Selection: "11th Hour."
Genre: environmental documentary.
Release date: April 8, 2008.
ScreeningDate: Thursday, May 8, 2008.
Time: 6p.m. Pizza buffet and announcements, 6:30 film and discussion.
Fee: all free, all welcome.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza meeting room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.
Run time: 92 minutes.
Environmental documentary 11th HOUR resides at the polar opposite of escapist summer fare its mission to firmly confront viewers about the indelible human footprint that humans have left on this planet and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse. Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and ably directed by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Peterson the documentary doesn't get much fancier than talking heads news footage and the occasional animated illustration but its message is potent and delivered effectively.The first hour of the film is essentially a horror story recounting the myriad sins perpetrated against the environment (pollution deforestation over-mining resources) the reasons behind it (corporate greed faulty public policy bad leadership ignorance) and what it means for the human race. Thankfully the last third of the movie tilts the mood upward with a spirited discussion of solutions offered by a crack team of scientists designers and thinkers. Stirring visions of alternate energy sources diversified transportation enlightened governmental agendas sustainable homes and cities and most importantly more conscious consumer choices leave viewers with the palpable feeling that change is both necessary and possible. If the "eleventh hour" for our planet is drawing near this admirable film points confidently towards a new dawn.
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Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
George Bush sneaked into Crawford the weekend of April 12-13, but he could not hide from local activists. An amazing peace karma was at work. We were focused on one of the greatest crimes of the administration--torture--on Saturday. We learned later that day, that on Friday night Bush had admitted in a TV network interview, that he had approved specific torture methods to be used by the CIA. So our emphasis was right on target. Four of us gave witness for peace and justice at the ranch checkpoint on Prairie Chapel Road, picture above. In a bizarre form of comic relief, we observed a bicycle company van speeding from the compound. Although the wheels are completely off this administration, Bush's bicycle presumably is in good shape. He pedals while Baghdad and the American Constitution and values burn. Two activists also expressed their conscience at the downtown corner in Crawford. They were accompanied by two friends in the local police department.
Thus the constant presence of voices of protest against the crimes of the Bush administration remains intact--whenever Bush returns to Crawford.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Reverend Robert Kenji Flowers
Best Friend Forever Awardee 2008
Waco Friends of Peace.
Thursday, April 10, 2008.
Robert accepts the plaque from FOP member Alan Northcutt at the monthly film/lecture meeting series. The crowd was standing room only as members and guests honored the 6 year Friends of Peace veteran. Robert will be leaving the Wesley Foundation in June for an assignment at a church in Fort Worth. Several attendees spoke in praise and respect for Robert, who has been a mainstay of the organization for years.
Robert was always available for protests and other actions--willing to speak out against war, torture, and man's inhumanity to man. I personally was inspired as well by his depth of knowledge on religious matters and history in general. Robert is a graduate of the SMU Perkins School of Theology and serves on the Alumni Council 2007-2008. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree recently at the Austin Presbyterian School of Theology.
The Friends of Peace and the Central Texas area will greatly miss Robert's knowledge, kindness, cooking, loyalty, hard work, and courage in the struggle for peace. Fort Worth will be blessed by his presence.
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