“I think the Rag is like the movement. It’s the idea that you can make history, that you don’t need to wait around for the next election. You can create something that will change people, change opinions, build a community, build a social movement.”
Alice Embree was a founder of The Rag in 1966, and is featured in PHIT’s documentary about The Rag. She was active in civil rights and antiwar organizing at the University of Texas in Austin and put on disciplinary probation for an antiwar speech in 1967. She helped found Red River Women’s Press in Austin in the 70s. She serves as a director of the New Journalism Project, writes for The Rag Blog, and is an editor of Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper, published in 2016, and a companion book, Exploring Space City!: Houston’s Historic Underground Newspaper, published in 2021. She is active with the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA). Her memoir, Voice Lessons, was published by the UT Briscoe Center for American History in 2021.