*This Lecture Aired on KSTX's The Newsmaker Hour November 18th 2012.
Pulitzer Prize nominee Steven Kotler wants to push your perceived limitations. Telling an audience of St. Mary's University Students and community members on October 31st, 2012, that the future is brighter than our own biases will allow us to believe. His lecture spanned topics as vast as his imagination, from vertical farming to homemade drone aircraft.
Wing served San Antonio for 16 years in Council District 4, from 1977 to 1993. He served under four mayoral administrations – first under Lila Cockrell, then Henry Cisneros, Lila Cockrell again, and finally Nelson Wolff.
Wing was one of the first council members elected from a single-member district. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Wing took office during a time when ethnic tensions were strained, and his effect on San Antonio was extensive.
San Antonio is one the few major cities in the country without a dedicated LGBTQ community center. While there were several attempts in the past, a collective of community members is laying the ground work to establish a new one.
The Pride Center San Antonio doesn’t have a dedicated space yet, but the people behind its creation want it to be a connector for the gay community.
Millions of people on the East Coast remain without power today as Superstorm Sandy barrels into the United States. To help restore electricity, CPS Energy is sending some of its own emergency response crews.
For the next three days, 6 of CPS Energy’s utility trucks will be traveling to help Dominion Virginia Power, who sent CPS a request for assistance on Sunday Morning.
Sunday, October 28th 6:30pm at the McNay Art Museum. John Hand, Curator of Northern Renaissance Paintings for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC discusses the golden age of Netherlandish painting during the 16th-century boom in trade, finance, and textiles that made Antwerp the cultural capital of the Northern Renaissance.
The Community Conversations Series at St. Mary's University hosted San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff. It focused on the proposed sales tax increase to pay for the mayor’s Pre-K 4 SA Initiative, a plan designed to improve access to quality and affordable pre-school options. Commissioner Wolff has been an outspoken critic of the plan.
On tree-canopied streets and blocks in San Antonio’s center, the sounds of old-fashioned ice cream trucks and children playing mingle with the sounds of urban traffic from nearby downtown. This is where residents have begun restoring old homes – and communities.
"We just really wanted to be in Dignowity Hill and fell in love," said Michele Jacob, who is one of those new homeowners. "When we walked in here and I saw these floors, I just thought, 'You can't even find the long-leaf pine.' You know, we have views of the Tower and the Tower Life Building."
"The goal is to really create a vibrant, walkable, livable downtown area," said Tom Kennely of UTSA's Institute of Economic Development, who could be talking about any city in the United States, or even San Antonio.
Located on Hwy. 87 east of San Antonio, La Vernia is a community of about 1,000. UTSA is working with the City of La Vernia to bring people back to the community's downtown area, and the university also offers business development and community development for 79 counties from its San Antonio office.
Panelists: Harley Eagle, Cecila Menjivar, Doris Marie Provine, and David Doerfler. It was moderated by Carolyn Turner. The Panel Discussion is a culmination of all the views and issues presented at the symposium, which focused on the U.S. criminal justice system and, in particular, racism, the "drug war", immigration, and the concept of restorative justice.
Harley Eagle is of Dakota and Anishinabe decent. He is the co-coordinator of Indigenous work for the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, a Restorative justice practitioner, and dismantling racism/oppression trainer. Harley will look to his Dakota traditions and experience in working with Indigenous and diverse communities in both Restorative Justice and dismantling oppression to explore what it might mean to address racial harms using Restorative concepts that embrace a fuller Indigenous worldview.