2014 HPJC Peacemaker Awards Dinner Celebrating Medea Benjamin, Sat. Nov 8

Celebrate these Local Peacemakers

Dr. Robert Bullard,  the father of environmental justice; The Station Museum Of Contemporary Art, home of daring, thought-provoking exhibits and events; Jannell Robles, Maria Xiquin, Dayana Gomez, Marianela Acuna, Silvia Chicas, young women who work for a better life for the Latino Community and all Houstonians.
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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.
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Human Library

Date: 
Repeats every day until Wed Oct 29 2014 .
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 9:00am - Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:00am

Meet with Human Books! Human Books are people with particular experiences or perspectives on life, many of whom have been marginalized by society. Join us for this unique event at Lone Star College-Kingwood on Tuesday, October 28th and Wednesday, October 29th in the Conference Room of the SCC building. Contact Anthony McMillan at Anthony.J.McMillan@lonestar.edu for more information.

Times: 9AM to 4PM both days.

The Institutional Violence of Incarceration

Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Discussion with Rev. Dorothy Budd and Chris Scott, moderated by Liliana Segura

Sponsored by the ACLU of Texas

In a state with one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, what impact does this type of institutional violence have on our society? With imprisonment disproportionally affecting minorities, are we creating a new type of slavery? Does incarceration accomplish rehabilitation, or is it simply another means for a prison industrial complex to profit? What does this mean for the wrongly convicted, and what types of nonviolent options do they have to resist the violence of institutionalization? Journalist Liliana Segura moderates a discussion with Rev. Dorothy Budd and exonerated prisoner Chris Scott to begin an examination of these questions, and more.

     

Help for those who need a Texas Voter ID

The Harris County AFL-CIO Council  would like to inform you about the Texas Voter ID services available in Harris County.

VoteRiders is a national 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on making sure that no eligible citizen is denied his or her right to vote for lack of ID that complies with the law.

VoteRiders is reaching out to local organizations and unions to find and help Texas citizens who have questions or need voter ID assistance. The organization is ready to assist voters at any level of the voter ID assistance spectrum: from fixing their name on their ID to requesting birth certificates from out-of-state to obtain a new ID.

HPJC Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Medea Benjamin

Date: 
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Make your reservations now!  Go to our dinner reservations page to make reservations online for HPJC's annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner, and/or for a special reception with our keynote speaker.

Medea Benjamin photo   Medea at Code Pink Protest about Drones

Medea Benjamin has agreed to accept the Houston Peace and Justice Center's annual National Peacemaker Award, and will be the keynote speaker at HPJC's annual awards dinner this year.  Read her reaction ("insanity") on Democracy Now! to Obama's plan to bomb Syria and expand attacks on Iraq: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/12/insanity_codepinks_medea_benjamin_on_obama

Local peacemakers will also receive awards and give short presentations.  They are:

  • The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, which has hosted many exhibitions, film showings, and speakers for peace and justice related topics, especially dealing with current events and topics that other museums may find too controversial.  The Museum encourages people to think about important issues in ways that the mainstream media often chooses to ignore or stereotype.  The director is Jim Harithas.  For more info about them and many of the activities and exhibits they've had, see the Station Museum's Facebook page
  • "5 Dynamic Young Latinas" - Jannell Robles, Maria Xiquin-Espinosa, Dayana Gomez Mendoza, Marianela Acuña-Arreaza, Silvia Chicas - for their work to promote the dignity and welfare of the Latino community in Houston

Besides being a time to recognize notable people and organizations involved with peace and justice, the dinner is also a celebration and opportunity to be with other local activists and supporters.  We hope you will join us!

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.

Why doesn't the USA address its obvious human rights abuses?

On December 10 of each year,  we celebrate the anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948. 

Gandhi’s Legacy: Houston Perspectives

Date: 
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Beginning October 2nd more than 20 Houston organizations are contributing to exhibits, presentations, celebrations, and discussions exploring nonviolence and the resonance of Mohandas Gandhi’s philosophy.  This is an initiative of the Menil Collection and details can be found at http://gandhislegacyhouston.org.  Here are just a very few of more than 16 events and exhibits that are a part of Gandhi's Legacy: A Houston Perspective:

October 2 - February 1 Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence  at the Menil

Monday, Nov. 3  Rev James Lawson speaks on Recovering a Vision of Gandhi and His Meaning for the 21st Century at Riverside United Methodist Church

Beginning Monday Dec. 8 and for the next five days from 11 am to 5 pm each day, see the meditative creation of a mandala (cosmic diagram) made from colored sand by Buddhist monks in the Menil foyer.

Hunger Banquet

Date: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw. Just as in real life, some are born into a comfortable life, some are born into poverty. Increase your awareness and learn about the causes of hunger in America and the world. Join us at Lone Star College-Kingwood on Tuesday, November 11th in the Conference Room of the SCC building for this interactive and life-changing event. $5 donation at the door or 3 non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry.

Rejuvenate: Find Balance in the Bungalow - several different Multi-week series at Rothko, Oct. 15-Nov. 21

6 Weeks of Meditation Courses

The Rothko Chapel offers structured courses for those wanting to cultivate relaxation or deepen their concentration through contemplative practices. Starting in October 2014, participants can either join a series or drop-in for individual classes aimed at enriching their awareness and mindfulness through meditation. Led by experienced teachers, these courses represent a variety of modalities to center and quiet the mind.

Please note: All classes will be held in the Rothko Chapel Office Annex bungalow at 1415 Sul Ross St.

The charge for the courses is as follows:

  • Drop-in cost $12, Rothko Chapel Members $10
  • Per Series $60, Rothko Chapel Members $50
  • Any class, any time- $100, Rothko Chapel Members $90

Click on the links below for more details about each series.  Each is led by a different person, on a different day of the week or time, so you can choose from any of these.

David Rovics plays Songs of Social Significance

Date: 
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

David Rovics will be performing in Houston at Avant Garden.  Deconstruction Crew will be opening the show, and after David’s performance the Free Radicals will be doing their usual Monday night show at 10 pm, free. 

David Rovics is a brilliant and prolific songwriter; his songs cover topics such as Afghanistan, Palestine, free trade agreements, popular resistance all over the world, and much more.

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