Friday, July 18, 2014

A weekend to change the course of history

In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend (September 20-21) and use it to bend the course of history.

In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilisation – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media.

Our demand is for Action, Not Words: take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now. In short, we want a world safe from the ravages of climate change.

We know that no single meeting or summit will “solve climate change” and in many ways this moment will not even really be about the summit. We want this moment to be about us – the people who are standing up in our communities, to organise, to build power, to confront the power of fossil fuels, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.

The Waco Friends of Peace is one of over 300 organizations endorsing this march which coincides with the UN climate summit.  We strongly encourage all FOP members to think very hard about being part of this event, which we believe will change the course of history.

Anyone interested in participating in the march should contact Alan Northcutt at

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Progressive Film Series: July 10, 2014

Hooked On Growth


Thursday, July 10th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-Bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Pizza & Business
6:30 PM Film & Discussion
Runtime:  54 Minutes


This excellent film addresses the devastation of overpopulation and uncontrolled growth on a finite planet.  This issue is certainly at the core of dealing with climate change.  Certainly world overpopulation plays a critical role in water shortages, world hunger, species extinction, as well as in climate change.  The film is not rated, but has nothing objectionable for any of our audience

"This could be the most important film ever made!"
     --Paul Erlich, Author of The Population Bomb
"The cult of endless growth has kept us from seeing clearly the choices in front of us."
     --Bill McKibben 


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Progressive Film Series: June 12, 2014

Stonewall Uprising

Thursday, June 12th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-Bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Pizza & Business
6:30 PM Film & Discussion
Runtime:  80 Minutes
STONEWALL UPRISING is the Friends of Peace documentary for the month. Veteran filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner explore the dramatic event that launched a world-wide gay rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists, and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness.

Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the US began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich village, the Stonewall Inn.

When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived. 

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Progressive Film Series: May 8, 2014

Call Of Life:  Facing The Mass Extinction

Thursday, May 8th
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
Suitable For All Ages

All over the world species are becoming extinct at an astonishing rate, from 1000 to 10,000 times faster than normal. The loss of biodiversity has become so severe that scientists are calling it a mass extinction.

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and indigenous and religious leaders, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it.

Call of Life tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.

Call of Life is the best conservation film I’ve seen and the best film on the great crisis of life. Thank you for making this film.”
     — Dave Foreman, Conservationist & Author
          Director, Rewilding Institute

"Species around the world are disappearing faster than ever before due to our addiction to fossil fuel and other human activities. Call of Life helps us understand this horrible consequence of our actions or lack thereof—a painful but necessary understanding. Everyone needs to see this film."
     — Terry Root, Ph.D., Biologist
          Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
          Department of Biology, Stanford University

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