Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Globalizacion y Porque la gente Emigra? / Globalization and Why do People Migrate?

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.

Contaremos con la presencia de la fotógrafa Ruth Rodríguez y su exposición, Ruben Figueroa e Irineo Mujica Arzate quienes están involucrados con albergues al sur de México.

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.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 06:00 PM

May Delegation to the Border

Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Mexicarte Museum

Proletariat Day at Mexicarte Museum


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
Education Austin
International Socialist Organization
MonkeyWrench Bookstore
Mujeres en Medio
People Organized in Defense of the Earth
and her Resources (PODER)
Resistencia Bookstore
The Peoples Task Force
Workers Defense Project


Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Resistencia Bookstore 4926 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Austin Beloved Community Launch Celebration


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)

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 09:00 PM through August 17, 2014 · $15.00 USD
The Sahara Lounge in Austin , TX

CELEBRATE the release of Sagüita al Bate ~ new EP! with Leticia Rodriguez

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

12-130 Zoumountchi

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

Ticket Link:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Campus of the Quaker Meeting (in the "portable) 3707 MLK Blvd. 78721


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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Quaker Meeting House in Austin , TX

The Secret Life of Trade Agreements: How Central American Children Bear the Brunt

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. 
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 in a campaign against the TPP.
Free and open to the public with snacks and refreshments.  Sponsored by: Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Josefina Castillo), Women on the Border (Elvia Arriola), and Texas Fair Trade Coalition (Robert Cash).
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 08:00 AM through October 12, 2014
US/Mexico Border

Delegation in Solidarity with Maquiladora Workers


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 or Charles at ATCF is an independent 501c3 non-profit.

Sunday, November 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM through December 31, 2014

Quinceañera Solidarity Campaign

Click here to watch the video!

The story: 

"It's worse than the first years of the industrial revolution," said a top Latin American labor leader, visiting the Mexico/Texas border in 2001, and referring to employers in the maquiladoras.  "They act like they discovered mass production but have not yet heard of human rights,"   Fortunately, it did not stay the same. 
Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Austin So Close to the Border) has been a small part of big changes.  We have been visiting the border since 1999 and forming a solidarity relationship with an organized group of maquiladora workers due to concerns about NAFTA and its effects on human rights.  As allies, moral supporters and witnesses, we have seen the growth of a movement of workers which claims some material victories, suffers occasional setbacks, yet never fails to generate consciousness of labor, human, and women's rights in individuals and communities. We see how people react. Human beings need love and community; they also need justice. 
We have also offered material support. And we need your help to continue. 
Our Quinceañera Solidarity Campaign: 
When we met the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras/os (The Border Committee of Workers) 15 years ago, we were so impressed with their dedication to workers who had no voice, we made a commitment to provide a $500 per month salary to a trained organizer, a woman who comes out of the maquiladoras and knows the difficulties of life inside and outside the factories. This year, our Quinceañera, we are asking you to step in and provide funds to pay that salary, $500 per month, or $6,000 for the year, our campaign goal. Every penny of the $6000 we raise will go to the organizer in Mexico. This can truly be a community effort, from our community to theirs. That means your $200 is very important—and so is your $2! 
For the second year, our Mexican partners, with our support, are pioneering a women’s empowerment workshop (GEMA). It dovetails with a drive to establish the first-ever union in Ciudad Acuña (across from Del Rio) and make sure it's democratic, including women’s voices. We are proud to be a part of that—our volunteers have offered creative writing workshops and video and word documentation. Join us; be proud with us. Support these women and men as they slowly change social patterns and power structures and move in the direction of freedom.
Thank you for being a part of this movement.  We appreciate your support.

Sunday, November 09, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Wild Hare Community in Austin , TX

Solidarity and Sangria

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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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM through November 23, 2014
The Old School in Austin , TX

Women and Fair Trade Festival

wft.jpgThe 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)

Friday, January 09, 2015 at 08:00 AM through January 11, 2015

January 2015 Delegation to the Texas/Mexico Border

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  Some partial scholarships available. Please visit us at and like us on facebook.  Solidaridad pʼ siempre!


Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 7 rsvps

Cuba-US relations platica

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.

Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 8 rsvps
The Old School

The Judith Solidarity Soirée



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.

Silent Auction 


value: $1,000

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.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Treasure City Thrift in Austin, TX

Treasure City Thrift Shopping Party After Hours! Featuring music by Mosaico Experiencia


Show up from 6-8 pm to shop for #backtoschool and #fallfashion #thrift items in #atx and know that 100% of your purchase goes to support ATCF (Treasure City grassroots group of the month!).

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 09:00 AM through August 30, 2016

ACTION ALERT: Tell ICE to #LetHildaStay!

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.   



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 210-283-4701At 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!

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