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One Resistance - Inauguration Day 2017

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.

HBO Def Poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo at Woman’s March on Austin

This amazing open letter from HBO Def Poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo truly inspires and gives hope for the blooming of a movement! More than 50,000 people showed up to speak out for woman's rights in Austin! Video by Jeff Zavala, ZGraphix Productions & Austin Indymedia

Snehal Shingavi on Police Brutality and Racism in America

 

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

 

Filmed/Edited By:

Jeff Zavala

Grace Alfar

Music:

“Police Brutality”

Fred Locks

 

Texas Piers are Helping to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

 

Texas Stands With Gaza 2014

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=VDxFeDKgDKM http://genociderap.com

Austin Protests Against Israel's Reign of Terror in Palestine

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

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2014/07/05/12253449/

 

 

Seceding FROM Texas: The Backlash to Rightwing Secession Grows

 

 It had to happen. I predicted it over two years ago, when Texas Governor Rick Perry flirted with secession during the Tea Party's heyday. Any serious effort towards Texas secession would lead to large parts of Texas breaking away FROM Texas.

Within days of President Obama's reelection,  over 600,000 Americans spontaneously petitioned for secession from the US in all fifty states.

42 States Did Not Murder This Year

 


Save Texas Schools March and Rally 2012

On Saturday March 24, 2012 the Save Texas Schools March and Rally was held at the Texas capitol. Students, parents, teachers and community leaders attended to show their support of Texas public education. Information about education issues and ways to defend public schools can be found at http://savetxschools.org/.

Save Texas Schools banner

Day of the Fallen - Austin, Texas 3/2/11

 

 
Cardboard coffins lined Congress Avenue until all 138 of them filled the front lawn of the Texas Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

The coffins were painted black and represented the 138 Texas construction workers and laborers who lost their lives on the job in 2009. Their memories served as the rallying cry for the roughly 600 people who gathered at the Capitol in support of new legislation on workers’ rights and safety. The Workers Defense Project organized the rally and gathered lawmakers, clergy members and activists with the families of those who had died.

“The cause we’re here for today is not just a good one, but a sacred one,” one member of the church said at the beginning of the rally.
Political commentator Jim Hightower spoke at the rally to state the activists’ demands.

“We’re not just here to honor the memory of the workers,” Hightower said. “We’re here for just a little bit of justice. We’re not asking for the whole thing. If we were, we’d be asking for Wall Street salaries and benefits — now that would be justice.”

This justice comes primarily in the form of mandatory workers’ compensation, which would require every employer to provide wage replacement and medical benefits to any employee injured while on the job, said Billy Yates, an intern at the Workers Defense Project. As it stands, Texas is the only state that does not require such compensation, he said. He also cites simple things, such as required breaks, as important preventive measures.

“A construction worker dies every two-and-a-half days in Texas,” he said. “If Texas is 112 degrees during the summertime and workers don’t get a single break, you can’t really wonder why there are so many deaths in the construction industry.”

This lack of mandatory workers’ compensation, rest breaks in the work day and proper safety education all contribute to Texas’ reputation as “the most dangerous state in the union for construction workers,” a phrase that was repeated throughout the rally, Yates said.

Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, and Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, hope to change this. They are currently putting forth bills that would make workers’ compensation required for not only those injured on the job, but for the families who lost relatives in work-related incidents.

“It’s a simple bill in that it mandates that all businesses provide what every other business in every other state already provides, and that is compensation for workers,” Lucio said. “It is what’s just and it is what’s right.”

The event also included live music, prayers and stories of the hardships incurred by those injured on the job.

“When we are helping to build this state, we are wanted,” said one man, who is now confined to a wheelchair after falling 30 feet while working at a construction site. “But when we are injured, we are tossed aside.”

We have two new bills that have recently been filed and need the support of your local legislator. Please, use this link to find your state senator and representative: (http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us ) and ask your legislators to support...

HB 2196 / SB 1024 to prevent wage theft
Authors: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez & Sen. Jose Rodriguez
This bill will clarify the language in Texas Penal Code 31.04 (Theft of Service) which will enable local law enforcement to enforce the law against employers ; who do not pay their workers.

HB 1739 / SB 938 to provide workers compensation for all construction employees
Authors: Rep. Armando Walle & Sen. Eddie Lucio
This bill will require that workers compensation be provided for any and all construction employees in Texas; thus, reducing Texas' uncompensated care costs in hospitals, lowering property taxes, and lifting the burden off of taxpayers.

This is an Austin Indymedia & ZGraphix production.
Produced by Jeff Zavala.
Edited by Jeff Zavala & Matt Gossage.
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