On Inauguration Day, University of Texas Students walk out of classes and join people from all over Texas gathering to protest Donald Trump's politics of fear and hate. This is a call to action to rally for justice and dignity for all. America faces a crisis. Donald Trump's presidency threatens millions. We must rally, protest, organize, and support one another. We must resist. We rally for civil rights, immigrants' rights, reproductive rights, our environment, good jobs, and justice and safety in all of our communities. Video by Jeff Zavala at ZGraphix Productions & Austin Indymedia.
Vermont's Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks along with local community leaders in a Town Hall Meeting in Austin, Texas, on March 31st at 7p.m.. The Town Hall Meeting discussion items includes: How to . . . 1) Overturn Citizens United and Get Big Money Out of Politics; 2) Deal with Obscene Wealth and Income Inequality. 3) Combat Climate Change. 4) Create Democracy NOT Oligarchy. Learn more at: http://BernieSanders.com Videography/Editing by Jeff Zavala and Grace Alfar A Austin Indymedia Production http://austin.indymedia.org
The People’s Task Force and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty organized a demonstration at the Capitol as a part of the National Day Against Police Violence. This protest was held to honor those who have died by the force of police, such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner. If you haven’t yet, please watch the video from the planning meeting and our interview with Snehal Shingavi on the 11th and 12th here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csaSV... As families decorate Christmas trees in their homes, a group of protesters gathered at the Texas State Capitol Saturday afternoon to decorate the Capitol’s tree with the names of those who have been killed by police and leave gifts that will never be opened. “The protest is a way to channel people’s frustrations and anger into a productive way of demonstrating what we think is wrong with how cops behave and that they’re held completely unaccountable,” said Snehal Shingavi, an organizer of the protest and member of the People’s Task Force and assistant professor at UT Austin. He added, “We are now approaching the number of black men lynched annually during Jim Crow, same number are being killed by police officers. This has to be a call to arms.” The People’s Task Force and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty organized the protest to participate in the National Day Against Police Violence. This event was held in honor of those who died due to police brutality, such as the nationally popular cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the local Larry Jackson Jr. case. Protesters and supporters used the hashtags #shutitdownatx, #justice4jackson and #blacklivesmatter to share photos, videos and comments. Demographics of the activists ranged from babies to high school students, undergraduates to professors and hobbyists to professionals. Filmed / Edited by Jeffry Zavala & Grace Alfar. Music by B. Dolan “Film the Police” An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org
Snehal Shingavi talks about the state of racism and police brutality in America. He outlines how the government spends money on a police force that works to divide the poor from the rich and further gentrify America. This allows the rich ruling class of society to do what ever they want and get away with it.
Snehal highlights the need to properly protect and serve the population instead of just protecting the rich and their private property. Institutions need to be created to help civilians hold police accountable for the crimes they commit.
Shehal Shingavi also outlines a few organizations worth getting involved with here in Austin:
- The People’s Task Force
- The Peaceful Streets Project
- National Lawyers Guild
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
All of which are working to watch police or implement police accountability measures.
In this video members of the People’s Task Force met up at Resistencia Bookstore to discuss, plan and create strategies for the National Day of Action against Police Violence Protest taking place on 12/13/14. If you haven’t yet, please watch and share the video from the protest on the 13th here: https://youtu.be/DRtOkHw8ep0
A look inside Obama's broken immigration system examines the functioning of American policy towards immigrants. Community members from all over Austin, gathered to honor the children who have traveled a dangerous path to our Texas border. They’re escaping violence caused by economic, psychological and political oppression. The goal is to rise above the political rhetoric and come together in solidarity in the hope that our common humanity can embrace these children.
Music by David Rovics "No One is Illegal" Videography by Grace Alfar & Nathan Blond.
Editing by Jeff Zavala & Grace Alfar.
Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org
Texas Stands With Gaza held a 7,000 person gathering in Austin, Texas Saturday August 2nd, 2014 to march and rally in solidarity with Gaza. Speakers included: Dr. Rania Masri, Professor, writer, human rights activist Minister Jim Rigby, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Jewish Voice for Peace Sheikh Islam Mossaad, North Austin Muslim Community Center Snehal Shingavi, Professor, writer, human rights activist Learn more at: http://texansforgaza.org Videography by Jeffry Zavala, Dalton Zavala, Nathan Blond & Mari Hernandez. Editing by Jeff Zavala & Grace Alfar. Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org Music by Genocide - "Free Palestine" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDxFeDKgDKMhttp://genociderap.com
In light of recent air strikes in Palestine, members from The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights and other groups gathered at the steps of the Texas State Capitol Building, Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. Protesting Israel's reign of terror, activists chanted and talked to the press about their deeply felt outrage.
Link to: Video of Israeli thugs beating Tariq Abu Khdeir
Called Canada's Rachel Corrie, Eva Bartlett is an activist and journalist living in Gaza since 2008. Her eyewitness accounts from Occupied Palestine have been published in the Electronic Intifada, Inter Press Service, Countercurrents and her own blog http://ingaza.wordpress.com./ As a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, Eva accompanied Gaza farmers and fishers under threat of harassment and sniper fire from Israeli forces. Eva rode with medics in their ambulances during Cast Lead, Israel's devastating assault on Gaza in 2008-2009 which killed 1500 Palestinians, and she documented the 2012 attacks from a central Gaza Strip hospital.
Join Twitter co-founder, Jelly co-founder and author of 'Things A Little Bird Told Me,' Biz Stone, with Steven Johnson, celebrated author and now host of PBS' How We Got To Now', in conversation about our connected society, the science and nature of collaborative networks, creativity, and how great ideas are born into existence.