The Friends of Peace meet monthly, the third Tuesday of the month, 6 pm, at Poppo Rollo's Pizza
Westbank Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco, 76710. Free presentation and pizza/salad buffet.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Progressive Film Series: October 18th, 2016

The Brainwashing of My Dad

Wednesday, October 18th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  89 Minutes

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will show "The Brainwashing of My Dad,” the just-released award-winning documentary, which details the conversion of a sane moderate Democrat to a right-wing fanatic through the power of conservative media and talk radio. The film deals with details of the Fairness Doctrine, forces behind the media expansion, and the power of misinformation and division. 

   "Fascinating" --

   "Should be required viewing for everybody." -- Tony Trupiano

   "It's about all of us." -- David Alm, Forbes 

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Sunday, October 02, 2016


It has been noted that local weather people do not discuss climate change during their broadcasts.  Clearly these broadcasts are great opportunities to help educate viewers about climate change—as it relates to extreme weather, for example. Thus we will begin a coordinated effort to influence these meteorologists to regularly add climate to their discussion.

Please contact Channel 6 TV Chief Meteorologist Andy Andersen.  Email ( should be the primary contact method, with Facebook through the KCENTV page a secondary approach.

Basically, we wish Mr. Andersen to include anthropogenic climate change at the appropriate time in his broadcasts, such as during discussions of record heat and flooding in Central Texas. Everyone should write in their own words, but here are a few points you may wish to include:

  • Anthropogenic climate change is a crisis according to the best science, and thus we have a   responsibility to educate the public on this topic.
  • The American Meteorological Society completely embraces the science of climate change.  Their websites contains publications by the AMS, such as "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective." 
  •  Central Texas has experienced very hot weather this past summer, and July and August 2016 are tied for globally the hottest months in recorded history.
  • Waco experienced severe flooding in the spring of 2015 and 2016.  May 2015 was the wettest single month on record in Texas.  Climate science has predicted heavier rainfalls, as the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. 
  •  By educating citizens on climate science, the weather broadcaster can play an important role in the battle to preserve a livable planet for us all.
Mr. Andersen should be contacted as soon as possible.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Progressive Film Series: September 20th, 2016

Climate Change and Weather:  The Latest Science

Tuesday, September 20th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:   59 Minutes 


Climate Change and Weather:  The Latest Science, is an excellent educational video.  Topics covered include actual temperature criteria for human death from increased temperatures, definitive attribution of extreme weather events to climate change, and climate change impacts as visualized from outer space.

The mantra we all know is "specific weather events" cannot be attributed to climate change.  But, as this film demonstrates, the latest science reveals that we can make these strong connections.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016


WHY: Waco Friends of Peace/Climate supports the national Day of Action called by  We act as allies in solidarity with the indigenous protectors in North Dakota.  The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes are protecting the water and their sacred sites from destruction by the pipeline company.  Also, we oppose this pipeline and ALL new fossil fuel infrastructure as we must urgently convert our energy system to renewables.  Our voices to President Obama:  Retract the permits and end construction now.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm.

WHERE:  Corner of Valley Mills Drive and Waco Drive, near Pei Wei restaurant.

LOGISTICS: We will provide the megabanner and some small signs. Make your signs also.  Focus on addressing President Obama.  Although the legal process is ongoing, the President has the power to halt the pipeline construction now.  Some suggested messages:  WATER IS LIFE--#NO DAPL.  PEOPLE OVER PIPELINES--#NO DAPL,  PRESIDENT OBAMA:  STOP DAPL NOW.

LEGALITY:  This will be a completely legal protest.  We have used this site many times before.  No civil disobedience is planned.  If you have not attended a protest previously, please join us.  You will feel satisfaction knowing you are doing the right thing:  supporting the indigenous people whose land is being ravaged and speaking up for the health of our biosphere.  Your children and grandchildren will benefit from your efforts.

Successful Dakota Access Pipeline Action Held

The action on Tuesday, September 13, took place as planned and was highly successful.  Upwards of twenty people participated, and many people were exposed to the message.  Channel 10 did a segment on the action on the 10 o'clock news that night.


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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Flores Town Hall Meeting Protest

A number of activists gathered outside Rep. Bill Flores' town hall meeting at TSTC on Wednesday, August 31st, to protest his deplorable record on climate change.  Although ignored by local media, the demonstration was successful.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Protest At Upcoming Flores Town Hall Meeting

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will stage a protest outside the August 31st town hall meeting of Rep. Flores.

LOCATION:  At street entrance of Town Hall, TSTC, John B. Connally Technology Center Auditorium, 3801 Campus Drive, Waco 76705.

DIRECTIONS:  On I35 North take TSTC exit. Auditorium is first large building on your right. Approx. 15 minute drive from Providence Hospital with no traffic problems.

DATE:  August 31st, Wednesday.

TIME:  5:00pm-6:30pm.  (Town Hall starts 6:00pm).

LOGISTICS:  Large banner and some small signs will be porvided.  Of course, participants should feel free to express their thoughts with personal signs. 

WHY:  Rep. Flores may now object to "climate denier" classification, although his statements and record prove him to be one.  He referred to climate change as "dubious agenda-driven scientific research."
  • Flores supports fossil fuels over renewable energy, and worked in the fossil fuel industry.
  • Flores has voted against every bill designed to address climate change.
  • Flores has a 4% positive voting record by the League of Conservation Voters.
  • Flores has been a large part of the recent do nothing Congresses which have blocked any significant legislation to combat climate change.  
  • We must call out Rep. Flores for his record which endangers our future at the time of this climate change crisis.  We complain about his positions on Facebook, etc.--this is the opportunity to inform him of our complete opposition to his dangerous climate denialism. 
  • THINK GLOBAL AND ACT LOCAL.  It is our responsibility to act on our local climate issues. 
  • is organizing a campaign this fall to call out candidates at all levels who block climate action. 
ACT NOW: please plan to support this action.  Last time there was great media coverage, but there needs to be more bodies to increase the impact.  And kindly RSVP email to with your commitment to be present.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Letter To Luminant

The following letter was sent by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate to the CEO of Luninant.  It was presented to attendees at the August 16th meeting of FOP/C and collected 33 signatures.

Chief Executive Officer
Luminant Headquarters
Energy Plaza
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Dear Sir/Madam—
As citizens of McLennan County, Tx, we would like to express our opposition to your proposed construction of a new natural gas-fired power plant at Tradinghouse Lake. We oppose this facility for multiple reasons:
  • The planetary crisis of climate change requires the United States rapidly convert our fossil fuel infrastructure to renewables by 2050. Therefore, building a new fossil fuel based plant in 2017 is contraindicated. Such a gas-fired plant emits significant CO2, estimated at 50% that of a coal fired plant. In addition, about 50% of fuel for the plant would come from fracking. The leakage of methane during this extraction procedure is well known, and methane is 70 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
  • Waco is near the limit of 70ppb for ground level ozone. There is considerable risk that the proposed gas facility would cause the City to exceed this EPA limit. Furthermore, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Ozone Review Panel found that the “current primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone is not protective of human health.” In a letter to the EPA administrator July 1, 2014. Therefore, the plant would put human health at risk.
  • The proposed Tradinghouse Lake gas plant would emit other hazardous organic compounds and particulates.
  • Renewable energy, which would not emit greenhouse gases, and is safe for human populations, is widely available in Texas. The state leads the nation in wind power production.

For these reasons, we request that Luminant NOT build the proposed Tradinghouse Lake Plant. Since Luminant has some experience and holdings in wind and solar power, we request that the corporation provide such energy, which will not exacerbate climate change, and will protect the health of our citizens.

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