1. September 10 – Revolutionize the RGV
7 PM – 9 PM
Cine El Rey
311 S 17th St, McAllen, Texas 78501
“Revolutionize The RGV: A Forum on the Future of Progressive Politics in our Region
Join us on the evening of September 10th for a special and free panel discussion around the future of progressive politics and movement building in the RGV led by activists and thought leaders from our community!
In the wake of surprise election victories such as the primary campaign of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in New York, progressive and social justice initiatives have experienced a surge of energy across the country. This has led to a new generation of activists, thinkers, creatives, and political leaders rising up to demand higher standards from our institutions, our culture, and our elected officials.
The purpose of this event is to create a space for members of the Rio Grande Valley to come together and hear from some of the community’s most active young leaders and social entrepreneurs. We will be discussing some of the most relevant and urgent issues facing our region in today’s modern political environment and beyond. The event will focus on the RGV as a critically important area for the development of progressive consciousness and social movements on local, national, and international levels.
If you believe it is time to imagine alternatives to the establishment and the status quo in order to better meet the needs and potential of our community, if you believe that all people deserve a life of dignity and respect, if you believe that the power of big money has corrupted our government and elections, then this is the event for you!
Stick around after the event to hang out and network with panelists and others! #RevRGV
*This is a non partisan event and is not intended to support any specific political candidate or party*
Our speakers will include:
Jackelyn Treviño: Theatre Director and Movement Activist
Sofia Rivera Peña: Reproductive Rights and LGBTQ+ Activist
Danny Diaz: Leader in Education and Get out the Vote
John Michael Torres: Communications coordinator, Immigrants Rights Activist
Andres Bernal: Adjunct Professor, Policy Advisor, Social Researcher
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ken Buckman
The Historic Cine El Rey Theatre Foundation; a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to “preserving the past for the future”™
The New Society Institute”
2. September 11 – Volunteer Gardening Mornings
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
McAllen Nature Center
4101 West Business 83, McAllen, Texas 78501
“Join staff naturalists from 8:30 am – 10:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday, year-round to help with grounds projects including watering, weeding, raking and pruning trails! All ages welcome. Ages 15 and under with a parent or guardian only. This is a drop-in program. Please wear closed-toe shoes. A short waiver will need to be signed upon arrival.
Groups of 10 or more, please call us at 681-3333 to preregister so that we can be prepared to host your group. Volunteer hours on evenings or weekends are also available for groups of 10 or more with advance notice.”
3. September 11 – First-Ever Progressive Involvement Fair on Campus!
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
ESTAC 1.102 UTRGV Edinburg
“Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity and Texas Freedom Network Presents:
The First-Ever Progressive Involvement Fair on Campus!
Come check out some of the progressive organizations on campus and find out how to get involved.
Let’s create social change, together!
Access for Sex-Education
WAKE UP RGV
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
The RGV Black Student Union
The Democratic Socialists of America
The Intersectional Club
Pads for Pals
Free snacks, free condoms, and free information!”
4. September 12 – Artist’s Reception for Viacrucis
6 PM – 8 PM
The Weslaco Museum
500 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, Texas 78596
“Throughout the month of September, The Weslaco Museum will host “Viacrucis,” an extraordinary exhibit by photojournalist Verónica Gabriela Cárdenas. In “Viacrucis,” we see the lives of asylum seekers as they travelled from Central America to the United States – their days defined by the wheels, walls, and motion of a boxcar train.
A reception for this captivating story and the journalist who documented it will be held Wednesday, September 12, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. All are welcome.”
5. September 12 – 16 – Les Misérables
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
McAllen Performing Arts Center
801 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, Texas 78501
“Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.”