The Austin Law Commune defended anti-war protesters and civil rights activists for free from 1969 to 1977 in Austin, Texas. Passionate, committed, and charismatic, they were involved in national cases, regional cases and local Austin cases.
In 1960, a group of civil rights activists in Austin staged a “stand-in” at the movie theater on Guadalupe St. to protest segregation. This is their history. 7th Grade Lesson Plan 11th Grade Lesson Plan
This is the story of Legal Aid of Austin, celebrating forty years of battling for for social justice. Perfect for the classroom. In 1966, the Austin Legal Aid Society was established. It was one of the first in the country that took advantage of that vital section of the War on Poverty laws passed during the Johnson Presidency. The Austin […]
A three-part documentary featuring interviews and photography from members of The Rag collective. Rag staffers published an influential Underground Press newspaper in Austin, Texas from 1966-1977. Their activism and writings propelled the local anti-war, pro-Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, and countercultural movements of the sixties and seventies. Individuals who participated in producing and distributing The Rag revolutionized Austin politics and local media. […]
“Faulk for Congress” (1983, 20 mins., video) and “Where the Lucky Kids Stay” (1983, 15 mins., video), for public access television. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sqysf4D5wMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_oxWMwUpOU “Peace in the Garden” (1990, 20 mins., video), documentary on Isamu Taniguchi, master gardener and creator of the Zilker Oriental Garden, funded by Austin Parks and Recreation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46J2Reb26dU Additional Projects Please Contact Us if you would like access to […]
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the U.S. Government created many programs to help unemployed Americans. The Building Hope video documentary tells the story of three different communities that were built in Texas through support from President Roosevelt’s administration to address widespread poverty among tenant farmers and sharecroppers. In “Ropesville”, original settlers tell the story of building a farm […]