Please join the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund along with Texans Together to meet a pioneer of environmental activism, Lois Gibbs.
Lois Marie Gibbs became an iconic environmentalist leader by organizing the infamous Love Canal community, built on a toxic waste site. Her work led to the creation of the Superfund Site designation by the EPA and the relocation of 833 families by Presidential Executive order. Today, Lois mentors other environmental organizers, including Jackie Young of Texans Together, who was recently featured in Houston Chronicle editorial cartoons.
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.
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.
Understand the City of Houston’s controversial “One Bin for All” plan that threatens to bring a new type of trash incinerator to Houston.
Take action with your community members: create a comprehensive plan to achieve what some are calling “Zero Waste.”
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Robert Bullard, Lois Gibbs and Bradley Angel (see details below)
Panelists include Monica Wilson with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative
This event is free and open to the public.
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Please support our local station for peace -- KPFT, 90.1 on your FM radio dial (and at kpft.org on the web) during its summer sizzle membership drive.
KPFT's listener financial support is needed even more than usual this year, as we expect not to get any funding at all this year from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which used to provide 10-15% of the funds for KPFT's annual budget. In addition, KPFT has been operating at reduced power for some time due to problems with its transmitter, and needs additional funding NOW to buy a new solid state one that's also more efficient than our current tube-type transmitter.
Even with KPFT's very small paid (underpaid) staff and its much larger volunteer staff plus other volunteers, it still costs over $100,000 per month to keep the bills paid, to keep the electricity flowing at the station and transmitter (both operating 24/7/365), to purchase supplies and to keep all the equipment repaired and working. That works out to be almost $150/hour.
Hear what you've been missing! KPFT specializes in news, public affairs, and music that you won't hear anywhere else, and especially which does not appeal to the big multi-national corporations that control commercial stations and which even most non-profit stations are afraid to broadcast.
Support your favorite show(s) with a donation during this fund drive by calling 713-526-5738 (713-526-KPFT) and pledge your support with s credit or debit card, or check, or even cash, which you can drop by the station at 419 Lovett Blvd. in Houston. Or you can donate quickly and securely online at kpft.org at any time and pick the show you want to support.
July 28, 2014 -- Gloria Steinem, Chuck D, Jonathan Demme and Other Celebrities, Artists, Activists and Nobel Peace Laureates Stand Up for Palestinian Rights in New Video
A diverse group of celebrities, artists, and activists that includes American Jews and Palestinians are speaking out for Palestinian human rights in a video released online today. The video is a first of its kind expression of support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice and features celebrities such as Chuck D, Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner, Mira Nair, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, and others holding signs with the names and ages of Palestinian civilians recently killed by the Israeli military in Gaza.
“The Israeli leaders seem sincere when they say they believe that their actions are appropriate. Apparently, one of ‘us’ is worth many more of ‘them,’” said actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, who provides the voice-over narration for the video. “American leaders know they are lying when they defend the murder of children in their beds. And we, the public, pay for the bombs, pay for the airplanes, and pretend not to notice what’s going on.”
As Israel continues its assault against the occupied, besieged, and blockaded Gaza Strip, which has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians since July 7, most of them civilians, a growing number of global citizens of conscience feel compelled to speak out against Israel’s disproportionate attack on the Palestinian people. In addition to those featured in this video, a growing number of celebrities have been speaking out via social media about the horrors we are witnessing in Gaza, as reported recently by BuzzFeed and The Hollywood Reporter.
“We wanted to provide a platform for the growing list of prominent individuals who are outraged by Israel’s brutal violence against Gaza’s civilian population,” said Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), an organization that co-produced the video. “Our message is that securing freedom and justice for Palestinians is the only pathway to a lasting peace.”
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.
Please save the date for this year's Civil Rights Coalition Conference, and check back here later for more details.
The conference will cover the following subjects:
- community organizing
- political strategies
- media strategies
- immigrant strategies
- criminal justice strategies
- coping with discrimination
- voter suppression
A keynote speaker is Jim Harrington, Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.