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.

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."










Friday, January 08, 2010

PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES--JANUARY 2010



EVENT: PLAYING FOR CHANGE:

PEACE THROUGH MUSIC.

GENRE: Film, documentary.

DATE: January 14, 2010, Thursday.

TIME: Pizza buffet and news 6pm.

film and discussion 6 30pm.

VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza mtg

room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr, Waco.

AUDIENCE: All welcome.

CHARGE: FREE.
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2009.

RUN TIME: 84 minutes.

RATING: UNRATED, but suitable

for all audiences.
Full of hope, struggle, perseverance and joy, this is the story of the unparalleled international musical collaboration, Playing For Change, and its remarkable power of redemption. Playing For Change (PFC) is an extraordinary effort uniting musicians and vocalists from diverse parts of the world. By utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, PFC captures these artists then combines them all together to create one seamless collaboration. Discover the global phenomenon known as Playing For Change, and its mission to bring peace to the world through music.
The film records more than 100 musicians, largely outdoors in parks, plazas and promenades, in doorways, on cobblestone streets and amid hilly pueblos. Sites include Zuni New Mexico, New Orleans, Barcelona, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, India, and Nepal.
This amazing documentary has won film festival awards in 2008 at: Tribecca, Woodstock, Roxbury, Athens, and Jerusalem.
"the simple yet transformative power of music... to touch something in each of us." --Bill Moyers
"a great showcase for just what incredible, thoroughly accessible popular music is being made worldwide."--Variety
This remarkable film is a change of pace from our usual selections. But we should not neglect the power of music in the grand scheme of the universe. And at this time of much
disappointment for the peace community, the mood is upbeat and optimistic.
Please join us for this musical journey, while supporting the progressive forum of Central Texas.