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.
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.
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Roy Zimmerman, songwriter/political satirist, performs in a 2015 fund raiser for Peace Camp Houston

Date: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 6:00pm - 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.  “The Faucet’s on Fire!” is ninety minutes of Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs.  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.

HPJC is bringing Roy Zimmerman, master satirist, songwriter, and performer, back to Houston in a benefit to raise funds for Peace Camp Houston.

In 13 albums over 20 years, Roy has brought the sting of satire and parody to the struggle for peace and social justice.

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?

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.

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

Peace Circle for Restoring Police-Community Relationships

Date: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston (RJCH) will convene a “Peace Circle for Restoring Police-Community Relationships” on Wednesday, January 21 from 6-8pm in the gym at the Academy of Choice (AOC) located at 9016 Westview, Houston, TX 77055. Educators, police officers, parents, youth and community members from Spring Branch and the Houston area are encouraged to attend.

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.

Oppose the City of Houston's "One Bin" Mixed Dirty Waste Proposal

HPJC, along with the Houston Regional Sierra Club, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and other groups, opposes the "One Bin" / dirty materials recovery facility, or dirty mixed waste trash proposal for the City of Houston.  Similar projects in Ohio, Georgia, California and other places have resulted in actual recycling rates of only 10%-30% and greatly increased air pollution from the remaining incinerated waste. It's bad for our air and water, it's bad for city finances, and it's bad for environmental justice. It would be wasteful of energy, uses technology that has not worked thus far, and will greatly reduce the marketability of materials that would have been accepted for recycling if not contaminated with garbage.

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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Military & Foreign Policy Conference - Peace or Endless War?

Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 9:00am - 5:45pm

Peace or Endless War?
Blowback and US foreign policy have put America and the world in jeopardy.
A Call to Participate in a Foreign Policy Conference to Explore Our Choices

Save the date!  Speakers and the program are still being worked out, so check back here later for updates.

Speakers and workshop leaders

We've already confirmed two superb speakers:

  • David Swanson - an activist, blogger and author, labor activist, former press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2003-2004 Presidential campaign, active in the movement to indict George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes - see WarIsACrime.org.  He now also hosts Talk Nation Radio, which airs on several Pacifica stations and their affiliates.
  • Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN. He appears as a frequent Republican commentator on The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on MSNBC commenting about the problems with Republican Party. Also see his interview "Who Makes US Foreign Policy?"

Students: Why American Militarism is Hurting Your Future

First, let's define militarism

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, militarism is the belief that a country should use military methods, forces, etc, to gain power and achieve its goals.  It is the predominance of the military class or its ideals, the exaltation of military virtues and ideals, a policy of aggressive military preparedness.  One only has to look at the the amount of money that the U.S. spends on the military, and our involvement in past and present wars, to realize that this nation EMBRACES militarism and war.
 

The Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice

The Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice. The decision seems to underscore an unwritten rule that Black lives hold no value; that you may kill Black men in this country without consequences.
This is a frightening narrative for every parent of Black and brown children, and another setback for race relations in America.

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. 

The Universal Declaration was a wonderful step forward for the world community.   However, it is disturbing that human rights seem to have a very low priority in the United States at this time.  Consider a recent vote in the U.S. Senate where the U.N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities was not ratified.   This shows what a sad state we find ourselves when it comes to basic human rights.

HPJC Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and BDS Endorsement

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions update (Jan. 3, 2015):

"The amazing things we achieved together in 2014"

 

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.)

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