Live United Film Series wrapup

KLRU and the United Way Capital Area partnered for three film screenings and discussions earlier this year. The partnership allowed KLRU and the United Way to use PBS programs to spark an engaging dialogue about local issues and provide ways for people to get involved immediately in our community.

Special thanks to all the moderators, panelists and audience members who made each screening a thoughtful and informative group discussion.

For the first Live United Film Series, KLRU and the United Way focused on education, financial stability, and health issues in the Hispanic community. Below are highlights from all three events.

Panelists announced for 3/25 Live United Film Series discussion

Join KLRU, United Way Capital Area and the Alamo Drafthouse for a special film screening and discussion focusing on health issues and the Hispanic community on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 South Lamar. RSVP here

We will be screening a portion of the powerful documentary Critical Condition. Following this short film there will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas, featuring José E. Camacho, Executive Director/General Counsel Texas Association of Community Health Centers, and Lil Almonte, Director of Outreach El Buen Samaritano. Complete biography information below. RSVP today as space is going quickly.

Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel
LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas Author, research and expertise in family, health, aging and Latinos She received her PhD from Rutgers University in 1989 and post-doctoral training at Rutgers in mental health services research and the Pennsylvania State University Program in Demography of Aging. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of family, health, and aging. She is particularly interested in evaluating the impact of policies on the health and well-being of Latinos, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups, and how cultural heterogeneity among the elderly affects the design of programs for the cost-effective delivery of health services.

José E. Camacho
Executive Director/General Counsel Texas Association of Community Health Centers José assisted in the development of TACHC as an organization in the early 1980′s, and served as General Counsel since the incorporation of the Association in 1983. He has served as Executive Director since 1984. José earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1973. Prior to working for TACHC, he obtained extensive legal and policy experience while working on migrant farm worker issues, and running a private law practice.

Lil Almonte
Director of Outreach El Buen Samaritano As the director of outreach, Lil brings a wealth of experience in community outreach and health, wellness and disease prevention in the Hispanic community. She oversees the Vida y Salud Program which includes the Promotores de Salud program.

Live United Film Series February Highlights

On February 25, KLRU and United Way Capital Area screened Frontline “Inside the Meltdown” at the Alamo Drafthouse South as part of the Live United Film Series. Here are some highlights from the evening.

Attend the next Live United Film Series event focusing on health care and the Hispanic community on March 25 at the Alamo Drafthouse South. RSVP today

Live United Film series looks at health and the Hispanic community

Join KLRU, United Way Capital Area and the Alamo Drafthouse for a special film screening and discussion on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 South Lamar. RSVP here

Meet Hector Cardenas. He worked his whole life. Then he lost his job, his health insurance … and his infected foot to diabetes. Now he lives in a hotel and struggles to pay the medical bills. Critical Condition “Hector’s Story” captures the harrowing struggles of critically ill Americans who discover that an illness can cost them their jobs, health, home, savings, even their lives.

Hector’s battle with diabetes is one that many Latinos know very well. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Mexican Americans are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanics to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician. Stay after the screening to hear panelists discuss the film and the issues Hispanics other Americans without health insurance live with every day. Jacqueline L. Angel, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas, will serve as moderator for the discussion. RSVP here

Live United Film Series: Financial Stability


Photos from the Feb. 25 Live United Film Series featuring a community discussion moderated by Suzi Sosa and featuring Ann Baddour and Margo Weisz.

Suzi Sosa
As Chief of Staff of MPOWER Labs, Ms. Sosa is responsible for special projects and policy development for the MPOWER Group. She acts as one of the primary advisors to the CEO and is involved in a number of strategic initiatives, including creation and deployment of the group’s social impact measures and global advocacy for expanding financial access to the underserved. She leads the group’s key policy partnerships, including those with the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.

Ann Baddour
Ann Baddour is the director of Texas Appleseed’s projects aimed at bringing low-income and immigrant consumers into the financial mainstream. She oversees financial education initiatives, efforts to build transparency and consumer protections into remittance markets, and reform of regulations governing small dollar loans. Ann has a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Masters Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Baddour is a Fulbright Scholar and a nationally recognized expert in financial policy affecting immigrant and low-income communities.

Margo Weisz
Margo has served as the Executive Director of PeopleFund since its infancy in 1995. Margo also serves as a consultant on a variety of projects, including organizational assessments, trainings, and research on small and minority business development. Margo has received wide recognition for her work. In 2006, she was chosen as a Profiles in Power winner from the Austin Business Journal. In 2004, she received the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2003 she was chosen as Austinite of the Year at the Austin Under 40 Awards. She was also chosen as a 2003 Marshall Fellow and, in that role, traveled to Europe to discuss transatlantic relations.

Economic resources

Thanks to everyone who attended the February 25th, Live United Film Series on the economy. We’ll be posting photos and video of the event soon.

For those who missed the screening or who would like to see the film again, you can watch Frontline “Inside the Meltdown” here. You can also get time lines and other resources featured in the film here

We’ve gathered together a few other resources on the economy and personal finance from various Public Broadcasting sources to help both people who attended the Live United Screening and those who were unable to be at the event.

Nightly Business Report How the Economy Works blog posts by Terri Cullen

Nightly Business Report blog posts on personal finance by Jeff Brown

An economic lesson from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, hiding inside a whimsical animation by TPT’s David Gillette

NewsHour business correspondent Paul Solmon takes questions about business and economic news

more

How can we make Austin schools better?

On January 28,  KLRU and United Way Capital Area screened the documentary “It All Adds Up” at the Austin City Limits studio as part of the Live United Film Series. We asked some attendees how we can make Austin schools better, here’s what they think:

Video and some of the discussion from the evening:

The next Live United Film Series screening is Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South. The evening will focus on financial stability and feature Frontline: Inside the Meltdown. For more details and to RSVP visit klru.org/liveunited/

Live United Film series looks at economic crisis

Join KLRU, United Way Capital Area and the Alamo Drafthouse for a special film screening and discussion on financial stability on Thursday, February 25, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 South Lamar. RSVP here

How did a series of financial events create the most disruptive economic crisis of the century? Have we learned our lesson? More importantly, can we ever fully recover?

The event features a screening of FRONTLINE: Inside the Meltdown, the illuminating story of the events that would ultimately snowball into a global economic crisis. After the screening, local experts will discuss key questions related to the changing financial services landscape, including the appropriate role of government regulation and the future of consumer protection. Moderated by Suzi Sosa, Economist & Social Entrepreneur.

Know more – and share what you know. We can recover. RSVP now

Education focus of Live United Film Series event on 1/28

Join KLRU and United Way Capital Area for a special film screening and discussion on education issues in Austin on Thursday, January 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A. RSVP here. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.

Jason Sabo from United Ways of Texas will moderate a discussion on whether the Austin community is investing enough in education. Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Michael Marder from University of Texas UTeach project
  • Liliana Ary from Univision Radio
  • Clayton Christopher from Sweet Leaf Tea and a student he is mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
  • The discussion will take place immedately after a screening of It All Adds Up. This documentary, produced by Academy Award-winning director Sue Marx, focuses on the academic enrichment and mentoring program called Math Corps. The film features engaging and heart-warming interviews with alumni and current campers who testify to the life-changing impact of this project. RSVP here.