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, April 23, 2017

Flores Town Hall Protest Action

On Wednesday, April 19th, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate hosted a demonstration outside the office of Rep. Bill Flores at 400 Austin Avenue in Waco.  At issue was Rep. Flores’ decision to forego town hall meetings in favor of telephone call-ins featuring screened questions.  The FOP/C demonstration was focused on Rep. Flores’ denying the urgency of immediate action to combat anthropogenic climate change, and his refusal to face his constituents face-to-face in a public forum.

Also present at the protest were Dr. Ellie Caston and several supporters, who were there to protest Rep. Flores’ support for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

This was a successful action.  Although there was the usual indifference shown by passing motorists, there was also much positive response and very little overt negativity.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Flores Townhall Protest: Don't Fear Our Voices

This is a call to action from Waco Friends of Peace/Climate:

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, from 4:30 pm until 7:00pm.

WHERE: 400 Austin Avenue, Waco, Tx 76701, sidewalk in front of the building.

WHY:  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate has protested outside Flores' Townhalls for several years now, focused on his functional climate change denial.  This year the protest becomes more urgent: the Presidency of Trump threatens our climate progress,  Flores supports Trump's climate agenda, and Flores is hiding from his constituents, doing only telephone townhalls this month.

LOGISTICS:  A 15-foot banner declaring "FLORES/TRUMP: CLIMATE INACTION KILLS"  will be provided. But please make and bring your own personal signs.  We want to focus on climate AND on Flores' unwillingness to face his constituents.  For example: "Flores: The Truth Has Found You," or "Flores: Don't Hide from Your Employers."

IMPORTANCE:  We need ALL members present:  this action serves also as our monthly meeting.  Everyone did a fantastic job at the DAPL protests recently.  This protest is just as important, as Republicans like Flores empower Trump to take his devastating steps on pipelines, the Clean Power Plan, emissions limits, funding, etc.

TIMING:  Rationale for our time period:  we wanted to cover office hours by the 4:30 start, allow those working to make it after 5pm, and just in case Flores does the Townhall from his office, be in place for the start at 6:30 pm.

WEATHER:  Conditions look fantastic: 80°C at 6 pm, with no chance for rain.

ENJOYMENT:  With the 7pm finish, we can get together for dinner afterwards as we have done at previous protests.  There are several restaurants in the vicinity.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS:  Please feel free to contact Alan Northcutt at anorthc@aol.com.

AS THE WACO GRASSROOTS CLIMATE ACTION NGO, IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR CLIMATE AND BIOSPHERE FROM DONALD TRUMP AND BILL FLORES.  YOUR PRESENCE WEDNESDAY IS VITAL AND GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

New Billboard

The new Friends of Peace/Climate billboard is located around the 200 block of Panther Way in Hewitt.
























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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Alan Northcutt Reports On His Hour On The Lynn Wooley Radio Show

The following is a report by Alan Northcutt on his experience being interviewed on the radio by conservative Temple radio talk show host Lynn Wolley:


On March 10th I survived the hour-long conservative talk show with Lynn Woolley (left) about climate change. Overall Lynn is a friendly guy and was pretty fair, never cutting my microphone.  I did feel very rushed at times and had to insist on making my point.
 
I mostly responded to various climate denier-type questions, such as sunspots, no climate change effects yet (!!), etc.  I think I responded pretty effectively to these questions.  We also took phone calls on this live program.

I actually have sympathy for the denier position, because I understand the power the climate denier industry has had over the last 30 years in spreading misinformation. Also, climate science is a relatively complex field and I think difficult for many non-scientists. 

I suggested that I would later answer emails he received to further respond to the audience questions on the topic.

We parted amiably and agreed that we will do this again, as I think it is useful.

His website does not archive the programs. Therefore, I am trying to obtain a copy of the hour and will attempt to post it later.

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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