The Friends of Peace meet monthly, the second Thursday 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, November 15, 2015

Texas groups come together to announce diverse coalition supporting Climate Resolution

Texas Drought Project will take 220+ organizational signatures to U.N. Climate Conference

Waco Friends of Peace is is a signatory to the following document:

Dallas—The Texas Drought Project, a non-profit founded in 2008 to educate Texans on climate change, will announce in San Antonio November 19th at a press conference at 1 PM at the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, that they have succeeded in obtaining the signatures of over 220 organizations for their resolution on climate change. The resolution calls for climate negotiators at the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris, set to begin November 30th, to heed the recommendations from the world’s top scientists in setting emissions cuts and asks that negotiators quickly move to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Co-founders Jere Locke of Austin and Alyssa Burgin of San Antonio networked through Texas environmental, human rights, educational, religious, labor, civic, student and political groups for over three months to obtain the endorsements.  Signers include the League of Women Voters Texas, Lone Star Sierra Club, Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility, Texas State Employees Union, Texas Campaign for the Environment, National Nurses United, Environment Texas, Texas Farmers Union, Earthworks, Public Citizen Texas,  Dallas Central Labor Council, Dallas Peace Center, Downwinders at Risk, Nepali Society of Texas, Liveable Arlington, Denton Drilling Awareness, Hope for Peace and Justice and many, many more. “But we couldn’t have done this without the help of Texans across the state,” Locke emphasizes. “People think of Texas as this conservative, oil-dominated state, but people understand the dire threat we face from climate change unless something is done now.” Burgin agrees, “We were gratified to see the response, and we’re hoping that this resolution will generate a major discussion—proving that citizens in the reddest-of-the-red states care about the future of their children and their grandchildren.”

Speakers include representatives of the following endorsing organizations: Hope for Peace and Justice (Jeff Hood), Downwinders at Risk(Jim Schermbeck), Liveable Arlington (Ranjana Bhandari), Texas Campaign for the Environment, Dallas Sierra Club, Nepali Society of Texas and the Dallas Central Labor Council. Each will briefly discuss the concerns which brought their organization to join this effort. The importance of this U.N. Climate Conference will be outlined, providing a preview into events taking place later this month. Lists of signers will be furnished, along with a copy of the resolution.

Questions? Please contact Alyssa Burgin or 210-381-4021. Hope to see you there! 

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Friday, November 06, 2015

Lecture By Alyssa Burgin: November 12, 2015

Alyssa Burgin Lecture -- Climate Change And The Water Future Of Texas: Droughts, Floods And Economic Uncertainty  


Thursday, November 12th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Lecture & Discussion

The Friends of Peace are honored to host a lecture by Alyssa Burgin, a superstar in the Texas climate change activist community.

Ms. Burgin is a fifth-generation Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. She majored in physics and microbiology at the University of Texas, working in early monoclonal antibody research and public health projects. A lifelong interest in political communication, however, brought her to journalism graduate school, and a subsequent master's degree paved her way into positions in state and national political campaigns. In 2002, she shifted into issue advocacy, becoming first, the media and outreach director for Texans for Peace, then the crisis communications director for the Christian Peacemaker Teams. She co-founded the Texas Drought Project in 2008. 

We are looking forward to an informative lecture and discussion!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Climate Change Kills" Die-In takes place on October 17th

A small but determined group of Waco Friends of Peace members participated in a Die-In on October 17th.  This action was in support of the Peoples' Climate Movement’s declared national day of action on October 14th.

Friday, October 09, 2015

"Climate Change Kills" October Die-In demonstration

What: "Climate Change Kills" Die-In demonstration
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2-4 pm
Where: Corner of Valley Mills and Waco Drives, near PeiWei

Waco Friends of Peace will participate in The Peoples’ Climate Movement’s national day of action, which aims to increase demand for a powerful agreement at the COP21 which will limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees C.  Although October 14th is the official day, our action will be on Saturday, October 17th, in order to facilitate maximum attendance by those concerned about climate change.  We are not scheduling our usual monthly documentary/speaker event in order to focus our energy on this action.

The FOP action will be a “die in.”  Several activists will hold a huge banner that states “Climate Change Kills.”  The rest will lie on the ground as if dead, wearing white “death masks” (provided).  This will be a powerful statement, and all that are concerned about climate change are urged to attend and help make this a successful action.

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Progressive Film Series: September 10th, 2015


Thursday, September 10th
Poppa Rollo,s Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 93 Minutes

Merchants Of Doubt is our outstanding film selection for the month.  It provides an inside look at the PR firms, think tanks, and individuals who maintain the climate science denier industry.  Fascinating parallels between current anti-science propaganda and that used to deny the dangers of cigarette smoke and toxic chemicals are detailed.   The film utilizes an entertaining style to educate us on this important topic -- KNOW THINE ENEMY.

Merchants of Doubt is based on an acclaimed book of the same name by renowned science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. 

"Informative and infuriating"--The NY Times.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Progressive Film Series: August 13th, 2015



Thursday, August 13th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 91 Minutes 

The Yes Men’s new film, The Yes Men Are Revolting, is our documentary for August.  In this new film they focus their theatrical activism, impersonation, and other stunts on climate change.  As always, the film is informative, powerful, personal, and hilarious.

If you are familiar with the Yes Men you will enjoy another dose of their unique brand of activism. If not, this introduction to the work of Andy and Mike will be stunning and inspirational.

“…Experts at impersonating corporate shills and government bureaucrats in bogus, sometimes hilarious news conferences that undermine the agendas of the institutions they pretend to represent.” – New York Times

 “Entertaining mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography.” – Variety

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Earth Day 2015

The Waco Friends of Peace celebrated Earth Day 2015 by distributing free reusable shopping bags on Saturday, April 18th, at the Downtown Farmers Market.  The shopping bags featured the message:  COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE—AVOID PLASTIC.  About 1500 bags were given away at the successful action.

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