People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
September 12, 2009

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met September 12 at 10 a.m. at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in: Sallie, Mark, Sol, Karen, Sheila, Ray, Susan, Colleen. Discussion: Paint Tacoma Beautiful projects - painting party next Saturday at 5225 S. Warner and trips coming up for PJHers.


1. Environmental Program -- Israel/Palestine, 9/10 Temple Beth El (Sallie, Colleen)
Representatives of the Arava Institute presented information about a Middle East collaborative effort to study and deal with environmental issues in Israel/Palestine and the Middle East. Representatives from many Middle Eastern countries participate in this effort and study at the Institute.

2. Ruston Way -- Veterans for Peace (Ray)
Ray reported and expressed thanks for the efforts of 12 volunteers in setting up and taking down this commemorative display on Ruston Way over the Labor Day weekend. Ray reports that the group now uses a mix of crosses and headstones.

3. Journey of Repentance -- Karen
Karen reported that Bix's group -- which travelled to Japan during commemorations of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August -- are now focusing on programs about their trip and preparations for the NPT -- Non-Proliferation Treaty -- activities in New York, spring of 2010, sponsored by the United Nations. Presentations coming up: September 19 at St. Leo's following 5 o'clock Mass, September 20, 4 p.m. at Hillside Church and St. Anne's Chapel at 6600 S. Alaska at 1:30 on September 21. The group hopes to take programs to local Universities and King's Books also.

4. Israel/Palestine (Karen)
Karen also reported on Nancy's hopes to do a fundraiser for Gaza. Her group is currently looking over various program options -- presentation of a reading of I AM RACHEL CORRIE and other relevant possibilities.

5. ART SHOW (Karen). Members expressed interest in discussing with local arts community the possibility of an Art Show -- theme: Peace. Karen recommended talking to Lynn DeNino.

6. R 71 (Colleen)
Colleen discussed the recall effort to invalidate SB 5688. In checking through petitions they found that 1) names weren't consistently checked to see if they were registered voters, 2) it was inconsequential whether registered voters had ever voted or not and 3) monitors merely stamped rather than signing sheets they were responsible for turning in. Although confusing, Colleen says a vote yes will preserve the legislation that benefits all couples.

Monday at the Mandolin the book group will be discussing McMafia: A Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny (Vintage, 2009).

8. KING'S BOOKS -- PJH recommends: JOIN AND SUPPORT OUR GOOD NEIGHBOR, KING'S BOOKS -- $20 memberships available -- Discounts

Respectfully submitted,