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May 2018

Socialist Reading Group: Happy Birthday, Karl Marx!

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cafe Express River Oaks, 1422 West Gray Street
Houston, 77019
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Karl Marx has achieved a lasting global impact, one that is greater and wider than any other philosopher before or afterwards. The Smithsonian Magazine published an article titled "Karl Marx Is the World's Most Influential Scholar". The article is based on a study and paper in Nature. Several information scientists from Indiana University Bloomington came to that conclusion based on how often Marx's work was cited plus the number of works.

After the global financial crisis of capitalism in 2008, Marx was often cited to help explain the crisis. Marx is relevant because his work is based on science and an advanced method of critical analysis in philosophy and economics.

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Race + Justice Houston

May 17 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
The Houston, 3118 Harrisburg Boulevard
Houston, 77003
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Free

Houston, Texas is a microcosm of national trends in criminal justice. In one of the most diverse cities in the country, institutional stakeholders are seeking to address tensions between police and their communities, manage the intersection of immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system, reduce local jail populations, and reform prosecutions. Meanwhile, the Houston community grapples with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

What is the path forward for creating a justice system that works for all who call Houston home?

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Sharing Ramadan: A Muslim-Jewish Iftar, Dinner & Dialogue

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Turquoise Center, 9301 W Bellfort Blvd.
Houston, 77031
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Free

DIVINE PROVIDENCE AND HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY

Our Speakers:
DR. MAHMOUD EL-GAMAL - BAKER INSTITUTE RICE FACULTY SCHOLAR

RABBI STEVEN MORGEN - CONGREGATION BETH YESHURUN

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June 2018

Amnesty International Houston Welcomes guest speaker

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Market Community Room, 3815 Westheimer
Houston, 77027 United States
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Free

Amnesty International Houston, local 23 welcomes guest speaker, Houston DWI Attorney Paul B. Kennedy. Paul handles DWI defense as well as general criminal defense.

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Transforming Our Juvenile Justice System

June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Provision Charter School, 4590 Wilmngton St.
Houston, TX
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Free

A Right2Justice conversation on transforming our juvenile justice system. This is a system that for far too long has criminalized  and dehumanized young people of color, instead of providing them with the support and resources they need to get back into public life and enter the workforce. At this event, we'll be having discussions on what a reformed juvenile justice system looks like.

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Texas Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy

June 15 - June 17
TBD Dallas, 75001 + Google Map
Free

Do you have what it takes?  Calling on all migrants and refugee leaders in the State of Texas to attend a statewide migrants and refugee leadership training to be held in Dallas, Texas on Friday, June 15* to Sunday, June 17.

This all day training event offers migrants and refugees the opportunity to come together to share experiences, connect with each other, and develop the skills necessary to advocate on issues of importance to migrants and refugees in Texas.

The training is designed to hone your leadership skills; create opportunity for networking; and incentives for participants to take the experience back to their local communities and advocate for issues of concern to the broader migrant and refugee community.  Our goal is to lift up the voices of all refugees in order to create more welcoming communities in Texas.

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Mayor Turner’s Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade

June 16 @ 10:00 am
Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
Houston, 77091
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Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

The parade will begin at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center located at 6719 W. Montgomery, travel north on W. Montgomery, west on Dolly Wright and conclude at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church located at 1620 Dolly Wright.

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24th Annual Juneteenth Ally Award Luncheon “Giving our Youth a Voice”

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$50

The Center for the Healing of Racism will hold its 24th annual Juneteenth Ally Award luncheon, “Giving our Youth a Voice," on Saturday, June 16, 2018.  This year’s award recipients are:
- James W. Loewen, sociologist, historian and author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong;
- Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting immigrant women and girls and promoting a world where women and girls enjoy equality, safety and dignity;
- Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle columnist and Pulitzer Prize recipient (2015) for her groundbreaking columns about corrupt grand jury practices and egregious problems in the legal and immigration systems;
- Ben and Sarah Becker, who will receive the Center’s "Individual Initiative Award.”

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July 2018

Demonstration against the Houston Child Detention Center

July 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
419 Emancipation Avenue, 419 Emancipation Avenue
Houston, TX 77003 United States
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Widespread, intense opposition to the separation of migrant families has led Trump to issue an executive order supposedly ending this practice. But this nightmare is far from over. About 2000 children remain separated from their moms and dads. Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting migrants may mean more family separations or the long-term detention of entire families. The administration is talking about new detention centers for scores of thousands of migrants. And in Houston, plans for a new child detention center at 419 Emancipation Avenue are going forward.

The Free Los Niños Coalition and its member organizations invite you to participate in another demonstration against the Houston child detention center at 419 Emancipation Avenue on Thursday, July 5, at 6 pm. This action will include lots of chanting, remarks from sponsoring groups, a march through the neighborhood, some wonderful entertainment, and—time permitting—an open mic. Please join us and help prevent the detention of migrants on a street which was recently renamed to honor the emancipation of African Americans from slavery.

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August 2018

Please join Amnesty International and guest speaker!

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
upstairs Central Market Community Room, 3815 Westheimer
Houston, 77027
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Free

Free and open to the public; Amnesty International Houston, local 23 welcomes guest speaker; Melike Er.

Speaking on the issue of Human Rights in Turkey.

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Grannies Respond – Houston Evening of Action

August 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels St
Houston, 77003
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Free

We are on a 2,000 mile journey to the border to protest the inhumane treatment of immigrants. And on Sunday, August 5th, we’re stopping for rest in Houston, Texas.

Come down to Guadalupe Plaza Park (or Talento Bilnguae de Houston if you need to beat the heat). Meet the grannies, learn about what they're doing and how to join the caravan, sign our nationwide petition, and more.

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Get to Know the System that Oppresses Us – Capitalism

August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Houston Communist Party Headquarters, 3100 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77003 United States
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There is much current attention to social and economic inequality. The Occupy movement did much to highlight the inequality and framed the issues as the 1% versus the 99%. Unfortunately, the root cause of inequality is kept a deep secret - theft of surplus value created by workers.

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September 2018

Amnesty International welcomes special guest speaker!

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Market Community Room, 3815 Westheimer
Houston, 77027
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Free

Amnesty International Houston welcomes guest speaker Sri Preston Kulkarni, who will be speaking on the issue of immigration.

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An Evening with Doug Blackmon

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive
Houston, 77079
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$15

Dinner and conversation with Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II."

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Houston Youth Voters Conference

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rice University, 6100 Main St.
Houston, 77005
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Free

The first ever Houston Youth Voters Conference will take place on Saturday, September 15th at Rice University from 9am-4pm! We will be bringing together 5 Houston-area universities: Rice, UH, UHD, TSU, and Lone Star College to talk about the importance of voting, how to vote, how to get other students on our campuses to vote, and how to mobilize around specific policy issues that we care about. You will get to hear from some awesome guest speakers about youth voting and empowerment and meet with other passionate students from all over Houston!

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Migrant Children in Crisis – Dehumanization and Deprivation in Immigration Detention

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 W Bellfort Blvd
Houston, 77035
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This is an interactive community event that begins with a conversation between physicians and faith leaders. The conversation will focus on the dehumanization and deprivations of children in immigration detention, that compounds the trauma from the conditions from which they flee and the harrowing journey towards the specter of freedom that follows.

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Migrant Children in Crisis – National Public Witness Event at the Border

September 29 @ 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Ursula Detention Center, 3700 W Ursula Ave,
McAllen, 78503
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in people of good conscience, physicians and faith leaders bringing visibility to the human rights violations of the 134,000 children detained in 2017 by immigration (we have already exceeded this number for 2018). Come as a volunteer in a caravan of cars filled with relief supplies, including bottled water (no sparkling or flavored), easy open and individual sized fruit, peanut butter, veggies, protein snacks, cereals, crackers, natural juices, bags of dry rice, canned beans/soup, and blankets. We are heading to Ursula CBP detention facility in McAllen, Texas to bear witness to a system that has for too long ignored the basic needs of migrant children in immigration detention.

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October 2018

The Jerusalem Conference

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
University Hilton Hotel, University of Houston, 4350 University Drive
Houston, TX United States
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$30.00

The Jerusalem Conference is a one-day conference on Thursday, October 11 that brings together scholars, ecumenical theologians, and peace-doers around the topic of: Jerusalem: What makes for Peace?

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“Waking (Let’s Talk) News!”

October 26 @ 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 8 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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November 2018

Houston Zen Center’s Walk to Feed the Hungry

November 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Houston Zen Center, 1605 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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This year the walk will again be along the Heights Esplanade Trail on Heights Boulevard, a beautiful setting for a walk of compassion with friends! We invite everyone to participate by registering to walk, making a donation, or volunteering. Your efforts and generosity will help with programs that provide direct relief, promote sustainable agriculture, and provide education and right livelihood opportunities for women.

The 3.1 mile walk will begin at the Houston Zen Center, located at 1605 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008. We will then walk south down Heights Boulevard towards I-10 and turn around to end the walk at the Zen Center. Participants may turn around at any point to return to the Zen Center as needed.

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