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ATCF is participating in hosting a photography exhibit and community dialogue with defenders of migrants as they journey through Mexico and head to the "American dream or nightmare." The event will address the true roots of human migration and its disastrous consequences.
We will discuss the theme through the presentation of photographer Ruth Rodríguez and her exposition, together with Ruben Figueroa, and Irineo Mujica Arzate, who are involved with migrant shelters in Southern Mexico.
There will be live music and harmony from Kiko Villamizar, an excellent musician and supporter.
The event is a collective collaboration between El Comité Monseñor Romero, La Coalición de Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Nano Alejandro Alanis, Whitney Devin, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Sabina Maria, Kiko Villamizar, etc.
Exposición fotográfica y diálogo con defensores de los migrantes en su travesía por México rumbo al "sueño americano" las verdaderas raíces de la migración de seres humanos y sus nefastas consecuencias.
Una colaboración colectiva de El Comité Monseñor Romero, La Coalición de Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Nano Alejandro Alanis, Whitney Devin, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Sabina Maria, Kiko Villamizar, etc. Tendremos música y armonización a cargo de Kiko Villamizar, excelente músico y compañero.
ATCF is excited to be included in a celebration of the working class on April 5th, 2014, Proletariat Day, a day for constructing dialogue and advancing social justice alongside the reopening of Mexicarte's newest exhibition, Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution.
From 4:00pm-9:00pm we will join a variety of social justice organizations in the museum with the intent of spurring discussion of current sociopolitical questions under the banner of free art and entertainment. Mexicarte invites all their members and guests to interact with representatives from varying local campaigns as they table inside the museum, with each participating organization presenting their mission during the Soap Box Hour from 6:00-7:00pm.
Mexic-Arte Museum will offer free admission, 10% store discounts, and half-price Individual and Family memberships beginning at 4:00pm.
The Workers Reception will feature food provided by El Sol y La Luna and refreshments available from 6:00pm, as well as live screen printing from our education program and The Edge of Imagination Station’s mobile stop motion animation lab. Latin Rock group Kalua will perform at 7:00pm.
Participating organizations include:
ADAPT of Texas
Austin tan Cerca de la Frontera
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
International Socialist Organization
Mujeres en Medio
People Organized in Defense of the Earth
and her Resources (PODER)
The Peoples Task Force
Workers Defense Project
Join us for the launch party of Austin Beloved Community!
There will be music, poetry, food, soapbox, dance, web launch, literature - big, chaotic, warm, and fun. Labor, civil rights, culture, media, left politics, human rights, ecology -- all the social justice organizations who make our city better in one place for International Workers Day May Day.
Want to volunteer or get involved with the planning? Meet us Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm, TSEU 1700 South 1st Street (across from what used to be Jovitas)
100% of profits benefit Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera!
World Music Lineup:
9 pm Roberto Paolo Riggio with Luis Angel Ibanez
and members of the World Music Jam
10-1130 Leticia Rodriguez Garza
Community Partners in this event include Austin Music Foundation and Wobeon Austin
100% Profits benefit Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera
Addressing conditions of social and economic injustice along the Texas/Mexico border as they affect women and communities of color, and to find community-driven alternatives through transnational solidarity and fair trade http://www.atcf.org/
Ticket Link: http://leticiarodriguez.bpt.me/
The biggest secret about US "free" trade deals with Mexico and Central America (NAFTA and CAFTA) is that they are complete failures and while they have benefited elites, they have further impoverished poor working people and run small farmers off their land (1 million of them in Mexico; 5 million counting families). Yet they are being used as models for the biggest one yet--the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which is expected to displace 1.2 to 1.5 million jobs from Mexico and Central America to Vietnam. Every job displaced means a parent gone and children stranded.
Sponsored by ATCF and Women on the Border (Elvia Arriola) and The Texas Fair Trade Coalition (Robert Cash).
Obama has scheduled the TPP for "fast-track" passage through Congress in October. What are you going to do about it? Gather together for a teach-in as we discover what we can do together: rescue future migrant children with a campaign against the TPP.
Since 1999 we have visited the communities and homes of maquiladora workers organizing with the Comité Fonterizo de Obreras/os (CFO), a grassroots Mexican organization. We learn from their resilience and creativity as they confront the “free trade” policies of governments and transnational corporations. Currently CFO special projects are a democratic union where none existed before and a successful, ongoing gender rights workshop for women.
MORE INFO: For delegation, passport is necessary. Registration starts now and ends September 19th. Fee $325 w/ some scholarships available. All expenses covered including translation, food, lodging, transportation and orientation/context meeting. For a registration form and more details on the delegation, contact Judith at email@example.com or Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org. ATCF is an independent 501c3 non-profit.
Join us to see photos and hear stories from our most recent delegates! They traveled to San Antonio, Piedras Negras, and Ciudad Acuña to learn and share with Fuerza Unida and the Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s (CFO or Border Committee of Workers).
It's a potluck, so please bring snacks or a dish to share, and we'll provide the Sangria!
We'll also be kicking off our very first ATCF Indiegogo campaign that same day to raise funds for the CFO. More details and a new video coming soon! :)
Everyone welcome. Free admission.
Los invitamos a reunirse con nosotros para escuchar las historias mas recientes de nuestros participantes en la delegacion de Octubre de Austin Tan Cerca. Ellos viajaron a San Antonio, Piedras Negras y Ciudad Acuna para aprender y compartir con Fuerza Unida y el Comite Fronterizo de Obrer@s (CFO).
Es un potluck, asi que cualquier platillo o refrigerio es bienvenido. Nosotros ofreceremos la deliciosa Sangria!
Tambien estrenaremos ese mismo dia nuestra primera campana a traves de Indiegogo para recaudar fondos para el Comite Fronterizo de Obreras. Este pendiente de mas detalles con un nuevo video con estrellas de Austin Tan Cerca.
Todas las personas son bienvenidas. Admision libre.
The Women & Fair Trade Festival is an annual Austin marketplace, now in its 11th year, that hosts eight artisan producers from women’s cooperatives all over the world. We gather in Austin to celebrate cultural exchange, solidarity, fair trade, live music and poetry with vendors and members of our community. Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera sponsors the two-day event, this year on November 22 & 23, 2014.
*10 am - 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday*
Enjoy live music and the CantoMundo Latina Poetry Reading while you shop!! (schedule coming soon)
Stand in solidarity with maquiladora workers! In 1994, NAFTA was passed. By attacking workers’ rights and the environment, it has delivered grossly enlarged profits to multinational corporations. Then came CAFTA with more of the same. TPP is on the horizon.
Our 3-day delegation takes you into the homes and communities of women and men who work in the maquiladoras (foreign-owned factories) that produce for US consumption. This is a listening expedition. Learn how our Mexican partners, the CFO, have been using popular education and collective strategic action to negotiate and defend labor, human and women’s rights for 30 years.
We'll also be celebrating The Day of Three Kings during the delegation!
$325 fee includes transportation from Austin, translation, food, lodging, orientation and background information. Passport required. $100 deposit and registration deadline: December 20th. For questions and registration: Charles at email@example.com. Some partial scholarships available. Please visit us at atcf.org and like us on facebook. Solidaridad pʼ siempre!
26 de Julio (1959 to 2015): Cuba–US Diplomacy & its Implications for World Health
Please join us July 26, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm @
Friends Meeting of Austin (3701 E. MLK Blvd. 78721)
In memory of Judith Rosenberg & on behalf of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera
Pedro Gatos has visited Cuba on a half dozen occasions since January 2000. His most recent trip was a research project to study Cuba’s healthcare system and its principle of Medical Internationalism, as an alternative to neo-liberal policies and during which he attended the weeklong International 2015 Cuba Health Convention. For the past 14 years Pedro has hosted a weekly national and international news and analysis show ‘Bringing Light Into Darkness’ on KOOP Radio 91.7 FM. He founded the Pedro Gatos Institute on Addiction, Health & Social Theory in 1998. Pedro will be joined by longtime friend and masterful musical artist Juan Antonio de los Angeles for an evening of provocative dialogue and live music surrounding Cuba’s healthcare, its international footprint on world health and evolving diplomatic relationship with the United States.
Free and open to the public (we welcome donations).
Ice cream will be provided.
Join us at The Old School in celebration of the life and influence of Judith Rosenberg, co-founder of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, who dedicated her life to teaching the importance of solidarity, social justice and mentoring the leaders of our future. No donation minimum is required, all are welcome to attend.
Cocktail hour with Les Pescados: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dinner and presentations: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Reception: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
The evening will include the music of Gypsy Jazz musicians, Les Pescados, an exhibition of Judith's personal photography, and a silent auction featuring Judith's personal guitar. We have hand-bound a short collection of her poems into a booklet and will have them available by donation.
Complimentary canapes will be served before dinner, and drinks will be served throughout the night. During the main course, stories and speeches will be presented by a few individuals profoundly impacted by Judith Rosenberg.
starting bid: $450
Among the many things Judith Rosenberg left ATCF when she passed was her cherished guitar. The guitar--in so many ways like Judith--is special. While the years may have handed to its fine finish a scratch or two, the deep sonorous sound, the undying spirit of the instrument, remains. It has what the great Spanish poet Federico García Lorca called “duende:”spirit or soul.
Though the guitar lacks signature or label (the builder must have been a modest person), what we judge from its craftsmanship is that it was in all probability made by a German artisan in the 1940s or 50s.* Nevertheless, it also shows Spanish influences. Based on its sound quality and the quality of the craftsmanship, two independent experts reckoned its worth at around $1000.
*An expert the Austin Classical Guitar Society put us in touch with has assured us of this.
"I was 19 when I first met Judith. I didn't know then that my meeting with her would change the trajectory of my life. She inserted new meaning into what solidarity meant. I continue to organize today always with her incredible sense of patience and passion in mind."
--Billy Yates, ATCF Delegate & Union Organizer
All the funds we raise will directly benefit the Judith Rosenberg Fund for the Future, which supports educational initiatives to build the next generation of leaders across borders.
As a member organization of the Austin Sanctuary Network, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera is calling on all ATCFistas to participate in a 48 hour call-in campaign on August 29th & 30th to stop the deportations of Hilda Ramirez and her son, Ivan, who fled violence, poverty, and discrimination in Guatemala.
MAKE A CALL TO:
Norma E. Lacy
Deputy Chief of Staff
ICE San Antonio Field Office @ 210-283-4711
during business hours 9:00am-5:00pm
Here’s a sample script to use:
“Hello, my name is _______. I’m calling to ask ICE to stop the deportation of Hilda Ramirez, #A202072764 and her son, Ivan, #A202072765. Hilda is a Guatemalan woman and an asylum seeker who fled for her life and has lived in the U.S. for two years. She currently is in sanctuary at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, where Hilda has many friends that support her and where her son, Ivan, attends school. She is anxious to be able to live outside of the church without fear of being deported. Hilda very much wants to provide a good home for her son in the U.S. Please allow Hilda and her Ivan, her son, to stay. I am a member of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera/Austin So Close to the Border”.
Got a full mailbox recording?
Try again at 210-283-4701. At the end of the message you have the option of making it a priority or no. Listen to all the choices and don't forget to hit #.
Then send a quick email to Austin Tan Cerca contact person Bianca Hinz-Foley Trejo (see info below) after you have made the call so Austin Sanctuary Network can know how many calls were made. Let us know if you spoke with a person, left a voicemail message, encountered a full voicemail box, or couldn’t get beyond the ringing phone.
Adelante, adelante, la lucha es constante!