The next meeting of the Houston Urban Farm Belt Coalition (HUFBC) and urban farmers will be Monday July 28, 6:30 PM. We will continue our discussion of how to help Houston area urban farmers with a manual or written materials. Email for location.
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.
Waste And Environmental Justice Policy Summit - All interested in recycling, waste reduction, and environmental justice should come!
How we manage (and waste) resources affects the climate and all of our lives. To some it can cause great injustice: illegal dumping, pollution and siting concerns damage health and safety in communities without adequate protection.
Learn from national experts and brainstorm with local advocates about ways we can improve recycling and waste reduction through policies that are already working in many parts of the world.
Understand the City of Houston’s controversial “One Bin for All” plan that threatens to bring a new type of trash incinerator to Houston.
Take action with your community members: create a comprehensive plan to achieve what some are calling “Zero Waste.”
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Robert Bullard, Lois Gibbs and Bradley Angel (see details below)
Panelists include Monica Wilson with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative
This event is free and open to the public.
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Please join the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund along with Texans Together to meet a pioneer of environmental activism, Lois Gibbs.
Lois Marie Gibbs became an iconic environmentalist leader by organizing the infamous Love Canal community, built on a toxic waste site. Her work led to the creation of the Superfund Site designation by the EPA and the relocation of 833 families by Presidential Executive order. Today, Lois mentors other environmental organizers, including Jackie Young of Texans Together, who was recently featured in Houston Chronicle editorial cartoons.
Embracing Environmental Justice: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of E.O. 12898
The goals of this EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice Training Workshop are to:
Bring together grassroots organizations and partners, local officials and government entities to better understand today’s Environmental Justice challenges;
Build sustainable relationships thru strategies exchanges, lessons learned and best practices that lead to healthier communities;
Broaden decision making skills via better understanding environmental processes and requirements; and
Participate in a collaborative process to draft a Region 6 EJ State Action Plan that addresses region-wide priorities.
Aug. 3, 2014: PEACE SING-ALONG & PICNIC, 6PM until dark, on the grounds of Live Oak Friends Meeting, 1318 W. 26th St., 77008.
Bring instruments and blankets/rugs to sit on and a picnic dinner. If you can help with this, call Lee Loe, 713.524.2682. We are in the preliminary stages of planning and need singers, guitar players, etc.
Hosted by Live Oaks Friends Meeting and patterned after the Sunrise World-Wide Singing for Peace which Houston joined for years.
Please save the date for this year's Civil Rights Coalition Conference, and check back here later for more details.
The conference will cover the following subjects:
- community organizing
- political strategies
- media strategies
- immigrant strategies
- criminal justice strategies
- coping with discrimination
- voter suppression
A keynote speaker is Jim Harrington, Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of George W. Bush to become President of the United States in 2000, I have been apprehensive about the Court's decisions.