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HPJC Calendar of Progressive Events

MARCH 5, 2010 EDITION
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 EVENT
Houston Peace Festival, Saturday, March 06, 2010
A day of celebration and networking with local and national organizations that are working to improve our community, vendors and artist selling their merchandise/work, live music by Zachary Ford, Tyagaraja, Listen Listen, Much Love, Spain Colored Orange, Electric Attitude and Lapel. Sponsored by the Live Oak Friends Meeting and located at 318 W 26th Street, Houston, TX 77008. Hours are 12:30 pm to 8 pm. For tabling opportunities: Lidney Molnari 832-466-1342, Email: lidneymolnari http://www.friendshouston.org/peacefest.html.

Walking with Gandhi: Operation Nonviolent Life – Friday, March 5
The keynote speaker for the Quaker Peace Festival will be Chris Moore-Backman whose newest project is Operation Nonviolent Life. Nonviolent Life works from the premise that the building blocks of a nonviolent society are the vibrant, productive, nonviolent lives of individual men and women, and that nonviolent movements are the tapestry of such lives woven together Friday March 5, 7:30 pm Live Oak Friends Meeting 1318 W 26th St, Houston, TX 77008. Victoria Albright 713-699-8424.

Sweat Free Houston Benefit Show, Saturday, March 6
An awesome line up of Houston’s best indy bands are playing to benefit Sweat Free Houston. Sweat Free Houston is a coalition of labor, religious, and other civic organizations that want the City of Houston to pass a sweat shop free ordinance. 9:00 PM – 12 midnight, Mango’s, 403 Westhiemer @ Taft Street, http://sweatfreehouston.wordpress.com

Showing: Up in the Air, Sunday, March 7
After the showing of the movie, which is currently up for 9 Academy Awards. 3:00 pm University of Houston Clear Lake, Student Service Building, Lecture Hall, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX 77058 3:00 PM General Admission $3.75 www.uhcl.edu/movies

World Religion Class, Orthodox Christianity – Tuesday, March 9
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. $12. 7 – 9 pm. Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood. www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php

The Death Penalty Debate – Wednesday, March 10
Hear what professors, members of the judiciary and advocates have to say about the heated topic. A 30-minute Q&A will follow the moderated debate. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Rice Amnesty International. Cosponsored by the Baker Institute Student Forum, ACLU, and Rice for Peace and Justice. 7-8:30 PM. Rice University, Anderson Biological Laboratories, Room 131, Contact: jel2 Parking: North Lot, Entrance 20 on Rice Blvd.

Tastes of the Harvest: Urban Harvest 2010 Garden Party, Wednesday, Mar 10

Urban Harvest annual fund raiser honors Ann Hamilton, formerly with the Houston Endowment. Ann’s vision for a greener Houston launched a movement in our city. Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. callie.

Afghan-Canadian Filmmaker, Writer, Journalist & Human Rights Activist – Thursday, March 11

Nelofer Pazira grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Russian occupation. Her family fled the war in 1989, when she was sixteen. After living as refugees in Pakistan for a year, the family migrated to Canada. In 2001, Nelofer starred in the movie Kandahar ‚Äì which was based on her story. In 2002, Nelofer co-directed the feature-length documentary film Return to Kandahar, winner of a 2003 Gemini. She appeared in The Giant Buddhas ‚Äì a film about the destruction of monumental Buddha statues in Bamiyan. She directed and produced Audition (2008) an experimental film about images and their impact in Afghanistan. Recently she has written and directed Act of Dishonour‚ a drama about honor killing and the plight of returning Afghans in post-Taliban Afghanistan. A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan is her first book. It was awarded The Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, by Writers Trust of Canada (2006). Since 2006, she has served as the president of PEN Canada, which works on behalf of writers who have been forced into silence for writing the truth as they see it. In addition, she has set up a charity, Dyana Afghan Women Fund, in memory of her friend to provide education and skills training for women in Afghanistan. Since 2000, she established her own independent film company, Kandahar Films, Inc. 7 pm. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross. www.rothkochapel.org; 713-524-9839.

Sharing the Experience, Tribulations & Success of Guatemalan women, Friday, March 12
Celebrate International Women’s Day with Guatemalan snacks and Latin American music. Learn about the efforts for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 5:30 pm Dominican Sisters Center for Spirituality 6501 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77021 Contact: Carmen Xiquin 832-439-3267

Congressman Luis Gutierrez on Immigration Reform, Saturday, March 13
Hear Representative Gutierrez, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force. The program starts at 12 noon. For tickets and location information, please call Dave Atwood at 832693-5710.

Shanti – A Journey of Peace, Saturday, March 13
Shanti is an expansive, collaborative community performance that explores the meaning and message of peace, joy and the interconnectedness of us all through dance, music, and images of India. There will be two shows, March 13, 2010, first one from 5 to 6:40 PM and the second one from 8:30 PM at the Cullen Performance Hall University of Houston. Shanti is being performed as a fund-raiser for AIM for Seva – an organization committed to service and sustainable development in India. www.tickets2events.com

A Morning in the Country at Blackwood – Saturday, March 13

Hans Hansen will be talking on nutrient dense produce with a special focus on microgreens. Then Hans, Cath Conlon, and builder Troy Mollenax will lead a discussion on urban farm building projects. Also enjoy the garden, labryrinth, and straw-bale construction demonstration. Organic, vegetarian lunch served at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 10 am. Location is Blackwood Educational Land Institute in Hempstead. Reservations required $24. http://www.blackwoodland.org

Gandhi Study Circle, Sunday, March 14
Join with others to learn about Gandhi in a discussion of his autobiography: The Story of my Experiments with Truth. Part I – Chapters: 1 & 5 Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Place: Arya Samaj, 14375 Schiller Road, Houston, TX 77082. 713-785-3900

Sharing Our Stories: Experiences & Ideas from Folks who have been Homeless and their Allies. Tuesday, March 16 and Friday, March 19
Come hear perspectives and stories of life on the streets of Houston from people who have been there. Speakers include Joseph Benson, national leader in the homeless consumer movement, and Dr. David Buck, who founded and heads Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston. Co-sponsored by the Live Oak Friends Meetinghouse, SEARCH, and Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston.For more info: uppwords.blogspot.com, 832-865-3343. Location for Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m. is Live Oak Friends Meetinghouse (Quakers), 1318 West 26th St. (inside North Loop between Durham & Ella). Location for Friday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. is Houston Institute for Culture, 708 Telephone Road (at Lockwood, inside the Tlaquepaque Market, next to Bohemeos)

Iraq Invasion Anniversary: Rally Against The Wars, Saturday, March 20
Join the rally to demand that all the troops be brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan now, and that money be spent on jobs, housing, and health care instead of war. The rally will include speakers and entertainers. Organized by the Progressive Workers Organizing Committee, Harris County Green Party, Proyecto Latinoamericana, International Socialist Organization, Latin American Organization for Immigrant Rights, International Action Center, and CPUSA Houston. If your organization would like to help, please call (832) 692-2306 or (281) 935-9248 Email: dsmith2740 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mason Park, 75th Street and Tipps Street.

World Religion Class Buddhism – Tuesday, March 23
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. $12. 7 – 9 pm. Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood. www.amazingfaithshouston.org/houston_world_religions_class.php

Crude, Wednesday, March 24

Can 30,000 plaintiffs from five Ecuadoran tribes find justice from a global oil producer? It’s all about 18 billions of toxic oil waste in the Ecuadoran Amazon. This documentary gives multiple viewpoints on the $27 billion, Chernobyl-of-the-Amazon legal case. Introduced by Professor Donna Rhea, NWC government faculty. Contact Dr. Ann Bragdon, ann.bragdon 713-718-5642. 12:30 p.m. Location is the Eagle Room in the Main Building, HCC Northwest College, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77043.

Dinner With Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Friday, March 26

Meet 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, a women and children’s rights activist and lawyer from Iran. Ticket prices range from $250 – $1,000 per person. All proceeds will directly support PeaceJam, a program which offers a peace-making curriculum to local at-risk youth and seeks to equip and inspire them to transform their communities. The dinner will be held in a private home. 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm To purchase tickets online, visit awhitlock

11th Annual Cesar Chavez Parade, Saturday, March 27
Starting time is 10:00 a.m. Beginning location: 601 Cesar Chavez Blvd. Ending: Hidalgo Park 7000 Avenue Q, Houston, Texas 77011. For information/entry forms etc.: http://www.tejanoahp.org>www.tejanoahp.org (note: website has last year’s information on it) Registration Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2010

Stop the Presses, – Saturday March 27

RealFilms presents the Houston premiere of Stop the Presses; a documentary that examines the state of the daily newspaper industry and what its options for survival might look like. Filmmakers Manny Mendoza and Mark Birnbaum will be in attendance Houston Community College, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Spring Branch Campus, Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N. Houston, TX 77043 713-666-2504

Voices Breaking Boundaries presents L Voz Femenina 7 – Sunday, March 28
La Voz Femenina 7, a program depicting and underscoring, the strength of indomitable women, should inspire women, and supportive men, everywhere. This year’s collaboration with Arte P’blico Press to celebrate International Women’s Month includes films, art exhibits, open mic, and discussion, featuring Erica Fletcher, Liana Lopez, Delilah Montoya, and Bryan Parras. 5:00 p.m., Cafe Flores, 6606 Lawndale St. Houston TX 77023. Free. http://www.vvbarts.org

Capitalism: A Love Story – Wednesday, April 7th
Building on the context of a complex history of the last century, Michael Moore describes recent events in the U.S. including the housing crisis and the collapse of banks. He provokes hard but essential questions about capitalism and its compatibility with democracy. Several lawyers, senators, and bankers offer intelligent assessments of situations that many American viewers still struggle to comprehend. 12:30 p.m Introduced by Dr. Veronica Reyna, NWC Government Faculty. Contact Dr. Ann Bragdon NWC Anthropology/ Sociology Faculty ann.bragdon 713-718-5642. Location is the Eagle Room in the Main Building, HCC Northwest College, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77043.

EXECUTIONS
March dates: 2nd (Michael Sigala), 11th (Joshua Maxwell), 24th (Henry Skinner), 30th (Franklin Alix). 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. 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.

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