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.

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.