Friday, November 7, 2008

Taking the DIY ethic one step further

The DIY Factory is an annual celebration of creativity that brings together a diverse group of cutting edge independent craters, artisans, designers, and musicians to showcase their talent to the general public. The D.I.Y. (Do it Yourself) philosophy is not restricted to music and the arts; but encompasses community action as well.

We want to giver our guests and participants the opportunity to pursue activism beyond the D.I.Y. scene, and we are proud to announce that this year we have added our new facet to our program where participants and guests can gather information on local organizations that parallel D.I.Y. ethics in their quest for social, political, and economic justice. The non-profit organizations below will provide The DIY Factory guests and participants with the knowledge and tools they need to support and act on behalf of justice on the local, national, and global level.

The DIY Factory is proud to announce that we will donate a portion of the event profits directly to a community organization that struggles valiantly in the fight for social justice, the Battered Women and Children's Shelter of Bexar County.

Stop by our Community Information and Action area on November 15th to learn more about the following organizations.

Battered Women and Children's Shelter of Bexar County is a program of Family Violence prevention Services, Inc., dedicated to breaking the cycle of family violence and strengthening families by providing the necessary tools for self-sufficiency through delivery of emergency shelter, transitional housing, education, effective parenting and early intervention with children and youth.

In its history of over 75 years, LULAC has worked to bring about many of the positive social and economic changes that Hispanic Americans have seen through voter education, seminars, public symposiums and citizenship awareness sessions.

EchoTown is the "Go To" information portal and social network that helps its users "go green" through communication and economic incentives.

The people of Esperanza dream of a world where everyone has civil rights and economic justice, where the environment is cared for, where cultures are honored and communities are safe. The Esperanza advocates for those wounded by domination and inequality – women, people of color, lesbians and gay men, the working class and poor. We believe in creating bridges between people by exchanging ideas and educating and empowering each other. We believe it is vital to share our visions of hope…. we are esperanza.

San Antonio Free Speech Coalition defends the rights of the people to march in the streets. The coalition holds that the recently passed City of San Antonio ordinance on "Parades, Runs, Walks, and Related Events" violates our constitutional rights by charging prohibitive costs to citizens who exercise their free speech by marching in the streets.

Planned Parenthood Trust of San Antonio and South Central Texas is dedicated to providing and protecting the sexual and reproductive health care and information people need to plan their families and their futures.

Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

Jump-Start Performance Co. is dedicated to the discovery and support of new ideas in the arts and art education. By encouraging visionary thought and non-traditional approaches, Jump-Start is committed to the creation of art that is a lasting voice of diverse cultures and communities.

Local 782 was established to bring awareness, support, and innovation to San Antonio's music community. Uniting musicians to create opportunity by organizing, educating, and performing.

GreenScene in S.A. is a non-profit organization that educates the public about the benefits of recycling. GreenScene believes that recycling is a small effort that helps in a major way. Their volunteers provided collection and recycling services for small businesses, classrooms, nightclubs and events.

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