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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Official Online Release of Zeitgeist Moving Forward

The official online YouTube release of Zeigeist Moving Forward is now available for the free to the public! There will be a DVD download and subtitles available soon at the official Zeitgeist Movie website. I encourage everyone to watch this highly informative and perspective-shifting documentary in order to learn that we can make the world a better place for all people. Thank you for your time and attention.

Announcing McAllen After Hours Concert Awareness Activity

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement has been granted permission to have a table and information booth at this Friday's McAllen After Hours Concert at the McAllen Convention Center. We will be passing out flyers, literature and information about our local chapter, the global Zeitgeist Movement and Venus Project and encouraging people to watch the free online version of Zeitgeist Moving Forward. We will also be looking for performers and local organizations who might be willing to participate at our upcoming Z-Day event in March. Below is all the pertinent information about the concert. Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday January 28, 2011
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: McAllen Convention Center

Facebook Event Page:

Music Afterhours returns with some indie and alt rock! Let's get the blankets and friends and enjoy these amazing artists this Friday! THE SHOW IS FREE! Can't beat that! oh wait yes you can...

There will also be vendors selling jewelry,t-shirts and trinkets! We will record & film the event LIVE so make some noise!

Performances by:


Looking forward to seeing all of you wonderful people!

Music Afterhours is brought to you by:
McAllen Chamber Of Commerce
The City Of McAllen
Sun Fish Records
Dave's Music CenterWhere
McAllen Convention Center

700 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Notes On Our Tenth Meeting

Date: January 20, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: South Texas College, Pecan Campus, H-231
Attendance: 11

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held its tenth meeting this week, in McAllen, Texas at our old meeting venue at South Texas College. We were once again graciously hosted by the Zeitgeist Movement at South Texas College student organization. We were able to discuss a good number of important upcoming events, welcomed our two newest members, and planned for our next meeting.

We began with a discussion of our recent screenings of Zeitgeist Moving Forward, and discussed how we could better use the film at future events. We determined that due to the length and content of the film, it might be better viewed in sections, rather than shown as a whole. This discussion lead us naturally into a discussion of our upcoming major event, Z-Day.

We discussed the idea of turning our Z-Day event into a three-day, art/music/lecture/video/presentation/community event, allowing a diverse group of individuals, organizations and artists take the stage at STC to help bring awareness and understanding of the Zeitgeist Movement to the community. The STC student organization will be attempting to reserve the auditorium for the weekend of March 11th, and we will intersperse sections of the latest film, lectures and presentations by local professors and community leaders, TED videos and other documentary selections, as well as musical performing artists. We hope to have nearly 20 hours of content to help fill the time we have requested, which should not be difficult due to the overwhelming amount of information that is available to us. We ask all of our members to think about who and what they would like to see discussed and suggest it on our discussion list so that we can  approach them with this interesting opportunity.

During this discussion, two of our newest members joined in the discussion. We were able to give them copies of the rough draft of our New Member Orientation information, and they immediately started contributing their ideas and suggestions to our plans. We are very grateful for their attendance, and we encourage them and others to continue attending our future meetings and events. We each give valuable perspective to our shared vision, and it makes for a far better outcome.

We then discussed the possibility of having meetings in the lower valley. There has been a growing number of people in Harlingen who would like to be a part of the movement, and we would very much like to see this become a reality. I encourage all interested parties to let us know when and where you would like to meet so that we may organize a meeting there. I hope to see all of you soon so that we can help spread our information to more people in more areas!

We also discussed some more ways to help make people aware in more ways as individuals. We have previously discussed things like Day-Z, which is the effort of chapters in California to wear or display Zeitgeist Movement and Venus Project related items on the first day of every month. I recently proposed an idea that would encourage all of our members to write a few paragraphs that explain why they are a part of this movement, and share them on this website. There was also discussion of having an informational booth in a local mall. We also had a member indicate that we could display flyers and posters in a network of businesses that he is a part of. There are so many opportunities for us to help bring awareness to the people in our community, and we are fortunate enough to have members who are doing so.

We ended by making plans for our next meeting, which will be on the first Wednesday of the month at STC. We hope to see you there, as we will be planning for the final McAllen Art Walk of the season that following Friday. Pictured below are some of the attendees of this week's meeting. As always, our friends at the RGV No State Project have hosted the audio recordings of this and our previous meetings. Thank you for your time and attention.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Notes On Our Zeitgeist Moving Forward Screenings

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held successful back to back screenings of the popular documentary series latest installment, Zeitgeist Moving Forward. We were able to secure two locations across two cities, and are very happy to have all 48 people who attended enjoy the film despite the bad weather. This represents our first major effort in terms of a major project for our community, and we can only expect bigger and better things in the near future, such as our upcoming Z-Day event in March.

We want to thank everyone in our community who took the time to not only watch the film with us, but also engaged in a very good discussion about how the concepts and vision outlined in the film can be shared with more people in our community. We have recorded our hour long discussion period after our South Texas College screening, and present it here for all to view in the hopes that it brings a better understanding of our movement and goals.

Thanks again to all of the current members of the RGVZGM who made this possible, and thanks to all of you who have since joined our growing cause. We look forward to continuing our efforts to help educate and inform as many people in our community as possible. Thank you for your time and attention, and your efforts to help make the world a better place for all people.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Announcing Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement Meeting 10

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement is happy to announce it's tenth meeting which will take place on Thursday, January 20th 2011. We will be hosted by the Zeitgeist Movement at South Texas College, in the Pecan Campus in Building H, room 231 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This meeting will have a specific focus of greeting and providing orientation materials for new members.

Our agenda for this meeting will include getting to know our new members, discussion about our recent screenings of Zeitgeist Moving Forward, the distribution of new member information packets, planning for our next meetings and events and open discussion for new awareness ideas and campaigns. We will also start making plans for our upcoming Z-Day event which will take place during the March 11th weekend.

We look forward to receiving all new members who have recently discovered this local chapter or attended our recent ZMF screenings and would like to learn more. We hope to see you there as we continue our efforts to make the world a better place for all people!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement to Attend McAllen Music Afterhours Concert

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will be attending the McAllen Music Afterhours Concert event this Friday, January 14th at 7:00 PM. The concert will take place at Archer Park UPDATE: we will be in The Incubator due to the weather. The Incubator is located at 1001 S. 16th St. in downtown McAllen. We will have an informational booth and be distributing flyers and information about the Movement, the Venus Project and our upcoming screenings of Zeitgeist Moving Forward. We encourage you to come out and enjoy the free concert, interact with your community and engage us with your questions, comments and concerns. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement To Hold Zeitgeist Moving Forward Screenings

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will be holding two screenings of the new independent film Zeitgeist Moving Forward on Saturday, January 15th, 2011. We are happy to announce that both screenings will be free and open to the public, and we encourage all people in and around our community to attend. Our first screening will be at the Edinburg Public Library on Closner, while our second screening will be at the Pecan campus of South Texas College.

Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
Location: 1906 South Closner Edinburg, TX
Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2011
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Seating: 100 seats available
Parking: Overflow parking is available on Palm Dr. in front of the stadium. Please do not park at the nearby private businesses, as we have been informed that those vehicles will be towed.

South Texas College - Pecan Campus
Location: 3201 West Pecan Mcallen, TX - Administration Building Auditorium, D-103
Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2011
Time: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM , Q&A / Discussion 7:00 PM Onwards
Seating: 150 seats available
Parking: Parking available on campus. Please observe handicapped and reserved parking space signs.

About the film:
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.
This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy".
If you have any questions regarding these screenings, please contact us at and we will address your concerns as soon as we can. Thank you for your time and attention, and we hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

McAllen Art Walk After Action Report

Date: Friday, January 7th 2011
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: N. Main St. McAllen, TX
Attendance: 10+ members

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement took to the streets this week in order to help spread awareness of the Zeitgeist Movement, the Venus Project and our upcoming screenings of Zeitgeist Moving Forward. This was our second month in a row at the McAllen Art Walk community event, and we were once again reaching more people who have known about the Zeitgeist Movement but were unaware of our local chapter.

During the course of the evening, we were able to talk to several individuals, including a store front owner and operator who was frustrated by the limitations and actions imposed on his business and the community by an oppressive and unresponsive local government. We also were able to talk to a library employee who lamented recent changes and cuts to community services and programs that promoted the arts and education aspect of a shared and engaged culture. We were also able to speak to assembled crowds who were perusing the artistic wares and listening to one of our members sing and perform songs and music of her own creation.

We were also able to distribute hundreds of flyers, tickets and other literature to the roving crowds. We are hopeful that these and other actions help draw our fellow citizens together to learn more about the world in which we live and how we can choose to make it better for all people. We hope you join us in our efforts, and we would like to see you at our future events. Thank you for your time and attention.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Notes on our Ninth Meeting

Date: Wednesday January 5th, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Private Residence in Mission, TX
Attendance: 12

Update: Our friends at RGV No State Project are graciously hosting the audio recordings of this and previous meetings.

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held it's 10th general meeting this week, and was graciously hosted once again by Ray Perez at his home in Mission. Once again, we were provided with a pleasant and intimate environment, with food and beverage provided by several of our members. Even after our stated agenda had been completed, we found ourselves spending even more time engaging in interesting discourse and enjoying some great food and dessert. It was a truly a great pleasure.

We were able to work our way through the stated agenda, including making plans for Friday's Art Walk and sharing designs for flyers and tickets that we will be handing out during that event. In addition, we made final plans for our Zeitgeist Moving Forward screenings in Edinburg and McAllen. There was discussion and planning made for a New Member Orientation meeting to be held during the week of the screenings to help receive new members who join. We also came up with some more structural and content related plans for our upcoming New Member Information Packet, and started to contemplate a New Member DVD. Some of the newer things we discussed were having a meeting in the Harlingen area for those members who are unable to travel to the McAllen area. If you live in the lower valley and are interested in facilitating or attending such a meeting, please contact us or join in our discussion group to lend voice to your community. We hope to start reaching new areas in the RGV, and the sooner the better. One of our last topics of discussion was the After Hours Music Concert that will take place on January 14th. Thanks to the efforts of one of our members, we have been allowed to setup an information table and distribute literature and information to those in attendance. This will be a great opportunity to help direct people to our movement and our screenings and an exciting development for our cause.

Our next meeting will likely be a private meeting to screen the Zeitgeist Moving Forward after we acquire it from Peter Joseph. More details will be made available on or after January 11th. This will be our last meeting before the music concert and the screening, so those two events will likely be the focus at that time. Thanks again to everyone who has helped us get this far, and for continuing to work for a better world for all people.

Attendees of our ninth meeting.

Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement at the McAllen Art Walk

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will be attending the monthly McAllen Art Walk festival on Friday, January 7th, beginning at 6 PM. We will meet at the McAllen Public Library at the corner of Main and Fir.

Our general goal is to pass out flyers and literature, informing people of our movement, the Venus Project and more specifically, our upcoming screenings of Zeitgeist Moving Forward. We will even have music provided for us by some of our talented singers and musicians!

This will be our second month attending this community event, and I am certain that we will be just as successful, if not more so, in engaging our fellow Valley dwellers and letting them know of the potential for a better future for all people. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Announcing Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement Meeting 9

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will hold it's ninth general meeting on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 between 6:00-8:00 PM. We will once again be graciously hosted by Ray Perez and his family at their private apartment in Mission.

Our agenda will consist of the following:
  • The plans, flyers, posters and t-shirts for the McAllen Art Walk on Friday, January 7th.
  • The Zeitgeist Moving Forward screening details and plans, including plans for a new member orientation meeting.
  • Content and creation of a new member orientation packet of information.
  • Open discussion of any other topics that arise.
If you have not already shared your designs and ideas for these topics to our discussion group threads, then please do so at your earliest convenience. Some of you have already shared your work and it looks very good. Please note that we are focusing on advertising our upcoming screenings, so please have that information incorporated into your fliers and other material you plan to distribute or display at the upcoming Art Walk.

As noted previously, we will be at the Pueblo de Paz apartment complex, which is 3401 N. Mayberry, in Apt. 1227. We will be asking once again for anyone who is able to bring a snack or beverage to share with others. Thank you for your time and attention, and I hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Notes on our Eighth Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Private Residence
Attendance: 12

Update: Our friends at the RGV No State Project have graciously hosted the audio recordings of this and previous meetings.

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held its eighth meeting and was graciously hosted by member Ray Perez and his family in their home on Wednesday, December 22nd 2010. There was a good deal of snacks and drinks provided, and we were all treated to a comfortable and intimate environment. The venue is so popular now that we plan on holding our next meeting there as well. We are very fortunate to have generous members in our group and I just want to say again how much they are appreciated.

The meeting started off with a short discussion about our previous Art Walk experience, in which there were some raised concerns about our ability to effectively communicate our movement's purpose and goal. We spent some time discussing how we can hone the description of our movement into a short and concise statement that would help people get what we're doing. We understand that the Venus Project contains such a great deal of nebulous ideas, but ultimately, we can conclude that we advocate a radical redesign of society with a relevant set of values and utilizing the method and tools of science and technology to remove or reduce problems we have today.

We then transitioned abruptly into a fairly time consuming discussion concerning the possibility of the Venus Project working with the New World Order global elite. One of our members had found some information that she believed was evidence of such a link, and wanted to make us aware of the potential dangers. There was a great deal of debate, point of views expressed and some intense questioning that took place, but ultimately, we had to end the discussion for the time being in order to proceed with the publicly discussed agenda.

We moved on to discussion about our upcoming screenings of Zeitgeist Moving Forward. We have now secured two locations to hold screenings, both in McAllen and in Edinburg. We will be making official announcements about these soon. We also decided to have a meeting after the screenings in order to help welcome and orientate new members who may join after watching the film. Along those lines, we discussed the idea of having a new member packet which will contain hard copies of important documents and understandings of our movement. We hope to be able to identify relevant documents for our community and provide them to all who join us.

Related to that is the need to start advertising our screenings. Our major push for advertising the film will be the upcoming McAllen Art Walk on January 7th. We discussed the plans we should make in terms of placement of our table, the need for permits and the focusing of our fliers and shirt designs on our upcoming screenings of ZMF.

We concluded with discussing our next meeting, which is scheduled to be on Wednesday, January 5th, once again at Ray's home. I have included links to all of these individual discussion threads in order to foster more participation and share more and better ideas. I hope you take advantage of our Google groups discussion site and make your questions, concerns and comments known to the rest of the group, and we can all come to a better understanding of the world we live in. Thank you for your time and attention.