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, November 28, 2010

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES: DECEMBER 2010


TITLE: "The Yes Men Fix the World."
DATE: Thursday, December 9, 2010.
TIME: 6p.m.- pizza buffet and business mtg.
6:30pm.-film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco, Tx. West end meeting room.
GENRE: Documentary.
RATING: NR, but nothing objectionable for children.
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2010.
RUN TIME: 87 minutes.
ADMISSION FEE: one can of food for local food bank.

In the spirit of the holidays, the FOP present a documentary with a humorous bent. The Yes Men enlighten through humor. "Sometimes it takes a lie to expose the truth."
The Men pose as representatives of the companies they despise. Their work is often considered performance art mixed with political activism, as they confront corporate greed and stupidity.
This film takes on the issues of Dow Chemical and the Bhopal disaster, Exon and alternative
energy, and the corporate response to Katrina.
If you haven't experienced the Yes Men, you are in for a treat. If you have, prepare to be
enlightened further--and amused.

Please join us for the film, for communication with other progressives, to support the Peace Movement in Waco, ---and for the pizza.
The FOP is a recognized organization in Waco now. We always attempt to contribute to
the national peace movement events, and we look for local opportunities to act for peace.
I feel we should get everyone's input this month as to what new directions or tactics should
we employ in 2011 to forward our goals. -an
UPCOMING EVENTS:
January 14, 2010: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Peace Movement (tent.)
February 10, 2010: Medical Practice (Pathology) in a Kenyan Mission Hospital:
a Ten Year Experience, by Alan Northcutt, M.D.




Thursday, October 28, 2010

FILM SERIES: Thursday November 11, 2010

FUEL is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been, our present predicament, and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil. It examines wide-ranging energy solutions other than oil, the faltering US auto and petroleum industries, and the latest stirrings of the American mindset toward alternative energy.

Josh Tickell’s stirring documentary, eleven years in the making, is a powerful portrait of America’s overwhelming addiction to and reliance on oil. The film offers a virtual tour guide through the drama of fuel -- the history, the politics, the mess that the world is in and the fascinating alternatives for a way out.

Tickell interviews politicians, historians, professors and a sprinkling of activist celebrities, all of whom have their own take on one of the most important and pressing concerns of the modern era. Interviews with a wide range of environmentalists, policy makers and educators, along with such “green” celebrities as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow and Larry Hagman offer serious fuel for thought.

FUEL encourages the discussion about the consequences of abusing our oil resources. It exposes the shocking connections between the auto industry, the oil industry and government, while exploring alternative energies such as solar, wind, electricity, and non-food based biofuels.

FUEL challenges the audience to make a change and seek accountability, reinforcing the idea that the power of every individual can and will make a difference.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

October Documentary and Meeting.

TITLE: Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community.

DATE: Oct 14, Thursday, 2010

TIME: 6pm pizza buffet and business
6 30 film and discussion.

VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Westend
meeting room, 703 N. Valley Mills
Drive, Waco, TX.

FEE: Film and buffet free, donations
appreciated.

GENRE: Documentary.

RUN TIME: 87 minutes.

RATING: Unrated, acceptable for all
audiences.

Before Stonewall relates the history
of the gay rights movement in America before the Stonewall riots of 1969. The film presents the
dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and
lesbian Americans since the 1920s. It provides a decade by decade history of homosexuality through amazing historical footage and interviews. I found the film extremely informative and
certainly timely with the current struggle over don't ask don't tell, and gay marriage. This excellent
piece was the winner of 2 Emmy Awards. You will not want to miss this one.
The following is the agenda for the business meeting:
1) Update on the One Nation Working Together regional meeting in Dallas Oct 2, 2010.
2) Billboard status.
3) T-shirt committee formation.
4) New Years Eve candlelight vigil.
5) Legislative action: Phone speed dial for President Obama.
6) Open forum. (after film).
7) Afghanistan poem.

as the nation seemingly plunges further into darkness, please help keep a light shining from the
peace movement. see you there.

alan

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER

RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 2, 2010.
coalition of many progressive groups--peace, glbt, civil rights, environmental, immigrant.

REGIONAL RALLY IN DALLAS, TEXAS.
THE FRIENDS OF PEACE will support this event--leaving my house about 11a.m. please
call 254 744 1682 for directions.

venue: St. luke Community United Methodist Church
5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas
1-3p.m.

Monday, August 30, 2010

September 9, Progressive Lecture Series and Meeting

DATE: Thursday, September 9, 2010.
TIME: 6pm pizza buffet and announcements, 6:30 lecture and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Westbank meeting room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.
TOPIC: U.S.- ISRAEL RELATIONS: A CANDID APPRAISAL by Colbert Held, PhD.
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
ADMISSION: All free.
DETAILS: See flyer (prepared by Harrison Ward, FOP).
You are cordially invited to this important lecture by experienced diplomat and Baylor
professor, Colbert Held, PhD. We are truly honored to have Dr. Held speak and request
your presence to ensure a suitable crowd for a guest lecturer of this international stature.
And his experience and opinions are vital as at this moment negotiations are underway in
Washington toward the goal of an Israeli-Palestinian peace. The timing of this event is thus
perfect.
Preceding the lecture is a short FOP business meeting. Topics include the military waste
billboard, the September 11 candlelight vigil at the local mosque, the September 14 Sarah
Palin event at Baylor (our response?), and the "Turn Off Fox" campaign initiated locally by
Harley Johnson.
As always, we have free "War Is Not the Answer" yard signs available for all who want them.
See you on September 9th.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

AUGUST PROGRESSIVE FILM AND MEETING

DATE: Thursday, August 12, 2010
TIME: 6pm free pizza buffet and announcements,
memorial for Denton peace activist. Sammie
6:30 film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Westbank room.
703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco, TX.
FILM: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN
AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND
THE PENTAGON PAPERS. (2009).
RATING: Unrated, but acceptable for all ages.
RUN TIME: 94 minutes.
RELEASE DATE: 2010.
AUDIENCE: all welcome.

The release of this film at the same time the
Wikileaks Afghanistan Papers exploded on the
scene must be more than a coincidence. Indeed,
the Wikileaks documents have been called The
Pentagon Papers 2.0. This story of the Pentagon Papers is a fascinating, highly entertaining
film, with details many of us may not know. The courage of Daniel Ellsberg is an inspiration
to the peace movement. And we recall how the government tried to block the publication, just
as the government is attempting now with the Wikileaks documents. Thus you will not want
to miss this month's important film and meeting.
Your presence is also requested as we remember devoted peace activist Sammie, known to
many of us in Waco. Bring your ideas of where the quiet peace movement should go now. Certainly its easy to be discouraged, but we can never give up. One of our members from Hillsboro has done some great work for peace, and we hope will relate this at the meeting as well. Please help the anti-war community grow.


"Superb"--San Francisco Chronicle.

"Gripping. Pulses with suspense."--Washington Post.

"Gripping, evocative, entertaining."--Los Angeles Time.


ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE--BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Special Lecture Event: Survivors of the Freedom Flotilla Massacre

Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco. in the Westbank meeting room. Your attendance is greatly appreciated. If you have doubts about the attack, come hear a first hand account from a world renowned peace activist.
If you were shocked by the massacre on the flotilla, please come and help us provide a large audience for Ann Wright and Joe Meadors.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

U.S. Department of War Budget

The Friends of Peace erected the billboard about the bloated military budget to help build awareness of this incredible waste. The money spent on imperialist ventures is badly needed
at home, especially during the current severe recession.
Thanks for visiting our web site for more information. The pie chart below gives a more detailed breakdown of the U.S. budget. All sectors of spending are dwarfed by the war dollars.
For more details and suggestions of actions you can take to help slash the war spending, go
to www.nationalpriorities.org

Congressman Barney Frank has been a leader in the effort
to slash the military budget. He has proposed a 25% decrease in military spending. For a recent article on his
efforts, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/23/the-barney-commission-def_n_550066.html

JUNE PROGRESSIVE FILM AND MEETING.


DATE: Thursday, June 10, 2010.
TIME: 6PM pizza buffet and announcements.
6:30 film and discussion.
TITLE: CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY.
GENRE: documentary.
DIRECTOR: Michael Moore.
RELEASE DATE: 2010.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza meeting room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.
FEE: All free.
RATING: R (some language).
RUN TIME: 127 minutes.

In presenting a fireball of a movie that might change your life, Moore skewers both major political parties for selling out the millions of people devastated by loss of homes and jobs to the
interests of fat cat capitalists.

"This is Moore's magnum opus." --Mary Corliss, TIME.
"Michael Moore has made the most important and urgent political film of our time." --Dan
Siegel, Huffington Post.
"Capitalism is the best one yet...Moore is at the top of his game...a highly sophisticated
filmmaker." --Brian Johnson, Macleans.
"Funny and powerful." --Owen Gleiberman, EW


BUSINESS: military budget billboard, Afghanistan war supplemental funding bill, Freedom Flotilla Massacre.





Monday, May 03, 2010

May 13, 2010 Progressive Film Series

TITLE: "Collateral Murder."
GENRE: documentary video footage.
DATE: Thursday, May 13, 2010.
TIME: 6pm free pizza buffet and announcements
6:30pm film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza front meeting
room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive.
FEE: all free.
RATING: shows killing of civilians from a distance, no blood visible, may be disturbing to
children.
RUN TIME: 43 minutes.

"Collateral Murder" is actual footage from a
military helicopter gunship, showing the killing of 12 unarmed civilians in Baghdad in 2007. The film was obtained by Wikileaks through the Freedom of Information Act, and the military has
confirmed its authenticity. The film also includes a discussion with the co-founder of Wikileaks,
Julian Assange and with constitutional law attorney Glenn Greenwald. The FOP have presented
many outstanding documentaries about the Iraq war, clearly revealing the immoral and tragic
nature of the occupation. But this footage is the most powerful I have seen concerning the war.
The senseless killing of civilians is chilling. And it speaks volumes about the bogus U.S. justifications for the occupation. It highlights the complete lack of concern for the Iraq people.
During the film, 2 people who arrive in a truck to help the injured are gunned down as they
depart their vehicle. Two Reuters cameramen were among those killed, and 2 children were injured.
Please do not miss this presentation. It should help invigorate the peace movement to work
harder to insure the end of the Iraq occupation, and to work for the end of the Afghanistan war.
The short run time will insure plenty of time for discussion.
Your presence will also help support the peace movement in Waco. Your attendance and
comments are invaluable. Thank you.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Million Musician"s March, Austin, March 20, 2010



















IRAQ INVASION, 7TH ANNIVERSARY.

April 2010 Progressive Film Selection


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Title: "Food, Inc."
Genre: Documentary.
Date: April 8, 2010, Thursday.
Time: 6pm pizza buffet and discussion.
6:30 film and discussion.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Mtg. Rm.
703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco
Moderator: Kay Lucas, past director, Crawford Peace House.
Rating: PG
Run Time: 91 minutes.
Release Date: 2008.
Audience: All Welcome.
Fee: Film and Pizza Free.
Donations welcome.

"Food, Inc." lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment." Food, Inc." reveals surprising- and often shocking truths--about what we eat, how its produced and who we have become as a nation.

"One of the year's most important films."--San Francisco Examiner
"It might change your life."--O, The Oprah Magazine.
"Doing for eating what former VP Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth did for
global warming."--The Kansas City Star.

PLEASE JOIN US AT CENTRAL TEXAS'UNIQUE FORUM FOR PROGRESSIVE THOUGHT AND ACTION!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Iraq Invasion 7th Anniversary Protest in Waco













The 7th Anniversary of the Iraq invasion and the Congressional vote on health care
reform almost coincided. Therefore, the FOP tied the two issues together in our Waco
actions around the time of the March 19th invasion. The PRESS RELEASE helps to
summarize our strategy for this action:


PRESS ADVISORY.
For immediate release.
March 17, 2010.

WACO, TX.---The Waco Friends of Peace will sponsor a protest of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan on the 7th Anniversary
of the Iraq war, Thursday, March 18, 2010. Occupations of Arab countries do not make us safer, but increase Muslim hatred of
the U.S. and help recruit new terrorists. Most Middle East experts agree that their is no military solution to the problems in
Afghanistan. We will ultimately squander $2 trillion on the Iraq war at a time when our economy is in a horrendous condition and the money is desperately needed for domestic problems, especially universal health care. We call for a true complete withdrawal from Iraq, including all mercenaries and the closure of all military bases. We call for an exit strategy from Afghanistan, immediate beginning of troop withdrawal, halt of offensive operations including drone attacks, and the beginning of talks to promote regional security and reconciliation between Afghanistan and its neighbors. The money saved by ending these occupations should be used to help pay for the health care reform bill.
The Friends of Peace will visit Representative Chet Edwards' office at 3:30pm to protest his support of these wars. And in protest of his stated opposition to health care reform we will present a book containing images of 45,000 tombstones. A recent study from Harvard Medical School found that there are 45,000 excess deaths of Americans annually because they lack medical insurance. In an affluent civilized country, this is simply not acceptable.
The Friends of Peace will protest the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan from 4:00pm until 6:30pm at the corner of Valley Mills
Drive and Waco Drive with the message: HEALTH CARE NOT WARFARE and WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER.


CHET EDWARDS' OFFICE.
Two of us made our presentation at Mr. Edwards's office with two major points.
First, we absolutely object to his continued votes to fund all military occupations.
Second, we are shocked and dismayed by his announcement that he will vote against the
health care reform bill. In stark terms: Mr. Edwards always can find $$ for bombs, but he simply can not find the $$ to care for our citizens' health, a basic human right. Harrison Ward did amazing work on the book of tombstones seen in the images below. The Friends of Peace are indebted to him for his brilliant creativity.




Monday, March 08, 2010

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES-MARCH 2010


TITLE: "Outrage-A searing expose of the secret lives of closeted gay politicians."
GENRE: Documentary.
DATE: Thursday, March 11, 2010.
TIME: Pizza buffet and announcements 6p.m.
Film and discussion 6:30p.m.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza westend meeting room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.
FEE: ALL FREE.
RATING: R for some language and sexual references.
RUN TIME: 89 minutes.

Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States' most powerful
policymakers, OUTRAGE takes a comprehensive look at the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media's complicity in keeping their secrets.
OUTRAGE probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double standard that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more.

"Powerful, essential viewing"--SanFrancisco Chronicle.
"Riveting and Provocative"--Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Powerful. A Significant film."--Los Angeles Times.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Special Lecture: Matt Southworth of the Friends Committee on National Legislation

Lecture: Matt Southworth (FCNL).
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: Pizza Buffet 6:30pm
Lecture 7:00pm.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Mtg. rm.
703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco
Title: "Political Possibilities in Congress for Ending the War in Afghanistan."
Audience: All welcome.
Fee: All free.


Matt Southworth was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1984. He lived most of his adolescent life in north central Florida. After graduating from Belleview High school in 2002, Matt joined the U.S. Army. While enlisted, he served a tour of duty in northern Iraq in 2004. Matt was honorably discharged from the U.S. military in 2004.

After the Army, Matt found himself at a small Quaker school in Wilmington, Ohio. What he learned at Wilmington challenged many of the things he thought about the world, and while Iraq left him against war, college solidified his position. In May 2009, Matt graduated from Wilmington College Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science, History, and a minor in Psychology.

Matt now works in the campaigns section for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Years of activism led Matt to Israel-Palestine twice, the U.S. Mexican boarder, Geneva Switzerland, and a number of other places on his way to FCNL. Currently, Matt manages the “War Is Not the Answer” campaign, works on Afghanistan policy, and organizes around the country.


Please help the Friends of Peace provide a warm welcome to this dedicated peace activist as he speaks

in Waco. Having experienced war firsthand in Iraq and then become a peace activist with the Quakers,

we are fortunate to hear from someone who deeply understands the futility of war.









Sunday, January 31, 2010

Progressive Film Series, February 2010

TITLE: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
GENRE:
Documentary, biography.
DATE: Thursday, February 11, 2010.
TIME: 6pm pizza buffet and announcements
6:30 film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N.
Valley Mills Drive, mtg room.
PRESENTER: Harrison Ward, FOP
member.
RUN TIME: 78 minutes.
RATING: unrated, suitable for general
audience.
ADMISSION: All welcome, all free.

The film presents the life and times of historian, activist and author of the best-selling classic "A People's History of the United States." Professor Zinn profoundly influenced many of us in the peace and justice movement through his example as well as through his writings. Sadly, Professor Zinn has just died at age 87 on January 27 in California. We come together to honor his life by watching his film. We invite all who attend to bring
a passage from his books that was most memorable and meaningful and read it to the group. To further
honor the spirit of Professor Zinn, we will give away a copy of his classic People's History.
I'm sure all those whose lives have been influenced by Howard Zinn will want to be present at this Waco event commemorating the passing of Dr. Zinn. And those who are not familiar with his work will want to come to learn from his life and scholarship.
Please join us in honoring Professor Zinn and in supporting a forum of free and open speech and progressive thought in Central Texas.

REVIEWS:
"thoughtful, exciting, moving."--Christian Science Monitor.

"he changed the consciousness of a generation."--Noam Chomsky.



Saturday, January 30, 2010

Donations to Haiti, earthquake disaster, 2010

Many of us are moved to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake and its aftermath. It is difficult to know which organization should receive our dollars. The following link was found from probably THE most reliable source of independent news--Democracy Now! The web site will provide a link to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. I believe we can donate through this website with confidence:
www.haitiaction.net

certainly any help you can offer will be appreciated. thank you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

FREE YARD SIGNS

the WACO FRIENDS OF PEACE and
the FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEGISLATION
present free yard signs:

"WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER."
PLEASE
speak out for peace by placing a yard sign in your yard or in your window. The signs are durable
and weather-resistant, and come with stakes. There are two ways to obtain your free sign:

1)Attend the free monthly Friends of Peace meeting, second Thursday, 6p.m. at Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley
Mills Drive, Waco. The meeting includes a documentary and pizza buffet. Signs available throughout the meeting.

2)Call 254-744-1682, leave a message, and we will arrange a meeting time to pick up a sign.


Militarism is so powerful in our culture. Help speak out for peace in Waco by making a simple but powerful
statement in the place you live. It will stimulate thought and conversation, and positive karma for peace. Let's
fill Central Texas with thousands of signs.


"A time comes when silence is betrayal." --Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Saturday, January 09, 2010

AFGHANISTAN ESCALATION PROTEST











The Waco Friends of Peace sponsored a protest on December 1, 2009, the day President Obama announced an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. The Protest occurred from 3:30-5:30pm in bitterly cold rainy conditions at the corner of Valley Mills and Waco Drives. We absolutely opposed any escalation of troops in Afghanistan, and called for withdrawal of all military and paramilitary forces, initiation of serious diplomacy among all parties, and redirection of those war funds for vital human needs at home.
U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has not made our country safer, but has fueled hatred of the U.S. and helped recruit terrorists. Decades of war have resulted in an Afghanistan that is the fourth poorest country on earth. Prolonged war increases civilian casualties as well as U.S. deaths and injuries. At this time of financial crisis in the U.S., money squandered in war ($1 million per soldier per year) is vitally needed for jobs and health care at home. The war is simply unwinnable. As the Russians know, Afghanistan is the "graveyards of empires."
A majority of the Afghan people want us to leave their country. And a recent CNN poll found 58% of Americans oppose the Afghan war as well. Thus the Friends of Peace spoke for a majority of Americans when President Obama announced an escalation of war in Afghanistan: "NOT IN OUR NAME."