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October 2016

On the Side of the Road film with former Israeli settler Lia Tarachansky

October 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Emerson UU Church, 1900 Bering Drive
Houston, 77057
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Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israeli’s collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians (700,000+) became refugees. Lia covers attempts by aware Israelis to educate their fellow Israelis. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying to uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings.

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Restorative Justice 101 Circle Training

October 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet
houston, 77074

Come experience circles led by youth graduates from a restorative justice program. You will be exposed to the roots and practices of restorative justice, including the following types of circles:
Community building

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Robert Jensen’s “Plain Radical” Book Salon

October 15, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2017 W. Main Street

University of Texas professor Robert Jensen will discuss his book Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully at the home of Houston house concert promoter Jeff Abrams.

Jensen’s book chronicles his personal, political, and intellectual life with friend and mentor Jim Koplin, who blended the best of rural traditions with a relentless radical critique of concentrated power and illegitimate authority.

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The Realities of the Refugee Life

October 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Syrian American Club, 5729 Winsome Lane
Houston, 77057
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Come out and learn about Syria and Iraq's most vulnerable refugees on October 16, 2016 at an informational program at the Syrian American Club about the work of Collateral Repair Project (CRP.) Amanda Lane, Executive Director of CRP, will speak about life at the head of a grassroots NGO making a difference for struggling refugee families. CRP is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots organization in Amman, Jordan that helps urban refugees with food, housing, education and trauma relief. This event will give you a chance to go beyond the headlines and hear the realities of refugee life and how you can help.

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November 2016

Screening of “Best Democracy Money Can Buy” by Greg Palast

November 3, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale Rd
Houston, 77063

In this new documentary, Greg Palast entertains as he exposes the billionaire bandits that are working to purge one million voters of color in November and rob them of their constitutional right to vote. I've heard Greg speak at two or three events in different part of the country. He's always right on target and a good storyteller! You don't want to miss his film!!

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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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