MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing met March 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in were Rob, Mark, Sallie, Nancy, Sol, Louisa, Sarah, Ray, and Karen.
1. PJH FUNDRAISER (All)
Lively discussion of the possibilities. Louisa shared a photo of her dad, now in his 90's, as a prospect for a stand-up comedy routine. While a few movie possibilities were discussed, the spirit of the conversation tended to focus on looking for a light, humorous focus for the evening. To be continued.
2. PEACE PRIZE (Nancy)
After rejection by both Sallie and Bix -- neither of who wish to be nominated for the "Peace Prize" -- discussion of all the names possible for nomination. Discussion. No action taken.
3. MARCH 19 RALLY (Sallie)
Flyers are being distributed and plans proceeding. Meet at 4:00 p.m. at the Federal Building. Sarah, Nancy, and Karen volunteered to help with banner at McKinley I-5 Overpass. Plans to install Burma Shave type signs by Ray dropped as being too dangerous and/or not evident enough for I-5. Discussion -- once again the conversation focused on inserting some humor, drama into the proceedings -- puppets, costumes, street theater, music.
4. RACHEL CORRIE EVENT (Nancy)
Members present expressed to Nancy their appreciation for a lively reading, March 3 at UPS, Kilworth Chapel, of "My Name Is Rachel Corrie." The Corries were present for conversation following the performance and left following the discussion for a civil suit they have brought in Israel for damages.....
5. STARBUCKS AND GUN LAW (Nancy)
Nancy contacted Starbucks to let them know her opinion of their permitting customers with gun permits to carry guns into Starbucks. Nancy has the contact information if you wish to let Starbucks know your opinion about their decision. Discussion.
6. LYNN GREENWALD TRIAL (Karen)
Lynn Geenwald, of the Plowshares Five, was tried in Federal Court on March 3 for "stepping across the blue line" at Bangor on August 10, '09, (commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) despite having been served a disbarment letter on a previous occasion. Lynn's protest focused on the presence of Trident and the nuclear build-up of first strike weapons at Bangor. While the prosecution focused on whether or not Lynn crossed the blue line, Lynn representing herself, testified that it was her duty as a citizen, according to Nuremberg Principles, to bring to the attention of the United States Government that they were, according to the Constitution and U. N. Treaty, acting illegally. While the Judge did let Lynn state some of her reasons for acting as she did -- she stopped her mid-testimony - claiming that the trial was about "the law, not politics" and found her guilty. The Judge (sorry, I don't have her name) set May 5 as the sentencing date. The prosecution asked for six months.
1. SISTER CITY FILM FEST -- CUBA, 'NADA' (Sallie)
The Blue Mouse is hosting their yearly Sister City Film Fest on Thursday nights through April 8. The film this Thursday is from Cuba, "Nada." Michael Kagan, who travels to Cuba to play baseball and contribute equipment to their team will be a special guest at 6:30 p.m. before the movie, talking briefly and showing a slide show from his recent trip. See Sallie's email and/or google Sister City Film Fest for further details. Local entertainment at 6:30, movie at 7:30 p.m.
2. MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA (Sallie)
Film about Daniel Ellsberg opening on the 12th at the Grande. Saturday 4 and 6 p.m. performances will be followed by a talk by Rick Goldsmith
3. MARCH 19 -- 7th Anniversary Rally (Sallie)
4:00 p.m. Federal Building (across from U. W. Tacoma); 5:30 p.m. rally at Pacific Avenue/ I5 Overpass. Sponsored by UFPPC, Veterans for Peace, and Iraq Veterans Against the War
4. MARCH 27: GALLUCCI LEARNING GARDEN
The Guadalupe Land Trust is inviting the community to gather on March 27 to contribute ideas for a new learning garden to be established at S. 14th and G, next to Guadalupe House, Tacoma Catholic Worker. The meeting is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To RSVP and for further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 572-5533
5. APPEAL (Nancy)
Help a Former Tacoma Catholic Worker and Divinity Student Go to Palestine! Jessie Smith, currently studying at the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, has secured a scholarship but still needs some additional funds to cover her trip to Palestine this Spring. Studying to be an Episcopalian Priest, Jessie hopes to bring back a fresh perspective on peace work and grounds for hope for a non-violent resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Donations can be sent to Jessie Smith, 3007 Duval Street, 208-N, Austin, Texas 78705. Respectfully submitted,