People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
June 12, 2010

The People for Peace, Justice and Healing met on the front porch, Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in: Karen, Sallie, Rob, Mark, Sarah, Carl, Colleen, Nancy. Discussion -- Northwest Detention Center and Tim Smith's meet with council persons Walker, Mello, and Fey. Turnout for Wednesday Vigil re: Floating Flotilla was reported as "thin." Heavy rains. About a dozen people present.


1. Peace at the Market
It has been reported that Steve, Kristi, and Dave are still being hassled for their presence at the Thursday downtown open market. Colleen reports that two ACLU interns have been assigned to look into it. This presence, with a few signs, has been located near 9th and Broadway for plus years. It has been "suggested" by market management that if our group purchased a booth there "might be less complaint." Since the group is located on a public street, it's our assumption there should be no problem with our presence. Karen offered to see if Theresa Power Drutis, who has invited Farmer's Market management to Tacoma Avenue Meetings, might have a suggestion about "talking to management" and will confer with TP. Carl recommends that we try negotiation to bring marketers to our side. A possible flier "exploring" the situation was suggested.

2. Persian Poetry -- Summer Solstice Celebration
Plans proceed for our and UFPPC's fundraiser on Monday, June 21, at Burk's house, 421 North 4th. Tickets $30. Persian treats prepared by Mohsen, plus wine, entertainment, and poetry. Three books of Persian poetry will be awarded to lottery winners, including Ferdowsi's BOOK OF KINGS. Mark passes around lovely program being prepared of evening events. Carl and Sallie in charge of recycling. Waste to be recycled at Tacoma Landfill on Tuesday by Carl. Canopies will be made available if weather is "northwesty" -- Rob, Colleen, Sallie. There will be a planning meeting for "workers" this Thursday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m., at Burk's house. Mark reports $1,380 in ticket sales and predicts attendance at 60 to 70 people.


1. Northwest Detention Center: Rally on behalf of "inmates" outside the detention center Saturday, June 12 from noon to 3 p.m. and Sunday, June 13, from noon to 3 p.m.

2. Digging Deeper: Monday, June 14: David Remnick's THE BRIDGE about Barack Obama journey to the White House. Mark expresses his admiration for Obama as an author.

3. Folk singer: Theresa Kundry (sic) Bay area folk singer will appear at Center for Spiritual Living on June 20 at 7 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,