Saturday, September 28, 2002 Meeting Notes
Check-in : a few scattered notes
- Sallie will be leaving in a few days for a trip to Denmark and Italy.
- Marion was named Executive Director of Washington State Coalition for the Homeless this week.
- Adam attended for the first time; he is working with the Center for Spirituality and Justice at UPS.
- Tony from UW Tacoma attended for the first time; he works there with the Organization for Human Rights through the Power of Education (HOPE).
- Ben, also from UW Tacoma, attended for the first time; he's originally from West Virginia and has a degree from the Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill & taught English in Japan for 7 of the past 8 years.
- Mark reported on PLU's Iraq Teach-in on Tuesday night, the development of a PLU Student Activist Coalition there, and the SNOW coalition meeting in Seattle on Sept. 26.
- Osha (sp?) is deciding whether to go the SOA protest.
- Amy needs volunteers to help keep up with the demands of her website.
- Linda is experiencing emotions of grief and loss in the face of the present US government's conduct.
- Dorothy said response to the vigil last Wednesday evening was very positive; she's reading Sharif Abdullah's Creating a World That Works for All and recommends it.
- Karen is breathing a lot and living peacefully as an Earthian.
- Elaine is glad to be back with us!
1. UPS Event Co-Sponsorship. The group decided to endorse co-sponsorship of an event on Oct. 14 at UPS (7-9 pm in the Wheelock Student Center Rotunda) entitled "Joint Israeli-Palestinian Efforts for a Just and Secure Peace in the Middle East," featuring Salim Shawamreh, a Palestinian engineer, Judith Kolokoff, a Jewish-American peace activist, and Dr. George Tomlin of the Northwest Middle East Peace Forum. Volunteers are needed to help with mailing postcards. Contact Linda Frank to help at LFrank3454@aol.com.
2. TNT Ad. When Sallie delivered copy on Friday, she learned that more names can be added, so names are still being gathered. Tell people to send their names to Sallie at email@example.com and their contributions of $10 or more per name to PPJH, Associated Ministries, 1224 South "I" St., Tacoma, WA 98405. -- A shaded box in the ad will also announce the Oct. 7 vigil. -- The ad will also announce contact numbers of government officials, and the website address (www.tacomapjh.org). -- Sallie is still trying to get appropriate images; Marion and Karen will try to help with this.
3. Resipeaceniks Website. Amy asked for help with keeping up with the demands for her website (www.resipeaceniks.com). Several promised to spread the word and help find volunteers who can help.
4. Oct. 7 Vigil. Planning proceeded for the Oct. 7th special vigil commemorating the anniversary of the beginning of the bombing of Afghanistan, to take place in front of the Federal Building from 5:07 p.m. to 6:37 p.m. -- the last hour and a half before sunset (which will be at 6:37 p.m. on October 7. This will be an event in remembrance for the people of Afghanistan on the day bombing began (at approximately 0420 GMT, 12:20 p.m. EDT, 3:20 p.m. PDT, 1:20 a.m. in Kabul). The setting sun will symbolize the untimely deaths of the innocent victims of the U.S. bombing. -- The mailing went out last week. -- It was reported that Carl will be able to bring a sound system. -- Karen will bring white flowers. -- Peacekeepers are needed; please come if you have peacekeeing training. -- A leaflet announcing the event and giving information on civilian deaths in the bombing of Afghanistan that is suitable for printing is available as an MS Word file from Mark Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
5. Contingency Planning. The group decided that ON THE EVE OF ANY CONGRESSIONAL VOTES ON THE WAR RESOLUTION, A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WILL BE HELD AT THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE BEGINNING AT 5 PM. Please spread the word. -- Also, the group decided that IN THE EVENT OF WIDER WAR BREAKING OUT IN IRAQ, A VIGIL WILL BE HELD FROM 5-6 PM AT THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE. The idea of an ongoing vigil from then on until the end of the war was discussed, but not decision was reached.
6. Tony Painter of HOPE described the upcoming visit by Sanho Tree, the Director of the Drug Policy Project in Washington, DC. The group agreed to cosponsor the Thursday, Oct. 17 event that will take place at UW Tacoma. Planning for his visit is still being finalized. For information contact Tony at 627-6876 or email@example.com.
7. Arrangements for having access to Associated Ministries for Saturday meetings in Sallie's absence were discussed. Responsibilities will be divided among Marisela, Marion, Mark, and Elaine.
FINALLY, THE PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING CIRCLE EXPRESSED ADDRESSED A SPECIAL WELCOME TO THE NEW SOULS AMONG US.
The meeting ended at 12:00 p.m.