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.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Call to Action: SOTU protest in Waco

Waco citizens to contrast President's speech with "People's State of the Union" Tuesday

"King George" himself to attend Waco protest countering State of the Union

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A public SOTU watch party will give Wacoans an opportunity to count and counter administration lies, distortions, cronyism, corruption, illegal activities, wasteful spending, environmental destruction and other crimes and scandals during the past year




Details:

4 - 6 pm: Rush-hour demonstration at the intersection of Waco Drive and Valley Mills. Huge banners will proclaim "Disgrace of the Nation" and ask passing motorists to "Honk for Impeachment". SPECIAL GUEST: "King George" will be wearing his crown and waving and enjoying his imperial powers. All those concerned about administration policies and determined to preserve the right to dissent even in "Bush Country" are invited to join in.

7:30 - 9:30: A SOTU watch party will allow those who are alarmed by the true "state of the union" and tired of hearing the same old lies and witnessing the dissolution of our peace, security and liberties to not only commiserate with each other, but to discuss ways to stop appointments and legislation that hurt and disempower average Americans. Location: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills.

For more info, see previous post or or call 254-480-9008.

(cross-posted to Friends of Peace, Heart of Texas Peace Action, and Heart of Texas IMC



Call to Action: SOTU protest in Waco

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Critical "State of the Union" prompts local protest during President's speech before Congress

Next Tuesday, January 31, the day President Bush will give his annual State of the Union address, citizens in communities across the country will gather in protest.

In Waco, area residents will gather from 4 to 6 pm at the southwest corner of Waco Drive and Valley Mills to greet rush hour traffic with signs, banners and other visual displays. Organizers say their intention is to express their concerns about President Bush's war in Iraq, illegal domestic spying and other issues.

"The US is in a constitutional crisis with the Bill of Rights and our three-branch form of government under attack by the Bush administration." said Alan Northcutt, of Waco Friends of Peace, one of the event organizers. "I believe citizens have a responsibility to fight back under the first amendment and express their opposition to Bush's policies."

Participants also plan to convene later in the evening, during the speech, at another location to be announced.

Some key points to be made by the demonstrations:

* Rather than State of the Union speech it is Disgrace of the Union.

* Protest in solidarity with many around the country and world who decry unconstitutional and imperialistic activities.

* Our democracy is threatened by an imperial president who believes in the unitary executive and seeks to destroy the checks and balances that have preserved this nation for over 200 years.

* Say no more to: routine lies and distortion, endless wars, torture, war profiteers, corruption in Washington, personal attacks on administration critics, hiding or outlawing of dissent, illegal spying on Americans, bigotry, intolerance, environmental destruction.

"We feel at this time of a crisis in our democracy we must be highly visible," Northcutt said. "It's important to make a statement that Waco is NOT monolithic Bush country."

For more information about the action, call 254-486-0099 or go to www.friendsofpeace.org.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Waco film premiere of WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception

Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006.
Venue: Waco Central Library, 1717 Austin Ave., downstairs mtg. room (map)
Time: Snacks 5:30, Film and discussion 6:00
Admission: Free.
More information: 254 752 9621 ext.226.

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception is a documentary film describing the role of the mainstream media before the invasion of Iraq and during the occupation. The filmmaker Danny Schechter is a veteran producer who previously worked for CNN and ABC. The film points out that prior to the war the media did little more than serve as a cheerleader for Bush. For example, only 3% of new sources during broadcasts were from anti-war voices. He notes the Iraq war is "war as entertainment", complete with countdown and kickoff. Further, the anti-war movement seemed to be invisible because the major networks denied airtime for ads from those opposed to the war. (More info on film here)

Please attend and enlarge the progressive thoughts and actions here in Bush country. Thank you.

"Sometimes, to be silent is to lie."

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Our regular schedule (2006)

2nd Thursday - Program
(usually a film or forum)
Poppa Rollos Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, in side room accessible from front parking lot
6:00 pm - announcements, place orders individually (optional)
6:30 pm - program, followed by discussion

1st Sunday - Business meeting
Waco UU Church, 4209 N. 27th
6 - 7:30 pm
We usually have some refreshments to share.


See entries on main page for special event listings such as demonstrations and study groups.