Time: Monday, September 21st, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Capital Factory
Our speaker this month will be ACLU organizer, advocate and lobbyist Lesley Ramsey. Lesley will talk about the ACLU’s work on privacy and technology and their upcoming conference in Austin on these topics.
Lesley Nicole Ramsey has spent the last fifteen years working as an organizer, advocate and lobbyist on issues including civil rights, health care, reproductive justice, fair wages, labor rights, fair trade, tax policy and voting rights. She worked five Texas legislative sessions as a lobbyist and advocate, including two years as the Chief Lobbyist and Executive Director of the Texas Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. More recently she served as the Executive Director of the Texas Civic Engagement Table, an organization created to increase the effectiveness of progressive organizations by helping them expand their reach into lower income communities and communities of color, and increase voter turn out in those communities. She was also a founding board member of the Lilith Fund, Texas Women’s Coalition and the Religion and Labor Network of Texas. Lesley has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.
Our talk this month will also be co-hosted with 501 Tech Club. 501 Tech Club is a monthly gathering of people working on nonprofit technology in the Austin area. Their gatherings are opportunities for anyone interested in helping nonprofits use technology to get together and talk shop in a fun, informal setting, with their name referring to the fact that most of them work primarily with and for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
501 Tech Club is also our sponsor this month, and they have graciously donated beer and snacks for meeting attendees to enjoy.
How does a journalist get his facts? Investigative journalist Ken Martin of The Austin Bulldog walks through actual investigations behind the stories he’s written. For example, the Austin City Council’s violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act that resulted in an immediate county attorney’s investigation that lasted 20 months and resulted in the entire city council having to sign deferred prosecution agreements to keep from being charged and prosecuted and, if convicted, sentenced to one to six months in jail. Or his detailed analysis of campaign spending in the 2014 elections of mayor and council under 10-1, and the mapping of 40 years of data on where mayors and council members lived when elected, showing substantial geographic disparities. How the “Fourth Estate” ensures transparency, and the challenges that face journalists and citizens who need to know the machinations that drive policy and action.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Capital Factory (Austin Centre Executive Suites, 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 – 16th floor)
Guest Speaker: Ken Martin, Editor, Austin Bulldog
EFF-Austin Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The Electronic Frontier Foundation At Black Star Co-op
Twenty five years ago marks the founding of The Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, one of the nation’s foremost defenders and advocates for digital rights. Shortly thereafter, EFF-Austin was founded as the first and to this day only local chapter of The EFF. Over the subsequent years, EFF-Austin has been at the vanguard of keeping our local citizens up to date on the latest happenings in the electronic frontier, hosting regular meetups with a variety of illuminating public speakers at the forefront of research and public policy in our increasingly digital world. We’ve accomplished a lot in this time, and in celebration we’re throwing a big party at Black Star Co-op on Monday, July 20th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to which you are all invited. Come on out and drink, eat, and be merry with your fellow digital citizens while we reflect on where we’ve been and look forward to figuring out all the exciting places we have yet to go!
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
111 Congress, Suite 400 | Austin, TX 78701