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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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“Developing and Funding Green Building Retrofits and Upgrades” Webinar

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

The TX PACE authority has two events coming up.  On July 24, there will be breakfast informational session about PACE in Richmond and a webinar on PACE will be offered on Aug. 23.  For more information see:  https://www.texaspaceauthority.org/event-directory/

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Sustainability at Rice University

August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
online, not applicable
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.

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September 2018

Vote Smart: 2018 Facts Matter Tour

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Houston, 10840 Beinhorn Road
Houston, TX 77024 United States
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Free

The Vote Smart: 2018 Facts Matter Tour will be hosted on September 9th at First Congregational Church in Houston.  This is the only Houston presentation on the national tour of this voter education program.

The Facts Matter Tour will address Voter Self-Defense strategies that help us
·       Learn how to view entertaining but dangerous political commercials that manipulate us instead of informing us
·       Take actions to defend our right to the facts, the truth, and the reality that our democracy depends on

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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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Dialogue: Racism

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required.

The Center for the Healing of Racism will presentDialogue: Racism, a two-day intensive workshop that educates participants about racism and facilitates the process by which they can begin to counter the effects of racism on their lives, empowering them to interrupt the cycle of racist attitudes. The workshop provides a safe, respectful and loving atmosphere for a diverse group of people to learn new information, share experiences, dispel fears and guilt, and get to know each another.

Dialogue: Racismwill be on two consecutive Saturdays, September 22 & 29 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at 3412 Crawford Street, Houston, TX 77004.

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Arjun Singh Sethi – AMERICAN HATE: SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Free

In American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, Arjun Singh Sethi, a community activist and civil rights lawyer, chronicles the stories of individuals affected by hate. In a series of powerful, unfiltered testimonials, survivors tell their stories in their own words and describe how the bigoted rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration have intensified bullying, discrimination, and even violence toward them and their communities.

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The Green Book: African-American Travel in the Jim Crow Era

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The DeLuxe Theater, 3303 Lyons Avenue
Houston, 77020
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Under Jim Crow segregation laws, African-Americans were often met with discrimination and intimidation as they traveled across the United States. Victor Green, a black postal worker in New York, published the first Negro Motorist Green Book in 1936 as a guide to businesses that would serve African-American travelers; over the next 28 years, the annual publication helped scores of motorists find hotels, tourist homes, restaurants, barber shops, beauty parlors, service stations and taverns across the country.

Green wrote that the Green Book would not be necessary “when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges.” He died in 1960 and the last edition of the guide was published in 1966. By that time, the development of the national highway system had decreased the chances of discrimination against African-American motorists. The passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act made the Green Book and similar publications obsolete, just as Green had predicted.

Houstonians Toya and Reuben Levi organized the Green Book Project to document African-Americans’ experiences traveling across the U.S. under Jim Crow through photos, interviews and documentation of existing sites listed in the Green Book. The Levis will discuss the history and legacy of the Green Book, as well as some of the Houston locations listed in the guide through the years, in this illustrated lecture.

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Triumph of the Human Spirit: Works from Houston’s Refugee and Immigrant Artists

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. John’s School Campus, 2401 Claremont Lane
Houston, 77019
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$25

This event will feature artwork from local refugee and immigrant artists at the YMCA's third annual art show and auction.

Proceeds from the sale of all artwork will be shared equally between the artists and YMCA International Services, where the funds will be used to support programming.

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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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John Kerry

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd
Houston, 77005
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$150

John Kerry will appear at The Progressive Forum September 29. All attendees will receive a free copy of his memoir, Every Day Is Extra. Kerry was a decorated Vietnam War veteran but returned disillusioned and became a leader of the anti-Vietnam War veterans movement which led him into public life. He is a former five-term U.S. Senator, Democratic presidential candidate, and the 68th Secretary of State.

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Scripture & Science: What’s the Connection?

September 30 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Free

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to attend an Adult Forum that addresses scripture and science.  Lisa Brenskelle & Elmer Ledesma, leaders of the Creation Care Team at Christ the King, will consider:  Is there conflict or connection between scripture & science?  If there is connection, what connection exists?  If a connection exists, then scientific understanding matters for people of faith -  but, how can they distinguish good science from “fake news”?  Join us for this insightful Adult Forum!  Christ the King is located at 2353 Rice Blvd. in Houston.  Metro buses 41 and 27 stop nearby. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com.

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Kick-off of Mahatma Gandhi Sesquicentennial Yearlong Celebration

September 30 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Asia Society of Houston, 1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, 77004
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$5

Mahatma Gandhi, apostle of peace and non-violence, demonstrated to the world the effectiveness of non-violent means for bringing about profound social changes and lasting peace.

Mahatma Gandhi Library is pleased to announce the Kick-off event of the yearlong celebration of Gandhi Sesquicentennial (150th birthday) which falls on October 2, 2019! 

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China’s National Sword Policy & It’s Impacts on Recycling

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship. In September, we welcome Jordan Fengel, Executive Director of STAR (State of Texas Alliance for Recycling).  For nearly 50 years, recycling has been a staple practice throughout many American communities. A recent policy change by the Chinese government in 2017, enacted in 2018, banning many recyclable materials from being imported, has created a conundrum in the recycling industry. The US has relied on China to process our mixed plastic and mixed paper recyclables for the last 20+ years. With China set to eliminate all imports of recyclable materials by 2020, Jordan will discuss what STAR is doing to turn the tide.

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October 2018

Harvest Gathering/Creation Fall Festival

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to the 2018 Harvest Gathering/Creation Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27. This free event has fun & educational environmental activities for all ages. Adults can attend lectures by experts addressing the latest science on major environmental issues & what action you can take. Kids can enjoy planting in our pollinator garden, games, fun educational activities, and decorating a pumpkin to take home. Exhibits by local environmental nonprofits will offer more opportunities to learn and engage. 

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The Dialogue Project: Dinner Dialogues

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Christian Church, 1601 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, 77005
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$20 – $25

Join this dialogue to discuss the generation gap, how it influences our perspectives on religion, faith & culture, and how changes from one era to the next impact our future.

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Scripture & Science: What’s the Connection?

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series. In October, Lisa Brenskelle, head of the church’s Creation Care Team, will speak.

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November 2018

Justice for Israel-Palestine with Rabbi Arik Ascherman

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Arik Ascherman has dedicated his life to upholding the Jewish tradition of universal human rights, fighting alongside Palestinians and Israelis alike. After leading “Rabbis For Human Rights” for 21 years, Rabbi Ascherman recently founded “Torat Tzedek-Torah of Justice.”

Rabbi Ascherman will introduce Torat Tzedek and speak about his work to prevent the destruction of Negev Bedouin villages and the villages of Khan Al Akhar and Susya in the West Bank. He will also reflect more broadly on the structure of power in Israel and whether Israel can still be called a democracy.

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Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity

November 17 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

The Dominican Sisters of Houston invite you to join us as we continue and deepen the conversation around race.

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