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Waco Friends of Peace/Climate normally meets on the first Monday of the month at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, at 703 N. Valley Mills Dr. in Waco, with a free buffet followed by a documentary film or a guest speaker.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
lecture at Poppa Rollo's Pizza. He is
presented with the
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
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,
NOTE: Veggies and Fruit available for non-pizza
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
Title: The Times of Harvey Milk.
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
Rating: ok for general audience.
Run time: 88 minutes.
Awards: Best Documentary,
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..