This August marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Houston has commemorated the dropping of the nuclear bombs on the people of Japan since the late 70s. May the day come soon when we will be celebrating world-wide nuclear disarmament!
THE FILMS: "Race to Oblivion"--Burt Lancaster speaks with a "Hiroshima Maiden" who came to the U.S. for plastic surgery and was adopted by Norman Cousins; "The Big If"-- a cartoon. "The Lost Generation" -- Created by the Japanese with film previously confiscated by the U.S.; and more!
Post Your Organization's Event on HPJC's online calendar and E-Mail Calendar of Events Newsletter -New/Improved Form
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. Due to some problems we've had with event postings on our calendar, we've created a new form that we hope will be easier to use.
Events posted on our online calendar are also included in HPJC's e-mail calendar of upcoming events newsletter that goes out to over 3,000 people twice a month. If you are not already getting that calendar of progressive events newsletter (it's free), you can sign up - enter your email address in the box near the bottom of the right column of our home page hpjc.org.
We will be joining with Solidarity Houston to participate in Artistic Resistance by writing/making letters/cards for imprisoned activists.
Everyone will be asked to pay a $10 door fee to pay for a name tag, a plate of food, and drinks. All paper, pencils, pens, and other stuff will be provided, as well as, names of activists. All cards/letters will be mailed by Campaign Nonviolence-Houston and any written responses back from activists will be collected. This event begins at 6PM and ends at 9PM. For more information go to www.facebook.com/CNVhou1
Participants in HPJC's "Peace or Wars Without End" conference continue to meet regularly to bring people together to build support for an improved US foreign policy, and you are invited to join them. The left - right convergence is exciting and shows that people from various political backgrounds agree that the US uses its military much too often, resulting in blowback and huge, unnecessary costs in lives and dollars.
The mission statement of the group is: To build support across the political spectrum for a US foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, law and cooperation rather than costly and counterproductive armed intervention that needlessly puts American military personnel in harm's way. If you have questions or want to join in this effort, please contact Bob Henschen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-661-9889. Also check back here regularly in coming weeks for more details and a petition.
The Board of the Houston Peace and Justice Center has endorsed an "Urgent Action on Climate" resolution. Here's the summary, with the entire resolution and additional background information below:
Resolved, that as it participates in the United Nations Climate Conference, held in Paris in December 2015, the government of the United States:
1. should call for an immediate cut of greenhouse gases as recommended by top scientists, with no market mechanisms, which only delay implementation of life-saving provisions;
2. should recognize that in the face of environmental and societal disaster worldwide, with the threat of potential extinction looming, all people, all nations must work together to leave behind the petroleum-based economy of the past and move towards a fossil-free future.
We encourage other organizations to also endorse this resolution.
See below for the entire resolution and background information.
Sixth Annual Benefit Jazz Concert - Benefit for Houston Committee for Youth and Non-Military Opprtunities
Enrich your soul with music and support a wonderful cause! Performers include: jazz pianist Bob Henschen's trio and the exciting Pretentious Percussion group, featuring legendary vibraphonist Harry Sheppard. Proceeds support HCYNO's counter-recruitment work in Houston schools.
More info about HCYNO is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Houston-Committee-for-Youth-and-Non-Milit...
For immediate release, July 16, 2015
Contact: Bill Crosier, 713-305-5346 or Bob Henschen, 713-661-9889
The Houston Peace and Justice Center asks all Americans to support the new comprehensive agreement that the U.S., China, France, Russia, the UK, and Germany have worked out with the Iranian government, that would dramatically curb that country's nuclear program.
HPJC President Bill Crosier said, "The new agreement with Iran will enhance the security of the US, help to stabilize the Middle East, and provide verification that Iran will no longer be producing materials for nuclear weapons. The alternative would be either to allow Iran to continue developing nuclear arms, or to go to war. We congratulate the negotiators in working out an agreement that meets the needs of each country, without resorting to the horrors that war would cause."
Transition Houston meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Our meeting place can vary, so please check back frequently.
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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. This dinner is always a fun celebration.
Local peacemakers, who will also receive awards, are:
- Yudith Nieto
- Benjamin Franklin Craft-Rendon
- Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
More details about each of our peacemaker honorees are below. Each will get to tell everyone at the awards dinner about their work.
Sissy Farenthold will be hosting a special reception at her residence at Lamar Tower, the afternoon of Nov. 14 before the dinner, for Chris Hedges and the local peacemaker awardees. Attendees at the reception will be given a choice of Mr. Hedges' books and can request he autograph the book while chatting with him. There will also be an open reception at the UH Hilton just before the dinner.
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Advance reservations for the dinner and also for the special reception at Lamar Towers are available at https://secure.jotformpro.com/hpjc/dinner2015
Prices for the dinner go up to $100 on Oct. 1, if seats are still available then. Seats are limited, so don't wait to make your reservation!
THANKS to all those who participated in the conference.
Audio recordings, and later video recordings, of the conference will be available online soon. Please check back for details.
A followup meeting, to start planning how to build a movement for peace, will be held on May 23, and everyone who wants to help is invited to come and participate. Details are at http://www.hpjc.org/node/1059
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.