Hi CodePINK Gainesville,
Below is a message I received from Pierce Butler about a peace meeting this Saturday, June 24, at 1 p.m. at the Civic Media Center, 1021 W. University Avenue, Gainesville. YOU are invited to attend.
I truly believe that one of the most important things YOU can do for peace is simply SHOW UP for peace events. Hope to see you there.
Your pal for peace,
> From: "Pierce R. Butler" <pbutler@...>
> Date: 2006/06/19 Mon PM 11:21:19 EDT
> Subject: Gvl peace group meeting 6/24
> Hello -
> This Saturday, June 24, starting 1 pm, at the Civic Media Center
> (1021 W. University Ave), we'll convene the 2nd gathering of all
> known Gainesville area pro-peace groups.
> It looks like there will be even more players in the game this time
> than the dozen or so organizations represented by 18 people at last
> month's little peace-palooza. Among others, this time we should have
> Jerry Rose from SunStateActivist <http://www.sunstateactivist.org>
> and a person or two from the new UF campus group, Students for a
> Human Society (which is planning a big anti-war demo on campus in
> Since the biggest holes in our collective efforts that we identified
> in May were a Web presence and student activism, this should help us
> move forward even more effectively.
> I hope to see a whole lot of y'all (and/or other members of your
> groups) there - if there are any questions, suggestions or comments
> beforehand, please get in touch!
> Spread the word...
> PS: And here's a brief list of positive projects by some of our
> participants between then & now:
> SHORT VERSION:
> 6/21, 7-10 pm: "The Power of Nightmares" showing at Civic Media Center.
> 6/23, 7 pm: "An Inconvenient Truth" group viewing at Regal Cinema
> (Butler Plaza),
> followed by dinner/discussion at Outback Steakhouse nearby.
> 6/24, 10-11:30 am, "Solutions to Violence" mini-course at Quaker Meeting House.
> FULL VERSIONS:
> I personally want to invite you to a film at the Civic Media Center
> this Weds. evening June 21st beginning at 7pm.
> The BBC documentary " The Power Of Nightmares" (2004) is three one
> hour segments that present a history lesson of the growth, influence,
> and interplay of Islamic Fundamentalism and the US Neoconservative
> movement from the 1950's to the present war in Iraq. The CMC has
> presented this film previously; those who may have seen it before,
> please mention it to others, or if you didn't see the whole thing,
> come for just a segment.
> Segment one (7-8pm) presents the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in
> Egypt, and its response to Western values creeping in to their
> society, while at the same time the Neoconservative movement is born
> at the University of Chicago and Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Cheney rise
> to influential positions in the seventies.
> Segment Two (8-9pm) takes us thru the Afghan war against the Soviets
> and traces how the US allied with Islamic Fundamentalists" to" give
> Russia their Vietnam", and how after the Soviet pullout, the US 1990
> move into military bases in Saudi Arabia catalyzed a change in
> tactics and attitude of the well armed Islamists in Afghanistan
> first brought together by the US.
> Segment Three (9-10) begins with September 11, 2001, and shows how
> the impact of US fear- rhetoric actually strengthened the power and
> stature of militant Islamic Fundamentalism.
> That the recently eliminated Zarqawi initially gained his notoriety
> from Colin Powell's 2003 UN speech, which served to increase
> Zarqawi's power and influence, is the impetus for this revisiting of
> this great documentary, this Wednesday at 7pm at the CMC, 1021 W.
> Univ. Ave. Hope to see you; the AC is working better and we have
> some better chairs, too.
> Joe Courter; Board member of the CMC
> The CMC is working with the Sierra Club and student environmental
> groups to host a mass viewing of the film "An Inconvenient Truth."
> The film is a documentary on the consequences of global warming and
> will be followed by dinner and discussion at Outback Steakhouse.
> Everyone will be talking about this film, so we have reserved a room
> at the restaurant with an open-mic for people to speak and debate
> about the film.
> We are looking for interested CMC members to act as hosts for
> community figures who may otherwise not attend the film. Guests should
> come and see what concerns people have, whether or not they agree.
> Members may suggest guests to bring, or be assigned if interested.
> Members attending are asked to RSVP to the Civic Media Center via
> phone or email.
> When: Friday, June 23 @ 7:05 PM
> Where: Regal Cinemas at Butler Plaza
> Dinner and discussion at the Outback on Archer Rd.
> immediately following the film.
> RSVP: Civic Media Center
> 352-373-0010 or
> SATURDAY MORNING:
> Solutions to Violence, 10-11:30 a.m., Quaker Meeting House, 702 NW
> 38th Street; sponsored by the Gainesville Interfaith Peace Center.
> This week's session focuses on the writings of Dorothy Day, founder
> of the Catholic Worker.
> The mini-course continues July 8 and 22, and August 12 and 26.
> YOU are welcome at any one or all of the sessions.
> Call Eve MacMaster at 352-377-6577 for more information.