MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
November 3, 2007
People for Peace, Justice and Healing met at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at Associated Ministries . Present for check-in were Sallie S., Sally M., Sheila, Kyle, Mark, Ray, and Vivi.
1. CALL FOR PROTEST OF NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER IN TACOMA (Sallie S.)
A "Smash Tacoma ICE" call has gone out, including a posting on the PPJH listserv, calling on people to "shut down downtown Tacoma" on Nov. 9-10 in protest of the Northwest Detention Center. While PPJH has been involved in protests of the Northwest Detention Center, it does not agree with the menacing tone of this call for "actions" in downtown Tacoma and does not encourage participation. PPJH does encourage participation in a vigil on Sat., Nov. 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside the Northwest Detention Center (1623 E. "J" St., Tacoma, WA); this vigil is also being supported by the Northwest Women of Color and Their Allies Summit (see below).
2. "SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE" SHOWING IN SEATTLE (Sallie S.)
The film "Soldiers of Conscience" is being shown through Nov. 8 at the Seattle International Film Festival. Showings are daily at 7:30 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:20 p.m., and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:20 p.m. Directors Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan, and featured soldier Aidan Delgado will be in attendance for the November 2, 3 and 4 screenings. E-mail Sallie S. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be interested in carpooling to Seattle to attend a screening.
3. PORT MILITARIZATION RESISTANCE (Mark)
Olympia PMR believes a military ship may be coming to the Port of Olympia on Mon., Nov. 5, and is in the process of preparing a response. Informed sources believe that Stryker equipment returning from Iraq may be offloaded and driven to Fort Lewis. See minutes of a Nov. 2 meeting posted on the PPJH listserv for more information.
4. NORTHWEST WOMEN OF COLOR AND THEIR ALLIES SUMMIT (Sallie S.)
In Tacoma on Nov. 9-11, 2007, at the Korean Women's Association (KWA) Community Services Center (123 East 96th St. Tacoma, WA 98445), the first-ever Northwest Women of Color and Their Allies Summit (http://www.nowseattle.org/nwwoca/) will be held. See here for the agenda.
5. OCT. 27 ANTIWAR RALLY & MARCH DEBRIEF (Group)
Successful march; abysmal media coverage.
6. WATADA BANNERING IN THE AREA (Sallie S.)
Sallie is seeing whether or not bannering for Watada can be organized here on Monday and/or Tuesday. No formal hearing pertaining to Lt. Watada's case has yet been scheduled by U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle.
1. DIGGING DEEPER -- MON., NOV. 5, 12, & 19 (Mark)
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism proved to be such a stimulating read that UFPPC's book discussion group has decided to spend four more weeks digging into a number of books she identified in her acknowledgments as "of such tremendous and repeated help that endnotes and bibliographies don’t suffice to indicate their importance." -- While continuing to discuss her powerful synthesis, Digging Deeper XXXVIII will examine four of these volumes: Judith Butler's Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence (Verso, 2004); John Pilger, The New Rulers of the World (Verso, 2002); Antonia Juhasz, The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time (HarperCollins, 2006); and Greg Grandin, Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (Metropolitan, 2006). -- Digging Deeper meets Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café in Tacoma.
2. SPEAKER: GLEN ANDERSON ON "BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE PEACE MOVEMENT" -- FRI., NOV. 16 (Mark)
On Fri., Nov., 16, at 7:00 p.m., peace activist Glen Anderson will speak on "Building an Effective Peace Movement" at King's Books (218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA -- 253-572-8801 or 253-573-1504 for more information. -- The presentation will suggest both macro-strategies and practical nuts & bolts techniques for organizing. The talk will explore how social change movements grow from a few persons to majority public opinion and success. A wide range of helpful hints on recruiting and keeping volunteers, raising money, and publicity will be given. Further points will show how a commitment to nonviolence is integral to win public opinion and change public policy towards peace. -- Glen Anderson has been active in peace & justice movements since the 1960s. Since late in that decade, he has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He was worked with many organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation -- a 92-year-old multi-issue pacifist organization. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. -- This event is the third in a 2007 speaker series sponsored by United for Peace of Pierce County. Call 253-573-1504 or 253-535-7219 for more information.
3. PEACEKEEPER TRAINING -- SAT., NOV. 17 (Mark)
A valuable opportunity to learn the basics of peacekeeper skills of use at rallies, marches, and other events is being made available by United for Peace of Pierce County to anyone interested. The all-day session will be conducted by Erica Kay of Seattle, and will be held on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University on Sat., Nov. 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- Participants should reserve their spots. -- More information here.
4. THANK YOU, KING'S BOOKS -- SAT., NOV. 17 (Sallie)
Sallie reports that there will be a "Thank You, King's Books" party at the book store on Sat., Nov. 17. -- This event is not listed on the book store's calendar; it will presumably take place after the scheduled Open House and Poetry Marathon on Nov. 17, 2007 (10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) -- Call King's Books (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) at 253-272-8801 to confirm.
5. "THE TAKE" -- FILM ON ARGENTINA BY AVI AND NAOMI KLEIN -- SUN., NOV. 18 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Tacoma branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) radical union presents a showing and discussion of the 2004 film "The Take," narrated by director Avi Lewis and writer Naomi Klein, at King's Books (218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA -- 253-572-8801). This documentary shows the struggle of auto parts workers in Argentina as part of what has become known as the Worker Occupied Factory Movement. Members of the Tacoma IWW will be tabling in solidarity with our fellow workers in IU 460.