Individuals and representatives of organizations are invited to participate in the planning of the Everybody INstitute, a full day’s training On May 17th focused on developing skills and strategies for single-payer organizing, outreach and advocacy to spread the message across Texas that Healthcare is a Human Right!!.
He'll make you laugh, and is a very talented songwriter and a great musician, too!
He makes fun of right wing politicians, hypocrites, war profiteers, and hate-mongers, while entertaining you with stories and music.
We'll have an optional potluck dinner starting at 6 pm. Bring some food or drink to share if you want to participate. Roy's music will start about 7 pm.
Suggested admission is $15 if paid in advance (by March 27) or $20 if paid at the door, but pay what you can. Seats are limited. To reserve your tickets in advance (discount rate), go to the event reservations form.
If you can't come, but would like to help us pay expenses so more children can attend peace camp, go to the peace camp donation form.
Join with advocates of Improved Medicare for All to elect new officers and grow the movement in Texas for a Single-Payer Healthcare System.
In order to maintain the profits of health insurance companies, the Affordable Care Act perpetuates high out of pocket costs that block access to care and will leave 30 million uninsured. We don't need platinum, gold, silver, bronze and "tin-cup" plans. We need quality, first dollar coverage for all.
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Ann Wright, former US Army colonel and State Department official who resigned because of the US invasion of Iraq, will speak on her recent activities, including the International Women's trip to Gaza, the presentation at Oxford of the whistleblower award to Chelsea Manning (in absentia), her trip to Geneva for trying to get Syrian women to the peace talks and to NE Asia (last November), and an 8 day voyage on the 1,000 passenger Peace Boat in NE Asia.
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. This presentation will be the dress rehearsal for the first regular performance which starts Friday April 18, but only the Apr. 17 performance benefits Peace Camp. Suggested donation is $20 or whatever you can pay. 100% of the proceeds will go to Peace Camp Houston.
Bob Holmes CSB, will talk on the often dangerous work of Peacemaking in Palestine. Bob is a Catholic priest of the Congregation of St. Basil. He is the Basilian Coordinator for Social Justice Concerns and is active with the Toronto Catholic Worker. Bob trained with the Christian Peacemaker Teams and served as full-time CPTer in Canada, Israel/Palestine, Chiapas, Vieques, Colombia and Iraq. He makes his home in Toronto, Canada. CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization which works with Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers create justice and peace in Palestine. All welcome.
HPJC and Live Oaks Friends will have a day of fun, celebration, information, and networking with local and national organizations whose work to improve our community and world aligns with Houston peace and justice and Quaker testimonies and values.
Arts and Crafts
The Houston Peace Festival is a great place to network with other peace, justice, and environmental organizations and tell others about your activities. Reserve a table now for your organization to provide literature, displays, and information - cost is $30 per table. Details and the reservation form are here.
To celebrate the spring equinox, the Rothko Chapel shimmers with the sound of the sun in a multi-channel sound composition Moments from the Sun created by Jeff Talman in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Huber of NASA. Recordings of the sun in the Chapel play throughout the day, culminating with the final performance and a discussion with Mr. Talman and Dr. Huber in the evening. Jeff Talman is a sound artist and composer who has created sound installations throughout the world.
Aperio artist Brendan Kinsella performs American composer Frederic Rzewski’s towering masterpiece for solo piano, 36 Variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” Rzewski composed this hour-long, virtuosic work in 1975 on the eve of the United States’ bicentennial as a meditation on the 1973 overthrow of the Allende government in Chile.