MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
May 26, 2007
People for Peace, Justice and Healing held its regular Saturday meeting at 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2007, at Associated Ministries in Tacoma, WA. Present for check-in: Sallie S., Kyle, Sheila, Rob, Colleen, Mark, Nancy, Dorothy, Elaine, and Sally M.
1. VOICES OF PROTEST (Sallie)
Sallie reported on what she said was a very positive conversation with Tamara Power-Drutis, Kate Fontana, Teresa Power-Drutis, Steve Nebel, Kristi Nebel, Tracy Wiegman, and David Lambert on Fri., May 25, at Associated Ministries, on issues raised by Tamara concerning voices of protest at the Mar. 17 antiwar march and rally in Tacoma.
2. CITY OF TACOMA AND THE MARCH 2007 PORT OF TACOMA PROTESTS (Mark)
Mark summarized developments in the legal cases stemming from the port militarization resistance protests at the Port of Tacoma on Mar. 3-14, 2007. A pretrial hearing for twenty defendants was held in Tacoma Municipal Court on Wed., May 23. Tom McCarthy was arraigned in the same court on a related charge on Thurs., May 24. All are to appear at a 1:30 p.m. pretrial hearing on Jun. 8 in Tacoma Municipal Court (County-City Bldg.).
3. LITERATURE REPORT (Dorothy)
Dorothy donated to PPJH a copy of an 80-page document entitled The 2007 Shift Report: Evidence of a World Transforming (Institute of Noetic Sciences, 2007). The report argues that "it is time" that humanity make "an evolutionary leap" comparable to the one whereby "materialistic science" helped human beings emerge from "a mind-set that relied on religious authority for verifying truths to one that valued an objective search for knowledge." The report concludes: "As this report makes clear, this leap will include the rigorous study of subjective, inner experience, a renewed appreciation for meaning and purpose, and a recognition that the world of consciousness is far more mysterious and influential than we have ever imagined." For more information, see the IONS web site.
4. PALESTINE (Nancy)
Nancy passed out a flyer on the Jun. 8-10 weekend of "End the Israeli Occupation" events in Seattle. See here for more. For information for information on carpooling to these events from Tacoma, call 952-0571.
1. ‘DIGGING DEEPER XXXII’ DISCUSSES CORPORATOCRACY (Mark)
On May 28 & June 4, 11, & 18, 2007, UFPPC's book discussion group will return to the theme of the role that corporations are playing in U.S. and global society. Four books will be under consideration: Thom Hartman, Screwed: The Undeclared War against the Middle Class—and What We Can Do about It (Berret-Koehler, 2007); Joseph E. Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents (W.W. Norton, 2003); Ha-Joon Chang, Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (Anthem Press, 2003); and Richard Rorty, Derek Nystrom, and Kent Puckett, Against Bosses, Against Oligarchies (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2002). -- Books can be purchased at the above links. -- DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.