HOUSTON: HPJCs Calendar of Progressive Events – November 12, 2009 Edition

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November 12, 2009 Issue

Submit event notices to The Houston Peace and Justice Center online calendar at www.hpjc.org.

Progressive events are collected from the online calendar for this bimonthly publication.

FEATURED ACTION

The Houston Peace and Justice Center is facilitating Houston’s No Nukes Petition Drive, which is part of a global effort to abolish nuclear weapons in our lifetime. Download the petition here and enlist your friends, family, loved ones and strangers to sign on for a nuclear free world. Your signature, along with those you collect, will be among millions presented at the May 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York. The U.S. petitions will be delivered to President Obama. For more information, call Lynn Furay at 731-726-1266 or visit the HPJC website at www.hpjc.org.

EVENTS

Leonard Peltier Update – Thursday, November 12

Lawrence Sampson, a former member of South East Texas American Indian Movement and long time supporter of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, will give an update about Peltier’s legal, health and prison situation. Peltier was recently denied parole, but his defense fund is actively seeking for his release by way of executive clemency. Sampson is author/co-author of many books and articles, including Have You Thought of Leonard Peltier Lately? 7 pm, Sedition Books, 901 Richmond. For more information, visit www.seditionbooks.org

Houston Peace Forum – Thursday, November 12

Professor Bob Buzzanco of the University of Houston, History Dept., and Zhaleh Sahand, native of Iran, will be presenters of a program focusing on Iran. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation. 7:15 pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Room 302, 5200 Fannin. Parking is available directly behind the church or on surrounding streets. For further information, contact Pat Nichols at 713-681-6267 or nicholspat123.

Tariq Ali Speaks about Pakistan – Friday, November 13

Tariq Ali, novelist, historian and political activist, was born in Pakistan and now resides in London. He has written over a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, The Nation and the London Review of Books and is on the editorial board of the New Left Review. His latest book is called The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power. A book signing organized by Brazos Bookstore and a reception for the public, underwritten by Voices Breaking Boundaries, will follow the program. 7 pm, Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross. Seating is first-come, first-serve. For additional information, see www.rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.

Reuse Warehouse Open House – Saturday, November 14

The City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse takes donations of gently used building materials, stores it, and then makes it available free of charge to non-profit organizations. To date, they have diverted 80 tons of construction/demolition material from area landfills and they are well on their way to meet their goal to divert 200 tons by next spring. In order to build lasting relationships among people who are donating and receiving material, as well everyone involved in facilitating this dynamic, growing process, they are inviting the public to their first open house. Refreshments will be provided. 9 am to 2 pm, 9003 North Main Street at Whitney, one block north of Crosstimbers. For more information, visit www.houstonreuse.org, or call Keith Koski at 281-814-3324.

The Yes Men Fix the World – Saturday, November 14 & Sunday November 15

Winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, The Yes Men Fix the World is a true story about the satirical activist team the Yes Men. Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, dressed in thrift-store suits, pose as top executives of corporations they consider criminal. They lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in outrageous, yet strangely plausible ways. They do everything they can to wake up their audiences, at the conferences and through the media coverage of their pranks, to the danger of letting greed run our world. Yes Man Andy Bichlbaum will be in attendance for these two screenings. Saturday 7 pm at Rice Media Center and Sunday 1 pm at the Angelika Film Center. Rice Media Center is located on the Rice University Campus, Entrance #8 (University & Stockton). The Angelika Film Center is located at 510 Texas (at Smith).

Interfaith Prayer Service at the Walls Unit – Sunday, November 15

As of November 1st, Texas has carried out 442 executions at this prison and six more are planned during 2009. Prayer will be for the victims of crime, for all prisoners in TDCJ, prison staff, and for abolition of the death penalty. The prayer service will be followed by a meal at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Huntsville and discussion on strategy to abolish the death penalty in Texas. 2 pm, in front of the Huntsville (Walls) Unit, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas. Sponsored by Pax Christi Texas, Dominican Sisters of Houston, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. To RSVP or for additional information, contact David Atwood by email dpatwood or phone 832-693-5710.

World Religion Class-Islam – Tuesday, November 17

A basic understanding of world religions is increasingly important in our society as we seek to create peaceful coexistence among people of all faiths and no faith. In this short public series, scholars of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance and Resident Scholars will explain the "basics" of major world religions. People of all backgrounds are welcome, and will find this class helpful regardless of any prior knowledge about religion. Single Class $12, Full Series $100. 7 – 9 pm, ISGH, Eastside Main Center, 3110 East Side St. For more information, visit www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php.

Program on the Zapatistas – Tuesday, November 17

The Program is titled, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Celebrating 26 Years of the EZLN and 16 Years Since the Uprising.” Melissa Forbis will speak about the Zapatistas and their ongoing indigenous autonomy process in Chiapas, Mexico. She will focus on the concrete results of the struggle, with a special focus women’s rights. Her talk will also address the continued threats of militarization and global capitalism on the movement. Melissa M. Forbis has worked with the EZLN since 1996. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University and holds a PhD in social anthropology from UT Austin. 7:30 pm, Sedition Books, 901 Richmond. For more information, visit www.seditionbooks.org

Screening of Papers – Wednesday, November 18

There are 65,000 undocumented students that graduate every year from high school without "papers," and the door to their future slams shut. Papers is the story of these undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Admission is free, 6 pm, Ripley House, 4410 Navigation Blvd. Sponsored by Neighborhood Centers Inc., Immigration and Citizenship Department, and Ripley House. For more information, please contact Anna G. Patrick at 713-669-5231 or apatrick. To view the film’s trailer, visit www.papersthemovie.com.

Justice Bus Rolls Again – Thursday, November 19

The Justice Bus and its riders will be a mobile protest pressuring abusive employers of specific cases to change their ways, and a mode of raising awareness of labor abuses. On the way to each stop, workers will give a brief overview of the situation, efforts made so far, and goals for the visit. If you cannot join in for the entire ride, you can meet the bus at its lunch stop, or meet it at any stop and follow behind the bus. Call to get stop information.

8:30 am – Convene at Zion Lutheran Church, 3606 Beauchamp

9 – 10 am – Press Conference & Bus Departs

10 – 11 am – 1st Stop

11 am – 12 pm – 2nd Stop

12 – 1:30 pm – Free lunch at Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Road

1:30 – 2:30 pm – 3rd Stop

2:30 – 3:30 pm – 4th Stop

3:30 – 4:30 pm – 5th Stop – Justice for Janitors / SEIU March

5pm – Bus Returns to Zion Lutheran Church

Organized by Houston Interfaith Worker. For more information or to make a reservation, call Laura Boston at 713-862-8222, or email lboston.

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Thursday, November 19

Representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian Faith Traditions offer personal reflections on Thanksgiving. A reception for the public follows the service. 7 pm, Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross. For additional information, see www.rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.

Bus to the SOA Watch – Friday, November 20

SOAW Austin will stop in Houston on Friday night to pick up riders on their way to the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) sponsored conference and vigil in Columbus, Georgia. They have chartered a bus (a/c, bathroom, dvd/cd) and will arrive Saturday November, 21st mid-morning for the rally at the SOA gates. Saturday evening take shuttles between the hotel (indoor pool 2 Q beds + breakfast) and international events including speakers, film screenings, and workshops (see soaw_austin.

ACC 13th Annual "Unity & Friendship" Gala – Saturday, November 21

The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) Galas are the cornerstone events of their community-wide effort to improve the ACC land and building, and to continue developing programs that serve the Arab American community as well as all Houstonians. The gala is a black tie event featuring dinner, dancing, a silent auction and entertainment in an elegant ambiance. 6:30 pm reception, 7:30 pm dinner. The Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar. For reservations and further information, visit www.accgala.com or call 832-439-2869.

World Religion Class – Hinduism – Tuesday, December 1

A basic understanding of world religions is increasingly important in our society as we seek to create peaceful coexistence among people of all faiths and no faith. In this short public series, scholars of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance and Resident Scholars will explain the "basics" of major world religions. People of all backgrounds are welcome, and will find this class helpful regardless of any prior knowledge about religion. Single Class $12, Full Series $100. 7 – 9 pm, ISGH, Eastside Main Center, 3110 East Side St. For more information, visit www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php.

Dr James Hansen at the Progressive Forum – Monday, December 7

Climatologist Dr. James Hansen will be in Houston to deliver a presentation titled, “Threat to the Planet, Implications for Intergenerational Justice.” James Hansen was the first to create broad awareness of global warming in his Congressional testimonies in the 1980s. His recent research has made the public aware that the climate is even more sensitive than previously thought, that the safe level of atmospheric C02 is 350 ppm (parts per million). Dr. Hansen is head of a major U.S. governmental agency responsible for atmosphere studies, but government regulators preclude the Progressive Forum from identifying the agency, describing his appearance as "personal/outside activity." All tickets are Orchestra Level and start at $14. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center. For more information, see the general entry for the Progressive Forum below the EVENTS section of this calendar or visit http://www.progressiveforumhouston.org.

Human Rights Day Illuminated – Thursday, December 10

A presentation with Vincent Warren, the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). CCR is a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vince oversees CCR’s litigation and advocacy work which includes combating the illegal expansion of presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition, torture and warrantless wiretapping; holding corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; and, challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration. 7 pm, Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross. Seating is first-come, first-serve. For additional information, see www.rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.

World Religion Class- Catholicism – Thursday, January 14

A basic understanding of world religions is increasingly important in our society as we seek to create peaceful coexistence among people of all faiths and no faith. In this public series, scholars of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance and Resident Scholars will explain the "basics" of major world religions. People of all backgrounds are welcome, and will find this class helpful regardless of any prior knowledge about religion. Single Class $12, Full Series $100. 7 – 9 pm, ISGH, Eastside Main Center, 3110 East Side St. For more information, visit www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php.

World Religion Class- Baha’i – Tuesday, January 19

A basic understanding of world religions is increasingly important in our society as we seek to create peaceful coexistence among people of all faiths and no faith. In this public series, scholars of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance and Resident Scholars will explain the "basics" of major world religions. People of all backgrounds are welcome, and will find this class helpful regardless of any prior knowledge about religion. Single Class $12, Full Series $100. 7 – 9 pm, ISGH, Eastside Main Center, 3110 East Side St. For more information, visit www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php.

World Religion Class- Sikhism – Tuesday, January 26

A basic understanding of world religions is increasingly important in our society as we seek to create peaceful coexistence among people of all faiths and no faith. In this public series, scholars of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance and Resident Scholars will explain the "basics" of major world religions. People of all backgrounds are welcome, and will find this class helpful regardless of any prior knowledge about religion. Single Class $12, Full Series $100. 7 – 9 pm, ISGH, Eastside Main Center, 3110 East Side St. For more information, visit www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php.

EXECUTIONS

November dates: 17th (Gerald Eldridge), 18th (Danielle Simpson), 19th (Robert Thompson); December date: 3rd (Bobby Woods); January date: 12th (Gary Johnson). Vigils are 5:30 – 6:20 pm in front of Dominican Sisters Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda, (corner of Almeda and Holcombe). The best way to keep abreast of the vigils, including if there has been a stay of a scheduled execution, is to ask Burnham Terrell to add you to his contact list. Reach him at 713-921-0948, burnhamterrell@att.net. KPFT (90.1 FM) HD-2 broadcasts a live show hosted by Ray Hill at 6 pm each day there is an execution, streaming at www.executionwatch.org. To go to Huntsville to protest at the death house, contact Gloria at 713-503-2633. They leave Houston by 3:30 pm.

FREEWAY BLOGGING FOR PEACE

Veterans for Peace-Chapter 12 continues to hold up signs over the freeway calling for an end to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. They meet on the footbridge over I-45 just south of where that freeway crosses the I-610 South Loop. Join the event every Tuesday at 5:30 pm.

PROGRESSIVE FORUM LECTURE SERIES

For several years now, Randall Morton has been bringing national figures here to explore a range of issues important to building a decent and sustainable future. All talks begin at 7:30 pm at the Wortham Center (see entry under EVENTS for theater). Free headsets are available for the hearing impaired. Regular ticket prices for most speakers are $14, 24, 34, 44, and 54, all in orchestra level. For select shows, a limited number of patron seats are available which include a private reception with the speaker prior to the talk, a complimentary autographed book, a commemorative bookplate, and center-front seating. Discounts of 10% are available off all regular price levels except patron for students, educators, seniors 65 and older, and groups of 10 or more; valid ID required at the door. Tickets are available at the door on event night. Prior to event night, there are no tickets sold at the Wortham box office or any other physical box office. Tickets may be purchased and printed out at the website, www.progressiveforumhouston.org, or phone at 832-251-0706 from 9 am – 9 pm seven days a week.

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