Mass Meeting to Plan Houston Launch of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas. Monday, July 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm @ Cafe Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy @ Westheimer.
Abortion rights -- and the lives and future of women -- are in a state of emergency! If nothing changes, on September 1st all but 6 abortion clinics in Texas will be closed (there were 46 in 2011!). Volunteers from around the country will travel throughout Texas, joining with people here, to wage mass resistance to these closings. There will be weekly webcasts and protests.
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.
Peace Camp Houston is accepting reservations now for two different one-week sessions this summer They will be both fun and educational. This alternative day camp is unique because youth learn ways to cooperate instead of competing against others. They learn how to understand and deal with difficult people and bullies, and find positive ways they can be peacemakers. They learn how we can all make a difference!
There is one program for ages 5-12, and another for teens who would like to be Junior Counselors plus have other activities that are appropriate for their age group.
Activities include yoga, puppet fun, special guests, field trips, gardening, co-operative games, etc.
The two weeks are:
- June 9-14 at the Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd. in northwest Houston
- July 21-25 at the Cameron Retreat Center, 2403 Holcombe Blvd., east of the Medical Center (map)
Volunteers are needed, both before and during camp. To see some of the things where help is needed, to get more information, or to sign up, please see the Peace Camp Volunteer form
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Please join the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund along with Texans Together to meet a pioneer of environmental activism, Lois Gibbs.
Friday, August 1st • 6PM – 8PM
The Rice Hotel • 909 Texas Avenue Suite 203, Houston, Texas 77002
The next meeting of the Houston Urban Farm Belt Coalition (HUFBC) and urban farmers will be Monday July 28, 6:30 PM. We will continue our discussion of how to help Houston area urban farmers with a manual or written materials. Email for location.
Embracing Environmental Justice: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of E.O. 12898
The goals of this EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice Training Workshop are to:
Bring together grassroots organizations and partners, local officials and government entities to better understand today’s Environmental Justice challenges;
Build sustainable relationships thru strategies exchanges, lessons learned and best practices that lead to healthier communities;
Broaden decision making skills via better understanding environmental processes and requirements; and
Participate in a collaborative process to draft a Region 6 EJ State Action Plan that addresses region-wide priorities.
Aug. 3, 2014: PEACE SING-ALONG & PICNIC, 6PM until dark, on the grounds of Live Oak Friends Meeting, 1318 W. 26th St., 77008.
Bring instruments and blankets/rugs to sit on and a picnic dinner. If you can help with this, call Lee Loe, 713.524.2682. We are in the preliminary stages of planning and need singers, guitar players, etc.
Hosted by Live Oaks Friends Meeting and patterned after the Sunrise World-Wide Singing for Peace which Houston joined for years.
Waste And Environmental Justice Policy Summit - All interested in recycling, waste reduction, and environmental justice should come!
How we manage (and waste) resources affects the climate and all of our lives. To some it can cause great injustice: illegal dumping, pollution and siting concerns damage health and safety in communities without adequate protection.
Learn from national experts and brainstorm with local advocates about ways we can improve recycling and waste reduction through policies that are already working in many parts of the world.