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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FOP Meeting and Progressive Film Series: October


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.
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

ON THE OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN

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



TITLE: RESTREPO: ONE PLATOON, ONE



VALLEY, ONE YEAR.



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!