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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The activist toolkit provides resources to keep up with current issues, legislation and local actions addressing the most pressing issues of our day. View your Toolkit

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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.

Occupy Houston - Stand Up Speak Out Take Action

Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

OccupyHouston.org

Prolonged Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons Must End

We owe a debt of gratitude to the prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison in California who were on a hunger strike for several weeks.  They have raised the issue of inhumane conditions in prisons across the nation,  particularly the thousands of prisoners who are held in prolonged solitary confinement which we know can cause long-term psychological damage.      

Why is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Ignored in Deficit Hysteria?

By David Morris

In all the talk about the federal deficit, why is the single largest culprit left out of the conversation? Why is the one part of government that best epitomizes everything conservatives say they hate about government—- waste, incompetence, and corruption—all but exempt from conservative criticism?

Of course, I’m talking about the Pentagon. Any serious battle plan to reduce the deficit must take on the Pentagon. In 2011 military spending accounted for more than 58 percent of all federal discretionary spending and even more if the interest on the federal debt that is related to military spending were added. In the last ten years we have spent more than $7.6 trillion on military and homeland security according to the National Priorities Project.
 

How Texas politicians have failed our children and our state

When I moved to Texas with my wife and three children 40 years ago, I knew that the Texas educational and health care system for the state's children was far from being the best in the nation.  However, I had confidence that the situation would improve significantly as time passed and more people moved into the state. 

An Appeal for an Alert and Knowledgeable Citizenry

If anyone is wondering why the youth of our nation are disillusioned, you need go no further than an examination of the actions of our politicians.   It is very clear that most Republican politicians are only interested in satisfying the monetary needs of their rich supporters, whether they be on Wall Street or in the board rooms of major corporations.  However, the Democrats are not much better.  Many of them also have rich supporters.  Even Barack Obama, on whom many youth pinned their hopes for a brighter future, has been a disappointment to many.  

Peace Vigil Honoring The Fallen

View the pictures of the peace Vigil at Mecom Fountain on 5/14/2011 honoring the dead from 9/11 and the ensuing wars.

Why I Support Unions

By David Atwood

Recently there has been a lot of union bashing in the United States.   It has been particularly bad in northern states such as Wisconsin and Ohio where the newly elected Republican governors have tried to strip collective bargaining rights from public service unions.    I, too, have done my share of union bashing in the past.  It was the thing to do if you were in management in a large corporation.   It is easy for someone in that position to forget that unions were instrumental in achieving unemployment insurance,  the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, occupational safety and health regulations,  and unpaid leave to care for newborn children.  Most families have benefited from these improvements in the workplace.  

A Proclamation: Houston the Beloved Community

Below is a proclamation developed by a diverse group of Houstonians to address hateful and biased language in the community which could lead to violence. Such language is often directed at people of color, immigrants and Muslims but it can be directed at anyone in the community. Biased and hateful language serves only to harm wonderful people who are trying to live normal lives, raise their families, and who are making positive contributions to our city.

Houston Peace and Justice Center is proud to endorse this proclamation and participate in the activities introducing it to other Houstonians on April 4 (A Discussion at Rothko Chapel) and April 5 (A presentation at Houston City Council meeting).

HPJC Decries Radical Agenda of Right-Wing Politicians

F or immediate release: February 21, 2011

The Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) decries the radical  agenda of right-wing politcians in Texas who want to pass bills that  will harm immigrants and hard-working families in the state.

HPJC is concerned that a number of bills have been introduced in the Texas Legislature that will harm immigrants - both documented and undocumented.  For example, bills have been introduced that require police officers to check the immigration status of people they  detain, require schools to check the immigration status of students,  require proof of citzenship in order to obtain a driver's license or  any occupational license, mandate English as the official language  of Texas, repeal the Texas DREAM Act, require proof of citizenship  to work in Texas, deny birth certificates to children born of  undocumented parents and impose a fee for money transmissions sent  outside the United States. These bills will lead to racial  profiling and discrimination, and several of them may be  unconstitutional.  However, they are also harmful to all Texans in  that they will create a climate of fear, increase crime and  violence, place an unnecessary burden on local law enforcement and school officals and harm the economy of the state.

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