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June 28, 2013 § 2 Comments
Austin City Hall – June 27, 2013
Here are photo & audio moments from the RAZA ROUND TABLE press conference in support of the HISPANIC/LATINO QUALITY OF LIFE REPORT.
June 6, 2013 § 2 Comments
June 5, 2013 Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (River/Rainey Street Austin,TX)
Here are few moments of the press conference at the ESB – MACC.
Hispanic Leaders Oppose Sale of City-owned Land Near Entrance of Mexican American Cultural Center Austin, Texas – Hispanic Advocates Business Leaders of Austin (HABLA) hosted a press conference to announce their opposition to a developer’s request to purchase city-owned land located at the entrance of the Mexican American Cultural Center (64 Rainey Street)
For those who couldn’t attend the HABLA press conference at the ESB – MACC, here are audio clips:
April 9, 2013 § 2 Comments
As Austin moves forward with the implementation of the 10-One election system, Imagine Austin (master development roadmap) and Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative, Gilberto C. Rivera & Susana Almanza (longtime Eastside activists) shared their experiences about the Brown Berets, their work and the chapter’s expression in the Mexican American civil rights movement. The grassroots, youth organization existed in Austin roughly from 1973-1983 and at one time, included 20 members.
With a 40 year perspective, Gilbert and Susana contend that the current community struggles are essentially the same ones as tackled during the 1970’s.
The discussion took place at MonkeyWrench Books as part of their series, “Alternative Histories” which seeks to shed light on groups and individuals seldom mentioned from the conventional historical account of Austin and its transformation. A HUGE thanks to Eliot Tretter, Bob Libal and MonkeyWrench Books for their help & hospitality to make this project possible.
Here is a quick sound montage featuring a few comments from Gilberto and Susana:
March 22, 2013 § 1 Comment
People United produced/hosted by Allen Campbell spoke with PODER Director Susana Almanza and former Texas State Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos about politics and social movements in Austin with reference to the legacy of the late civil-rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, who is being honored with a march SaturdayMarch 23 that begins at 10 am at Terrazas Library in East Austin and culminates in an 11 am rally at Austin City Hall Plaza, all on the street that bears his name.
March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
“From the Tank Farms in East Austin to Immigration Struggles in Arizona and Beyond”Saturday March 2, 2013 – Southwest Key’s El Centro de Familia – 6002 Jain Lane 78721
March 2, 2013 marked a moment to celebrate Dr. Sylvia Herrera, a longtime community organizer on civil, social, environmental and economic justice issues. Dr. Herrera is a native East Austinite who earned her Ph.D in 1998 (University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education) and she is a founding member of PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources) . Her research has examined health impacts in neighborhoods surrounding the Tank Farm (benzene) the Holly Street Power Plant (Electro Magnetic Fields-EMFs, noise) and the BFI Recycling Center (Noise, rodents).
Family, friends and supporters gathered to hear her speak about her work with PODER in East Austin and her current involvement on immigration rights issues in Phoenix, Arizona.The event was held at and sponsored by PODER and Resistencia Bookstore/Red Salmon Arts.
February 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Saturday February 9, 2013 Austin, Texas
The Austin Latino Coalition invited the public to a community conversation about the new Citizens Districting 10-1 election system, passed by Austin voters in November 2012 as “Prop 3.” Eligible minority voters were urged to come learn why they should volunteer to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC). The ICRC will draw the lines for Austin’s 10 new city council districts. At the informational meeting, attendees would learn how to apply to serve on the ICRC.
January 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
Here a few moments from a presentation & book signing of AUSTIN’S ROSEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD written by Jane.H Rivera PhD & Gilberto C. Rivera. Both authors have been neighborhood activists in Rosewood for decades. Their book is based on interviews with their neighbors, personal photographs, and information from the Austin History Center.
September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
September 6, 2012 – East Cesar Chavez neighborhood – 1307 Haskell Street
City & East Austin Community Partner to Celebrate the Federal Designation of East Austin’s ‘Tejano Trails’ as National Recreation Trail
A ribbon-cutting ceremony & reception celebrating federal designation of the East Austin’s “Tejano Trails” as a National Recreation Trail system was held at the historic National Fish Hatchery pond (near the Rebekah Baines Johnson (RBJ) Tower, 1307 Haskell Street) in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood.
Designation by the US Department of Interior creates more opportunities for the “Tejano Trails” to showcase a community dedicated to preserving its cultural history. These Austin trails highlight historic properties (residential/commercial/public) as well as local art commemorating Tejano music legends. The two trails are the ‘Tejano Healthy Walking Trail’ and ‘Trail of Tejano Legends’.
Here is an audio montage featuring various guests and co-sponsors of the ‘Tejano Trails’.