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, November 25, 2012

Progressive Film Series: December 13, 2012

TAPPED

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N.VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM: PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30:  FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME: 76 MINUTES
ADMISSION: One nonperishable food item for a local food bank

This film is appropriate for all ages.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce?  Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.


From the producers of Who Killed The Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one recourse that ought to never become a commodity:  our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table.  A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

"With style, verve and righteous anger, the film exposes the bottled water industry's role in suckering the public, harming our health, accelerating climate change, contributing to overall pollution, and increasing America's dependence on fossil fuels.  All the while gouging consumers with exorbitant and indefensible prices." --Peter Rothberg, The Nation

**Winner of 5 Best Documentary Awards**

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Progressive Film Series: November 8, 2012

One Bright Shining Moment:

The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills, Waco
6 pm: Pizza and business
6:30: Film and discussion
Run time: 125 minutes


George McGovern, the Democratic peace candidate for President in 1972, died on October 21.

ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT retraces George McGovern's bold presidential campaign of 1972, a grassroots campaign that fought for peace and justice and positioned ideas and people first. But what is remembered today as being the ultimate political defeat of the American Century may also have been its high watermark. The film poses this central question: what does the crushing electoral defeat of a man so well respected for his decency and intellect say about the electoral process, the American government, and, more importantly, what does it say about the forces at work on the American people, then and now? Narrated by Amy Goodman, the film features interviews with the candidate himself, supporters and activists like Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, Howard Zinn, and music from Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, and Elvis Costello.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Progressive Film Series: October 11, 2012

The Last Mountain

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills, Waco
6 pm: Pizza and business
6:30: Film and discussion
Run time: 95 minutes

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.

The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain’s top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner’s best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal’s control over our future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.

A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America’s energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Call Your Congressman

Waco Friends of Peace would like to encourage opposition to the bombing of Iran by the United States military, either unilaterally or in support of military action by Israel.   We believe that members of Congress should be made aware of the existence of antiwar sentiment in their districts.  People in the Waco area should call the office of Congressman Bill Flores at (202) 225-6105 to express opposition to being drawn into military action by American neocons or the rightwing Israeli government.  Congressman Flores’ local office number is 732-0748.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Progressive Film Series: September 13, 2012

The Shock Doctrine

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills, Waco
6 pm: Pizza and business
6:30: Film and discussion
Run time: 78 minutes




Naomi Klein published The Shock Doctrine in 2007.  Collective traumas, wars, coups, nautical disasters, terrorist attacks:  these kinds of events put people into a state of shock.  We regress to a state of childish malleability, and easily believe our leaders when they claim to be protecting us.  One of the first people to identify the phenomenon was Milton Friedman, who won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1976.

Friedman advised politicians to implement painful economic reforms (massive tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation, privatization of the public sphere) immediately after crises, before people had a chance to regain their composure.  He called it shock treatment, and Klein argues that it has become the “shock doctrine.”

Using extensive archival footage, directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross reveal the power of Klein’s words and the need for resistance.

This film is particularly relevant to us because of the ongoing crisis in the United States, with the move from the Right to initiate "shock treatment" through the electoral process.  This movement began with the Reagan Revolution, was intensified by 911 and our reaction to it, and has accelerated in recent years with the economic meltdown at the end of the Bush years.  The upcoming election in this country could very well result in the ultimate triumph of radical conservatism and the implementation of the "shock doctrine" in the United States.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Press Release in Support of Chik-fil-A Boycott


The group attending the August 9th meeting voted 17-6 in favor of issuing the following press release: 

PRESS RELEASE.
For immediate release.
August 14, 2012.

WACO, Tx.—The Waco Friends of Peace at a meeting August 9 voted to endorse the boycott of Chik-fil-A restaurants.  Reports indicate the restaurant chain uses its profits to work against LGBT rights and donated $4 million to anti-gay groups in 2009-2010.

It donated to the Eagle Forum which believes LGBT people should be considered criminals.  Chik-fil-A donated to the Family Research Council (FRC), which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The FRC spent  $25,000 in an effort to stop the U.S. Congress from condemning the Uganda “Kill the Gays” law. 

Gays and lesbians in the United States are treated as second class citizens and are able to marry in only a few states.  As a result of cruel treatment directed at gay people, one-third of gay/lesbian teenagers have attempted  suicide.  Therefore, the Waco Friends of Peace will support the boycott of Chik-fil-A restaurants.  We will not allow our dining dollars be spent to support efforts to deny LGBT people human rights that all people should equally receive.

Alan Northcutt
254 744 1682

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Letter To Congressman Flores

The following letter has been sent to Congressman Bill Flores from the Waco Friends of Peace:

The Honorable Bill Flores
U.S. Representative District 17, Texas
400 Austin Avenue, Suite 302
Waco, TX 76701
FAX 254 732 1755

August 9, 2012

Dear Congressman Flores—

As your constituents in District 17, we are appalled by the gun violence and frequent massacres in our country.  Each year approximately 100,000 people are killed or injured in the United States by gun violence.  U.S. homicide rates are 6.9 times higher than rates in 22 other populous high-income countries combined, despite similar non-lethal crime and violence rates.

We believe it is time to take action to halt this carnage.  We call on you to support legislation to:
1)      Ban assault weapons (which have no legitimate civilian use)
2)      Ban high capacity ammunition clips (useful only for killing people)
3)      Require criminal background checks on ALL gun sales (no loopholes).

These common sense measures are supported by a majority of Americans and will go a long way toward decreasing senseless death and injury by guns.

Sincerely,

Waco Friends of Peace

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Progressive Film Series: August 9, 2012


Bowling For Columbine

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills, Waco
6 pm: Pizza and business
6:30: Film and discussion
Run time: 120 minutes


The title for Bowling For Columbine, Michael Moore’s brilliant 2002 documentary, alludes to the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.  Moore’s film deserves a second look in the light of the steady stream of shootings that has occurred in the years since, the latest of course being the recent one in Aurora, Colorado.

Bowling For Columbine is a thoughtful, probing attempt to explain what it is about the nature of American society that makes us so prone to gun violence (9,146 deaths in 2009, as opposed to 173 in Canada).  Moore manages to tackle a vital subject and deliver a serious, thought-provoking film laced with his trademark brand of wit.  The film is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was first shown in 2002.
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Progressive Film Series: July 12, 2012

Koch Brothers Exposed: The Billionaire Romney Funders (2012)


Thursday, July 12, 2012
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills, Waco
6 pm: Pizza and business
6:30: Film and discussion
Run time: 60 minutes


Koch Brothers Exposed is the latest progressive documentary by Robert Greenwald.  The film weaves together a series of short films that examines the principals of Koch Industries, one of the nation’s top polluters.  Charles and David Koch are infamous for their funding of think-tanks that aim to deregulate business and scale back government programs such as Social Security, Medicare and the new healthcare reform law.

 “The Kochs are breathing, human representatives of the worst of the 1 percent — it’s the way they use their money to advance their economic self-interest and their ideology,” Greenwald told Alternet. “It’s not just about having money; it’s the use of the money, the use of the power — it’s the use of the money and power to impress and take advantage of others. And it’s the fact that they are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that capitalism has absolutely no restraints on it. And capitalism without restraints is a very ugly beast.”

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

David Cobb Delivers At June Film/Lecture Series Meeting



David Cobb’s appearance at the June FOP meeting at Poppa Rollo’s was an educational and inspirational event.  He outlined the history of the corporation, leading up to his main theme of the need for a citizens-led movement to amend the Constitution in order to nullify the recent Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.  He also said that he believes that we are at the beginning of a major political re-alignment in this country.  David’s presentation was laced with good humor as he interacted with the group, and the night concluded with a lively discussion.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Move to Amend Barnstorming Tour with David Cobb - Sunday, June 3rd

Sunday, June 3rd
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills Drive
6:00 pm - Pizza Buffet
6:30 pm - David Cobb Lecture & Discussion

David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring the country giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule."  This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

Cobb is an organizer and national spokesman for Move to Amend.org, a coalition of over 195,000 people and organizations whose goal is to amend the United States Constitution to end corporate rule and legalize democracy.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Progressive Film Series: May 10, 2012


Revenge Of The Electric Car

        Thursday, May 10, 2012

        Poppa Rollo's Pizza

        West-bank Meeting Room

        703 N. Valley Mills, Waco

        6 pm:  Pizza and business
        6:30:  Film and discussion

        Run time:  90 minutes
        Release date:  2012

 

 By 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back... with a vengeance. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. Narrated by Tim Robbins, and from the director of WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?, the film goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars, following the race to be the first and the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It's not just the next generation of green cars that's on the line, it's the future of the automobile itself. "Revenge tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good" (Village Voice).

 

In 2006, filmmaker Chris Paine examined the short and troubled history of General Motors' EV1, an electric powered automobile that was fast, efficient and taken off the market under mysterious circumstances, in his documentary WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?. A few years later, with the price of gas skyrocketing and the environment an even greater issue for many Americans, alternative vehicles are finally making their way into the mass marketplace, and Paine takes a look at four firms who are trying to put electric autos onto America's highways in his follow-up THE REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR. Bob Lutz of GM, after dropping the ball on the EV1, spearheads an effort to launch the Chevy Volt, one of the first plug-in hybrids from a major American automaker. Carlos Ghosn of Nissan puts his firm's resources behind an innovative fully electric auto, the Nissan Leaf. Elon Musk, who made a killing in the dot-com boom, is gambling his fortune on the Tesla, a sleek and high powered electric sports car aimed at the luxury market with a price tag of $100,000. And Greg "Gadget" Abbott is an ambitious mechanic who has launched a business transforming conventional autos into gas-free electric vehicles, though not without problems. THE REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR was an official selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. 

 

"REVENGE is that rare artifact, a snaphsot of a major industrial shift on its way to a tipping point....A slick, enjoyable valentine to a retooling industry."-- Daniel M. Gold, New York Times 

 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kay Lucas Receives Peacemaker Award

At the April 17th meeting of the Waco Friends of Peace, Kay Lucas was presented with a Peacemaker Award.  This was to acknowledge her years of dedicated activity in the Central Texas area in the cause of peace.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mark Rudd Appearance Highlights April Film Series Event


We had a great turnout at Poppa Rollo’s on Thursday, April 12, for the showing of the documentary film The Weather Underground.  Mark Rudd, who was prominently featured in the film, was on hand to introduce it and lead a lively discussion afterward.  He was forthright and candid in discussing his role at the time depicted in the film, and he explained the evolution of his thought since then.  He emphasized that in his view radical change is still necessary but can only be obtained through nonviolent means.








Thursday, April 12, 2012

Professor Marc Ellis Statement

Below is a link to a video statement by Professor Marc Ellis, the founder and director of Baylor University’s Center for American and Jewish Studies.  Dr. Ellis has been a steadfast advocate for fair treatment of the Palestinian people in Israel and in the occupied territories.  He is currently fighting dismissal from Baylor for what he has described as "routine offences."  Many believe that his dismissal is an attempt to deny him a forum for speaking truth to power.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XNeyG9RG5w&feature=youtu.be

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Trayvon Martin Prayer Vigil--St. James United Methodist Church, April 1, 2012

Waco Friends of Peace members participated in the Prayer Vigil Sunday afternoon 3pm at St James United Methodist Church.   Several of us joined about 120 people at this moving and spirited remembrance of Trayvon and emphatic call for justice.  Rev. Valda Jean Combs began the vigil and a prayer was offered by Rabbi Gordon Fuller of Congregation Agudath Jacob.  The choir led the group in upbeat and powerful music, and the congregation responded vigorously.  Several symbolic hoodies were observed in the crowd.  A moving poem was recited by two young men, one white and one African-American.  The Honorable Lester Gibson introduced the keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Michael A. Bell, Pastor of Greater St. Stephen First Church, Fort Worth.  Rev. Bell delivered a fiery and timely speech, outlining steps the audience can take to help ensure justice for Trayvon.  He encouraged the crowd to make noise about Martin's death, continue meeting about the issue, and keep the faith.  Pastor Charley Garrison of the Central Texas Metropolitan Community Church concluded the event by calling for equality and justice for all. He remarked: "I am tired and sickened by the treatment of the Trayvon Martins of the world who are black, Jewish, Islamic, HIV-positive, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. We are all God's children."  


 





















Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Progressive Film Series: April 12, 2012


The Weather Underground

         Thursday, April 12, 2012
       Poppa Rollo's Pizza 
       West-bank Meeting Room
        703 N. Valley Mills, Waco
        6 pm:  Pizza and business
        6:30:  Film and discussion

        Run time:  96 minutes
        Release date:  2002

Thirty years ago a group of young American radicals called The Weathermen announced their intention to overthrow the U.S. government. Fueled by outrage over the Vietnam War and racism in America, they went underground during the 1970s, bombing targets across the country that they felt symbolized "the real violence" that the U.S. government and capitalist power were wreaking throughout the world. From pitched battles with police on Chicago's city streets, to bombing the U.S. Capitol building, to breaking acid-guru Timothy Leary out of prison, this carefully organized clandestine network attempted to incite a national revolution, while successfully evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history.

One of the top documentaries of the year 2002, this award-winning film interweaves extensive archival material with modern-day interviews to explore the incredible story of "The Weather Underground." As former members reflect candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home," they paint a compelling portrait of troubled and revolutionary times, with unexpected and often striking connections to the current world situation.

A Very Special Addition To This Event:
Mark Rudd, one of the main figures in the Weather Underground, will be on hand to answer questions and participate in discussion after the film.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Unpublished Letter To The Trib

The following letter to the editor was submitted to the Waco Tribune Herald on Feb 6, 2012.  As of this date it has not been printed.

To the Editor—

 A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), completed in 2007 and endorsed by all sixteen U.S. government intelligence agencies, concluded with “high confidence” that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.  No new evidence since then has indicated that Iran’s policy has changed, although speculation has been rampant.

 War with Iran is being promoted by Israel’s extremist governing party, with the enthusiastic backing of the influential Israel-right-or-wrong element in this country.  This element includes most of our Congress and our news media.

 The Secretary of Defense has been recently quoted as saying he believes “there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June.”

 If Israel is so determined to go to war with Iran, she should do so on her own and with her own money.  When Israel joined with Britain and France to invade Egypt in 1956 in order to take control of the Suez Canal, President Eisenhower announced that he was immediately cutting off monetary aid to Israel, saying that such aid would resume when Israel withdrew from Egypt.  President Obama should make it crystal clear to Israel that the United States is still in control of its own foreign policy and that we will act in 2012 as we did in 1956.

 Unfortunately, given the sad state of affairs in our country today, it is highly unlikely that our President will take such a stand, particularly in an election year.  Thus the likelihood that we will be sucked into yet another disastrous war that will be in the best interests of nobody, including Israel.

           Harrison Ward
           Crawford

Sunday, March 18, 2012

2012 Million Musicians March


The 2012 Million Musicians March took place on Saturday, March 17.  Waco Friends of Peace was represented by Alan Northcutt, Gail Boyd, Harrison Ward, Adrian Northcutt, and Travis Ward.  It was as always a great experience.  The event was both inspirational and a whole lot of fun! 

 







Saturday, March 10, 2012

ATTENTION

If you would like a ride to Austin on Sat, March 17, to participate in the Million Musicians March, email to anorthc@aol.com.  Scroll down for details of the event.

Letter to Congressman Flores


The following letter was endorsed by 27 Friends of Peace members and faxed to Rep. Flores' Washington office on March 12, 2012:

The Honorable Bill Flores
U.S. Congressman, District 17, Texas
Washington, D. C.

March 8, 2012

Dear Congressman Flores:

As your constituents in District 17 and members of the Waco Friends of Peace we call on you to oppose wars in Afghanistan and Iran.  The 10 year Afghanistan war is not making our country safer, is opposed by approximately 75% of Americans, and wastes 1 billion dollars a week, at a time when funds are vitally needed at home.  As many beat the drums for war with Iran please remember that our 16 intelligence agencies are unanimous in the opinion that Iran is NOT building a nuclear bomb.  Therefore, diplomacy is the logical approach, one that will save billions of dollars and perhaps millions of lives.
At each opportunity we call on you to vote to end immediately the war on Afghanistan and against military action on Iran.

Sincerely 




 

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Million Musicians March for Peace on March 17

The 2012 Million Musicians March for Peace will take place Saturday, March 17, in Austin.  We will gather at the State Capitol for a rally and concert from 1:00 until 3:00 pm, after which we will march through downtown and down 6th Street, ending up at City Hall.  There we will have a rally together with Occupy Austin.

This is an annual event at which Waco Friends of Peace is always represented. It is a terrific experience, both entertaining and inspiring.
 
The Million Musicians March for Peace offers a great opportunity to unite with many others to protest what appears to be more war on the horizon.

For more information go to:
millionmusiciansmarch.org and at : www.instrumentsforpeace.org

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Progressive Film Series: March 8, 2012

TITLE: FORKS OVER KNIVES
GENRE:  Documentary.
DATE:  Thursday, March 8, 2012
TIME:  6pm pizza and business
           6:30:  film and discussion
VENUE:  Poppa Rollo's Pizza West-bank 

              meeting room
              703 N. Valley Mills, Waco
AUDIENCE:  All welcome
RUN TIME:  96 minutes
RELEASE DATE:  2011
FEE:  pizza buffet and film FREE



What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug and major medical operations have become routine. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country's three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Could it be there's a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so utterly straightforward, that it's mind-boggling that more of us haven't taken it seriously? FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled by diet.

"It is neither a secret nor some lunatic fringe conspiracy that heart disease, diabetes and most cancers are entirely preventable through diet and exercise, but for some reason, that notion isn't taking hold. It doesn't help that there are innumerable government, corporate and traditional medical agencies committed to maintaining the status quo in everything from cute pink ribbons to prescriptions for statins, but never mind. As the people in Forks Over Knives illustrate, change is possible on an individual basis. "
     --Liz Braun, QMI Agency

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Crisis in Syria: Dallas Peace Center Position Statement

The Dallas Peace Center condemns in the strongest terms atrocities being committed by the Syrian government against its civilian population. According to media reports more than 5,000 civilians have been killed so far and 14,000 have been detained. Such actions might constitute war crimes and indeed crimes against humanity. We demand the Syrian government immediately cease killing civilians and shelling of residential areas in Homs, Dara'a, Hama, Baniyas and suburbs of Damascus.

The Dallas Peace Center unequivocally denounces calls by American political leaders to further militarize an already dire situation. The United States and its allies must refrain from injecting heavy arms and ammunition into the country. We wholeheartedly support the courage and respect the wishes of many Syrians who are mounting nonviolent protests. When nonviolent protest turns violent because of "outside forces" it dishonors those who have gone before.


The danger of Syria erupting into an all out civil war, similar to what a horrified world witnessed in Iraq just a few years ago, is too painful to imagine. As in Iraq, many ethnic, sectarian and religious fault lines exist in Syrian society whose collapse could de-stabilize the country and possibly the entire region, especially Lebanon, where skirmishes between pro and anti Syrian supporters have already broken out. The Syrian population is a mosaic of Kurds, Christians, Druze, Alawites, Shias and Sunnis. Civil and human rights of all Syrians must be respected.
We hope that the Arab League and regional powers such as Turkey, the United States and the European Union, will actively seek a negotiated rather than a military solution to the crisis.We are hopeful that violence will cease in Syria and the noble aspirations of its people will usher in an era of peace and prosperity. 




Rev Dr Bill McEkvaney     Professor Emeritus Perkins School of Theology
Aftab Siddiqui                  Chair-Middle east Peace Committee - Dallas 
                                      Peace Center
Mavis Belisle                   Member of the Board, Dallas Peace Center
Trish Major                      Activist, Dallas
Hadi Jawad                     Activist, Dallas
Valley Reed                    Activist, Dallas
Leslie Harris                   Code Pink DFW

Click director@dallaspeacecenter.org if you would like to add your name in support of this position statement. 

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Feb 4, 2012 Day of Mass Action: NO IRAN WAR.

In solidarity with peace activists around the country and world, the Waco
Friends of Peace staged a protest against war, assassinations and sanctions in Iran. More than 70 cities reported protests on this date. At the corner of Waco and Valley Mills Drives, 12-14 activists gathered. Neither the IAEA nor the U.S. has found evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. And yet the aggressive rhetoric against Iran is increasing. Thus the Waco FOP spoke out against war on Iran and against sanctions and assassinations. According to Middle East expert Professor Juan Cole, a U.S. war against Iran would cost 1-3 million Iranian lives, 15,000 American lives, and ultimately 9 trillion dollars to the U.S. We had a great and enthusiastic crowd for this action. I made several observations during the protest. First, almost all motorist response was positive. No doubt the American people are tiring of endless war. Second, we had new folks join us for the first time, an encouraging fact. Third, I admired the courage of the protesters spending 2 hours on a cold windy day in the elements. And finally, given the positive motorist responses of the day, I interpreted our mooning by a passing vehicle as an exuberant congratulations. Many, many thanks to all peace activists who helped out with the action.



PRESS RELEASE.
For immediate release.
Feb. 3, 2012.

WACO, Tx.-- The Waco Friends of Peace will sponsor a protest against war,
sanctions, and assassinations in Iran, Saturday, Feb. 4,
1pm until 3pm, at the corner of Waco Drive and Valley Mills Drive in
Waco.
The Friends of Peace will join this international day of mass action as
concerned citizens in the peace and justice community unite with the
Occupy movement to say NO to endless war and militarism. We oppose
sanctions, assassinations, and war on Iran for the following reasons:
1)The U.S. and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have not
provided evidence that Iran is attempting to obtain nuclear weapons.
2) Thirty years of sanctions on Iran have not persuaded the country to be
more transparent concerning its nuclear program.
3) Iran has agreed to inspection of its nuclear facilities by the IAEA,
while Israel has refused.
4) War on Iran would lead to countless civilian deaths and injuries.
5) Many foreign policy experts (including General Mike Mullens) believe
that engagement and negotiation will be more productive in dealing with Iran and
that sanctions have clearly failed.
6) The U.S. economy has been in a dire situation. Another expensive war
would worsen our plight. Funds used for wars are desperately
required for human needs at home.

While the rhetoric for more sanctions and war increase, we call for the
end of sanctions and peaceful dialogue and negotiations.

Alan Northcutt
Waco Friends of Peace

Note: I learned that we had brief video coverage on Channel 25, thus spreading the message a bit further!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Meeting and Lecture Feb 9th, 2012


Lecture: CLIMATE REALITY: IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE & OUR OPTIONS FOR RESPONDING.
Speaker: Alexis Weaver.
Date: Thursday, Feb 9
Time: pizza buffet and business 6pm
Lecture and discussion: 6:30
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Westbank room
703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco
Fee: free.
Alexis Weaver is Director of Community Affairs for the Greater Waco Chamber of
Commerce, the first LEED-certified chamber building in America. Mrs. Weaver has
a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies & Economics from Baylor
University and a master's degree in Community & Regional Planning from the
University of Texas at Austin. In 2008, Mrs. Weaver was part of the first class
of faith presenters trained by Al Gore for The Climate Project.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Lecture and Meeting, January 2012.


DATE: Thursday, January 12, 2012
TIME: Business and free pizza buffet 6p.m.
Lecture and discussion 6:30p.m.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Westbank Room
703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco
LECTURE: CITIZEN LOBBYING: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER.
SPEAKER: Elizabeth (Liz) Yeats, FCNL board
member.
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
FEE: All free.
Why Lobby?

Congressional staff say
as few as 10 letters or emails from constituents can make a difference. The
impact is even greater if you begin to climb the ladder of congressional
engagement by raising your issue in a letter to the editor in your local
newspaper or even meeting with the local staff of your members of
Congress.

Want to know the key
steps in being an effective citizen lobbyist? Join us at Poppa Rollo's January 12th.


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Liz Yeats decided to be a peace and justice educator at the age of
19, after having been active in the civil rights and peace movement in high
school and college. She has done paid and unpaid peace and justice advocacy with
the Congress of Racial Equality, American Friends Service Committee, Friends
Committee on National Legislation, National Sanctuary Movement, National Council
of Churches, Texas Conference of Churches and the Austin Center for Peace and
Justice. She presently serves on the boards of Friends Committee on National
Legislation, a Washington DC Quaker lobby in the public interest, and Texas
Impact, a statewide religious grassroots network working for justice. She is a
writer, editor, website developer and personal historian.