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.
Please pre-register so we'll know how many people to expect.
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To REGISTER for Peace Camp Houston
This summer there will be three different one-week sessions. Each session 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! The main focus will revolve around developing inner peace, positive ways to deal with racism, and coping with bullies.
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.
Michael Milligan's one-actor play. The play is a love story–the context just happens to be a couple struggling with the healthcare system. Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. When his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings are turned upside down. Joe struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty.
The performance will be followed by a panel discussion and talk back with the audience about the current state of health care and how to make health care a human right.
There will be three showings in our area, sponsored by Health Care for All - Texas, on different days at different locations.
This conference will introduce attendees to the principles and practices associated with restorative justice. We will discuss how the philosophy can disrupt the disproportionate suspension, expulsion, and criminalization of young people of color. Participants will also take part in a brief restorative justice circle training and hear from students, parents, and restorative justice advocates in the education and juvenile justice fields.
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.
Local peacemakers, who will also receive awards, will be announced this summer.
For Immediate Release: January 31, 2015
For additional information: 832-693-5710
HOUSTON PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER (HPJC) STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH TEXAS MUSLIMS WHO GATHERED AT STATE CAPITOL
The Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) stands in solidarity with Texas Muslims who gathered at the State Capitol on January 29, 2015, to discuss with lawmakers issues that could affect the Muslim community as well as other citizens of the state. We deplore the hateful rhetoric of a small group of anti-Islam protesters who do not represent the citizens of Texas.
HPJC supports the statement of Senator Rodney Ellis who said, "We felt the need to stand in solidarity with Texas Muslims in the face of virulent hate speech and bigotry".
We also support the statement of House Speaker Joe Straus who said, "The Texas Capitol belongs to all the people of this state, and legislators have a responsibiltiy to treat all visitors just as we expect to be treated - with dignity and respect. Anything else reflects poorly on the entire body and distracts from the very important work in front of us."
Houston Sierra Club meets 2nd Thursday of the month, starting at 7 PM with socializing, and at 7:30 PM we have program featuring people who care about our mission: Explore, Enjoy and Protect our natural environment. Join us!
We also have outings, both recreational and restorative, for ourselves and our planet.
(Meeting is in Pecore Hall of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, which faces the parking lot at Sul Ross & Woodhead.
First, let's define militarism
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, militarism is the belief that a country should use military methods, forces, etc, to gain power and achieve its goals. It is the predominance of the military class or its ideals, the exaltation of military virtues and ideals, a policy of aggressive military preparedness. One only has to look at the the amount of money that the U.S. spends on the military, and our involvement in past and present wars, to realize that this nation EMBRACES militarism and war.
The Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice
The Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice. The decision seems to underscore an unwritten rule that Black lives hold no value; that you may kill Black men in this country without consequences.
This is a frightening narrative for every parent of Black and brown children, and another setback for race relations in America.