Friday, January 24, 2014

9th Annual Peace and Justice Gathering


9th Annual
Peace and Justice Gathering

February 1st - Saturday
South Texas College (Weslaco campus), Student Services Bldg. F
Weslaco, TX
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM


Some special themes this year:

1. Labor and Immigrant Rights
2. Stopping the Texas Death Penalty


Dan LaBotz:

A longtime organizer and author of The Crisis in Mexican Labor, Made in Indonesia, Cesar Chavez and La Causa, Rank and File Rebellion: Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Troublemaker’s Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work and Win! And coming soon: The American Left and the Mexican Revolution.

Gloria Rubac:

Lives in Houston, is a teacher and has been active in left political work for over two decades and is an important figure in Texas opposing the death penalty.

Peace & Play Gathering For Children: A Unique Play Day of activities that foster rights, taking risks, problem solving, and peace strategies. All materials will be recycled embracing the theme of protecting the earth. Dr. Georgianna Duarte, and her Education students from UTB, will work their magic again.

For information or suggestions, email Erik Toren ( or call Linda and Nick Braune (956- 970-0604).

Founded in 2002, People for Peace and Justice is a coalition of persons and organizations based in the Rio Grande Valley. We oppose violence, lies, and greed that subvert democratic government and society. We will model peace and tolerance within our association and in our dealings with others. We come from diverse backgrounds, ages, races, ethnic groups, educational levels, religions and philosophies, political and sexual orientations. We welcome opportunities to work with other individuals and organizations who share our commitment to peace and justice. We meet every second Wednesday of the month at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County Bldg., 1401 S. Nebraska Avenue in San Juan, Texas.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Urgent! Tell Congress Not to Fast Track the TPP

Please forward this message to your email lists today. And please call Congress Monday.

Urgent! Tell Congress Not to Fast Track the TPP

Call your Congressperson and Senators this Monday or Tuesday -
National Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

This week the Obama Administration will introduce Fast Track Authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Congress. The administration will try to push this through as quickly as possible. WE MUST STOP FAST TRACK!

Fast Track Authority takes away the constitutional duty of Congress to negotiate trade agreements and hands it to the president. The president can then negotiate, and sign the trade agreement and present it to Congress for an up or down vote, no amendments allowed.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens jobs, workers rights, the environment, public health, food safety, internet freedom, financial regulation and more. It allows transnational corporations to sue sovereign governments through international "Trade Tribunals" if that country's laws or regulations might potentially limit their profits. 

The TPP will be the model for all future global trade agreements. Rather than limit their right to review, amend and debate the TPP, our elected officials should be scrutinizing every one of its provisions.
For more information on the TPP see