MEETING NOTES FOR PEOPLE FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND HEALING
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
November 29, 2008
People for Peace, Justice and Healing met on November 29, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Associated Ministries in Tacoma, WA. Present for check-in: Terry, Colleen, Sol, Sallie, Mark, Rob, Nancy, Vivi, Louisa, and Karen.
1. INTERFAITH CAMP DINNER DEBRIEF (Sallie)
On Tues., Nov. 25, at First United Methodist Church, about 70 former campers and their families attended the annual reunion dinner for participants at the Puget Sound Interfaith Youth Camp. PJH helped organize to provide cookies for dinner's dessert, and volunteers set up and directed traffic. Sallie showed a poster with photographs and testimonials from participants. A great success!
2. WHITHER OBAMA? (Group)
General disappointment in the early appointments, particularly in the areas of economic policy and national security. Plans for an inauguration celebration are in abeyance.
3. LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST (Louisa)
Louisa shared a draft of a list of organizations of interest to progressives. In progress -- to be revisited.
4. NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER EXPANSION (Colleen)
Serious efforts are underway to influence the Geo Group's expansion of the Northwest Detention Center by 575 beds. The Tacoma City Council will be acting soon.
5. SUBCOMMITTEES (Nancy)
Nancy is interested in forming two subcommittees, one to deal with Palestinian issues and another on counter-recruitment and Opt Out.
1. DIGGING DEEPER LXIII: 2025 -- A world transformed? (Mark)
UFPPC's Monday night book discussion group meeting at the Mandolin Café (3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will discuss on Dec. 1 the National Intelligence Council's fourth "Global Trends" report, entitled Global Trends 2025 -- A World Transformed, published on Nov. 20. This 120-page document available on the NIC’s web site is the fourth installment in an effort to produce between Election Day and Inauguration Day reports identifying key trends and likely developments that will influence events around the world during the next ten to fifteen years. The NIC's mission is to provide midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the U.S. national security state’s “intelligence community” by producing National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) and other documents like this one. It aspires to produce analytical judgments that are independent of current U.S. policy. Remarkably, Global Trends 2025 anticipates that by 2025 U.S. power will probably decline to the point that U.S. forces will no longer be able to act unilaterally in the world.
2. NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION (Sol)
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Jackson Mayes's home from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3. HUMAN RIGHTS DAY MARCH (Nancy)
Nancy reported that there will be a Human Rights Day march in Seattle on Dec. 13. See here for more information.
4. BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION (Colleen)
Bill of Rights Day will be celebrated at the Washington State History Museum on Mon., Dec. 15, at 7:00 p.m. William Kopinse will read a poem, Steve Nebel will perform a commissioned muscial piece, and Jeff Miller will speak.