[Last update: 8 April 2009]

Progressive Activism in Austin, TX


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Table of Contents

  • What's this all about

    Events

  • Austin Area Events
    Third Coast Activist Calendar
    Austin Indy Media Radicalendar You can add your events to this list!
    Environmental/cultural/healing events
  • Regular Meetings of Activist Groups (weekly/monthly -- many open to public -- Become active, join a group!)
  • Trips and Delegations (Domestic & Foreign)
  • Pictures of Austin Anti-war Demonstrations

    Organizations

  • Austin Area Peace, Justice, & Environmental Organizations (by topic)

  • Local Politics

    Informational Resources

  • on Guantanamo
  • ... on Iraq
  • Cost of the War in Iraq [details]
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  • Bush Administration Public Statements on Iraq -- Refuted
  • Eyewitness Reports from the Ground in Iraq
  • Iraqi Blogs
  • Sites with Photos from Iraq
  • UN news on Iraq -- Stuff you won't find in the US press
  • Casualties
  • US + "Coalition" Casualty Names and Statistics (reccommended)
    US Military Fatality List (mostly Iraq & Afghanistan) (2004) (2003) (2001 - 2002)
  • Photos of Iraqi Civilian Casualties
  • Names of over 3,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed as a Result of the US Invasion of Iraq US & "Coalition" Deaths & Casulaties from CNN -- View alphabetical list, casualty list by month, graphical charts by month (2003, 2004), country, branch of military dead and wounded, by race, age, and gender

  • ... on 9/11, "War on Terrorism", and Background Materials
  • Featured Articles
  • What is the US Doing?
  • Threats to Constitutional Rights
  • 9/11 Commission Report (PDF format)
  • on 2004 election mishaps
  • on Guantanamo
  • ... on Other Activist Issues (incl. Palestine/Israel)
  • ... on Venezuelan Coup

    Government Documents

  • ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody -- official report to the US government (Released 4/2009) (2/2007) [PDF] (mirror) New (4/2009)
  • Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures (11/2007) [PDF]
    Unclassified military manual for how to deal with Guantanamo prisoners
  • (Global Warming Report [PDF]
  • National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq (1/2007) [PDF]
  • International Law
  • UN Security Council Resolutions
  • Bills before Congress -- search for any bill
  • US Code -- search for any law (alternate)
  • US Constitution
  • Texas State Constitution
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (simplified version [PDF])
  • EU Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
  • UK Human Rights Act of 1998
  • Iraq Study Group Report [PDF]
  • Other Info from Governements

  • Register to Vote
  • Texas (click on 'government' which also has link to federal sites)
  • Travis County
  • City of Austin
  • Texas Redistricting; what district are you in?
  • Texas & Local Election information
  • News relevant to progressive issues
  • Foreign News Media

    Activist Resources

  • Places to Put up Posters in Austin
  • Press Release Template

  • How to Photograph Street Marches [New!]

  • CD/Legal/Consensus/Media/...
  • Patriot Dreams: A User's Manual for Democracy (pdf format)
  • Civil Disobedience Index
  • Demonstrator's Manual
  • Stopping a Police State: A Pocket Guide
  • Common Sense Security for Activists
  • Security for Activists -- Resources

  • Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook
  • Know Your Rights Wallet Card (English) (Spanish)
  • Ruckus Society Direct Action Tools & Manuals
  • Activist Resources from ACT-UP, New York
  • Starhawk's Resources for Activism Trainers
  • Activist's Toolkit

  • Chants, Slogans, Poster Text
  • Peace Songs, including Peace Carols
  • Peace & Justice Poetry
  • Greeting Cards for Peace

  • Subscribe to Email List Servers

    Action Campaigns

  • Don't Just Vote.com
  • Freeway Blogger
  • Code Pink Alert

    Flyers

  • Local Flyers
  • Antiwar Flyers from the War Resisters' League

    Graphics and Things to Order

  • Fliers, Posters, Graphics, Comics, ...
  • Order Peace Flags, Buttons, Bumper Stickers, ...
  • Yard Signs

    Contact Information

  • ... for US government Officials (Updated 11/2007)
  • ... for UN Officials (Updated 11/2007)
  • ... for Congress (Updated 11/2007)
  • ... for Austin Mayor and City Council (Updated 11/2007)
  • Contacting Media

    Organizations, etc., outside Austin

  • Peace Centers around the Country
  • List of National Antiwar Organizations (needs updating)
  • Global Conferences and Training

  • An unrepresentative Congress has given an unelected President unconstitutional authority to wage an unprovoked war.

    "Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience…Therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring"

    -- Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950
    
    First they came for the Communists
       and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. 
    Then they came for the Jews,
       and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. 
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
       and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. 
    Then they came for the Catholics
       and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. 
    Then they came for me,
       but by that time, no one was left to speak up.
        -- Pastor Martin Niemoeller, Nazi Germany
    
    

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    Austin, TX, Activism

  • This site provides a resource to provide the public with information about events in Austin, political groups in Austin, and informational resources regarding peace, justice, and environmental issues.
  • This site is intended as a link to peace, justice, and environmental groups and activities around Austin, Texas.
  • Such groups are involved with (in alphabetical order)
  • Criminal Justice issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Gender issues
  • Party Politics
  • Green
  • Socialist
  • Local issues
  • Peace and anti-war issues
  • Police issues
  • "Race"/heritage issues
  • Workers' Rights
  • ... other related issues
  • Barack Obama becoming president will be a significant relief from the Bush years. But this is not the time for the progressive community to rest. Far from it. It is now time to redouble our efforts to bring about true progressive change. Just as FDR told activists to make him make the change that was needed, Barack Obama needs to receive constant pressure to make such changes. You can be sure that the corporate lobbyists and the DNC will be pressuring him to make only moderate, centrist changes. We must impress upon Barack Obama that:

  • The US should join the rest of the developed world and institute a single-payer health care system. This is what the public wants -- and the majority of the doctors, as well.
  • US troops need to be withdrawn rapidly from Iraq ...
  • with negotiations with the nationalist/anti-occupation groups in Iraq
  • with reparations paid to entities which will use the money to rebuild the country
  • with the US taking responsibility for the care of Iraqi refugees
  • with assistance for the clean up of ALL the depleted uranium left around the country
  • US and NATO troops should be withdrawn quickly from Afghanistan ...
  • with negotiations with the nationalist/anti-occupation groups in Afghanistan
  • with reparations paid to entities which will use the money to rebuild the country
  • with the US taking responsibility for the care of Afghan refugees
  • Police work should be used to go after al Qaeda, not warfare.
  • The US should insist that Israel stop attacking Gaza and rapidly agree to a settlement based on withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders. If Israel resists taking such action, Barack Obama should tell them that they would be classified as a "state sponsor of terror" and treated accordingly.
  • Obama should quickly sign the global treaties which Bush has rejected: on land mines, international courts, climate change, etc.
  • Obama should be brought to understand that clean electricity can be brought on line far faster and more cheaply through wind plants than by construction of nuclear plants. Such clean energy can be used to produce hydrogen for clean vehicles.
  • Obama should be brought to understand that "clean coal" is far beyond current technology, and that there are great environmental hazards with the proposed carbon dioxide sequestration methods.
  • Obama should rapidly put undocumented workers on a path to legitimacy, so that they can help our country get back on its feet.
  • A moratiorium should be placed on forclosures, and the ballooning interest rates should be brought down (because, among other things) the interest rates paid by the lenders are at record lows.
  • Housing loans should be renegotiated to reflect the actual price of the houses.
  • For loans that the government backs, the risk has disappeared, so the risk bonus should be removed. The loans should be recalculated as if the interest rate from the beginning was that of the most secure government backed mortgages.
  • Crimes of the Bush Administration should be investigated by special prosecutors.
  • All signing statements by George W. Bush should be both repudiated and published.
  • Vote stealing and voter supression in the 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 elections should be investigated by special prosecutors.
  • Guantanamo Naval Base should be returned to Cuba since the US Navy no longer needs it as a coaling station.
  • US military spending should be cut to 1997 levels, and then cut further from there.
  • ... and many more changes.

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