Weekly Round Up 9/13/14

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Where I’ll Be

Saturday, September 13

I’ll be at Fast Food Women and Morristown at the Women’s Community Center:

Thursday, September 18
The BedPost Confessions 4th Anniversary Show!

Saturday, September 20
Pride! I’ll be tabling at the Festival with the Women’s Community Center, and marching with Bedpost Confessions!

Articles of Interest

The Critical Polyamorist does some field work.

How You Know You Hate Women, in the light of Ray Rice. A piece on words and misogyny.

Collective Carry, women helping women after sexual assault.

Jessica Luther writes on racism, Austin, and Charlie Strong.

In gross news, scientists make cheese using bacteria found on a toe.

Actions and Events

Ongoing
The Taco Or Beer Challenge for Reproductive Justice! Join all of us, Dan Savage and Time Magazine in eating a taco, drinking a beer, and supporting abortion rights. Many thanks to Andrea Grimes!

Saturday September 13

A Candidate Forum for the creative sector and district 7.

Love art? Here’s a great show by artist Jason Vines!

Monkeywrench Books is showing Fruitvale Station and hosting a discussion today.

Sunday September 14
The awesome Butch County is playing at Stargayzer Fest!

Want to learn some new skills? Forbidden Fruit is hosting Oralicious.

Wednesday September 17
Amy Jo Goddard is hosting a call series on sexual empowerment. Find out more here.

Thursday September 18
It’s BedPost Confessions 4th anniversary and our monthly show!

Friday September 19
Allgo presents Drum Talk: Between Skin and Frame.

Help support OutYouth at a special event at RAIN.

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Cruelty Free, Fast Food Women, And Morrison

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Come to the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas tonight and tomorrow for two special events.

First, the art opening of Paloma Mayorga’s Cruelty Free:

Join us for the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas’ first art exhibit opening, a project dedicated to highlighting women in art.

“Cruelty Free” by Paloma Mayorga

Opening Reception:
September 12, 2014 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm
Introductory remarks and artist talk at 7:00pm
FREE and open to the public!
There will be snacks and drinks!
**Beer and hard cider will be provided courtesy of Artisanal Imports for those 21+**
Free parking on street after 6pm.

Childcare will be provided just shoot us an email a day in advance: info@womenscommunityctx.org

Paloma Mayorga is an interdisciplinary artist whose work primarily focuses on issues of identity and explores the ways in which the human body relates to its natural and constructed environments. After earning her B.A. in Studio Art from Southwestern University in 2010, she has dedicated her time to working for Latino arts organizations that promote cultural diversity. Mayorga renounces Western lifestyle norms and traditional ideas of beauty in order to illustrate a universal truth that connects all living beings as a means of feminist empowerment.

“Cruelty Free is a series of photographs I’ve created in collaboration with the women depicted in them that reveal disheartening truths about our experiences with and in our own physical bodies. After reading through old diary entries I wrote when I was ten years old, I decided that the negative self image I had created at that age be exposed and turned into a source of self empowerment and connection to other women that may have also felt the same growing up.

For this exhibit, I have asked a close group of friends, colleagues, contemporaries and confidants, who have been incredibly empowering for me in our communal struggle to defeat cultural, emotional and physical issues, to share their own writings. I hope that by exposing the words we use to describe ourselves, we can overcome the cruel ideas that have been predisposed for us about how our bodies should exist, what our minds should think, how we should identify ourselves because of tradition, genetics, or culture that are destructive to our own sense of self. I ask that we all look at ourselves and see our potential, unfiltered from pre-constructed ideas of what we should see, to be powerful, to be influential, to be loving and to be completely and honestly cruelty free.”

The exhibit will be up until November 21st, 2014. Come see it again and bring your friends!

And tomorrow??

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Fast Food Women and Morristown

–from the Facebook Event:

For our monthly Saturday screening, the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas and Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts, invite you to a special screening of Fast Food Women and Morristown, two films about labor and working-class communities. A discussion with the director Anne Lewis will follow after the screening!

Fast Food Women (1992)
Women in Kentucky, as across the nation, are increasingly applying for jobs frying chicken, making pizzas and flipping burgers for fast food chains. They are not teenagers or college students on summer break. Indeed, they are struggling to support families in communities ravaged by a failing economy. Award winner Anne Lewis documents the low-wage, no-benefit jobs of the ‘working poor’ in America’s new ‘service economy’.

Morristown (2007)
A working class response to globalization filmed over an 8-year period in the mountains of east Tennessee, interior Mexico, and Ciudad Juarez.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6 pm
Women’s Community Center of Central Texas
1704 San Antonio St.
Austin, TX 78701

-This event is a FREE community screening!
-Snacks provided
-Free childcare available! Just shoot Andrea Zarate an email the day before at andrea@womenscommunityctx.org

Resistencia Bookstore, home of Red Salmon Arts, is a liberated space for independent thinking, community building, and creative & revolutionary vision. For more info and film screenings visit the store at 4926 E Cesar Chavez St, Unit C1, Austin, Texas 78702!

For more info on the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas visit http://womenscommunityctx.org/

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com

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Prayers For The Messy

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I am messy.

I live in fear of the unexpected drop-in with a carpet bedecked in crumbs, a bathroom evident of life, a kitchen sink filled with mess and remains. I’ve had eating disorders which I suspect are related to the same root fear and desire for control, the right food at the right time made with the right combination of fats and carbs, the proper perfect amount of exercise all in the goal of control of the body, the control of the mess.

I am messy.

Fear of messes means you don’t risk. It means, often, a waste of energy on making sure things are perfect, rather than enjoying what’s happening in the NOW. It can also be a kind of procrastination technique, keeping yourself (or I should say myself) focused on cleaning or order rather than creation which frankly is one of the most messy things anyone can partake in.

I am messy.

I feel shame around it, the mess, the lack of perfection, the missteps or the waste of time this time I can’t help but use to create order, a facade I suppose of what’s really happening underneath, passions, humors, miscalculations, things inside me that don’t always match up, inconsistent and bumpy.

Do we all feel this messy? Do we hide it in perfect homes or perfect bodies or perfect yards or perfectly ordered lives and careers and rules of how to be? Maybe. I know I feel this messy. Sometimes I just have to forget about cleaning up, and get to doing the work, which perhaps is just the same thing.

The only way not to leave a mess, is not to live.

Here’s a poem and a prayer from a beautifully talented Austin writer, Abe Louise Young.

FORGET MAKING YOUR BED
by Abe Louise Young

(for Emily Joan)

Forget making your bed. Make your desk instead.
Let your bed sheets lie rumpled on the floor
with pillows underneath them
like elephants in the bellies of snakes,
with stuffed animals and a water glass
tipped over on top.

Forget the bed. Put the pages of your desk in order.
Line up the sheets from head to foot.
Smack the dust and grit off. Shelve the books.
Make your bet that what you’ve got to write might crack a boulder
like a light bulb, that a cone of butterflies will stream out,
that you could make a person you’ve never met
want to give birth through her eye sockets.

See those piles of old textbooks,
post-it notes, envelopes
with little plastic windows, job application folders,
nests of screws and nails and grommets,
empty condom packets, coupons for bulk soy milk?
Take it all and throw it out.
Would you sleep in that?
No.

Dream at your desk, then work your mind
through its torque. Mime the regular simplicity
of milking a goat. Every day, twice.
Morning and night.
A squirt of hot goat’s milk
puddles in a metal pail with each gentle tweak
of your mind’s nipples.
If you don’t, the goat will cry.
Have you seen mastitis?

So milk the stream down, thin as silky thread.
Stir the cream slowly so it turns to butter,
then heat it to cheese,
add those herbs you’ve spent years growing
in cracked pots on the windowsill.
Memory sits down gratefully
like an old farmer
and takes off its weathered, sweaty cap.
Out of the sun, off the fields,
in your company. Put out a loaf of bread.

Put your head where your feet should be.
Hug the pillows to your chest.
Pretend you hold a body, soft, trusting,
someone who’s not going to leave at morning light.
These are your readers,
the ones you need, the ones you are lonely,
brittle, adrift without, the other mammals
full of feathers, like you,
who miss their mothers, like you,
are ringed round with zippers, like you,
indented and passive, like you. But not tonight.

The night is big and empty on your desk.
Touch blank paper with your fingertips.
The paper used to be trees; seed,
soil, water and sun, which used to be
your ancestors’ voices and breath
buried in light without a box.
They will lead you to your readers.
You might never know them,
you might die before they’re born.
But tonight, hold them tight.
Make the desk sprout leaves and sing.
Make it feel like a sapling.

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Weekly Roundup 9/6/14

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Where I’ll Be

I’ll be at the Women’s Community Center on Saturday September 6 at our Volunteer Work Day sprucing up the Center! Have a skill to offer, in kind donations to give? Let us know!

Actions and Events

Ongoing
The Taco Or Beer Challenge for Reproductive Justice! Join all of us, Dan Savage and Time Magazine in eating a taco, drinking a beer, and supporting abortion rights. Many thanks to Andrea Grimes!

Saturday September 6

ATX Feminist Meet Up! Drink, Eat, Feminize!

Monday September 8
Diversity Outreach Meeting with the Travis County Democratic Party.

Tuesday September 9
It’s a Mayoral Candidate Forum for the Austin Arts Community!

Wednesday September 10
Black Women And State Violence at Treasure City Thrift

Friday September 12
Rise Up! Shoulder to Shoulder Equal Rights Amendment

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Mobius

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My heart is moved

by all I cannot save

so much has been destroyed.

I have to cast my lot with

those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power,

reconstitute the world.

—Adrienne Rich

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Volunteer Opportunity!

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The Women’s Community Center of Central Texas will be officially opening its doors on October 4, 2014 with an open house from 11:00am – 3:00pm! We are seeking housewarming donations to help us get the Center spruced up and ready!

We are having a volunteer work day to paint and build some furniture on Saturday, September 6th from 11:00-3:00. Please come on by 1704 San Antonio if you’d like to help!

We want the Center to serve our community as a great place to learn, work, have fun, and be safe, so we want to provide the most welcoming environment possible. If you have or can donate any of the items below, we will be receiving donations on the following days prior to our grand opening.

Taking donations until 9/15/2014!
Monday & Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm

If none of those dates work, just email julie@womenscommunityctx.org and she’ll set up a time to receive your items!

Kitchen:
A set or two of dishes
Glasses and mugs
Silverware
Serving trays
Dishtowels and cloth napkins
Pots and pans
Soaps and cleaning supplies
Outdoor broom
Laundry supplies

Bathroom:
Hand towels and towel sets
Diapers, wipes, and sanitary supplies
Office and Co-Working Space:
Printer paper (inkjet)
Pens, pencils
Legal pads
File folders
Short extension cords and surge protectors
General office supplies-paper clips, binder clips, post it notes etc.
Art supplies – markers, glue, poster board

Children’s Area:
Books for all ages – inclusive, bilingual and Spanish language, and female protagonists appreciated
Inclusive non-violent toys for all ages
Crayons and drawing paper

Quiet Room:
Books and media – women’s empowerment, gender, sexuality, feminism, health, meditation, yoga, spirituality (inclusive of all kinds), self-help and support
Blankets
Pillows

Thank you so much for your generosity to the Center! We can’t wait to welcome you at our open house!

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Weekly Roundup 8/30/14

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Where I’ll Be

I’ll be at the Women’s Community Center on Saturday September 6 at our Volunteer Work Day sprucing up the Center! Have a skill to offer, in kind donations to give? Let us know!

Do you love tacos? Beer? Supporting reproductive choices? If so, then come on out to the TacoOrBeerChallenge at Mi Madres at 1:00 pm and also make a donation to an abortion fund while you eat and drink with amazing people.

Articles You Might Like

This is a must read on race, reparations, Ferguson, and blackness in America by Ezekiel Kweku.

Distressing tactics used by Ferguson cops here at Mother Jones.

A gorgeous article with art showing what it takes for the privileged to live in luxury.

Coffee? Naps? How about both? This article recommends coffee right before a nap for maximum wake up effect.

When Bisexuals get left out of the marriage conversation by Eliel Cruz.

Are you an introverted extrovert? Or an outgoing introvert? Find out here with this really amazing article about recharging your engines when you appear outgoing and social.

Read this from Jessica Luther about the new laws on abortion facilities and hospital privileges.

Actions and Events

Ongoing
The Taco Or Beer Challenge for Reproductive Justice! Join all of us, Dan Savage and Time Magazine in eating a taco, drinking a beer, and supporting abortion rights. Many thanks to Andrea Grimes!

Saturday August 30

Cine Resistencia presents Sleep Dealer

Sunday August 31
No Pouting In The Dojo by Cathy Chapaty at Bookwoman

Tuesday September 2
A public forum on police accountability. Please join.

Wednesday September 3
Come on down to the Dionysium for the Power Show

Thursday September 4
It is the Day of Bey. Celebrate her birth with a party like no other!

Friday September 5
Bloq Party with QPOCA!

Spirit opens at The Vortex. This looks to be a gorgeous show!

Austin No Shame! Have something to share? You can do it here!

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The Women’s Community Center Housewarming Drive

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From the Women’s Community Center Blog!

The Women’s Community Center of Central Texas will be officially opening its doors on October 4, 2014 with an open house from 11:00am – 3:00pm! We are seeking housewarming donations to help us get the Center spruced up and ready!

We want the Center to serve our community as a great place to learn, work, have fun, and be safe, so we want to provide the most welcoming environment possible. If you have or can donate any of the items below, we will be receiving donations on the following days prior to our grand opening.

Taking donations until 9/5/2014! But contact past that point and we’ll happily meet you to accept your gifts!
Monday & Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm

If none of those dates work, just email julie@womenscommunityctx.org and she’ll set up a time to receive your items!

Kitchen:
A set or two of dishes
Glasses and mugs
Silverware
Serving trays
Dishtowels and cloth napkins
Pots and pans
Soaps and cleaning supplies
Outdoor broom
Laundry supplies

Bathroom:
Hand towels and towel sets
Diapers, wipes, and sanitary supplies

Office and Co-Working Space:
Printer paper (inkjet and laser)
Pens, pencils
Legal pads
File folders
Short extension cords and surge protectors
General office supplies-paper clips, binder clips, post it notes etc.
Art supplies – markers, glue, poster board
Children’s Area:
Books for all ages – inclusive, bilingual and Spanish language, and female protagonists appreciated
Inclusive non-violent toys for all ages
Crayons and drawing paper

Quiet Room:
Books and media – women’s empowerment, gender, sexuality, feminism, health, meditation, yoga, spirituality (inclusive of all kinds), self-help and support
Blankets
Pillows

Plants:
We are seeking sturdy outside plants and holders for our window boxes. Are you a green thumb? Let us know!

Thank you so much for your generosity to the Center! We can’t wait to welcome you at our open house!

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Amplify

Shaun King has had more information, more quickly and more accurately on Ferguson, than anyone else I’ve followed over the past two weeks. He’s been doggedly pursuing the truth, the facts, and has been tireless in pointing out hypocrisy and media bias throughout the protests, rally, and police brutality. He’s smart and accomplished and social media savvy. Very savvy. You should follow him here on Twitter, right now.

He’s been a light of hope, at least for me personally, because he’s insightful and focused on the goal-ending racism. He’s been attacked viciously for his work, but he’s brought amazing ideas and possibilities to the table and tweeted them all.

Yesterday, he posted 7 new policy ideas to help eliminate and prosecute police brutality. He gave me permission to post them here. All these are his words and I’ll leave you to ponder them and then go to Change.Org to add your voice in on the policies.

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This all seems pretty damn reasonable to me. Human, even. What do you think? Amplify his tweets, share the petition, make some noise.

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Back To School

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For many of us in Austin, today is the first day of school. My eldest is starting high school (which is hard to fathom), and all across the city there are thousands of first day outfits, backpacks, and supply bags ready to go. There are nervous parents poised with a camera and teachers prepared to engage minds, and often hearts, in learning. I am grateful to those teachers who do so much, and often get so little, for so many.

There is so much to learn. Literature, reading, algebra, geography.

History.

I worry we don’t do enough about history. I worry we teach the wrong history, the history of the winners, but not the history that matters. Of how we truly got to be who and how we are, right now in America.

There has been so much pain over the past two weeks. So many hearts broken over and over again, as if they weren’t broken and bruised enough before by racism and an endemic violence of white privilege, like a virus as Andrew O’Hehir put it so powerfully in Salon. It’s Ferguson but it’s so much more, going back monthly, yearly, since our inception.

The history is right in front of us, living still and happening in an endless loop, and yet I don’t think this truly gets taught in our history classes, in our school-day curriculum. Not at least until College, and even then it’s often an elective or selected major.

I think we have to change this. We have to truly teach our history, all of it, to our children now, so that they may change how the future rolls out.

I’m thinking about this, with my children still sleeping tight in their beds, their bags ready to go and their outfits picked out and I wonder how we make that happen. We can go back to school at powerful places here, or here, but we must join in. And we have to teach real history so we know the truth.

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