Waco Friends of the 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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Thursday, December 01, 2011

December 8, 2011: Meeting and Progressive Documentary

Naomi Klein on Next Steps for the Movement
Against Corporate Power.
DATE: Thursday, December 8, 2011
TIME: 6pm, pizza buffet and business.
6:30 film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Westbank Meeting

Friday, November 18, 2011

TDOR---November 20, 2011

The Waco Friends of Peace supports this important event and encourages all members, friends and colleagues to attend.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Progressive Film Series: November 2011

GENRE: Documentary.
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.
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."

"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.

Ad in Waco Tribune-Herald, October 22, 2011

The Friends of Peace action on the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war received minimal press coverage.

It seems clear that the powers that be are frightened by the growing strength of the peace movement and the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together actions across the country.

So the FOP did a paid ad in the Waco Trib, which appeared opposite the Opinion page. We have not had the manpower to occupy Waco, but we did occupy the Op-Ed page that day. Our support of the OWS movement, and call for ending senseless wars, healing the planet, and healthcare for all were clearly broadcast with this ad. (Many thanks to Harrison, Kay, and Carmen for their support, work and talent in helping produce this document).

Monday, October 10, 2011

Afghanistan Occupation 10th Anniversary Protest

The Waco Friends of Peace took a stand for peace on Thursday October 6, tenth anniversary of the US occupation of Afghanistan. We stood in solidarity with the www.october2011.org movement in Wash. DC and around the country. And in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement which is growing across the nation as well. Thanks to FOP veteran Harrison Ward for leading this action and the 15 or so other folks with courage to witness for peace. I can't remember all the names so I thank everyone in unison. The quotation from Rev. King on back of the FOP t-shirt says it all: "There comes a time when silence is betrayal." The Waco Friends of Peace will not keep silence as long as the military industrial congressional complex wastes lives and trillions of dollars.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FOP Meeting and Progressive Film Series: October

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.
GENRE: Documentary.
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

Afghanistan War Column by Mrs. S. Haney


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.

September Meeting and Progressive Film Series

DATE: Thursday, September 8, 2011

TIME: Pizza Buffet and business 6:00

Film and discussion 6:30



GENRE: Documentary.

VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Westbank Mtg. Room

FEE: ALL free.

RATING: R (language and description of violence)

RUN TIME: 93 minutes.

RESTREPO is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley. The only goal is

to make the viewers feel as if they have just been

through a 90-minute deployment.

On the 10th anniversary of the US's longest war,

the FOP presents this visceral reminder that the war DOES continue. The war machine is talking about a US occupation until 2024! We have time for discussion after the film. Where is the peace movement now? What should the Peace movement be doing? And particularly--what should the FOP in Waco do in response to this truly endless war?

Please be sure to join us to learn and to help the peace movement in Central Texas grow.

Your presence and comments are invaluable to us. Thank you.

NOTE: We will have a short memorial on the occasion of September 11. Our

remembrance will be of the 1million plus civilians of other countries killed in

the U.S. so called war on terror. And discuss the upcoming october2011.org movement. We also have a 5 minute video clip of David Rovic's concert in August

for those who could not make it--and also for those who DID attend!

Friday, July 15, 2011

FREE CONCERT: Sat. Aug 6, 2011, 6.p.m.

David Rovics in concert was amazing. A great crowd of about 70 was entertained, informed, and inspired by the lyrics, music, and heart of David. The date was August 6. Appropriately, the high point of the concert was the heart breaking and powerful "Hiroshima." We must have David back.



6p.m. Free Pizza Buffet

6:30 David Rovics.

Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Outback Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco, TX



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

Demonstration July 4, 2011

INDEPENDENCE FROM WAR demonstration on the 4th of July. Time for the end of the U.S. empire NOW. Although over 100 degrees we had about 10 hearty activists, great positive driver response, and Channel 10 TV coverage! Many thanks to all the activists who helped with this important action. You made a difference in providing an alternative to the typical warlike celebrations of this holiday. Your voices were heard in Waco.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meeting and Progressive Film Series, July, 14, 2011

6p.m.: important items of business and free pizza buffet.
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

Progressive film series and Meeting: June 2011.

DATE: Thursday, June 9, 2011

TIME: Pizza buffet and business 6pm, film and

discussion 6:30.

VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Westbank meeting

room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.


GENRE: Documentary.


RUN TIME: 89 minutes.



With a rigorous eye, Blindsight's Lucy Walker examines the arms race from the inception of the atomic bomb to the present. She builds her three-part structure around a speech from President Kennedy, in which he warns of "accident, miscalculation, and madness" in regard to nuclear power. If Kennedy serves as the film's conscience, physicist Robert Oppenheimer serves as its heart--the man who oversaw the Manhattan Project only to regret the death and destruction it would engender (footage of the pale-eyed Oppenheimer is almost as eerie as his prophetic words). Even Oppenheimer, though, couldn't have predicted the ready availability of highly enriched uranium in the years after the Cold War, one of Walker's more chilling revelations. Aside from the deadly explosions in Oklahoma City, Madrid, and other urban centers, Walker looks at a number of near misses. Her speakers include top minds from the fields of academia, government, and journalism, from Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev to Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf (former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson serves as de facto narrator). As Kennedy concluded, "The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us," and Walker ends on a note of guarded optimism, speaking with F. W. de Klerk, who dismantled South Africa's nuclear infrastructure during his administration. Most of Walker's other subjects, regardless of their political affiliation, agree that it's the right thing to do. Like Dr. Strangelove and Fog of War, Countdown to Zero marks an essential addition to the ranks of atomic cinema. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, leaving the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. The film makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament; an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal in the present day.

In addition to the educational value of viewing this film, the FOP will take action in support

of nuclear disarmament in the form of letter, petition, etc. during this evening. Other items

of business, including the new billboard, will be discussed.

Thanks for your attendance and your support of this progressive forum in Central Texas.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Genre: documentary.
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,
FOP member.
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.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 2011 Meeting.

The Friends of Peace will have no meeting on our usual 2nd Thursday date in April. We had a special meeting and lecture on April 4 to accommodate a guest speaker. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 12, 2011. We will have a business meeting at 6pm and a film with discussion starting at 6 30pm. Free pizza buffet at 6pm. Everyone welcome. The venue is the Westend meeting room at Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive in Waco. Thanks for your interest in the Waco Friends of Peace. For certain notification of meetings and other activities, please send your email address to anorthc@aol.com . Your email address will not be given to other parties. Peace.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Special Lecture Event: Monday, April 4, 6.p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The event was described as a Friends of Peace meeting in the Waco Tribune-Herald. However, the lecture is open to everyone and we welcome all interested people. We believe you will find this lecture very interesting and informative. Facts from someone who was there. Thanks for your interest.

DATE: Monday, April 4, 2011.

TIME; 6pm pizza buffet and meeting, 6:30 lecture

and discussion.

SPEAKER: Ms. Coleen Rowley, former FBI


TOPIC: "How Top Secret America Misfires."

VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Outback Mtg Room.

703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.

AUDIENCE: All welcome.

COST: Free.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Progressive Lecture Series: March 10, 2011

SPEAKER: The late Professor Howard Zinn.
TITLE: "Holy Wars", Boston University,
November 11, 2009.
DATE: Thursday, March 10, 2011
TIME: Meeting and pizza buffet 6pm
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Westbank room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco.
RUN TIME: 57 minutes.
ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted.
WHY: 8th anniversary of U.S. invasion of
March 19th will mark the 8th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of another country (Iraq). We realize, and a majority of the U.S. populace now realizes, that the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are futile wars, not worth the human and dollar costs. So we look deeper with this thought provoking lecture by Professor Zinn. Dr. Zinn analyzes wars of a different type--wars that are almost uniformly considered "good". And in so doing, he documents the great human suffering and disaster that ALL wars are. He powerfully drives home the point that ALL wars should be avoided. Please join us for this very informative and stimulating lecture, one of the last public lectures of this great historian and peace activist. The run time is only 57 minutes--leaving time for discussion of the film and/or the appropriate response of the peace movement to this 8th anniversary date. We are honored by your presence. Thank you.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Solidarity Rally with the Wisconsin Union Workers, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, State Capitol, Austin

The Waco Friends of Peace Members joined the powerful crowd of at least 1,000 supporting the

Wisconsin Union members in their struggle for

economic justice. The FOP carried messages: "END WAR ON THE MIDDLE CLASS," "MAKE UNIONS not WAR," "KIDS FOR PEACE," and "NOW IS THE TIME TO FIGHT." The crowd supporting the Wisconsin Labor folks was joined by those holding signs opposing the GOP attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood. The weather was beautiful and the crowd was very upbeat. Security was tight inside the capitol, with X-ray machines working and police abundant. Rousing music started the program. Speakers included several actual cheese head union members from Wisconsin and an economist who laid out the ongoing destruction of the middle class. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (orange Longhorn shirt) of Austin gave powerful words and gravitas to the event. And Jim Hightower (blue shirt with cowboy hat) gave a moving and hilarious speech in support of unions and the progressive movement. The musical highlight was band and crowd together with "WE SHALL OVERCOME"--in the image with Richard Bowden on fiddle and Tom Oliver on guitar (orange shirt, glasses).

If you missed this event, you must be present Saturday March 19, 2011, noon at the Capitol,

for the Million Musicians March for Peace on the 8th anniversary of the war on Iraq. You will

add to the thousands of voices opposing endless war, and your spirit will be enriched. SEE YOU THERE.