Monday, November 17, 2014

Letter to Senator Cornyn



At the November 13th meeting of the Waco Friends of Peace at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, the following letter to Senator John Cornyn was circulated among the attendees and signed by about 25 people:



The Honorable Senator John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510

Dear Senator Cornyn,

As citizens of the state of Texas, we call on you to vote AGAINST any bill or statement that calls for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The reasons for our opposition include:

Utilization of the Tar Sands crude would produce a massive volume of greenhouse gases, precluding a successful fight against global warming.

Completion of the pipeline would add to the destruction of the natural beauty of the Canadian tar  sands sites, including First Nation property.
 
The pipeline company has a horrible safety record, with 14 recent spills.  A spill or leak on this pipeline route would endanger vital natural resources in the USA, including the Ogallala aquifer. Previous spills of dilbit have produced severe long term damage, on the Kalamazoo River and in Mayflower, Arkansas. 

The financial benefit of the pipeline would accrue largely to TransCanada only, with just 35 permanent jobs created in the USA.The Tar Sands product is destined for export, thus not benefitting US oil security.

The refinery site on the Gulf Coast would suffer more air pollution, and greater deaths in this “cancer alley” region.  Construction of the pipeline would commit the USA to 50 years of further production of fossil fuels, when the IPCC scientists have clearly stated we must quickly convert from these fuels to clean, renewable energy sources.

Our focus and resources must instead go to advancement of renewable energy production. 

As our Senator, we call on you to vote AGAINST this destructive and unnecessary pipeline.

Sincerely,
 
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waco Friends of Peace Video from NYC Climate March

Here is a link to a video prepared by a couple of Waco Friends of Peace members recounting their experience at the Peoples Climate Change March and events that took place in New York City the weekend of Sept 21, 2014.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Progressive Film Series: November 13th, 2014

BLACK ICE: GREENPEACE VS ARCTIC DRILLING

Thursday, November 13th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-Bank Meeting Room
703 N.Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 53 Minutes


Greenpeace is one of the top environmental organizations, and it does not compromise with the fossil fuel industries as have some of the big greens.  The film tells the story of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, which sailed to the Arctic in 2013 to protest Russian oil drilling within the Arctic Ocean.  The entire group of activists and crew of the ship were seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces and held in a Russian jail.  The "Arctic 30" gained international attention as environmental and human rights leaders from around the world called for their release.  BLACK ICE is an intense portrayal of this drama, filmed live during the protest and arrests.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Progressive Film Series: October 9, 2014

INEQUALITY FOR ALL


Thursday, October 9th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-Bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Pizza & Business
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 85 Minutes



The film for October will be Inequality for All, a documentary directed by Jacob Kornbluth that features former labor secretary Robert Reich.  Reich explores the widening income gap between the wealthy and the rest of us in the United States, and how this affects both our economy and our democracy. 

Inequality for All is very informative and highly entertaining as well.  The film won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance film festival.


“A must see movie”
     --Huffington Post

“Does for income disparity what An Inconvenient Truth did for climate change” 
     --Variety

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

New York City Climate March



Waco Friends of Peace was represented by six people at the great climate march in New York City on Sunday, September 21.  We marched along with up to 400,000 people!  It was a wonderful experience, and we hope that the march helped to raise the consciousness of the country regarding climate change.















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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 13th Climate Change Action

Waco Friends of Peace staged a successful action on Saturday, September 13, as part of the struggle to combat climate change.  The action was held at the corner of Waco Drive & Valley Mills Drive in Waco.  Featured was a 10' in diameter Earth balloon!











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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Progressive Film Series: September 11, 2014

DISRUPTION

Thursday, September 11
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West Bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Pizza & Business
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 60 Minutes

DISRUPTION is our cutting edge film for the month, just released by 350.org, the premier climate change organization and primary force behind the People's Climate March.

The documentary weaves political intrigue, solid climate science, and an insider's view of the largest climate mobilization in history.  We will hear from familiar experts such as Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein, as well as new voices on global warming.
  
This film will inform us all and inspire those of us attending the March in NYC or the Solidarity Rally in Waco on September 13.

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