Houston Tomorrow has two exciting speakers lined up for their Distinguished Speaker Series, to talk about transportation issues. These events are free, but require registration. They will be on the evenings of Thursday, July 30 and Tuesday, Aug. 4.
Those two evening events precede an Aug. 5 luncheon (at the United Way building) which is not free but which also looks very interesting.
Don't miss out on Fe y Justicia's biggest fundraiser of the year!
Since its inception in 2006, the Worker Center has recovered more than 1.5 million dollars in unpaid wages.
SAVE THE DATE - Honoring Mayor Anise Parker - Innovating for Change & Bringing Justice to Workers
Reserve tables & seats online by August 1st
For immediate release, July 16, 2015
Contact: Bill Crosier, 713-305-5346 or Bob Henschen, 713-661-9889
The Houston Peace and Justice Center asks all Americans to support the new comprehensive agreement that the U.S., China, France, Russia, the UK, and Germany have worked out with the Iranian government, that would dramatically curb that country's nuclear program.
HPJC President Bill Crosier said, "The new agreement with Iran will enhance the security of the US, help to stabilize the Middle East, and provide verification that Iran will no longer be producing materials for nuclear weapons. The alternative would be either to allow Iran to continue developing nuclear arms, or to go to war. We congratulate the negotiators in working out an agreement that meets the needs of each country, without resorting to the horrors that war would cause."
Transition Houston meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Our meeting place can vary, so please check back frequently.
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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:
- Yudith Nieto
- Benjamin Franklin Craft-Rendon
- Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
We always love to hear their stories about their work for peace and justice at the dinner.
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.
Advance discount reservations for the dinner and special reception at Lamar Towers are available at https://secure.jotformpro.com/hpjc/dinner2015
Why make reservations early?
We have to pay a substantial deposit to the hotel, plus pay for airline reservations for our keynote speaker (Mr. Hedges) months in advance, plus other expenses go up each year. Therefore, we're asking everyone to make reservations now if possible. The ticket prices will go up on Aug. 15 (if they are not all sold out by then), so please make your reservations today. We expect to sell out all seats for the dinner, so don't wait until the last minute!
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.
Sixth Annual Benefit Jazz Concert - Benefit for Houston Committee for Youth and Non-Military Opprtunities
Enrich your soul with music and support a wonderful cause! Performers include: jazz pianist Bob Henschen's trio and the exciting Pretentious Percussion group, featuring legendary vibraphonist Harry Sheppard. Proceeds support HCYNO's counter-recruitment work in Houston schools.
More info about HCYNO is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Houston-Committee-for-Youth-and-Non-Milit...
KPFT has ordered a new, 100,000 watt solid state transmitter to replace the current one which can only operate at a fraction of that power and which has had a number of reliability problems.
KPFT, at 90.1 on your FM dial and online at kpft.org, does more than any other media (print, broadcast or online) to keep us informed about events in our area, and brings us so much (news, public affairs, and independent musicians) that other stations ignore. So let's help KPFT get this much-needed transmitter that will bring it back up to the 100kW level for which it is licensed, but which it has been unable to use in the last couple of years due to problems with the old transmitter.
The station has secured 90% of the funds needed. However, in order to take delivery, the station needs to raise at least $20,000 more in the next few weeks. (Yes, broadcast transmitters aren't cheap!) KPFT has set up a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to help reach that goal at this link:
Monthly Meeting of the Houston Chapter of Health Care for All - Texas, a Texas affiliate of the Physicians for a National Health Program, promoting Health Care based on need, not ability to pay. Improved Medicare for All! Health Care is a Human Right!
THANKS to all those who participated in the conference.
Audio recordings, and later video recordings, of the conference will be available online soon. Please check back for details.
A followup meeting, to start planning how to build a movement for peace, will be held on May 23, and everyone who wants to help is invited to come and participate. Details are at http://www.hpjc.org/node/1059
Blowback and US foreign policy have put America and the world in jeopardy.
The Houston Peace & Justice Center has called together a left-right convergence of progressive Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, Republicans and others who have created a conference on foreign policy, "Peace, or Wars without End - a Conference to Explore Our Choices".
It will be held at Texas Southern University in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Building in conjunction with TSU's Thurgood Marshall School of Law and the TSU Civil Rights Law Society. Please join us as we come together with experts to question the use of military methods to solve conflicts and consider how we can move beyond wars to build a safer, more just and sustainable world.
The conference is dedicated to the memory of Chalmers Johnson, former CIA consultant, analyst, and author, and who warned the US of blowback from global hegemony. For more about Johnson, the dedication, and a photo, click here.