Attention: Participants in Listen for a Change: Oral History & Social Justice

Hello everyone,

A reminder that we will gather for workshop session #4 tonight again at ADAPT. We will look at the brief videotaped interviews from last week (those that people did not ask us to delete, of course), reflect together on the process and what might be more effective practices, and discuss the suggestions for effective oral history practices on this website (under “Listen”). Depending on time and people’s preferences, we also may look at some additional oral history videos.

Next week, we will interrupt our own workshop series to listen to men who were once sentenced to death, but later exonerated and are now free and working with Witness to Innocence. The following announcement of the event comes from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

“On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM, the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center (1201 Lavaca Street) will host death row exonorees Ron Keine, Greg Wilhoit, Dan Bright, and Albert Burrell from Witness to Innocence. Witness to Innocence is the nation’s only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.

“This event is sponsored by the UMC General Board of Church and Society, the Austin District, and local Methodist churches. It is part of the ‘Texas Witness to Innocence Freedom Ride.’ For more information, please contact Kathy Barrett at”

Thank you to “Listen for a Change: Oral History and Social Justice” participant Ayla Pintchovski for reminding me of this potential conflict and suggesting that workshop participants attend the Witness to Innocence presentations.

Taking the time for Witness to Innocence means that we will extend the workshop series for a week. Just to be clear:

Tuesday, October 11 – at ADAPT, 5:30
Tuesday, October 18 – First United Methodist Church for Witness to Innocence, 7 pm
Tuesday, October 25 through Tuesday, November 22 at ADAPT again, 5:30 pm


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About Virginia

Virginia Raymond is a lawyer, teacher, and scholar who has lived in Austin, Texas for almost thirty years. She currently practices law, teaches writing for Austin Community College, and listens to the oral histories or testimonies of disability rights activists with ADAPT of Texas. Before that, she taught cultural studies, policy studies, and Mexican American legal history for the Center for Mexican American History (CMAS) at the University of Texas at Austin and directed the Texas After Violence Project from its inception in 2007 until 2011. She is a long-time member of the National Lawyers Guild, committed to law "in the service of the end that human rights be regarded as more sacred than property interests." With Tom Kolker, she is the proud parent of three young people: Joey, Rebecca, and Louis.