MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
People for Peace, Justice and Healing met on January 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Mark Jensen. Present for check-in: Nancy, Sallie S., Linda, Karen K., Dorothy, Sallie M., Mark, Rob, Colleen, Sol, Agnès, and Sheila.
1. SEATTLE BUS ADS (Linda)
The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign bought ads saying "Israeli war crimes. Your tax dollars at work." Seattle Metro became the object of an intimidation campaign that led, on Dec. 23, 2010, the public authority reversing its earlier decision to run the ads and to place a moratorium on all non-commercial advertising on Metro buses. Ed Mast, spokesman for SMA, said that there was "no evidence that [the ads] were gong to disrupt" and called it "a disturbing precedent that King County approved the ad in the first place and then gave in to public pressure on the content of the ad." The ACLU has requested that the contract be honored. Seattle Mideast Awareness is meeting on Monday to consider options. Discussion. See the Seattle Mideast Awareness website, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times for more information.
2. PUGET SOUND INTERFAITH YOUTH CAMP (Nancy, Sallie S.)
Sallie said a day camp would not accomplish what a week-long residential camp does. There is a planning committee working on the 2011 camp, so it is premature to talk about alternatives, she said.
3. TRIP TO ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK (Sallie S.)
Initial impressions from a five-week trip that included eleven days in the West Bank.