MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
August 4, 2007
People for Peace, Justice and Healing met at 10:00 a.m. on August 4, 2007 at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in were Sheila, Kyle, Mark, Ray, Nancy, Susan, Colleen, Sallie S., Rob, and Vivi.
1. ETHNIC FEST (Sallie S., Ray, Vivi)
Accounts of successful tabling at the Jul. 28-29 Ethnic Fest in Wright Park.
2. PUGET SOUND INTERFAITH YOUTH CAMP (Sallie S.)
The number of campers signed up is now up to 61 or 62 -- full capacity. (The idea for this camp was born at a PPJH meeting in April 2005.) Sallie is co-director.
3. HEALTH CARE FOR ALL STATEMENT (Colleen)
On Jul. 10, 2007, the Tacoma City Council voted to place on the November ballot this statement asking endorsement of this statement: "The City Council proposes to adopt a Resolution asking State and Federal lawmakers to enact legislation providing access to high-quality health care for all individuals." Colleen is one of three people writing the text for the voter's pamphlet, which is limited to 150 words. For more on this, see here. See also here. Colleen noted that 14% of the people in Pierce County are uninsured.
4. FINANCIAL REQUEST (Sallie S.)
The meeting authorized disbursement of $75 to Steve and Kristi Nebel for their performance at the PPJH-sponsored Agustín Aguayo event at King's Books on Jul. 12.
5. SEPTEMBER 11 (Sallie S.)
Discussion of how to fight the co-opting of September 11. To be continued.
1. HIGHLANDER CENTER 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (Sallie)
Sat., Aug. 4, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Guy and Candie Carawan appearance, with song and discussion, featuring also a showing of Heather Carawan's 2005 film, "The Telling Takes Me Home."
2. GROUND ZERO WEEKEND MARKS HIROSHIMA ANNIVERSARY (Sallie)
August 6 is the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The Ground Zero Center has organized a "Still Resisting Trident—For Love and for Life" weekend, Aug. 4-6. From the web site: "On August 4 we will welcome the arrival of Peace Walkers, gather to recall the past and plan for the future, participate in a groundbreaking ceremony as we begin replacing the house lost in a fire, and enjoy a musical fund raiser [in Bremerton] with artists Linda Allen and Tom Rawson. August 5 will be a day of nonviolent training, vigiling and planning for direct action at the Trident Submarine Base. August 6 will be Take the Day Off for Peace."
3. PACT EVENT -- AUG. 26 (Vivi)
Planning continues for the Aug. 26 event sponsored by Peace Action Coalition Tacoma with the theme "another world is possible" -- publicity should be appearing soon.
4. STUDY CIRCLE ON IMMIGRATION (Mark)
Every Monday in August (Aug. 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2007 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.), UFPPC's book discussion group, "Digging Deeper," will be discussing five books on U.S. Immigration Policy at the Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma. -- The books: Roger Daniels, *Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882* (2004); -- Erika Lee, *At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943* (2003; paperback 2007); -- Lucy E. Salyer, *Laws Harsh As Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law* (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995); -- Philippe Legrain, *Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them* (Princeton University Press, 2007); -- Mark Steyn, *America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It* (Regnery, 2006). -- More information here.