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, January 23, 2011

February 10, 2011 Meeting and Lecture







FRIENDS OF PEACE MEETING, Thursday, Feb 10, 2011.
Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive. Waco, TX.
6pm, free pizza buffet and meeting.
6:30pm lecture and discussion.

Professor Marc Ellis, PhD: "Crisis in the


Middle East."




Note: The title of Dr. Ellis' lecture has changed


as a result of the uprising in Egypt. The flyer


left contains the old title of Professor Ellis' speech.

Dr. Marc Ellis is University Professor of Jewish Studies, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of History at Baylor University. He has lectured around the world and published more than twenty books on the subjects of Jewish identity, the Holocaust, Israel and the Palestinians and Jewish-Christian relations. His most recent books include a third and expanded edition of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, Reading the Torah Out Loud and Judaism Does Not Equal Israel. Next year he will publish Encountering the Jewish Future an exploration of the lives and thought of Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Hannah Arendt and Emmanuel Levinas. Dr. Ellis' books have been translated into ten languages. Among other venues, he has lectured on Jewish and Middle East issues at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United Nations, the Carter Center and the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Among those who have commented favorably on his work is Rabbi Elliot Dorf, Dr. Susannah Heschel, Senator George McGovern, Edward Said and Noam Chomsky.









Wednesday, January 05, 2011

January FOP Meeting and Progressive Documentary


TITLE: King: Man of Peace in a Time of War.
DATE: January 13, 2011.
TIME: 6pm, business and pizza buffet.
6:30 film and discussion.
PLACE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive,
Westend meeting room.
PRICE: Free pizza, tea/water, cookies and
documentary. donations accepted.
RATING: Unrated, but fine for all ages.
RUN TIME: 60 minutes.
In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the
FOP will present this excellent documentary which
focuses primarily on Dr. King's antiwar efforts. Our
country criticized Rev. King harshly for his position at
the time, and now scarcely mentions his antiwar views. Thus we will emphasize this part of Dr. King's legacy at the January meeting.
The film is remarkable for an appearance of the leader on a 1967 Mike Douglas Show speaking eloquently about civil rights and his opposition to
the Vietnam War.
King: Man of Peace is a remarkably relevant salute to a man who remains an inspiration and a force for social change nearly forty years after his untimely death at the age of 39.
The agenda for the evening also includes: March antiwar protests, FOP billboard, new T-shirt, and new projects/directions.
Your presence is vital for the peace and progressive movement in Central Texas. Your input and support are always truly appreciated. Hope to see you there.
NOTE: I recd an email from a person who asked to be put on the email list. Before I
could do so, a computer glitch devoured the address. If the person might be you, I apologize.
Please send me email again and will be sure to add you: anorthc@aol.com.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

BUSH BOOK SIGNING PROTEST, NOVEMBER 2010

Ex-President George W. Bush held a signing of his new autobiography "Decision Points," at the Waco, Tx Books-A-Million store, on November 16, 2010. Local sycophants and mindless followers of Mr. Bush lined up to obtain a signed copy, even after the Bush history of war-for-oil, torture, illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens, and economic devastation of the country.
But dedicated members of the Waco Friends of Peace provided a counterpoint with strong voices of protest. The group was led by activists Harrison Ward and Kay Lucas, and included Kay Wilson,
Boyce Vardiman, Jane Vardiman, Linda Foley, Doris West, Aaron Ellis and Mrs. Haney. Several other brave members assisted, and I apologize for not having all
their names at this time. Because locating in front of the Bookstore would lead to ejection, the group positioned the protest at one of the Marketplace entrances on a public sidewalk. The signs stated: "ARREST BUSH" and "GIVE MR. BUSH A FAIR TRIAL!." Kay Wilson created a brilliant sign that read:
AUTHOR W=
OXYMORON
PURE FICTION
HISTORY REWRITE.
Reaction from local citizens was mixed, but we experienced a large amount of support from
passersby. One Bushite offered the group a free copy of the book to halt our protest. We politely declined that generous offer.The local TV stations and Tribune-Herald newspaper all covered the event!!
Thanks to all the activists who participated and made it absolutely clear that in "Bush Country" there are many who oppose now as always the President who took the country into
an illegal war based on lies and became the first President in modern times to tarnish the good
reputation of the U.S. by authorizing torture.