Cesar Chavez on the picket line at a grocery store with other Farm Worker strikers. Fort Worth, ca. 1969. United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, Fort Worth Boycott Papers.

Our summer exhibit is up and takes on the subject of politics in Texas, very timely in an election year I’d say. The focus of the exhibit is seeing politics through different “identities”. For example labor union members, women, minorities, families, etc. After all our views on political issues are shaped by how we identify ourselves. The exhibit will be up through the beginning of August so make sure you stop by and get the chance to see it. It will definitely make you think about how politics effect our lives and also how many of the political issues of the past (such as health care and women’s rights) are still subjects we are dealing with today. More info HERE

Occupy Austin ProtestBlurb: What is politics? When you think of politics, does it apply only to certain parts of your life? Or can everything be considered political?
Every person has multiple axes of identity: gender, sexual orientation, religion, race/ethnicity, political affiliation. As we go through life, we also have more changeable and/or ephemeral identities: student, parent, family member, professional, and so on. This exhibit focuses on political identities in Texas from 1900 to the present and the ways in which politics have become intertwined with our identities. The word politics, like propaganda, often has negative connotations, but it’s really just a descriptive term that can be fraught with complexity and emotion.
Texas “Identity” Politics: 1900 – present shows different groups advocating for their civil rights in relation to various aspects of their identities, such as worker, mother, or citizen. When people advocate for or against any piece of legislation or policy that affects people’s lives in any way, then they are being political.

Images: Cesar Chavez on the picket line at a grocery store with other Farm Worker strikers. Fort Worth, ca. 1969. United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, Fort Worth Boycott Papers, Special Collections, University of Texas-Arlington.

Occupy Austin Texas. 2011.