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

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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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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.

Houston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Date: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

To register, please click HERE.

This annual service brings together leaders and members of nine faiths to offer prayers of thanksgiving and read sacred texts on thankfulness. All are welcome. A reception on the plaza follows the program.

Location : Rothko Chapel

Close the SOA! Resist Empire & Militarization - Converge on Ft. Benning, GA

Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 9:00am - Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 4:00pm
As SOA Watch's 25th anniversary Vigil approaches, we remain committed to converging at the gates of Fort Benning once again to remember the martyrs, and to denounce the continued School of America's violence against our brothers and sisters in Latin America.

Join thousands for a rally at Fort Benning, music and street theater, an immigrant prison protest, nonviolent direct action, concerts, films, workshops & more.

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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Houston Cooperative Business Conference 2014

Date: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Register Now! Creating Sustainable Jobs and Stable Communities for People and Planet

We invite you to join Transition Houston us for the Houston Cooperative Business Conference! Please consider telling a friend.

Amnesty International’s Annual Winter Social

Date: 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
You are invited to Amnesty International Local 23 Chapter's  Annual Winter Social, 
Tuesday, December 2, upstairs  in the Central Market Community Room (3815 Westheimer). 
Food, Drinks, Information, and the Opportunity to learn about the 10 initiatives we defend and support! 
Come meet our members & learn how you can make a difference locally and globally. 

Rejuvenate: Find Balance in the Bungalow - several different Multi-week series at Rothko, Oct. 15-Nov. 21

6 Weeks of Meditation Courses

The Rothko Chapel offers structured courses for those wanting to cultivate relaxation or deepen their concentration through contemplative practices. Starting in October 2014, participants can either join a series or drop-in for individual classes aimed at enriching their awareness and mindfulness through meditation. Led by experienced teachers, these courses represent a variety of modalities to center and quiet the mind.

Please note: All classes will be held in the Rothko Chapel Office Annex bungalow at 1415 Sul Ross St.

The charge for the courses is as follows:

  • Drop-in cost $12, Rothko Chapel Members $10
  • Per Series $60, Rothko Chapel Members $50
  • Any class, any time- $100, Rothko Chapel Members $90

Click on the links below for more details about each series.  Each is led by a different person, on a different day of the week or time, so you can choose from any of these.

Moments of Spirituality and Healing

Date: 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Christian Meditation
Sister Adeline  O'Donoghue
Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.

The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

Location : Rothko Chapel

Twilight Meditation

Date: 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Christian Contemplative Taize Concert
Location : Rothko Chapel,  Kinley Lange
Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.

Taizé worship, originating from France, incorporates music and prayers with songs in many languages, including chants and icons from the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

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.

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