Empower Houston Leaders is Celebrating Grassroot Leaders in Houston and surrounding areas! If you are interested in learning more about grassroots organizing or want to share a current project that you need community support on Come Out and Enjoy a Family Friendly event at MECA (Mulitcultural Education and Counseling through the Arts)
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-Community Building Workshops
-Food, Fun and Family Activities
Two great Houston jazz groups will headline the 5th Annual HCYNO Benefit Jazz Concert, 7 pm, Sunday, Aug. 31, Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd.
This year‘s exciting event features the Bob Henschen Trio and the Free Radicals. Noted pianist Bob Henschen will lead off with his group featuring bassist Anthony Brock and drummer Keith Karnaky, followed by the wildly eclectic Free Radicals, a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, and a 12-time winner for "Best Jazz" in the Houston Press Music Awards.
July 28, 2014 -- Gloria Steinem, Chuck D, Jonathan Demme and Other Celebrities, Artists, Activists and Nobel Peace Laureates Stand Up for Palestinian Rights in New Video
A diverse group of celebrities, artists, and activists that includes American Jews and Palestinians are speaking out for Palestinian human rights in a video released online today. The video is a first of its kind expression of support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice and features celebrities such as Chuck D, Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner, Mira Nair, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, and others holding signs with the names and ages of Palestinian civilians recently killed by the Israeli military in Gaza.
“The Israeli leaders seem sincere when they say they believe that their actions are appropriate. Apparently, one of ‘us’ is worth many more of ‘them,’” said actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, who provides the voice-over narration for the video. “American leaders know they are lying when they defend the murder of children in their beds. And we, the public, pay for the bombs, pay for the airplanes, and pretend not to notice what’s going on.”
As Israel continues its assault against the occupied, besieged, and blockaded Gaza Strip, which has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians since July 7, most of them civilians, a growing number of global citizens of conscience feel compelled to speak out against Israel’s disproportionate attack on the Palestinian people. In addition to those featured in this video, a growing number of celebrities have been speaking out via social media about the horrors we are witnessing in Gaza, as reported recently by BuzzFeed and The Hollywood Reporter.
“We wanted to provide a platform for the growing list of prominent individuals who are outraged by Israel’s brutal violence against Gaza’s civilian population,” said Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), an organization that co-produced the video. “Our message is that securing freedom and justice for Palestinians is the only pathway to a lasting peace.”
Read article on JVP web site: Roots of the Rising Violence in Gaza and Israel
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HPJC's 2014 Peace Potluck will be hosted by
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, home of Open Gate Homeless Ministry
Please save the date, and join us! Bring your whole family and as many friends as you can.
Bring some food or drink to share, and enjoy the company of fellow peace activists. Vegetarian/Vegan dishes are encouraged!
We'll have an opportunity for people to share what their organizations are doing and planning. Organizations are invited to bring a small display and/or literature. Please reserve table space for your organization at 713 900-4752 (HPJC).
We will be in Bering's basement.
Please help spread the word about the Peace Potluck - tell your friends.
This event for tennis players of all ages and skill levels, features a clinic with former #9 ranked women's player in the world Lori McNeil and her coach John Wilkerson. They are affiliated with the Zina Garrison Tennis Academy.
The clinic will run from 8:30 to 9:15 and then play begins. The event is at MacGregor Park, about 1 mile south of the main University of Houston campus.
There will be three divisions: intermediate and advanced adults; novice adults; and children up to age 16.
Happy Hour Benefiting the HEART Program (Houston, TX, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Cafe Adobe at Marque Entertainment Center
Join us for the 8th Annual Happy Hour for HEART at Cafe Adobe on I-10 & Silber! Make a donation of $35 at the door and you will receive: admission to the happy hour, 2 drink tickets, appetizers, and desserts with ALL proceeds going to benefit programs for adults with special needs. There will also be a DJ, door prizes, raffle prizes, and auction items to bid on. A fun evening for a great cause! Extend your Labor Day celebrations by joining us on Sept 2nd!
Peace, Pies and Prophets
Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, and Moses said, "Thou shalt eat pie" (or so we imagine.)
Ted & Company's Peace Pies and Prophets is on tour and coming to Houston, Texas!
Admission is free. A suggested donation of $10 will offset costs and support Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Pie auction proceeds will benefit CPT.
Centered around a live performance of I'd Like to Buy an Enemy, starring Ted & Company actors Ted Swartz and Tim Ruebke, the show unpacks issues of justice and peace building through humorous and poignant storytelling.
This interactive event is for people interested in engaging in laughter, thoughtful dialogue and pie. Yes, Peace Pies... The evening includes a hand crafted pie auction where pie sale proceeds will go toward the support of Christian Peacemaker Teams (www.cpt.org). In the last two years, Peace Pies and Prophets toured across North America, raising over $80,000 for Christian Peacemaker Teams!
You will certainly laugh, but you will also be challenged to reflect on the biases and unjust practices that pervade the American mentality, and be energized to find creative ways to address issues of peace and justice in your communities and beyond. It is a show that speaks across religions, denominations, generations and backgrounds, for people who aim to be the change we seek.
HPJC, along with the Houston Regional Sierra Club, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and other groups, opposes the "One Bin" / dirty materials recovery facility, or dirty mixed waste trash proposal for the City of Houston. Similar projects in Ohio, Georgia, California and other places have resulted in actual recycling rates of only 10%-30% and greatly increased air pollution from the remaining incinerated waste. It's bad for our air and water, it's bad for city finances, and it's bad for environmental justice. It would be wasteful of energy, uses technology that has not worked thus far, and will greatly reduce the marketability of materials that would have been accepted for recycling if not contaminated with garbage.
Please save the date for this year's Civil Rights Coalition Conference
The conference is intended for people who are concerned with civil rights issues and want to learn skills to be better activists.
In other words, rather than just talk about issues, we are going to learn how to effect change for the better.
Speakers/workshop leaders will be leaders in the civil rights community including professionals and volunteers from the ACLU, LULAC, Houston Peace and Justice Center, South Texas Human Rights Center and others.
The keynote speaker will be long-time civil rights activist Jim Harrington, founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Recent events such as the incident in Missouri demonstrate the ongoing need for civil rights activism.
Registration is very inexpensive: $7 if pre-registered, $10 at the door and $5 for students.
Topics to be covered include:
- Community organizing
- Political strategies
- Media/social media strategies
- Immigration issues
- Criminal justice reform
- Coping with discrimination and voter suppression