Saturday, June 12, 2004 Meeting Notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

PPJH meeting minutes

People for Peace, Justice, and Healing met at 10:00 a.m. on June 12, 2004, at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in were Sallie S., Karen K., Mark J., Vivi, Benjie, Sheila, Kyle, Sallie M. and Colleen.



1. Reagan's funeral. Much discussion of the significance of the week of events connected with Ronald Reagan's death, culminating in the National Day of Mourning on Friday, and of the insufficiently critical attitude taken by the media toward Reagan's presidency and its effects on the nation and the world.

2. Northwest Detention. Brief report from Colleen on several hours she spent (together with Tim, Heidi, and Kent) attending the arraignments of about a dozen detainees at the new Northwest Detention Center at 1623 E. "J" St. on the Tacoma Tideflats.

3. Future PPJH plans. General discussion about possible future activities. Subjects of general interest and related to PPJH's broader educational mission (e.g. energy policy, environmental issues, Iraq war) distinguished from subjects of that divide peace and justice activists (e.g. third-party candidates, the role of the UN, the draft). Conversation cafes discussed again. Decision to convene a group (incl. Mark J. and Karen K.) interested on working on a proposal for community conversations. DATE & TIME: Wed., Jun. 23, 3:30 p.m. PLACE: Mandolin Cafe, a new cafe located on S. 12th, 2 blocks west of Proctor that has expressed an interest in hosting peace-and-justice-related events. Others interested in working on this are welcome.

Adjournment at 12:00 noon.

NOTE: After the meeting, Karen K. hosted a potluck luncheon at her home for Benjie, Sayaka, and Noah, who will be leaving Tacoma next week and will be missed.

Mark J.