Thursday, December 01, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
DATE: Thursday, November 10,2011
TIME: 6pm pizza and business
6:30 film and discussion
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza West-
bank meeting room, 703
N. Valley Mills, Waco.
RATING: NR, but acceptable for all
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
RUN TIME: 104 minutes.
RELEASE DATE: 2010.
FEE: pizza buffet and film FREE.
"The END OF POVERTY is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land and other natural resources as well as in forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies--in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.
The END OF POVERTY asks why today 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate? Can we really end poverty under our current economic system? Think again."
*OFFICIAL SELECTION, CRITIC'S WEEK, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL*
*OFFICIAL SELECTION, 25+ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS*
"Excellent, ****"---Kam Williams, NewsBlaze.com
"A sort of An Inconvenient Truth for global economics..."---Charles Masters, The Hollywood Reporter.
"Powerful and upsetting."---Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"should be required viewing by every politician in the world."---Eric Monder,Film Journal International.
We cordially invite you to this event. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from this well documented and detailed film. As we call for economic justice with the Occupy movements, this film speaks to economic justice on the global level. Your opinions and input on the documentary and on items of business are vital. Enjoy fellowship with other progressives in this truly unique forum in Central Texas. Thanks for your continued support, interest, and actions for peace and justice.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
TITLE: A RIVER OF WASTE.
DATE: Thursday, October 13, 2011.
TIME: Free pizza buffet and business 6pm.
Film and discussion 6:30pm.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Westbank room.
703 N. Valley Mills Drive.
MODERATOR: Gail Boyd, Harrison Ward.
FEE: All free.
A River Of Waste exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. The damage documented in today's factory farms far exceeds the damage that was depicted in Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle, a book written over 100 years ago. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as mini Chernobyls.
The European Union stands virtually alone in establishing strong health and environmental standards for the industry. In the U.S and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on individual lives damaged and destroyed.
As one observer noted, if terrorists did this, we would be up in arms, but when it is a fortune 500 company, it is just business as usual.
"In 1906, public outrage at the scandal exposed by Sinclair led to major reforms thatcleaned up a corrupt and dangerous system. It is the hope of the filmmakers to mobilize a similar public outcry for reform."
Waco Friends Of Peace is proud to present this important film, and we hope that everyone will make an effort to come see it. As the Beatles said many years ago: You know that what you eat you are. This film really brings that home.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
In April, 2011, the procession was over nine miles long, from the airport to the church where the funeral was to be held. The remains of the young soldier, cousin to my sister-in-law, were finally coming home from Viet Nam.
My friend is not so fortunate. His only child was one of sixteen killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter crashed in April, 2005; his son's body was not recovered. No long procession will honor his memory; all that is left is a father who is dying inside, grieving for the young son so tragically lost forever.
So, with the downing of the helicopter in Afghanistan, hundreds more families must now face the loss of loved ones. Like the ripples in a pond, the results of these losses spread across the communities and the country; count the numbers of family members and friends who will be marked forever by this tragic wasting of young lives.
And for what? Bin Laden, who died in 2011, (who years ago was declared not important by George Bush)? For more gas or oil? For more money in pockets already overflowing with profits from the war machine in this country? For face-saving at the pentagon and the halls of government?
From Viet Nam through the current wars, every soldier's death diminishes this country; every dollar spent on war is a dollar better spent feeding the hungry, sending a young person to college, repairing bridges and roads, schools and playgrounds. Much worse, every death diminishes the family and friends of those who are killed, who will, as long as their lives endure, wonder about what might have been, had this foolish, unnecessary war never been started.
Mrs. B. R. Haney
Mrs. Haney is a longtime, dedicated member of the Waco Friends of Peace. Her above column appeared in a recent edition of the Waco Spanish/English language newspaper El Tiempo. The activist/editor Mr. Ernesto Fraga kindly permitted us to reprint it on the FOP
website. As we near the 10th anniversary of the occupation, the eloquent words of Mrs. Haney go straight to the heart of this tragedy. Besides her writing, Mrs. Haney bakes cookies faithfully for the FOP meetings each month and has done so for years now. Mrs. Haney is
one the most loyal and hard working of the FOP members. I can recall no time in which she
was not ready for a street protest, or willing to help out when asked. She truly deserved
the FOP Outstanding Member Award 2 years ago. We thank her for this brilliant column and for her constant service for peace.
Friday, July 15, 2011
LIVE IN CONCERT:
AUGUST 6, SATURDAY
6p.m. Free Pizza Buffet
6:30 David Rovics.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Outback Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco, TX
FREE CONCERT AND PIZZA BUFFET.
Don't miss the only appearance by Rovics in Texas this summer! Catch his performance before he departs for a tour in Europe. You will be moved and inspired to action by his brilliant lyrics and powerful voice/guitar technique. Recall some of David's most popular songs, such as "Who would Jesus Bomb," and "Operation Iraqi Liberation: O.I.L." As Cindy Sheehan has observed: "David is the peace poet and troubadour of our time."
We will have David Rovic's T-shirts and CD's for sale. And as always, courtesy of Waco Friends of Peace, free yard signs, bumper stickers, and books.
At this time of government by and for the corporations, come support the progressive movement in Central Texas, talk to others of like mind, and help provide a worthy audience for a performer of Rovic's stature. So please come--and bring a friend or colleague. Thank you.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:30: "GASLAND", documentary, followed by discussion.
Moderator: Harrison Ward, FOP member.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco, TX.
Price: All Free (donations accepted).
Audience: All ages.
Why attend: 1)learn about the dangers of fracking from this award winning documentary, 2)your input is vital during our planning and business segment, 3)free pizza (veggie also) 4) fellowship with others in the local progressive community 5)help keep this unique progressive forum alive in Waco. 6) no one else will do it--its up to us!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Thursday, May 12.
Poppa Rollo's Pizza Westbank Meeting Room.
703 Valley Mills Road, Waco, TX
6pm: free pizza buffet and business.
6:30: film and discussion.
Rating: suitable for all ages.
Organizer and flyer preparation: Harrison Ward,
Discussant: Gail Boyd, FOP member.
Audience: All welcome.
Price: All free.
Our film presentation for Thursday, May 12, will be Waiting For Armageddon. This acclaimed documentary shines a light on the relationship between the American Christian right and the modern state of Israel.
America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy - from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. This astonishing documentary explores their world - in their homes, at conferences, and on a wide-ranging tour of Israel. By interweaving Christian, Zionist, Jewish and critical perspectives along with telling archival materials, the filmmakers probe the politically powerful - and potentially explosive - alliance between Evangelical Christians and Israel...an alliance that may set the stage for what one prominent Evangelical leader calls "World War III."
By portraying the Evangelical apocalyptic worldview from within their community, Waiting for Armageddon seeks to clarify the elusive relationship between Christian Zionists and Jews, and foster dialogue among dissenting groups. In the end, the film asks whether this large American voting block is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of international holy war.