Peace Love and Understanding

What's So Hard about Peace, Love, & Understanding?

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.
Introducing Transition Houston

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.

Mass Meeting to Plan Houston Launch of Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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. 

Oppose the City of Houston's "One Bin" Mixed Dirty Waste Proposal

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 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 9:00am - Friday, July 25, 2014 - 5:30pm

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

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.

HPJC Deplores All Violence in Middle East

Gaza Strip by Majdi Mohammed//Associated Press
Israeli Air Assault on Gaza by Majdi Mohammed//Associated Press
The Houston Peace and Justice Center deplores all violence in the Middle East, including the use of drones to assassinate political and military leaders. 

Meet Lois Gibbs, Pionner of Eviromental Activitism

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Houston Urban Farm Belt Coalition

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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.

EPA Environmental Justice Training Workshop in Houston

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 6:00pm - Friday, August 8, 2014 - 4:30pm

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.


Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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!

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

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.

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