Saturday, June 3, 2006

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met June 3, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in: Sheila, Kyle, Sallie, Katherine, Mark, Karen2, Sol and Martell. We decided to try and assemble the agenda before we did check-in.


Katherine felt the conversation on immigration went well. Discussion for Tuesday: "What does the devil mean to you?" in "celebration" of 6/6/06. Future questions - -Jun. 13: "What would happen if drugs were de-criminalized?"; JUn. 21: "What are your favorite bumper stickers?" Future subject possibilities: marriage, cell phones.

Discussion of Iranian film maker's film CLOSE UP, seen at UFPPC, first Thursday, film night at 1st United Methodist.

Sallie thanked PJH reps who leafleted local high schools re: the Delayed Enlistment Program. Receptions mixed -- Foss, good (Colleen); Stadium, bad (teacher "stalked off," kids not receptive); Mt. T -- put our leaflets in the "career room."

Group discussed high profile activity in Olympia from peace group(s) there. Mark updated us on media reports (there was a story in the N.Y. Times), involvement re: The Pomeroy, a 951-foot supply ship. Thirty-six arrests reported. Group discusses ways we could support Olympia. Sallie says Alice Z. reports that the Olympia scene is "not an easy one to be in now." Other forms of action discussed such as Code Pink's idea to not vote for anyone if they voted for the war.

Sallie reported that they've had about eleven applicants now and the deadline is June 15. They are still looking for counsellors. Martell says he will talk with some of his Buddhist friends.

Members encouraged to contact "maybe" votes on the Pierce County Charter Review before re: Instant Runoff Voting. See UFPPC website for details

This weekend Military Families Speakout two day event at T.C.C.

Saturday, JUNE 3: WPA Contest Winners at King's Books, 2 p.m. STEVE & KRISTI at Antique - UFPPC Fundraiser with Mark Jensen

June 6-7: National call-in day for McGovern Resolution (funding cut at Ft. Benning -- former SOA

Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.: UFPPC presents Mohsen Mirghanbari showing his 2005 photographs of Iran in the Olympic Room of the Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma.

Thursday, June 8: IMMIGRATION, ACLU at King's Book's, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 11: Marion Ward of Vancouver, WA, reports on December 2005 FOR peace delegation to Iran -- Hillside Community Church, Tacoma.

Friday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.: UFPPC shows "Taste of Cherry," award-winning 1997 film by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, at Pacific Lutheran University (Xavier 201 - Philip A. Nordquist Lecture Hall), 121st St. S. & Park, Tacoma (Parkland)

Saturday, June 17: Catholic Worker Fundraiser at Holy Cross

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m.: UFPPC presents "Wake!" -- a garden solstice celebration of classical Persian poetry in Burk Ketcham's back yard at 420 N. 4th St., Tacoma.