Event

Close Guantanamo Rally, Thur. Jan. 11, 12noon at Mecom Fountain

Jan 11 2007 - 12:00pm
Jan 11 2007 - 1:00pm

Event Description:

CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO BAY VIGIL

On January 11, 2002, the United States transferred the first detainees to the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  Five years later, despite widespread international condemnation, hundreds of people of more than 30 nationalities remain there.  Their detention is in clear violation of international law.   They should either be charged and tried in accordance with international fair trial standards or released.   
 
On Thursday, January 11, the Houston group of Amnesty International will join other AI activists around the world to mark the fifth anniversary of the first transfer of detainees to Guantánamo Bay by holding a vigil demanding that the detention facility be closed.
 
What: A vigil calling for the detention facility at Guantánamo to be closed.

WhereThe Mecom Fountain, Main Street at Montrose.

When:  Thursday, January 11, 12:00 noon -1:00 pm

Please join us and bring your own signs or use ours.  We ask that you stay focused on the Guantánamo issue.  Please no signs about the war in Iraq, impeachment or anything else that distracts from the central issue.

Suggestions for signs:  5 years is Enough, Uphold the Geneva Conventions, Shut down Guantánamo, Fair Trials for All, End Indefinite Detention, Charge or Release them, Guantánamo:  Life with no Trial.  

For more information:

Amnesty International Houston, 287-587 5386

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www.amnestyhouston.org

Event Sponsor:
Amnesty International

Event Contact Name:
Phivan Wright

Event Phone Contact Information:
287-587 5386

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


3000th Soldier Memorial

Jan 14 2007 - 4:30pm
Jan 17 2007 - 6:00pm

Event Description:

A four-day memorial to all casualties from the war in Iraq will occupy a portion of Memorial Park at the intersection of Memorial Dr. and the east entrance to Picnic Lane on the south side of Memorial Dr.  The observance will begin on 14 January and end on the 17th.

Event Sponsor:
Veterans For Peace

Event Contact Name:
Jim Rine

Event Phone Contact Information:
281 414 1386

Event Email Address:
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Memorial to 300th Military Casualty and Civilian Loss of Life

Jan 14 2007 - 10:00am
Jan 17 2007 - 6:00pm

Event Description:

The Houston Chapter of Veterans for Peace plans to conduct a week long memorial to commemorate the loss of life in the Iraq war. This memorial coincides with the 3000th U.S. military casualty from this war. CodePink will also be participating in this memorial and other groups are encouraged to attend and/or participate. The memorial will be held at Memorial Park. The schedule is as follows:

Event Sponsor:
Veterans for Peace - Houston Chapter

Event Contact Name:
Jim Rine

Event Phone Contact Information:
281-414-1386

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


4th Friday Flicks & Fun - "It's Worse than You Think" WCW Teach-in Video

Dec 22 2006 - 6:30pm
Dec 22 2006 - 9:30pm

Event Description:

On the 4th Friday of December, join us for refreshments and a time to visit with other activists, followed by a showing of a DVD and a discussion.

6:30 PM - social, potluck refreshments -- bring something to share, or just show up

7:00 PM - movie showing

9:00 PM - discussion, more refreshments 

The discussion will also include the Dennis Kucinich for President campaign. 

DVD showing: 

On Oct. 30, 2006, 325 people came to a teach-in in New York City to hear why "It's Worse Than You Think: where the Bush regime is taking the world and why it must be stopped."

Our movie night this month features the DVD made from that teach-in, with presentations by five notable figures. 

The teach-in features:

  • Les Roberts - An author of the recent study revealing that over 600,000 Iraqis have died since war began.
  • Bill Goodman - Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director
  • Cristina Page - Author, "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex"
  • Larry Everest - Author, "Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda"
  • Chris Hedges - author of bestseller "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning"

This teach-in was part of a nation-wide effort organized by World Can't Wait, the Bush Crimes Commission, and others to bring out the issues not being talked about in the elections, and show the full scope, magnitude, and danger of the Bush agenda.

The following excerpts from speakers will give a taste of the very real danger facing the world.  Watch the full teach-in online at http://www.worldcantwait.net/Stream10-30-06/part1/index.html or come to our movie showing to find out just why it is "worse than you think".

Click here to read one reaction to the teach-in titled "The Little Idealist in All of Us".

Les Roberts

An author of the recent Johns Hopkins report revealing that over 600,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the 2003 invasion and occupation-- far more than admitted by the US Government or widely reported in the press. He is a Columbia Univ. Lecturer in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. He will speak on "Incompatibility of Contrition and the Denial of Science": how systems for discrediting or confusing science have been used by political leaders in recent years to prevent accountability with regard to smoking, global warming, the failure of abstinence programs to prevent teen pregnancies, and how similar techniques have been used to downplay the death toll in Iraq.

Excerpt:

Can you imagine today, the president, calling in the head of the FDA, or calling in the head of the EPA, and saying, okay, you're the scientist, so you're going to decide whether or not we're going to regulate tobacco, or whether or not we're going to, for example, have regulations of carbon emmissions, I just want to be informed in advance.  That's a laughable notion.

Bill Goodman

As Legal Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, Goodman is involved in many legal challenges to the Bush administration, including Supreme Court cases to stop illegal domestic surveillance, challenge extraordinary rendition, and defend Guantanamo prison detainees.

Excerpt:

About 791 years ago, a bunch of guys that who called themselves noblemen actually did something that was noble.  They forced the king of England to put in into written words a recognition of the right of habeus corpus...

791 years later, a man who would not recognize nobility if it crawled out from under the rug and bit him on the nose, signed a statute called the Military Commissions Act that was a vast assault on the right of habeus corpus.

This one moment, this signing of this legislation which he had engineered, which he had designed, which he had prepared for by planning the whole Guantanamo operation...

This moment i think recognized and emblemized what this administration is all about.

Cristina Page

Author, "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex"; Vice President, Institute for Reproductive Health Access at NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

Excerpt:

The pro-life movement has found a friend in George Bush because they share a disdain for science, information, evidence, proof, truth...

When the pro-life movement asked Bush to appoint an abstinence-only ideologue to oversee the nation's contraception program to the poor, Bush said yes...

When the right-to-life movement asked him to appoint an anti-contraception fanatic to the expert panel that approves contraceptives in the FDA, he said I will. And that choice led the FDA, our nation's premiere scientific agency, to make its first ideological religious decision in its history by denying the over the counter application for emergency contraceptives...

When the right-to-life movement asked whether the president supports birth control, his spokesman dodged, only willing to say Bush supports a culture of life...

When the right-to-life movement asked Bush to defund the UN agency that provides contraception to the people living in the poorest countries on earth, the places where family planning is nothing less than a life-saving technology, Bush said where do I sign.

[Click here to read the full speech]

Larry Everest

Author, "Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda"; contributor to "Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney"; an organizer of Bush Crimes Commission.

Excerpt:

The call to this teach-in begins with the words that the world is facing a grave emergency.  I couldn't agree more, and I'd like to add that all the shocking things we've been seen for the past 6 yrs, including the things the other speakers have been talking about and will talk about tonight, are only the beginning of the horrors this regime has in store for us, unless it's driven from power.

I don't think this is hyperbole or hysteria, I think it's based on a sober assessment of what the Bush agenda is all about and where it's taking us and the rest of the world...

Obviously more and more people are opposing the war, are unhappy about the war, don't particularly like the war.  But unfortunately most people still think that Iraq was a mistake.  They don't understand the actual reasons that this war was launched.  They think it's going so bad so fast because of blunders by Bush; they don't understand that developments in Iraq are rooted in the very nature of the agenda that's being carried out there.  And far too many people believe that there's still some kind of legitimacy in Bush's so-called "war on terror".  And flowing from this I don't think people understand the grave danger of escalation of war in the region, whether it be in Iraq or Iran or other countries.

Chris Hedges

War reporter for almost 20 years, former Middle East bureau chief for New York Times; author of bestseller "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" and "Losing Moses on the Freeway: America 's Broken Covenant With The Ten Commandments." Current article: "Bush's Nuclear Apocalypse."

Excerpt:

As I speak to you tonight, the aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason, and fast-attack submarine US Newport News are arriving in the Straights of Hormuz off of Iran. The ships will be in place to strike Iran by the end of the month. It may be a bluff. It may be a feint. It may be a simple show of American power. But I doubt it. The chances of a war with Iran, a war that would unleash an apocalyptic scenario in the Middle East, are not only real, but probably by the end of the Bush administration. It could begin in as little as a few weeks.

Event Sponsor:
Progressive Action Alliance

Event Contact Name:
Lee Taylor

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-524-1944

Event Fee:
Free, but donations will be gladly accepted


We Are The Dream March and Rally

Jan 13 2007 - 8:00am
Jan 13 2007 - 2:00pm

Event Description:

On Saturday, January 13, 2007, Houstonians will come together as brothers and sisters to celebrate the prophetic voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a silent March down Martin Luther King Boulevard, and a day of meaningful events at McGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun. Please see web site below for details.  [Ed. note: Note that cars should not be parked along MLK Blvd, but shuttle busses are being provided from the University of Houston, north of MacGregor Park.]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his World House Essay by suggesting that we have inherited a large house, a “world house” in which we must somehow learn to live together in peace – all people, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Muslim and Hindu – a family widely separated in ideas, culture, and interests. We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or together we will perish as fools.

It is my great hope that as leaders in your community, that you will encourage your membership to participate in this March and Rally themed, We Are the Dream. Together we can take steps to:

- address Dr. King’s challenge for communities to work together for social and economic justice, and;
- celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and;
- turn walls into bridges, and;
- find the courage to grow and change by promoting non-violent living and conflict resolution

For the We Are the Dream March there will be no floats, bands, vehicles, animals, demonstrations, or military displays - only people walking together in silence as equals. Registration for Marchers can be downloaded from the We Are the Dream website; http://www.wearethedream.org or obtained by calling District D office (713-247-2001). There is no registration fee for the March or Rally.

Sponsors for the We Are the Dream March and Rally include the City Council District D office, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, H.E.B. stores, The Breakfast Klub, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, People in Partnership, and numerous churches,
business organizations, civic clubs, unions and individuals who still believe in the works and mission of Dr. King.

I look forward to our working together on the We Are the Dream March and Rally so that we may leave the event empowered to make peace, justice, and equality daily realities to which all people are entitled.

Sincerely,

Ada Edwards
Houston City Council Member District D

Event Sponsor:
multiple sponsors; see website

Event Contact Name:
Ada Edwards, Houston City Council Member, District D

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-247-2001

Event Website:
www.wearethedream.org

Event Fee:
free


Update on COs, Counter Recruitment and Military Rights

Nov 16 2006 - 7:30pm
Nov 16 2006 - 9:00pm

Event Contact Name:
Ella Tyler

Event Phone Contact Information:
(713) 665-2236

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


Impeach & Peace Sign Making Party

Nov 12 2006 - 12:01pm
Nov 12 2006 - 8:00pm

Event Description:

The smell of impeachment and peace are in the air, and we want to do our part to get more people thinking about it. Bring those political yard signs you yanked up after the election, along with large pieces of cardboard or old sheets, and join us as we convert them into signs promoting getting out of Iraq, and impeachment. This will go on regardless of weather, in Bill & Cheryl Crosier's peace sign-painting laboratory (garage).

Event Contact Name:
Bill & Cheryl Crosier

Event Phone Contact Information:
713.641.4941


Seymour Hersh: "Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib"

Nov 15 2006 - 8:00pm
Nov 15 2006 - 9:30pm

Event Description:

Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has proven himself one of the most influential reporters of our time. His groundbreaking reports include many landmark events in American journalism: coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse in Iraq, the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, the CIA’s bombing of Cambodia, Henry Kissinger’s wiretapping of his own staff, and the CIA’s efforts against Chile’s assassinated president Salvador Allende.

Event Sponsor:
2006-2007 President's Lecture Series, Rice University

Event Fee:
FREE!


Regime Change Phone Bank at Crosier's

Nov 5 2006 - 12:01pm
Nov 5 2006 - 5:00pm

Event Description:

Visit and enjoy refreshments with other activists, as we help get out the vote for this critical election, to get the crooks out of Washington DC and Austin. We'll be using the Texas-based http://trueblueaction.com for calling -- this lets you call for the individual candidates you like the most.

Event Contact Name:
Bill_Crosier

Event Phone Contact Information:
713.641.4941


Lt. Watada's War Against the War

Oct 28 2006 - 1:00pm
Oct 28 2006 - 3:00pm

Event Description:

Learn about Lt. Ehren Watada's war against the invasion and occupation of Iraq 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

 

FIRST COMMISSIONED OFFICER TO REFUSE DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ


A Celebration of Resistance

Oct 28 2006 - 6:15pm
Oct 28 2006 - 9:00pm

Event Description:

Mr. Bob Watada to speak on behalf of his son, Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer of the Army to refuse to participate in the Iraq War.  Lt. Watada is not a conscientious objector, but claims the Iraq War is illegal.  He has offered to serve in Afghanistan.  Lt. Watada faces prison terms for his decision, as well as for speaking out about his decision, against the orders of his superior officers.

Event Sponsor:
Military Families Speak Out - Texas Chapter, and David Rovics

Event Contact Name:
Mikal Hutto

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-472-3711

Event Email Address:
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Event Fee:
Dan Electros Guitar Bar to determine their cover charge for David Rovics


NAACP and Rice Young Democrats Sponsor Voting Rights Forum at Rice University

Oct 23 2006 - 7:00pm
Oct 23 2006 - 9:00pm

Event Description:

The Rice Chapters of NAACP and the Young Democrats invite you to our first annual forum on voting rights Monday, October 23rd, 2006 at 7:00 PM in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium at Rice University. Our goal for this forum is to promote dialogue among the students and faculty of Rice University about the issues concerning voting rights. 

Event Sponsor:
Rice University NAACP and Young Democrats

Event Fee:
Free


AntiWar/Election Fraud Double Feature

Oct 26 2006 - 7:00pm
Oct 26 2006 - 10:00pm

Event Description:

Join us for two Powerful Peace and Justice Movies:

* Stealing America, Vote by Vote, documentary about how electronic voting machines destroy democracy

* The Ground Truth, shows in a deeply moving way how the troops and families are devastated by being criminally used in Iraq or Afghanistan by the government. This movie was rated by the Boston Globe at its premier as a "must see" film that will galvanize viewers like nothing has done thus far, to act to speak out against such crimes.

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

Event Contact Name:
Joseph Kaye/Don Cook

Event Phone Contact Information:
832-293-3818 (JK);713-705-5594 (DonC)

Event Email Address:
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Event Fee:
$10 Donation; no-one turned away....


The Ground Truth-film about Iraq vets & realities of war

Oct 13 2006 - 8:00pm
Oct 13 2006 - 10:00pm

Event Description:

A Film showing REAL STORIES FROM IRAQ VETS ABOUT THE REALITIES OF WAR

Bring everyone you know to find out the REAL TRUTH about IRAQ!

Panel discussion to follow film.

Event Sponsor:
Military Families Speak Out & Veterans for Peace

Event Contact Name:
Mikal Hutto

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-472-3711

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

Event Fee:
Suggested $10 donation, MFSO & VFP & families no charge, no one turned away for lack of funds


Quaker Peace Festival

Nov 4 2006 - 9:00am
Nov 4 2006 - 5:30pm

Event Description:


QUAKER PEACE FESTIVAL TO BUILD HOUSTON PEACE COMMUNITY

Live Oak Friends Meeting will be holding a Quaker Peace Festival on Saturday, November 4, at 1318 W.  26th Street.  The festival will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at sundown. There will be workshops in the morning and afternoon, live music, cooperative games and story telling for children, plus free food.  Many local and some national peace-oriented organizations will be represented. The public, all ages, are invited to attend; admission is free, but donations are always welcomed.

Featured musicians will include Live Oak Players, Million Year Dance, One Like Zen, Hank Woji and DRUM. There will also be dance performances and a drum circle.

Event Sponsor:
Live Oak Friends

Event Contact Name:
Lidney Molnari

Event Phone Contact Information:
832-466-1342

Event Website:
friendshouston.org/peacefestival.html


Inconvenient Truth

Oct 8 2006 - 12:30pm
Oct 8 2006 - 5:30pm

Event Description:

12:30 low-cost lunch
1:30 Inconvenient Truth,
3:30 panel discussion

at First Unitarian Universalist Church in the Museum District, www.firstuu.org  Two Rice University professors will lead a discussion between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. . Dr. Ronald Sass is Professor of Natural Sciences (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), award winning teacher, and frequent lecturer on global warming. Dr. Elizabeth Long is Chair of the Department of Sociology, Texas Professor of the Year, and published in the sociology of culture and knowledge. Come to one part or all three of the event which will be at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin at Southmore in the Museum District. An RSVP to the church office, not required, would help planning -- 713-526-5200 More information:  escramble('Tim_Mock','usa.com');

Event Sponsor:
Houston Climate Protection

Event Contact Name:
Tim Mock

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-842-6643

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


David Van Os Whistle Stop visit to Houston

Oct 18 2006 - 4:00pm
Oct 18 2006 - 5:00pm

Event Description:

David Van Os is concluding his Whistle Stop tour of all 254 Texas counties this week.
See the next Attorney General of Texas, a real People's Lawyer, and welcome him to Houston.

Event Sponsor:
Houston area David Van Os supporters

Event Contact Name:
Kris Graham

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-460-0676

Event Website:
vanosfortexasag.com/


Talk and Book Signing with Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time"

Sep 27 2006 - 7:00pm
Sep 27 2006 - 9:00pm

Event Description:

THE BUSH AGENDA

Invading the World One Economy at a Time 
 

Talk and book-signing by author

Antonia Juhasz 
 

Event Sponsor:
Progressive Action Alliance

Event Contact Name:
Herb Rothschild

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

Event Fee:
Free!


Serve God, Save the Planet

Sep 15 2006 - 7:00pm
Sep 15 2006 - 8:30pm

Event Description:

Dr. Sleeth, author of Serve God, Save the Planet, will speak on the topic of "Responsibility, Simplicity and Environmental Stewardship".  If  you can not make this time, Dr. Sleeth will be presenting similar talks all weekend.  Please check www.houstonclimateprotection.org for times and locations.

Event Sponsor:
Houston Climate Protection

Event Contact Name:
Nan Hildreth

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-842-6643

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

Event Fee:
free


Houston Institute for Culture Film Screenings at the Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama

Nov 18 2006 - 7:00pm
Nov 18 2006 - 9:00pm

Event Description:

 

FILM EVENTS


Houston Institute for Culture
and the Havens Center Present


Topical Films and Discussions

Free and Open to the Public

All films 7:00pm (unless otherwise noted)

Havens Center - 1827 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas 77098

Consumerism and Sustainability

Thursday, November 16
-Affluenza

Friday, November 17
-The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream

Saturday, November 18
-The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

[Film Descriptions]


Religion, Culture and Politics in Mexico

Sunday, October 29
-Darkness into Light: Following the Spirit

Sunday, December 10
-Guadalupe: Mother of all Mexico

[Film Descriptions]


Films cosponsored by KPFT, 90.1FM



Stay tuned; more film dates to be announced

-Argentina - Hope in Hard Times
-This Land is Our Land: The Struggle for Land in Brazil
-Approach of Dawn: Portraits of Mayan Women Forging Peace in Guatemala
-Hidden in Plain Site



FILM DESCRIPTIONS
Consumerism and Sustainability

Thursday, November 16, 7:00pm

Affluenza, 1997, 56 mins
Produced by John de Graaf and Vivia Boe; A Co-Production of KCTS-Seattle and Oregon Public Broadcasting; Hosted by Scott Simon

"Affluenza" is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease - caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism - that is having a devastating impact on our families, communities, and the environment. We have more stuff, but less time, and our quality of life seems to be deteriorating. By using personal stories, expert commentary, hilarious old film clips, and "uncommercial" breaks to illuminate the nature and extent of the disease, "Affluenza" has appealed to widely diverse audiences: from freshmen orientation programs to consumer credit counseling, and from religious congregations to marketing classes.

With the help of historians and archival film, "Affluenza" reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prized thriftiness - with strong beliefs in "plain living and high thinking" - into the ultimate consumer society.


Friday, November 17, 7:00pm

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream, 2004, 76mins
Directed by Gregory Greene. Produced by Barry Silverthorn.

Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness. Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.

But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary. The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream?


Saturday, November 18, 7:00pm

The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, 2004
Directed by Faith Morgan; Written and Produced by Faith Morgan, Eugene "Pat" Murphy and Megan Quinn

The independent documentary was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August, 2003. That year Pat had begun studying and speaking about worldwide peak oil production. In May, Pat and Faith attended the second meeting of The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, a European group of oil geologists and scientists, which predicted that mankind was perilously close to having used up half of the world's oil resources. When they learned that Cuba underwent the loss of over half of its oil imports and survived, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the couple wanted to see for themselves how Cuba had done this.

During their first trip to Cuba, in the summer of 2003, they found what Cubans call "The Special Period" astounding and Cuban's responses very moving. Faith found herself wanting to document on film Cuba's successes so that what they had done wouldn't be lost. Both of them wanted to learn more about Cuba's transition from large farms and plantations, and reliance on fossil-fuel-based pesticides and fertilizers, to small organic farms and urban gardens. Cuba was undergoing a transition from a highly industrial society to a sustainable one. Cuba became, for them, a living example of how a country can successfully traverse what we all will have to deal with sooner or later, the reduction and loss of finite fossil fuel resources.


Religion, Culture and Politics in Mexico

Sunday, October 29, 7:00pm

Darkness into Light: Following the Spirit, 2003, 56min
By Patricia Lacy Collins and Robert S. Cozens (San Rafael Films), narrated by Edward James Olmos

To understand the role of public devotions in Mexican life today, one must understand what they have cost. From the 1840s until the 1990s, successive Mexican governments have sought to control and frequently to suppress the religious life of the people. Suppression became particularly bitter following the Constitution of 1917. In a country with almost 90% of the population professing the Catholic faith, how could this be? Following the Spirit, the third documentary in the Darkness into Light series, brings the story of the spiritual journey of the people of Mexico to the present time. It traces a long- standing friction between church and state that resulted, in the 19th and 20th centuries, in somber and bloody repression of religious and human rights in Mexico. Leading historians paint a broad canvas of multiple struggles little known outside of that country.


Sunday, December 10, 7:00pm

Guadalupe: Mother of all Mexico, 2003, 56min
By Patricia Lacy Collins and Robert S. Cozens (San Rafael Films), narrated by Edward James Olmos

Each year ten million people visit the shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The histories and miracles of our lady of Guadalupe come alive as Mexican scholars and pilgrims on the road tell the wondrous stories behind their devotion to their spiritual mother.

Guadalupe, Mother of All Mexico suggests the strength of pre-Christian life and seeking. Such ancient, impressive sites as Teotihuacan and Monte Alban were built by human hands in cultures that had no beasts of burden. In pre-Christian times, the Mexicans tell us, "there was always a mother, but never like the Virgin Mary." In 1531, she was received by people of the western hemisphere as Our Lady of Guadalupe, the beloved "Madrecita."




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Event Sponsor:
Houston Institute for Culture

Event Contact Name:
Mark Lacy

Event Phone Contact Information:
713.521.3686

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
www.houstonculture.org/film

Event Fee:
Free


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