2014 HPJC Peacemaker Awards Dinner Celebrating Medea Benjamin, Sat. Nov 8

Celebrate these Local Peacemakers

Dr. Robert Bullard,  the father of environmental justice; The Station Museum Of Contemporary Art, home of daring, thought-provoking exhibits and events; Jannell Robles, Maria Xiquin, Dayana Gomez, Marianela Acuna, Silvia Chicas, young women who work for a better life for the Latino Community and all Houstonians.
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

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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.
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Ray Hill Comedy Roast and Gala - fundraiser for KPFT

Date: 
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

KPFT is hosting a very special event - a celebrity roast and celebration of Ray Hill, community activist, radio personality, and past longtime host of "The Prison Show". We invite you to come, celebrate Ray Hill's life and accomplishments, along with Mayor Annise Parker, Rev. William Lawson, and other Houston luminaries who will roast Ray and share some unique stories about him and his past.  Your tickets to this event also help provide KPFT with some much-needed funds!

KPFT has never had an event like this.  Look forward to it being an historic (and entertaining) occasion!

The event will be at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel.  There will also be a silent auction and cash bar during the check-in starting at 6 pm that evening, plus a special VIP reception before the roast (for people making additional contributions). 

Advance reservations are closed.  If you missed the deadline but still want to come, please call KPFT at 713-526-4000 during office hours and ask if there have been cancelations or if they can squeeze you in.

Music Peace and Justice Festival

Date: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Outdoor Music, Peace and Justice Festival in beautiful, shaded setting
Music! Food! Hoola Hoops! Belly Dancers!   Arts and Crafts! Hand Drumming!    HPJC Information Tables     Childrens Peace Club Activities!

Admission Free

Bring lawn chairs 

Food cooked by Food Not Bombs (and possibly others) will be available on site for a donation.

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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Mercy Killers: A One-Actor Play

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. 

Amnesty International "Take Action" Event !

Date: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

You are invited to

Amnesty International Local 23's "Take Action" Event

on Tues., April 7th at 7:30PM

in the Central Market Community Room (3815 Westheimer).
Food, Drinks, Information, & learn more about the 10 initiatives
we defend and support!
Come meet us & see how you can make a difference locally *and* globally.
For more info find us on Facebook, Twitter, or email us mail@amnestyhouston.org

Peace Camp Houston 2015

Online Registration for Peace Camp will be ready in a few days.  If you would like to be notified when the registration is available, please send an email request to director@hpjc.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Peace Camp Houston will soon be accepting reservations for three 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!  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.

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

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

Blowback and US foreign policy have put America and the world in jeopardy.

A left-right convergence of progressive Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, and Republicans are issuing a call to participate in a foreign policy conference, to 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.  The conference theme is "Peace, or Wars without End - a Conference to Explore Our Choices"Experts from the left and right will be coming together to question the overuse of US military forces to solve conflicts.

Save the date!  Speakers and the program are still being worked out, so check back here later for updates.

Conference Flyer - Peace or Wars Without End?

Young People in the Shadows: Restorative Justice in Schools and Communities

Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:00am - 3:30pm

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.

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."

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.

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