HOUSTON: HPJCs Calendar of Progressive Events – November 28, 2009 Edition

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November 28, 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

Program on U.S. Immigration Laws – Tuesday, December 1

A talk titled, “U.S. Immigration Laws in a Global Business Era” will be given by Kenneth J. Harder. This program will first explain how immigration law is currently structured addressing who qualifies to immigrate, procedures available and obstacles to lawful immigration. Secondly, the presentation will discuss current trends in immigration law including enforcement measures against employers and the localization of immigration law through state and municipal initiatives. Finally, the presentation will examine past and current legislative proposals and evaluate the prospects for immigration reform in the next Congress. BUSACC Members $20, Non-members $40. Space is limited to 20 participants; register as soon as possible to secure your seat. 9-10 am, Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, 2323 S. Shepherd, Suite 1150. For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.

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.

First Friday Forum – Friday, December 4

December’s Forum is “El Salvador since the Elections: What is Happening There and in Honduras” and “Commemoration of the Central American Martyrs.” 7 pm, Dominican Center for Spirituality, 6501 Almeda. For more information, email mklhouston.

Dialogue with Arab American Poets – Saturday, December 5

“Inclined to Speak: A Dialogue with Four Arab American Poets” will feature a reading and discussion featuring four Arab American poets; Elmaz Abinader, Kazim Ali, Hayan Charara, and Eliot Khalil Wilson. These poets, all contributors to “Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry,” help to shape our understanding of the diverse Arab national identity. A reception and book signing follows the program. Admission is free with general museum admission. 3 pm, Brown Auditorium Theater in the Caroline Wiess Law Building. For more information, visit www.mfah.org.

10th Anniversary of Voices Breaking Boundaries – Saturday, December 5

VBB’s 10-Year Anniversary event, “A Decade of Dissent,” celebrates artists who have participated in VBB productions throughout the past 10 years. On view will be photographs by Paul Hester, Eric Hester, and Burnell McCray. The VBB documentary, "Artists and Dissent" by filmmaker Laura Harrison, will be screened throughout the evening. In the film, Harrision interviewed more than fifty artists—including Rick Lowe and Bapsi Sidhwa—regarding their views on art, activism and dissent. A new short film by Faroukh Virani will also be screened which captures VBB’s first decade and current projects. Performances by VBB founding members and Lee High School girls’ dance troupe. VBB will honor arts organizations that have supported them in their first decade, and will proudly receive a Proclamation from the City of Houston honoring VBB’s work during the past decade. Refreshments will be served, including a celebration cake. 7 pm, Houston Institute for Culture, 708-B Telephone Road. For more information, visit Jacsun.

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. 7:30 pm, 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.

“Peace is an Art Form” – Saturday, December 12

Decade of Nonviolence Houston Presents, “Peace is an Art Form: Making Peace beyond the Decade.” Join Decade of Nonviolence members and endorsers for an auction, fashion show, music and community gathering. There will be a special presentation on the Beloved Community Project as well as information about the Decade programs. Auction items come from Houston artists, writers and photographers. Pictures and information of these items will be up by December 1, 2009 to start the bidding. 5-9 pm, Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Road. For more information, contact either Judith Hoffhein at 713-863-8708 or P.K. McCary at 713-893-1304. Sponsored by Decade Programs: The Peace Hour, Peace Education in Schools, Compassionate Communication and Peace Camp.

Justice for Appalachia – Sunday, December 20

Scott Parkin from Rainforest Action Network and Rising Tide North America will be discussing the direct action campaign in southern West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia currently being waged to end mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is a form of strip mining that literally explodes the tops off of mountains to get at seams of coal. So far over a million acres of forest have been destroyed, more than 1,000 miles of rivers and streams buried and numerous mountain communities harmed by extraction and waste disposal. Since February, over 120 people working with coalfield residents and direct action groups like Climate Ground Zero and Mountain Justice have been arrested shutting down mountaintop removal operations in the Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia. Evening will include a short video, talk and discussion. 7-9:30 pm, Sedition Books, 901 Richmond Ave. For more information, email Scott at sparkin.

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

December date: 3rd (Bobby Woods); January dates: 7th (Kenneth Mosley), 12th (Gary Johnson); February date: 24th (Henry Skinner); March dates: 2nd (Michael Sigala), 30th (Franklin Alix). The December vigil will be held from 5:30 – 6:20 pm in front of Dominican Sisters Meeting Room, at the corner of Almeda and Holcombe. Vigils in January, February and March will be 5:30 to 6:20 pm at St. Anne’s Catholic Community at the corner of Shepherd and Westheimer. 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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