February 12, 2011

SPECIAL NOTE: Next Saturday's meeting will be at the Beyond the Bridge.

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met February 12, 2011, at Beyond the Bridge Cafe, 6th Avenue and Anderson. Present for check- in: Sheila, Nancy, Sallie, Carl, Karen(s), Mark. General Discussion: Egypt.


1. Disarm Now Plowshares (Karen)
The Plowshares Five will be sentenced on March 28. Disarm Now Plowshares (go to their website for further info) is asking people to write letters on behalf of Susan Crane, Anne Montgomery, RSCJ, Steve Kelly, S. J., Bill Bichsel, and Lynn Greenwald to Judge Benjamin Settle. There are suggestions at the website for Judge Settle. Plowshare Five events listed below.

2. Tacoma Peace Prize (Nancy)
Discussion tabled for further information.

3. NW Detention Center (Nancy)
Nancy and Tim Smith are working on providing coats for prisoners released without notice who end up walking to transportation points without coats. Tim has been collecting coats. Nancy has contacted the prison about being given release dates but the prison has failed to cooperate. Mark suggested they contact Adam Smith's office. He thinks Smith's office will be interested in and pursue the problem.

4. Rachel Corrie Foundation (Sallie)
Alice Walker is scheduled to speak in Olympia at a Peace Works Conference, Solidarity in Action event scheduled for April 8 and 9. Place: Evergreen College. Networking, panels and workshops are planned for the two day event. Sallie asked us to co-sponsor and contribute. It was moved, seconded and approved to donate $250.00 to the event.


1. Vigil at Northwest Detention Center at 1:00 p.m. every third Sunday. A group from Olympia is vigiling on Saturdays.

2. Plowshares 5: March 26 -- vigil, main gate, Bangor; March 27, Mass, St. Leo's with Pat Lee, S. J., at 10:30; Potluck, music -- Native American Drummers and Irish Mooncoyne -- speaker, Bishop Bumbleton; March 28, Sentencing, 9:00 a.m. Federal Courthouse

3. DIGGING DEEPER; Meets Monday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., February 14 -- up for discussion -- THE NEW JIM CROW, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle Alexander

4. Meeting Place: Both Carl and Nancy say they have some difficulty hearing above the background noise at Beyond The Bridge. Discussion. Karen will ask Bix re: meeting at Jean's House. Next Saturday: We'll try Beyond The Bridge again. Sixth Avenue, east of the Liquor Store.

NEXT MEETING, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19th at Beyond the Bridge

Respectully submitted,