With a nip here and a tuck there, Kübler-Ross' snappy shortcut for dealing with death (you know, the ol' Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance routine) could be applied with good effect to help in the fight against oppression. Let's try it: Denial is human nature, so that certainly applies. After all, who wants to admit that, in many areas, our society isn't evolving, but instead devolving? Anger should be cranked up a notch to Outrage. Bargaining really doesn't apply -- it's not God pulling the strings, for chrissakes. No, this step should be changed to Tedium. It is tedious dealing with pre-Cambrian lawmakers and other halfwits when it comes to talking reason to ensure that we as a society are not being represented by cruel, bigoted agendas. Then of course there's Depression. This is a given. It is damn depressing (after all that tedium) to realize that some people still cling to the rock they live under and will probably never give up their hateful, ignorant ways. That leaves Acceptance. Oh no. This will not do. We can't accept oppression. No, Acceptance must accept change. It should be changed to Change, because that is the only way that we will heal.
This weekend, a number of churches and religious groups along with the NAACP, NOW, LGRL, AFL-CIO, ALLGO, and P-FLAG present The Rally for Hope in support of Representative Senforia Thompson's James Byrd Hate Crimes Act named in honor of the man murdered last year in Jasper, Texas. The purpose of the legislation is to buttress existing (albeit toothless) legislation. The rally will honor the memory of all hate crimes victims, and will take place Sat, Jan 30, 1pm, at the south steps of the Capitol. Later that evening, join the ralliers and the family of James Byrd for a Fundraising Reception at the Lazy Oak Inn, 211 W. Live Oak. All proceeds will go to the James Byrd Scholarship Fund. Please make your way in droves to this important day's events. 474-5475.
If we could only see the homeless as Bedouins, or in the light of the many indigenous tribes who move from place to place as the season suits. ... Sure, this is sort of a reductive, simplistic way of rationalizing a big issue on the urban landscape, but geez, holding their homelessness against them hasn't seemed to accomplish much. Call us naïve, but we think that supporting the people doesn't mean advocating homelessness. Nomadic Notions celebrates the creative spirit and talent of currently and former homeless artists. The Austin Metropolitan Ministries and Artists' Coalition of Austin-sponsored art show opens at ArtPlex, 1705 Guadalupe, Mon, Feb 1. Proceeds from pieces sold go to the artists. Join the artists for a Reception at the 'Plex Thu, Feb 4. 472-7627x15.
Tall Tales & Priceless Stories? We bet. Throw a buncha ol'-timey dyed-in-the-wool Yeller Dawgs together and what the hell else would you expect? A good time and some dough for our venerable Gray Panthers, we hope. The fundraiser will feature former state senators Babe Schwartz and Chet Brooks among others hamming it up, Wed, Feb 3, 5:30-8:30pm, at the Doubletree Hotel, 303 W. 15th. 458-3738.
Attention: Qualified, low-income families. Habitat for Humanity wants you. Think you'll never get it together enough to own your own home? Think again, then come to the Affordable Homes Meeting either tonight, Thu, Jan 28, 6pm, or Sat, Jan 30, 10am, at Sanchez Elementary, 73 San Marcos (twixt Holly and Cesar Chavez -- take the #17 Johnston, #22 Chicon, or #26 Riverside). If you want to get into one of their Build Your Own Home Programs, you must attend one of these meetings. Don't worry about a sitter; there's free child care available. But don't be late; doors will close exactly at meeting time. 472-8788.
The woman who wears the crown of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed-at-the-Backdoor is celebrating. And when someone with a title like that celebrates, umm, we suggest that you do too. Dianne Scott's Annual B'day Bash will feature Ryan Carter, Walter Tragert, Beaver Nelson, Loose Diamonds, and the debut of Bale Allen at the Continental Club, Tue, Feb 2, 10pm. Bring $6 to go to the SIMS Foundation. email@example.com 441-2444.
Project Transitions still has a few tickets left for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, their yummy fundraiser which features themed dinner parties in private homes, Sat, Feb 6, 6:30pm with a Champagne & Dessert Reception at the home of Susan & Jerry Jeff Walker, 10-11pm. It's $75 per, and tix are going fast. 454-8646.
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