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April 2018

Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston/ Drawdown EcoChallenge

April 4 - April 25
Free

 The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to join their team for the Drawdown EcoChallenge.  During the three-week challenge period, you form new habits that act to counter climate change.  Choose from categories such as electricity generation, women & girls, buildings & cities, food, land use, transport, and materials.

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Volunteers for Refugees

April 21 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Samurai Karate Dojo, 12500 Oxford Park Dr.
Houston, 77082
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Community networking to benefit Houston's refugees:

Join us at this annual community networking event to share information and resources to benefit the refugee community in Houston. This is a public event; please invite friends, family and coworkers! If you would like to have a free table to share resources from your own organization or non-profit, or if you have any questions, contact Carmen Garcia at 281-216-6622. More information is also available at the dojo: 281-920-9330 or info@HoustonSamurai.com .

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Earth Day Barter Fair

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 W. 26th
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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A Barter Fair provides an opportunity to trade objects and services without using common currency. The Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Community and Stewardship encourage Friends to find creative ways to care for the earth and each other, and we want to extend this opportunity to others in the community. Creating a space to practice thinking together in a new way about how we place value on objects and services within our community seems like a worthwhile way to observe the 49th anniversary of Earth Day.

To get involved, just come! Bring a table, shelf, rug or blanket to display your goods or a sign that describes your service(s). CHILDREN ARE WELCOME! Children are often the best models of how this can work. They have the ability to add value to an item by describing potential uses, and the creativity to negotiate three-way trades.

There will be a designated area for “free” items that you are willing to give to whomever wants them. Visitors may then use such items to barter and trade with if they wish. At the end of the day all items remaining at the “Free Table” will be donated to the Women’s Center.

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Medicare for All Town Hall and Campaign Kickoff

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama St.
Houston, 77098
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The time has come to stand up and demand full health coverage for everyone in this country!

As part of our national strategy, the Houston DSA chapter will be kicking off their local campaign efforts with a Town Hall event on April 21st at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. You're invited you to come listen to our great guest speakers, learn more about the national campaign, and find out how you can get involved to fight for health justice here in Texas!

The event is free and open to all who may be interested in learning more or figuring how they can participate.

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Indivisible Houston Resistance Carnival

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dan Electros Guitar Bar, 1031 E 24th St
Houston, 77009
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Come out and join us for the first ever Resistance Carnival. Get ready for Games, Crazy Contests, Photo Booths and our Exclusive Dunk An Activist Tank.

Get to know your fellow resistance fighters better and spend a fun family friendly afternoon getting recharged.

See you under the big top!!!!

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Earth Day Labyrinth Walk and Prayer

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dominican Sisters Chapel, 6504 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX United States
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Join the Dominican Sisters of Houston as we celebrate Earth Day with prayer and walk on the Labyrinth Saturday, April 21, 2018.

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Houston’s Annual Compassion Week 2018

April 22 - April 28
Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 W. 26th
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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Join us for a week of compassionate action and education to celebrate and cultivate Houston’s compassionate culture!

Please go to http://compassionatehouston.org/cw2018/ for more info.

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Earth Day Houston

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
Houston, 77002
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Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 6 pm at Discovery Green park! Hosted in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy–is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, Canned Acoustica, recycling, and more.

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“Waking (Let’s Talk) News!”

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:00pm on day Last of the month, happening 11 times

Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free. Donations encouraged. RSVP required.

Come to the Center for the Healing of Racism and share an article with us!  Bring a bag lunch and your articles clipped from newspapers, magazines, journals or online sources - anything relating to discrimination, oppression and all forms of racism.  Join us in a lively discussion and contribute your ideas and materials to the Center’s toolkit.  We meet on the last Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  3412 Crawford Street (corner of Holman), Houston, TX 77004.  Free parking across the street at HCC Lot 9.  RSVP: 713-520-8226 or cfhr1@juno.com. Website: http://www.centerhealingracism.org/

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Heart of HoUSton 2018: Lessons in Servant Leadership on the Road to 2036

April 28 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3816 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, 77025
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Join us to explore how to create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. Based on Lawrence J. Payne’s edited volume of the same name, attendees will hear from Houston leaders across disciplines to gain an understanding of how to sustainably impact our communities for the better.

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The Living Library

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jungman Library, 5830 Westheimer
Houston, 77057
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Free

"Living Books" are members of the community who have volunteered their time and their personal experiences as representatives of different segments of society. One of the great features of the Living Library and checking out a Living Book is that there are no such things as stupid questions. Books have been prepared and made themselves available to you to be able to dig deep and find out what you always wanted to know about the book topic. They are familiar with the topics they represent and are available to discuss that topic with "Readers."

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Spring 2018 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

April 29 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Gathering Place, 5310 S. Willow Dr.
Houston, TX, 77035 United States
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Calling people of all faiths or no faith at all in Houston to care for our shared environment during Earth Month.
 
We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by mulching around plantings, planting native plants & removing trash at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels, so bring the whole family, your neighbors and your friends.
 
Meet at The Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow Dr., Houston 77035 to sign in. Metro bus line 7 stops nearby and line 49 is not far. Tools/supplies will be provided.

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Interfaith March for Peace & Justice

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Guiding Principles:

All people should be free to practice the faith of their choice without fear of discrimination, intimidation, or reprisal;
Multiple religions and faith traditions can coexist peacefully;
Equal justice and equal protection under the law are rights to which all people are entitled regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration and economic status, or religion;
Governments must protect vunerable communities and never cease to seek justice for acts of violence perpetrated against these communities.

If these principles are worthy of your celebration, join us on April 29th! Please express our principles and pride in your faith tradition with non-partisan signs (No sticks), posters, or banners.

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Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.

At the April web meeting, we welcome Bakeyah Nelson, Air Alliance Houston's Executive Director, who will discuss Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston. Bakeyah will provide her perspective on some of the current air quality challenges that Houston is facing - ones that Air Alliance Houston is working to address to improve public health. These range from concerns about concrete batch plants and metal recycling facilities, to the proposed expansion of I-45. Air Alliance Houston is also working with community partners to address some of the challenges exposed during Hurricane Harvey. Bakeyah will also highlight how you can get involved. After her talk, there will be time for Q&A.  Please register for this talk, and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com with any questions.

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May 2018

Amnesty Houston’s “Take Action” Event

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Market Community Room, 3815 Westheimer
Houston, 77027
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Free and open to the public; Amnesty International Houston’s "Take Action" Event.  Learn how *you* can make a difference locally and globally !

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Breaking the Siege of Gaza w/Ann Wright

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd
Houston, 77099
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$10 - $15

Learn about Gaza's increasingly deteriorating conditions and hear how a broad coalition of activists, academics, veterans, and Palestine solidarity organizers plan to break the siege in this summer's upcoming Gaza Freedom Flotilla and to draw attention to the inhumane conditions Israeli Occupation and blockades imposes on Palestinians.

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“Dialogue on the Plantations”

May 5 - May 6
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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$275.00

The Center for the Healing of Racism presents it’s third annual “Dialogue on the Plantations”, a tour of three historic plantations in Louisiana, the weekend of May 5-6, 2018.  Learn about the role of slavery in the southern plantation economy.  Tour includes visits to St. Joseph Plantation (sugar cane), Laura Plantation (a Creole plantation) the the Whitney Plantation Museum, which pays homage to all slaves throughout the southern United States.

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HPJC Executive Committee Meeting

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St.
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Taking place (usually) the first Saturday of every month, and open to the public, is HPJC’s Executive Committee meeting. However, voting only takes place at our Quarterly Board Meeting, which is also open to the public.

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Making Houston a Resilient City – How Houses of Worship Can Help

May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd
Houston, 77005
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  The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to consider the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies and changing consumer preferences and needs.
 
  In this presentation, Jim Blackburn will discuss the scope of current problems, some ideas to bring resilience to our community in the future, and the role of houses of worship could play in realizing this future.  But, this future can only be achieved by personal commitment and action, and to reach it, we all are going to have to come together and act for the common good, a great challenge for the faith community.

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“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free. Donations encouraged. RSVP required.

The Center for the Healing of Racism will celebrate Asian-Asian Pacific Islander Month with a screening of “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 7 to 9 PM. The 2016 documentary film by Steve James relates the story of Abacus Federal Savings Bank,a family-owned community bank located in Manhattan’s Chinatown in New York City. Because it was deemed "small enough to jail" rather than “too big to fail”,Abacus became the only financial institution to actually face criminal charges following the subprime mortgage crisis. The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival where it was firstrunner-up for the People’s Choice Award. It was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

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