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 28, 2008

SPECIAL EVENT FEBRUARY 7TH, 7P.M., Poppa Rollo's Pizza.



EPILOGUE: The lecture by Dr. Roberts on February 7th at Poppa Rollo's was a tremendous success. Over 100 people attended, the crowd was standing room only. Many loyal local peace activists were joined by members of the Waco community at large, a large contingent from Baylor University, our friends from the Crawford Peace House and Camp Casey Peace Institute, Vets For Peace members from Austin, and other peacemongers from Dallas and Austin. Thanks to everyone who attended. Special thanks to Kay Lucas, Mary Duty, Gayle, Baylor students, Harrison Ward, Professor Gayle Avant, and all those who worked on this project. Everyone was moved by Dr. Robert's data and personal experiences. We appreciate his time in providing this vital information in Texas (his only stop was Waco). Dr. Roberts also received a positive reception speaking to classes of Professor Avant on February 8th. And I am happy to report that Dr. Roberts, who has lectured extensively about his Lancet study around the country, was happy and satisfied with the crowds and interest here in Waco.
Pictured above at Poppa Rollo's is Dr. Roberts with veteran Waco peace activist Rev. Robert Flowers, and with Mary Duty, owner of Poppa Rollo's whose help was vital in providing the venue for the lecture. No doubt this was the Professor's first taste of pizza in the shape of Texas.



"A Story of Media Spin:
How Americans came to underestimate civilian deaths in Iraq by a factor of 100."

A Presentation by
Les Roberts, PhD, Epidemiologist, Associate Professor, Columbia University.

*Professor Roberts is the lead author of the 2006 Lancet medical journal study which shook the world, revealing 655,000 Iraqis had died as a result of the U.S. occupation.

*His study was the most valid scientific analysis of the human cost of the Iraq War.

*He is an international authority on the computation of deaths in zones of war and other disasters.

Les Roberts has a B.S. degree in physics, a Masters degree in public health from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins. He did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. Les was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. He now is an Associate Professor with the Columbia University Program on Forced Migration and Health. Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring mortality in times of war. He presently lives in Central New York with his wife Mary Grace.

A Waco Friends of Peace Event
Thursday, Feb. 7 - 7 PM
Poppa Rollo’s Pizza/Outback Room (behind, separated by driveway).
703 N. Valley Mills Dr, Waco
Complimentary Pizza
EVERYONE WELCOME.

The Friends of Peace and Waco are honored to have a speaker of the international caliber
of Professor Roberts. His study in Lancet is truly one of the most important and controversial reports in recent years. This will be Dr. Roberts' only speaking engagement in Texas. So please come and support this event, helping to provide a suitable crowd for this renowned scientist. Help show him that Texans DO body counts--that the lives of ALL innocents in the world matter. Your time will be well spent.






Sunday, January 13, 2008

GUANTANAMO 6TH ANNIVERSARY PROTEST







The Waco Friends of Peace sponsored a protest January 10th, one day before the 6th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison. The event occurred in front of the Federal Courthouse on Franklin and 8th in Waco. Five FOP activists were dressed in Gitmo garb and held signs "Close Guantanamo" and "Stop Torture." As usual the police attempted to intimidate us and move us across the street. We insisted on our 1st amendment rights on a public sidewalk and stayed there for about 3 hours. We believe Gitmo is a national disgrace because detainees have been held for years without charge or trial (and often without lawyer), children as young as 13 have been held, 55% of detainees have not committed any hostile act against the U.S., habeas corpus has been destroyed, and because illegal torture as occurred. We call for the closure of Gitmo as have the U.N., international human rights groups, and even Colin Powell.
We were honored to have local attorney and elected official, David Schleicher, join us (pictured without hood). We admire and thank David for his courage and conscience, and especially for his willingness to join us and speak out in Waco--at a place where he is very well known.
The Waco-Tribune Herald published a very fair article with photo and we also thank the paper for its interest.
This action was a great success--keeping the abuses of Guantanamo in the public conscience, and demonstrating that speaking out for truth is an acceptable and virtuous action.








BUSH PROTESTS DECEMBER HOLIDAYS 2007







The Holidays always bring Bush to Crawford, and activists are always there to object to his imperial Presidency, endless wars, priorities of business over people, and decimation of the Constitution. The general public is also mostly disgusted by him but seems willing to let his term expire without impeachment. The Democrats have done little to stand up to his distorted priorities. But many of us feel its still up to the grassroots to express that voice of conscience near the source of evil Power.
These are images of some of the actions near the ranch during the Holidays. On Dec. 30, activists from the Crawford Texas Peace House, Camp Casey Peace Institute, Waco Friends of Peace, and others met and discussed the day's plans. Signs expressing opposition to the Iraq occupation were displayed in downtown Crawford and in front of the press corp site (with water tower in background). A march occurred from the Peace House to the press core site. At the ranch checkpoint, women dressed in black and others honored the death of the inspirational Mrs. Bhutto. Other sentiments were "Worst president ever," and "End the War."







































On New Year's Eve the hard core activists braved the cold to be at the checkpoint at midnight. It felt right to express truth to power as 2008 arrived. One sign showed the war criminal's face with the words "impeach" and "2008."
Thanks to everyone from the organizations involved and to all peace workers for their cooperation together and dedication.


























































Sunday, January 06, 2008

CHET EDWARDS ACTION DEC. 17, 2007


Four members of Friends of Peace and Vets for Peace assembled at Representative Chet Edwards' Waco office December 17, a few days before the House vote on more funds for the Iraq occupation. We had met with Mr. Edwards on 2 occasions before, and felt he was interested in the issues and sincere. He had expressed dissatisfaction with the Iraq War and seemed eager to end it. But on the 17th we stayed the entire day until closing of the office--and he refused to speak with us. We were very disappointed at his lack of response on this most important issue of our time. And later in the week the Congress again became invertebrates and approved $70 billion more in war funding--with NO timeline for withdrawal of troops. To our shock and disappointment--Congressman Chet Edwards was one of the Democrats who did vote FOR such funding. I faxed a letter to Mr. Edward's office expressing my disgust with his vote (see below). My feeling at this point is that the Democrats will not take steps to end the war in Iraq during Bush's term. Many thanks for the extreme dedication of Carl Rising-Moore, and Harrison Ward and Mrs. Haney (images). And as always, thanks to Ms. Johnson in Mr. Edward's office for her hospitality.

The Honorable Chet Edwards
Member of Congress
17th District, Texas
Washington, D.C.

Dear Congressman Edwards,
I and others of the peace community in District 17 have met with you twice concerning ending the Iraq occupation. At the time we felt you were sincere in addressing our concerns. But I and many others were shocked and disgusted by your vote last week to provide $70 billion more funds for the war with no timeline for troop withdrawal. You have betrayed the American people, 60% of whom have demanded such a timeline. By giving in to the bullying of Bush, you and the other Democrats who voted for the funding now also OWN the war—its not just Bush’s fiasco anymore.
Yes of course Bush would threaten a veto—but it was up to the Congress to stand up to his threats and carry out the will of the American people. The people are smart and mature enough to no longer buy this “support the troops” nonsense for unrestricted funding. If you really wanted to “support the troops”, you could take steps to bring them home alive—not provide money for their continued slaughter.
I can not imagine why you would support the Bush monarchy instead of the troops and the American people. Bush has lied us into an illegal occupation of Iraq (for oil and empire) , authorized torture and rendition, spied on Americans illegally, destroyed habeas corpus and stomped on the Constitution. Its past time for the Democrats to restore the good name of the United States.


Sincerely,

Alan D. Northcutt, M.D.
Dec. 26, 2007
Sent by Fax.