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.

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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