Southwestern Marxism Conference
Leftists in the Austin area should try and go to this - there’ll certainly be a few interesting talks and lots of like minds to talk about various issues on the left - predominately economic, from an anti-capitalist perspective. 
Saturday, November 10, 2012 * 10 am until 8:30 pm  University of Texas - Austin (Mezes 1.306 for Registration and Info) 
Online registration: http://isoaustin.blogspot.com/p/texas-socialist-conference.html 
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/391471837589104/?fref=ts
Here’s the full list of regional conferences hosted by the International Socialist Organization:


Portland, Ore. | November 3Northwest Regional Marxism ConferencePortland State University, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.Visit the conference Facebook page or website.
Atlanta | November 10Southeast Regional Marxism ConferenceGeorgia State University, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.Visit the conference Facebook page.
Austin, Texas | November 10Southwest Marxism ConferenceUniversity of Texas-Austin, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.Visit the conference Facebook page or website.
Chicago | November 10Chicago and Midwest Regional ConferenceNorthwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Visit the conference Facebook page or website.
New York City | November 10New York City Regional Marxism ConferenceColumbia University, Lerner Hall, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.Visit the conference Facebook page or website.
Berkeley, Calif. | November 17Bay Area and Northern California Regional Marxism ConferenceUniversity of California-Berkeley, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Visit the conference Facebook page or website.
Madison, Wis. | November 17Madison and Midwest Regional Marxism ConferenceUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Visit the conference website.
Columbus, Ohio | December 1Columbus and Midwest Regional Marxism ConferenceOhio State University, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Visit the conference Facebook page or website.

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Southwestern Marxism Conference

Leftists in the Austin area should try and go to this - there’ll certainly be a few interesting talks and lots of like minds to talk about various issues on the left - predominately economic, from an anti-capitalist perspective. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012 * 10 am until 8:30 pm  University of Texas - Austin (Mezes 1.306 for Registration and Info) 

Online registration: http://isoaustin.blogspot.com/p/texas-socialist-conference.html 

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/391471837589104/?fref=ts

Here’s the full list of regional conferences hosted by the International Socialist Organization:

Portland, Ore. | November 3
Northwest Regional Marxism Conference
Portland State University, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Visit the conference Facebook page or website.

Atlanta | November 10
Southeast Regional Marxism Conference
Georgia State University, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Visit the conference Facebook page.

Austin, Texas | November 10
Southwest Marxism Conference
University of Texas-Austin, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Visit the conference Facebook page or website.

Chicago | November 10
Chicago and Midwest Regional Conference
Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Visit the conference Facebook page or website.

New York City | November 10
New York City Regional Marxism Conference
Columbia University, Lerner Hall, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Visit the conference Facebook page or website.

Berkeley, Calif. | November 17
Bay Area and Northern California Regional Marxism Conference
University of California-Berkeley, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Visit the conference Facebook page or website.

Madison, Wis. | November 17
Madison and Midwest Regional Marxism Conference
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Visit the conference website.

Columbus, Ohio | December 1
Columbus and Midwest Regional Marxism Conference
Ohio State University, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Visit the conference Facebook page or website.

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Austin police admit to going undercover to infiltrate OccupySeptember 2, 2012
Undercover Austin police officers infiltrated local Occupy gatherings and strategy sessions to gather intelligence, a newspaper reported Saturday.
At least three officers marched with Occupy Austin, camped with participants and attended strategy meetings, The Austin-American Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/ObSA5A ). Police officials up to Chief Art Acevedo approved the undercover officers, according to court documents.
Officials confirmed to the newspaper that the officers were used, but declined to comment on whether whether at least one of the officers helped make “lockboxes” generally used to make it difficult for police to break up human chains during protests.
Assistant Police Chief Sean Mannix declined to discuss any specific actions officers might have taken.
"We are absolutely looking into all aspects of what their undercover work was," Mannix said.
Houston police charged seven protesters who tried to block a port entrance in the city in December. At a recent hearing in Harris County district court, Austin detective Shannon Dowell disclosed purchases of PVC pipe and other materials believed to be used for lockboxes.
Greg Gladden, attorney for protester Ronnie Garza, said the charge against Garza should be dismissed because Dowell and other undercover officers were centrally involved. The protesters are charged with using a device that is built for the purpose of participating in a crime, a relatively obscure felony statute.
"Entrapment is one term," Gladden told the newspaper. "Police misconduct might be another term."
A Harris County judge is set to decide next week whether to allow the case to go forward.
Gladden said a man protesters knew only as “Butch” was one of the people who got money for the supplies to build lockboxes.
"They then built them at home and came back with change and receipts and the devices," Gladden said.
Officials have not released the names of other officers who worked with Dowell.
Mannix defended the officers’ work to prevent what he described as “civil unrest.”
"We obviously had an interest in ensuring people didn’t step it up to criminal activity," he said. "There is obviously a vested public interest to make sure that we didn’t allow civil unrest, violent actions to occur."
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Austin police admit to going undercover to infiltrate Occupy
September 2, 2012

Undercover Austin police officers infiltrated local Occupy gatherings and strategy sessions to gather intelligence, a newspaper reported Saturday.

At least three officers marched with Occupy Austin, camped with participants and attended strategy meetings, The Austin-American Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/ObSA5A ). Police officials up to Chief Art Acevedo approved the undercover officers, according to court documents.

Officials confirmed to the newspaper that the officers were used, but declined to comment on whether whether at least one of the officers helped make “lockboxes” generally used to make it difficult for police to break up human chains during protests.

Assistant Police Chief Sean Mannix declined to discuss any specific actions officers might have taken.

"We are absolutely looking into all aspects of what their undercover work was," Mannix said.

Houston police charged seven protesters who tried to block a port entrance in the city in December. At a recent hearing in Harris County district court, Austin detective Shannon Dowell disclosed purchases of PVC pipe and other materials believed to be used for lockboxes.

Greg Gladden, attorney for protester Ronnie Garza, said the charge against Garza should be dismissed because Dowell and other undercover officers were centrally involved. The protesters are charged with using a device that is built for the purpose of participating in a crime, a relatively obscure felony statute.

"Entrapment is one term," Gladden told the newspaper. "Police misconduct might be another term."

A Harris County judge is set to decide next week whether to allow the case to go forward.

Gladden said a man protesters knew only as “Butch” was one of the people who got money for the supplies to build lockboxes.

"They then built them at home and came back with change and receipts and the devices," Gladden said.

Officials have not released the names of other officers who worked with Dowell.

Mannix defended the officers’ work to prevent what he described as “civil unrest.”

"We obviously had an interest in ensuring people didn’t step it up to criminal activity," he said. "There is obviously a vested public interest to make sure that we didn’t allow civil unrest, violent actions to occur."

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