Mark Nowak, poet, founder of the Worker Writers School, and author of Social Poetics (Coffee House Press, 2020), joins the Houston DSA Arts Collective and Political Education Committee for a discussion of cultural organizing and its role in building socialism. The event will include a reading, moderated Q&A, and open discussion.
The Center for the Healing of Racism will celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the film “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.” The documentary follows filmmaker Katrina Browne as she discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. The film will be followed by a dialogue.
On October 7, 2001, The United States embarked on its longest war ever by invading Afghanistan. In addition to Afghanistan, the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) has been used by the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations to justify military operations in 18 countries, including Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.
Potluck at 6 PM, movie at 7 PM. Come for either or both!
Dan Kovalik is a human rights and labor lawyer, and his new book makes the case that the Trump/Russia scandal is a dangerous diversion that leads some progressives to agitate for war with Russia. Kovalik’s book offers history and context for the current scene and the “blame Russia” memes promoted by the media, based on anonymous leaks and unseen intelligence. From Vietnam to Iran/Contra, the Iraq war and intervention in Libya, false intelligence and spin have been used to justify illegal actions.
Come join us to discuss concerns and grievances about the endless wars, the bloated pentagon budget and military industrial complex. We will discuss recent article from Foreign Policy magazine: ‘Moscow and Beijing Have Tehran’s Back.’ Also we welcome newcomers to join and share what’s on your mind with regard to foreign policy issues.
We hope you can join us for this benefit for HPJC’s Peace Camp Houston, a day camp for kids that fosters an understanding of peace, justice, and environmental awareness.
Camp Congress for Girls Houston Fall 2018 is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 9 to 15 to politics. Camp begins with a lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign marketing materials and a political ad for YouTube. All campers will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the Executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill. Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President. Girl Scouts participating in Camp Congress for Girls Houston will earn a Citizen Legacy Badge for participation. All participants will receive Certificate of Completion.
In correlation with the exhibition, “The Faces of Syrian Refugees,” Holocaust Museum Houston will host a one-day education workshop for teachers in the Greater Houston area. In efforts to offer resources and information on refugee resettlement and awareness, refugee advocacy groups will work in conjunction with the HMH Education Department to provide activities, literature, and lessons that teachers can take back to their classrooms.
This workshop is open to educators who work directly with refugee students, educators learning more about the refugee experience, and/or how students can become active advocates.
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
As Houstonians of faith our DNA is infused with action, response, and hope. Join us for an open community dialogue about the increased rhetoric of war