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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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

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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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Roy Zimmerman, songwriter/political satirist, performs in a 2015 fund raiser for Peace Camp Houston

Date: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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 , master satirist, songwriter, and performer.  “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.

HPJC is bringing Roy Zimmerman back to Houston in a benefit to raise funds for Peace Camp Houston.

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.

Advance discount tickets are available - Reserve your seats now

If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click the Read more link or the event title for details.

Oppose the City of Houston's "One Bin" Mixed Dirty Waste Proposal

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.

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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Surprised by God's unexpected Word - Brian Pierce, OP Second Day

Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:30am - 3:30pm
Brian J. Pierce, OP is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Martin de Porres, USA.

Suprised by God's Unexpected Word -- Brian Pierce, OP: First Evening

Date: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Gathering  7:00

Prayer and Presentation  7:30

8:15  Reception

Brian is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Martin de Porres.  His ministry has taken him to Honduras, Guatemala, and Caribbean as well as Rome.  He was a member of the Dominican delegation to Iraq in January.

No charge

Walk the Labyrinth for International Women's Day at Rothko Chapel

Date: 
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

 There will be a labyrinth at the Rothko Chapel on Sunday, March 8th from 10am-6pm. To commemorate International Women’s Day, step inside a unique labyrinth on the Rothko Chapel plaza and engage in the ancient practice of walking contemplation. Installed by artist Jo Zider, this labyrinth is composed of ceramic “bones” that invite participants to consider violence against women, and what role we might all play in compassionately ending it. In the center of the labyrinth, place a bone in the healing circle as a prayer or indication of your intention.

Young People in the Shadows: Restorative Justice in Schools and Communities

Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:00am - 3:30pm

This conference will introduce attendees to the principles and practices associated with restorative justice. We will discuss how the philosophy can disrupt the disproportionate suspension, expulsion, and criminalization of young people of color. Participants will also take part in a brief restorative justice circle training and hear from students, parents, and restorative justice advocates in the education and juvenile justice fields.

Rally Against the Far Right, Who are Hurting Us

Date: 
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

You are invited to participate in the upcoming “Rally against the Far Right, Who are Hurting Us!” on Saturday, February 28, at 2 pm, on the sidewalks at the intersection of Harrisburg and Macario Garcia (Hwy 90) in Houston.

Peace or Wars Without End? US Foreign Policy: A Conference to Explore Our Choices

Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 9:00am - 5:45pm

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, to be held at TSU in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Building, in conjunction with TSU's Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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 these 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 radio 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?"
  • Dr. Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at UT Austin, activist, and speaker. Jensen writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, economics, and ecology have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and web sites all over the world. He contributes to local organizing in Austin, TX, through his work with the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, which offers educational resources and organizes community events about U.S. policy around the world; and 5604 Manor, a progressive community center that brings people together to make positive social change.
  • Ann Wright is a former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, who was one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. She has written many articles in the Huffington Post and elsewhere about US misuse of our military as well as of domestic issues.  She will be joining us by teleconference.
  • Marilyn White - Human rights activist who has worked for peace and justice in Latin America with School of the Americas Watch, Witness for PeaceCodePink and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

What the (Bleep) Happened to Hip Hop?/People's Movement Assembly

Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

People's Movement Assembly

Organized by David Cobb of the Green Party and Move to Amend

Do you know what the 1996 Telecommunications Act and how has it influenced culture in the United States?

Have you ever heard of Lyric Committees, and the story of of how record labels try to control artists money?

Why haven't artists truly been successful in organizing as a labor force when so many of them are working in our schools, youth centers, prisons and organizations?

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