Reposted from Chrislove by nomandates
We only have a little over a week until our epic Texas Kos statewide meet-up! And I don't know about you, but I'm pretty pumped. We'll be meeting in Austin on Saturday, February 28
for a packed day of listening to talks, strategizing, and strengthening statewide community-building efforts. If you feel in despair now as we begin what is sure to be a disastrous Republican-led legislative session, we're certain that you will feel empowered by the end of this event. So what do you have to lose? Come join us and get to know your fellow Texas Kossacks!
We have an incredible lineup of talks from some names you will probably recognize:
• Kath Haenschen aka kath25: Legislative Preview: The Good, The Bad, And The Really Really Ugly
• Meteor Blades: The Power of Year-Round Precinct Organizing
• Denise Oliver-Velez: Motivating Young People to Vote and Run for Office
• Neeta Lind aka navajo: Maximizing the Daily Kos Forum
• Egberto Willies: How to Attract the Most Readers to Your Message
I mean, come on. These five outstanding individuals, all under the same roof, sharing their activist wisdom with us. Do you need
any other reason to sign up right now?
Thanks to navajo, this event has received a big boost from official Daily Kos support. Lunch and your first happy hour drink (if you attended the seminar) will be courtesy of Daily Kos, as will be the seminar room. Because of this support, there will be no charge for the event. But space is limited, so you need to RSVP soon. All Texas (and non-Texas!) Kossacks are welcome. What's stopping you?
A few final notes:
First, transportation. If you can't drive yourself, some Kossacks have organized carpools from Houston and San Antonio, and AndyT has offered to give a ride to Kossacks coming from Dallas. In addition, if you are in or near a major urban center, check out Megabus. It's a highly affordable option (it shouldn't cost much more than $20 for a one-way ticket, and probably much less), and the bus is comfortable and has wi-fi and electrical outlets. I've taken it many times, and the last time I took it from Houston to Austin, I only paid about $10 each way. There are stops in downtown Houston, Katy (west of Houston), downtown San Antonio, downtown Dallas, and Grand Prairie (between Dallas and Fort Worth). The Megabus stop in Austin is right on the University of Texas campus, not too far (but not within walking distance) from our meet-up location. If you can't drive yourself, these may be some affordable alternatives.
Second, lodging. Unfortunately, downtown Austin is expensive. If you want to stay the night and can't afford lodging near the meet-up location, you'll probably want to look for hotels outside of downtown. The last time I was in Austin, I found affordable options not far from the meet-up location (but not within walking distance--closer to the University of Texas area), on the east side of I-35. Once you go west of I-35, the hotel prices are going to skyrocket. There are plenty of affordable hotels in Austin, just unfortunately not within walking distance of our event.
Third, if you stick around Austin until the next day, we have a bonus event for you. The annual Zilker Park Kite Festival starts at about 11:00 AM on Sunday, March 1, and was an enjoyable part of our last statewide meet-up. Something to think about.
Let us know below if you have any questions. If you want to RSVP, either comment below or contact nomandates. We're hoping to see y'all in Austin!