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May 2018

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

May 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St., 2nd floor
Houston, 77002
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$35

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States director of national intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence adviser for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

In Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, Clapper traces his career through the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance.

A copy of DNI James Clapper's book Facts and Fears is included in the cost of every ticket.

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June 2018

Lessons from a Storm: Public Ed and Hurricane Harvey

June 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
HCC West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South
Houston, 77081
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Free

After seeing their cities flooded and homes destroyed in Hurricane Harvey, Texas teachers and students spent the rest of the academic year struggling to get back to baseline, working through the negative academic and mental health effects of one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history. How are teachers and students focusing on classroom demands while continuing to pick up the pieces of their lives?

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on our livestream for a conversation about the impact Hurricane Harvey had on public education in Houston and across Texas moderated by the Tribune's public education reporter Aliyya Swaby.

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

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, 5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, 77096
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Free

People of Faith in the 21st Century: What is Our Role?
Presenter: TBD

Iftar and Kosher dinner served.

Free and open to the public

RSVP required 

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Can Public Policy Control Rising Drug Prices?

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$50

Prescription drug expenditures are projected to reach $360.2 billion in 2018. Per capita spending on these drugs rose 5 percent in 2015 and 3.5 percent in 2016. The public is outraged by stories of Martin Shkreli raising the price of Daraprim by 5,000 percent, and Mylan raising the price of a pair of EpiPens by 400 percent. Meanwhile, the cost of treatment with the most novel anticancer drugs has risen by 400 percent over the past 10 years, and the cost of treatment with new drugs that can cure Hepatitis C is tens of thousands of dollars. Will the prices of prescription drugs continue to rise at extraordinary rates? Are a handful of blockbuster drugs to blame, or will all patients be forced to pay rapidly rising prices? At this event, Vivian Ho, director of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, will explore these questions and describe the policy options to control drug price increases being recommended by policymakers, researchers and clinicians.

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Walk Gently on Earth

June 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

  Last fall, world religious leaders presented the interfaith climate declaration, Walk Gently on Earth, to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bonn. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to a talk about the declaration by Imaad Khan, of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy (TICPP), who was there. Imaad will discuss the presentation of the declaration, its message, and how houses of worship and their members can leverage this initiative. Walk Gently on Earth invites people of faith to lead the world in adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

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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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Going Green for Home Building/Remodeling Projects

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The amount of resources borrowed from our Earth to create the buildings in which we spend 93% of our lives is staggering. If we look at just the residential building industry, we see that we are building homes with a life span of 40-100 years, with the interior materials having an even shorter lifespan.

Through this discussion, Caroline Kostak, secretary of the Texas Gulf Coast Region chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, will look at how we can meet the need to shelter and provide work space for a growing population while also being respectful of the resources given to us on Earth.   We will explore different strategies that can lead to efficient resource management and produce beautiful, healthy, and efficient buildings that celebrate the gifts and abundance of the Earth while also protecting them.

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Houston Ebony Opera Guild Annual Concert

June 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Westbury United Methodist Church, 5200 Willowbend Blvd.
Houston, 77096
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$10 – $50

ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT: A JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

"Steady Soldier"
Music commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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One Thousand Texans for Transit – Houston in Houston

June 24 @ 2:00 pm
Free

Join us on Sunday, June 24 in Montrose to hear about and discuss paths to realizing the the goal of high-quality public transportation! We'll have a panel of local transit leaders, hear remarks from elected officials, and break out into groups to work shop strategies for statewide coordination.

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Town Talk: Being a Transgender & Nonbinary Ally

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hamburger Mary’s, 2409 Grant St.
Houston, 77006
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In honor of LGBTQIA+ pride, our Town Talk this month will focus on how to be an ally to the transgender and nonbinary community. Lou Weaver, queer transman & transgender programs coordinator for Equality Texas, will moderate a panel discussion with members of the transgender and nonbinary community. Over the course of the evening, Lou will explore the simple language and terminology we can use as allies, when talking about the transgender and nonbinary community.

Register at https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/hcdp/event/1102/

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Vulnerability of the Displaced: Refugees and Trafficking

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A 2nd Cup, 1111 E 11th St
Houston, 77009
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Free

In observation of World Refugee Day, join us for a panel discussion on the vulnerability of refugees and other displaced persons to human trafficking, both domestically and internationally.  The panel will include, Christa Mayfield, Assistant Executive Director, Unbound Houston; Danielle Bolks, MSW, Senior Program Director, YMCA International Services; and Anne Chandler, Executive Director, Houston Office Tahirih Justice Center.  The event is sponsored by A 2nd Cup, FAWCO Alumnae USA (FAUSA) Houston and the Zonta Club of Houston.   Cookies and coffee will be provided.

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July 2018

Got Privilege? Reflects Of the 19th Annual White Privilege Conference

July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free

Cherry Steinwender, Executive Director of the Center for the Healing of Racism, and Laura Gallier will reflect on their experience at the 19th Annual White Privilege Conference.

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Assistance for Refugees: Where We Are, Where We’re Going, and How You Can Help

July 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
U.S. Southern District Federal Courthouse, 515 Rusk St., Third Floor
Houston, 77002
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Please join the Honorable Keith Ellison, the Anti-Defamation League, and American Constitution Society for a conversation with Rebecca Heller, director and co-founder of the International Refugee Assistance Program.

Rebecca will be discussing the legal framework for refugee and asylum applicants, the current policies and laws surrounding this issue, and ways the legal community and others can help.

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Dialogue on: “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - July 19 @ 8:30 pm
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

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

School textbooks have played a key role in reinforcing and maintaining white supremacy and racism in the United States. James W. Loewen’s bestselling book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook got Wrong, explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated about everything from Columbus’s historic voyages to an honest evaluation of U.S. foreign policy. Please join us for one or both of two dialogues to discuss the issues presented in Loewen’s book: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 — Noon to 2:00 PM and/or Wednesday, July 18, 2018 — 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

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Book Review: The War on Science

July 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free

You are invited to attend a talk reviewing the book, The War on Science:  Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do About It.

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Youth Justice Visioning Session

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
United Way-Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr.
Houston, 77007 United States
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Free

The Houston community is greatly impacted by youth incarceration, as Harris County commits the highest number of youth to Texas' state secure youth lockups. Additionally, local Harris County officials plan to build a new juvenile detention center at an estimated cost of $65-70 million. Kids do not belong in prisons, and the voices of Houston residents- particularly those most affected by youth incarceration- must be heard if a youth justice transformation is to take hold and be successful in Texas. Join us for a visioning session to answer this question: What do young people need to avoid justice involvement and lead successful lives?

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Houston’s Green Building Resource Center

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Free

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship. On Sunday, July 29 at 6 p.m., we welcome Steve Stelzer, Program Director for Houston’s Green Building Resource Center. Steve is an architect with 30 years’ experience who is focused on making Houston a greener place to live and work. He will discuss the center’s work to educate the public on healthy and energy/water/material-conserving design & construction. This mission is accomplished in a number of ways: a showroom highlighting building components, water conservation, site, and energy efficiency, monthly educational seminars on a wide variety of topics, and plan review services to suggest strategies to conserve energy and water, save money, & create a healthier building environment.

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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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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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