The Houston Peace & Justice Center has endorsed a resolution authored by Johnny Mata and the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, calling for support of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and opposing efforts by certain Governors and legislators to take us backwards with regard to DEI.
HPJC is signing on to a statement proposed by Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA, CODEPINK, and the National Council of Elders. It calls for a Christmas Truce in the Ukraine war. The hope is this might “pave the way for negotiations to reach a lasting security agreement to end the bloodshed”, as Code Pink puts it.
Texas prisons greatly overuse solitary confinement, with some inmates kept there for over 10 years, and sometimes over 20 years. All inmates in solitary should have an independent group review every 60 days.
It’s time to say NO to the gun lobby and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Houston Peace & Justice Center stands up for common-sense controls on firearms, including weapons of mass destruction. We say NO to the NRA, who is beholden to gun manufacturers for funding.
On Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, HPJC and My Brother’s Keeper-Houston honored both the George Floyd Foundation and the James Byrd Jr. family during HPJC’s annual Peacemaker Awards Ceremony. The citations on the plaques are both moving and poetic.
Evidence strongly suggests that the death penalty is still being applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner. Who does and does not get the death penalty depends not only on the crime, but also the economic status and race of the defendant and where the crime was committed. The death penalty should be abolished.
We would be remiss to just look at Donald Trump and the rioters who invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Trump was obviously the match that lit the fire, but several other factors led to the conflagration.
HPJC’s 2020 Peacemaker Awards Ceremony was held via Zoom because of Covid-19. The ceremony was recorded and is now up on YouTube
At the Nov. 10, 2019 HPJC Awards Dinner, HPJC received a certificate from Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, “in celebration of your Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner honoring national and local …