Peace Love and Understanding

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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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RICE U. MEDIA CENTER Hiroshima/Nagasaki Film Fest

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This August marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Houston has commemorated the dropping of the nuclear bombs on the people of Japan since the late 70s. May the day come soon when we will be celebrating world-wide nuclear disarmament!

THE FILMS: "Race to Oblivion"--Burt Lancaster speaks with a "Hiroshima Maiden" who came to the U.S. for plastic surgery and was adopted by Norman Cousins; "The Big If"-- a cartoon. "The Lost Generation" -- Created by the Japanese with film previously confiscated by the U.S.; and more!

Sixth Annual Benefit Jazz Concert - Benefit for Houston Committee for Youth and Non-Military Opprtunities

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Enrich your soul with music and support a wonderful cause! Performers include: jazz pianist Bob Henschen's trio and the exciting Pretentious Percussion group, featuring legendary vibraphonist Harry Sheppard. Proceeds support HCYNO's counter-recruitment work in Houston schools.

More info about HCYNO is at

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

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Letter Writing Party w/Solidarity Houston

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We will be joining with Solidarity Houston to participate in Artistic Resistance by writing/making letters/cards for imprisoned activists.
Everyone will be asked to pay a $10 door fee to pay for a name tag, a plate of food, and drinks. All paper, pencils, pens, and other stuff will be provided, as well as, names of activists. All cards/letters will be mailed by Campaign Nonviolence-Houston and any written responses back from activists will be collected. This event begins at 6PM and ends at 9PM. For more information go to

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 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.

Houston Peace and Justice Center Urges Support for Agreement with Iran

For immediate release,  July 16, 2015

Contact:  Bill Crosier, 713-305-5346  or Bob Henschen, 713-661-9889

The Houston Peace and Justice Center asks all Americans to support the new comprehensive agreement that the U.S., China, France, Russia, the UK, and Germany have worked out with the Iranian government, that would dramatically curb that country's nuclear program.

HPJC President Bill Crosier said, "The new agreement with Iran will enhance the security of the US, help to stabilize the Middle East, and provide verification that Iran will no longer be producing materials for nuclear weapons. The alternative would be either to allow Iran to continue developing nuclear arms, or to go to war. We congratulate the negotiators in working out an agreement that meets the needs of each country, without resorting to the horrors that war would cause."

Transition Houston Meeting

Repeats every month on the first Tuesday until Thu Dec 03 2015 except Tue Nov 03 2015.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Transition Houston meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Our meeting place can vary, so please check back frequently. 

We're meeting at a NEW LOCATION

Please join us at:

Live Oak Friends Meeting House
1318 W 26th St, Houston, TX 77008


HPJC 2015 Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Chris Hedges

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Save the date!  Investigative journalist Chris Hedges will be the keynote speaker and receive HPJC's National Peacemaker Award at this year's Peacemaker Awards Dinner.  This dinner is always a fun celebration.

Local peacemakers, who will also receive awards, are:

More details about each of our peacemaker honorees are below.  Each will get to tell everyone at the awards dinner about their work.

Sissy Farenthold will be hosting a special reception at her residence at Lamar Tower, the afternoon of Nov. 14 before the dinner, for Chris Hedges and the local peacemaker awardees. Attendees at the reception will be given a choice of Mr. Hedges' books and can request he autograph the book while chatting with him. There will also be an open reception at the UH Hilton just before the dinner.

Please help promote the Awards Dinner on YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE using the graphic image available by clicking the attachment link at the bottom of this article.

Reserve Seats for the Dinner Now

Advance reservations for the dinner and also for the special reception at Lamar Towers are available at

Prices for the dinner go up to $100 on Oct. 1, if seats are still available then.  Seats are limited, so don't wait to make your reservation!

HPJC Stands in Solidarity with Texas Muslims who Gathered at State Capitol

For Immediate Release:  January 31, 2015
For additional information:  832-693-5710
The Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) stands in solidarity with Texas Muslims who gathered at the State Capitol on January 29, 2015, to discuss with lawmakers issues that could affect the Muslim community as well as other citizens of the state.  We deplore the hateful rhetoric of a small group of anti-Islam protesters who do not represent the citizens of Texas.
HPJC supports the statement of Senator Rodney Ellis who said,  "We felt the need to stand in solidarity with Texas Muslims in the face of virulent hate speech and bigotry". 
We also support the statement of House Speaker Joe Straus who said, "The Texas Capitol belongs to all the people of this state, and legislators have a responsibiltiy to treat all visitors just as we expect to be treated - with dignity and respect.  Anything else reflects poorly on the entire body and distracts from the very important work in front of us."

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