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.

Thursday, December 29, 2016


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:

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  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
  Baylor Democrats
  Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Progressive Film Series: December 20th, 2016


Tuesday, Dec 20th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  90 Minutes

CAPE SPIN!:  AN AMERICAN POWER STRUGGLE is the Friends of Peace/Climate film for the month, something positive for the season and for these dark times.  The documentary tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over America's first offshore wind farm.  The film is the recipient of multiple film festival awards and the reviews have been superlative:

   "Sober, lighthearted and even wacky."--The AP
   "Rollicking"--The Boston Phoenix
   "Exasperatingly funny...Spin is a good yarn."--The Boston Globe  


Friends of Peace/Climate members will recall the lecture and demonstration of this sustainable protein source presented by Nathan Allen to our meeting a couple of years ago.  Nathan's work is climate-related because of the difficulty of providing adequate protein to our warming world.  In fact, Nathan has agreed to provide us an update sometime in the future.  And to help advance his educational non-profit, he has recently conducted a fund drive.  If any of our members would like to help out, please go to

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

WELLS FARGO Divest from DAPL Protest - December 10 in Waco

About 17 dedicated Waco Friends of Peace/Climate activists braved the cold in front of Wells Fargo Bank on Saturday, December 10th in a spirited action to pressure Wells Fargo to divest from investment in DAPL. The demonstration was witnessed by many Waco motorists.  There was great media coverage by TV channels 6, 10 and 25, with interviews largely focused on climate.


Tuesday, December 06, 2016


There will be a planning meeting for an inauguration day action on Monday, Dec. 12th, at 6 pm, in a private meeting room at the Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant, 1520 N. Valley Mills Dr. in Waco.  A buffet meal (at your cost) will be available.

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will coalition with other progressive groups from Central Texas in order to plan a large rally/protest/march on January 20, Inauguration Day.  We will convert a day of mourning into a day of RESISTANCE and UNITY.  We know that Trump's plans on climate are especially deadly, so we must protest on this day. Please join us as we plan strategy for this protest.

PROTEST DEC. 10th -- Wells Fargo: DIVEST From DAPL

There will be a protest action on Saturday, December 10th, from 11 am until 1 pm, on the sidewalk in front of Wells Fargo bank, 1105 Wooded Acres Dr.

We have a victory with President  Obama's announcement that he will not grant the final easement for the DAPL and that an environmental study of the project routes will be undertaken, but we will continue the pressure.  We are in communication with Native American leaders and those planning actions in other Texas cities, and everyone plans to continue the protests.  We don't know the outcome of the route study, and of course, Trump will probably try to force pipeline construction no matter the study outcome.  Of course our goal is to STOP all new pipeline construction.

A large banner will be provided, and people should bring their own individual signs.  We will be there rain or shine -- our conditions could not possibly be as horrendous as those the water protectors in North Dakota suffer!

Monday, November 28, 2016


Alan Northcutt reports the following on his year-long experience with a photovoltaic solar system at his home:

Solar panels, also called photovoltaic cells, were installed on my roof around New Year’s Day 2016.  Since that time my average electricity bill has been $3.13.  In fact, for 3 of those months my bill was $0.00. Yes, $0.00.  So I would like to share my amazing experience with solar energy through a practical overview applicable to Central Texas.

Cost:  Although the exact price of a home solar system depends on multiple variables, I will provide a general example for illustration. Importantly, now is an excellent time to go solar in light of plummeting panel prices and available incentives.  A 7.5kW system (producing about 850kWh per month) has an invoice price of approximately $25,000.  If the home is within their service area, ONCOR’s generous incentive would lower the purchase price to $20,000.  And at income tax time, the 30% federal tax credit of $6000 would further lower the final price to only $14,000.  The average time to pay for a system with electric bill savings is 7 to 8 years.  After that, the system generates income, through these lower or absent electric bills.

Obstacles:  The primary requirement is that the roof be unobstructed by trees or other objects. (But if an obstruction exists, many installers erect ground based solar arrays in the customer’s backyard.) A south facing roof generates maximum energy, but is not mandatory.  Finally, homeowners’ associations will often assert that rooftop solar is not allowed.  Fortunately, this claim is false, and these associations are not able to restrict solar installations in Texas.  In reality, solar panels are not an aesthetic detriment to the roof. Their sleek, black futuristic appearance is actually an improvement over mundane gray shingles. 

Installation:  Waco is fortunate to have an excellent, experienced local installer in Holtek Solar, my provider.  One advantage of a local business is the rapid attention paid to any questions or problems.  Another option is Freedom Solar, based in Austin, which offers a no money down plan, with monthly payments.  Installation involves attaching the panels to the roof, attaching the inverter (converts DC to usable AC) to an outside wall, and wiring the system components, connecting to the existing electric service.  The process surprisingly only takes a couple of days.
Operation:  One delight of home solar is monitoring the function of the system.  Through one’s computer or smart phone app, the system data is displayed: weather conditions; daily output graph; weekly, monthly and annual outputs; individual panel generation; and cumulative cost savings in dollars.  And through net metering, the excess production during the sunny hours is credited by the grid provider, lowering one’s electricity bill. 
Maintenance.   With no moving parts, solar panels are essentially care free.  If the data monitor does show an output drop from a given panel, a cleansing spray of water is corrective.  But in 10 months of operation, my system has required no maintenance. 
Rationale:  In conclusion, the reasons to install rooftop solar are multiple:
  • Once the system cost is recovered, monthly electricity bill savings represent income.   Further, the systems are guaranteed to produce 80% of initial output for 25 years!
  • Home value may increase 3 to 4% upon the addition of rooftop solar systems, according to a 2011 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Conversion of the world’s energy system to renewables is a race against time, to avoid climate change catastrophe.  Installation of residential solar is a powerful contribution toward winning this race.  
  • The immediate lightening of one’s greenhouse gas footprint is a potent step to combat anthropogenic climate change. 
  • Decreasing the use of fossil fuel energy helps combat its serious health impacts, including lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and 30,100 premature US deaths per year.  

 “Sunshine is Nature’s hug and spirit breath to the earth,” wrote Terri Guillemets.  I concur with this sentiment, and invite others to consider powering their homes with this limitless, clean, zero carbon resource. 

Alan D. Northcutt, M.D., is a local physician and director of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate (

Friday, November 18, 2016

NO DAPL Action Successful

The NO DAPL action hosted by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate on November 15th at the Federal Courthouse in Waco was a huge success, with participation by over 35 people and media coverage by two TV stations and the Waco Trib.

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