In our era of renewed focus on activism and movement-building, Houston’s particular social movement history is often overlooked and underexplored. During Project Curate’s inaugural Speaker Series we will engage with some of the city’s most stalwart elders, disrupters and thought-leaders in an effort to unearth and reclaim this rich history. Join us as we gain knowledge of the ethical and political commitments that lie at the core of social movement organizing and that have ultimately shaped this city and its people. All are welcome.
Project Curate is committed to the practice of economic equity and ensuring our programs are accessible to people across all socioeconomic experiences. The listed price of our Speaker Series is a tax-deductible suggested donation. If the suggested amount is too high for you at this time, please contact us. If you have any further questions, accessibility needs, or would like to acquire your ticket over the phone, please contact us at [email protected] or (713) 528-0527, ext. 135.
Project Curate is a 501(c)(3) social impact agency specializing in collaborative public engagement on issues concerning race, religion, and social equity. We ultimately aim to build coalition and community in order to address pressing intersectional justice issues, support robust civic engagement, and inspire social transformation. For more information, please visit projectcurate.org.
UpcomingHere Now & Forward From HereDecember 12th, 6:30pm
The final installment of our Fall Speaker Series focuses on where new history is currently being written in Houston and where we are writing it ourselves. We'll hear from West Street Recovery (WSR), Northeast Action Collective / Noreste Accion Collectivo (NAC), and the Houston Coalition for Equitable Development without Displacement (HCEDD) on how they've been able to transform critical moments like Hurricane Harvey and Third Ward gentrification into possibilities for building community power. Then organizer and educator Cassandra Jones will guide us through a workshop exploring our own fit in larger movement work, ways to engage with better interconnectedness, and possible next steps forward.
Accessibility: The space for this event is wheelchair accessible. For visitors with a handicap sticker, hanger, or license plate: Please feel free to use any available space in The Jung Center’s staff parking lot, on the south side of the building. All entrances to the building have ramps, and visitors are welcome to use the entrance from the staff parking lot.
West Street Recovery (WSR) is a horizontally organized grassroots non-profit organization which aims to use efforts toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey to build community power and address histories of racial and environmental injustice. From rebuilding homes to community meetings, we are rooted in popular education and create a supportive and reflective network that helps develop skills, confidence, and understanding so everyone can lead and grow the work.
Northeast Action Collective / Noreste Accion Collectivo (NAC), a sister organization to West Street Recovery (WSR), is one year old and was formed by members of WSR and Hurricane Harvey survivors from NE Houston. It is a bilingual group focused on fostering bonds of friendship and solidarity between neighbors, building organizing skills and developing leadership capacity to transform their neighborhoods into the places they know they deserve to live in.
Mary Claire Neal grew up in Tyler, TX. She is a junior at Rice University studying anthropology and running on the cross country and track teams. She is co-organizing the Houston Coalition for Equitable Development without Displacement (HCEDD) alongside leaders, scholars, residents, and fellow students from Third Ward and across Houston. The goal of HCEDD is to secure a Community Benefits Agreement with Rice Management Company as they develop a transformative Innovation District on the edge of Third Ward.
Uyiosa Elegon is a co-founder of the Institute of Engagement, a collective that helps young people take responsible ownership of their Houston. Their past work includes a year longcivic fellowship for Greater Houston area high school students. An organizer, Uyiosa concerns himself with several projects that address the material realities of youth power, pleasure, and pain. He is pursing a marketing major and education minor as a senior at the University of Houston.
Cassandra D. Jones is a passionate organizer, strategist, writer, and digital storyteller. A graduate of the University of Houston, her career began as a Founding Educator at South Early College High School in Houston, Texas. Through her school’s partnership with Coalition of Essential Schools, she began her time in the classroom as an instructor that viewed education through a social justice lens. Her experience as a member of the SECHS Leadership Team, English Department Chair, and Title I Coordinator, prepared her to venture out of the classroom into important leadership roles with Citizen Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, and Fort Bend ISD. Her roles have afforded her the opportunity to grow first year educators, coordinate fundraising events, and mobilize communities. Outside of the classroom, she addressed systemic inequities that impacted her students as a Regional Strategy Team member of Organizing Network for Education - Houston. As an organizer, she built teams across the state as the Director, Organizing Strategy - Texas for Leadership for Educational Equity. She currently offers free monthly organizing workshops that center racial equity for educators and people who want to support them at local libraries across the city. She believes that everyone should have access to the tools to change anything they desire in their communities.
November - DecemberJung Center5200 Montrose Blvd.Houston, TX 77006Free street parking limited. Paid lot and parking garages for $10 nearby. Additional free parking in the lot at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, two blocks east of the Jung Center.
Accessibility: Visitors with a handicap sticker, hanger, or license plate, please feel free to use any available space in The Jung Center’s staff parking lot, on the south side of the building.
Fall 2019 Speaker Series
Maco FanielHouston's Social Movements History
Michelle Barnes & Charles X WhiteBlack Freedom Struggle/Movement
Pancho Argüelles & Maria JimenezLatinx Movements
Srushti Mahamuni, Naushaba Patel & Isbah RajaSouth Asian Feminist Organizing
West Street Recovery (WSR), Houston Coalition for Equitable Development w/o Displacement (HCEDD) & Cassandra JonesHere Now & Forward From Here
August - OctoberMuseum of Fine Arts HoustonAudrey Jones Beck Building5601 Main St.Houston, TX 77005American General Conference Room
November - DecemberJung Center5200 Montrose Blvd.Houston, TX 77006
We want to ensure that anyone who wants to come is able. If the suggested amounts below feel too high for you at this time, please contact us at [email protected] or (713) 528-0527, ext. 135.Students may use the code Student2019 for a student rate on tickets.
Tickets for specific events in the Fall 2019 Series.
Tax-deductible pass for one person to the Black Freedom Struggle/Movement Event on September 26, 2019.
Tax-deductible pass for one person to the Latinx Movements Event on October 24, 2019.
Tax-deductible pass for one person to the Latinx Movements Event on November 14, 2019.
Tax-deductible pass for one person to the Final Fall 2019 Series Event on December 12, 2019.
Season passes for the full Fall 2019 Series.
Tax-deductible pass for one person to the Fall 2019 Speaker Series.
We want to ensure that anyone who wants to come is able. We invite those who may be more financially secure to consider contributing more to support access for others. All gifts are tax-deductible.
Support Project Curate's continuing efforts in developing programs that advance justice and social transformation in Houston and beyond. All gifts are tax-deductible.
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