Third Coast Sunday” series of monthly gatherings. The February event will focus on analyzing the economic crisis and highlighting opportunities to achieve economic justice.
We’ll start with a presentation on contemporary capitalism, looking not just at the financial crisis that began in 2008 but on the systemic problems that have produced record levels of economic inequality. That will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives of three Austin organizations working in different areas to respond to these problems:
--Casa Marianella provides emergency shelter services for immigrants, including special homes for women and children escaping violence, and helps people rebuild their lives. http://www.casamarianella.org/
--Cooperation Texas helps people create sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives, addressing social and economic inequality by creating democratically run workplaces. http://cooperationtexas.coop/
--Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase the access to healthy food in Austin. http://www.urbanrootsatx.org/
After the formal program, there will be time for small-group discussion. And throughout the evening folks can enjoy locally brewed beer from Black Star Co-op, Via 313 pizza, and Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery’s vegan donuts. Admission is free, with donations accepted to help with the costs of food.
The Third Coast Sunday theme of “Celebrating Progressive Politics and Radical Roots” reminds us of the need to critique the existing order and create a new world. We ask: What needs to be tore down, and what needs to be built up? This monthly gathering is designed as a place to share ideas, build connections, and find opportunities for action -- both for those new to political organizing and those who’ve been in the fight for decades.
For more information, contact Braden Latham-Jones, [email protected].
Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723 - 5604manor.org