Saturday, April 29, 2006

Meeting Notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met April 29, 2006, at Associated Ministries at 10:00 a.m.

Present for check-in were Sallie S., Scott, Kathryn, Joel, Mark, Rob, Colleen, and Vivi.


Mark called Ronnie on Apr. 22, and she promised to work to avoid future problems with reserving the conference room at the Mandolin Cafe. The question chosen (last week) for Tues., May 2, is: "Is reality subjective or objective, really?" The question chosen for Tues., May 9, is: "What would life be like without labels? (Conservative, housewife, Norwegian, lawyer . . .)" Since its inception in the summer of 2004 a Conversation Cafe has been held on Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Cafe (3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma) to encourage community conversation. Questions are chosen through discussion and consensus at the Saturday meeting of PPJH.

UFPPC has formed a subgroup to work on planning a number of events between June 3 and July 4 on Iran, perhaps to be advertised under the rubric "The Question of Iran." These may include an event about the recent FOR mission to Iran (Marion Ward is available to talk about this), a film showing, a discussion forum of Iranian-Americans, a book event, a discussion of foreign policy issues, something related to the recent rise in the price of oil (and gasoline), propaganda, nuclear program and nuclear proliferation issues, etc., etc. Of related interest: UFPPC's Monday evening book discussion group "Digging Deeper" has decided to spend May discussion a number of books on Iran (for the list, see here).


1. (Colleen) An ACLU event on immigration and constitutional rights will be held at King's Books on the evening of Thursday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m..

2. (Sallie) Monday, May 1, 2006, is the Great American Walkout 2006 ("Un Dia sin Immigrants") and will be marked in Tacoma by a student walkout (12:40 p.m.), a student and community rally in Lincoln Park (1:30 p.m. near Lincoln HS, 37th & Thompson), a student and community march (2:30 p.m., from Lincoln Park to People's Park, MLK & S. 9th), a May Day rally for immigrants' rights (4:30 p.m. in People's Park, MLK & S. 9th), and the third annual Tacoma-Pierce County May Day Celebration, featuring Congressman Adam Smith and Centro Latino's Julio Quan, performances by The Ragin' Grannies and spoken word artist Zeek Green and free food and drink (7:00-9:00 p.m., ILWU Hall in Fife, 1306 Alexander Ave. between Highway 509 and Pacific Highway South, celebrating labor's past, present, and future; for more info contact America In Solidarity at 253-471-1123.

3. (Vivi) Tom Rawson will sing at Hillside Community Church (2508 S 39th St., Tacoma) for Mothers Day, Sunday, May 14, at 1:00 p.m.

4. (Sallie) On Monday, May 15, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is planning an action from 4:30 a.m. [sic] to noon. Other events will take place on Sunday, May 14. For a complete schedule, see here.