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TARG! Disaster Recovery Work

On Halloween of 2013, there was a devastating flood in Austin, TX.  It was not huge ongoing news around the country and many people in Austin never registered it was going on.    It was like a mini-lower 9th ward.  Fast and furious flood waters coming in during the early morning hours.  Six people were killed, 1000 homes affected, almost 700 were majorly damaged.  People had to escape onto their roofs, some were airlifted by helicopter or taken out by boat. Lots of animals were lost, 22 horse killed – you get the picture, it was bad. Because I had a connection with someone who lived in the flood zone several of us were able to get in...

TARG! Disaster Recovery Work
posted on: Aug 6, 2014 | author: organizingforpower

Undoing Racism Austin

For the past year I have been involved in a local organizing effort to address racial disparity and disproportionality in Austin.     Some people say Austin is the most anti-Black city they know and I have no reason to doubt it.   Across the board African Americans are at the bottom of every system in our community.   There is plenty of data to back that up. Our primary strategy has been to organize Undoing Racism trainings to build a stronger base of organizers and leaders who speak the same language and who have a common analysis and then organizing a network and projects that will build community power. We are working with the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond. ...

Undoing Racism Austin
posted on: Aug 6, 2014 | author: organizingforpower

The Tar Sands Blockade

Back in the summer of 2011, I met with a group of organizers who were thinking about a prolonged action to block the Keystone XL Pipeline in eastern Texas. It was a good conversation and the bold young group kicked off what became the Tar Sands Blockade. They sat in the trees for over a month, forcing the pipeline to find a new route and launching a new chapter in the history of environmental resistance. They also offered a current alternative to the popular model of orchestrated civil disobediences rooted in cooperation with the state. The Tar Sands Blockade captured the imagination and hearts of many young people and more who traveled to Texas, Nebraska and other state...

The Tar Sands Blockade
posted on: Dec 10, 2013 | author: organizingforpower

Preventing War with Syria

Just when you think there is some room to breathe, some political space for calm, it’s amazing how a possible war can quickly creep in.  While the conflict in Syria has been ongoing, with deadly serious consequences, it was the use of chemical weapons that ignited the possibility of the use of military force by the United States. We all mobilized, convened strategy conversations and made a plan to stop another war. This work was able to mobilize majority opposition to military action in about a month.   The US Government threat of possible weapons of mass destruction was too reminiscent of the horrors of the Bush Administration and we were not prepared to go down that road again....

Preventing War with Syria
posted on: Sep 11, 2013 | author: organizingforpower

Marching for Jobs, Justice, and Freedom...

This August, I was happy to attend the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that marked Dr, Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  There was a synergy about it.  I had served on the National Steering Committee for the 25th Anniversary of the March when I was the Coordinator of the Washington Peace Center. Now at the 50th Anniversary I was serving as the National Convener for United for Peace and Justice, a national network of local and national peace groups.  We mobilized a small contingent to bring our bright message to this Anniversary.  We gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where we laid a wreath, shared a few words and then with the support of the...

Marching for Jobs, Justice, and Freedom
posted on: Sep 1, 2013 | author: organizingforpower

Rise Up Texas

On June 25th, Wendy Davis engaged in a filibuster to stop the ALEC-backed Republican drive to strip the people of Texas of their access to abortion and other reproductive health care.  I was in the Capitol Extension when the Republican’s third attempt to shut her down succeeded and women spread throughout the building surged toward the Senate Chambers.  We began to roar.  Over the next few minutes, history was made. The proceedings struggled to continue, stymied by the noise. Though a vote was finally taken, it was after midnight and the session was technically over.  Confusion arose, so the Republicans changed the clock to say the vote was complete by midnight and the Second Special Session was closed. This is how it...

Rise Up Texas
posted on: Jul 31, 2013 | author: organizingforpower

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