Peace Love and Understanding

What's So Hard about Peace, Love, & Understanding?

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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Houston Tomorrow Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 6:00pm - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 8:00pm

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.

Fe y Justicia Worker Center Gala 2015 - Transforming Houston Together !

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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

Houston Peace and Justice Center Urges Support for Agreement with Iran

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 Meeting

Repeats every month on the first Tuesday until Thu Dec 03 2015 except Tue Nov 03 2015.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Transition Houston meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Our meeting place can vary, so please check back frequently. 

We're meeting at a NEW LOCATION

Please join us at:

Live Oak Friends Meeting House
1318 W 26th St, Houston, TX 77008


HPJC 2015 Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Chris Hedges

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 6:00pm - 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:

  • 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.

Chris Hedges photo

Chris Hedges

Reserve Seats for the Dinner Now

Advance discount reservations for the dinner and special reception at Lamar Towers are available at

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

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Sixth Annual Benefit Jazz Concert - Benefit for Houston Committee for Youth and Non-Military Opprtunities

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

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

Help KPFT's Crowd Funding Campaign to Buy a New Transmitter

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, 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:

Fund the Transmitter

Monthly Meeting of the Houston Chapter of Health Care for All - Texas

Repeats every month on the second Thursday until Thu Dec 31 2015 .
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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!

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

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:30am - 5:45pm

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

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.

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