MARCH 15, 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.
Iraq Invasion 7th 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.
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, Tuesday, March 16
A dissection of an unchallenged aspect cinematic history, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs–from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists" as well as the origins of these stereotypes. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film shows the need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of S. Montgomery County, www.ccitizens.org, 6:30 pm, The Woodlands Public Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr.
Effective Grassroots Advocacy from Multiple Perspectives, Tuesday, March 16
Hon. Debra Danburg, Former Texas State Representative for HD 137, Jim Boyle, Public Utility Lobbyist and Attorney, Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact, Harvey Kronberg, Editor of Quorum Report discuss grassroots and the Texas legislature with Q & A to follow. All non-profits and individuals are welcome to this brown bag luncheon. Click here to sign up. No charge. 11:30 am at the United Way at 50 Waugh Houston TX, 77007. Sponsored by the Houston Area Table (HAT) which meets monthly on the third Tuesday at the United Way. No July meeting
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)
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Saturday, March 20
Emily Kunstler, daughter of William Kunstler, will introduce the film she and her sister codirected about their father. His daughters’ film portrait covers his courtroom theatrics to civil rights suits to his home life. This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival and is being screened at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005. Regular tickets are $10. Click here to get tickets. A reception will follow the film.
Movie Night: Bread & Roses, Tuesday, March 23
Award-winning movie, starring Adrien Brody, documenting the struggle of janitorial workers in Los Angeles, their right to unionize and their fight for better wages and working conditions. KPFT Radio, the Service Workers International Union (SEIU) and the Houston Peace and Justice Center are cosponsoring this showing in support of the Justice for Janitors campaign which is at a critical juncture in Houston. It starts at 7:30 pm at Domy Books 1709 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77098
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.
City of Houston, 2010 Consolidated Plan Public Hearing on Housing, Wednesday, March 24
The City needs your input to develop a strategic plan for over $250 million in federal funding over the next five years! Email ideas and questions to Andrea Roberts at andrea.roberts or mail to her attention at 601 Sawyer, 4th floor, Houston, Texas 77007. These Federal CDBG or Block Grant funds enable the City and other groups to serve people living or affected by HIV/AIDs, the elderly, homeless, youth, and those in need of affordable housing. Hearing starts at 7 pm For more information on the hearing, its time and location and to request special accommodations call 713-865-9314. http://www.houstontx.gov/housing
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
BePeace- A Small Group Orientation Program, Sunday, March 28
An overview of the BePeace program, a combination of HeartMath for feeling peace and Nonviolent Communication for speaking peace. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Contact Judy Henry, 281-354-5870, jchenry See http://www.rasurinternational.org Location: Friendship United Methodist, Church Family Life Center, 22388 Ford Road; Porter, TX
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
Fossil Fools Day Fundraiser, Thursday, April 1
On the night of Fossil Fools Day – International Day of Climate Action, come on out to show your support for folks taking direct action to stop the insanity of fossil fuel extraction and rising emissions. Help raise funds for legal aid for climate activists in North America. Hear about Fossil Fool’s Day actions across the globe. Enjoy vegan food and see the documentary film Out of Balance – ExxonMobile’s Impact on Climate Change.
Gaza Conflict: One Year On, Saturday, April 3
Shaykh Omar Shahin of Islamic Relief USA will give updates on the disastrous humanitarian situation in Gaza at this fundraising dinner. A children’s program will be provided and free baby sitting. $20.00 admission. Contact: Muslim American Society, 281-530-4627, Br. Hamza Bui at 713-820-3300 or Br. Hesham Ebaid at hesham.ebaid 6:00 PM – 10 PM; Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
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.
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.