Public Notice

Get Out, Get Proud, Get Down

Hey, you don't have to be gay to be glad, and you don't have to be a big queer to party during Texas Gay Pride Week. The "gay community," as it were, extends far beyond sexuality or how people choose to identify themselves. "Community" means common interests, common goals, and transcends sexuality. Here in tolerant Austin, this is certainly evident - our gay community is comprised of lesbians, gay men, our kids, our parents, our pals, and fellow humans who believe in simple, yet radical concepts like Dignity, Justice, Honor, Respect, and Pride for all. Many of us in the gay community belong to many other communities - our lives defined by more than just whom we desire. Cultural, spiritual, racial, economic, academic commonalities figure in the mix; we come from so many different backgrounds. Amazingly enough, this still comes as a surprise to the troglodytes who assume that "gay community" is secret code for some sort of closed coterie of queers out for action. But how will you ever know that you are welcome in a community if you don't go and check it out for yourself?

Well, June is not only Jazz Month and Dairy Month, it is also Gay Pride Month. There are events throughout the entire month of June - from dances and socials to drag shows and rock musicals - to join in, support, and celebrate Austin's gay community. It all kicks off this weekend. In honor of Gay Pride Month, this week, your friendly neighborhood "P'Notice" has dedicated an entire box (see right) to the Texas Gay Pride events in June. 474-5475.


Kids & Crime

Despite the fact that national statistics show that juvenile crime has gone down in recent years, the severity, the horror of some of the recent stories of violent youngsters certainly make those stats seem irrelevant. One story that resonates for Austinites is the case of Derrick Williams (17) and Ahmad McAdoo (18), recently tried and convicted for the carjack/double murder of Juan Cotera and Brandon Shaw. Cotera and Shaw were brutally left for dead in the trunk of Shaw's Volvo which was submerged in Town Lake by the carjackers.

What makes a McAdoo or a Williams? These are questions that the University of Texas at Austin Criminology & Criminal Justice Center along with the families of Cotera and Shaw hope to answer. Together they have created the Shaw-Cotera Juvenile Violence Consortium, a group of researchers brought together to study and prevent juvenile crime. If you are interested in assisting with funding, write to the address below; all other inquiries should be directed to the phone number listed after the address. UT Liberal Arts Dean Sheldon Ekland-Olson, College of Liberal Arts, UT at Austin, West Mall Office 4.102, Austin, TX 78712. 471-1122.


Crime & Punishment

One of the most powerful testaments of the Journey of Hope is in its joining of families of murder victims with the families of death row inmates. Their message is clear: Killing is wrong; the Death Penalty is wrong. The Journey of Hope - From Violence to Healing has arrived in Texas. It has already been to Houston, is currently in Dallas, then heads down to San Antonio and finally will arrive in Austin next week, Thu, Jun 11. The events here in town begin with a Vigil at the Governor's Mansion at 5pm to protest the execution of Clifford Boggess. A Reception & Dinner for Journey travelers and the Austin community will be held at the Texas Center for Documentary Photography, 2104 E. MLK. Also at 7pm, death penalty activist and renowned author and film subject Sister Helen Prejean speaks at First United Methodist Church. Fri, Jun 12 features speaking events throughout the day; Sister Helen speaks again at St. Louis Catholic Church at 7:30pm. Sat, Jun 13 the events culminate with a March beginning at Huston-Tillotson College and a Rally at the Texas State Capitol, 10am-2pm. 494-5684 or 494-8498.


Hip-Hop to It

The next throw down in the Jump on It! Concert Series is next Wed, Jun 10, 6-10pm and every Wednesday over the summer at Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood. The series celebrates positive contributions of youth. Past performers have included K-Rino, AC Chill, and DBX from Houston's Southpark Coalition, Mirage, Roc Box, Dana Clark, 1st Degree, and more. 235-1516.


Jr. Tree Huggers Unite!

Hmmmm... lesseee the choices are: working on your tan while basking over a hot fryer and inhaling dead cow... or diggin' the nature scene, learning about arboriculture, and caring for trees and other woody plants. The National Arborist Association is looking for young adults to fill Entry-Level Summer Jobs working in the field of tree care. naa@natlarb.com or800/733-2622.


Helping Hands

About this time last year, Central Texas was filled with the call for neighbor to help neighbor in the wake of deadly tornados and havoc-wreaking floods. Well, this year the Red Cross still needs you. They are assisting with the aftermath of the horrible blaze near Spicewood Springs which displaced many families from their homes. Volunteers and Cash, as always, are needed. 928-4271 or send along a donation to: Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross, 2218 Pershing Dr., Austin, TX 78723.


Two Birds

The Austin Resource Center for Independent Living (ARCIL) is offering Workshops to folks with disabilities who wish to serve as AmeriCorps Volunteers. The next two workshops are at the ARCIL offices, 5555 N. Lamar, Fri, Jun 12 (register by Mon, Jun 8) and Fri, Jul 24 (register by Mon, Jul 20), 9:30am-12:30pm. 467-2417.


An Access Channel by Any Other Name...

...probably still wouldn't smell as sweet as media-nut Jim Ellinger, who had given us the distant early warning a while back that Austin Community Access Center (ACAC - we are so tired of putting "née ACTV" after this every damn time we mention it...) was preparing to celebrate its Silver Anniversary, but we are just now getting around to writing about it. Yup, they are celebrating 25 years of giving all sorts of nutheads access to airwaves, this weekend, Fri-Sat, Jun 5-6. So turn on, tune in, and drop on by! 478-8600.

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