What can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman , master satirist, songwriter, and performer. “The Faucet’s on Fire!” is ninety minutes of Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, John Oliver, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
HPJC is bringing Roy Zimmerman back to Houston in a benefit to raise funds for Peace Camp Houston.
In 13 albums over 20 years, Roy has brought the sting of satire and parody to the struggle for peace and social justice.
He's funny, he's a great musician, he's an excellent performer, and his in-person performances are outstanding. What more could you ask for?
He makes fun of right wing politicians, hypocrites, war profiteers, large multinational corporations, religious bigots, and hate-mongers, while entertaining you with stories and music.
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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.
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Prayer and Presentation 7:30
Brian is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Martin de Porres. His ministry has taken him to Honduras, Guatemala, and Caribbean as well as Rome. He was a member of the Dominican delegation to Iraq in January.
There will be a labyrinth at the Rothko Chapel on Sunday, March 8th from 10am-6pm. To commemorate International Women’s Day, step inside a unique labyrinth on the Rothko Chapel plaza and engage in the ancient practice of walking contemplation. Installed by artist Jo Zider, this labyrinth is composed of ceramic “bones” that invite participants to consider violence against women, and what role we might all play in compassionately ending it. In the center of the labyrinth, place a bone in the healing circle as a prayer or indication of your intention.
This conference will introduce attendees to the principles and practices associated with restorative justice. We will discuss how the philosophy can disrupt the disproportionate suspension, expulsion, and criminalization of young people of color. Participants will also take part in a brief restorative justice circle training and hear from students, parents, and restorative justice advocates in the education and juvenile justice fields.
Dear Sisters & Brothers,
You are invited to participate in the upcoming “Rally against the Far Right, Who are Hurting Us!” on Saturday, February 28, at 2 pm, on the sidewalks at the intersection of Harrisburg and Macario Garcia (Hwy 90) in Houston.
Blowback and US foreign policy have put America and the world in jeopardy.
A Call to Participate in a Foreign Policy Conference to Explore Our Choices, to be held at TSU in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Building, in conjunction with TSU's Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Save the date! Speakers and the program are still being worked out, so check back here later for updates.
Speakers and workshop leaders
We've already confirmed these speakers:
- David Swanson - an activist, blogger and author, labor activist, former press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2003-2004 Presidential campaign, active in the movement to indict George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes - see WarIsACrime.org. He now also hosts Talk Nation Radio, which airs on several Pacifica radio stations and their affiliates.
- Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN. He appears as a frequent Republican commentator on The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on MSNBC commenting about the problems with Republican Party. Also see his interview "Who Makes US Foreign Policy?"
- Dr. Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at UT Austin, activist, and speaker. Jensen writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, economics, and ecology have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and web sites all over the world. He contributes to local organizing in Austin, TX, through his work with the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, which offers educational resources and organizes community events about U.S. policy around the world; and 5604 Manor, a progressive community center that brings people together to make positive social change.
- Ann Wright is a former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, who was one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. She has written many articles in the Huffington Post and elsewhere about US misuse of our military as well as of domestic issues. She will be joining us by teleconference.
- Marilyn White - Human rights activist who has worked for peace and justice in Latin America with School of the Americas Watch, Witness for Peace, CodePink and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
People's Movement Assembly
Organized by David Cobb of the Green Party and Move to Amend
Do you know what the 1996 Telecommunications Act and how has it influenced culture in the United States?
Have you ever heard of Lyric Committees, and the story of of how record labels try to control artists money?
Why haven't artists truly been successful in organizing as a labor force when so many of them are working in our schools, youth centers, prisons and organizations?