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November 2016

HPJC 2016 Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Sonia Nazario

November 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
University Hilton Hotel, University of Houston, 4350 University Drive
Houston, TX United States

HPJC's annual awards dinner brings together peace and justice activists from the southeast Texas area for our 2016 celebration of peacemakers.

Our national peacemaker and keynote speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, author of the bestseller "Enrique's Journey", a true story about a young Honduran boy's search for his mother who left home to find work in the US to pay for food for her starving family.

Our local peacemaker awardees will be Bren Hardt, Ashton Woods, and Jackie Young. Each of them will get to tell us about the important work they do. A special presentation will also be given to Casa Juan Diego.

The final reservation deadline was Nov. 7, so we're sorry but no more reservations may be accepted.
Parts of the program, including Sonia Nazario's talk, may be broadcast later on KPFT's The Progressive Forum (Thursdays, 7-9 pm).

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Amnesty International: Southern Regional Conference

November 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016
Hyatt Regency North Houston, 425 North Sam Houston Pkwy E
Houston, TX 77060
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It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year's Southern Regional Conference. Join us, Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Sunday, November 20, 2016 for a weekend full of human rights learning, networking and growth in the great city of Houston, TX. The conference will bring together hundreds of Amnesty members and other human rights activists from around the region.

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December 2016

Remembering the Churchwomen: Building Pillars of Peace

December 2, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Dominican Sisters of Houston, 6501 Almeda Rd
Houston, 77021

Prayers, Program and Reception honoring the Churchwomen murdered in El Salvador. Gather at 6:45pm on Dec. 2 at Dominican Sisters of Houston, 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston. Call 713-440-3714 for more info.

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From the Back of the Bus to the Top of the Agenda

December 3, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rice University's Boniuk Institute joins Congregation Shma Koleinu and Temple Sinai to present Anat Hoffman, founder of Women of the Wall and director of the Israel Religious Action Center.

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Prayer Vigil to End the Death Penalty in Huntsville

December 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Thomas Catholic Church, 323 16th Street
Huntsville, TX United States
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Start at 5pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Huntsville, Texas for orientation. Proceed to Huntsville Prison where executions take place for Prayer Vigil at 6pm.

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Emergency Phonebank 4 Aleppo

December 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Student Center Midtown Room – University of Houston, 4455 University Drive
Houston, 77204

Syrian regime, Russian, and Iranian-backed forces have taken control of 98% of Aleppo, Syria. Civilians, aid workers, and activists in East Aleppo are sending out


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Santa At The Jail

December 24, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harris County Jail, San Jacinto St. at Baker St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Santa At The Jail is a project to provide children visiting their parents at the jail a toy as they leave. Imagine having to leave your parent behind bars on Christmas Eve. Please donate and/or join us on Christmas Eve at the jail, to help us bring a little comfort to these kids as they have to leave their parents behind.

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January 2017

39TH ANNUAL MLK, JR. PARADE & CELEBRATION sponsored by the Black Heritage Society

January 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. 77002 + Google Map

We inspire, teach, and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the weekend of the federal holiday occurring on the third Monday of each January with commemorative parade and celebratory festive community activities throughout the weekend.

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Not My President! Resist Trump! Houston March and Rally on January 20

January 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
sidewalk, 900 Smith St
Houston, 77002

The January 20 Coalition is organizing a march and rally to protest the inauguration of Trump on Friday January 20, 1-4 pm. We will assemble on the sidewalk at 900 Smith St., next to Hermann Square, at 1 pm. Beginning at 1:30 pm, we will march on the sidewalks down Smith St. to the Leland Federal Building at 1919 Smith St. Our rally there will include speakers, chants, spoken word artists, and the dramatic smashing of a new Trump piñata.

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Women’s March on Austin

January 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave
Austin`, TX 78701
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As we march on Austin, we are marching in a symbolic joining of hands with all of the sister marches around this country and the world. We march peacefully to send a message loud and clear – a message that is shared by our allies across the globe. Our mission and vision is the same as that of our principal Women’s March on Washington. The following are the national organization’s Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles.

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

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2017 Scholar-in-Residence Mr. Tim Wise

January 31, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Houston Downtown, One Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States

The Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston—Downtown offers a space of retreat and reflection for all people, no matter your race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, religion, class, caste, or national origin. We welcome you to a critical and frank consideration of racialized violence in our country as well as manner in which institutions engage in racist actions under the guise of policy change. The Center recognizes that individuals and institutions are neither neutral nor colorblind.

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Protesta Contra Pena Nieto y Trump!

January 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mexican Consulate, 4507 San Jacinto St.
Houston, United States
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UPDATE: Univision is reporting that Pena Nieto has cancelled his meeting with Trump. But the January 31 protest is still on!

On Tuesday, January 31, Mexican President Pena Nieto will meet with U.S. President Trump. These are two of the worst men on the continent, and they have shown they do not care for Mexican people on either side of the border. The Pena Nieto regime is extremely corrupt, engages in violent repression, and has opened up Mexico's oil resources to exploitation by U.S. capitalists. The new Trump administration is also extremely corrupt, is planning mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, and has taken the first steps toward violent repression on the border and in U.S. cities.

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February 2017

Super Bowl Weekend #NoBanNoWall Protest

February 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
pin Westheimer Rd & Post Oak Blvd, pin Westheimer Rd & Post Oak Blvd
Houston, 77056 United States
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Join us on Friday, February 3rd, at 4PM as we make sure our voices are heard in the fight against Islamophobia, xenophobia and all other bigotry that has recently been not only emboldened but acted upon.

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Super Bowl Weekend – Resist Trump Resist Hate

February 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
City Hall, 901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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The pledge of allegiance states that we as a country are "one nation, indivisible" yet our elected president Donald Trump has continuously introduced policies that are dividing us as a nation. We must let him know that we as the MAJORITY do not agree with his hateful rhetoric. His idea of America is not our idea of America.

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BLM: Stand Up, Fight Back: Superbowl LI Protest March

February 5, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Herman Park, 6001 Fannin
Houston, 77030 United States
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It is time for the city government of Houston to see how diverse we are. The grand claim was made that we are a "welcoming city," but the treatment of the local homeless community, gentrification, lack clarity on where our elected leaders stand on Trump's policies and of course the issue of anti Blackness need to be addressed.

We are not one big happy family until justice is extended to all!


#BlackLivesMatter #NoBanNoWall

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HoustonResists Rally and March

February 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Herman Park, 6001 Fannin
Houston, 77030 United States
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*We are happy to have Houston BLM as a part of Alliance in Action working with us on Sunday!* With the world turning its eyes


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“The Joy” a play about Mary Dyer

February 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 W. 26th
Houston, TX 77008 United States
Pay-What-You-Can, plus bring toiletries for packets for Health Care for the Homeless.

Renowned actor-playwright, Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop performs her Houston debut of "The Joy", a play about pre-First Amendment martyr, Mary Dyer. - The performance is Pay-What-You-Can,


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Love Thy Neighbor Rally in Clear Lake!

February 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bay Area UU Church, 17503 El Camino Real
Houston, TX 77058 United States

Residents from across the southern suburbs of Houston will be publicly showing our support for our Muslim neighbors and for refugees and immigrants from predominately Muslim countries. Recent efforts to restrict immigration, turn away refugees, and incidents of anti-Muslim violence and harassment make this an important time for us all to come together and let our voices of respect and compassion be heard.

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Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Annual Conference

February 18, 2017

2017 Annual Conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will take place on February 18 at St. David Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. Register by February 8 for discounted rate. Conference includes workshops on the death penalty, Awards Luncheon and opportunities to network with other abolitionists in the state. Join us as we continue our journey to abolish the death penalty in Texas. More information and registration at www.tcadp.org.

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We the People Connect the Dots – Citizens to Rally and March Against Tyranny

February 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
City TX United States

Citizens to Rally and March Against Tyranny in Downtown Houston

Houston, TX – (February 13, 2017) – Most years, this weekend would be dedicated to the power of the President. This year on Sunday, February 19, “We the People Connect the Dots” march against tyranny and ongoing attacks on social justice and civil rights.

Instead of honoring our current President on this holiday, we honor the American people and the values that hundreds of thousands of us are fighting for. We are democracy. We are patriots. We are America.” states the membership of Indivisible Houston.

The March will begin at 3:00 PM with speakers from diverse advocacy groups united by those interconnected issues and articulating true American values.

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