Saturday, July 23, 2005

Meeting Notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met Saturday, July 23, 2005 at Associated Ministres at 10 a.m. Present for check-in were Sallie, Mark, Rob, Vivi, Karen K., Karen H., Sheila and Kyle, Sol, Laura and Susan.


Conversation Cafe: Discussion of questions for July 26 and August 9: (Effect on our culture) of 'big box stores'? What will it take to stir, outrage or put people in the streets? (Iraq) Seven people attended last Tuesday's Conversation Cafe at the Mandolin.


ETHNIC FEST:Will be celebrated the weekend of July 30 and 31st at Wright Park. PJH will have a booth. Sallie asked for a volunteer to set up the booth at 8 a.m. on Saturday the 30th. Karen H. volunteered. Members will man a booth both days until Sunday evening. See Sallie's updated schedule for hours.

PROGRESSIVE ROUNDTABLE: Meets the fourth Friday at 7 a.m. at Shakabrah. Councilperson Julia Anderson was noted as attending the last meeting.

Sheila reported that plans are on hold for the Earth Charter celebration in October at T.C.C. Failure of follow-through by interested volunteers, concern about raising $450 rental fee for space at TCC and meeting the technical capability requirements of the Earth Charter committee were cited as concerns. The group will meet this week to decide their next steps. Possibility of holding the meeting at First United Methodist as in 2003 was discussed.

THE HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI TO HOPE PEACE MARCH: This inter-religious peace walk in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will take place Sunday, July 31. The walk will start with a gathering at 12:30 at Tacoma Catholic Worker (Guadalupe) House at 12:30. (The address of TCW is 1417 South "G" Street, one block east of Yakima Avenue and one block west of Tacoma Avenue off South 15th Street.) Walk from Tacoma to Puyallup begins at 1 p.m. and ends at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. There will be a pot luck dinner to which all participants are invited following the walk at All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup. The walk began July 16th at Hanford and ends August 6 at the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor. For further information call Bix at 627-4347 or Peter at 572-6582. There will be a potluck Friday night, July 29 at First United Methodist to greet Senji and Gilberto, the Buddhist monks who will be leading the walk.

This group is planning two campaigns -- 1) to encourage the use of locally grown, organic produce and the other to encourage re-cycling of grocery bags. They are developing a directory of local, organic farmers to be widely distributed and encouraging grocery stores to put the price of grocery bags on grocery receipts.

PBS AMERICAN HEARTLAND SERIES: Members are encouraged to protest the airing of AMERICA'S HEARTLAND -- a 20-part series sponsored by Monsanto in celebration of American agriculture. (agri-biz) To protest, Google GRACE (Global Resource Action Center for the Environment at

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS will be in Seattle on December 6 at Benroya Hall, sponsored by Seattle Arts and Lectures. The title of her speech will be Wilderness and the Imagination.

FOR is sponsoring a picnic on South M and 10th at the Community Gardens, the second Sunday in August at 3:00 p.m.

The Earth Charter Committee will meet Thursday, July 28, 2005, at the Mandolin at 6:00 p.m.