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Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2
Two Films on Gandhi's Legacy: "Words on Water" and "Jeshn-e-Azadi"
        In commemoration of Gandhi's birthday, October 2, UT's South Asia
Institute will screen two films by Sanjay Kak that address the varied
legacies of Indian nationalism and Gandhian nonviolence. Filmmaker
Sanjay Kak will be present to answer questions after both films.
        Oct. 1, 7 p.m.: "Words on Water" focuses on the more than 20 year
history of non-violent struggle of displaced farmers and tribals in
the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement). For more than
15 years people of the valley have resisted a series of massive dams
on their river, and in their struggle have exposed the deceptive
heart of India's development politics.The struggle has forged unusual
alliances. Adivasis in the hills, farmers from the Nimad plain, sand-
quarriers and fishermen on the river, and middle-class activists.
They are ranged against the powerful apparatus of this chosen model
of development - Ministers, Magistrates, Police Commissioners, the
World Bank, and in this era of privatization, multinational
corporations. This is a dialogue with authority that is usually
conducted across barricades. But through the tumult and slogans, we
make our way to the transactions between power and powerlessness,
between truth and untruth.
        Oct. 2, 7 p.m.: "Jeshn-e-Azadi" ("How We Celebrate Freedom")
examines the more than 50 year history of violence in Kashmir's
struggle for Independence. It is August 15th, India's Independence
day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up in the heart of Srinagar,
Kashmir. But the empty streets and the sullen silence that greet
India's claim on Kashmir spark off old questions about freedom -
azadi - and the denial of freedom. In the aftermath of 18 years of an
armed struggle, with 60,000 dead and nearly 7,000 missing, death and
loss is everywhere. Sometimes it is marked; sometimes in the process
of being uncovered, and sometimes expressed in the fractured minds of
ordinary Kashmiris. Using a mix of verite footage, rare archival
material, poetry and text, the film is a provocative look at Indian
democracy in the 60th year of India's independence, and a reflection
on power, resistance and "freedom's terrible thirst".
Location: UT Campus, ACES 2.302, Avaya Auditorium (both nights).

Saturday, October 6
Caravan to Protest Val Verde (Del Rio) Correctional Facility
        Sponsored by the Texas Jail Project and Grassroots Leadership with
support from the Freedom Ambassadors, activists will caravan to Del
Rio, Texas, the weekend of October 6 to protest conditions and
treatment of inmates at the Val Verde County Correctional Facility.
Texas Jail Project co-founder Diane Wilson will be joining the action
along with Freedom Ambassadors founder Jay Johnson-Castro and others
from around the state.
        The Val Verde Correctional Facility is a private prison holding
local county prisoners, out-of-state inmates, federal detainees, and
immigrants incarcerated by the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs
Enforcement. The facility is privately run by The GEO Group which has
been successfully sued several times for maltreatment and has a long
history of inhumane treatment of inmates that has resulted in
multiple deaths and serious injury.
Details: The caravan will be leaving Austin around 8 a.m., traveling
through San Antonio and arriving in Del Rio by 12:30 p.m.. For those
wanting to join the caravan, please contact Texas Jail Project
coordinator Susie Kirk at for information.

Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m.
Antonia Juhasz at Book People,
"The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time"
Antonia Juhasz will speak at Book People for the release of the
paperback edition of her book The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One
Economy at a Time. Juhasz examines the Bush Administration's use of
corporate-led globalization policy as a weapon of war. Presenting the
Iraq war as the most brutal application of the Bush agenda, Juhasz
recounts the Bush administration's attempt to fundamentally transform
Iraq's economy, locking in sweeping advantages to its corporate
allies. Extensively researched and highly engaging, The Bush Agenda
provides informative analysis revealing the hard truths about where
the Bush administration and its corporate allies are leading the
modern world - and what we can do about it.
Location: Book People, 6th and Lamar.

Sunday, October 14, 10:00am
Indy Texans Training Retreat!
 Want to Volunteer & Be a Political Activist?
Or maybe you already are, but want to get better at what you’re going or learn some new tricks.
Sign up to attend our next Independent Texans’ retreat this coming October 13-14 in the beautiful
piney woods of Bastrop, Texas. This will be a very HANDS ON training of “how to’s” -- how to
work the press, how to run an initiative campaign, how to run for office, how to do a web site,
how to organize a meeting and more.
For reservations please send a note to
We will send more information to you about this event, including
details about lodging and food.

Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Third Coast Film Night - "War Made Easy" with Norman Solomon
        "War Made Easy" reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a
50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has
dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to
Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes
remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration
from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the
American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war
messages of successive presidential administrations.
        "War Made Easy" gives special attention to parallels between the
Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman
Solomon's meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film
presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from
the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading
journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon,
Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and
news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.
        Norman Solomon's work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as
"brutally persuasive" and essential "for those who would like greater
context with their bitter morning coffee." This film now offers a
chance to see that context on the screen.
        Norman Solomon - who will introduce the film and take questions
afterward - is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and
politics and the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for
Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and
analysts. His columns have appeared in such publications as the
Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the New York Times,
the Boston Globe, and USA Today. Solomon has appeared on The NewsHour
with Jim Lehrer, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and CSPAN's Washington Journal
and Book TV, and has been a guest on various National Public Radio
Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown - NEW LOCATION - the
historic Ritz Theater, 320 E. 6th Street.

Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m.
"50 Years of the Warfare State" - a talk by Norman Solomon,
nationally syndicated columnist and author
with comments by Michael King, Austin Chronicle politics editor
        In this talk, Norman Solomon will explain how U.S. policymakers
after World War II decided on a policy of perpetual war, and what
that has meant for the people of the United States and the world.
Michael King will offer comments in response to Solomon's lecture.
        Solomon is the author of 12 books, including Made Love, Got War:
Close Encounters with America's Warfare State (2007) and War Made
Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2005). A
nationally syndicated columnist whose articles have appeared in the
New York Times and Washington Post, Solomon also is a frequent guest
on television and radio, and he was featured in a film adaptation of
"War Made Easy" produced by the Media Education Foundation. Solomon
is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public
        King is the news editor of the Austin Chronicle, Austin's
alternative weekly newspaper. He writes a weekly column that covers
politics at the local, state, national and international levels. King
is former editor of the Texas Observer.
Location: UT Campus, Thompson Conference Center (TCC 1.110). TCC is
next to the LBJ School at Red River and Dean Keeton. Plenty of free
convenient parking in the large lots along Red River.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 7-9:30 pm

Monitor the upcoming November 6th election!

Once upon a time, long, long ago, exit polls were reliable indicators of
how the voters actually voted.

Now, with widespread electronic voting machine fraud, Exit Polls have
been conveniently discredited here in the U.S, or else, the polls are run
by mainstream media and their results are quickly adjusted to match the
so-called “official” election results!

It’s time that citizens took back Exit Polling, as part of our mission to
reclaim elections themselves back into the hands of the citizens by
eliminating electronic voting machines and returning to hand-counted
paper ballots. And that’s exactly what we plan to do: an Exit Poll for
the November 6th State Election.

Join VoteRescue and our Coalition, Texans for REAL Elections, in our
upcoming Exit Poll Training Session, Tuesday, October 30th, at Opal
Divine’s, 3601 South Congress, from 7 – 9:30 pm. Come early for to grab
some dinner before the meeting.
Location:  Opal Divine's, 3601 S. Congress, Austin (707-0237)
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