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April 2018

RACE; THE POWER OF ILLUSION

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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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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Tax March – Not One Penny

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave.
Houston, 77004
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Free

It’s almost that time of year again, folks, which means we’ll be hitting the streets along with ol’ Chicken Don to demand greater transparency and accountability in our elected officials, along with the repeal of the Trump Tax Scam.

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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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Post-Harvey Resilience: Top Climate Scientist Katharine Hayoe 4-19

April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd
Houston, 77005
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$40 – $150

As one of the world’s top climate scientists, Katharine Hayhoe has been named among Time's 100 most influential people, Foreign Policy's 100 leading global thinkers, and Fortune's 50 world’s greatest leaders. The New York Times called her “…one of the nation’s most effective communicators on the threat of climate change and the need for action.” Her presentation will go beyond global climate issues, as she addresses local measures to make Houston a more resilient community post-Harvey. She is a professor at Texas Tech University and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech. Her work has resulted in over 125 peer-reviewed publications. She is a lead author of the nation’s Fourth National Climate Assessment special report soon to be submitted to Congress and the President. She has conducted local climate impact assessments for a broad cross-section of organizations and cities, from Boston Logan Airport to the state of California to Austin Water. As a self-professed Evangelical Christian, she is well known for bridging the gap between scientists and faith-based communities.

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Volunteers for Refugees

April 21 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Samurai Karate Dojo, 12500 Oxford Park Dr.
Houston, 77082
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Free

Community networking to benefit Houston's refugees:

Join us at this annual community networking event to share information and resources to benefit the refugee community in Houston. This is a public event; please invite friends, family and coworkers! If you would like to have a free table to share resources from your own organization or non-profit, or if you have any questions, contact Carmen Garcia at 281-216-6622. More information is also available at the dojo: 281-920-9330 or info@HoustonSamurai.com .

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Earth Day Barter Fair

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 W. 26th
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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Free

A Barter Fair provides an opportunity to trade objects and services without using common currency. The Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Community and Stewardship encourage Friends to find creative ways to care for the earth and each other, and we want to extend this opportunity to others in the community. Creating a space to practice thinking together in a new way about how we place value on objects and services within our community seems like a worthwhile way to observe the 49th anniversary of Earth Day.

To get involved, just come! Bring a table, shelf, rug or blanket to display your goods or a sign that describes your service(s). CHILDREN ARE WELCOME! Children are often the best models of how this can work. They have the ability to add value to an item by describing potential uses, and the creativity to negotiate three-way trades.

There will be a designated area for “free” items that you are willing to give to whomever wants them. Visitors may then use such items to barter and trade with if they wish. At the end of the day all items remaining at the “Free Table” will be donated to the Women’s Center.

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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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Indivisible Houston Resistance Carnival

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dan Electros Guitar Bar, 1031 E 24th St
Houston, 77009
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Come out and join us for the first ever Resistance Carnival. Get ready for Games, Crazy Contests, Photo Booths and our Exclusive Dunk An Activist Tank.

Get to know your fellow resistance fighters better and spend a fun family friendly afternoon getting recharged.

See you under the big top!!!!

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Earth Day Labyrinth Walk and Prayer

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dominican Sisters Chapel, 6504 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX United States
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Free

Join the Dominican Sisters of Houston as we celebrate Earth Day with prayer and walk on the Labyrinth Saturday, April 21, 2018.

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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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Earth Day Houston

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
Houston, 77002
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Free

Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 6 pm at Discovery Green park! Hosted in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy–is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, Canned Acoustica, recycling, and more.

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2018 Brew at the Zoo

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, 77030
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$25 – $45

Brew at the Zoo highlights some of the best beers from Texas and surrounding areas. As you sip, you can stroll through parts of the Houston Zoo and check out some of your favorite animals. See special presentations with our elephants, jaguars, sea lions, and more. Step into Kipp Aquarium, Carruth Natural Encounters, and the Reptile & Amphibian House for Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66.

Music and entertainment will delight you as you sample a variety of refreshing beers. Additional beer sample passports will be available for purchase during the night. Plus, enjoy live music by local artists and participate in our special animal-themed Trivia Gone Wild for a chance to win exclusive Zoo prizes! Pub-style grub will also be available for purchase throughout the event.

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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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“Human Flow” Film Screening

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
University of Houston – Sugar Land, 14000 University Blvd
Sugar Land, 77479
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Free

Human Flow, an epic film journey by Ai Weiwei, captures massive human migration. As uprooted people (from around the world) try to escape famine, climate change, and war, in search of safety, shelter, and justice.

*FREE* Viewing at the University of Houston at Sugar Land, Saturday, April 28th, 1 PM.

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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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Police Brutality Around Us: History & Discussion

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Moody Park Gazebo, 3725 Fulton St.
Houston, 77009
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Free

This event will highlight a Northside student's presentation on police brutality. We will also have speakers, including Janie Torres, to discuss the history of police brutality in our area.

While the murder of Joe Campos Torres and the Moody Park Riots will be our main topics, we would like to remind everyone that the murder of Joe Campos Torres and the Moody Park riots are not just historical events. Family members still feel the loss of Joe Campos Torres and police brutality continues to be an issue today.

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Spring 2018 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

April 29 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Gathering Place, 5310 S. Willow Dr.
Houston, TX, 77035 United States
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Free

Calling people of all faiths or no faith at all in Houston to care for our shared environment during Earth Month.
 
We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by mulching around plantings, planting native plants & removing trash at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels, so bring the whole family, your neighbors and your friends.
 
Meet at The Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow Dr., Houston 77035 to sign in. Metro bus line 7 stops nearby and line 49 is not far. Tools/supplies will be provided.

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Interfaith March for Peace & Justice

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Guiding Principles:

All people should be free to practice the faith of their choice without fear of discrimination, intimidation, or reprisal;
Multiple religions and faith traditions can coexist peacefully;
Equal justice and equal protection under the law are rights to which all people are entitled regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration and economic status, or religion;
Governments must protect vunerable communities and never cease to seek justice for acts of violence perpetrated against these communities.

If these principles are worthy of your celebration, join us on April 29th! Please express our principles and pride in your faith tradition with non-partisan signs (No sticks), posters, or banners.

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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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