Waco Friends of Peace/Climate 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.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Friends of Peace message for the election year.


As of May 1st, 2008, the Friends of Peace billboard is back! As you know our previous impeachment billboard heroically survived verbal attacks, the severe limitations to the 1st amendment in Waco, and physical assault--for 5 months. But finally its brave message was censored about one year ago. So we are very happy to have a new message for the election 2008. We will maintain this board through the November election. Although Friends of Peace does not typically endorse a candidate for President, I think it's clear which candidate is closest to voicing an anti-war sentiment. The current location is on Panther Way near Hewitt drive in Hewitt. While driving on Panther toward the light at Hewitt Drive, the visibility of this sign is fantastic. But our plan is to move the sign around in other parts of Waco, especially those sites with very high traffic. We feel the simple and powerful message is an important reminder at this time--less the lesson of Iraq and other imperialist wars be forgotten. (Thanks to our friend Carl for the phrase). Contributions to help keep this billboard going are greatly appreciated.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Progressive Film Series for June


Documentary: BLOOD AND OIL (2008).
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008.
Time: 6p.m. pizza buffet and announcements.
6:30p.m. film and discussion.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive,
Waco. meeting room, enter from inside or outside
front door on right.
Audience: All welcome.
Price: free film and pizza buffet.

The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East has long been dismissed as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. Blood and Oil, a new documentary based on the critically-acclaimed work of Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare, challenges this conventional wisdom to correct the historical record. The film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years – rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. In the end, Blood and Oil calls for a radical re-thinking of US energy policy, warning that unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates.

Genre: Documentary.
Runtime: Approx. 52 min.
Rating: suitable for children.
Release Date: May 22, 2008.
Media Education Foundation: other films include "War Made Easy," "Reel Bad Arabs,"
and "Hijacking Catastrophe."
In an effort to bring you the newest and most important films, we are proud to present "Blood and Oil," just released in May. Join us for the Waco premier. Your
peace and justice announcements welcome, and your discussion of the film honored. Please support this unique forum in Waco.