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.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

YARD SIGN BUILDING BASH

























Friends of Peace/Climate will host a gathering to make yard signs on Sunday, June 18, 6 pm, at the Good Neighbor Settlement House, 2301 Colcord Avenue, Waco.

A yard sign is the perfect way to shout your support of the crucial Paris Agreement and reject the destructive anti-science agenda of the Trump administration.  Construct a yard sign with others as we make it fun -- a sign building PARTY!

We provide some heavy poster board, stencils, markers, metal mounting stakes, sealing tape.
Of course bring your own supplies for your favorite custom look and message.
We provide snacks to amplify the enjoyment.
FREE event.
It is actually more satisfying to display a sign you have personally constructed.
Imagine the power of 100s of signs peppering Waco.
This is OUR responsibility--no one else will do this in Waco.
Party facilitated by FOP/C member Travis Hipp.
Questions: hipptravis@gmail.com


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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Progressive Film Series: June07, 2017


The Age of Consequences

Wednesday, June 7th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion


The Age of Consequences is our outstanding film for June, providing detailed coverage of a climate topic which we have had some knowledge of previously. But the film provides full detail of this crucial area of climate change impacts.  The documentary investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.  Distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines--unpacking how drought, extreme weather, and sea level rise can all function as "accelerants of instability or conflict."  These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that, if left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. 

      "Eye-opening." -- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
      "A wake up call" -- Edward Davis, Indiewire
      "Compelling and frightening" -- The New York Times


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rooftop Solar at Lakeshore Baptist

The following is a report from Alan Northcutt:

CLIMATE VICTORY:  I was honored to give a climate lecture at Lakeshore Baptist Church on Wednesday night, May 17th.  Afterwards the church members voted and approved ROOFTOP SOLAR for their building. Thanks to Skip Londos & David Mosley for their work on this.


Waco Friends of Peace/Climate promoted PVCs approximately one year ago, and the idea went through various committees at the church. The vote of approval on Wednesday night was unanimous. I think this decision makes a powerful statement, and I hope many churches, other organizations, and individuals will be inspired to make this investment in a livable biosphere.  


My lecture, “Anthropogenic Climate Change: Crisis and Response,” was focused on the urgency of climate change action (our global C02 level today is 410.58ppm!), reviewing the horrendous impacts of global warming and including a handout with a list of many possible individual actions.  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate contributed $1000 toward the church’s panels.  

I am available to give this lecture to groups in Waco.


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Progressive Film Series: May 16, 2017


Antarctica: Ice and Sky















Tuesday, May 16th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion


Antarctica: Ice and Sky is the FOP/C documentary for the month. Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet recounts the remarkable life journey of Claude Lorius, the first scientist to discover conclusive evidence of anthropogenic climate change. This is the amazing story of this glaciologist's decades of ground-breaking research in the polar regions that led to our understanding of the relationship of atmospheric CO2 concentration to global temperature. The film is the winner of multiple film festival awards.

"An extraordinarily engaging documentary that boasts spectacular vistas, breathtaking adventures, and scientific revelations." -- The Guardian

"A head-on challenge to climate change deniers." -- The Guardian

"A stirring, humanist portrait." -- The Upcoming

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

the Peoples Climate March, April 29, 2017

Three Waco Friends of Peace/Climate members traveled to Washington, D.C., to join 200,000 others at the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017.  The march began near the Capitol Mall, encircled the White House, and finished with a rally at the Washington Memorial. The temperature was over 90°, one of hottest on record for that day of the year in DC.

The event included many diverse marching groups:  scientists, faith organizations, climate groups, frontline communities, water protectors, immigrants, LGBT activists, labor organizations, government workers, kids, elderly people, peace groups, medical workers, renewable energy organizations, anti-nuclear groups, and many others.  The rally was led by Native Americans, and the speakers were largely people of color and representatives of frontline communities.

Anti-Trump fervor was powerful thru ought the huge crowd.

At the end of the march, all signs were used to create a climate message read from an overhead balloon.







































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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Earth Day Free Shopping Bags Event

The 3rd Annual Free Bags for the Biosphere event was held at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, April 22nd.  This was a very successful action.  About 610 reusable shopping bags were distributed.  We received a very positive reception from shoppers, with no negative response.

FOP/C would like to thank Erin of Channel 10 TV for conducting an interview.  We also wish to thank Waco Downtown Farmers Market for providing the excellent covered space for us.

FOP/C participants in the action were Alan, Richard, Harrison, two Anas, Sarah, Bruce and Sherrell.

The positive reaction from the shoppers was heartwarming during this era of celebrated scientific ignorance and environmental degradation.  Multiple people were interested in FOP/C, and contact information was exchanged.













 











 







































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Flores Town Hall Protest Action

On Wednesday, April 19th, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate hosted a demonstration outside the office of Rep. Bill Flores at 400 Austin Avenue in Waco.  At issue was Rep. Flores’ decision to forego town hall meetings in favor of telephone call-ins featuring screened questions.  The FOP/C demonstration was focused on Rep. Flores’ denying the urgency of immediate action to combat anthropogenic climate change, and his refusal to face his constituents face-to-face in a public forum.

Also present at the protest were Dr. Ellie Caston and several supporters, who were there to protest Rep. Flores’ support for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

This was a successful action.  Although there was the usual indifference shown by passing motorists, there was also much positive response and very little overt negativity.










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Monday, April 17, 2017

Flores Townhall Protest: Don't Fear Our Voices

This is a call to action from Waco Friends of Peace/Climate:

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, from 4:30 pm until 7:00pm.

WHERE: 400 Austin Avenue, Waco, Tx 76701, sidewalk in front of the building.

WHY:  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate has protested outside Flores' Townhalls for several years now, focused on his functional climate change denial.  This year the protest becomes more urgent: the Presidency of Trump threatens our climate progress,  Flores supports Trump's climate agenda, and Flores is hiding from his constituents, doing only telephone townhalls this month.

LOGISTICS:  A 15-foot banner declaring "FLORES/TRUMP: CLIMATE INACTION KILLS"  will be provided. But please make and bring your own personal signs.  We want to focus on climate AND on Flores' unwillingness to face his constituents.  For example: "Flores: The Truth Has Found You," or "Flores: Don't Hide from Your Employers."

IMPORTANCE:  We need ALL members present:  this action serves also as our monthly meeting.  Everyone did a fantastic job at the DAPL protests recently.  This protest is just as important, as Republicans like Flores empower Trump to take his devastating steps on pipelines, the Clean Power Plan, emissions limits, funding, etc.

TIMING:  Rationale for our time period:  we wanted to cover office hours by the 4:30 start, allow those working to make it after 5pm, and just in case Flores does the Townhall from his office, be in place for the start at 6:30 pm.

WEATHER:  Conditions look fantastic: 80°C at 6 pm, with no chance for rain.

ENJOYMENT:  With the 7pm finish, we can get together for dinner afterwards as we have done at previous protests.  There are several restaurants in the vicinity.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS:  Please feel free to contact Alan Northcutt at anorthc@aol.com.

AS THE WACO GRASSROOTS CLIMATE ACTION NGO, IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR CLIMATE AND BIOSPHERE FROM DONALD TRUMP AND BILL FLORES.  YOUR PRESENCE WEDNESDAY IS VITAL AND GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

New Billboard

The new Friends of Peace/Climate billboard is located around the 200 block of Panther Way in Hewitt.
























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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Alan Northcutt Reports On His Hour On The Lynn Wooley Radio Show

The following is a report by Alan Northcutt on his experience being interviewed on the radio by conservative Temple radio talk show host Lynn Wolley:


On March 10th I survived the hour-long conservative talk show with Lynn Woolley (left) about climate change. Overall Lynn is a friendly guy and was pretty fair, never cutting my microphone.  I did feel very rushed at times and had to insist on making my point.
 
I mostly responded to various climate denier-type questions, such as sunspots, no climate change effects yet (!!), etc.  I think I responded pretty effectively to these questions.  We also took phone calls on this live program.

I actually have sympathy for the denier position, because I understand the power the climate denier industry has had over the last 30 years in spreading misinformation. Also, climate science is a relatively complex field and I think difficult for many non-scientists. 

I suggested that I would later answer emails he received to further respond to the audience questions on the topic.

We parted amiably and agreed that we will do this again, as I think it is useful.

His website does not archive the programs. Therefore, I am trying to obtain a copy of the hour and will attempt to post it later.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Progressive Film Series: March 21, 2017

A PLASTIC OCEAN

Tuesday, March 21st
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion

Runtime 102 Minutes

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate presents the outstanding documentary film A Plastic Ocean.
  
A Plastic Ocean is a feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.

In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean. 


The results will astound viewers–just as it did our adventurers–who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Progressive Film Series: February 21st, 2017

The Future of Energy

Tuesday, February 21st
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  64 Minutes


Waco Friends of Peace/Climate presents the acclaimed documentary film, The Future of Energy.  This film journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power.

Solar, wind and water could power the planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. What's needed is the social and political willpower to make the change on a large scale.

The Future of Energy illustrates that renewable power on a large scale is not just a dream, but rather a viable option already being implemented by many communities, cities and businesses. The examples and solutions highlighted are designed to inspire others to consider adopting clean, renewable power as a smart choice with substantial economic, public health and environmental benefits.


The Future of Energy is really about the clean energy revolution happening right now… By the final credits, you’ll know both how and why renewable energy is the cleanest, quickest, cheapest, and safest way to supply all of our energy needs.”
   --Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

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Friday, February 10, 2017

"STOP DAPL: Wells Fargo Defund Now" Saturday Protest

The following is a February 10th press release:

Waco, Tx.--The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will sponsor a protest entitled "STOP DAPL: Wells Fargo Defund Now.", Saturday, February 11, at Wells Fargo Bank, 1105 Wooded Acres, Waco, Tx 76710.  The protest will occur from 11am until 1pm in  front of the bank.

This week President Trump ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to halt their ongoing Environmental Impact Statement and authorize the easement to allow Energy Transfer Partners to complete construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.  The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and environmental organizations around the country, including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth, are outraged by these actions and strongly oppose renewed construction of this pipeline for these reasons:
  • United States promises to the Standing Rock Sioux to complete the Environment Impact    Statement have been broken.
  • Appropriate and necessary evaluation of the environmental impact of the project has not been completed.
  • Sacred burial sites of the Sioux will be further disrespected.By drilling under water, the pipeline risks damage to the critical water supply of the Sioux and of millions of citizens downstream.
  • Pipeline spills will definitely occur.  In the past month, 2 spills happened, not far from the site of DAPL.
  • Pipeline spill records: over the past 20 years, over 9000 significant pipeline accidents occurred, with 548 deaths, $85 billion damages. In 2016 alone, 220 significant spills were recorded.
  • Climate science is clear that we must make the complete transition to renewable energy, ideally by 2030,  Thus the science dictates we build NO new fossil fuel infrastructure now, and that our investment must be in building up renewable energy sources and the smart grid.  Commitment to a pipeline like DAPL for 30 years is totally contraindicated and dangerous to the survival of human civilization. 
Therefore, we call on Wells Fargo, a major bank financing the DAPL project, to immediately cease providing funds utilized for the construction of this pipeline.  As a good corporate citizen, Wells Fargo should no longer provide funds for a project which is damaging to the Standing Rock Sioux and all citizens of the United States. 
 
Contact:  Alan D. Northcutt, MD
               anorthc@aol.com
               254-744-1682                                               

Monday, January 30, 2017

Senator Cornyn protest at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple

On Friday, January 27th, a protest was held in front of the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, where Senator John Cornyn delivered a speech on business issues.  About 100 activists, including three from Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, withstood the cold with a message reaching many entering to hear Cornyn’s speech.

Cornyn is the new form of climate denier:  he claims that the climate is changing, but government should do nothing.  This position is as wrong and dangerous as that held by those who totally deny the existence of anthropogenic climate change.

The organizer of the protest asked for signs to be business oriented.





























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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Waco Tribune-Herald Article

The following article was posted after the downtown Waco protest on January 20th:

By CASSIE L. SMITH csmith@wacotrib.com 
 
Alan Northcutt said he has repeatedly heard from other people that he should give President Donald Trump a chance.

“This man nominates a white supremacist as his chief strategist. So if that’s his strategy, well he’s had his chance and he’s blown it already,” the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate director said. “This nonsense about a kinder gentler Trump, it’s nonsense. We have to start out on day one opposing his dangerous policies.”

More than 250 people gathered Friday evening in downtown Waco on the day of Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States to protest his policy proposals and administration selections.

The event — which included music and cookies — was sponsored by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, the Baylor Democrats, InterWaco, Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas and the North East Riverside Neighborhood Association. Handmade signs colored the crowd, some reading “Make America Kind Again,” “Keep Your Tiny Hands off my Rights,” “If I were to remain silent, I would be guilty of complicity,” and “Sorry for the inconvenience we are trying to change the world.”

Music from Venus Envy, Tea Aguilar, Stumblin’ Jaxon and others filled Heritage Square along with speeches and poetry.

The groups organized the event because of deep concerns about Trump’s “lack of qualifications, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, dishonesty, conflicts of interest and attacks on freedom of speech and on freedom of the press,” according to the event description.

“We believe his agenda endangers our country on many issues: climate change, nuclear proliferation, civil rights, immigrant rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, minimum wage, economic inequality, health care, public education and net neutrality,” the description states.

Waco attorney David Schleicher told the crowd they were brought together by their love of country, the planet and fellow humans. The event continued an American tradition that dates back to 1853: protesting on Inauguration Day.

“I want to thank you for showing the extra dose it takes to protest where you live and work,” Schleicher said. “If Trump’s words and deeds seem to you abnormal, know that you are one of plenty, who will not shut up, give up, nor look away from today all the way until 2020.”

To those who question the point of protesting after someone has been elected to office, Kristen “Monae” Mouton said there’s never a time she will just accept misogyny, racism and xenophobia. She never wants to accept a world that constantly dehumanizes people or a president who allows his supporters to do the same, said Mouton, the Baylor University NAACP political action committee chair and Diverse Verses vice president.

“Voting for Trump was an act of racism,” she said. “Even if you your self don’t consider yourself racist, you let that go to the back burner. You said that wasn’t a big enough thing for you to not vote for someone, that wasn’t as important as economics or any of the other things you vote for.”

Black Poets Society President Saddiq Granger said he hopes the event helps connect organizations in the area, so when there’s a threat to one community, it becomes a threat to all communities. Granger said he hopes to learn as he goes and hopes others are inspired to become more engaged.
“We have four years at least. It’s time to work,” he said.

Northcutt said he considered traveling to Washington, D.C., to protest but felt it was important for Waco to have the opportunity to share its voice. He said he has lived in the city more than 30 years and has seen the growth of progressives and liberal groups in the area.

“A lot of people may be progressive but in this town they are even afraid to say so,” Northcutt said. “So this is awesome that all of you have come out and been willing to do this and state your beliefs very publicly. I think it’s a good solidarity move for everyone here.”

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Monday, January 23, 2017

United Against Trump: Inaugural Protest -- January 20th, Heritage Square




















This post is from Alan Northcutt, who was the lead hand in organizing the Inaugural Protest:

Deepest  thanks to all the activists who did the preparation:  Carmen Saenz, Cindy Albert, Ana Northcutt, Bruce Huff, Sherrell Emanuel Huff, Travis Hipp, Harrison ward, Adrian Northcutt, Jessica Green and Craig Nash.  I apologize for any names that I missed.

Great thanks to the powerful speakers whose words were the heart of the event:  David Schleicher, Rebecca Farrar,  Bill Matta, Ernesto Fraga, Jenuine Poetess, Chris Van Gorder, Reggie Singletary, Carmen Saenz, Saddiq Granger and Kristen Mouton.

Huge thanks to the musicians who created the amazing soundtrack: Venus E and Tea Aguilar.

My gratitude to the reporters who spread the word:  Cassie L. Smith, Kandace Thomas, the Lariat reporters  and one other TV reporter.

My graditude to & respect for the 214-250 people for their conscience and courage in attending & making the event a success.

My appreciation for the growing progressive community in Waco, and for its increasing courage to speak out publicly.

My gratitude to the organizations who endorsed this protest: Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, Interwaco, Baylor Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas and North East Riverside Neighborhood Association.

And my agreement with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who said: "....I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House."

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