Weekend with H4PJ Founder Rev. Michael Piazza
On March 1, H4PJ hosted a brown bag lunch with Rev. Michael Piazza. He spoke about the history and original vision for H4PJ and current social justice issues.
He spoke about the importance of forming coalitions. Many justice issues are interrelated and cannot be separated though that is exactly what the powers that be do. "If it's only your issues you care about, then you’re not a Christian," Rev. Piazza said. When he was in Dallas, Mike advocated to end the death penalty, for immigration rights, for peace, among other issues. Read MORE...
Execution Vigil for Ray Jasper
On March 19, Ray Jasper will be executed for the robbery and murder of David Alejandro in November, 1998.
H4PJ hosts vigils at 6 p.m. in the Interfaith Peace Chapel on the nights of executions in Texas. These vigils remember the victim and their families as well as a silent protest to the state of Texas executing someone in our name, especially when the alternative of life without parole is an option.
As people who follow someone who was executed by the state, we should consider more carefully support of the same for offenders now. Even before his execution, Jesus refused to participate in the execution of the woman accused of adultery (John 8:1-11), reminding us to be cautious in judging others and to have hope in the possibility of reform and redemption.
Facing Race 2014
Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.
Facing Race 2014 will be held in Dallas, Texas on November 13-15, 2014. In addition to highlighting a Southern perspective for Facing Race attendees, the 2014 conference will offer the local community unprecedented access to information and resources on racial equity. Previous Facing Race National Conferences have been held in Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Oakland and New York.