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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Progressive Film Series: January 9, 2014

BAG IT:  IS YOUR LIFE TOO PLASTIC?

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N. VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30 FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME:  79 MINUTES

 

The film details the horrific  effects of plastic trash on the planet,  little known details about recycling, and practical solutions  as we try to live in as sustainably as possible. This film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effects on our waterways, oceans and even our own bodies.

 

Winner:   Best of Monterey Blue Oceans Film Festival
Winner:  Best Environmental Film, Sedona International Film Festival
Winner:  Audience Choice, Princeton Environmental Film Festival

 

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Progressive Film Series: December 12, 2013

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N. VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30 FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME:  101 MINUTES


The documentary for December is A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET (2012).  Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this exhilarating documentary brings to light the vital stories of the environmental movement, where people fought—and succeeded—against enormous odds.  From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to fighting toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace to Chico Mendes; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, A Fierce Green Fire is a history of environmentalism itself.  


“A visually stunning survey of the environmental movement, from early battles to save American wilderness to international campaigns to save the health of human societies and the biosphere. Broad in scope and fast moving, A Fierce Green Fire introduces many of the leaders (both famous and little-known) who have shaped the struggle. This film is worthy of admiration, and has obviously been a major effort by the filmmakers. It will inspire the next generation of activists.”
      —Dr. Richard Tucker, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan


“Rarely do environmental-themed films come with the ambitious scope of ‘A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet’…which aims at nothing less than the history of environmentalism itself.”
     —Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

“The material is vast and it’s an incredibly dynamic film. It’s shaping up to be the documentary of record on the environmental movement. I think it’ll be hugely successful.”
     —Cara Mertes, Director, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Progressive Film Series: November 14, 2013

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N. VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30 FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME:  86 MINUTES


It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror:  all bets are off, and almost anything goes.  The rules of the game and of engagement have fundamentally changed.  Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government targeted killings occur in corners across the globe, killing untold numbers of civilians.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress.  No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” not even U.S. citizens.


Director Richard Rowley and writer-producer Scahill’s Dirty Wars is a chilling battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists.



“Essential viewing, at times it plays like a real-life Jason Bourne flick.”
            —Ernest Aardy, The Village Voice

“Incredible.  A must-see.”
            —Chris Hayes, All In, MSNBC

 “Utterly riveting.”
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times


“A mystery thriller as compelling as any feature film.”
            —Erica Abeel, Huffington Post

Winner - Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Progressive Film Series: October 10, 2013

Chasing Ice

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
POPPA ROLLO’S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N. VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30 FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME:  78 MINUTES


In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic:  to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life:  The Extreme Ice Survey.  With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether,  Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.  His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.  Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

“One of the most beautiful and important films ever made”
— Huffington Post

Winner – Excellence in Cinematography Award
—Sundance Film Festival

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Action At Flores Town Hall Meeting

On Tuesday, September 3, Waco Friends of Peace protested Rep. Bill Flores' position on the Keystone XL pipeline and his denial of climate science in general.  We were stationed at the intersection of North 19th and Tartan Drive, where we were visible to many people arriving at Rep Flores' town hall meeting at MCC.


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Thursday, September 05, 2013

International Progressive Radio Broadcaster Bob Kincaid


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N.VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM: PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30:  LECTURE& DISCUSSION


Bob Kincaid, of West Virginia, is a co-founder of the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) campaign. His radio network has devoted more time than any other broadcast medium in educating people about the urgency of ending mountaintop removal coal mining. He has traveled world wide to build awareness of the devastating health effects on Appalachian people of coal mining pollution. Please come experience Bob’s powerful blend of progressive politics, knowledge of history, biting wit, and dedication to helping the suffering people of Appalachia. 

The topic of Bob Kincaid's lecture will be “Who Needs Cruise Missiles?
An Introduction to Appalachia’s Agony.”


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

FOP to prosest at Flores town hall meeting


On Tuesday, September 3, Waco Friends of Peace will mount a protest against Rep. Bill Flores’ position on the Keystone XL pipeline in particular and his denial of climate science in general.  We will target his town hall meeting that is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Community Services Center at MCC.

We will meet at 4:30 PM at the corner of North 19th and Tartan Drive at MCC.  There is a public sidewalk at this location, so we will most likely position ourselves there for our action.  Banners will be provided, but additional climate-related signs will be welcome.

Rep. Flores is precisely at the core of the problem — his tea party group denies climate science and works to prevent urgent action and legislation.  Our action will let him know that we reject his insanity and urge him to embrace intelligent policies in order to help prevent climate catastrophe that will affect us all.

Date:  Tuesday, September 3rd
Time:  4:30 PM
Place:  Corner of North 19th and Tartan Drive at MCC

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Progressive Film Series: August 8, 2013

The House I Live In

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N.VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM: PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30:  FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME:
108 MINUTES

 

Waco Friends of Peace has been wanting for a long time to show a film that addresses the catastrophe known as the War on Drugs.  We have been waiting to find a film that we thought would do the subject justice.  We believe that our August film does just that.  The House I Live In, winner of the Sundance Film Festival, has been widely acclaimed as the best documentary movie of 2012.

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, cost over one trillion dollars, has made America the world’s largest jailer, and has damaged poor communities at home and abroad.  Yet drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever.  Where did we go wrong, and what is the path toward healing?  Directed by award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, The House I Live In goes inside America’s longest war to examine the effects of drug laws on everyone from the dealer and the grieving mother to the jailer and the federal judge.

Winner - Grand Prize Documentary - Sundance Film Festival - 2012

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Progressive Film Series: July 11, 2013

We Are Legion:  The Story Of The Hacktivists

THURSDAY, JULY 11
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N.VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM: PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30:  FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME:
93 MINUTES



This exceptional documentary will educate us about an important world of which most of us have little knowledge.

The film traces the history of online activism and computer hacking.   It explains Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film presents live footage of actions, and it includes interviews with current members, members recently released from prison, others facing trial, writers, activists, and major players in various Anonymous "raids."  It outlines Anonymous' evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with global reach, the most transformative civil disobedience of our time.

**Winner of 8 Documentary Film Festival Awards**

"Essential viewing...The general spirit of authority-tweaking pranksterism is infectious." —The Hollywood Reporter. 

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Full Page Ad In Waco Tribune-Herald

The following full page ad was placed by Waco Friends of Peace in
the Waco Tribune-Herald on Wednesday, May 29:


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Progressive Film Series: June 13, 2013

The End Of The Line:  Where Have All The Fish Gone?

THURSDAY, JUNE 13TH
POPPA ROLLO'S PIZZA
WEST-BANK MEETING ROOM
703 N.VALLEY MILLS, WACO
6 PM: PIZZA & BUSINESS
6:30:  FILM & DISCUSSION
RUNTIME:
82 MINUTES


Suitable for all ages 

 Humans have long regarded the world's oceans as vast and inexhaustible. Now, we have learned otherwise.  The End of The Line charts the devastating ecological impact of overfishing by interweaving both local and global stories of sharply declining fish populations, including  the imminent extinction of the bluefin tuna, and illuminates how our modern fishing capacities far outstrip the survival abilities of any ocean species. Some scientists predict an ocean without fish by 2048 if we do not adjust our fishing and consumption practices.  The film outlines practical steps supermarkets, restaurants and individuals can take to save the oceans.

This informative documentary, directed by Rupert Murray, is beautifully filmed.  We will provide national sustainable seafood guides to FOP attendees to assist in making the best choices when consuming seafood.


Biologist Barbara Butler of the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology says this about the film: “The End of the Line is based on Charles Clover’s book by the same name. This award-winning documentary is well-researched, well-edited and nothing short of a call to action. It isn’t enough to know that fish stocks have been depleted. We need to translate scientific knowledge into policies to protect ocean resources. Sadly, our modern industrial fishing fleet has the capacity to completely decimate global fish populations. Murray challenges consumers, politicians and the fishing industry to do the right thing.”

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