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