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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

BUSH RANCH PROTEST JULY 19, 2008


"Bush may be a lame duck, but we're not," was Harrison Ward's quick response to the question of why we continue to protest. His response sums it up very accurately. Of course, the national media is paying less and less attention to the man, as he becomes more irrelevant.
But we feel it important to continue the tradition of protests at the ranch checkpoint each time Bush is there (since 2005). Its a matter of conscience and consistency--to never let Bush forget that there are millions of Americans who strongly object to his illegal wars and shredding of the Constitution. And that approximately 210 million disapprove of his presidency. There were only 2 of us available for this latest checkpoint action. (Thanks to Kay Lucas for loyal and able shuttle service). But we are a ripple that reaches to the ranch and to many others in Central Texas. And an added bonus--Channel 6 TV did a very nice interview at the scene. As Howard Zinn says: every action, no matter how small, is important to the cumulative movement.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Progressive Presentation Series for July


FILM: CRAWFORD.
GENRE: documentary.
DATE: Thursday, July 10, 2008.
TIME: pizza buffet and community announcements
at 6pm, film and discussion 6:30pm.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's pizza meeting room, 703 N.
Valley Mills, Waco. enter front meeting
room from outside door on right or from
inner restaurant door.
RATING: ok for kids, limited language.
BONUS: Misti Turbeville, the main character of the
film, will be present for the discussion!
AUDIENCE: all welcome.
PRICE: free pizza buffet and film.
JULY MODERATORS: Harrison Ward, Gail Boyd.
Please join us for the Waco premier of this outstanding documentary. This is a great opportunity to see the acclaimed film which has not been released yet on DVD to the general public. The film unfolds almost entirely through the words of Crawford citizens and protesters, and is thus insightful and balanced.

“….revelatory: a deeply committed piece of high-def storytelling.”
Steve Dollar, The New York Sun

“…a serious splash at SXSW…[Modigliani is] one of the four next great Texas directors.” Christopher Kelly, Texas Monthly

“…an evenhanded and occasionally poignant account…populated with colorful, contrasting characters who have profoundly mixed feelings about being used as props in Bush's political stagecraft.” Joe Leydon, VARIETY

“CRAWFORD received standing ovations at South by Southwest.” Jeffrey Ressner, Politico.com

“Vital…Engaging…CRAWFORD has the potential to disrupt narratives and change the way people think.” Jake Gyllenhaal

“…smart and absorbing…a microcosm of a nation…” Flickhead.com

“A touching, even-handed, and genuinely significant film.” Dan Nuxoll, Rooftopfilms.com
“….a fresh, unique perspective…entertaining and incredibly affecting…” Josh Tyler, Cinemablend

“The right mingles with the left, no one is declared a winner…a brilliant job…refreshing, and the ultimate compliment to director David Modigliani, to have such a politically charged environment delivered to the viewer with such an even hand.”
Mark Bell, Film Threat
Thanks for your support of this unique forum for progressive thought and discussion in Waco and Central
Texas. We know everyone is very busy and we always strive to bring you films and lectures that will be enlightening and well worth your attendance. If you are able to make it, we are honored by your presence.
peace, alan