The Houston Foreign Policy Alliance (HFPA) has released a resolution that they hope will get widespread support from all parts of the political spectrum, and which basically calls for greatly reducing US military spending and intervention, while relying more on diplomacy to resolve international disputes.
The HFPA is a new left-right convergence group, along the lines suggested by Ralph Nader and Ron Paul, that grew out of HPJC's peace conference last spring. It's made up of Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and independents who agree US foreign military policy is often counterproductive, creates large amounts of blowback with very negative consequences to the US, is very wasteful of taxpayer dollars, and should be significantly changed.
Please help us to get endorsements by downloading the resolution, print copies (it's all on one page), and bring them to organization meetings, conventions of your political party, etc., and ask that they endorse the resolution. Be sure to report back all endorsements - see the details at https://houstonforeignpolicy.wordpress.com
What can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman , master satirist, songwriter, and performer.
HPJC is bringing Roy Zimmerman back to Houston in a benefit to raise funds for Peace Camp Houston. In 14 albums over 20 years, Roy has brought the sting of satire and parody to the struggle for peace and social justice.
Roy says, "I'm calling the election year tour "This Machine," a reference to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also an acknowledgement that songwriting does good work in the world. Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression, because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility of change."
He makes fun of right wing politicians, hypocrites, war profiteers, large multinational corporations, religious bigots, and hate-mongers, while entertaining you with stories and music.
His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, John Oliver, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
He's funny, he's a great musician, he's an excellent performer, and his in-person performances are outstanding. What more could you ask for?
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On Valentines Day, celebrate your love of Mother Earth by coming together to share your concern for the future of our beautiful planet. You’ll learn the latest peer-reviewed science of climate change, its current impacts and the solutions you can be involved in.
Led by Sandy Spears of 350.org (http://world.350.org/houston/350 Houston) and sponsored by our First UU Climate Action Team, this informative Climate Reality presentation will be followed by opportunities to network, explore questions, determine your next steps and visit over Valentines goodies in Channing Hall. Childcare is available upon request.
The Rothko Chapel has scheduled a four-day symposium exploring economic inequality and ways communities can improve and sustain local economies. March 31-April 3
“Confronting Inequality: Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities” is slated to start with the keynote at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.
Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist and activist, will serve as keynote. She is known for speaking out on behalf of taking an ethical stance on life – and frequently discusses the social implications of environmental issues, which are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.
“Williams asks her audience to consider a different type of power, one that could be redistributed equally,” Rothko Chapel executive director David Leslie said. “She is a fascinating figure, who has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House and camped in the remote wilderness in Alaska and worked as a barefoot artist in Rwanda.”
The Honorable William J. Burns
President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) deplores domestic violence fueled by ready availability of guns
The recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, shows once again that gun violence in the United States is a serious problem that must be brought under control. This was the 355th mass shooting in the United States in 2015, more than one per day !
HPJC rejects the arguments of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and certain politicians that the ready availability of guns is not the problem. The U.S. has 5% of the world's population and owns 40% of the world's guns. Americans are 20 times more likely to be murdered by a gun than people in other developed nations.
The correlation between the ready availability of guns and gun violence in the United States is irrefutable. Politicians who refuse to implement common sense guns controls are motivated more by money from the gun lobby than by the well-being of the American people.
We agree with the statement by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut that Congress is complicit in these mass murders when it fails to pass common-sense gun control measures.
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 email@example.com or 713-661-9889. Also check back here regularly in coming weeks for more details and a petition.