Meeting notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

October 15, 2005

People for Peace, Justice, and Healing met at 10:00 a.m. at Associated Ministries, 1224 South "I" St., Tacoma, on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005. Present for check-in were Sheila, Laura, Kyle, Mark, Sallie S., and Rob.


Conversation Café (Mark)
Question for Tues., Oct. 18, at 7:00 p.m., at the Mandolin Café (3923 South 12th St., Tacoma): Do literature and the arts inform our lives differently now than they did in the past?


1. On Sat., Oct. 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., José "Chencho" Alas, Executive Director of the Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Central America, will present a workshop on "A Peacemaker's Whole System's Response to CAFTA" in Room 105 of Smith Hall on the UW Tacoma campus. For more information, contact David Kleweno, 206-335-8013 or — see also Sponsored by OSR-Alumni Association of Seattle University and the UW Latin American Studies Program. (Laura)

2. The Jobs with Justice 2005 Honoree Dinner and Silent Auction will be held at SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel on Sat., Oct. 29, 2005, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This year's honorees are: Father Bill Bichsel; Federal Workers and their unions (Ameican Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and Bremerton Metal Trades Council; and the Washinigton STate Legislature's Labor Caucus. Dinner seating is $45 ($50 after Oct. 22). RSVP by calling Erica at the JwJ office, 206-441-4969. (Laura)

3. Singer songwriter Iris DeMent is performing a benefit concert for the Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Central America and the Olympia Film Society at the Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave., SE Olympia, 360-570-0845. Tickets are $20 and are available at Rainy Day Records, 2008 Harrison, Olympia, or at (Laura) 4. United for Peace of Pierce County will begin Digging Deeper XI: The Road to Abu Ghraib, a new 3-week study circle at 7:00 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 24, at the Mandolin Café. Three books will be read, shared, and discussed: Mark Danner, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (New York Review Books, 2004); Seymour Hersh, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib (HarperCollins, 2004; paper, HarperPerennial, 2005); Karen Greenberg & Joshua Dratel, eds., The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005); books are available for borrowing or purchase. We will address the question: How are we to understand the willingness of the United States Government to embrace the use of torture. More information here, or call Mark Jensen at 253-756-7519. (Mark)

5. Tom Rawson will perform a benefit concert for an interfaith camp for local children now being planned for next summer; the concert is at the Antique Sandwich Company at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 5, 2005. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $10; call 253-383-3056 ext. 106 for more information; see also From the flyer: "Join Tom for some humorous stories, user-friendly songs, and acoustic folk philosophy that's guaranteed to leave you smiling. Armed with a long-necked banjo and other weapons of mass delight, Tom will have you singing along in no time. Tune up your vocal chords -- you'll need 'em!" (Sallie)