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Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas
Event Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015 -
8:30am to 11:30am

For 160 years, the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery has been the final resting place for many people who died while serving time in Texas prisons. Approximately 3,000 people are buried at this cemetery in Huntsville, either because their families couldn’t afford funeral costs or because no one claimed them. 

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Rio Frio running through Garner State Park

After the drought of record that lasted almost a decade in the 1950’s, Texas and Texans got very serious about water planning. During the 1960's up until the passage of Senate Bill 1 in 1997, water planning was very top-down in approach. Planning was largely done at the state level and then passed along to folks at the local level. Over the years, there developed a push to have more regional and local input—and buy in—in the water planning process in Texas.

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Note: This post is written by Amanda Quraishi, a member of Texas Impact's board. The blog was originally posted at

Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge is Senior Minister of Circular Congregational Church, South Carolina. During his time in Houston, he helped create the Houston chapter of Texas Interfaith Power and Light. This post originally appeared on his blog.

Eleven days ago the New York Times led with the headline, “Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears.”1 As the article reported:

Note: This post was originally sent by Rev. Dan De Leon, Senior Pastor of Friends Congregational Church in College Station to church members.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, I offered testimony at the U.S. State Department hearing in Austin in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Although I had prepared my testimony in advance, I revised it during the hearing to address the very real concerns being expressed by our union brothers and sisters about their need for jobs. I'd love to hear your thoughts--about this testimony, about this issue, about your experience of the hearing... feel free to send me an e-mail.


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I was on a chartered bus with about 40 other people—Christians, Jews, Muslims, Unitarian Universalists, one Buddhist, and one Wiccan priest. We were united in being people of faith, in being mostly white and middle class, and in touring part of Newark, New Jersey as part of the Environmental Justice retreat of GreenFaith’s Fellowship Program.

The forecast for name-your-environmental-crisis-here often looks bleak. People who follow environmental issues know it, and sustained justice work can be a challenge. When I meet with religious groups about things like pervasive toxic chemicals, environmental justice, or global warming, someone invariably asks, “Where do we find hope?”

Over the last two weeks, I’ve heard two different presentations about the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement. The EJ movement is part of the environmental movement as a whole, but pays particular attention to the affect of pollution and toxics on communities of color—rightly so, since communities of color are disproportionately impacted by both.

Some things to know about the EJ movement:

Climate change is one of those issues that, when you start to dig into it by reading the latest science (here, here, or here) and by considering the political gridlock in D.C., you might begin to feel depressed, angry, and overwhelmed. These feelings are understandable, and we should let ourselves feel those things—but at some point, we need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get to work.

Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do. –C.S. Lewis