MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
March 15, 2008
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing met at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in: Nancy, Vivi, Rob, Ray, Sallie S., Nancy, and Mark.
1. G.I. RIGHTS RALLY AT HARRY TODD PARK (Ray)
Reported on the last organizing meeting of the "Soldier You're Not Alone" event scheduled for next Sat., Mar. 22.
2. ADOPT A DEALER (Rob)
Proposed PJH consider engaging with the climate action Adopt-A-Dealer campaign initiated by Co-op America, with the participation of the Rainforest Action Network and Global Exchange. The program encourages car dealers to call for plug-in hybrids. From the web site: "The single biggest step we can take towards breaking our oil addiction is for the automobile industry to produce cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars. That is why we are working to convince Ford and GM to dramatically improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles and begin mass producing plug-in hybrids today. -- All you have to do is start a conversation with your local car dealer. Use our talking points, sample letters and a step-by-step guide to get your campaign on the road. We are working together to get auto dealers to speak up for the climate and their best interests." To be continued; please inform yourself about the campaign for future reference.
1. KEN JONES'S LAST SERMON (Rob)
The Rev. Ken Jones, who announced some time back his resignation from the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation (formerly Unitarian Universalist Association of Tacoma [UUAT]), is scheduled to give his final sermon at the service beginning 10:30 a.m. on Sun., Mar. 16. Ken and Ken's wife Amy participated actively in PPJH in its early years; this is an opportunity for PPJHers to bid them farewell: 1115 South 56th St., Tacoma WA 98408, (253) 474-4646.
2. JENNIFER NEWELL ON FOOD ADDITIVES (Vivi)
On Sun., Mar. 16, Jennifer Newell, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation's representative to the national FOR program, will speak on dangers from unhealthy food additives (particularly, glutamates, about which she's been learning lately), as well as talking about decision-making and focus issues in the national group. The FOR business meeting is at 3:00 p.m., the program is at 4:00 p.m., and a potluck, to which all are invited, is at 5:00 p.m.. The meeting place: Tacoma Friends Meeting House, where Hillside Community Church also meets, behind Border’s Books (2508 S. 39th St.-- go south on Fife or Pine and east on 39th until you reach the top of the hill. For more informatio, call David Lambert at 253-759-2280.
3. CRAB FEED FUNDRAISER (Sallie)
On Sun., Mar, 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Seafarer's Bar and Grill (3878 Center St., Tacoma): All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed Fundraiser organized by America in Solidarity. "Unlimited portions of dungeness crab, smoked salmon, teriyaki chicken, salad, bread, and veggies." Proceeds go to the Ottilie Markhold Scholarship program.
4. DANIEL SCHORR ON KUOW'S 'WEEKDAY' WITH STEVE SCHER (Sallie)
Daniel Schorr, who at 91 is NPR's very Senior News Analyst, will discuss his new book *Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium* (2007) on "Weekday" with Steve Scher on Mon., Mar, 17, at 9:00 a.m.
5. DIGGING DEEPER XLIII: ELECTIONS, POLITICS, AND PROPAGANDA (Mark)
On two successive Mondays, March 17 (exceptionally, meeting on this day at the Tacoma Public Library on account of a St. Patrick's Day event at the Mandolin Café) & 24 (back at the Mandolin), Digging Deeper XLIII will examine two books on elections, politics, and propaganda: Spencer Overton's Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression (W.W. Norton, 2006; paperback 2007) and a collection edited by András Szántó entitled What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics (PublicAffairs, 2007). More information about the books, see here. There is no charge for participation and anyone interested is welcome. Digging Deeper has been meeting since July 2004 on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café in Tacoma. There is no charge for participation and anyone interested is welcome.
6. FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WAR VIGIL
A fifth-anniversary vigil will be held at First Congregational Church (981 Division Ave., Tacoma). People will gather in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. before proceeding outside. After the vigil, a dessert potluck will be held in the church. Co-sponsors or endorsers: America in Solidarity, Christian Witness for Peace, Micah Project of FIrst United Methodist, MoveOn.org, United for Peace of Pierce County, World Can't Wait.
7. SHOWING OF "WAR MADE EASY" AT WASH. ST. HIST. MUSEUM ON THURS., MAR. 20 (Mark)
"War Made Easy," the documentary film based on Norman Solomon's 2005 book of the same name, will be shown free of charge in the auditorium of the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs., March 20, 2008.