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November 2017

Silencing Opposition: Human Rights Violations in Burundi

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St
Houston, 77006
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ORA Pre-Program: Silencing Opposition: Human Rights Violations in Burundi
Conversation with Former Ambassador Robert Krueger and Tony Tate, The Fund for Global Human Rights

About the presenters:
Robert Krueger is a former US Representative and US Senator from Texas, and served as US Ambassador on three occasions: to Mexico, Burundi, and Botswana; and additionally as US Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community

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Book Salon and Reading by Julie Bindel, The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth

November 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Jeff Abrams’ House, 2017 W. Main St.
Houston, 77098 United States
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Free

I am hosting a book salon with Julie Bindel:The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth, Friday, 11/10/17, 7:30 PM, who has come highly recommended

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2017 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award Ceremony

November 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St
Houston, 77006
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Rothko Chapel's bi-annual Óscar Romero Award--named after Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador who was assassinated on March 24, 1980, because of his vocal opposition to the violent oppression of his fellow citizens--has been given every two years since 1987 in recognition of courageous, grassroots human rights advocacy. Building upon the topic of ending mass incarceration addressed at our 2017 Spring Symposium, the Chapel will honor two recipients, one internationally and the other locally selected, for this year's recognition.

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“From Swastika to Jim Crow”

November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free. Donations encouraged. RSVP required.

The Center for the Healing of Racism will present a screening of the film “From Swastika to Jim Crow” on Thursday, November 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at 3412 Crawford St., Houston, 77004.  The one-hour documentary tells the little known story of German Jewish professors who, expelled from their homeland by the Nazis, found new lives and careers at all-Black colleges and universities in the South.  The film uncovers a remarkable moment in U.S. history while offering a fresh perspective on the complex history of race relations in the United States.  The screening will be followed by a discussion.

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Connections between People & Nature: Scripture & Science

November 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to attend Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation, an environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2017 is Connections between People and Nature.

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January 2018

Alternatives to Violence Project Basic Workshop January 12 – 14, 2018

January 12 @ 7:00 pm - January 14 @ 4:00 pm
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$75

The Basic AVP Workshop is fun and empowers personal growth—an interactive, intensive,

2½-day experience that hones interpersonal conflict-resolution skills. Experiential exercises, small groups, and one-to-one interactions build community and trust around the themes of:

Affirmation & Self Esteem

Communication & Cooperation

Creative Conflict Resolution

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Caring for the Plants that Care for Us

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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At the January web meeting, we welcome Jaime Gonzalez, Community Conservation Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy, who will address Caring for the Plants that Care for Us.  He will discuss the importance of native plants for biodiversity, water absorption, carbon sequestration, the economy, and creating a sense of place.  He will link the well-being of eco-systems to human well-being. Jaime will also discuss the work of Katy Prairie Conservancy to restore native prairie, "re-wild" Houston with pocket prairies, offer citizen conservation opportunities and a new initiative to encourage residents to plant the "nine natives" in their yards. Jaime will give details on using these native plantings on your property, will provide resources and outlets for getting native plants, and will even delve into the ethics of saving wildlife by providing native plant habitat. After his talk, there will be time for Q&A to answer your native plant questions. A generous donor has pledged a donation to the Katy Prairie Conservancy if at least 10 people sign up for and attend Jaime’s talk. 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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February 2018

“America Beyond The Color Line”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free. Donations encouraged. RSVP required.

In commemoration of Black History Month, The Center for the Healing of Racism will screen “America Beyond The Color Line (Episode 1)”  on February 19, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The series, written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the legacy of the Civil Rights movement since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In Episode 1: “South: The Black Belt,” Gates assesses changes in the racial climate of the southern United States.  Among others, Gates interviews Morgan Freeman and Maya Angelou.  The screening will be following by a discussion.

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Stewardship of Water

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.

At the February web meeting, we welcome Bruce Bodson, President/Executive Director of Lower Brazos Riverwatch, who will address Stewardship of Water.  Water is a uniquely versatile medium, functioning as a vital resource, a habitat, a recreation venue, and a waste conveyance.  As we have often seen in Houston, it is also a destructive force of nature.  Stewardship of water entails balancing these functions and our management of the hazard in a manner that allows for protection of the resource, for all the human benefits to be obtained, and still leave a reasonably unimpaired habitat for other species.  Here in Houston, the Bayou City, we are blessed with an abundance of waters, but we struggle with maintaining the balance of uses that allows us to enjoy this abundance without causing irreparable harm to the resource.  This presentation will examine the resources we have, and consider the effects of the ever growing demand placed on them.  It will also look at some examples of local programs that strive to bring balance to our consumption and regulation of the resource.  After Bruce’s 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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March 2018

Healing America Together

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Houston Baptist University, Dunham Theater, 7502 Fondren Road
Houston, 77074
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Free and open to the public:

You are invited you to a special Healing America Together event in Houston on March 3:
If you have even a slight interest in learning about the health virtues of a plant-based diet, the health of our planet, or how diet can promote peace, please consider attending.
Promotion of this event is largely through local grass-roots volunteer efforts. Please forward this invitation to others for us.
Healing America Presenters: Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author of the China Study and the father of “nutritional science”) and his son Nelson Campbell (Founder and CEO of Plantpure Nation)

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“The Threat of Fascism in the Age of Trump–Why We Must Fight It”

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This special program  will be held this Saturday, March 10, 7-9 pm, in Room 114 of The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St., Houston. The program will include two presentations on the danger of fascism and how the masses of people can overcome this danger. The program will also include plenty of time for discussion and dialogue. This event is being organized by Houston Socialist Movement and Refuse Fascism Houston.  Light refreshments and adult beverages will be served.

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What Makes Us Houston Strong?

March 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane
Houston, 77027
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Hurricane Harvey brought historic challenges to Houston.  Compassionate responses from so many reveal our city's hidden strengths. How can we continue to be a compassionate city for those who are still impacted by Harvey and beyond?

Jill Carroll, PhD is a scholar, writer, and expert on World Religions and public life. For many years she has taught and provided religious diversity and global skills training for corporations and non-profits. She has published numerous books and articles on world religions, interfaith relations, and public life.
 
Join us for a compelling presentation where Dr. Jill Carroll will enlighten us on how our city of diverse faiths, backgrounds, and perspectives helped us all rise and respond with compassion in the wake of Harvey.

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Art & Activism: An Evening with Peter Sellars

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St
Houston, 77006
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$20

The arts play an important connecting role in society in ways that other sectors cannot. Artists can move through a variety of environments using music, performance, visual arts and other media to address difficult topics, challenge cultural stigmas, bring diverse people together, and provoke new ways of thinking that can lead to powerful social and political changes. In a time of censorship, political bullying, and polarization between people, where do the arts stand today, locally and nationally? What is the role of the arts as commentator and catalyst for social justice? And what is the responsibility of cultural institutions and patrons for preserving the arts as a voice for the public?

In partnership with Houston Grand Opera and in conjunction with their initiative Seeking the Human Spirit, join the Rothko Chapel for a conversation exploring arts and activism in society today from the perspectives of the artist, cultural institution and funder.

The conversation participants include Peter Sellars, renowned opera and theater director and professor at UCLA; Debbie McNulty, Director of Mayor Turner's Office of Cultural Affairs; and Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director of Houston Grand Opera; moderated by the Rothko Chapel’s Executive Director David Leslie.

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Houston Green Film Series: Before the Flood

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rice Media Center, Rice University Entrance #8 University and Stockton
Houston, 77005
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If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. March 21, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 PM conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7:00 PM screening. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated.

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Pax Christi Texas 2018 State Conference

March 24 @ 8:45 am - 3:45 pm
$40 – $50

"When people in a democracy are not educated in the art of living --- to strengthen their conscience, compassion, and ability to question and think critically --- they can be easily manipulated by fear and propaganda.  A democracy is only as wise as its citizens, and a democracy of ignorant citizens can be as dangerous as a dictatorship."

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Building Healthy Soil Saves Time and Money Now!

March 25 @ 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 March web meeting, we welcome John Ferguson, soil scientist & owner of Nature's Way Resources, a Houston-based composting, mulch & recycling firm.   John's talk is an introduction to a new model of soil science and fertility management called the “Soil Food Web”.  It explains how biological (organic) methods work and how they save you time and money in your gardening projects by preventing many problems. The biological methods are sustainable; greatly reduce water requirements, prevent problems, eliminate air and water pollution, sequester carbon, and lower total management costs from property management to erosion control. Learn from the man whose personal garden has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens and several gardening books. After John’s talk, there will be time for Q&A.

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Repro Power Houston Speakout!

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Hall, 901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Join us to kick off our campaign for abortion access and reproductive justice in Houston and Harris County. Houstonians will share their experiences accessing abortion and being faced with reproductive oppressions through personal storytelling.

Together, let's envision a Houston and a Texas in which there is widespread public support for abortion access, racial, economic, and gender justice, equitable pay & leave policies, justice for undocumented people, and more!

Repro Power Houston is part of a multi-city initiative led by the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, the Texas Equal Access Fund, the West Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas to build a groundswell of support for abortion access and reproductive justice in local communities.

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April 2018

Academy Award Winner Sean Penn: ‘Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff’

April 4 @ 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St., 2nd floor
Houston, 77002
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$27.00

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and Brazos Bookstore present Sean Penn, discussing his new novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. This is a ticketed event. Doors open at 6:45pm and the event begins at 7:30pm. This event will take place at The Ballroom at Bayou Place. There will be a cash bar.

From legendary film icon Penn comes a scorching, darkly funny novel about Bob Honey—a modern American man, entrepreneur, and part-time assassin. Tickets are $27.00 plus tax to admit one person. and include entry for one and a hardcover copy of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. You must have a ticket in hand or held at Will Call in order to enter. You may pick up your copy of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff after release date March 27 or at the event on April 4. If you cannot attend the event, please pick up your unclaimed book by two weeks from the event date (April 18). Books will be pre-signed with book plates; there will be NO SIGNING AFTERWARD.

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Amnesty Houston welcomes special guest speaker Dr. Dawn McCarty

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Market Community Room, 3815 Westheimer
Houston, 77027
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Free and open to the public, Amnesty International Houston welcomes special guest speaker Dr. Dawn McCarty of the University of Houston School of Social Work. She will discuss, from  her experiences at Casa Juan Diego, working with the immigrants of Houston, their mental health struggles and their struggles of being indigent.

First Wednesday, April 4th ,7:00 to 8:00 PM in the Central Market Community Room.

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Foreign Policy Town Hall Meeting

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Here in the middle of Congressional primaries and election season, the University of St. Thomas sits within a mile of four different Congressional Districts. This Town Hall meeting will provide an opportunity for voters and perhaps even a few candidates to listen to a range of viewpoints on Foreign Policy issues.

A panel of foreign policy experts, practitioners, and citizen activists representing a wide range of viewpoints will discuss and take questions and comments from the public covering all manner
of Foreign Policy challenges which face our country today.

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