HPJC's 2014 Peace Potluck will be hosted by
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, home of Open Gate Homeless Ministry
Please save the date, and join us! Bring your whole family and as many friends as you can.
Bring some food or drink to share, and enjoy the company of fellow peace activists. Vegetarian/Vegan dishes are encouraged!
We'll have an opportunity for people to share what their organizations are doing and planning. Organizations are invited to bring a small display and/or literature. Please reserve table space for your organization at 713 900-4752 (HPJC).
We will be in Bering's basement.
Please help spread the word about the Peace Potluck - tell your friends.
Two great Houston jazz groups will headline the 5th Annual HCYNO Benefit Jazz Concert, 7 pm, Sunday, Aug. 31, Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd.
This year‘s exciting event features the Bob Henschen Trio and the Free Radicals. Noted pianist Bob Henschen will lead off with his group featuring bassist Anthony Brock and drummer Keith Karnaky, followed by the wildly eclectic Free Radicals, a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, and a 12-time winner for "Best Jazz" in the Houston Press Music Awards.
Happy Hour Benefiting the HEART Program (Houston, TX, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Cafe Adobe at Marque Entertainment Center
Join us for the 8th Annual Happy Hour for HEART at Cafe Adobe on I-10 & Silber! Make a donation of $35 at the door and you will receive: admission to the happy hour, 2 drink tickets, appetizers, and desserts with ALL proceeds going to benefit programs for adults with special needs. There will also be a DJ, door prizes, raffle prizes, and auction items to bid on. A fun evening for a great cause! Extend your Labor Day celebrations by joining us on Sept 2nd!
Please save the date for this year's Civil Rights Coalition Conference
Note: The location has been changed. It will be held at the University of Houston main campus.
The conference is intended for people who are concerned with civil rights issues and want to learn skills to be better activists.
In other words, rather than just talk about issues, we are going to learn how to effect change for the better.
Speakers/workshop leaders will be leaders in the civil rights community including professionals and volunteers from the ACLU, LULAC, Houston Peace and Justice Center, South Texas Human Rights Center and others.
The keynote speaker will be long-time civil rights activist Jim Harrington, founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Recent events such as the incident in Missouri demonstrate the ongoing need for civil rights activism.
Registration is very inexpensive: $7 if pre-registered, $10 at the door and $5 for students.
Topics to be covered include:
- Community organizing
- Political strategies
- Media/social media strategies
- Immigration issues
- Criminal justice reform
- Coping with discrimination and voter suppression
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.
Please join Houston Group volunteers and the Lone Star Chapter staff on September 17th to support our work.
What: A Special Evening to Benefit Lone Star Chapter & Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club
Where: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway
Optional short hikes/walks will be led nearby 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Gather with like-minded folks, enjoy good company, great appetizers and desserts. See displays of local conservation efforts and service projects. Your donation will benefit both the Lone Star Chapter and the Houston Regional Group.
The Houston Peace and Justice Center has consistently been a strong proponent of nonviolent solutions for conflicts, whether they be personal, local, national, or international conflicts. We detest the United States' over-reliance on military force in attempts to solve international problems, and realize that often use of such force results in more violence, and more suffering and casualties by civilians, while actually fomenting more hatred and distrust of the US and encouraging terrorism. We recognize that the US has often acted as a bully by using military force in both covert and overt operations, not because there was a threat to the US, but for political or economic reasons. That needs to stop. Further, we should stop encouraging other countries to be bullies.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been going on for many years and we do not see an end to it without annihilation of one side or the other (which we certainly do not want), unless effective pressure is put on perpetuators of the conflict to change the factors that continue to generate violence.
(If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click the title of this article, or the Read More link below, for the entire statement and the resolution approved by the HPJC Board.)