Saturday, November 22, 2003 Meeting Notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

Present: Sallie, Colleen, Sheila, Kyle, Mark J.


1. December 6 event. PPJH agreed to invite, at Linda Frank's suggestion, ANYA WILLOW of Another World Is Possible, to speak during PPJH's regular meeting time on December 6, 2003. This event is free and open to the public and will be entitled REPORT FROM THE MIDDLE EAST. It will take place in the OLYMPIC ROOM at the MAIN BRANCH OF THE TACOMA PUBLIC LIBRARY (1102 Tacoma Ave. South) between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2003. Anya Willow is a Seattle resident recently returned from two months in Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, and Israel. She will discuss life under military occupation in Iraq and Palestine and the Free Trade Zones of Jordan. For more information see or write or call 253-535-7219.

2. Discussion of how to maintain a spiritually healthy life during dark and difficult times.


1. At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2003, in Leraas Hall in the Rieke Science Center on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University, an event entitled PUBLIC DISCOURSE ON PEACE BETWEEN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL will address the question: How can students and ordinary citizens contribute to and support peace efforts? The focus of the discussion will be on NGOs at work in Palestine, Israel, and the US working together for peace. Panelists include: MOHAMED MUKHAIMAR, a clinical psychologist in the Gaza Community Mental Health Program studying techniques for treating victims of trauma and torture; NAIMA ALRAWAGH, a nurse directing a women's empowerment program in the Gaza Community Mental Health Program; JOHN VAN EENWYK, International Trauma Treatment Program, Olympia; REV. DAVID TEETER, for many years a minister in Bethlehem; SIMONA SHARONI, Evergreen State College; PETER GROSVENOR, Associate Professor of Political Science, Pacific Lutheran University. The event will be moderated by PETER EHRENHAUS, Associate Professor of Communication, Pacific Lutheran University.

2. "It's a Wonderful Life" will be shown at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2003, at the Blue Mouse Theater (2611 North Proctor) as a benefit for Associated Ministries Family Emergency Fund, which pays for lodging homeless people when the temperature falls below freezing. People are encouraged to dress up in period costume; there will be various high jinks interspersed during the showing of the film.

3. A celebration of the Bill of Rights sponsored by the BORDC (Bill of Rights Defense Committe -- Tacoma) will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the evening on Monday, December 15, 2003, at the Washington State History Museum.

4. On January 31, 2004 "The Weekend" will feature Stephen Hill and Glenn Pascall. More definite information will follow. This is an annual event for people interested in local issues and will feature a yeasty mix of issues and ideas in dialogue.

5. Amy Biscovich's calendar of local events is now operational on her "Resident Peacenik" web site: click on "local events" on the PPJH mainpage (

The meeting ended at 12:08 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Mark J.