Peace Love and Understanding

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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

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.
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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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Individuals and organizations are encouraged to join HPJC in serving Houston’s communities to help shape our future and practice nonviolence in all walks of life. Join us today.

Annual Peace Potluck 2014 - YOU are Invited!

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm


HPJC's 2014 Peace Potluck will be hosted by

Bering Memorial United Methodist Churchhome of Open Gate Homeless Ministry

Please save the date, and join us!  Bring your whole family and as many friends as you can. 

Bring some food or drink to share, and enjoy the company of fellow peace activists. Vegetarian/Vegan dishes are encouraged!

We'll have an opportunity for people to share what their organizations are doing and planning.  Organizations are invited to bring a small display and/or literature.  Please reserve table space for your organization at 713 900-4752 (HPJC).

We will be in Bering's basement.

Please help spread the word about the Peace Potluck - tell your friends.

HEART Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Happy Hour Benefiting the HEART Program (Houston, TX, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Cafe Adobe at Marque Entertainment Center

Join us for the 8th Annual Happy Hour for HEART at Cafe Adobe on I-10 & Silber! Make a donation of $35 at the door and you will receive: admission to the happy hour, 2 drink tickets, appetizers, and desserts with ALL proceeds going to benefit programs for adults with special needs. There will also be a DJ, door prizes, raffle prizes, and auction items to bid on. A fun evening for a great cause! Extend your Labor Day celebrations by joining us on Sept 2nd!

Houston Civil Rights Coalition Conference

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Please save the date for this year's Civil Rights Coalition Conference

Note:  The location has been changed.  It will be held at the University of Houston main campus.

The conference is intended for people who are concerned with civil rights issues and want to learn skills to be better activists. 

In other words, rather than just talk about issues, we are going to learn how to effect change for the better.

Speakers/workshop leaders will be leaders in the civil rights community including professionals and volunteers from the ACLU, LULAC, Houston Peace and Justice Center, South Texas Human Rights Center and others.

The keynote speaker will be long-time civil rights activist Jim Harrington, founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Recent events such as the incident in Missouri demonstrate the ongoing need for civil rights activism.

Registration is very inexpensive: $7 if pre-registered, $10 at the door and $5 for students.

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Community organizing
  • Political strategies
  • Media/social media strategies
  • Immigration issues
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Coping with discrimination and voter suppression

Post Your Organization's Event on HPJC's online calendar and E-Mail Calendar of Events Newsletter

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. 

Events posted on our online calendar are also included in HPJC's e-mail calendar of upcoming events newsletter.

If you are reading this on the home page, click on the "read more" link below, or the title of this article, for important tips and details, including how to submit your event.

A Special Evening to Benefit Lone Star Chapter & Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Please join Houston Group volunteers and the Lone Star Chapter staff on September 17th to support our work.

What: A Special Evening to Benefit Lone Star Chapter & Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club

Where: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway

Optional short hikes/walks will be led nearby 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Gather with like-minded folks, enjoy good company, great appetizers and desserts. See displays of local conservation efforts and service projects. Your donation will benefit both the Lone Star Chapter and the Houston Regional Group.

Twilight Meditation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Zen Buddhist Dharma Talk and Meditation 
Master Miao Tsan
Tuesday, September 16, 6pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.

International Day of Peace

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm

Discussion and Celebration
Presented in partnership with Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel 
Sunday, September 21, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE

HPJC Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and BDS Endorsement

The Houston Peace and Justice Center has consistently been a strong proponent of nonviolent solutions for conflicts, whether they be personal, local, national, or international conflicts.  We detest the United States' over-reliance on military force in attempts to solve international problems, and realize that often use of such force results in more violence, and more suffering and casualties by civilians, while actually fomenting more hatred and distrust of the US and encouraging terrorism.  We recognize that the US has often acted as a bully by using military force in both covert and overt operations, not because there was a threat to the US, but for political or economic reasons.  That needs to stop.  Further, we should stop encouraging other countries to be bullies.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been going on for many years and we do not see an end to it without annihilation of one side or the other (which we certainly do not want), unless effective pressure is put on perpetuators of the conflict to change the factors that continue to generate violence.

(If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click the title of this article, or the Read More link below, for the entire statement and the resolution approved by the HPJC Board.)

Remembering Pat Nichols (1935-2014)


Pat was a longtime board member of the Houston Peace and Justice Center, representing the Houston Peace Forum. We're already had a Board meeting since she died, and believe me, we do miss her.

Peace Pies & Prophets

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, and Moses said, "Thou shalt eat pie" (or so we imagine.)

Ted & Company's Peace Pies and Prophets is on tour and coming to Houston, Texas!

Admission is free. A suggested donation of $10 will offset costs and support Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).  Pie auction proceeds will benefit CPT.

Centered around a live performance of I'd Like to Buy an Enemy, starring Ted & Company actors Ted Swartz and Tim Ruebke, the show unpacks issues of justice and peace building through humorous and poignant storytelling.

This interactive event is for people interested in engaging in laughter, thoughtful dialogue and pie. Yes, Peace Pies... The evening includes a hand crafted pie auction where pie sale proceeds will go toward the support of Christian Peacemaker Teams ( In the last two years, Peace Pies and Prophets toured across North America, raising over $80,000 for Christian Peacemaker Teams!

You will certainly laugh, but you will also be challenged to reflect on the biases and unjust practices that pervade the American mentality, and be energized to find creative ways to address issues of peace and justice in your communities and beyond. It is a show that speaks across religions, denominations, generations and backgrounds, for people who aim to be the change we seek.

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