Welcome Back-Student Event – UNCLAIMED LEGACY: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement

Check out Jeff Johnson for what we expect to be a very interesting conversation about who will lead the next social movement.

Tickets for this event are free and can be picked up on 8/19, 8/22 & 8/23 from 2 – 4 in GRG 234

Free Rec Sports Preview Week: July 26-30, 2010

RecSports Free Preview Week offers activities and massage discounts

Escape the summer heat by exploring RecSports during Free Preview Week. Bring your UT ID and enjoy free access to all RecSports facilities, TeXercise classes, group cycling classes, aqua classes and the climbing wall in Gregory Gym. Find hours, schedules and more information online at http://www.utrecsports.org.
Location: Gregory Gym (GRE)
Admission: Free entry with UT ID, massage prices apply
URL: http://www.utrecsports.org

Madea’s Big Happy Family at Frank Erwin Center: November 3, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Frank Erwin Center

Madea’s Big Happy Family starring Tyler Perry features Cassi Davis and Palmer Williams, Jr. of “House of Payne,” R&B singing sensation Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley and actress/singer Chandra Currelley-Young and will stop at The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center on November 3!

University students, faculty and staff SAVE $5 on the $52 and $62 ticket prices.

Discount tickets to Madea’s Big Happy Family starring Tyler Perry are available now in person with valid UT ID at the Frank Erwin Center box office (Monday – Friday, 10am to 6pm), by phone at (512) 477-6060 and online at http://www.TexasBoxOffice.com with the password STAFF. To purchase tickets online, please click on the Frank Erwin Center Special Promotions icon and enter the password to receive this special offer.

For more information about this and other Frank Erwin Center events, please visit us at http://www.uterwincenter.com.

Offer subject to availability. Convenience charges may apply. No double discounts.

BFSA Meeting & Juneteenth Recognition– Tuesday, June 15

Seeking Volunteers for BAM (Black Arts Movement): June 4-19, 2010

BAM Festival

June 4-19, 2010

www.bamaustin.org
Confirmed such acts include: Dallas Black Dance Theater, Leela James, The Black Prince of Comedy, Tje Austin, The Wood and Strings Puppet Theater and much, MUCH more!

Volunteer positions in every area of the festival- from box office to technical positions.  You don’t need any experience to volunteer, just the desire to have fun. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt for their time commitment and anyone who works more than 2 separate events will receive an All Access BAM pass which will get you into each and every show!

There is a link to the application below or it can be completed on directly on the BAM website.  Questions?  Please contact: rachael@proartsaustin.org

CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER FORM

Seeking Members for Poker Walk TEAM BFSA: May 12th

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

11:30am – 12:15pm:  Check- In (under the white tent on the Gregory Plaza).

12:15pm:   The “Let’s Make a Deal” prize program begins

12:30:  Walk begins

Poker Walk is a FREE EVENT put on by the Division of Recreational Sports to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day. Join the crowd, walk for fun, and enjoy the entertaining Poker Walk Program afterwards! Lunch is $6 (cash only) if you choose to purchase it there. Otherwise, bring your own and enjoy the program!

Team Information
Teams can qualify for prizes…”Best Team Name,” “Best Team Costume,” and more! Also, we have “Team Photos” at the event so you can cherish your Poker Walk experience for years to come! Feel free to get creative with your costumes…we are amazed every year by what people come up with!

TEAM BFSA

Brenda Burt

Kyle Clark

Derrick Davis

Lisa Gentry

Danielle Martin

Jennifer Martinson

Emma Middleton

LT Robinson

Tiesha Street

Phaedra White

…and YOU!

How to register:
Registration is required on or by the Monday. May 10th.  Please RSVP to jennifer@cs.utexas.edu with your t-shirt size and whether you plan to purchase lunch(Please note: t-shirt sizes and lunches are distributed on a first come-first served basis.)

We Need To Talk: May 5, 2010

A call to students, staff, and faculty of the Black community here at the University of Texas at Austin!

There have been many individual and small group conversations about the state of our community here at UT.  Even though we are at the end of the semester and school year, we thought it was actually a really good time for us to sit down and move from talk to action.  This community wide discussion will allow people of African descent to take a serious look at what we need to do to move the community forward.  We have to own our place in perpetuating the problems as well as “show up” in the fight to create a better space while we are here at UT.

We fully understand that to many, this is an “old conversation” or something that “we’ve done before.”  Well it should also be clear that we have not seen the progress that we desire, complain about, crave, etc.

Join us.  We need you there.  Spread the word to everyone you know… we need your help in getting the students who don’t/won’t come out to something like this, to be there.  If you care at all… even if, at this point, you don’t care much about the community, I challenge/encourage you to be in the room.  We have to look beyond our individual and sometimes divisive attitudes and look to see where we contribute to our issues and where we can make progress away from those issues.

Please, come out for this solution-focused, sobering discussion!

Book Discussion: “DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE” BY ZZ Packer, April 30th


Friday, April 30
12:00 – 1:00pm
Texas Union Chicano Culture Room (4.206)

Drinks and Dessert will be provided!
You are encouraged to bring your lunch.
Join us for a lively discussion about  this national bestselling book. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is a collection of short stories dealing with African-American experiences in the 21st century. Dr. Packer in a visiting faculty member in the English Department at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  For more information about her visit: http://web.me.com/zzpacker/zzpacker/Home.html or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Z-Z-Packer/113168265736?v=wall

15th Annual For Us From Us: April 24th

Let’s UNITE as we celebrate the 15th Annual year of FUFU 2010 on April 24th from 11-2 at the MLK Statue!!!

…Featuring:
*The Precursors
*Keynote Speaker: Marlon Whitley
*Black Ex Students of Texas (BEST), and
*Special acts from current UT students

Please come out and meet “The Precursors:” a group of Black students that integrated The University of Texas in the 1950s.  PRICELESS!!!

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There will also be a dominoes, spades, ROLL CALL (so make sure your organization shows up), Omega Psi Phi on the grill, a moon walk, and MUCH MORE!!!

This event is ABSOLUTELY FREE to all!!!!

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Solidarity Divided, The Crisis in Organized Labor: March 28

Sunday, March 28, 2010
7:00-9:00pm
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
14311 Wells Port Drive, west of I-35 off Wells Branch Parkway.

http://www.staopen.com/

UT professor Robert Jensen will interview Fletcher onstage, questioning him about the social justice movements that have been the focus of his life and work. What lessons about the today’s crises can we draw from Fletcher’s experience in the struggle for racial and economic justice, at home and abroad? Drawing on Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path toward Social Justice, his 2009 book co-authored with Fernando Gapasin, Fletcher will offer new ideas for progressive organizing.

Fletcher, the executive editor of The Black Commentator web magazine and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for justice for the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. He is also a founder of the Black Radical Congress and a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Fletcher has served as Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the AFL-CIO’s George Meany Center, as well as Education Director and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. Beginning in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, he combined labor and community work in efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. He later served in leadership and staff positions in District 65-United Auto Workers, National Postal Mail Handlers Union and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

For a copy of the provocative essay on “Reimagining Socialism” that Fletcher wrote with Barbara Ehrenreich for The Nation magazine, go to

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090323/ehrenreich_fletcher

Sponsored by:
Third Coast Activist Resource Center, http://thirdcoastactivist.org/
MonkeyWrench Books, http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/
Workers Defense Project, http://workersdefense.org/

The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

AND

“The Crisis facing Working People: A New Path toward Social Justice”
a talk by Bill Fletcher, Jr., author of  Solidarity Divided

Monday, March 29, 2010
3 p.m.
LBJ Conference Room (CMA 5.160)
Dean Keaton St. and Guadalupe
University of Texas at Austin

http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/cma.html

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the executive editor of The Black Commentator web magazine and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. A longtime labor, racial justice and international activist, he is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for justice for the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Fletcher is also a founder of the Black Radical Congress and a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

A graduate of Harvard University, Fletcher is the co-author (with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path toward Social Justice (University of California Press, 2009). He has served as Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the AFL-CIO’s George Meany Center, as well as Education Director and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. Beginning in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, he combined labor and community work in efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. He later served in leadership and staff positions in District 65-United Auto Workers, National Postal Mail Handlers Union and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication and the Center for African and African American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at (512) 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

For more events, please visit: http://www.austintexassoul.org/events

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