Written by C Lee Taylor
Peace Camp Houston provides a unique, alternative day-camp experience that fosters an understanding of peace, justice and environmental awareness. Designed for children in grades K through 5th grade, the camp goals are to teach concepts of peace, equality, and justice at the appropriate age level; to encourage the development of self-esteem and critical thinking skills; to encourage respect for the environment and each other; to introduce peaceful conflict management skills and alternatives to competition and violence; to provide an opportunity for children of diverse backgrounds to create comfortable relationships.
Sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Houston Branch, the camp is now in its 12th year. Peace Camp 2011 is scheduled 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday July 25-29, at the Cameron Retreat Center at Holcombe near Almeda. Peace Camp is nonreligious and welcomes all children.
Some full and partial scholarships are available.
For more information visit www.PeaceCampHouston.org
Below is a proclamation developed by a diverse group of Houstonians to address hateful and biased language in the community which could lead to violence. Such language is often directed at people of color, immigrants and Muslims but it can be directed at anyone in the community. Biased and hateful language serves only to harm wonderful people who are trying to live normal lives, raise their families, and who are making positive contributions to our city.
Houston Peace and Justice Center is proud to endorse this proclamation and participate in the activities introducing it to other Houstonians on April 4 (A Discussion at Rothko Chapel) and April 5 (A presentation at Houston City Council meeting).
F or immediate release: February 21, 2011
The Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) decries the radical agenda of right-wing politcians in Texas who want to pass bills that will harm immigrants and hard-working families in the state.
HPJC is concerned that a number of bills have been introduced in the Texas Legislature that will harm immigrants - both documented and undocumented. For example, bills have been introduced that require police officers to check the immigration status of people they detain, require schools to check the immigration status of students, require proof of citzenship in order to obtain a driver's license or any occupational license, mandate English as the official language of Texas, repeal the Texas DREAM Act, require proof of citizenship to work in Texas, deny birth certificates to children born of undocumented parents and impose a fee for money transmissions sent outside the United States. These bills will lead to racial profiling and discrimination, and several of them may be unconstitutional. However, they are also harmful to all Texans in that they will create a climate of fear, increase crime and violence, place an unnecessary burden on local law enforcement and school officals and harm the economy of the state.