A community radio station in Austin recently featured an interview with Josefina Castillo and Judith Rosenberg regarding Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Austin So Close to the Border). ATCF will become an independent organization on September 30, 2010.
Help us launch the new Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera with a party and fundraiser on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 8pm-2am at Momo’s. Music by Os Alquimistas and special guests. More acts to be announced soon.
Friday, October 8, 2010 - 8:30am - Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 8:30pm
Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera Delegation to Piedras Negras, Mexico, October 8-10, 2010…
where we will meet maquiladora workers in their homes and communities, find out about current conditions of life and work and learn what strategies they are using to advocate for themselves. Our Mexican partners, the Comité Fronterizo de Oberas/os (the CFO), continue to find innovative, often bold ways of organizing despite the intense anti-labor climate of Mexico—and the world—that they and we are facing.
For more info or to request a registration form, write to: Judith Rosenberg, email@example.com or call 512-494-8377.
Josefina Castillo, AFSC-Austin Program Coordinator, with Brandon from the Beehive Collective with their new opus - a huge mural illustrating the ravages of coal.
By Judith Rosenberg
The best thing about US Social Forum is that for 5 days you don't consume news reports or media versions of reality. You just look and listen around you and there is the news and there is reality - 15,000 vibrant, squirming people from all over the country, and beyond, packed into the giant Cobo Convention Center in Detroit and other hot spots around town.
From left: Cynthia Waide, Judith Rosenberg, Billy Yeats, Leticia Silva and Tom West at the Alamo Draft House Theater in Austin.
The Austin Fair Trade Film Festival was held at the Alamo Drafthouse South on Saturday, May 8 2010. This was an all-day event featuring indoor and outdoor entertainment. The inside film festival featured 3 documentary films followed by panel discussions. One of the films was “Maquilapolis: City of Factories” with a pre-show of Austin Tan Cerca's four-minute promotional video. Josefina Castillo, AFSC Austin Program Coordinator, participated in the panel discussion that followed.
This article exploring the connection between unionism in Mexico and the U.S. was written by Leslie Cunningham, a volunteer with the Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera program of AFSC in Austin. The piece was used as a reading for ATCF delegates who just went to the border on our May delegation.
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