Saturday, September 27, 2003 Meeting Notes

Meeting notes, People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

September 27, 2003

Tacoma Peace Justice and Healing met Saturday, September 27 at 10 a.m. under the tree at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in: Al, Colleen, Sallie, Kent, Karen H, Karen K., Mark J., Sheila, Kyle. Meeting began with general discussion. Check-in.


Earth Charter Summit - Sheila
Wheels of Justice - Mark
Police Accountability Work Group - Colleen

Earth Charter: Sheila feels the Summit is coming together. The summit will be held at First United Methodist Church on MLK Way by TG, on October 11. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. until 5 ish. Mark will post the schedule on our website. Sheila has only one slot to fill and that is on Poverty and Homelessness. Marion Hogan is suggested as a facilitator. Many posters have been distributed by TPJH members. There's been an article in CHANNEL, and Towhee. Sallie when she receives press release will send it to Steve Maynard of the TRIB. Sheila also needs volunteers for record keeping, etc. Contact Sheila. There will be an October 8 pre-meeting meeting at First United, to check out the facilities and do other pre-planning. They are planning for 125 lunches.

Wheels of Justice: Mark

The group and their bus will be at the Unitarian Church on Sunday, October 12 from 12:30 to 1:30, and that afternoon will meet at The Castle with students from UPS and PLU. Monday morning there will be two events at PLU. At 11:30 to 1:00 there will be a performance event on campus. Then at l:00 they will be going to the University Center at UPS. There will be a public event at 6:30 to 7:00. Among the Wheels of Justice group are people who have recently been to Palestine and Iraq.

Police Accountability Work Group: Colleen

African American attendance is up at their meetings. Much of their preparatory work is finished and they are now scheduling appearances with the various neighborhood councils where they will make appeals for support. The next step will be to persuade the Human Relations Commission to sign off on their project. When that happens, they will take the matter to the City Council, hopefully before the first of the new year. Colleen feels the most important thing is to get the backing of the Mayor, the Council, the police chief and the police union. If they want it to work, it will work. Literature will soon be available explaining the process developed by the work group.


David James Duncan, a writer of post 911 events will be in Seattle next Saturday. Sallie recommends him.

Oct. 7 Paul Menzel, at PLU professor, will be discussing Restorative Justice at Salishan.

NPR Speaker from Syria on Guerrilla radio. Sorry didn't get time and date.

BORDC is hoping to get City Council and the city to "celebrate" the Bill of Rights on December 15, hopefully with some special events by the city and in the schools.

Hillside Community Church: Raven, a Native American from Port Townsend will be speaking on "The Path To Inner Peace", Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m.


R.S. Karen H.