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April 2018

Race, Film and Reconciliation

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - April 7 @ 4:00 pm
Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, 500 Fannin Street, Suite 100
Houston, 77002
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$25 - $30

Race, Film and Reconciliation
A look at our culture from 1968 to 2018

Movies play a vital role in documenting history in the United States. For years, such films have sparked controversy and conversation.

Join Dr. Greg Garrett and guest panelists for this challenging and enlightening two-day event: Friday – Saturday, April 6 and 7, at the Hines Center in Downtown Houston. We are thrilled to host an event that will highlight culture and ignite dialogue for months to come.

This two part event will feature three notable movies addressing race and reconciliation in America, interspersed with commentary by Dr. Garrett and guest panelists to be announced. Refreshments and lunch on Saturday are included in the price for this event.

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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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Free

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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Solarize Houston for Houses of Worship (& Their Members)

April 8 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Dr.
Houston, 77057
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Free

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to learn how you and/or your house of worship can go solar for less by leveraging the Solarize Houston program. Solarize Houston is a program of the Houston Renewable Energy Group, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting renewable energy solutions and businesses. Solarize Houston is a group purchasing program for rooftop solar, which achieved discounts of 20 percent on rooftop solar purchases for participants when it was held in 2016 & 2017.

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RACE CARDS: SELINA THOMPSON

April 10 @ 1:00 pm - April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Selina Thompson is a UK based artist, performer, and writer. Her practice is primarily intimate, political, and participatory, with a strong strand of public engagement that then leads to joyous, highly visual work that seeks to connect to those often marginalized by the arts.

The Race Cards installation is a room containing 1,000 questions about race, written by Selina Thompson. In this constantly evolving installation and archive, Thompson invites participants to supply their own answers to the many facets of race and racism in modern society by answering one of the questions. Up to four people may access the installation at once, and are invited to spend some time experiencing it at their own pace.

On April 14 at 3pm, Selina Thompson will ask all 1,000 questions in a durational performance in MATCH Box 1. Audience members may come and go throughout the performance, arriving anytime between 3pm and 7pm. While at the MATCH, audiences are encouraged to interact with the Race Cards gallery installation.

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Zikaron BaSalon – Memories in the Living Room

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD Houston, TX United States + Google Map
Free

Zikaron BaSalon is an annual event, which takes place on Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day. Zikaron BaSalon started in Israel, in a living room where a few friends gathered in 2010 and experienced an extraordinary and meaningful event. The idea was born from the understanding that the connection between us and the memories of the Holocaust, has significantly deteriorated. Today, the program operates in more than 50 countries around the world.

 

Alongside formal events, Zikaron BaSalon offers a new, meaningful and intimate way to commemorate this day and address its implications through discussions at home among family, friends and guests. It is a unique and authentic tradition of people gathering together to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors, sing, think, read, talk and most importantly- listen.

 

Zikaron BaSalon happens in the living room space of a home with 15-40 people. The event consists of three parts: testimony, expression part and open discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

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Uniting Our Communities & Countering Hate

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama St.
Houston, 77098
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Free

Please join Transgender Education Network of Texas and Texas Freedom Network for this interfaith panel discussion examining the relationship between the faith and trans communities.

While the relationship between these two communities is often painted as contentious in the media and proposed policy by extremist elected officials, more than ever we are seeing affirming faith organizations stand up against discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community. This panel will explore that relationship with various voices of leadership within the faith community.

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JED Talks Featuring Author Stephanie Wittels Wachs

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rec Room Houston, 100 Jackson St #130c
Houston, 77002
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Free

Join Emanu El Young Professionals on April 12th for the next installment of our award winning JED Talks series. We are so pleased to be featuring Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Owner and Executive Director of Rec Room Houston, actress, and most recently author of Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss. Wachs recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, was interviewed on NPR, and was featured as one of Houstonia magazine’s “10 Women Making it Happen.”
 
Come enjoy dinner (on us!) and drinks as we share in Stephanie’s journey. Dinner will be served at 6:30if you’d like to join us early, and the program will begin at 7. There is no cost for this event.

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RACE; THE POWER OF ILLUSION

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Free
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Is Race for Real? 

We all know that people look different.  Anyone can tell a Czech from a Chinese.  But are these differences racial? What does race mean? Come learn the answers to these and other questions as we explore the Power of Illusion. 

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Houston Young Women’s Political Leadership Summit

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rice University, 6100 Main St.
Houston, 77005
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Free - $125

Join IGNITE for an action-oriented conference focused on strategies for stepping up and owning your political power. Elected leaders and politically ambitious young women, like you, will share how to best position yourselves as public leaders. You will leave inspired, activated, and ready to run!

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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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Free

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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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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Free

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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Houston’s Annual Compassion Week 2018

April 22 - April 28
Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 W. 26th
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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Join us for a week of compassionate action and education to celebrate and cultivate Houston’s compassionate culture!

Please go to http://compassionatehouston.org/cw2018/ for more info.

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Heart of HoUSton 2018: Lessons in Servant Leadership on the Road to 2036

April 28 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3816 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, 77025
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Free

Join us to explore how to create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. Based on Lawrence J. Payne’s edited volume of the same name, attendees will hear from Houston leaders across disciplines to gain an understanding of how to sustainably impact our communities for the better.

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The Living Library

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jungman Library, 5830 Westheimer
Houston, 77057
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Free

"Living Books" are members of the community who have volunteered their time and their personal experiences as representatives of different segments of society. One of the great features of the Living Library and checking out a Living Book is that there are no such things as stupid questions. Books have been prepared and made themselves available to you to be able to dig deep and find out what you always wanted to know about the book topic. They are familiar with the topics they represent and are available to discuss that topic with "Readers."

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Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston

April 29 @ 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.

At the April web meeting, we welcome Bakeyah Nelson, Air Alliance Houston's Executive Director, who will discuss Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston. Bakeyah will provide her perspective on some of the current air quality challenges that Houston is facing - ones that Air Alliance Houston is working to address to improve public health. These range from concerns about concrete batch plants and metal recycling facilities, to the proposed expansion of I-45. Air Alliance Houston is also working with community partners to address some of the challenges exposed during Hurricane Harvey. Bakeyah will also highlight how you can get involved. After her talk, there will be time for Q&A.  Please register for this talk, and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com with any questions.

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May 2018

“Dialogue on the Plantations”

May 5 - May 6
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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$275.00

The Center for the Healing of Racism presents it’s third annual “Dialogue on the Plantations”, a tour of three historic plantations in Louisiana, the weekend of May 5-6, 2018.  Learn about the role of slavery in the southern plantation economy.  Tour includes visits to St. Joseph Plantation (sugar cane), Laura Plantation (a Creole plantation) the the Whitney Plantation Museum, which pays homage to all slaves throughout the southern United States.

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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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ACLU Presents Screening of Death Row Stories: Family Lies

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
14 Pews Arts Theater, 800 Aurora
Houston, 77007
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Free

In 2010, Anthony Graves walked out of prison a free man after serving 18 and 1/2 years for a crime he did not commit.Today, he shares his story with people around the country to bring meaningful change to Texas’ justice system. Hear Anthony’s story at a free screening of the CNN documentary, "Family Lies."

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A New Agenda & Bipartisanship for the Americas & the U.S. (panel)

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
A.D. Players Theatre, 5420 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, 77056
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Free - $35

The past two decades have provided great successes and collaborations between the U.S and Latin America, especially in the areas of: economic integration and trade; combatting organized crime and narcotics trafficking; strengthening collaboration on anti-corruption efforts; expanding and improving educational exchanges; and addressing the opportunities and challenges of actors from outside of the hemisphere.

In 2017, Global Americans convened a High-Level Working Group on Inter-American Relations and Bipartisanship to discuss cross-regional ways the current U.S. administration can build and improve upon the achievements of the past twenty years of inter-American cooperation.

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Guided Birding Outing to Brazos Bend State Park

May 19 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
The Nature Center at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762
Needville, Texas , 77461
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small fee to enter the park, payable at the park entrance
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to join a guided bird walk with “birders extraordinaires”, Mike & Joyce Bradshaw.  Meet at the Nature Center at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m.  Bring binocs if you have them.  We’ll spend a couple leisurely hours on trails in the park looking for birds and other wildlife.   If you are planning to join us, please contact Steve Long at long_stephen@att.net, as space is limited.

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