Events

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Thursday, October 26, 2006
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm

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....


Saturday, October 28, 2006
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 4:30 pm

Event Description:

Mr. Bob Watada, father of Lt. Ehren Watada, first commissioned officer to refuse to participate in the Iraq war will speak on behalf of his son, who faces prison.  Lt Ehren Watada is not a conscientious objector but claims the Iraq war is illegal.

Event Sponsor:
Military Families Speak Out - Texas Chapter

Event Contact Name:
Mikal Hutto

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-472-3711

Event Email Address:
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Event Fee:
Donations to cover our costs accepted


Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

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


Start: 6:15 pm
End: 9:00 pm

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


Start: 6:15 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

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

6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BAR

Event Fee:
$10 admission


Sunday, October 29, 2006
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

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

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

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."




PAST FILMS



Sexism and Discrimination

Thursday, September 14, 7:00pm

Havens Center Kids' Digital Story Project Debut "Talking About Sexism", 2006, 10mins

Middle School Children who are part of the Havens Center After-School Program produced a 10-minute digital story about sexism. They spoke with women in the community, including City Councilwoman Sue Lovell and Katrina survivor Mama Suma.

The soundtrack to the digital story will be aired on Houston radio stations in the fall and a DVD of their project will be distributed to area schools for classroom consideration of this important topic.

Who's Counting: Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics, 1996, 52mins
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada

Marilyn Waring is the foremost spokesperson for global feminist economics, and her ideas offer new avenues of approach for political action. With persistence and wit she has succeeded in drawing attention to the fact that GDP has no negative side to its accounts - such as damage to the environment - and completely ignores the unpaid work of women. "Why is the market economy all that counts?" Ms. Waring asks?

In 1975, when she was just 22 years old, she was elected to the New Zealand parliament. She was re-elected three times and eventually brought down the government on the issue of making New Zealand a nuclear free zone. When she was chairperson of the Public Expenditures Committee, she perfected what she calls the "art of the dumb question." Ever since she has challenged the myths of economics, its elitist stance, and our tacit compliance with political agendas that masquerade as objective economic policy.


Immigration and Globalization
Cosponsored by Nuestra Palabra

Friday, September 22, 7:00pm

The Other Side, 2001, 27mins
Directed by Chris Walker; Produced by Television Trust for the Environment

Over the last century, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have crossed the border to the United States in pursuit of permanent jobs, and a better life. But in the new millennium, that journey has become increasingly dangerous, and the costs are starting to outweigh the benefits.

This program reveals the devastating impact of Mexican-US migration. The people who attempt to cross suffer horribly and frequently die. The families and communities left behind are disabled and their languages and cultures are being destroyed. The Other Side tells the story of the villagers who have had enough - and now are trying to make sure their children will no longer have to migrate to realize their dreams.

Oaxacan Hoops, 2002, 20mins
Directed, Produced and Edited by Olga R. Rodriguez

Oaxacan Hoops explores how basketball, one of the most revered sports in the United States, has helped many Zapotec Indians living in Los Angeles build community, keep traditions alive and maintain a connection to their villages in Mexico.

The film opens in the mountains of the Sierra Norte, in the state of Oaxaca, where we find out how basketball became a cultural tradition for Zapotecs, the largest of 16 indigenous groups in the state and among Mexico's shortest people. The film crosses paths with "The Other Side," taking us to Los Angeles, where thousands of Zapotecs have gone looking for work. It is here that the biggest Oaxacan basketball tournament outside of Mexico, the Oaxaca Cup, takes place.


Saturday, September 23, 7:00pm

North of Ojinaga, 2004, 24mins
Directed by Rommel Eclarinal

Two young immigrants - a Chinese woman and a Mexican man - are smuggled across the U.S. border from Mexico and abandoned in the vast unforgiving Texas desert.

Pavements of Gold, 2001, 27mins
Directed by Steve Bradshaw; Produced by Television Trust for the Environment

Urban poverty is one of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. In 1950, three hundred million people were living in urban areas; by 2001 that figure had increased to 2.85 billion, or almost half the world's population. And the flow of rural migrants arriving in the world's mega cities shows no signs of slowing down. "It is a trend which cannot be stopped," says Anna Tibaijuka, the executive director of the UN Center for Human Settlements, "even in the developing countries..."

With the backdrop of Lima, Peru, this program examines the enduring magnetism of big cities and asks whether the migrants who have moved here now feel that city life is the answer to their dreams.

Mexico City: The Largest City, 2004, 26mins

This program defines Mexico City's globalization in terms of winners and losers, examining how, in the world's largest metropolis, immigration challenges are linked to poverty and population influx from surrounding rural areas. Contrasting the city's high-tech facilities and fashionable neighborhoods with its sprawling slums and their struggling inhabitants, the program outlines the relationship between foreign investment and the worldwide need for cheap labor, which Mexico and its indigenous peoples readily supply. Glimpses into a tech-savvy youth culture and the persistent Zapatista movement reinforce the capital's nickname: City of Contrasts.


Sunday, September 24, 7:00pm

A World Without Borders: What is Happening with Globalization, 2000, 26mins

As globalization gains momentum, industrialized and developing countries are, to a greater or lesser extent, becoming increasingly similar, with middle-class luxury and abject poverty coexisting side by side. This program explores the repercussions of globalization as well as a growing resentment toward the G8 countries and nongovernmental organizations. Concerns over third-world debt, environmental degradation, biodiversity, the concentration of power, and the future of democracy are aired by globally oriented young adults who are poised to inherit a world without borders, or rules.

Cochise County USA: Cries from the Border, 2005, 69mins (for discussion purposes we will view an except of the film)
Directed by Mercedes Maharis

Mercedes Maharis, a Mexican American resident of southeast Arizona, documented the activity of immigrants and anti-immigrant groups, as well as humanitarian organizations working to prevent deaths in the Arizona desert. A migrant trail for thousands of immigrants passes through Cochise County. The film reveals the dangers immigrants face, as well as related border issues of human and drug trafficking.

The film, which anti-immigrant activists point to as evidence for increased border protection, features interviews with Cochise County residents and officials, Border Patrol officials, "civil defense" organizers, civil rights activists and immigrants, and documents treacherous border crossings in the Arizona-Sonora desert.


Indigenous Peoples and Environment
Cosponsored by People of Earth

Friday, October 6, 7:00pm

Drumbeat for Mother Earth - Persistent Organic Pollutants Threatening Indigenous Peoples, 1999, 54mins
Directed by Joseph Di Gangi, PhD, and Amon Giebel; Produced by Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace

Many scientists and tribal people consider persistent toxic chemicals to be the greatest threat to the long-term survival of Indigenous Peoples. "Drumbeat for Mother Earth" explores how these chemicals contaminate the traditional food web, violate treaty rights, travel long distances, and are passed from one generation to the next during pregnancy causing cancer, learning disabilities, and other serious health problems.

Indigenous Peoples' connection to Mother Earth places them on a collision course with these chemicals. Continued survival within a contaminated environment means making life and death decisions that could alter whole cultures, diets, ceremonies and future generations.

Huicholes and Pesticides, 1994, 27mins
Directed by Patricia Diaz-Romo

The indigenous Huichol people of Mexico consider themselves responsible for keeping the flames of life burning, and maintaining the forces of nature in balance. Paradoxically, as this documentary describes, they are also the primary victims of a disastrous environmental health crisis: their exposure to dangerous chemical pesticides, which are responsible for more than 1,500 deaths per year. In this film, doctors, anthropologists, and the Huichol people themselves describe this tragedy. The practitioners of subsistence agriculture for centuries, the Huichols' insertion into a market economy has led them to work as fieldworkers for multinational agribusiness concerns based in Mexico.

The film explains the pervasive use of pesticides there as an example of the exportation of environmentally and medically dangerous industries to the Third World, where low wages and lax enforcement of labor and environmental laws allow for the maximization of profits at catastrophic costs to the local population, especially for the marginalized indigenous populations, already suffering from the effects of poverty and malnutrition.


Saturday, October 7, 7:00pm

Pavements of Gold, 2001, 27mins
Directed by Steve Bradshaw; Produced by Television Trust for the Environment

Urban poverty is one of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. In 1950, three hundred million people were living in urban areas; by 2001 that figure had increased to 2.85 billion, or almost half the world's population. And the flow of rural migrants arriving in the world's mega cities shows no signs of slowing down. "It is a trend which cannot be stopped," says Anna Tibaijuka, the executive director of the UN Center for Human Settlements, "even in the developing countries..."

With the backdrop of Lima, Peru, this program examines the enduring magnetism of big cities and asks whether the migrants who have moved here now feel that city life is the answer to their dreams.

Ecuador: The Indigenous Woman, 1997, 57mins

Isolated in jungles, or crowded into large cities, Latin American Indians constitute the most exploited sector of society. This program traces the harsh life of indigenous women from several tribes, including the Otavalan, Puruha, and Quechua of Ecuador, from pre-Columbian times to the present. Topics discussed include rape as an ongoing practice; labor exploitation; the effects of acculturation; and racial and sexual discrimination.


Sunday, October 8, 7:00pm

In the Light of Reverence - Protecting America's Sacred Lands, 2001, 73mins
Directed by Christopher McLeod; Narrated by Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal; Produced by the Sacred Land Film Project of Earth Island Institute

Across the United States, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religion. Every year, more sacred sites - the land-based equivalent of the world's great cathedrals - are being destroyed. Strip Mining and development cause much of the destruction. But rock climbers, tourists, and New Age religious practitioners are part of the problem, too. The biggest problem is ignorance.

"In the Light of Reverence" tells the story of three indigenous communities and the land they struggle to protect: the Lakota of the Great Plains, the Hopi of the Four Corners area, and the Wintu of northern California.

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


Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Start: 11:59 pm

Event Description:

Ballots by mail MUST be received NOT postmarked by October 31, 2006


Friday, November 3, 2006
Start: 6:15 pm
End: 10:00 pm

Event Description:

The Houston Peace and Justice Center invites you to attend their annual Awards Banquet, fund raiser, and gala.

This year's national Peacemaker Award recipient and keynote speaker is Father Roy Bourgeois, founder and guiding spirit of School of Americas Watch http://www.soaw.org

Event Sponsor:
Houston Peace and Justice Center

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-861-2494

Event Website:
hpjc.org

Event Fee:
$60, but subsidized seats are available


Saturday, November 4, 2006
Start: 8:30 am
End: 10:00 am

Event Description:

Please join Democrats in welcoming Chris Bell to Houston. Come have breakfast with Chris!

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Event Contact Name:
Annelies Husmann

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-524-0009

Event Email Address:
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Start: 9:00 am
End: 5:30 pm

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


Start: 4:00 pm
End: 6:30 pm

Event Description:

It's Worse Than You Think...

Where is the Bush administration taking our nation? Why MUST it be stopped?

Join us for an interactive, educational, emergency TEACH-IN!

Event Sponsor:
World Can't Wait Drive Out the Bush Regime - Houston chapter

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-894-0932

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
houstonworldcantwait.tripod.com


Sunday, November 5, 2006
Start: 12:01 pm
End: 5:00 pm

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


Monday, November 6, 2006
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Event Description:

Join Harris County in welcome Chris Bell!

(This is the big one. The media will be there. Voter turnout in Harris County could very well decide the election.)


Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Start: 7:00 am
End: 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 9, 2006
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

The Progressive Action Alliance has a regular monthly meeting the 2nd Thursday of each month. Join us for discussions of recent activities, planning for upcoming ones, sharing and visiting with fellow activists. This month, we'll spend some extra time relaxing and munching on goodies (if you want to bring some) while we reflect on the election results. If you are reading this on the PAA home page, click on the event title for details.

Event Contact Name:
C. Lee Taylor

Event Phone Contact Information:
713-524-1944

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


Sunday, November 12, 2006
Start: 12:01 pm
End: 8:00 pm

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


Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Start: 8:00 pm
End: 9:30 pm

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!


Thursday, November 16, 2006
Start: 12:30 pm
End: 1:30 pm

Event Description:

FILM EVENTS


Houston Institute for Culture and the
University of St Thomas Department of
Modern and Classical Languages Present

World Culture Movie & Discussion Series: Latin America

Free and Open to the Public

All films 12:30pm (unless otherwise noted)


Thursday, November 16, 12:30-1:30pm
Mexico: Rebellion of the Weeping Women
MILAB, Malloy Hall, 3815 Mt. Vernon (located on UST's Academic Mall bounded by Chapel of St. Basil on north end; Doherty Library on south)
University of St. Thomas

[Film Descriptions]


FILM DESCRIPTIONS


Thursday, September 21, 12:30pm

The Other Side, 2001, 27mins
Directed by Chris Walker; Produced by Television Trust for the Environment

Over the last century, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have crossed the border to the United States in pursuit of permanent jobs, and a better life. But in the new millennium, that journey has become increasingly dangerous, and the costs are starting to outweigh the benefits.

This program reveals the devastating impact of Mexican-US migration. The people who attempt to cross suffer horribly and frequently die. The families and communities left behind are disabled and their languages and cultures are being destroyed. The Other Side tells the story of the villagers who have had enough - and now are trying to make sure their children will no longer have to migrate to realize their dreams.

Oaxacan Hoops, 2002, 20mins
Directed, Produced and Edited by Olga R. Rodriguez

Oaxacan Hoops explores how basketball, one of the most revered sports in the United States, has helped many Zapotec Indians living in Los Angeles build community, keep traditions alive and maintain a connection to their villages in Mexico.

The film opens in the mountains of the Sierra Norte, in the state of Oaxaca, where we find out how basketball became a cultural tradition for Zapotecs, the largest of 16 indigenous groups in the state and among Mexico's shortest people. The film crosses paths with "The Other Side," taking us to Los Angeles, where thousands of Zapotecs have gone looking for work. It is here that the biggest Oaxacan basketball tournament outside of Mexico, the Oaxaca Cup, takes place.


Tuesday, October 24, 12:30pm

Mexico City: The Largest City, 2004, 26mins

This program defines Mexico City's globalization in terms of winners and losers, examining how, in the world's largest metropolis, immigration challenges are linked to poverty and population influx from surrounding rural areas. Contrasting the city's high-tech facilities and fashionable neighborhoods with its sprawling slums and their struggling inhabitants, the program outlines the relationship between foreign investment and the worldwide need for cheap labor, which Mexico and its indigenous peoples readily supply. Glimpses into a tech-savvy youth culture and the persistent Zapatista movement reinforce the capital's nickname: City of Contrasts.

Pavements of Gold, 2001, 27mins
Directed by Steve Bradshaw; Produced by Television Trust for the Environment

Urban poverty is one of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. In 1950, three hundred million people were living in urban areas; by 2001 that figure had increased to 2.85 billion, or almost half the world's population. And the flow of rural migrants arriving in the world's mega cities shows no signs of slowing down. "It is a trend which cannot be stopped," says Anna Tibaijuka, the executive director of the UN Center for Human Settlements, "even in the developing countries..."

With the backdrop of Lima, Peru, this program examines the enduring magnetism of big cities and asks whether the migrants who have moved here now feel that city life is the answer to their dreams.


Thursday, November 16, 12:30pm

Mexico: Rebellion of the Weeping Women, 1992, 61mins

This is the story of Mexican women who have fought, and continue to fight, for equality and women's rights. They are women looking for children kidnapped during political pogroms, journalists, writers, and political activists. Machismo and the resulting sexism, as well as Catholicism and its perpetuation of the myth of the Virgin Mary as the standard for feminine behavior, are discussed as social factors contributing to the continued subjugation of Mexican women..




MORE FILM EVENTS

Topical Films at the Havens Center


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Event Sponsor:
HIFC and UST MCL

Event Contact Name:
Mark Lacy

Event Phone Contact Information:
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Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
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Event Fee:
Free


Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

The ACLU, the ACLU of Texas, and the Weinstein Company are presenting a pre-premier screening of the Dixie Chicks' movie, "Shut Up & Sing".  During the drum beating for invading Iraq, the Dixie Chicks were brave enough to say "We're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas".  This resulted in radio stations across the US banning them from the airwaves.  Now there's a movie that tells their story.

Event Sponsor:
ACLU, ACLU of Texas, Weinstein Company

Event Contact Name:
Maida Asofsky, Muj Naqvi

Event Phone Contact Information:
713 942 8146

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
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Event Fee:
ACLU membership, can be purchased at the door, $20/year


Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

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."




PAST FILMS

 

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!


Start: 7:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Contact Name:
Ella Tyler

Event Phone Contact Information:
(713) 665-2236

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


Start: 9:00 pm
End: 10:30 pm

Event Description:

This is a followup to the Nov. 9 PAA meeting where we discussed ideas for promoting impeachment and getting the US out of Iraq. We'll meet after the ACLU fundraiser movie "Shut Up & Sing" about the Dixie Chicks and their treatment after they spoke up about Bush (see http://www.paa-tx.org/node/2424 for info on that movie) at Mykonos Restaurant (Greek food and more) to continue the discussions we started Nov. 9. Those who are not coming to the movie are welcome to come early and have dinner (or dessert, or just something to drink) and discuss what you'd like to do to for impeachment and bringing the troops home.

Event Contact Name:
Bill_Crosier

Event Phone Contact Information:
713.641.4941


Friday, November 17, 2006
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

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."




PAST FILMS

 

Event Sponsor:
Houston Institute for Culture

Event Contact Name:
Mark Lacy

Event Phone Contact Information:
713.521.3686

Event Email Address:
escramble('info','houstonculture.org');">

Event Website:
www.houstonculture.org/film

Event Fee:
Free


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

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."




PAST FILMS

 

Event Sponsor:
Houston Institute for Culture

Event Contact Name:
Mark Lacy

Event Phone Contact Information:
713.521.3686

Event Email Address:
escramble('info','houstonculture.org');">

Event Website:
www.houstonculture.org/film

Event Fee:
Free


Monday, November 20, 2006
Start: 6:45 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Event Description:

Harris County GREEN PARTY General Membership Meeting
6:30-9:00 PM, 3rd Monday of every month.
MAJOR TOPIC(S): Southern Human Rights Organizing Conference IV, and Justice for Janitors; plus, discussion of shaping the future in the changed political environment.

Come out and join members of Harris County Green Party for this regular meeting -- open to all interested people. WE MEET AT CENTRAL MARKET on the southwest corner of Westheimer and Weslayan, just inside the 610 loop. Our meetings start shortly after 6:30 PM and end before 9:00 PM...
Many of us continue to discuss matters afterwards, so be sure to mingle.

Event Sponsor:
Harris County Green Party

Event Contact Name:
Art Browning

Event Phone Contact Information:
281-728-6327

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


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