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.

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

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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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