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, September 03, 2007

American People's Poll on Iraq, Ft. Worth 9.1.07

Texans for Peace sponsored this protest across the street from a big Republican meeting. Waco Friends of Peace members joined many many friends in Fort Worth for this great action. There were excellent speakers, including Hadi, Cindy, Ann Wright,
and Rev. Yearwood, musicians, and street theatre. Pictured are crosses and the stage (solar powered), the war criminals as arrested by Code Pink officers, musician with convention center in the background, and a scene from the very thoughtfully provided children's area. During the cleanup we debated what to do with the chain of peace decorations the kids made (below). I was touched when a 4 year old offered a suggestion: "leave them there and the bad guys will see them and throw away their guns." And we can hope the Republicans and the rest of the warmakers will see US and discard their addiction to guns.










BUSH RANCH PROTEST AUGUST 25, 2007

WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.
Protests continued this August when Bush was at the Crawford ranch for vacation. Carl led the way with a continuous presence at the Peace Institute and several nights sleeping in the ditch near the checkpoint. Kudos to Carl's perseverance and leadership. Kay at the Peace House as always provided wisdom, logistical support, sustenance, and shuttle service. Small groups joined Carl in the evening and other times at the checkpoint. An action led by Carl at the Billionaires for Bush fundraiser entrance garnered national news coverage and the arrest of Carl. The images here are of a protest across the street from the checkpoint on August 25. Friends of Peace members
including Boyce, Robert, and Harrison were joined by Carl, Kay,
and friends from Valley Mills and Dallas for 4 hours in the sun.
We number 6-8 at various times, but now we speak for 210
million Americans calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq.
Clearly the administration knew we were there as we were buzzed by helicopters twice. And 4 media outlets covered and reported on this action! Thanks to everyone for their hard work and effort during August. The American people have already spoken. But as long as the Congress and Bush refuse to end this illegal war, we will continue to speak out directly as voices of conscience.
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."--Thomas Jefferson.








PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES FOR SEPT. 20,2007




DATE: Thursday, Sept. 20 (**NOTE: date change for Sept. only**)


TIME: 6P.M. Pizza buffet and peace community announcements. 6:30 documentary and discussion.


VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Mtg. Room (enter from outer or inner door), 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.


COST: Pizza and film free.


AUDIENCE: All welcome.





This is a very controversial Alex Jones film and a departure from our typically more balanced documentaries. But I think it is a very worthwhile viewing because 1)Alex Jones is very influential (in top 10 Amazon doc. films) 2) although we made not agree with him entirely I believe we should be informed about his perspective, 3)we will all find many valid and powerful points made in this work, 4) the film has great graphics, and 5) although his style is "in your face" no one can deny Alex has guts to speak out. Although I am not a conspiracy theory true believer, I found the film fascinating.


Directors: Alex Jones
Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating : unrated (some casualty images may be inappropriate for small children).
Studio: Disinformation
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
Run Time: 113 minutes
Average Customer Review: *****

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" There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."
--Howard Zinn, historian.