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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.
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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Peace Camp Houston 2015

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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. 

"Co-operation" will be the theme of Peace Camp 2015.

Yoga, gardening, cooking, studying different peacemakers, co-operative games, and working with puppets are some of the  activities planned.  Special guests are an important part of the program.

The three weeks and locations for 2015 are:

  • June 8-12 at First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn, Houston 77024 in northwest Houston (map)
  • June 22-26 at the Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd. in northwest Houston (map)
  • July 20-24 at the Cameron Retreat Center, 2405 East Holcombe Blvd., east of the Medical Center (map)

The curriculum will be different each week, so students can come for any one, two, or three sessions.

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.  This form is for individuals 18 years or older.

If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click the "Read more" link below, or the title of this article, for more details.

Houston Sierra Club Meets Every Second Thursday

Date: 
Repeats every month on the second Thursday until Thu Feb 11 2016 .
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

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.

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.

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Follow-up Meeting from "Peace or Wars Without End" Conference

Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

We invite all attendees of our "Peace or Wars Without End" conference, and others who are interested, to come to a meeting to discuss where do we go from here, to build a peace movement locally and connecting with other groups across the US and the world. 

We want to work towards a world beyond war, as David Swanson so eloquently stated in the conference, and use the wonderful insights provided by him and other speakers at our conference, to help build a movement to stop our country's dangerous, expensive, and growing reliance on using military forces to solve conflicts.  We invite you to join us in building this movement to reduce military spending and dramatically cut the size of our military.  Use of our military, regardless of who has been President, has done more to hurt people in both the US and in other countries than it has done to protect us.  Please come to help us decide how we'll start working towards a better, more peaceful, and secure world.

2015 Houston China Church Forum: Understanding the Catholic Church in Greater China

Date: 
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 8:15am - 5:30pm

This one-of-a-kind event features Chinese Catholic clergies and nuns, as well as American missionaries to China, sharing real situations from pastoral life and evangelization, to social services and social justice, under the backdrop of China's political change and its tension with the Vatican.  

You are cordially invited to attend 2015 Houston China Church Forum to be held the Saturday, June 27 at the only Chinese Catholic parish in town, Ascension Chinese Mission Catholic Church.
 

Peace or Wars Without End? US Foreign Policy: A Conference to Explore Our Choices

Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:30am - 5:45pm

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.

HPJC 2015 Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Chris Hedges

Date: 
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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.

Chris Hedges photo

Chris Hedges

 

HPJC Stands in Solidarity with Texas Muslims who Gathered at State Capitol

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."

Students: Why American Militarism is Hurting Your Future

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.

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