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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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HPJC 2015 Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Chris Hedges

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 5:30pm - 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.

KPFT's Egberto Willies, host of KPFT's "Politics Done Right" (Thursdays, 3-4 pm), will be the Master of Ceremonies for 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!

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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More than Land: Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Indigenous Rights

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

More than Land: Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Indigenous Rights

Charles Hale, Ph.D. and Karen Spring, MPH, moderated by
Christine Wade, Ph.D.

Cultivating Moral Courage

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Moral Courage: Speaking Truth to Power

Kerry Kennedy
Event in English; no Spanish interpretation available.

Beato Archbishop Óscar Romero, Miriam Miranda, and Berta Cáceres have displayed remarkable courage, sacrificing their safety to speak out against injustice.

The Courage to be QUEER w/Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This is the first Houston event for Dr. Hood's new book The Courage to Be Queer! Dr. Hood will be sharing from and signing copies of his new text! If you want to pick up a copy early: or

Social Justice Film Forum and Discussion on Palestine/Israel: "Budrus"

Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Palestinian community organizer Ayed Morrar and his 15-yaer-old daughter Iltezam unite local groups along with Israeli and international supporters in a non-violent movement to save their village of Budrus from loss of agricultural land and a cemetery by Israel's Separation Barrier. Budrus won over 20 awards internationally and was hailed by the New York Times as the "must-see documentary of the year."

Being shown in the Sanctuary

Compassion Cultivation Training

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 6:45pm - 8:45pm


Developed at Stanford Medical School's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research, Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion and kindness for oneself and for others.  CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology & scientific research on compassion.

Compassion Cultivation Training

2015 EaDo Pub Crawl benefitting Air Alliance Houston and EaDo Management District

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Fourth Annual EaDo Pub Crawl benefitting Air Alliance Houston and EaDo Management District.

Enjoy food trucks, local artist vendors, live music, and awesome 8th Wonder beer!

$15 Pub Crawl ticket gets you:
- Limited Edition EaDo Pub Crawl pint glass
- One free pour at 8th Wonder Brewery
- Drink specials at participating venues
- Register by September 10th and get a free event t-shirt

Registration and check-in at AHH, Coffee! (2018 Rusk) between 5 and 7pm.

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.

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