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May 2018

Inspiring the Great Transition Tour by Sailesh Rao

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jain Society of Houston, 3905 Arc St
Houston, 77063
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Ahimsa is an essential response to climate change. The great transition is the metamorphosis of the global industrial civilization from its current domination relating "caterpillar" phase to the partnership relating "Butterfly" phase.

Please join a talk by Sailesh Rao who is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate.

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EMPOWERED COMMUNICATION: Skills for Life

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$25

This is a 5 part series Workshop (total 12 hours) based on Nonviolent Communication, the world acclaimed practice changing lives;  offered in West Houston (77077) beginning on Sunday, May 20.   Time each date: 2 to 4:15pm If you want a brief, FREE introduction, Come on MAY 20 or JUNE 3 at 1:00 pm.  The topics each day will be Choose Self-Compassion, Choose Empathy,  6/17 Transforming Anger into Compassion, 7/1 Choose Honesty, and 7/15 Putting It All Together.  This will be the last public workshop by Bren in 2018. Extremely important to PRE-REGISTER for free intro or workshop.

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Care & Stewardship of the Wildlife & Ecosystems in Our Communities

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

At the May web meeting, we welcome Anja Machado, Executive Director, and Victoria Hepburn, Education/Outreach Coordinator, of the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (TWRC), who will discuss Care and Stewardship of Wildlife & EcoSystems in Our Communities.

Anja will explain how the TWRC cares for wildlife brought to the center, and the role of rehabilitators who care for animals in their homes. She will also discussion volunteer opportunities at the center.

Victoria will explain how to recognize if an animal is in need, how to assist animals in need, and how to bring injured or orphaned animals to the center for assistance. She will also highlight how attendees can be true stewards of our urban and suburban ecosystems, and the importance of doing so to the health & vitality of our city.

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Demonstration against George W. Bush

May 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Houston, TX United States + Google Map

George W. Bush will be honored at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, 1600 Lamar St., on Thursday, May 24. Bush should be imprisoned for life for war crimes and crimes against humanity--not honored for moral courage.
 
As Governor of Texas, Bush approved more than 150 executions. As President, his invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 led to the deaths of over 250,000 people. His invasion of Iraq in 2003 led to the deaths of more than one million people. And U.S. troops remain in both countries today.

The Bush administration tortured and abused prisoners in these countries, in Guantanomo Bay, and in secret sites around the world. Bush promoted passage of the PATRIOT Act, which increased unconstitutional surveillance and reduced civil liberties. Bush's neglect during Hurricane Katrina contributed to the suffering and deaths of hundreds of poor people, predominantly African Americans, in New Orleans. As one commentator has remarked, "The blood on Bush's hands will never dry."

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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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First Annual KPFT Car-Truck-Bike Show and Benefit Raffle

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zum Barrel Sports Bar, 13101 Kuykendahl Rd.
Houston, 77090
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Free

First Annual KPFT Car-Truck-Bike Show and Benefit Raffle

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN THE RAFFLE!

100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit KPFT.

SUNDAY, MAY 27TH, AT ZUM BARREL SPORTS BAR.

doors open: 10am | judging: 2pm | awards: 3pm | raffle: 5pm

1st prize: This sweet looking 1977 Chevy C10 Side Step Street Rod with an estimated value of $12,500!
This truck is all rebuilt and ready to rock, with a fresh 350 motor.

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A Year of Resilience Against SB4: We are Here to Stay

May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
City Hall, 901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Free

Please join United We Dream this Tuesday May 29, 2018 for a press conference at City Hall as we raise our voices on the anniversary of our Texas Capitol take over, we want to show the city of Houston that we are still resilient and fighting agaisnt SB4. There has been a 60% incrementation in deportations in Harris county making us the national capital of family separations, its time to make City Officials accountable and demand the implementations of policies that will protect our communities. No more racial profiling, no more criminalization of black and brown communities, no more deportations. Houston is our home and We are Here to Stay. #Undocumented #Unafraid #HeretoStay

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

May 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St., 2nd floor
Houston, 77002
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$35

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States director of national intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence adviser for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

In Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, Clapper traces his career through the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance.

A copy of DNI James Clapper's book Facts and Fears is included in the cost of every ticket.

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June 2018

Houston Rapid Response Network Training

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd.
Houston, TX 77055 United States
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The Houston Rapid Response Network is a group of people on-call to show up for people and families impacted by current anti-immigration laws. The training will review actions to help counteract deportation and the splitting up of families in our state. The training also covers how documented allies can play both small and large roles in the network and how all of us together can show up in solidarity with the undocumented and migrant people in our community.

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Northeast/East Houston Affordable Housing Townhall

June 2 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding St.
Hosuton, 77016
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Free

Sick of the lack of affordable housing in the Northeast? Tired of being flooded out all the time? Still struggling with home repairs from Hurricane Harvey? Tired of being ignored by the City of Houston?

If you want to make a tangible difference in the Mesa/Tidwell area, this townhall is for you. Mayor Turner has $1.2 billion dollars in funding to improve affordable housing, and we have an opportunity to influence where that money goes!

A City of Houston official will be present to listen to YOUR CONCERNS in the neighborhood: poor drains/bayous, trash everywhere, road repairs, lack of permits, lack of youth/senior programs and affordable housing.

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Peace Camp 2018 – Week One

June 4 - June 8
Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd.
Houston, TX 77055 United States
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“Justice” is the theme this summer for Peace Camp 2018.  This is an alternative day camp from 9am -3pm, for children ages 5-18.  The focus will be on developing inner peace and building problem solving skills.  Yoga, gardening, special guests, using puppets co-operative games, and cooking are some of the activities planned.  Youth who are 13 and older will have a curriculum that deals with gun control, racism, LGBTQ issues, PTSD, and other more mature topics. Although several sessions are at churches, the camp is not religious.

With violence permeating our culture, let’s make teaching peace a priority!

Week One takes place June 4th-8th at the Houston Mennonite Church - 1231 Wirt Rd. Houston 77055

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Lessons from a Storm: Public Ed and Hurricane Harvey

June 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
HCC West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South
Houston, 77081
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Free

After seeing their cities flooded and homes destroyed in Hurricane Harvey, Texas teachers and students spent the rest of the academic year struggling to get back to baseline, working through the negative academic and mental health effects of one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history. How are teachers and students focusing on classroom demands while continuing to pick up the pieces of their lives?

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on our livestream for a conversation about the impact Hurricane Harvey had on public education in Houston and across Texas moderated by the Tribune's public education reporter Aliyya Swaby.

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HPJC Executive Committee Meeting

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Field of Greens, 2320 W. Alabama
Houston,
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Free

Taking place (usually) the first Saturday of every month, and open to the public, is HPJC’s Executive Committee meeting. However, voting only takes place at our Quarterly Board Meeting, which is also open to the public.

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Amnesty International Houston Welcomes guest speaker

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Market Community Room, 3815 Westheimer
Houston, 77027 United States
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Free

Amnesty International Houston, local 23 welcomes guest speaker, Houston DWI Attorney Paul B. Kennedy. Paul handles DWI defense as well as general criminal defense.

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Transforming Our Juvenile Justice System

June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Provision Charter School, 4590 Wilmngton St.
Houston, TX
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Free

A Right2Justice conversation on transforming our juvenile justice system. This is a system that for far too long has criminalized  and dehumanized young people of color, instead of providing them with the support and resources they need to get back into public life and enter the workforce. At this event, we'll be having discussions on what a reformed juvenile justice system looks like.

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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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Can Public Policy Control Rising Drug Prices?

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$50

Prescription drug expenditures are projected to reach $360.2 billion in 2018. Per capita spending on these drugs rose 5 percent in 2015 and 3.5 percent in 2016. The public is outraged by stories of Martin Shkreli raising the price of Daraprim by 5,000 percent, and Mylan raising the price of a pair of EpiPens by 400 percent. Meanwhile, the cost of treatment with the most novel anticancer drugs has risen by 400 percent over the past 10 years, and the cost of treatment with new drugs that can cure Hepatitis C is tens of thousands of dollars. Will the prices of prescription drugs continue to rise at extraordinary rates? Are a handful of blockbuster drugs to blame, or will all patients be forced to pay rapidly rising prices? At this event, Vivian Ho, director of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, will explore these questions and describe the policy options to control drug price increases being recommended by policymakers, researchers and clinicians.

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5th Ward Bond Beautification Project

June 9 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Houston, TX United States + Google Map

NEW DATE: JUNE 9th

Neighborhood Cleanup Day!

OPERATION: FLOOD CONTROL (Clearing trash & debris from ditches and waterways).

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Walk Gently on Earth

June 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

  Last fall, world religious leaders presented the interfaith climate declaration, Walk Gently on Earth, to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bonn. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to a talk about the declaration by Imaad Khan, of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy (TICPP), who was there. Imaad will discuss the presentation of the declaration, its message, and how houses of worship and their members can leverage this initiative. Walk Gently on Earth invites people of faith to lead the world in adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

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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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