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Speaking at the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT October 20, 2009

I was asked to speak about my life as a young women activist celebrating the National Young Women’s Day of Action!

GSC to Host Celebration of National Young Women¹s Day of Action


The Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Texas presents speaker

Erika González, co-director of People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her

Resources (PODER)

WHEN: Oct. 21, 6 p.m.


Santa Rita Room, Texas Union


As co-director of PODER, Erika González, coordinates all youth-related activities and is co-coordinator of PODER¹s Nahui Ollin Healthy Communities project and other projects around transportation and juvenile justice. PODER

works to reorganize environmental issues as social and economic justice issues and empower communities through education, advocacy, and action. The group also increases the participation of communities of color in corporate

and government decision making.

González is a board member of the Highlander Research and Education Center and is a core group member of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice¹s Youth Leadership Development Campaign. She also teaches theatre at an elementary afterschool program and co-facilitates poetry workshops at Johnston High School through Red Salmon Arts, Save Our Youth

Program (SOY). She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology from St. Edward¹s University through the College Assistance Migrant Program and is also a poet and a flautist.


The Gender and Sexuality Center, a unit of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin, provides safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through

education, outreach and advocacy.

Support for event also received from the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Multicultural Information Center, and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.



East Austin Barrio Tour September 28, 2009

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Hip Hop Theater Explosion in October! September 9, 2009

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Youth Encuentros at PODER in September September 8, 2009

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Invincible’s Workshop on Hip Hop Media and Community Displacement September 4, 2009


Invincible blessed us with her workshop:  Hip Hop Media and Community Displacement.  The workshop was held at the PODER office (www.poder-texas.org) and was given for PODER’s Young Scholars for Justice program, Austin Voices for Educationa and Youth, The Cipher, S.O.U.L. Sessions, Out Youth, and hip hop group The Public Offenders.  It was an amazing workshop where we all gathered to share our stories of where we are each from and learn about the parralles of community displacement of people of color in Detroit and in Austin.  Mad love to Invincible and all who turned out!  We have lots of natuarally talented youth in Austin whose voice speaks with truth, wisdom, and resistance!



Healing Our Communities One Beat at a Time August 28, 2009

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Healing Our Communities One Beat at a Time

I will be doing some spoken word at this event tomorrow night in San Antonio, TX with Xicana Chronicles!