People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
September 27, 2008

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met at 10 a.m. on September 27, 2008, at Associated Ministries. Present for check in: Karen H., Sallie S., Rob, Nancy, Colleen, Mark, Terry, Sally M., and Gracie.


1. OPT OUT (Sallie)
Sallie showed us a great video that she, Theresa, and Terry put together to show kids their right to prohibit school administrators from releasing information about them to the military for recruiting purposes. Great, interesting video. Terry, who edited the music for the video, also offered to convert it to flash video and submit it to YouTube. Sallie requested to be reimbursed for the $50 she gave for the Informed Consent group to be represented at the Career and After College Fair Monday night event for senior high school students and their parents at UPS -- campus location TBA. Last day for Opt Out forms to be submitted is October 4.

2. BAIL OUT (Colleen)
Colleen said the recent action at 6th and Sprague protesting the Bail Out was well received and garnered no negative responses from passing motorists. She shared a newsletter from Dick Burkhart, Dorothy's son, which can be seen on line at Puget Sound Liberal Newsletter ( re: the bailout and the need to demand reform.

3. VOTER REGISTRATION (Nancy and Sallie)
Nancy recently tried (and enjoyed) registering voters at Hilltop Safeway and estimated that "one half weren't registered and didn't want to be registered and about one fourth said they couldn't because of felony records." Discussion of ACLU Washington attempts to change our antiquated law re: felons and voting. Sallie told us about concern (see list serve email from Sallie) that people (especially in "swing" states) are losing, are going to lose or are in danger of losing their voting rights because of the home foreclosure catastrophe. See CREDO, which is focusing on states in danger of voter manipulation. There are organized efforts to warn people in threatened states by phone about efforts to take their vote. Obama campaign apparently has Spencer Overton, ( an expert in this area, working on this kind of activity. America in Solidarity and the Micah Project also have information and expertise if you are interested in volunteering to contact/warn voters.

4. KING'S BOOKS (Sallie and Nancy)
At Friday night's King's Book event, before introducing the speaker from Iran, Ray Nacanaynay presented King's Book with an award for all the great events and speakers they have hosted for UFPPC and et al. Further details to come.

Colleen discussed Tim Smith's continuing efforts (and successes) in getting the city to release, to the Bill of Rights group, documentation about the Northwest Detention Center.

6. JEFF HALPER (Nancy)
Linda Frank, our national expert on Israeli/Palestinian, is hoping to arrange for an appearance in Tacoma by Halper, another expert on Israeli/Palestine tragedy.


1. Sunday, 9/28, Book TV: 1:00 p.m. -- The Soul of Capitalism by William Greider; 2:30 p.m. -- The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation by Drew Westen.

2. Hillside: Quaker Meeting House, 2508 South 39th, Behind Borders. Programs are at 1:15 p.m.
9/28 - Mike Collier of the Micah Project
10/5 - Glen Anderson, Olympia for Fellowship of Reconciliation
10/12 - Glenn Gersmehl, Lutheran Peace Fellowship

3. Korten's The Great Turning program at the Unitarian Church, South 56th and L Street, worship service at 10:30 a.m., workshops at 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on 9/28 and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for sessions 1 through 5 (five Sundays following). For further info contact

4. Banned Books Week, co-sponsored by the Pierce County Chapter of the ACLU. Most events are at King's Books.
9/30 -- Internet Filtering -- 7:00 p.m., King's Books
10/1 -- ACLU at the Olympic Room, Tacoma Public Library, 7:00 p.m. - documentary on Sibil Edmonds and the FBI, "Kill the Messenger"
10/2 -- Banned Film Night, King's Books, 6:30 p.m. Freaks,, 7:45 p.m. Fahrenheit 451 at 7:45 p.m.
10/4 -- Storytime -- Banned Classics, Little Black Sambo, et al., 7:00 p.m. King's Books
10/9 -- UPS, 6:30 p.m. Collins Memorial Library, Panel Discussion with Brent Hartinger, Patty LeBlanc, and Sweetpea

5. Digging Deeper LVIII: Mandolin on Monday night, at 7:00 p.m., facilitated by Mark Jensen, UFPPC. September 29 -- Philippe Sands, Lawless World (2005; rev. ed. 2006) and Hugh Wilford's The Mighty Wurlitzer (January 2008) in preparation for October 6 discussion of Andrew Bacevich's The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (August 2008).

6. Program on Peace Brigades International ( at 7:00 p.m., 10/1 at University Friends Meeting House, 4001 9th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

7. Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil (William Morrow, October 2008), sponsored by UFPPC and Tacoma FOR, on Fri., Oct. 17, at 7:00 p.m. at King's Books; and again, sponsored by 23 units of Pacific Lutheran University, on Sat., Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Philip A. Nordquist Lecture Hall (Xavier 201) on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen H.