Big Give Houston
Nov
28
12:00 AM00:00

Big Give Houston

Big Give Houston is a 24-hour crowdfunding event designed to empower every person to give back to their local communities by supporting the organizations they trust to tackle today’s most critical issues.

One day out of the year we help strengthen the foundation of our local communities, by providing critical funding for and celebrating the work of our community partners. We invite every person and every nonprofit to join us to improve the long-term outlook of our communities and ultimately, our country. Please join us as we celebrate our local communities and support those organizations who work tirelessly and selflessly to keep our communities vital and strong.

Big Give Houston is organized by a team of local volunteers eager to connect local nonprofits with new donors.

Donate to RST during the day: https://biggivehouston.org/npo/refugee-services-of-texas

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ATCF's Annual Women & Fair Trade Festival
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

ATCF's Annual Women & Fair Trade Festival

Meet and connect with 8 women-led fair trade cooperatives from around the world whose very existence under global capitalism and colonialism is an act of resistance and rebellion.  Learn from their communities, cultures, and their political struggles for dignity, justice, and autonomy in 2017. Vendors include cooperatives from Guatemala, Austin & San Antonio, Texas, Coahuila & Chiapas, Mexico, Palestine, Ecuador, and more!

Enjoy free music, delicious food made by a local immigrant-led cooperative, and a speak out about resistance movements from Texas & Chiapas to Palestine & the U.S.-Mexico border.  For more information go to http://womenandfairtrade.weebly.com/ and for updates follow ATCF on Facebook.

Want to volunteer at the festival? Email robert@atcf.org.
Want to be a sponsor?  Email bianca@atcf.org.
 

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ATCF's Women and Fair Trade Festival
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

ATCF's Women and Fair Trade Festival

Meet and connect with 8 women-led fair trade cooperatives from around the world whose very existence under global capitalism and colonialism is an act of resistance and rebellion.  Learn from their communities, cultures, and their political struggles for dignity, justice, and autonomy in 2017. Vendors include cooperatives from Guatemala, Austin & San Antonio, Texas, Coahuila & Chiapas, Mexico, Palestine, Ecuador, and more!

Enjoy free music, delicious food made by a local immigrant-led cooperative, and a speak out about resistance movements from Texas & Chiapas to Palestine & the U.S.-Mexico border.  For more information go to http://womenandfairtrade.weebly.com/ and for updates follow ATCF on Facebook.

Want to volunteer at the festival? Email robert@atcf.org.
Want to be a sponsor?  Email bianca@atcf.org.

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The People of the United Methodist Church Global Migration Sunday
Dec
3
7:00 AM07:00

The People of the United Methodist Church Global Migration Sunday

A one-time Global Migration Sunday Offering, will be celebrated December 3, 2017. Methodist congregations will use this Sunday to learn more about migrants and refugees, discuss ways they can assist refugees and migrants in their communities, and give to partners that work with refugees and migrants.

Click here to find out more.

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Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion

CAIR-DFW Present's "Developing a Fearless Heart" an interfaith effort to cultivate compassion. CAIR-DFW is proud to pioneer a multifaceted interfaith program on the theme of compassion. The program will have three components: a film screening, five book discussions around the book "A Fearless Heart" by Thupten Jinpa and a dinner. 

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Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion

CAIR-DFW Present's "Developing a Fearless Heart" an interfaith effort to cultivate compassion. CAIR-DFW is proud to pioneer a multifaceted interfaith program on the theme of compassion. The program will have three components: a film screening, five book discussions around the book "A Fearless Heart" by Thupten Jinpa and a dinner. 

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Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion

CAIR-DFW Present's "Developing a Fearless Heart" an interfaith effort to cultivate compassion. CAIR-DFW is proud to pioneer a multifaceted interfaith program on the theme of compassion. The program will have three components: a film screening, five book discussions around the book "A Fearless Heart" by Thupten Jinpa and a dinner. 

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Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion and Unity Dinner: An Interfaith Effort to Cultivate Compassion

CAIR-DFW Present's "Developing a Fearless Heart" an interfaith effort to cultivate compassion. CAIR-DFW is proud to pioneer a multifaceted interfaith program on the theme of compassion. The program will have three components: a film screening, five book discussions around the book "A Fearless Heart" by Thupten Jinpa and a dinner. 

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#WhereRTheRefugees Press Conference and Vigil
Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

#WhereRTheRefugees Press Conference and Vigil

With Trump’s dangerous refugee ban 3.0 and security policies going into effect, our incoming refugee populations find themselves threatened, and the entire refugee program faces threat of being dismantled.

We are coming together, alongside our allies at “In Their Own Voices” podcast, the International Rescue Committee (and other major refugee service organizations in the DFW) Faith Forward Dallas, and CAIR-DFW to hold a press conference in which we will state, plainly and clearly, the facts surrounding Trump’s proposed policies, how they will affect the work that organizations like IRC does, and what affect they will have on incoming refugees, potential refugees, and refugees who are already here. Immediately afterwards, we will hold a vigil and rally, featuring dynamic speakers, in order to show our unity and our support for our refugee communities. 

Signs are welcome, so long as they remain appropriate.

RSVP HERE

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Refugee Equipping Workshop
Nov
4
8:30 AM08:30

Refugee Equipping Workshop

Saturday Nov.4th:
Sign up online! > http://saintphilip.net/index.html
Do you know where they came from, how they were assimilated, or how you could have helped them succeed in this traumatic transition? The goal of this all-day workshop is to provide you with answers to these and many other questions. At the completion of the workshop you will have firsthand information on the refugee journey; you will know how Refugee Services of Texas assists refugees, and you will be provided with hands-on tools to enable you to ease the refugee’s
transition to life in Texas. {Registration ends Oct. 29th}

 

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Concert for Peace
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Concert for Peace

 

In times of turmoil and crisis, musicians and poets work to foster unity and peace through the shared arts of music and the spoken word. Our tenth annual Concert for Peace features Houston’s Mercury Chamber Ensemble with conductor Antoine Plante in music of Handel and Vivaldi, interspersed with original poetry presented by South African poet Henk Rossouw and Houston Youth Poet Laureated Fareena Arefeen.

Sat, October 21, 7pm – 8pm

WhereSanctuary, Choir Loft, Narthex, Room 100, 1st Floor Education, Organ, Gathering Area 

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Salaam Supper
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Salaam Supper

Please RSVP by emailing: ahassan@rstx.org

You and your friends are invited to a Salaam Supper, hosted by two of our veteran volunteers, in support of Refugee Services of Texas. 

The purpose of our Salaam Supper is to raise awareness about refugees who have been displaced from their countries (many of whom live here in the DFW). We hope that you will come to share a meal, learn, and discover ways to welcome people who have been granted refugee status and who have come to this country in search of hope. 

We will be accepting monetary donations on behalf of RST in addition to several items listed below that are curently needed by our clients:

• Large bottle of Laundry Detergent
• Bed in a bag (Twin or Full; can be purchased at Walmart)
• Crockery set for 4
• Walmart Gift Cards with $10 -$15

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Stand up for Refugees Workshop: Advocate for refugees in your community
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Stand up for Refugees Workshop: Advocate for refugees in your community

President Trump just announced that we are only going to accept 45,000 refugees next fiscal year - the lowest number in the history of the refugee program. The announcement comes after a series of attempts at both the executive and legislative level to limit the refugee program. 

What does this mean for the future of refugee program and how does this impact our community?  Join us for a conversation about the policies impacting refugees and what community supporters can do to make sure we continue to be a welcoming place for refugees. 

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RST Austin's Open House
Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

RST Austin's Open House

  • Refugee Service's of Texas - Austin Service Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come meet and mingle with RST Austin's  Staff, Clients, and Community at the annual open house! There will be international foods, music performances, kid's activities, a resources fair, a raffle and more. Feel free to bring an HEB gift card donation. All are Welcome!

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After Spring
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

After Spring

“After Spring” focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. Millions of people continue to be displaced. “After Spring” is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, every one must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. Executive Produced by Jon Stewart.

Thursday September 21, 6pm-8pm 

YMCA Tellepson Family Downtown, 808 Pease St, Houston, TX 77002

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Chipotle Eat for Change Fundraiser
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Chipotle Eat for Change Fundraiser

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Refugee Services Of Texas. Come in to the Chipotle at 2230-32 Guadalupe in Austin on Thursday, September 21st between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Refugee Services Of Texas.

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UN International Day of Peace
Sep
21
12:00 AM00:00

UN International Day of Peace

UN International Day of Peace Website

2017 Peace Day ThemeTogether for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

LEARN MORE about this year's theme and the UN's TOGETHER campaign.
#jointogether

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

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A Nation of Immigrants: A Discussion on Immigration Reform
Sep
20
6:30 AM06:30

A Nation of Immigrants: A Discussion on Immigration Reform

Since the new U.S. administration entered office in 2017, immigration has been a constant point of debate. The drive to reform has raised questions about the supply of skilled and unskilled labor, humanitarian responsibilities, and national security. Stereotypes of migrants from across the Atlantic, Pacific, and U.S. land borders have hampered dialogue on the best solution moving forward. In addition to multi-generation residents, new migrants to Houston have transformed the city's demographics to make it one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country according to Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Within the Asian communities, Houston has large groups of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Pakistani, and Vietnamese heritage, among other backgrounds. Join Asia Society for a discussion with national and local experts on immigration in the United States, the future of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for a strong economy) Act proposed in summer 2017.

Wednesday September 20, 6:30pm-8:15pm

Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, Texas 77004

Image: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

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#NoMuslimBanEver Twitter Town Hall
Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

#NoMuslimBanEver Twitter Town Hall

In conjunction with the  #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, we invite you to join a Twitter town hall on Tuesday, September 19 at 12pmCT. We will discuss the devastating impact of the Muslim and refugee bans, their legal failings, and how community members and allies can resist. We are grateful to the Asian Law Caucus, Church World Service, NILC, and CAIR National for anchoring this important conversation. 

Info: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/ 

https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/

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Adrift Art Show
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Adrift Art Show

Adrift is a meditation on the concept of home and its capacity to exist as an unanchored abstraction comprised of the people we are with and the stories we tell. The presented works utilize conjured seascapes to explore the drifting, transitory nature of home, a thing forever in flux, forever strived for.

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Welcoming Week
Sep
15
to Sep 24

Welcoming Week

Connecting neighbors, serving communities

During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.

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North Texas Giving Day
Sep
14
6:00 AM06:00

North Texas Giving Day

"North Texas Giving Day is Communities Foundation of Texas' annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas nonprofits that is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area wide collaboration, and of course you!

Since 2009 Communities Foundation of Texas' North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $156 million, for over 2,500 local nonprofits, into the North Texas Community. "

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Sep
8
12:00 AM00:00

UNESCO International Literacy Day

UNESCO Webpage for International Literacy Day

This year, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. On 7 and 8 September, 2017 a special two-day event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.

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Sep
5
12:00 AM00:00

International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity

Charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among people.‎

Poverty persists in all countries of the world, ‎regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.

In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations ‎and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the ‎United Nations in its resolution A/RES/67/105designated the 5th of September, the ‎anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity.‎

On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

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Aug
30
12:00 AM00:00

International Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearances

Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.

Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can nowadays be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents. Of particular concern are:

  • the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders, relatives of victims, witnesses and legal counsel dealing with cases of enforced disappearance;
  • the use by States of counter-terrorist activities as an excuse for breaching their obligations;
  • and the still widespread impunity for enforced disappearance.

Special attention must also be paid to specific groups of especially vulnerable people, like children and people with disabilities.

On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction, when these are part of or amount to enforced disappearances, and by the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared.

By the same resolution the Assembly welcomed the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and decided to declare 30 August the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, to be observed beginning in 2011.

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Aug
23
12:00 AM00:00

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples. In accordance with the goals of the intercultural project "The Slave Route", it should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

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 Chipotle Fundraiser
Aug
22
to Aug 23

Chipotle Fundraiser

 Chipotle on 8401 Westheimer Road Bldg A Suite 100, Houston, TX 77063 will be hosting a fundraiser from 3:30pm -9:00PM for RST. Show them the image below and a portion of your meal will go to benfit RST during this time. 

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