Austin/Travis County, TX Focus
2nd Biennial TSDC Statewide Conference
Sun, March 6, 9:00am – 1:30pm
500 N. IH-35 Hilton Gardens Inn
The Second Biennial Statewide Conference of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus will take place on March 5 and 6, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Austin. This is the weekend before LGBT Lobby Day at the State Capitol. Registration for the conference is $75 and includes admission to all sessions, Saturday luncheon, Saturday night cocktail party and Sunday brunch. Openly bisexual Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) and national transgender activist Mara Keisling will be the keynote speakers at the Conference. The theme of this year's Conference is "The New Political Landscape In Texas: Where Do We Go From Here?" Democrats in Texas suffered huge losses in the November 2010 election and attendees will assess what happened and develop strategies for reversing these losses in 2012. Other speakers at the Conference include State Representative Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio), Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie, Equality Texas Executive Director Dennis Coleman and National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Michael Mitchell.
CRITICAL UPCOMING EVENT: This is a rally that hopes to draw from all over Texas. I hope some of my readers can make it.
It's Raining in Texas Rally
03/12/2011 (All day)
The State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.
For your GPS: 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78701
Dear Fellow Educators, Students, Parents, Administrators and any Texan, who cares deeply about education and the future of Texas,
We all appear to be at the mercy of our governor and the Texas State Legislature. Governor Perry's and the legislature's unwillingness to tap into the 9.4 billion dollar "Rainy Day" fund is mind boggling. If it's not raining in Texas now, then it's never going to rain!
The proposed 5 to 10 billion dollar cut in education funding will result in millions of dollars of budget cuts for each school district of Texas; hundreds of millions of dollars in Houston ISD alone. Those of us in education know how detrimental these cuts will be. We cannot allow this to happen!
The state of Texas is already ranked 43rd nationwide in per-student expenditures. With the proposed cuts, we will land near the bottom! We understand the need to balance the budget, but the education budget should be sacred in Texas as we are already woefully underfunded at the current levels. Instead, the legislature and Mr. Perry would rather mortgage the future of our kids and our state by balancing the budget on the backs of our students and teachers.
In Governor Perry's last re-election campaign, he claimed that Texas was "open for business." Well, we are on track to have a less educated workforce that will not serve to lure any businesses to Texas and will not promote a brighter future for Texans.
How much more can we accept as students, parents and educators? Should we remain quiet and watch our Texas education system be destroyed? How many years will it take for funding to return just to the inadequate levels that we have now?
Recent polls show that 70% of Texans oppose any cuts to public education.
The time to be heard is NOW! This is the rationale for the Rally in front of the state capitol building on March 12th.
Will YOU be there? Can you sacrifice a weekend for the future of education in Texas?
We hope to have representation from every single school and district in the state of Texas! This rally is not our only recourse, but it IS our first step in securing a first class education for our Texas children and changing the status quo.
For more info: www.itsrainingintexas.com
Here is the tentative schedule for the day of the rally.
10:00am (approx.) March from Auditorium Shores up Congress Avenue to the Capitol
(about 1 1/2 miles), arriving between 11 and 11:30.
11:30 Pre-rally activities, including a music performance and pre-rally speakers
Noon: Main rally begins with guest speakers
2:00pm Main rally ends.
2:00-5:00pm Mobilizing sessions for community and school leaders at First United Methodist Church Conference Center, right across the street from the Capitol. These sessions will be aimed at equipping folks to go back and continue to lead effective efforts to support the changes we want to see.
We are excited to announce that we are joining forces with
Save Texas Schools for one HUGE rally!
Please visit their website for detailed information about the rally and for important information on what you can do NOW to make a difference!
Relay For Life of Central Austin
Fri, April 29, 7pm – Sat, April 30, 7am
We are making a difference by teaming up to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. At the event, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. Our team is doing our part to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life. Please join our team or make a donation. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone! http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY11PL?team_id=877897&pg=team&fr_id=32272
To find events in the Austin/Travis County area, go to the Travis County Democratic Party Calendar
SOME RECURRING EVENTS:
NxNW Democrats meeting
3rd Monday of every month
Where: Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill, 9012 Research Blvd., Austin, TX. At the corner of 183 and Burnet. (Lots of free parking. We have the inside main room reserved).
Cost: FREE. Everyone is invited!
Capital Area Progressive Democrats Meeting
First Tuesday of every month
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: AFL-CIO 1106 Lavaca St
South Austin Democrats Meeting
Second Tuesday of every month
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Casa Garcia 1000 S Lamar Austin, TX 78704
Come join the South Austin Democrats at their monthly meeting.
Eat and socialize 5:30pm Program begins at 6:00
Find out what is going on at this year's TCDP Coordinated Campaign
Northeast Travis County Democrats Monthly Meeting
The last Tuesday of every month from 6:30-9 pm.
North Rural Community Center in Pflugerville
15822 Foothills Farms Loop (across 1825 from Springhill Restaurant, behind Lamb's Automotive)
Capital City Young Democrats
First Wednesday of each month
6pm – 8pm
George Washington Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library, 1161 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78722, (512) 974-1010
Capital City Young Democrats welcomes the young and the young at heart to join us for volunteering and social events. Each month, we have a regular meeting, a happy hour, and at least one social or volunteer event. We meet the first Wednesday of every month.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Austin Democrats Meeting
Wed, January 19, 2011, 6:15pm – 7:15pm
New Worl Deli, 4101 Guadalupe #100 Austin, TX 78751
DescriptionJoin the Central Austin Democrats at their monthly meeting.
The Austin branch of the NAACP has been a part of the association’s long and storied tradition since 1915 and has waged historic fights against racial injustice in Travis County. Beginning with protest against the lynching of blacks in the early part of the 19th century; rightful battle for school desegregation of the 1980’s; the public protest of police brutality of 2002-2004 the local branch has continued the work of the association
1704 E. 12th Street
Austin, Texas 78702
Austin Hispanic Women's Network of Texas:
The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas (HWNT) is a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civic arenas. HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well-being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family. Members strive to celebrate the positive image and values of the Hispanic culture.
P.O. Box 1356
Austin, TX 78767-1356
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.
PO Box 66522 Austin, Texas 78766
Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
The Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition is a membership-based coalition of immigrants, allies, and organizations that promotes human rights and dignity, and social and economic justice for immigrants through community organizing, policy advocacy, and public education.
Click here to find out what they do.
Click here to get involved.
HISPANICS IN AUSTIN:
This is a blog for Hispanic and Latino-Friendly folks in Austin, TX who want to deep dive into the Hispanic Austinite Experience.
Juan Castillo blogs on Latino news, happenings, culture and more.
AUSTIN DEMOCRATIC CLUBS:
Capital Area Progressive Democrats
First Tuesday of the month, 5:30P
AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca
Contact: John Lipscombe or 512.826.5517
Capital City Young Democrats
First Wednesday of the month, 6:00P
Carver Library, 1161 Angelina
Contact: Ben Simnacher or tel. 512.576.1679
Texas Environmental Democrats
Third Tuesdays, 7P-8:30P
Vinny’s Italian Cafe, 1003 Barton Springs Rd.
Contact: Kedron Touvell or 512.680.5998
Every Wednesday during the Fall and Spring semesters, 8P
Mezes 1.306 on the UT Campus
Austin Tejano Democrats
Meet Second Wednesday of the month, 5:30P
Casa Garcia’s Restaurant, 1000 S. Lamar
Contact: Fred Cantu or 512.698.4805
Black Austin Democrats
Third Thursday of the month, 6P
Carver Library, 1611 Angelina
Contact: Natomi Austin
Capital Area Asian American Democrats
First Tuesday of the Month, 6:30P Eat, Drink, Socialize, 7:00P Meeting
First Chinese BBQ Restaurant, 10901 N Lamar Blvd.
Contact: Ramey Ko or 512.577.5729
Latinos for Texas
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30P
Contact: Crystal Viagran
Capital Area Democratic Women
Second Thursday of the month, 11:30A networking, 12:00P lunch
Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1501 E. 6th St.
Contact: Jean Warneke or 512.217.4814
First Tuesday of the month, 7:30P
The Red House 1917 Manor Rd. (MAP)
Contact: Rich Bailey or 512.771.3538
Circle C Area Democrats
Second Monday of the month, 6:15P
Contact: Ed Scruggs or Leslie Westo
Lake Travis Democrats
Second Tuesday of the month, 6:30P
Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek Rd.
Contact: Judy Donohue or 512.531.9804
North by Northwest Democrats
Third Monday of the month, 6P
Sherlocks, 9012 Research Blvd
Contact: Jack Sigman or 512.796.7245
Northeast Travis County Democrats
Last Tuesday of the month, 6:30 Meet and Greet; 7:00 p.m. Meeting starts
Travis County Community Center in Pflugerville, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop
Contact: Dave Taylor or 844-1300
South Austin Democrats
Second Tuesday of the month, 5:30P Eat and socialize, 6P Program
Casa Garcia’s Restaurant, 1000 S. Lamar
Contact: Richard Arriola or 512.547.0556
Southwest Austin Democrats
Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30P Social; 6:45P Program
Will Hampton Public Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.
Contact: Albert Gonzales or 512.280.4900
West Austin Democrats
Second Wednesday of the month, 7P
Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd
Contact: Janet Hamilton or 512.469.9894
YellerDawg / Saturday Sages Democrats
Every Saturday, 11A
Tres Amigos Restaurant, 1801 S. Capitol of Texas Hwy (MAP)
Contact: Bill McAfee
BIODIESEL IN AUSTIN AREA
Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.
DieselGreen Fuels: sells biodiesel to fleet customers and wholesale via transport truck. For more info call: 512-247-3835. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B100 (OK for newer diesel engines).
Ecowise: 110 W. Elizabeth St. Austin, TX 78704, 512-326-4474. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open M-SU 10-7PM.
GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE AUSTIN AREA: These are some of the best local businesses around. Taken from the Green America Green Pages
Wheatsville Food Co-op
Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: Free sample newsletter.
"The only grocery store in Texas owned by its customers." Full line of natural and organic foods and groceries.
3101 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705-2898
White Mountain Foods
Since 1970, has manufactured natural European yogurt, vegetarian tamales, tofu deli salads, and meat substitutes, including award-winning vegetarian fajita fixings.
3301 E. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702
Austin's award-winning "green" hotel. Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites nestled in tree-shaded gardens of native flowers and herbs. Complimentary breakfast buffet and hospitality hours, courtyard pool, and spa. Environmental brochure available.
500 E. Highland Mall Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752-3716
Z Works Design/Build
Complete in-house design and construction services for sustainable buildings. Site-specific passive-solar design, alternative materials (ICF, SIPs, recycled materials), rainwater collection systems, etc.
P.O. Box 92183
Austin, TX 78709
Environmental general merchandise store carrying all types of sustainable flooring, nontoxic and recycled fiber futons, water filters, pest control products, hemp clothing, T-shirts, organic cotton linens, and towels. Nontoxic paints, gifts, and more.
110 W. Elizabeth
Austin, TX 78704-3002
20/20 Enterprises, Inc.
"Kill-A-Watt~Home" is an employee energy efficiency program. "Eco-Scavenger Hunt" is for employers. Green Fundraisers have 100%+ profit margins. Environmental trade show assistance. "Queen-of-Green."
3005 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
Innovative Water Solutions
Sustainable water conservation design/ build firm: rainwater harvesting, graywater reuse, irrigation, drainage, and landscaping for residential and commercial projects. Educational materials and DIY products available.
501 W. Powell Ln.
Austin, TX 78753
Provides green products and green rating consultation services. Focus on Austin Energy Green Building and USGBC LEED AP consultation.
109 Fenway Ct.
Austin, TX 78734
Design and hosting of Web sites and other Internet services. Green building professionals directory, listings of green real estate for sale/lease, sustainable building calendar, and bookstore.
108 Royal Way, Ste. 1004
Austin, TX 78737-9065
Sourcing partner for socially responsible and environmentally friendly products from developing nations. Fair Trade, functional products handcrafted by skilled artisans using traditional art. We do custom orders!
5555 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751
Olive Green Dog
Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 15% off. Use code: OLIVEGD.
"The best source for healthful and environmentally friendly pet products."Natural and organic pet foods, treats, supplements, flea control, shampoo, toys, collars, bedding and outerwear.
120 Sunrise Ter.
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Barbara Jackson, Western Equity Group, Inc.
Fee-based consulting for individuals and small businesses who wish to evaluate their investment choices in terms of enhancing sustainability for the future. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
4131 Spicewood Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78759
Hill Country Green Team
Real estate brokerage and consulting services for green home buyers; marketing services for green builders; consulting for developers using the Conservation Development Model.
16700 Goldenwood Way
Austin, TX 78737
A progressive learning center, meeting place, and wellness spa located outside of Austin in a scenic hill country setting that inspires growth, balance, and sanctuary.
13500 FM 2769
Austin, TX 78726
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