Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

T.E.J.A.S. @ LOCCA

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Dear Friends,
LOCCA is proud to be the host venue for this very important event sponsored by T.E.J.A.S.: Texas Environmental Advocacy Services. T.E.J.A.S. will be discussing new strategies for air quality testing in the wake of Harvey and the chemical disasters along the Bayou. They are looking for active participants in the Magnolia area of Houston. Magnolia, located in the East End, is a predominately Hispanic and Immigrant community. This community is adversely affected by the petro-chemical plants that surround them along Buffalo Bayou. Please feel free to attend and hear from one of Houston's pre-imminent environmental justice groups. Pizza and refreshments will be served. This event of FREE and open to all ages. See the details below and attached. Look forward to seeing you!

https://www.facebook.com/events/397236134022642/?active_tab=discussion

What: WRISTBAND DETECT CHEMICALS: Community Meeting about Optional Wristband study
When: Thurs., Nov. 30th
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: L.O.C.C.A.: The Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art
7016 Canal, Houston, TX 77011

Neighbors from the Magnolia Community and surrounding areas in East Houston are invited to attend a community gathering to know about a wristband study to detect organic chemicals.

-Information about environmental chemical exposures
-Pizza for First 100 Attendees
-Description of Optional Scientific Study Using Wristbands
-Attendees May Join Wristband Study (Optional)
-$10/$20 Gift Cards for Participation & Completion
-Wear Comfortable Waterproof Bracelet for 7 Days
-Bracelet is Tested for Various Organic Chemicals
-Opt-In to Receive Individual Confidential Report

In cooperation with the Texas A&M Health Science Center

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Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

DREAM ON! UWD at LOCCA

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L.O.C.C.A. is collaborating with United We Dream and pleased to invite all our allies and friends to DREAM ON! Join us this Friday, November 10th at 7 pm where local stories from undocumented immigrants will be presented. The end of the evening will include a short music set by Houston punk legends the MYDOLLS!

There will be refreshments, music, camaraderie, and hope.

Following the termination of the DACA program by Trump on Sept 5th, the undocumented community is gathering to show their resilience, power, and unity in the face of mounting white supremacy. We are inviting local officials to push for a Clean Dream Act in defiance of the terror inducing mass deportation agenda of President Trump and its administration. Join Us!

Please register on the following link to secure your spot! Space is limited!! Thank you so much!! https://goo.gl/forms/QdDVzwjchZeH3Dk52

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Artist & Community Roundtable: “Extraterratorial Sites & Persons” @ DiverseWorks

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“Extraterratorial Sites & Persons” an Artist & Community Roundtable

This Wednesday, 6pm at DiverseWorks, I will be moderating an open forum discussion with Xandra Eden that focuses on the artist's position in society/communities and artist concepts of extraterritoriality and citizenship. Guests include Phillip Pyle II, Pedro Lasch, Deborah Grotfeldt, Terry Suprean, and others. This conversation is part of the "Lines Drawn" project at DiverseWorks. Hope you can participate and collaborate in this discussion with others in the art community in the era of Resistance!

DiverseWorks, 3400 Main at the corner of Holman and Travis.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1475344125881914/

http://www.diverseworks.org/in-the-works/exhibtion-performance/lines-drawn

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Sep
22
to Nov 18

LINES DRAWN, at DiverseWorks, opening reception, Fri. September 22, 7-9pm

This Friday, September 22nd, my work will be included in an exhibition at DiverseWorks, my first since arriving in Houston one year ago. Please join me for the opening reception (7pm-9pm) of LINES DRAWN, a project that explores how artists re-imagine, disrupt and question received notions of borders and boundaries. By addressing issues of immigration, nationalism, equity and human rights through their work, the artists encourage us to contemplate the many barriers in our own lives as social constructions of power. See below for links and details. It is humbling to be amongst so many great artists in this prestigious show. My work is a manifestation of my social practice project LOCCA: Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art, by a re-installation of my office desk to dialogue with participants about basic internal human rights and concepts about the meaning of extraterritorial space and extraterritorial citizenship. I will be occupying the installation/desk every other Saturday from 1pm – 5pm (September 30th, October 7th and 21st, November 4th and 11th). In addition I will be co-moderating a panel discussion about extraterritorial places and person related to national borders. Please see the details below. Hope to see many of you there. LINES DRAWN Friday, September 22, 2017 Members Preview & Gallery Talk: 6-7 pm Public Reception: 7-9 pm Extraterratorial Sites and Persons: A Panel Discussion November 8, 2017, 6-7 pm A panel discussion organized and moderated by Henry G. Sanchez and Xandra Eden. Details and panelists will be announced in October 2017. DiverseWorks, 3400 Main St, Houston, Texas 77002 Set within the current context of national and global environmental, political and social crises, Lines Drawn also offers a forum to consider how the complexities and controversies of our time can be addressed through art. The project includes an exhibition of prints, zines, video, and installation work; zine and poster making workshops; and live performances, readings and public conversations. Participating artists include Jorge Galvan & John Pluecker (Houston), Mariam Ghani (New York), Margaret Griffith (Los Angeles), Khaled Jarrar (Tucson), Pedro Lasch (Durham), Phillip Pyle II (Houston); Henry Sanchez (Houston), Just Seeds, and workshops, performances and public programs by Keelin Burrows and Travis Smith (in collaboration with the Printing Museum), Carrie Schneider (in collaboration with Arts Take Action Houston), Sara Uribe (in collaboration with John Pluecker), ZineFest Houston, and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. The exhibition also includes a curated Zine Library with selections of activist zines from across North America. Lines Drawn is curated by Xandra Eden, Executive Director & Chief Curator, DiverseWorks. Please visit http://www.diverseworks.org/in-the-works/exhibtion-performance/lines-drawn for updates on program information.

This Friday, September 22nd, my work will be included in an exhibition at DiverseWorks, my first since arriving in Houston one year ago. Please join me for the opening reception (7pm-9pm) of LINES DRAWN, a project that explores how artists re-imagine, disrupt and question received notions of borders and boundaries. By addressing issues of immigration, nationalism, equity and human rights through their work, the artists encourage us to contemplate the many barriers in our own lives as social constructions of power. See below for links and details.


It is humbling to be amongst so many great artists in this prestigious show. My work is a manifestation of my social practice project LOCCA: Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art, by a re-installation of my office desk to dialogue with participants about basic internal human rights and concepts about the meaning of extraterritorial space and extraterritorial citizenship. I will be occupying the installation/desk every other Saturday from 1pm – 5pm (September 30th, October 7th and 21st, November 4th and 11th). In addition I will be co-moderating a panel discussion about extraterritorial places and person related to national borders. Please see the details below. Hope to see many of you there.

LINES DRAWN
Friday, September 22, 2017
Members Preview & Gallery Talk: 6-7 pm
Public Reception: 7-9 pm

Extraterratorial Sites and Persons: A Panel Discussion November 8, 2017, 6-7 pm

A panel discussion organized and moderated by Henry G. Sanchez and Xandra Eden. Details and panelists will be announced in October 2017.

DiverseWorks, 3400 Main St, Houston, Texas 77002


Set within the current context of national and global environmental, political and social crises, Lines Drawn also offers a forum to consider how the complexities and controversies of our time can be addressed through art. The project includes an exhibition of prints, zines, video, and installation work; zine and poster making workshops; and live performances, readings and public conversations.

Participating artists include Jorge Galvan & John Pluecker (Houston), Mariam Ghani (New York), Margaret Griffith (Los Angeles), Khaled Jarrar (Tucson), Pedro Lasch (Durham), Phillip Pyle II (Houston); Henry Sanchez (Houston), Just Seeds, and workshops, performances and public programs by Keelin Burrows and Travis Smith (in collaboration with the Printing Museum), Carrie Schneider (in collaboration with Arts Take Action Houston), Sara Uribe (in collaboration with John Pluecker), ZineFest Houston, and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. The exhibition also includes a curated Zine Library with selections of activist zines from across North America.

Lines Drawn is curated by Xandra Eden, Executive Director & Chief Curator, DiverseWorks.

Please visit
http://www.diverseworks.org/in-the-works/exhibtion-performance/lines-drawn for updates on program information.

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May
18
6:00 PM18:00

WEAR ORANGE!

Artists for Pro-Immigrant Policy ask our supporters to WEAR ORANGE!: We want to show our solidarity with United We Dream (UWD) and all the immigrant community by wearing the color Orange at Mayor Turner’s community on Thursday, May 18th, 6pm, @ Tejano Center for Community Concerns (2950 Broadway, 77017).

Why WEAR ORANGE? Orange is the color of UWD. Wear whatever you like: scarfs, t-shirts, dresses, funny hats, wigs! We will have options for you to wear if you do not have orange: orange bandana swatches and orange wrist sweat bands. A sea of people wearing the same color will have a visual affect like watching fans at college football games! Come show your support this Thursday and let’s make a visual impact.  WEAR ORANGE!

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May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Artists for Pro-Immigrant Action Group

A new artists for Pro-Immigrant Action group, (formed from the “Arts Take Action Houston” Town Hall meeting at the Station Museum this past April 3rd) will convene on May 10, 6:30pm @ LOCCA. We will discuss Art/Artist strategies and tactics to support and coordination with pro-immigrant rights groups. All artists who are interested in serving as agents for “creative tension” to support pro-immigrant policies in Houston and to advocate for the de-criminalization of Houston’s undocumented communities are invited attend.

Where: LOCCA: Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art

7016 Canal Street, 77023 (in the East End neighborhood)

Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 6:30pm

Directions: (https://www.google.com/maps/place/7016+Canal+St,+Houston,+TX+77011/@29.7394079,-95.3023219,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8640bc2fddde351f:0xa2ceaccf669aa4c9!8m2!3d29.7394079!4d-95.3001332)

 

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Apr
23
10:00 AM10:00

LOCCA at Open Engagment 2017 - JUSTICE - Chicago

On April 23rd I will be in Chicago to participate in a panel about the role of artists in the civic decision making process. Our moderator, Eric Leshinski, organized this panel to include Lynn Osgood, Ben Stone and Carrie Marie Schneider. I will present three example projects that demonstrate the positions artists can play: the commons - environmental strategies used by the ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT; private space - fixing a social art practice on a law office to establish LOCCA; and imaginary space - mapping a “gestalt” of the urban geography with the EAST END PLAN. Each are working outside the traditionally sanctioned methods for artists involved in the civic decision making process.

 

“What’s the Plan? Artists, Planners and New Models for Civic Decision-Making”

10:00am  -  11:30am / Theatre Lecture Hall

This panel will explore the potential for a more inclusive approach to civic decision-making as it relates to artists and cultural policies. Working as artists, planners, and organizers, the panelists bring diverse perspectives to the topic formed from years of working on efforts to better integrate artists into the political frameworks that guide many of the decisions for how cities leverage the arts, allocate resources for the arts and otherwise attempt to shape the cultural landscape.

http://openengagement.info/chicago-2017/schedule/

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Open Engagement (OE) is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.

Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE will take place April 21–23, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a constellation of sites across the city. This year’s conference, guided by the curatorial vision of Romi Crawford and Lisa Yun Lee, will feature presenters including Theaster Gates, Maria Gaspar, Maria Varela, Ai-jen Poo, Marisa Jahn and Laurie Jo Reynolds.

http://openengagement.info/

 

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Jan
14
10:30 AM10:30

ERA OF RESISTANCE, Saturday, Jan 14th @ MECA

Tomorrow, Jan 14th, LOCCA will be participating with DACA youth, immigrant right groups, community members, people of faith, and labor advocates for a a National Day of Action to prevent the deportation of Houston immigrants by winning local policy changes for the City of Houston and Harris County, and by preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; a program that currently protects more than 60,000 Houston immigrants and provides peace of mind and safety to families across the United States.

We will remind Mayor Sylvester Turner of his December 2016 commitment to implement policies that provide safety for Houston’s immigrant families. They will remind Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of his campaign promises to #end287g and Harris County’s unjust collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and will re-emphasize the importance of DACA for our communities by amplifying the stories of DACAmented people and showing public support.

Come to MECA, (1900 Kane st. Houston, 77007) at 10:30am, Saturday, Jan 14th to join with immigrants and people of conscience to raise their voice to declare that they will stand in the way of deportations, racial profiling, criminalization, and hatred. #houstonishome #heretostay

https://www.facebook.com/events/370327446664182/

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Nov
3
6:30 PM18:30

“The Longoria Affair, The G.I. Forum and the Rise of the Mexican-American Civil Rights movement”

“The Longoria Affair, The G.I. Forum and the Rise of the Mexican-American Civil Rights movement”

A screening of the documentary The Longoria Affair by director John Valadez and a discussion about the founding of the G.I. Forum and its historic place in the Mexican-American civil rights movement.

Afterwards a general audience discussion with hosts: Mikaela Selley, Dr. Pamela Quiroz, Veronica Bernal J.D., Henry G. Sanchez, and special guest Felix Salinas. ESQ., (attorney at law, former Executive Secretary of the G. I. Forum).

When: Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30pm – 8pm

Where: LOCCA

In collaboration with the Hispanic Collection & Oral History Archive, Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Houston.

 

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Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

“WHATS AT STAKE: Immigration, the National Election and Beyond"

Our Panelists will address the struggles, concerns and issues of the undocumented community during election season. They will discuss what revolves around your vote and possible alternatives for civic participation, when you are unable to vote due to your immigration status.

“WHATS AT STAKE: Immigration, the National Election and Beyond"

Panelists:

Raul Alcaraz-Ochoa, (National Deportation Defense Organizer, United We Dream)

Oscar Hernandez, (DACA
Recipient and Lead Organizer for United We Dream)

Citilalli Alvarez Almedariz, (Houston Organizing Fellow for United We Dream)

Dr. Pamela Quiroz, Ph.D (Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Houston)

Jeronimo Cortina, Ph.D (Associate Professor, University of Houston)

Moderator: Veronica Bernal, J.D., (Immigration Director at Carrigan, McClosky, Roberson LLP)

 

When: Oct. 27th – 6:30pm – 8pm

Where: L.O.C.C.A (Law Office Center for Citzenship and Art), 7016 Canal Street, Houston, Texas 77011

 

In collaboration with the Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Houston, Veronica Bernal and Mikaela Selley.

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