TxState, LBJ Museum Co-sponsor ‘Dialogues for Activism’ in June

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos and Texas State University will co-sponsor a free series of “Dialogues on Activism” with activists, scholars, and community, state and national leaders offering front-line reflections on motives and methods for social change.

The public is invited to attend the events at the museum, 131 N. Guadalupe Street, San Marcos on three Fridays– June 9, June 16, and June 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. with two dialogues presented at each event. The dialogues address Public Education, the School-to-Prison Pipeline; Restorative Justice, DREAMers, Sanctuary and Refugees, and Fight for $15.

Co-sponsoring the programs are the Texas State University Philosophy Dialogue Series; (@justicetalkTXST), the Texas State Honors College, and the Common Experience at Texas State (@TXSTCE) and the LBJ Museum of San Marcos.

The Dialogues on Activism will include:

June 9: Education: 1. Public Education; 2. School-to-Prison Pipeline

8:30 a.m. coffee sponsored by @JusticeTalkTXST;

9-10:30 a.m. First Dialogue on Public Education, Facilitator, Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo, TxState; Dr. Libby Doggett, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education; Kayla Heyward, MBA, Principal, John H. Wood Charter District, Hays Campus, and Anne Halsey, Vice President SMCISD Board of Trustees.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Second Dialogue on School-to-Prison Pipeline: Facilitator: Kathy Martinez-Prather, Director Texas School Safety Center, Texas State; Rima Kaikhah, Rebound Disciplinary Alternative Education Program, San Marcos CISD; Wayne Thompson, Transitional Coordinator, Hays County Juvenile Center, and Dr. Hilary Lustick, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Ed., Texas State.

June 16: Justice: 1. Restorative Justice; 2. DREAMers

8:30 am: Coffee sponsored by @JusticeTalkTXST

9:00 am – 10:30 am: First Dialogue on Restorative Justice: Greetings: Shannon Fitzpatrick, Attorney for Students, Texas State; Facilitator: Chase Stapp, San Marcos Police Chief; Tim Anderson, San Juan Lutheran, Austin; Karen Muñoz, Fair Chance; and Walter A. Wright, Legal Studies Program, Texas State.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Second Dialogue on DREAMers: Facilitator: James C. Harrington, Human Rights Attorney, Founder and Director Emeritus, Texas Civil Rights Project; Juan Belman, DREAMer Activist; and Michelle Sotolongo, Student Community of Progressive Empowerment (SCOPE), Texas State.

Later on June 16 will be a happy hour at 5 p.m. at Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, featuring live music from Dr. G. and the Mudcats and Nico Hirsch.

June 23: Community: 1. Sanctuary and Refugees; 2. Fight for $15

8:30 am: Coffee sponsored by @JusticeTalkTXST

9:00 am – 10:30 am: First Dialogue on Sanctuary and Refugees: Facilitator: Rev. Karl Brown
Alejandro Caceres, Grassroots Leadership; Dr. Karen Brown; Holly Wise, VoiceBox Media, Solutions Journalism Network, and School of Journalism and Mass Comm., Texas State

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Second Dialogue: Fight for $15” Facilitator: Bradley Crowder, Austin Fight for $15; Josh Perez, San Marcos Fight for $15; Taylor Jones, Texas State Employees Union (TSEU) and Dr. Ed Mihalkanin, San Marcos City Council, Place 3.

“We are so honored to co-sponsor these dialogues at the museum,” said John McCrocklin, Museum Vice President. “These discussions represent the on-going legacy of President Lyndon B Johnson’s contribution to the Great Society and social justice so many decades after he began his education and career in San Marcos.