Voices: Women of the RGV: March 9, 2013

Voices: Women of the RGV

March 9, 2013 – Archer Park – 3:30PM

Everyone has a story. Celebrate International Women’s Day and share your story. It can be any kind of story. A story about your career, your life, your loved ones. You can share your story through stuff you’ve written (poetry, short story, or other), through music, through anything you’d want.

It’s a celebration of women too, so bring a friend, invite a neighbor, bring some food to share, or information to share.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/483783028348689/

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8th Annual Peace and Justice Gathering: Feb. 2, 2013 #rgv



FEBRUARY 02, 2013;
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM 

South Texas College (Weslaco), Student Services Bldg. F


Main Speakers


Teaches philosophy at Lamar University in Beaumont. He lectures widely on several issues: Aztec and Chicano culture, Toltec mythology, prison issues, and the philosophy of Che Guevara. His presentation will be on the long fight over Chicano Studies. 


Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership and the author a new study condemning Operation Streamline. His presentation in on Operation Streamline, a menacing “immigration enforcement” policy, which has been condemned by Libal and his organization in a recently circulated report.

All Day: A Children’s Play- Peace and Protection of Mother Earth.

All are welcome, the event is free and lunch is provided. Come early if you want to set up a display. 

(More info: email – Erik Toren (ectoren@gmail.com) or Bob Fowler (bobfowler@live.com or call Nick and Linda Braune (956-246-8193)

This event is sponsored by People for Peace and Justice of the Rio Grande Valley, a coalition of individuals and organizations opposed to violence, lies and greed. We welcome opportunities to include others who share our commitment.

You can find our web page at: http://peoplepeacejustice.blogspot.com/

PfPJ thanks all the community groups who participated during the past gatherings 
are participating this year:

All Souls Unitarian Universalist church of Brownsville; Amnesty International, South Texas College chapter; ARISE; BARCA; Call to Action RGV; Comite de Apoyo; Flor de Nopal Sangha; Food Not Bombs, South Texas College chapter; Holy Spirit Peace and Justice Community; McAllen Ministerial Alliance; Iglesia Menonita Buenas Nuevas (Good News Mennonite Church); Islamic Society of South Texas (McAllen Mosque); La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE); Masjid Arridwan (Edinburg Mosque); MEChA/ACLU; Military Families Speak Out; Mujeres Unidas/Women Together; Partido Socialista del Valle; Pax Christi; Planned Parenthood; Proyecto Azteca; Proyecto Libertad; Rio Grande Valley Friends (Quakers); Rio Grande Valley Islamic Center (Weslaco Mosque); San Antonio Council on American-Islamic Relations; Sierra Club; Socialist Workers Party; Southwest Workers Union; South Texas Civil Rights Project; Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley; Students for Peace, UTPA; Students for Peace and Change, UTB; Texans for Peace; Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty; Texas RioGrande Legal Aid; Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County; The Socialist Forum; World Peace Alliance. Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Pan Am Students for Medical Spanish; No Border Wall, Valley Interfaith, International Socialist Organization, Pax Christi, Sierra Club, Texas for Peace, and Occupy McAllen.


People for Peace and Justice meets monthly at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (14th and Nebraska in San Juan) at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to all who want to help. 

For information or suggestions, email Erik Toren (ectoren@gmail.com) or Bob Fowler 
\(bobfowler@live.com) or call Linda and Nick Braune at (956)-246-8193

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Thank you.


OccupyMcAllen is still here and we had had a busy year.
Continuing with our activist spirit we responded to calls of solidarity by organizations and members of our community, working for positive change.

Some of the highlights this year:

*Standing in solidarity with WalMart employees who for the first time fought back against WalMart for their labor rights.

*Organizing a “Thanks Radicals” campaign in commemoration of Labor Day, reminding the community the important changes brought to us by “radicals.” (i.e. minimum wage, child labor laws, holidays, weekends, 40 day weeks, environment conservation)

*Standing in Solidarity with the people of Syria, in which we asked and end to the bloodshed.

*We also demonstrated for support of peace, in response to the escalating situation with the Israeli-Palestine conflict during the fall.

*Participating and worked together with other organizations in our community.

*Several of our events were covered by local media, which hopefully brought about discussion and interest to important political issues.

As an organization we focus on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income and Health. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities for success, everyone should have access to our political system, and that politicians should be accountable to their constituents.

As President Obama begins his second terms and congress does to, we will be keeping an eye on congress to see that they deliver legislation that will strengthen democracy, protect civil rights, and support the middle class.

In the following year we look forward to working with other national and local organizations and recruiting new supporters.

The following are some of the work we will be supporting and working toward in 2013:

Supporting legislation that helps the middle class including, increased wage, and health insurance coverage for workers.

Defending education from budget cuts and supporting reforms that helps increase college readiness and fix dropout rates.

Making clear that spending money in elections is not free speech, so that wealthy individuals, through Super Pacs, cannot continue to buy our political process.

We will continue to support efforts by organization and people who take over banks and confront corporate criminals in direct action.

We will support local and national organizations advocating comprehensive immigration reform. We will help organize and build support for a just and humane immigration reform–one that doesn’t separate families or treat immigrants like criminals.

Block the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. We will work with rgv environmental groups to assist in mobilizing massive public opposition to this destructive project, which threatens our forests, our climate and our health.

As always, we would like to remind you we are an open organization who welcomes new ideas, so contact us if you ever have ideas or thinks a problem needs to be addressed in our community.

We wish you a successful and very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you come to our events.

We are active on social media,
Tweet at us @OcuppyMcAllen
Message or comment on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/OcuppyMcAllen

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Peace Rally Between Isreal and Gaza

November 15: Rally against the Israeli attacks on Gaza. In front of Bentsen Tower, near downtown McAllen, November 15 at 5pm.

Smoke rises from buildings in Gaza City following Israeli airstrikes Photograph: Adel Hana/AP

Israel is raining down bombs and tanks have now entered Gaza. Here’s an AlJazeera news broadcast on the most recent attack:

Read more about the attacks in this Guardian article.

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Make some Noise RGV

Occupy McAllen October 13 Global Noise

Some things don’t feel right in our world. Most of us want to do something to help make the world a better place for.

Join us Saturday October 13 at Archer Park in the historic downtown McAllen and like minded people as we reconvene for the one year anniversary of Occupy McAllen.

This is for anyone who wants to take acton on specific problems and have ideas for community actions, please come and share your ideas.

All our welcome! Artists (musicians, poets, etc) who have an activist heart, come and perform and show us your advocacy inspired art. If you cook, or even if you don’t, bring some food for our potluck.

Let’s get together and see how we can make a difference.

Let’s make our voices heard! Make some noise RGV!

Event page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/427853957272889/

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