Meeting notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

October 1, 2005

People for Peace, Justice and Healing met October 1, 2005, at Associated Ministries at 10:00 a.m. Present for check-in were Sheila, Laura, Sara, Colleen, Katherine, Scott, Sally M., Sallie S., Dorothy, Louise, Vivi, Sharon, Mark, Denise, Karen K. and Karen H. Discussion. Mark expressed his appreciation for the appearance of the Guadalupe House Band at Lynn De Nino's 100th Monkey party at King's Books.


JOSE "Chencho" ALAS: Laura
Laura announced and asked for our support and co-sponsorship of Jose "Chencho" Alas who will be at St. Leo's on October 23 at 7 p.m. Chencho will address the current situation in El Salvador, current peasant peacemaking efforts and alternatives to CAFTA among other subjects. PJH voted to co-sponsor and Laura passed the cup to collect cash for transportation for Chencho.

Sallie brought up subject of PJH's need for a treasurer to keep track of our minimal funds. Tabled to next meeting.

Sallie asked for volunteers to help her with decisions on designing the posters and publicity for [Nov. 5] Rawson Concert [at the Antique Sandwich Company] -- a fundraiser and kick-off event for the Interfaith Camp, summer 2006. Discussion of seating. number of tickets we will sell. (Seating is limited to 100.) Sara and Karen agreed to help her and develop "to do" list.

Sallie discussed last week's experience "tabling" information and forms for students who don't want their names, etc. to go to military for recruitment purposes. Sallie reported that while CR was there -- at Stadium in old Mt. Tahoma building -- military was not. Administration has accepted our right to be there. CR is still looking for volunteers -- most especially college age students and all interested folks to host their information tables. A training meeting will take place on 10/12 at 7 p.m. Denise expressed her interest in participating when CR is at Lincoln where she is known. Discussion of stimulating kid's interest in investigating alternatives to military service.

Only four people participated in last Tuesday's group but they had a lively discussion. Participants have expressed interest in facilitating groups. Discussion of whether or not we should post the discussion question ahead of time on our website. Question for Tuesday: Is the extinction of species a moral issue?

While the committee was heartened by the agreement by the city to create an oversight committee in the Brame settlement, members are still anxious about creating an effective and meaningful committee. They are planning a forum for November and are looking for an effective speaker. Norm Stampher (sp. sorry) was suggested as a good possibility.

BORDC is planning their yearly, December 15th BOR celebration in the auditorium of the History Museum. The BOR will again be read by the audience. BOR day committee are currently planning the program for this event which is jointly co-sponsored with ACLU.

Sallie has been in discussion with Luke and we may be scheduled in for a 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. program slot on November 19. The poet Zeke Green has been contacted and a conversation cafe or two is part of the program plan.


CHRIS HEDGES AT UPS ON OCTOBER 13>BR? Mark has Chris Hedges's books, WAR IS THE FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING and LOSING MOSES ON THE FREEWAY. Hedges will appear at UPS, Schneebeck Hall, at 7:30 p.m. -- Mark's book discussion group will discuss Hedges's work at the Mandolin, Monday night, Oct. 10 & 17 at 7:00. Mark has a few books for sale or loan. Mark will speak on Hedges's work at First United Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m. on October 9.