Monday, November 19, 2007

'Last Sunday' at Ruta Maya Coffee House, Austin, TX

Sunday, November 25, 6:30 p.m.
Last Sunday at Ruta Maya Coffee House
Austin, TX

The "Last Sunday" event in November, with host Sean Tate, will focus on progressive responses to the often reactionary hysteria around immigration issues.
The gathering will feature speakers from the Workers Defense Project - , an Austin worker center that helps low-wage immigrant workers who face unsafe working conditions and predatory employers. Maria Duque, an immigrant worker and WDP board member, and Project Director Cristina TzintzĂșn will talk about their work and the need for progressive action on the issue.

Also on the bill is a screening of a new short film, "Hutto: America's Family Prison," about the prison-like conditions at the T. Don Hutto "residential facility" in Taylor, TX. About 500 immigrants and asylum-seekers from around the world, more than half of them children, are detained at the prison. Organizers with Texans United for Families - , a coalition of advocacy and community groups opposed to detention of children and their families, will speak about the campaign to close T. Don Hutto.

Last Sunday co-founder Eliza Gilkyson will be back to perform, joined by co-founder Jim Rigby, who will offer spiritual reflections on immigration politics. The main music for the evening will be provided by Diasporic, Austin's one-of-a-kind funk/hip-hop/jazz/soul quartet.

Location: Ruta Maya Coffee House, 3601 South Congress.
Cost: $8 suggested donation to support the independent artists performing; no one turned away for lack of funds.