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11 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Chants on a March for Justice - Thousands of protesters in Austin
These are 11 minutes of raw audio recorded among protest marchers on Sunday, June 7, in Austin, Texas, in support of Black Lives Matter, Mike Ramos, the Austin Justice Coalition, and against racism and police brutality. This was during a march from Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin toward the closed and fortified Texas Capitol grounds downtown.
3 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
To Black Men, and To Everyone - Chas at the June 7 Austin protest
This is an excerpt of Chas Moore's speech at the protest for Mike Ramos, Black Lives Matter, and against police brutality, in Austin on Sunday, June 7, starting at Huston-Tillotson University. Chas is the founder of the Austin Justice Coalition. The cover art photo shows people holding signs saying, "I love you I'm sorry," "I stand with you", "Black lives matter," and more.
15 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
How do you win a local Texas election? A talk with Sheri Soltes, candidate for Travis County Commissioner
Sheri Soltes is a nonprofit CEO in Austin, Texas, and she's running for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 3, covering parts of Austin, Lakeway, Lago Vista, and other parts of this Central Texas county. She talks about why this race matters to her, as well as the work it takes to win a local Texas election. Her campaign site is: SheriForTexas.com
5 minutes | Oct 4, 2019
How I Became a Prison Activist - Terri in Austin
Dr. Terri LeClercq advocates for prisoners' civil rights. Her past career as an English teacher at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law informs her current activism, along with a past arrest.
3 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
Be the Change You Want to See - Ellen in Austin
"Write to the people who piss you off. You don't have to just be angry all the time." Ellen is a retired reporter in Austin who wants to change the current government administration in power. She wants people to get motivated to act on their values instead of waiting for others.
7 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
I Talk to My Texas Representatives - Larry in Austin
Larry is a self-described activist with a background as a software developer. Now retired, today he is active in political causes largely to feel better about his own mental health. He knocks on doors, talks to his Congressional representatives with personal stories, talks to his neighbors, travels to Washington DC, and develops relationships. Here he gives his practical thoughts on Senators Cornyn and Cruz and Representative Williams in the 25th District in Texas.
3 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
Why I'm an Activist - Stephanie in Austin
Stephanie started standing up for what she believed in, through protest, when she was young. Today, she continues pushing for social and political causes around Texas as an activist. Some of her causes include reproductive rights, anti-racism, prison reform, environmentalism, and human rights.
3 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
Impeachment, Environment, Humor, and Hope - Bobbie from Austin
75-year-old Bobbie in Austin is a very politically involved cartoonist and educator. She advocates for many goals close to her, through art, rallies, postcarding, and voter registration. She talks about why she does all this.
3 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
Organize, Mobilize, and Strategize Truth - Reverend Chuck in Williamson County
Reverend Chuck Freeman of Williamson County works with the Justice Ministry for Unitarian Universalist congregations in Texas. He is very focused on organizing people to do good and fight against dangers from those in power.
19 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Immigration Case Management Instead of Detention - Lorri in Austin
Retired lawyer Lorri in Austin volunteers to help immigration organizations and asylum seekers in Central Texas. Lorri objects to how ICE and for-profit detention centers treat asylum seekers as criminals, and she pushes for case management systems instead. She describes the hurdles asylum seekers face here to have their legal cases heard.
26 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
Opposing Children's Detention Centers - Marina from the Rio Grande Valley
Marina is a nurse from Austin and the Rio Grande Valley who deeply opposes the detention centers for children crossing the Texas-Mexico border. She describes traveling to various centers around Texas to protest and provide aid, as well as describing the needs of the people detained at the border.
17 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
The American Tapestry of Immigrants - Ana in Austin
Recent violence in El Paso made Ana in Austin reflect on immigrants in America. She talks about what she has learned living and working at the border for decades. Her opinions also were published in the El Paso Times on August 31, 2019: "This land is our land, a changing tapestry of people"
12 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
How to Take Action in Politics - Lisa in Austin
Lisa from San Antonio and Austin describes how she has been involved in politics since she was a kid, and how she is especially involved now. She gives advice on how anyone can take political action.
4 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
On the Border - Jan from Bastrop
Jan from Bastrop in Central Texas is hugely concerned about the way the USA is handling several issues at the border with Mexico.
4 minutes | Aug 18, 2019
Needs of Rural Texans - Michelle in Bastrop County
Michelle from Bastrop County discusses increasing political participation among rural Texans. She wants better government representatives who meet with constituents, improved hospital and healthcare infrastructure for her neighbors, and funding for public education.
6 minutes | Aug 16, 2019
Postcard Activism in Texas - Lisa in Austin
Lisa from Austin describes postcard activism projects in Texas and around the country. She explains how postcards can help get out the vote and inform people about political issues, while being a little therapeutic for writers, too.
4 minutes | Aug 15, 2019
On the Detention Centers at the Border - Vanessa in Austin
Vanessa from Austin, Texas, talks about why she wants the detention centers at the border to be closed. She describes what she saw in the children's detention center in Tornillo, Texas, and what she would say to her neighbors and representatives about them.
4 minutes | Nov 5, 2018
Ramey, Texas Senate District 14
Ramey is part of Texas State Senate District 14 and is following several elections, including races for US Senate, Texas Attorney General, and Texas Supreme Court Judges. He talks about why the judicial elections are important to him.
4 minutes | Nov 5, 2018
Kent, House District 10
Kent is part of the 10th Congressional District in Texas. He's concerned about tax bills benefiting the wealthy, and he wants to elect representatives who will fight against this agenda.
6 minutes | Nov 1, 2018
Constance, District 2
Constance votes in the 2nd US Congressional District of Texas and resides in Houston. She's considering several major issues when casting her ballot this year for US Representative, county judge, and other Texas political seats. Some of these issues include better flood planning and infrastructure, better diversity and communication among her representatives, and expanded voting rights.
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