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April 2018

Two Houston Quakers Visit Israel / Palestine

April 6 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Clear Lake Islamic Center, 17511 El Camino Real
Clear Lake, 77058
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Two Quakers have recently returned from an interfaith delegation to Palestine and Israel. They will share photos and stories from their experiences after staying with families, meeting with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and non-governmental organizations and experiencing life on both sides of the separation barrier.

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When Presence is Penalized: Homelessness in HTX

April 19 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
UH Graduate School of Social Work, 3511 Cullen Blvd, Room 110J
Houston, 77004
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Please join us on Thursday, April 19th to learn more about the current Houston's ordinances that are negatively impacting the lives of the homeless community in Houston.

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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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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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Police Brutality Around Us: History & Discussion

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Moody Park Gazebo, 3725 Fulton St.
Houston, 77009
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This event will highlight a Northside student's presentation on police brutality. We will also have speakers, including Janie Torres, to discuss the history of police brutality in our area.

While the murder of Joe Campos Torres and the Moody Park Riots will be our main topics, we would like to remind everyone that the murder of Joe Campos Torres and the Moody Park riots are not just historical events. Family members still feel the loss of Joe Campos Torres and police brutality continues to be an issue today.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Waking (Let’s Talk) News!”

July 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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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 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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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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