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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Crawford Action November 10, 2007






















Peace and Justice groups joined forces November 10 in Crawford in protest of Bush Administration policies, during a visit of Bush to his "ranch". The unbelievable disgrace of the Senate confirmation of Mukasey as Attorney General happened the day before. Members of the Waco Friends of Peace and others protested at the ranch checkpoint against waterboarding and all forms of human torture practiced by the Bush administration. Having undergone a mild degree of waterboarding personally, I can confirm what all the world knows: waterboarding IS torture. Our simple statement for the action was:
Crawford, TX
November 10, 2007.

The Waco Friends of Peace condemn all forms of torture and extraordinary rendition and call on Mr. Bush to immediately end these practices. Waterboarding is a classic torture technique and undeniably violates U.S. and international law. Waterboard torture was used during the Spanish Inquisition and the Japanese were prosecuted for its use after World War II. We protest at the Bush Ranch today these abusive practices and say as Americans: “not in our name.” We call on Mr. Bush to help restore the moral authority of the U.S. by immediately ending all torture and extraordinary rendition.
The Friends of Peace were joined by Pakistani and Iranian activists at the checkpoint. Later they spoke at a press conference at the Crawford Texas Peace House. The press conference was led by legendary Dallas activist Hadi Jawad. The Iranian activist explained the reality of society in Iran and pleaded for the U.S. not to attack her country. The Pakistani activists demanded their constitution be restored, curbs against the media be removed, and elections be held by Jan. 15, 2008.
Thanks to all activists from around the state who participated and helped speak truth to power.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

November 8, Progressive Film Series





DOCUMENTARY: No End in Sight (2007).



DATE: Thursday, November 8



TIME: Pizza buffet and announcements 6p.m.



Film and discussion 6:30p.m.



LOCATION: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Meeting Room,



enter from outside or inner door. 703 N.



Valley Mills Drive, Waco.



FEE: All free.



AUDIENCE: Everyone welcome.
SYNOPSIS:
The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003) as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts. NO END IN SIGHT examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy – the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military – largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. How did a group of men with little or no military experience, knowledge of the Arab world or personal experience in Iraq come to make such flagrantly debilitating decisions? NO END IN SIGHT dissects the people, issues and facts behind the Bush Administration’s decisions and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.
Actors: Campbell Scott, Richard Armitage, James Fallows, Samantha Power, Barbara Bodine
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating: unrated
Studio: Magnolia
Run Time: 102 minutes


REVIEWS:

"A coolheaded devastating expose."--Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.

"An absolutely vital film. Exacting. Enraging and Revelatory."--A.O. Scott,The New York Times

Winner Special Jury Prize, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2007.


The best documented and detailed documentary on Iraq I have seen. I'm sure you will be informed and feel your time is well spent. Please attend and support this unique forum for information and opinion in Central Texas.