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.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

DECEMBER 2009 PROGRESSIVE FILM


TITLE: Body of War: The True Story of an Anti-War Hero.
DATE: December 10, Thurs.
TIME: 6pm, pizza/announcements.
6:30 film/discussion.
GENRE: Documentary.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza
Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr, Waco.
Run time: 87 min.
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
FEE: All free.
The Friends of Peace presents this spectacular film just as Pres. Obama announces the escalation of the war on Afghanistan. The film
details the suffering of an Iraq vet injured in the war. These details are spliced with the vote of Congress for that war. The effect is very moving.
The film reminds us of the horrible cost of these wars of choice. Viewing this documentary will further consolidate our opposition to further occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition, many of us will remember Thomas, the veteran in the film, from his time at Camp Casey in Crawford.
So please come see this moving and important film. And support the progressive movement in Waco.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES: November 2009


FRIENDS OF PEACE PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES: NOVEMBER.

TITLE: Flow: For the Love of Water.
GENRE: Documentary. DATE: Thursday, November 12, 2009.
TIME: pizza buffet and announcements 6p.m. film and discussion 6:30p.m.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco. front meeting room.
PRESENTER: Harrison Ward, Friends of Peace and Results program.
RATING: Unrated, but acceptable for all ages.
FEE: all free.





Please join us for this fascinating and vital documentary that looks at the impending world water shortage and the attempted privatization of the Earth's water by corporations. This topic is of utmost importance to the survival of the Earth's inhabitants. Without water our usual topics of war and peace will not matter. The flyer designed by Harrison is attached. This film will be informative and well worth your valuable time. Also, please come to support this refuge for the progressive community in Waco. Feel the comfort in knowing there are other progressives in Central Texas. And provide your ideas for future FOP actions. Thanks for your continued interest.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Progressive Film Series: October, 2009


TITLE: RETHINK AFGHANISTAN.
GENRE: Documentary.
DATE: Thursday, October 8, 2009.
TIME: 6pm pizza buffet and announcements.
6:30 film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills
Drive, Waco. Front meeting room.
RELEASE DATE: September 2009.
PRESENTER: Harrison Ward, FOP and Results.
FEE: Free pizza and film.
We always attempt to bring you the freshest
and most timely film each month. Nothing could
be more vital at this time of the 8th anniversary of
the Afghanistan occupation. And the film is brand
new having just been released.
We are honored by your attendance and participation in this Waco progressive forum.

PROTEST 8TH ANNIV. AFGHANISTAN OCCUPATION, SEPT. 25, 2009: Healthcare Not Warfare.

WACO, Tx.--The Waco Friends of Peace will sponsor a "HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE" protest, Friday, September 25, 3:15pm, at Congressman Chet Edwards office, 600 Austin Ave., Waco. The protest is in solidarity with protests which will take place across the country on the 8th anniversary of the occupation of Afghanistan, October 7. We call on Mr. Edwards to oppose any escalation of troops in Afghanistan, and oppose additional funding of the Afghanistan occupation without a timeline for U.S. withdrawal. We further request that Mr. Edwards support a healthcare "public option," or a single payer system. In a wealthy country such as the US, it is morally outrageous that some 40 million Americans are uninsured and that 45,000 Americans die annually due to lack of health insurance. The $130 billion currently proposed for Iraq and Afghanistan could fund universal health care for a year. We exhort Mr. Edwards to help change American priorities by voting for HEALTHCARE not WARFARE. (press release).












The action involved about 12 activists of all ages. We were excited to have some children participate, already developing a social conscience. We kept vigil outside Chet Edward's office from 3pm until 5pm. The reception from motorists was overwhelmingly positive. Three of us met for 30 minutes with one of Mr. Edward's
staff and had a productive discussion. The event was covered by the Waco Tribune-Herald which featured a large photo on the front of the Local section!! A photographer from the Baylor Lariat was also documenting the action. Thus we were very happy with the success of this protest. Our numbers were great for Waco, especially during work hours. Thanks to all the loyal FOP members, new folks, and kids who spent the time to speak their conscience. (We had the action
early as most groups are during this anniversary protest in early October. Due to absence of some members in October we needed to pick September 25).
























Monday, September 07, 2009

TEA PARTY COUNTERPROTEST 9/3/09



PRESS RELEASE.
For immediate release.
Sept. 3, 2009.
WACO, Tx.--The Waco Friends of Peace will sponsor a oounterprotest to the "Tea Party", today, 4:30pm, near Indian Springs Park in Waco. We believe that as one of the richest countries in the world, the United States has a moral imperative to insure all Americans have health care insurance. With a UN ranking of our health care of #36, and 40 million citizens uninsured, our system needs reform, to include a public insurance option, preferable a single payer system. All the major industrialized nations provide universal coverage, thus the United States can certainly afford to do so. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
About a dozen of us faced 1000+ teabaggers--and we clearly won a moral victory. Our message
was clearly visible to all those entering the tea party (including national buses), and the media.
Although many of the teaparty folks were civilized, others were very angry and told us to "get out
of my country." One Hispanic girl who joined with us encountered racist remarks. And the media
seemed very hungry to report our side of this issue. We were covered by all 3 TV channels
locally and the Waco Tribune-Herald. So the reporting of this teaparty included a clear statement
that there are those in Waco who disagree with their viewpoint and that we consider healthcare
in the United States a human right.
Thanks to all the Friends of Peace members who helped out, and to our friends from Baylor Democrats who joined in with us and did media interviews.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES, September 2009


TITLE: CONSTANTINE'S SWORD
GENRE: Documentary.
DATE: Thursday, September 10
TIME: Pizza and announcements 6,
film and discussion 6:30pm.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's mtg room,
enter from outside door on right
or from inside restaurant.
RATING: Unrated, suitable for
children.
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
FEES: Pizza buffet and film free.
RUN TIME: 96 minutes.
RELEASE DATE: Sept. 16, 2008.
Knowing that the right wing theocrats hand-picked Sarah Palin as their vehicle for gaining control of America and turning it into a Christian Dominionist nation, this documentary by James Carroll (who wrote the book of the same name) is especially compelling and insightful. Carroll is one of our favorite and most thoughtful of mainstream columnists(Boston Globe). Having been raised Irish Catholic and once been a priest, he has a remarkable insight into how religion and politics converge."Constantine's Sword" is a reflection and historical journey into how many denominations of Christianity evolved into a warring religion from the peaceful teachings of Jesus. Carroll focuses on the Roman Emperor Constantine who elevated the cross into a symbol that sanctified war, and made killing justified in the name of Christ and God.Carroll is the narrator and traveler who takes us on an expedition into how Christ's message became distorted over time, leading up to where the movie starts: the evangelical hot bed of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the evangelical takeover of the U.S. Airforce Academy in that city. He then moves backwards in time to about 350 years after Christ's death, interweaving his journey with personal remembrances of growing up in an observant Catholic family.Sarah Palin was the Trojan Horse that the End-Times crowd demanded McCain put on the ticket as the price to pay for unleashing their mailing lists and full-fledged support on election day. They were counting on McCain not making it through his first term, with Palin assuming office as a true believer who is even more indoctrinated into Armageddon theology than Bush.Carroll is a reflective, deliberating guide through the death and torture that are most reflected in the Crusades. But the Holy Wars have never really stopped there. They continue to this day, but under other carefully-crafted pretenses.And Sarah Palin is prepared now to go to war with Russia. McCain would start wars because he doesn't know how to do much except engage in conflicts. Palin would start wars because it's God's will.One of the best lines in this provocative documentary is Carroll noting that the Vatican didn't condemn the massive aerial bombing of Vietnam, but would have vociferously denounced the war if the U.S. planes had been dropping condoms on North Vietnam instead of high-powered explosives.
I found this to be a very thoughtful, carefully crafted documentary; yet it delivered a strong indictmentof the pro-war attitudes of some Christian churches. However, I recall that at the beginning of the Iraq war, the Pope strongly condemned the U.S. invasion. So maybe the churches have learned to a degree from past experiences. In any event, the film may be controversial to some Christians in the audience and should spark a lively discussion.
At this time of right wing hysteria and resurgence of racism, your attendance
and support of this progressive forum in Waco is vital. We are honored by your
presence and input.
BEFORE the film began the Friends of Peace presented its 2009 outstanding local activist
award to Mrs. Sara Haney.
Her plaque read: "for steadfast support and courageous activism for Peace and Justice."
Those who know Mrs. Haney realize the award was well deserved. She has financially supported
the group and has been a loyal and brave activist and she has taken to the streets many times
to speak truth to power. We are all grateful for her fantastic efforts.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Progressive Film/Lecture Series for August 2009




DATE: Thursday, August 13
TIME: 6pm pizza and announcements
6:30 film, discussion,petition
TITLE: WHITE LIGHT, BLACK
RAIN: THE DESTRUCTION OF
HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI.
GENRE: Documentary.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N.
Valley Mills Drive, Waco. meeting
room, enter from outside door on
right, or from inside.
RUN TIME: 85 minutes.
RATING: Unrated. some scenes of
the dead and injured may be too
intense for small children.
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
FEE: All free.

In this extraordinary documentary, Academy Award winning filmmaker
Steven Okazaki (Days of Waiting), presents shocking archival footage, stunning photography and heartrending interviews--from both Japanese survivors of the attacks and the Americans who believed their involvement would help end a brutal conflict--for a deeply moving look at the painful legacy of the first use of nuclear weapons in war.
I was educated and moved by this documentary, which provides a unique perspective on the nuclear attack on Japan.

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2007.

"...concise...important...should be required viewing..." --Variety.
"a stirring and heart-wrenching statement of the horrible powers that mankind holds in its fist." --The Hollywood Reporter.

Please join us to commemorate the 64th anniversary of this tragic event. And we will take action by signing petitions to further global nuclear disarmament, to forward to President Obama and Chet Edwards.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Progressive Film/Lecture Series: JULY


FILM: TORTURING DEMOCRACY.
GENRE: Documentary.
DATE: Thursday, July 9, 2009.
TIME: Pizza buffet and announcements 6pm, film
and discussion 6:30.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills
Drive, Waco. West End Meeting Room, enter from
inside restaurant or front outside on right.
AUDIENCE: All welcome. some scenes may be a
bit graphic for small children.
PRICE: Free (donations accepted). Note that free
pizza is provided by Friends of Peace, not Poppa
Rollo's.
RELEASE DATE: 2009 (not widely available yet).
PRESENTER: Harrison Ward, Friends of Peace
member.
BONUS: We still have about 50 free WAR IS NOT
THE ANSWER yard signs you may have. Help
spread the message in this militarized zone of
Waco.
With exclusive interviews, explosive documents and rare archival footage, award winning filmmaker Sherry Jones has
crafted the definitive account of a deeply troubling chapter in recent American history. Torturing Democracy presents the evidence that links orders for torture
straight to the top of the chain of command.
Please join us for this important and timely film and support this forum for progressive thought (not restrained
by political parties) in Central Texas.

Monday, May 18, 2009

CINDY SHEEHAN : June 9, 2009











CINDY SHEEHAN LECTURE.
DATE: Tuesday, June 9, 2009.
TIME: Pizza/veggie buffet and announcements 6pm, Cindy 6:30.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Outback Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr, Waco.
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
FEE: All Free.
Please join us to welcome our friend Cindy back to Central Texas where her amazing
journey started. She is on a tour now with her most recent book and we are happy
to have her speak in Waco. History may well look back to August 2005 and consider Cindy
the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement. She ignited the American people against the Iraq
occupation and this fervor eventually swept Barack Obama into the White House. She has traveledthe world with her message of peace and made a courageous run for U.S. Congress against Speaker Pelosi. But the military industrial machine has not been dismantled and the occupations continue. So the struggle must continue. Please come for inspiration in the struggle from Cindy, and experience a piece of history. Thanks for your valuable time.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES: May 14, 2009


Title: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT.
Genre: Documentary.
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009.
Time: Pizza/veggie buffet and announcements 6p.m, film and discussion
6:30.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza meeting room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive. enter
from outside door to right, or from inside the restaurant.
Run time: 71 minutes.
Rating: unrated. a few scenes of dead persons in South America you might
find objectionable for young children.
Audience: All welcome.
Price: All free.
Every November, thousands of people from across North America gather outside Fort Benning, Georgia to form one of the largest anti-war demonstrations in the U.S. since the
Vietnam war. The issue is the controversial U.S. Army School of the Americas, where over
60,000 Latin soldiers have been trained, among them dictators like Manuel Noriega of Panama and death squad leaders like Roberto D'Aubuisson of El Salvador. Demonstrators
denounce the SOA as a "School of Assassins," but Army officials argue that the school has
played a crucial role in bringing democracy and stability to Latin America. Interviews include Father Roy Bourgeois, Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hitchens, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Michael
Parenti. A bold, unflinching look at the nature and consequences of U.S. policy in Latin America.
"Incredible documentary...required viewing."---Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
"....the School of the Americas reminds people..that Americans too can be
collectively responsible for torture, for murder, for dictatorship.."--Christopher
Hitchens.

Friday, March 27, 2009

APRIL Progressive Lecture: RAY Mc GOVERN




Images from Ray's
lecture at Poppa Rollo's Pizza. He is
presented with the
traditional Texas
shaped pizza by the
gracious and helpful owner of Poppa's Mary Duty. The crowd was standing room only and all were spellbound by the depth of insight and truth in Mr. McGovern's words. We truly were honored
to have him speak in Waco.






SPEAKER: Ray McGovern, CIA veteran, peace



activist.



DATE: Thursday, April 16, 2009. (**3rd TH.**)



TIME: Pizza Buffet and announcements 6pm.



Ray McGovern speaks 6:30pm.



VENUE:Poppa Rollo's Pizza, meeting room, 703



N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.



ORGANIZER: Harrison Ward, Friends of Peace,



Results.



NOTE: Veggies and Fruit available for non-pizza



people.



FEE: All Free.



AUDIENCE: All welcome.









We are pleased to announce that in April our Friends of Peace film / lecture series will present in person Ray McGovern. Ray was a CIA analyst for 27 years, serving under presidents Kennedy through George H. W. Bush. Ray’s responsibilities at CIA included chairing National Intelligence Estimates under presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, and preparing the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) under presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. He retired in 1990. At his retirement ceremony Ray received the Intelligence Commendation Medallion and a letter of gratitude from then-President George H. W. Bush. In January 2003, after it had become clear that intelligence analysis was being corrupted by political pressure to “justify” an unprovoked attack on Iraq, a handful of intelligence community alumni, including Ray, created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. VIPS’ first paper, a Memorandum for the President, sent on February 5, 2003, offered a same-day critique of Secretary of State Colin=2 0Powell’s address to the UN. In the memorandum VIPS warned that intelligence analysts were “increasingly distressed at the politicization of intelligence” and “were finding it hard to make themselves heard above the drumbeat for war.” The memo urged the president to “widen the discussion beyond...the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.” Of course we know what then happened. However, Ray has continued to speak out, expanding his areas of public concern to such subjects as Afghanistan, Iran, corporate media, and the ongoing Israeli / Palestinian tragedy. In fact, there is no telling what subject Ray will choose to address at Poppa Rollo’s, but we can be sure that we will be hearing from an expert. In order to accommodate Ray’s busy schedule, April’s event will take place on the 3rd Thursday, April 16th. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend – it will be worth it! --Harrison Ward.












Friday, March 06, 2009

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES--MARCH 2009



Title: The Times of Harvey Milk.

Genre: Documentary.

Date: Thursday, March 12.

Time: 6p.m. pizza/veggie buffet

and announcements. 6:30

film and discussion.

Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza mtg

room (enter from outside or

inside), 703 N. Valley Mills

Drive, Waco.

Rating: ok for general audience.

Run time: 88 minutes.

Awards: Best Documentary,

Academy Awards.

Admission: film and pizza free. all welcome.
A devastatingly skillful and emotionally compelling documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk charts the political rise and brutal slaying of the first openly gay city official in the United State, Harvey Milk. Ironically, the same election that brought Milk to the board of city supervisors of San Francisco also elected the man who killed him, a former police officer and fireman named Dan White. After White shot both Mayor George Moscone and Milk, his defense lawyers convinced the jury that White's judgment was impaired by depression and junk food, resulting in a conviction for manslaughter instead of murder--a verdict that prompted riots. With care and conviction, The Times of Harvey Milk captures not only Milk himself, but also the political and social landscape in which these events took place. The interviews--with friends, politicians, and journalists--are articulate and heartfelt, expressing the impact that Milk had upon this historical moment. --Bret Fetzer
"Brilliant and gripping...a film for all of us." ---Los Angeles Times.
"Two thumbs up."---Siskel and Ebert.
"Powerful, moving and dramatic."---Newsweek.
The recent drama "Milk" has brought the life of Harvey into the spotlight. So please join us to see the REAL
story of his courageous life in our documentary offering. Its a great film and should spur a lively discussion on
this vital issue of gay equality..

Monday, January 26, 2009

CHRISTMAS CARD FOR CHET EDWARDS, 2008









In anticipation of President Obama's promise to remove troops from Iraq in 16 months, United for Peace and Justice and other national groups organized efforts to contact Congresspeople prior to January 20. The Waco Friends of Peace decided to have an action during the Christmas break at the office our our District 17 Congressman Chet Edwards. Since Mr. Edwards is clearly a hawkish Democrat who is unlikely to receive any input from constituents supporting rapid withdrawal from Iraq, we felt it important to make a strong statement of our position. We designed a poster sized Christmas card for Mr. Edwards with our message for peace. The fantastic art work was
done by Kay Lucas, director of the Crawford Texas Peace House. On the morning of December 23rd 2008 we presented the card to the Waco office of Congressman Edwards. A local TV station was
present to record the event. Activists who participated included Linda Foley, Kay, and Harrison
Ward. The Congressman's office was very gracious in accepting the card and promised the Congressman would later receive it. The 9-point message can be read in the last image above (clink on photo to enlarge). We have no doubt that the unique nature of this communication
helped ensure that he read it, and hopefully he was influenced by its message.
Thanks to all the activists who helped in making this important statement to our elected
representative.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES, FEBRUARY 12, 2009


TITLE: PEACE, PROPAGANDA AND THE PROMISED LAND: U.S. MEDIA AND THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.
GENRE: Documentary.
PRESENTER: Kay Lucas, director, Crawford Texas Peace House.
DATE: Thursday, February 12, 2009.
TIME: 6p.m. pizza/veggi buffet and announcements, 6:30 film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza mtg, room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco. Enter from inside or from
outside door on the right.
RATING: unrated, but some graphic scenes of injured civilians may not be appropriate for children.
RUN TIME: 80 minutes.
PRICE: All free (donations accepted).
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied territories appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics. Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Last Checkpoint Protests During the Bush Presidency




















































































































LEGEND:
1)The day Bush arrived for Holidays 2 activists on the corner in
downtown Crawford. They were joined by a visitor from Florida who
asked to hold a sign. It was cold and windy. But we were warmed
by the power of truth as a like spirit for peace joins us, as has
happened so many times before.
2)The same day activists from Friends of Peace and others at the
checkpoint of Bush ranch.
3-5)Several days later a group of about 15 at the traditional New
Year's Eve Peace Vigil at the checkpoint. We were joined by
activists from Dallas and Austin with the message "Worst Presi-
dent Ever." It was bitterly cold but the group spoke its truth
for about 2 hours that night. We brought in 2009 with phone
calls to friends such as Ann Wright and Cindy Sheehan. Words
can not express the magical power of the simple act of speaking
truth with a small band of peace activists, in the face of military killing machine based just a few kilometers up the road.
6-10)Karma got us in place the next morning on New Year's Day at
the checkpoint before Bush left Crawford for the last time as
President. We felt sentimental knowing this was the last time
we would speak out against tyranny while Bush was President.
11)After Bush left the ranch, Secret Service took down the barriers
for the last time. We reflected on the various reaction we
received from the police at the site: friendly and helpful,
silent and neutral, gruff or grumpy, and downright belligerent
and aggressive. We noted that the reaction from cars leaving
and entering the compound had become more and more positive to
us over the years.
12)As we walked on toward the main entrance gate the sign reminded
us of the struggle for freedom of speech that had gone on before.
And on this very day, the pictured activist was harassed by the
secret service for legally walking on this stretch of road. We
were reminded that we must always know our rights and fight to
exercise them.
13-14)The helicopters carrying Bush out as President for the last
time began to leave. And Harrison's sign summed it up well as
Bush tried to rewrite history now and rehabilitate his legacy:
"HE'S STILL LYING.!!!"
15)As we prepare to leave (for now), and the Secret Service pack
up the barricades, a buzzard circles over the true remnants
of the Bush legacy.
Thanks to all peace activists through the years who have helped
maintain this consistent vigil at the Bush ranch. I know we have
helped move the country a few steps in the direction of peace.





Saturday, January 03, 2009

JANUARY 8, 2009 PROGRESSIVE FILM/MEETING




TITLE:THE END OF AMERICA.


GENRE: Documentary.


DATE: January 8, 2009.


TIME: 6pm pizza/veg bar and


community announcements.


6:30 film and discussion.


VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza


703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco


meeting room (enter from in-


side or outer right door).


AUDIENCE: All welcome.


PRICE: All Free.


RELEASE DATE: Jan 20, 2009.


RUN TIME: 74 minutes.


DIRECTORS: Annie Sundberg,


Ricki Stern.





The Waco Friends of Peace


always strive to bring you the


freshest, most timely film or


lecture each month. Films or


speakers you are unlikely to


find anywhere else in central Texas. Our title this month has not even been
widely released on DVD. You do not have to be a conspiracy theorist to appre-



ciate "The End of America." The parallels between Bush's America and Hitler's


Germany are striking. The film beautifully sums up the damage to our democracy


from 8 years of the Bush regime. Now is the perfect time to review and contem-


plate the Bush legacy. And maybe celebrate a bit with his departure. Please


honor us with your presence and join the discussion. Help maintain this unique


forum in Waco. Thank you.








FILM DESCRIPTION:


Along with the rest of America, best-selling author and feminist Naomi Wolf was overwhelmed by the swell of conflicting information and the sudden march to war after 9/11. Wolf looked to history to help her understand the dramatic changes she believed she was witnessing, and discovered the disturbing similarities between post-9/11 US policy and that of historically fascist regimes such as Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany. Wolf authored her next book, THE END OF AMERICA, which demonstrated that the United States was on a remarkably certain path toward ending democracy. Taking the thesis of her book to the streets, Wolf set out on a national tour to discuss the evolution of America from a functional democracy into a closed, fear-driven society with a terrifying absence of due process. In this profound and eye-opening film, Award-winning veteran documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT) accompany Wolf as she discusses America's dangerous passage towards becoming a society of fear and surveillance, and expresses her plea to restore our nation's most cherished values.

REVIEW:
The End of America,” an unsettling documentary polemic about the erosion of civil liberties in the wake of 9/11, brings up matters many of us would rather not contemplate in the middle of a financial crisis and on the eve of a new administration. Federal laws enacted during the last seven years that threaten our constitutional rights, it reminds us, remain in effect. --Stephen
Holden, The New York Times.