Saturday, July 9, 2005

Meeting Notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met July 9, 2005, at Associated Ministries at 10 a.m. Present for check-in were Sallie S., Karen H., Mark, Rob, Louisa, Vivi, Sheila and Kyle, Colleen, and Sally M.. Discussion.


Conversation Cafe
Considerable discussion about possible questions - what did you do during your summer vacation (Mark's facetious suggestion) or what was your father like (Karen). The group decided on a question about appropriate responses to a (future) act of terrorism in the US or is violence the most effective response to acts of terrorism? Mark will tweak the question.

Action: Louisa
Louisa showed us a pamphlet she's produced entitled "YOU CAN STOP THE WAR" that she was planning to distribute on a walk-about in Wright Park following our meeting. The pamphlet describes: What Is Happening (in Iraq and here); Why We Should Care and then quotes an Iraqi woman living in Baghdad, a member of a Gold Star family and a military man and MP who was stationed in Iraq for 15 months under the title: The Human Cost. The back of the pamphlet includes a list of appropriate websites and includes Louisa's at for anyone who wants to talk about our engagement in Iraq. Louisa also recommends contacting the STEP campaign at for further information and ideas about the war.

Reference was made to our participating in a "focus group" which might discuss possible future actions of our group.

Mark suggested our looking into purchasing radio ads to publicize our postion(s) and concerns.

"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear": Mark Mark handed out a sheet summarizing Part I of this film which was shown at First United Methodist Church on July 7. Parts II and III will be shown on July 21 and August 4. The showing of this film is sponsored by UFPPC. Discussion of the possibility of showing this film at a regular movie outlet such as the Blue Mouse or The Grand.

Counter Recruitment: Sallie
Sallie handed out bumper stickers for Counter Recruitment: OPT OUT.


Mark will speak at 1 p.m. at Hillside Church, July 10.

Calendar brought out for Ethnic Fest sign ups. Volunteers needed. We will man a booth, July 30, 31 at Wright Park.