May 17, 2010
US Social Forum Speaker Series: The Students Speak!
Where: MonkeyWrench Books
A discussion of the new student movement will proceed a dialogue of how to best utilize the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit next month to further the fight for a social justice on and off campus. Those that will be represented include student groups that are seeking to build sustainable social movements linking the campus to the community.
The Social Justice Action Coalition is based out of UT's school of social work and organizes to promote social justice work in and out of the school. Fair Food Austin, who recently won an on-campus campaign against the food service provider Aramark, has worked for years in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. ¡ella pelea! is a group that forefronts the demands of women, queer folks and people of color around the budget cuts at UT. Students Against Sweatshops, a new on-campus group at UT works to promote ethical production of clothing at UT. MEChA is a Xicana/o student collective that promotes culture, history, and resistance to oppression and is currently leading campaigns against the Texas State Board of Education textbook reforms called "Save Our History" and promoting Immigrant Rights at UT in solidarity with the Austin Immigrants Rights Coalition.