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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Progressive Film Series: March 21, 2017

A PLASTIC OCEAN

Tuesday, March 21st
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion

Runtime 102 Minutes

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate presents the outstanding documentary film A Plastic Ocean.
  
A Plastic Ocean is a feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.

In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean. 


The results will astound viewers–just as it did our adventurers–who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Progressive Film Series: February 21st, 2017

The Future of Energy

Tuesday, February 21st
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  64 Minutes


Waco Friends of Peace/Climate presents the acclaimed documentary film, The Future of Energy.  This film journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power.

Solar, wind and water could power the planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. What's needed is the social and political willpower to make the change on a large scale.

The Future of Energy illustrates that renewable power on a large scale is not just a dream, but rather a viable option already being implemented by many communities, cities and businesses. The examples and solutions highlighted are designed to inspire others to consider adopting clean, renewable power as a smart choice with substantial economic, public health and environmental benefits.


The Future of Energy is really about the clean energy revolution happening right now… By the final credits, you’ll know both how and why renewable energy is the cleanest, quickest, cheapest, and safest way to supply all of our energy needs.”
   --Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

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Friday, February 10, 2017

"STOP DAPL: Wells Fargo Defund Now" Saturday Protest

The following is a February 10th press release:

Waco, Tx.--The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will sponsor a protest entitled "STOP DAPL: Wells Fargo Defund Now.", Saturday, February 11, at Wells Fargo Bank, 1105 Wooded Acres, Waco, Tx 76710.  The protest will occur from 11am until 1pm in  front of the bank.

This week President Trump ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to halt their ongoing Environmental Impact Statement and authorize the easement to allow Energy Transfer Partners to complete construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.  The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and environmental organizations around the country, including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth, are outraged by these actions and strongly oppose renewed construction of this pipeline for these reasons:
  • United States promises to the Standing Rock Sioux to complete the Environment Impact    Statement have been broken.
  • Appropriate and necessary evaluation of the environmental impact of the project has not been completed.
  • Sacred burial sites of the Sioux will be further disrespected.By drilling under water, the pipeline risks damage to the critical water supply of the Sioux and of millions of citizens downstream.
  • Pipeline spills will definitely occur.  In the past month, 2 spills happened, not far from the site of DAPL.
  • Pipeline spill records: over the past 20 years, over 9000 significant pipeline accidents occurred, with 548 deaths, $85 billion damages. In 2016 alone, 220 significant spills were recorded.
  • Climate science is clear that we must make the complete transition to renewable energy, ideally by 2030,  Thus the science dictates we build NO new fossil fuel infrastructure now, and that our investment must be in building up renewable energy sources and the smart grid.  Commitment to a pipeline like DAPL for 30 years is totally contraindicated and dangerous to the survival of human civilization. 
Therefore, we call on Wells Fargo, a major bank financing the DAPL project, to immediately cease providing funds utilized for the construction of this pipeline.  As a good corporate citizen, Wells Fargo should no longer provide funds for a project which is damaging to the Standing Rock Sioux and all citizens of the United States. 
 
Contact:  Alan D. Northcutt, MD
               anorthc@aol.com
               254-744-1682                                               

Monday, January 30, 2017

Senator Cornyn protest at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple

On Friday, January 27th, a protest was held in front of the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, where Senator John Cornyn delivered a speech on business issues.  About 100 activists, including three from Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, withstood the cold with a message reaching many entering to hear Cornyn’s speech.

Cornyn is the new form of climate denier:  he claims that the climate is changing, but government should do nothing.  This position is as wrong and dangerous as that held by those who totally deny the existence of anthropogenic climate change.

The organizer of the protest asked for signs to be business oriented.





























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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Waco Tribune-Herald Article

The following article was posted after the downtown Waco protest on January 20th:

By CASSIE L. SMITH csmith@wacotrib.com 
 
Alan Northcutt said he has repeatedly heard from other people that he should give President Donald Trump a chance.

“This man nominates a white supremacist as his chief strategist. So if that’s his strategy, well he’s had his chance and he’s blown it already,” the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate director said. “This nonsense about a kinder gentler Trump, it’s nonsense. We have to start out on day one opposing his dangerous policies.”

More than 250 people gathered Friday evening in downtown Waco on the day of Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States to protest his policy proposals and administration selections.

The event — which included music and cookies — was sponsored by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, the Baylor Democrats, InterWaco, Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas and the North East Riverside Neighborhood Association. Handmade signs colored the crowd, some reading “Make America Kind Again,” “Keep Your Tiny Hands off my Rights,” “If I were to remain silent, I would be guilty of complicity,” and “Sorry for the inconvenience we are trying to change the world.”

Music from Venus Envy, Tea Aguilar, Stumblin’ Jaxon and others filled Heritage Square along with speeches and poetry.

The groups organized the event because of deep concerns about Trump’s “lack of qualifications, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, dishonesty, conflicts of interest and attacks on freedom of speech and on freedom of the press,” according to the event description.

“We believe his agenda endangers our country on many issues: climate change, nuclear proliferation, civil rights, immigrant rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, minimum wage, economic inequality, health care, public education and net neutrality,” the description states.

Waco attorney David Schleicher told the crowd they were brought together by their love of country, the planet and fellow humans. The event continued an American tradition that dates back to 1853: protesting on Inauguration Day.

“I want to thank you for showing the extra dose it takes to protest where you live and work,” Schleicher said. “If Trump’s words and deeds seem to you abnormal, know that you are one of plenty, who will not shut up, give up, nor look away from today all the way until 2020.”

To those who question the point of protesting after someone has been elected to office, Kristen “Monae” Mouton said there’s never a time she will just accept misogyny, racism and xenophobia. She never wants to accept a world that constantly dehumanizes people or a president who allows his supporters to do the same, said Mouton, the Baylor University NAACP political action committee chair and Diverse Verses vice president.

“Voting for Trump was an act of racism,” she said. “Even if you your self don’t consider yourself racist, you let that go to the back burner. You said that wasn’t a big enough thing for you to not vote for someone, that wasn’t as important as economics or any of the other things you vote for.”

Black Poets Society President Saddiq Granger said he hopes the event helps connect organizations in the area, so when there’s a threat to one community, it becomes a threat to all communities. Granger said he hopes to learn as he goes and hopes others are inspired to become more engaged.
“We have four years at least. It’s time to work,” he said.

Northcutt said he considered traveling to Washington, D.C., to protest but felt it was important for Waco to have the opportunity to share its voice. He said he has lived in the city more than 30 years and has seen the growth of progressives and liberal groups in the area.

“A lot of people may be progressive but in this town they are even afraid to say so,” Northcutt said. “So this is awesome that all of you have come out and been willing to do this and state your beliefs very publicly. I think it’s a good solidarity move for everyone here.”

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Monday, January 23, 2017

United Against Trump: Inaugural Protest -- January 20th, Heritage Square




















This post is from Alan Northcutt, who was the lead hand in organizing the Inaugural Protest:

Deepest  thanks to all the activists who did the preparation:  Carmen Saenz, Cindy Albert, Ana Northcutt, Bruce Huff, Sherrell Emanuel Huff, Travis Hipp, Harrison ward, Adrian Northcutt, Jessica Green and Craig Nash.  I apologize for any names that I missed.

Great thanks to the powerful speakers whose words were the heart of the event:  David Schleicher, Rebecca Farrar,  Bill Matta, Ernesto Fraga, Jenuine Poetess, Chris Van Gorder, Reggie Singletary, Carmen Saenz, Saddiq Granger and Kristen Mouton.

Huge thanks to the musicians who created the amazing soundtrack: Venus E and Tea Aguilar.

My gratitude to the reporters who spread the word:  Cassie L. Smith, Kandace Thomas, the Lariat reporters  and one other TV reporter.

My graditude to & respect for the 214-250 people for their conscience and courage in attending & making the event a success.

My appreciation for the growing progressive community in Waco, and for its increasing courage to speak out publicly.

My gratitude to the organizations who endorsed this protest: Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, Interwaco, Baylor Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas and North East Riverside Neighborhood Association.

And my agreement with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who said: "....I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House."

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

COME TO INAUGURATION PROTEST JANUARY 20TH






















The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and multiple additional organizations will sponsor "UNITED AGAINST TRUMP: INAUGURAL PROTEST,"   6p.m., Friday, January 20, at Heritage Square, Austin Ave. and 4th St., Waco. Please join diverse individuals and organizations on Inauguration Day to protest the policy proposals and administration selections of the President-Elect.  We believe his agenda endangers our country on many issues: climate change, nuclear proliferation, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, minimum wage, economic inequality, healthcare, public education, and net neutrality.  We are deeply concerned about Mr. Trump's lack of qualifications, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, dishonesty, bullying, conflicts of interest, acceptance of sexual assault, and attacks on freedom of speech and on freedom of the press.

Join us for speeches of conscience, poetry, and music by Venus E, Tea Aguilar, and Stumblin' Jaxon.   We will turn a very dark day into a time to express outrage, display our signs, build unity, and amplify our inspiration for the hard work to come over the next 4 years.  We believe it is vital to express clear opposition to Trump's positions on nuclear proliferation and anthropogenic climate change. His proposals represent an existential threat to mankind.

Climate science indicates a global atmospheric limit of 565 gigatons more CO2 to keep global temperature increase to 2°C above the pre-industrial level.  At approximately 30gigatons emissions now, we have only 19 years to halt these emissions through conservation, conversion of our energy system to renewables, and regenerative agriculture.  Thus Mr. Trump's stated plans to return to CO2 intensive energy sources such as coal will severely imperil our ability to make the rapid transition to renewable energy.  In effect, Trump has placed oil company profits above the human need to maintain a livable biosphere.
 
Further, Mr. Trump has already demonstrated his total lack of concern about climate change and the environment through his nominees for administration positions.  Scott Pruitt, nominated for EPA Administrator, has been an enemy of the agency.  Rex Tillerson, nominated for Secretary of State, headed Exxon Mobile as it concealed climate science and funded climate denial organizations.  Rick Perry, nominated for Secretary of Energy, stated his desire to close the agency and is a supporter of fracking and fossil fuels over renewables.  Ryan Zinke, nominated for Secretary of Interior, has voted repeatedly against protecting our public lands from the fossil fuel industry.
 
Speakers for the protest are an excellent and diverse group of community leaders:

    1.    Rebecca Farrar, Co-founder Baylor Feminists
    2.    Ernesto Fraga, Publisher of Tiempo
    3.    Christian VanGorder,  Baylor Associate Professor of Religion, and author
    4.    Saddiq Granger, Pres. Black Poet’s Society
    5.    Bill Matta, MCC Chair of English/Speech/Foreign Languages, USAF Retired, 2016
candidate for Congress, District 17   
    6.    Alan Northcutt, Physician and Director, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
    7.    Jenuine Poetess, Pres. Waco Poet’s Society
    8.    Carmen Saenz, Social Worker and President InterWaco
    9.    David Schleicher,  Attorney and Waco-Tribune Herald columnist
  10.    Reggie Singletary, Pres. Baylor NAACP

Please plan now to attend as individuals and organizations.  Coffee, hot chocolate, snacks. and anti-Trump bumper stickers are FREE.   And if your organization would like to endorse this event, please email: anorthc@aol.com

Event endorsed by:
  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
  Baylor Democrats
  InterWaco
  Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas


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