CAMPO 2035 PLAN REGIONAL WORKSHOP The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization needs your help developing a mobility plan for 2035. 6:30-8:45pm. Thompson Conference Center, Rm. 2.102. www.campotexas.org.
TOWN HALL MEETING: CUTTING CITY COSTS Discuss the latest plan to reduce city of Austin expenses to meet the projected $20 million budget shortfall. 6pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. www.cityofaustin.org/budget.
CENTRAL TEXAS RAIL WORKSHOP Register online for this comprehensive look at Austin's new rail line and how it could fit into a larger rail system for Texas and the U.S. Thompson Conference Center, 26th & Red River, 471-2933. Free. www.mobilityauthority.com/rail_workshop.
BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME Listen to spoken-word performances of prison protest poetry as part of Freedom Weekend. 5:30pm. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 472-4809. www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/bringing-human-rights-home.
RADICAL SCHOLARS Scholar/activist Dylan Rodriguez presents Prison, Disaster, Genocide: From (Antiblack) Slavery to Mt. Pinatubo. 8:30pm. Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A S. First, 416-8885.
WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE: POWER & POLITICS Elected female officials share their experiences. 8am. Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones, 841-4093. $25. www.genaustin.org.
BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME Activists, attorneys, community leaders, and historians gather to discuss human rights. 12:30-6:15pm. Eidman Courtroom of UT's School of Law, 727 E. 26th.
CAPITAL METRORAIL OPEN HOUSES Check out the new passenger rail line set to begin service March 30. 10am-2pm. Crestview Station (Lamar, north of Justin Lane) and MLK Jr. Station (MLK & Alexander Avenue). www.capmetro.org.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM Place 5 candidate Bill Spelman discusses neighborhoods, public participation, and open government. 10am-noon. Hampton Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Free.
COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY CONFERENCE First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 441-1808. $50. www.tcadp.org.
LEGISLATIVE POLICY FORUM Discuss the hot issues of the 81st legislative session in a nonpartisan environment. 4pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 478-5684.
STATE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATIONAL FORUM Rep. Mark Strama discusses his role as chair of the Technology, Economic Development & Workforce Committee. 4pm. First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca. www.davidhasissues.com.
WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Former Black Panther and Angola 3 member Robert King tells his story. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. Free. www.austinuu.org.
AWAKENING THE DREAMER SYMPOSIUM is here to help you unleash your inner environmental activist. 6:30pm (potluck at 5:30pm). Le Jardin D'esprit, 3210 Hancock Dr. Call to RSVP: 632-8585. www.pachamama.org.
CAMPO WORKSHOP (See Thursday, Feb. 19.) 6:30-8:45pm. Education Service Center Region XIII, 5701 Springdale.
IMMIGRATION SPEAKER SERIES focuses on the ramifications of increased collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 6pm. TICE Community Space, 1009 E. 11th. www.austinirc.org.
CENTRAL TEXAS DOMOCRATIC FORUM features three mayoral candidates: Lee Leffingwell (r), Brewster McCracken (l), and Carole Keeton Strayhorn. 11:45am-1pm. Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress #700. $20. Call or e-mail to RSVP: 320-0665 or email@example.com.
PAT CROW FUNDRAISER Local politicos host a Mardi Gras party honoring longtime Austin activist and campaigner Pat Crow, who is recovering from a stroke. $15, or whatever you can afford (See "Fundraiser for Pat Crow" for more). 5:30-8:30pm, Moose Lodge No. 1735, 2103 E.M. Franklin. www.patcrow.com.
FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET Professor Jane Rhodes discusses race, media, and black power. 7pm. Thompson Center, 26th & Red River. Free.
HISPANIC QUALITY OF LIFE COMMUNITY FORUM Education is the focus of today's forum, the first in a four-part series brought to you by the city of Austin's Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative. 6:30pm. Austin High, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez. www.austinhispanicqualityoflife.com.
INSIDE AMERICA'S BEST COUNTERTERROR FORCE Newsweek's Christopher Dickey talks about how the New York City Police Dept. has transformed itself into one of post-9/11's leading counterterrorism organizations. 3pm. 3.128 Sinclair Suite, Texas Union, UT campus. Free.