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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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Free
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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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1000 Walk for Peace & Lights for Peace

October 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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1000 Lights For Peace will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

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Demonstration against Trump policies: Racism, Sexism, etc…

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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The most brazenly racist, sexist, anti-working class and authoritarian president in recent decades will be at a Ted Cruz rally at the Toyota Center on Monday, October 22nd. A spirited demonstration against Trump will begin at 6 pm. Please plan to join other Houstonians in giving him the welcome he so richly deserves. This action is being called by Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha (FIEL), Houston Socialist Movement, MORENA Houston-Southwest, Refuse Fascism, Socialist Alternative, Young Communist League, and other organizations (list in formation).

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“Waking (Let’s Talk) News!”

October 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:00pm on day Last of the month, happening 8 times

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

Come to the Center for the Healing of Racism and share an article with us!  Bring a bag lunch and your articles clipped from newspapers, magazines, journals or online sources - anything relating to discrimination, oppression and all forms of racism.  Join us in a lively discussion and contribute your ideas and materials to the Center’s toolkit.  We meet on the last Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  3412 Crawford Street (corner of Holman), Houston, TX 77004.  Free parking across the street at HCC Lot 9.  RSVP: 713-520-8226 or cfhr1@juno.com. Website: http://www.centerhealingracism.org/

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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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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. 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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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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We're Hosting Houston's 2nd Annual Repair Café and We Need You! Saturday, October 27th from 1:00pm - 5:00pm TX/RX Labs @ 205 Roberts Street, 77003

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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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Free

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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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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Community Bike Safety Course

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Nervous about biking in Houston? Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church and Bike Houston invite you to a free Community Bike Safety Course where you’ll gain the confidence to cycle safely around town.

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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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Houston Zen Center’s Walk to Feed the Hungry

November 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Houston Zen Center, 1605 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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This year the walk will again be along the Heights Esplanade Trail on Heights Boulevard, a beautiful setting for a walk of compassion with friends! We invite everyone to participate by registering to walk, making a donation, or volunteering. Your efforts and generosity will help with programs that provide direct relief, promote sustainable agriculture, and provide education and right livelihood opportunities for women.

The 3.1 mile walk will begin at the Houston Zen Center, located at 1605 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008. We will then walk south down Heights Boulevard towards I-10 and turn around to end the walk at the Zen Center. Participants may turn around at any point to return to the Zen Center as needed.

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Peacemaker Reception

November 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Redbud Gallery, 303 East 11th Street
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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$75.00

In Conjunction with HPJC's 2018 Peacemaker Awards Dinner, here's your chance to meet the 2018 Peacemaker Awardees!

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Owned: A Tale of Two Americas movie screening – Houston Cinema Arts Festival

November 10 @ 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Rice Media Center, Rice University Entrance #8 University and Stockton
Houston, 77005
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$12.00

The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths—one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculations and endless booms and busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach. Some ten years after the last housing collapse and well into a perceived upswing, the election of Donald Trump and urban uprisings in places like Baltimore suggest that there’s a far more fundamental problem with housing policy in America. And we haven’t even begun to ‘recover.’This documentary is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the film exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own.

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This Changes Everything movie screening – Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rice Media Center, Rice University Entrance #8 University and Stockton
Houston, 77005
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$12.00

In this timely follow-up to his documentary Casting By (HCAF 2012), Tom Donahue explores the insidious and systematic sexism in Hollywood through the voices of leading actors and directors, including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and many other ambassadors of the #TimesUp movement. Filmmaker Maria Geise will be in attendance.

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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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Invisible City movie screening – Houston Cinema Arts Society

November 11 @ 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Rice Media Center, Rice University Entrance #8 University and Stockton
Houston, 77005
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$12.00

Arguably, James Blue’s most ambitious project, this complex documentary was originally made in five one-hour episodes as an interactive public television series. The sixth episode, which summarized the series, will be screened. Blue and renowned architect Adele Santos take us on a tour of 1970s Houston, a divided city, growing in the midst of an oil boom. Skyscrapers going up, unemployment going down. One thousand new residents were arriving per week. But the filmmakers see two cities. Visible Houston is populated by well-educated citizens earning high wages with no state or income taxes. Invisible Houston, for whom the most basic city services did not exist, was inhabited by poorly educated citizens earning low wages. Blue was founder of Rice University Media Center and a leader in the movement to democratize media access and production across America, including Houston’s Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a media arts organization founded in 1977. 

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HPJC Peacemaker Awards Dinner & Auction

November 11 @ 5:30 pm
Crowne Plaza River Oaks, 2712 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098 United States
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$100

Please join us as we celebrate our National and Local Peacemaker Award Recipients!

Our National Peacemaker Award will be awarded to Chuck Collins, author and co-founder of Wealth for Common Good. Our Local Peacemaker Award recipients are Dr. Gerald Horne, Children's Prison Arts Project, and the Houston chapter of United We Dream.

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