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May 2018

Houston Mennonite Church Grand Opening

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd.
Houston, TX 77055 United States
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Free

Houston Mennonite Church has a new home!
Our official grand opening will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and we would love for you to join us.

Plan to drop by between 10am and 2pm and see our lovely new space for yourself. The official opening ceremony will start at 11:30am and finish around noon.

Meet our sister churches, Amor Viviente and the Korean Vision Church (who share our space), take a tour of the new building, enjoy musical performances, sample food from both our Mennonite heritage and our multicultural present...

Craft activities for kids, face-painting, piñata, yard games, and more!

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

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Turquoise Center, 9301 W Bellfort Blvd.
Houston, 77031
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Free

DIVINE PROVIDENCE AND HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY

Our Speakers:
DR. MAHMOUD EL-GAMAL - BAKER INSTITUTE RICE FACULTY SCHOLAR

RABBI STEVEN MORGEN - CONGREGATION BETH YESHURUN

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June 2018

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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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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Emancipation Park Juneteenth Celebration

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave.
Houston, 77004
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Emancipation Park's Juneteenth Celebration
10 am - 5 pm
Hosts: City of Houston and Emancipation Park Conservancy
Location: Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Avenue, Houston, Texas 77004

EMANCIPATION PARK opened in the Third Ward in 1872, on a plot of land purchased for $800 by a group of former slaves. The opening took place nine years after president Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and seven years after slaves were formally freed in Texas.

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24th Annual Juneteenth Ally Award Luncheon “Giving our Youth a Voice”

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$50

The Center for the Healing of Racism will hold its 24th annual Juneteenth Ally Award luncheon, “Giving our Youth a Voice," on Saturday, June 16, 2018.  This year’s award recipients are:
- James W. Loewen, sociologist, historian and author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong;
- Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting immigrant women and girls and promoting a world where women and girls enjoy equality, safety and dignity;
- Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle columnist and Pulitzer Prize recipient (2015) for her groundbreaking columns about corrupt grand jury practices and egregious problems in the legal and immigration systems;
- Ben and Sarah Becker, who will receive the Center’s "Individual Initiative Award.”

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Progressive Movie Night: “The Battle of Algiers”

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Houston Communist Party Headquarters, 3100 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77003 United States
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Free

"The Battle of Algiers" is a 1966 Italian-Algerian historical war film co-written and directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and starring Jean Martin and Saadi Yacef. It is based on events during the Algerian War (1954–62) against the French government in North Africa; the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers, the capital of Algeria. It was shot on location and the film's score was composed by Ennio Morricone. The film, which was shot in a Roberto Rossellini-inspired newsreel style—in black and white with documentary-type editing—is often associated with Italian neorealism cinema.

The film has been critically celebrated and often taken, by insurgent groups and states alike, as an important commentary on urban guerrilla warfare. It occupies the 48th place on the Critics' Top 250 Films of the 2012 Sight & Sound poll as well as 120th place on Empire magazine's list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.

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Houston Pride Festival and Parade 2018

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
City Hall, 901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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2018 marks 40 Years of Pride in the city of Houston. Join us in Downtown Houston where our very own "Stonewall" occurred in 1977 as thousands protested against Anita Bryant's anti-gay campaign.

This event is ADMISSION FREE and open to the public to attend/watch and open to the public (no age limit). No tickets are necessary except for the VIP Parade area. There are no tickets necessary for general admission.

For VIP Parade Tickets: pridehouston.org/vip

The Houston Pride Festival® and Houston Pride Parade® are at the center of the Celebration with an attendance of over 700,000 people every year from all over the world. Come and join all of the LGBT Community in celebrating who we are as a people and how much more we still need to FIGHT FOR.

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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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July 2018

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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VegFest 2018

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road
Houston, TX 77477 United States
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Free

The 6th Annual VegFest Houston is an exciting Vegan Expo! The Expo features include: superb vegan restaurants, exciting vegan and abolitionist animal rights organizations, 'Kids Zone' Makerspace with crafts, vegan food demos, our popular "Ask a Vegan" booth and panels, free product samples, yoga and meditation, like-minded community booths and green businesses, plus raffle prize giveaways. Join us at the luxurious Stafford Centre Convention Hall on Saturday, July 21, 2108!

Our family-friendly annual festival is open to the public. Admission is Free!

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August 2018

Benefit Concert for Peace Camp featuring the band Traveler

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bohemeo’s Cafe & Coffeeshop, 708 Telephone Rd.
Houston, TX 77023 United States
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We hope you can join us for this benefit for Houston Peace Camp, a day camp for kids that fosters an understanding of peace, justice, and environmental awareness.

All proceeds go toward helping this very special program.

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Free Comedy Theater + Disaster Auction = The Perfect Night Out

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd.
Houston, TX 77055 United States
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Free

This fun, FREE event is part theater, part auction – and all help for hurricane victims. You’ll laugh, you’ll feel hope, you’ll experience the world class comedy of Ted & Co TheaterWorks…

Come prepared to laugh out loud, to bid on auction items (part of the performance), and to lend your support to a cause close to all our hearts: All funds raised will benefit the work of Mennonite Disaster Service restoring homes and hope for those affected by natural disaster. MDS is currently working in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, helping those affected by the 2017 hurricanes.

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Mayor’s Back to School Fest

Free

The Mayor’s Back to School Fest is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston- area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. With the help of many great partners and sponsors, backpacks, school supplies, health screenings, immunizations, and social service resources are provided to thousands of students, free of charge.

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Stories of Survival / Historias de Supervivencia – Houston

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NuWaters Co-op, 2320 Elgin St
Houston, TX 77004
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Join us in Houston for the first stop of Stories of Survival Tour. From the the Gulf South to Puerto Rico Stories of Survival will bring community together to learn, deepen connections, and share stories about community-centered solutions and strategies for survival in the face of climate change. Coinciding with observances of the devastating disasters during hurricane season that continually impact our home places, the tour will include FREE solar-powered “Cine Solar” film screenings, community dinners, storytelling, collective visioning, and other unique artistic and cultural offerings.

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October 2018

Health Care and Workplace Issues

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boomtown Coffee Downtown, 300 S. Main St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Need more incentive to stand up for better treatment in the workplace and worker's rights on a wide range of issues?  How about the dismal state of affairs in worker treatment and protections being a major contributing factor to poor health, including public health and safety, and higher health care costs.  Discuss how chronic, costly and often serious health conditions (ie: heart disease, diabetes, etc), as well as injuries (esp. auto accidents and workplace related) are exacerbated and made more common as a result of lack of worker protections, lack of paid sick and maternity leave, overwork and poor work/life balance and hostile work environments.

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Join Us for the 2nd Annual Repair Cafe! Recycle/Reuse/Repair Your Stuff!

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
TXRX Labs, 205 Roberts St, Houston, TX 77003
Houston, TX 77003 United States
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A Repair Cafe celebrates fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on, fix-n-learn, community event. People bring us their broken items for assessment, disassembly and repair. Bring your toolkit and join us to have fun and learn while helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff! Volunteers assess, take apart, and hopefully -- REPAIR.

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November 2018

Care Van at Grace United Church of Christ

November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grace United Church of Christ, 8515 Brookwulf
Houston, 77072
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Free

Grace United Church of Christ is hosting a Care Van, providing free immunizations for children up to 18 years of age.  Please bring shot records!

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Guidance for the Health Care Perplexed

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Boomtown Coffee Downtown, 300 S. Main St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Free

We all know what a huge rip off our health care system is.  But aside from just the extortion level pricing, the system is rigged so well it is nearly impossible for even a prudent and well informed consumer to navigate and avoid nasty billing surprises.  Just a few examples: You make an effort to go to an in-network hospital and receive one or more out-of-network bills from doctors or other hospital staff, often for astronomical sums of money, and were given no warning of such.  You receive over a dozen different bills from one hospital stay in our fragmented system, and they keep you in limbo for months, sometimes even a year or longer, after your procedure/discharge, not knowing if you will receive another unexpected bill.  It is rare that any medical provider will disclose prices for a procedure, etc. beforehand, and often will not make clear whether or not it is covered by insurance.   Come to our gathering, vent your frustrations, and tell your horror stories, or those of a family member or friend, in dealing with the shenanigans of our health care system, and then lets discuss how we can fight back.

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2018 Houston Gaza 5K + Dabke Party

November 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cullen Park, 19008 Saums Road
Houston, 77084
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Varies

In light of the UNRWA funding crisis and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, we're fundraising to provide emergency assistance, including employing 25 UNRWA counselors -- refugees themselves -- to provide psychosocial support to Palestine refugee children and families in the Gaza Strip who suffer from trauma due to repeated Israeli military assaults and the continued blockade.

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