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The Houston Peace and Justice Center provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice. We facilitate collaborations and resource pooling and build community among Houston's peace and justice activists.
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.
Justice for Janitors, United, We Rise Together

Justice for Janitors

Join the Justice for Janitors campaign which has come to symbolize the inextricable link between the fight for worker's rights and the fight for immigration reform. United, We Rise Together.
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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Houston Foreign Policy Alliance Wants Endorsements for new Resolution to Reform US Foreign Policy

The Houston Foreign Policy Alliance (HFPA) has released a resolution that they hope will get widespread support from all parts of the political spectrum, and which basically calls for greatly reducing US military spending and intervention, while relying more on diplomacy to resolve international disputes.

The HFPA is a new left-right convergence group, along the lines suggested by Ralph Nader and Ron Paul, that grew out of HPJC's peace conference last spring.  It's made up of Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and independents who agree US foreign military policy is often counterproductive, creates large amounts of blowback with very negative consequences to the US, is very wasteful of taxpayer dollars, and should be significantly changed.

For more details and to read and download the resolution, go to the HFPA web page.  Here's the direct link to download the resolution.

Please help us to get endorsements by downloading the resolution, print copies (it's all on one page), and bring them to organization meetings, conventions of your political party, etc., and ask that they endorse the resolution. Be sure to report back all endorsements - see the details at https://houstonforeignpolicy.wordpress.com

Talk on Islamophobia

Date: 
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Talk on Islamophobia by Mustafaa Carrroll, Executive Director of the Houston Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Deacon Sam Dunning, Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Rabbi Steven Morgen, Congregation Beth Yeshurun

Rev. Ronnie Lister, International Center for World Spirituality

     At: The Dominican Sisters Meeting Room

Roy Zimmerman Concert/Potluck/Fundraiser for Peace Camp Houston

Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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

HPJC is bringing Roy Zimmerman back to Houston in a benefit to raise funds for Peace Camp Houston. In 14 albums over 20 years, Roy has brought the sting of satire and parody to the struggle for peace and social justice.

Roy says, "I'm calling the election year tour "This Machine," a reference to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also an acknowledgement that songwriting does good work in the world.  Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression, because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility of change."

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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.  Due to some problems we've had with event postings on our calendar, we've created a new form that we hope will be easier to use.

Events posted on our online calendar are also included in HPJC's e-mail calendar of upcoming events newsletter that goes out to over 3,000 people twice a month.  If you are not already getting that calendar of progressive events newsletter (it's free), you can sign up - enter your email address in the box near the bottom of the right column of our home page hpjc.org.

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Love Mother Earth Gathering

Date: 
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

 

On Valentines Day, celebrate your love of Mother Earth by coming together to share your concern for the future of our beautiful planet.  You’ll learn the latest peer-reviewed science of climate change, its current impacts and the solutions you can be involved in.  

Led by Sandy Spears of 350.org (http://world.350.org/houston/350 Houston) and sponsored by our First UU Climate Action Team, this informative Climate Reality presentation will be followed by opportunities to network, explore questions, determine your next steps and visit over Valentines goodies in Channing Hall.  Childcare is available upon request. 

Confronting Inequality: Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities

Date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Rothko Chapel has scheduled a four-day symposium exploring economic inequality and ways communities can improve and sustain local economies. March 31-April 3

“Confronting Inequality: Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities” is slated to start with the keynote at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.

Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist and activist, will serve as keynote. She is known for speaking out on behalf of taking an ethical stance on life – and frequently discusses the social implications of environmental issues, which are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

“Williams asks her audience to consider a different type of power, one that could be redistributed equally,” Rothko Chapel executive director David Leslie said. “She is a fascinating figure, who has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House and camped in the remote wilderness in Alaska and worked as a barefoot artist in Rwanda.”

American Leadership in a Changing International Landscape

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

The Honorable William J. Burns
President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) deplores domestic violence fueled by ready availability of guns

The recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, shows once again that gun violence in the United States is a serious problem that must be brought under control.  This was the 355th mass shooting in the United States in 2015, more than one per day !
 
HPJC rejects the arguments of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and certain politicians that the ready availability of guns is not the problem.    The U.S. has 5% of the world's population and owns 40% of the world's guns.  Americans are 20 times more likely to be murdered by a gun than people in other developed nations.
 
The correlation between the ready availability of guns and gun violence in the United States is irrefutable.  Politicians who refuse to implement common sense guns controls are motivated more by money from the gun lobby than by the well-being of the American people.
 
We agree with the statement by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut that Congress is complicit in these mass murders when it fails to pass common-sense gun control measures.

New Left-Right Convergence Group Pushes for Change in US Foreign-Military Policies

Participants in HPJC's "Peace or Wars Without End" conference continue to meet regularly to bring people together to build support for an improved US foreign policy, and you are invited to join them. The left - right convergence is exciting and shows that people from various political backgrounds agree that the US uses its military much too often, resulting in blowback and huge, unnecessary costs in lives and dollars.

The mission statement of the group is: To build support across the political spectrum for a US foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, law and cooperation rather than costly and counterproductive armed intervention that needlessly puts American military personnel in harm's way.   If you have questions or want to join in this effort, please contact Bob Henschen at bhenschen@msn.com or 713-661-9889. Also check back here regularly in coming weeks for more details and a petition.

HPJC Endorses "Urgent Action on Climate" Resolution; encourages other organizations to do the same

The Board of the Houston Peace and Justice Center has endorsed an "Urgent Action on Climate" resolution.  Here's the summary, with the entire resolution and additional background information below:

Resolved, that as it participates in the United Nations Climate Conference, held in Paris in December 2015, the government of the United States:
1. should call for an immediate cut of greenhouse gases as recommended by top scientists, with no market mechanisms, which only delay implementation of life-saving provisions;
2. should recognize that in the face of environmental and societal disaster worldwide, with the threat of potential extinction looming, all people, all nations must work together to leave behind the petroleum-based economy of the past and move towards a fossil-free future.

We encourage other organizations to also endorse this resolution. 

See below for the entire resolution and background information.

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