HPJC Peacemaker Awards Dinner

Celebrate Dennis Kucinich and our local Peacemakers, Pancho Arguelles & Christine Kovic, Lisa Falkenberg, and Mustafaa Carroll.
Listen to Recordings & Get information from the Economic Justice Conference

Listen to Recordings & Get information from the Economic Justice Conference

Check out the workshop handouts and recordings from the Sept 7, 2013 Economic Conference that was sponsored By HPJC and the UH's Student Government Association.
Tar Sands Blockade in Action

HPJC Endorses the Nonviolent Direct Actions of the Tar Sands Blockade

HPJC endorses the blockade of the Keystone XL pipeline and the valiant, nonviolent direct actions by the Tar Sands Blockade.
Introducing Transition Houston

Transition Houston!

Transition Houston is an optimistic and energetic response to the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil at the local level. The Transition Movement supports the transition from oil dependency to local resilience by equipping communities with creative adaptations.
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The American Prison Writer as Witness | A Public Talk by Dr. Doran Larson at UHD

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

UHD's Cultural Enrichment Center, Department of English, and Center for Critical Race Studies invite all of Houston to an evening event with the creative writer, essayist, and activist Dr. Doran Larson.

Exciting drama event - Theatre Suburbia benefit for Houston Peace Camp

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

This is a live theater performance, whose proceeds will help pay expenses for Peace Camp Houston.  The play, "Olive and the Bitter Herbs", is a colorful sweet and sour comedy for mature audiences, by playwright Charles Busch.

Synopsis of the play:  Olive Fisher is an elderly character actress whose claim to fame were the iconic "Gimme the Sausage" commercials of the 1980s. She is a classic New York curmudgeon, at war with the world and in particular her next door neighbors. Her closed-off life is shaken by the appearance of a spectral male figure viewed through her living room mirror. A series of strange and outrageous coincidences reveals that the man in the mirror has intimate links to everyone in Olive's world and most revealingly to Olive, encouraging her that it's never too late to change one's life.

Come early, bring your friends, enjoy some refreshments and meet other peacemakers.  Only the April 17 performance of this play benefits Peace Camp.  Suggested donation is $20 per person, or $15 per person for groups of 4 or more.  If the event does not sell out, then it's pay what you can at the door.  100% of the proceeds will go to Peace Camp Houston.  Reserve your tickets now!

Houston Peace Festival 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 12:30pm - 7:30pm

HPJC and Live Oaks Friends will have a day of fun, celebration, information, and networking with local and national organizations whose work to improve the community and world aligns with the principles and values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Equality, and Community.

The festival will include Caribbean rock/blues, pop rock, hip-hop, eclectic, Spanish rock, and African fusion artists.  Join us for:

  • Live Music 
  • Dance Performances
  • Food
  • Kids Activities
  • Arts and Crafts

If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click the event title or "read more" link for details.

Post Your Organization's Event on HPJC's online calendar and E-Mail Calendar of Events Newsletter

If you have an event that you want other progressives to know about, we want to help you get it on the online calendar for the Houston Peace and Justice Center. 

Events posted on our online calendar are also included in HPJC's e-mail calendar of upcoming events newsletter.

If you are reading this on the hpjc.org home page, click on the "read more" link below, or the title of this article, for important tips and details, including how to submit your event.

Good Friday Walk for Justice

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

We invite you to join us, members of the Houston peace and justice community, at Hermann Square in downtown Houston, as we walk the Stations of the Cross, commemorating the passion and death  of Jesus. We proclaim that the suffering and death of Jesus is clearly seen  today in the suffering and death of the innocent, those condemned unjustly, those who side with the poor, those who struggle for justice, those who are victims of war, those who die unnecessarily and violently. We take up our cross. We will follow the way of Jesus. We will be voices of hope.

Dana Lynn Recer to Speak at TCADP Meeting

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The next meeting of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will feature.  Dana Lynn Recer of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center (GRACE) will talk to us about death penalty trials and the work of her organization.    Please plan to attend.

Houston Environmental Justice Encuentro 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9:00am - Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 5:00pm

Save the date and register now for the Houston Environmental Justice Encuentro, to be held at TSU on Friday-Saturday May 16-17, 2014.

Goals for this Environmental Justice Encuentro:

  • Foster dialog, communication and education between conservation groups and residents of areas most affected by severe environmental health risks.
  • Enlighten Houstonians with an understanding that environmental injustices suffered by "fence-line" communities affect all Houstonians.
  • Empower Houston regional residents to work for the environmental quality they want their families and grandchildren to have.

If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click the "read more" link below, or the event title, for more information.

Peace Camp Houston 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:00am - Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:30pm

Peace Camp Houston is accepting reservations now for two different one-week sessions this summer  They will be both fun and educational.  This alternative day camp is unique because youth learn ways to cooperate instead of competing against others.  They learn how to understand and deal with difficult people and bullies, and find positive ways they can be peacemakers.  They learn how we can all make a difference!

There is one program for ages 5-12, and another for teens who would like to be Junior Counselors plus have other activities that are appropriate for their age group.

Activities include yoga, puppet fun, special guests, field trips, gardening, co-operative games, etc.

The two weeks are:

  • June 9-14 at the Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd. in northwest Houston (see map below)
  • July 21-25 at the Cameron Retreat Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd., east of the Medical Center (map)

Volunteers are needed, both before and during camp.  To see some of the things where help is needed, to get more information, or to sign up, please see the Peace Camp Volunteer form

Dismantling Hurtful Worldviews on Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

EcofeminismWhat can feminism teach us about alternative ways to approach the environment? Ecofeminism envisions feminism and ecology as interconnected, arguing that the worldview that causes environmental degradation is the same that causes inequality for women.  On Earth Day, Anne McClintock, Ph.D. discusses what ecofeminism can teach us, and how it can change the way we treat the Earth. Dr.

Several decisions by U.S. Supreme Court are harmful to the United States

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of George W. Bush to become President of the United States in 2000, I have been apprehensive about the Court's decisions.  

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