People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
May 29, 2010

The People for Peace, Justice and Healing met Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Associated Ministries. Present for check in: Sallie, Mark, Sol, Sarah, Karen H., Karen K., Carl, Sheila, Nancy. General discussion: New Yorker -- politically pertinent -- cartoons, E Cigarettes and City Council meetings.


FUNDRAISER: Mark and Nancy

Mark passed out a series of beautiful posters and flyers advertising our Summer Solstice Fundraiser: Persian Poetry to take place on June 21. Mark also has tickets for sale. Members in attendance took posters and flyers for distribution. Lively discussion about disposable dinner ware. It was suggested that those buying tickets be told that they may bring their own china ware, silverware if they wish. Disposable plate ware (Chinette) and unwaxed table items will be provided at the celebration. Nancy will see to disposal of used items. Nancy will also set up a recycle corner. Members will serve as servers and wine servers.

GAZA: Nancy

Nancy thanked Mark for his Saturday's morning email re: Israel's threat to fire on unarmed flotilla of Palestinian activists attempting today to circumvent the three year Israeli blockade of Gaza. Ten thousand tons of humanitarian supplies are on the eight vessels. Mark noted that this is a big story everywhere in the world except in the United States.


Daniel Ellsberg is coming in the month of August to testify at the trial of two Peace Activists facing trial in Federal Court. A group, led by Mike Honey, is setting up a speaking engagement for him at University of Washington, Tacoma, and Sallie asked if we were interested in co-sponsoring this event. Members present asked to be listed as co-sponsors of the event.


Sallie shared an idea for a future fundraiser: silent auction of souvenirs and mementos members and donators have collected pertinent to the peace movement. Other ideas -- films relevant to the subject (Strike at Columbia!) And presentation of personal stories, experiences, photographs.


Discussion of Tacoma City Council's Resolution against recent Immigration Law passed in Arizona. Those present expressed appreciation for the passing of the resolution by the Council. Sallie called attention to the email she sent Saturday morning re: Resolution 2010-72, co-sponsored by Dick Muri and calling for county use of E-Verify. Muri cited the use of Medicaid services and public safety costs as the reason for the (anti-immigrant) resolution. (See Sallie's email.) The Pierce County Council meets Tuesday, June 1, at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street at 6 p.m.


Current balance: $742.58


Digging Deeper will not meet this Monday, May 31, 2010, in recognition of Memorial Day. Next up: David Remnick's book about Barack Obama - The Bridge -- June 7 & 14. The reading group will not meet June 21 because of our Fundraiser, PERSIAN POETRY on Summer Solstice. Up for June 28: Norman Rushkoff's Life, Inc.. Digging Deeper (usually) meets Monday nights at the Mandolin Cafe, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Pierce County Council Meeting, 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall. (Address above.) Consideration of Resolution 2010-72.