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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Event Description:

The SE Texas Progressive Populist Caucus will join Democracy For Houston and the Progressive Action Alliance by hosting a workshop training session focused on the Precinct Convention(s) that are held immediately following the closing of the polls on Primary Election Day on March 7th.

Event Sponsor:
Progressive Populist Caucus, Democracy for Houston and the Progressive Action Alliance


Saturday, January 28, 2006
Start: 2:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

Event Description:

Let's party!  Let's tell the world that change is in the air!  Let's make signs!

I have a 1st Amendment, and I plan to use it before it's completely taken away.  How about you?

Event Contact Name:
Bill Crosier

Event Email Address:
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Event Fee:
please RSVP and say what you can bring, so we can get a head count and see what other supplies may be needed


Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Start: 4:00 pm

Event Description:

Throw a House Party for the State of the Union Address

Does the thought of watching President Bush give the State of the Union address (scheduled for January 31) leave you feeling a bit depressed? We have the solution: Throw a house party to support UFPJ and your local peace and justice group. And have fun!

To support your efforts in hosting a house party, we have prepared a "Parties for Peace & Justice" kit, with instructions and a timeline for throwing a house party, a sample invitation, RSVP form and other support materials. We also have ideas for games and talking points to use for Bush's State of the Union Address, including a "Track the Lies" tally sheet. Visit the merchandise section of our website today to order stickers, posters, yard signs, and other party favors!

More info, or to find or organize a party: http://unitedforpeace.org/

Event Website:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3168


Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Event Description:

January 31st is not the State of the Union.  It's a State of Emergency!  Join us as we Drown Out Bush's Lies. 

Bring musical instruments, noisemakers, boomboxes, kazoos, our voices--whatever!  We will not let Bush chart out the next year without hearing from the ones who are affected most by his regimes actions--THE PEOPLE.  Our Demand: Bush Step Down! And Take Your Whole Program With You!


Start: 7:30 pm
End: 9:30 pm

Event Description:

Sojourners is encouraging people throughout the US to organize or attend speech-watching parties and discussions:

Organizing or attending a State of our Values watch is an easy and fun way to build community, discuss President Bush's speech with fellow people of faith, and contribute our voices to the national dialogue about whether our values and priorities as a nation are being met. Imagine this: With your passion and energy, we will organize hundreds of State of our Values watches in churches and communities of faith across the country. Think of the media story: "People of faith react to the State of the Union: News at 11." It's time to raise our prophetic voices together!

Never done anything like this before? We've put together a comprehensive tool kit that will help you through this process step by step. Organizers will also be able to participate in conference calls with Sojourners and Call to Renewal staff, as well as fellow organizers, to compare notes and ideas. Putting together a successful State of Our Values watch will be a rewarding, empowering, and fun experience.

To host a speech-watching party in your home, church, or other location, or to find one that's already planned near you.


Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Event Description:

The next Monthly DFH Meeting will be Wednesday, February 1st.  Join DFH as it hosts various candidates for the U.S. House including Ted Ankrum, David Murff, Jim Henley and others for a candidate's forum.  DFH members will have the opportunity to exchange questions with each of the candidates.

Event Sponsor:
Democracy for Houston

Event Website:
www.democracyforhouston.org


Saturday, February 4, 2006
Start: 9:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

Event Description:

Bicycle Safety Class
Learn How to Cycle in Traffic
Weds, February 1st & Saturday Feb 4th

- Does the thought of bicycling on the street make you nervous?
- Would you like to learn techniques to teach your child to ride a bicycle safely?
- Are you interested in learning to change a tire and other basics of bicycle maintenance?

The Effective Cycling? program is designed to develop the craft and science of bicycling - the basic ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and/or sport under various highway, climate, terrain and traffic conditions.  This introductory course combines classroom discussion/activities and on-road practice of the principles of vehicular-style bicycling. Instructors are certified by the League of American Bicyclists and as such have undergone extensive and on-going training.

This basic 9 hour course is perfect as a primer for those cyclists who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. The 9 hour class includes learning how to perform a bicycle safety check, fixing a flat, interactive discussion, on-bike skills practice and student manual. Students will gain confidence knowing that they are riding legally and safely. Crash avoidance techniques and crash types will be discussed. Recommended for adults and children above 14.

WHEN:
Wed., Feb. 1, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm   Classroom (no bike needed)
Sat., Feb. 4, 9:00 am -  3:00 pm   On-bike Skills (need bike & approved helmet)

WHERE:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, at the northwest corner of Southmore and Fannin, in the Museum District, Central Houston.

SPONSORS:  BikeHouston.org and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston  www.firstuu.org

COST: Cost is $40.00, please mail a check as soon as possible payable to "BikeHouston" to P. Wang, 7711 Silent Star Ct, Houston TX 77095, or use PayPal to this email address. Please provide your e-mail address and phone number along with your check or PayPal payment. Fee can be reduced or waived if student has financial constraints.

INSTRUCTORS:   David Dick, Peter Wang, and Steve Colvin, League Certified Instructors.

CONTACT: For further information call Peter Wang at 713-513-2168.

Event Sponsor:
Bike Houston & First Unitarian Universalist Church-Social Ministries

Event Contact Name:
Peter Wang at 713-513-2168

Event Email Address:
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Event Fee:
$40 - includes book. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Start: 1:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

Event Description:

Building a majority, issue by issue", The Billie Carr Institute

Featured presentations and discussions

  • Voter surveys: Drs. Bob Stein, Stephen Klineberg, Richard Murray
  • Discussion panels about environmental and education issues
  • Candidates Bob Gammage (Gov.) and Nick Lampson (US House) & more

 
Targeted to activists, political club members and those newly involved in the political process, this workshop focuses on quality of life issues such as environment and education which are important to Democratic and independent voters in suburban and urban area campaigns.
 
To win elections in our region, Democrats need to communicate about issues important to Democrats as well as a segment of "independent" voters. We can't just shout at George W. Bush and complain about Tom DeLay, we need to speak intelligently about issues that a majority of voters care about.  That is what this conference is all about.
 
This event features briefings from the top survey research experts in the Houston region, discussions about key quality of life issues, and a special time for activists and volunteers to meet candidates.
 
To pre-register, email to

and pay only $5 at the door or $10 at door without pre-registration. No charge to students!
 
Register now - Tell fellow activists and friends!

Event Sponsor:
Harris County Democrats (HCD)

Event Email Address:
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Event Fee:
pay only $5 at the door or $10 at door without pre-registration


Monday, February 6, 2006
Start: 8:00 am
End: 5:00 pm

Event Description:

From the Secretary of State

Last day for a person who is not a registered voter to submit a federal postcard application (FPCA) to receive a full ballot. Postmark with this date on the FPCA is proof that the applicant submitted the FPCA by this deadline. (Sec. 101.004). (See entry below for FPCA without postmark at the 22nd day before primary election day, February 13, 2006.)*


Thursday, February 9, 2006
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

Come to the regular monthly meeting of the Progressive Action Alliance at Leisure Learning Unlimited, 6th floor, Room 6.

Come early to visit & gab ~
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: social/meet & greet
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: meeting

Agenda items include:

* Houston Social Forum update & Potluck Dinner & Movie, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Artery

* Code Pink/Cindy Sheehan Protest on President's Day, Feb. 20

* Planning for 2006 elections & party conventions

* PAA web site

We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss recent and upcoming activities. Join us!

Event Sponsor:
Progressive Action Alliance

Event Contact Name:
C. Lee Taylor

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-524-1944

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
www.paa-tx.org

Event Fee:
Free! (Donations, however, always cheerfully accepted.)


Sunday, February 12, 2006
Start: 5:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

Come to the Houston Social Forum Potluck Dinner and Movie 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Artery, 5401 Jackson at Prospect (entrance on Prospect). Visit with Heather Smith and Jennifer Rooks, two young activists who recently returned from Caracas, Venezuela, where they attended the World Social Forum.  Let their enthusiasm activate the latent activism in you.

Event Sponsor:
Houston Social Forum and The Artery

Event Contact Name:
C. Lee Taylor

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-524-1944

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
www.houstonsocialforum.org

Event Fee:
Free! (Donations for HSF welcomed)


Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

The SE Texas Progressive Populist Caucus will join Democracy For Houston and the Progressive Action Alliance by hosting a workshop training session focused on the Precinct Convention(s) that are held immediately following the closing of the polls on Primary Election Day on March 7th.

Event Sponsor:
Progressive Populist Caucus, Democracy for Houston and the Progressive Action Alliance


Saturday, February 18, 2006
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

Noted author Paul Loeb is coming to Houston, and we've arranged for him to give a special presentation for us. This is something you should not miss!

Some excerpts from his web site:

Paul Loeb is a noted speaker and author of books on citizen activism, including "Soul of a Citizen" and "The Impossible Will Take a Little While". Both of these are underground bestsellers with a combined 160,000 copies in print. He has also written and published several other books.

Event Sponsor:
Progressive Action Alliance

Event Contact Name:
Bill Crosier

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-641-4941

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
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Event Fee:
$5 suggested donation, no one turned away


Sunday, February 19, 2006
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

Map to Montgomery Community College

Join us for an evening PEACE RALLY in The Woodlands with Cindy Sheehan and The Gold Star Families For Peace.

Additional speakers may include Mimi Kennedy and Ann Wright.  We're waiting on confirmation on them. 
Sorry, but NO SIGNS inside:
We won't be allowed to bring signs inside the building/auditorium 
We will be selling copies of Cindy's book at the event. 
Limited space will be available for tables.  Groups wanting to set up a table should contact Stephen Harr, stephenharr[at]yahoo[dot]com, 713.301.1012, and be at the site by 5:45 PM Sunday.

 Campus police will be on site to handle security for the event.

Directions to Montgomery College:

To Montgomery College from NORTH:
- Take I-45 south to exit #79 (Needham Rd./Hwy. 242/College Park Dr.).
- Turn right (away from interstate) and head approximately 1/4 mile.
- Main college entrance is on the right.

To Montgomery College from SOUTH:
-
Take I-45 north to exit #79 (Needham Rd./Hwy. 242/College Park Dr.).
- Turn left under interstate and head approximately 1/4 mile.
- Main college entrance is on the right.

Event Sponsor:
North Houston Peace Group, Gold Star Families for Peace, Potlucks for Peace and Concerned Citizens of Montgomery County

Event Contact Name:
Steve Harr

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-301-1012

Event Email Address:
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Monday, February 20, 2006
Start: 4:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

Event Description:

This event will go on, rain or shine.  Thousands of US troops and Iraqis are dying in Iraq -- The least we can do is to show our support for this event even if the weather is not spring-like and sunny.  Bring rain gear, your long underwear, and a hat.  Let's show Houston that we won't let a little weather interfere with our stand for peace, and that we want our troops home now.

Event Sponsor:
Gold Star Families for Peace, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink

Event Contact Name:
Amy Branham

Event Phone Contact Information:
281-251-3307

Event Email Address:
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Friday, February 24, 2006
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

Why did great civilizations collapse, and how likely is it ours will, too? How do we maximize our prosperity while avoiding ecological ruin? Jared Diamond will discuss these themes from his bestseller, Collapse. Jared Diamond won the Pulitzer Prize for his companion book, Guns, Germs, and Steel. He is professor of geography at UCLA and author of two other bestsellers, The Third Chimpanzee and Why is Sex Fun? He’s the recipient of America’s highest civilian award in science, the National Medal of Science, for his landmark research in evolutionary biology.

Event Sponsor:
The Progressive Forum

Event Contact Name:
Randall Morton

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-664-0020

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
www.progressiveforumhouston.org

Event Fee:
$34 and $54 - student, senior and group discounts


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