I attended the Sat. 10/14 meeting. See Pierce's notes below. I did not mention to the local group the planned "Troops Home for the Holidays" national campaign because it is still in the planning stages. Anyone up for a CodePINK freeway banner drop over the Holidays?
> From: "Pierce R. Butler" <pbutler@...>
> Date: 2006/10/15 Sun PM 06:19:22 EDT
> Subject: Peace Forum VI
> The sixth monthly meeting of Gainesville area pro-peace group
> representatives & individuals is now history - or at least a footnote
> in Department of Homeland Security archives. The seventh is
> tentatively scheduled for the second Saturday in November, or 11/11.
> Turnout continues to drop: a grand total of 7 of us met at the Civic
> Media Center on 10/14. Some of this may be due to competing events -
> but it seems that's part of the scheduling landscape (f'rinstance,
> every Saturday in November already has a scheduling conflict).
> Nonetheless, some good connections & info-sharing occurred, and
> everyone wants the show to go on - so it will...
> The good news is that we all seem to be staying busy:
> On Monday, 10/16, the Peace Alliance continues its monthly meetings
> at the Downtown Library (we have a little confusion here: do these
> shindigs start at 7 or 7:30 pm?).
> Wednesday, 10/18, will feature three competing events (sigh).
> Alas, the first one, chronologically, will be a vigil for the
> execution of Arthur Rutherford by the state of Florida at the prison
> near Starke at approximately 6 pm. G'ville Citizens for Alternatives
> to the Death Penalty will probably be organizing a car pool; for more
> info, call 376-1077.
> Next comes the "Vital Issues of War & Peace" teach-in at Santa Fe
> Community College Northwest Campus (Bldg WA, room 104) presented by
> Community Coalition Against War & Terrorism and Historians Against
> the War. Starting at 6:30 pm, a panel of four (David Price & Donna
> Waller, history instructors; Brian Moore, independent candidate for
> US Senate; and Scott Camil, Vietnam war veteran & peace activist)
> will take a hard look at the current & impending US wars and their
> implications. A representative from the GI Rights Hotline is also
> expected to be on hand, staffing a literature table and advising on
> the conscientious objector program, getting out of the Delayed
> Enlistment hustle, and other important information for recruits (&
> long-serving veterans) who've re-thought their participation in the
> military. (Bldg WA is a new annex to Bldg W, and not yet shown on
> campus maps: from the NW 39th Ave approach to SFCC, go down NW 83rd
> St to South Rd, turn right, park near Bldg W and look for WA on the
> western side.) (Flyers for the teach-in are available; email
> pbutler@... or call 377-4601 to obtain some.)
> The third, and most enjoyable, one will be the celebration of the
> Civic Media Center's 13th anniversary, to be held at the Thomas
> Center. The food (contributions welcome) will start around 7 pm, with
> music and talks slated for 8 pm & schmoozing throughout. (A $15-20
> sliding scale donation is requested.)
> On Thursday, 10/19, the Gainesville United Nations Association will
> observed UN Day with a "Maternal Health & Well-Being" panel &
> speakers at the Gvl Woman's Club (2809 W. University Ave) 9:30 am-1
> pm; more info at http://www.ungainesville.org.
> Rounding out the week, see _Our Brand Is Crisis_, a documentary on US
> political consultants intervening in Bolivia's presidential election,
> at the Latino Film Festival at the Hippodrome Cinema on Saturday,
> 10/21 at 2 pm.
> Monday, 10/23, 8 pm, the CMC will be showing _Shadow Company_, a new
> documentary on mercenaries/military contractors in Iraq: the
> necessary complement to Robert Greenwald's _Iraq for Sale_ for
> understanding America's most privatized war.
> Tentatively on Tuesday, 10/24, Code Pink hopes to sponsor a 7 pm talk
> at the Civic Media Center by Carlos & Melida Arredondo, members of
> Gold Star Families for Peace, on the perspective of those who've lost
> a family member to Bush's wars. This one is not yet confirmed:
> contact the CMC (373-0010) or Jacque Betz (jacque@...)
> to see how the scheduling works out.
> (Incidentally, Code Pink's "Peace Ribbon" non-quilt memorial to those
> who've died in Iraq has had an eventful year since its showing(s) in
> Gaineville in 2005, including a tour across the US (even being hung
> in San Francisco City Hall) and at least part of it going to a peace
> conference in Jordan, where some sections of it were given to Iraqis
> from the towns and villages of those named on the panels given, to be
> shown as proof that at least some Americans care about what is
> happening to people there.)
> Saturday, 10/28, 10 am, the Gainesville Interfaith Peace Center & the
> Gainesville Religious Society of Friends continue their "Solutions to
> Violence" workshops with a discussion of the life, works, & thoughts
> of Thomas Merton at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 702 NW 38th St. More
> info: Don Smith, 371-3719; Eve MacMaster, 377-6577.
> November starts off with a Wednesday, 11/1, 8 pm talk at UF's O'Dome
> by Andrew Card, until recently the Shrub's Chief of Staff: show up
> (for free) and ask him embarrassing questions about the wars.
> Otherwise, go to the CMC for a showing of _The Ground Truth_, a
> documentary about and by US troops in Iraq, at 8:30 pm.
> Saturday, 11/4, features the Downtown Arts Festival - not a
> peace-related event except as an expression of the positive things
> that peace brings, but mentioned here because the CMC will be closed
> to facilitate participation, which is why we can't meet there then.
> Monday, 11/6, _The Road to Guantanamo_ will be the CMC/Hippodrome
> film of the month, showing at 7 & 9 pm: a documentary of three
> Britons caught up in Bush's "Global War on Terror" ($3-10 sliding
> Tuesday, 11/7, is Election Day: y'all know what to do, even if
> they'll only let you do it once. (For those unsure of the details of
> who's naughty & who's nice, check out the recommendations on pages
> 6-7 of the new edition of the _Gainesville Iguana_. I hope to send
> out a more detailed analysis of the state constitutional amendments
> on the ballot, currently being written by a friend, in the near
> Thursday, 11/9, Students for a Human Society and others will rally to
> "Save Our Education" against the budgetary dirty tricks being wielded
> against the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Plaza of
> the Americas from 11 am to 3 pm.
> Saturday, November 11, is (a) Veterans Day; (b) the next in the
> "Solutions to Violence" workshops at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 10 am,
> on civil disobedience, war tax resistance, and related topics (see
> address & contact info for 10/28); (c) the date of the North Fla
> Social Justice Gathering, an all-day regional conference in
> Jacksonville (see http://www.floridasocialjustice.com for more - this
> promises to be worthwhile on many levels), and - somewhat reluctantly
> - (d) the 7th monthly meeting of the G'ville Peace Forum at the Civic
> Media Center. If you're not committed to be at one of the official
> Veterans' commemorations, please turn out for (c) or (d) ((b) will
> fit in either way, at least for Saturday morning early risers)!
> I forgot to write down a note on the plans for the CMC on the 18th,
> but it would be basically impossible to have the Peace Forum meeting
> there then - and everyone seems to agree that the 25th, being the
> Saturday after Thanksgiving, wouldn't be practical either. So that's
> why we're violating one of our own stated goals and scheduling a
> meeting at the same time as another pro-peace event - at least it's a
> good sign that there are so many progressive projects going on in
> The Peace Alliance will have its regular meeting at the Downtown
> Library on Monday, 11/20 - and by then I ought to be able to tell you
> whether that's at 7 pm or half an hour later... The main topic is
> likely to be a reception and talk at the Paramount on Thursday,
> 11/30, 7:30 pm, featuring best-selling author Marianne Williamson,
> who is appearing in Gainesville to help the Peace Alliance raise
> funds for its advocacy of a federal Department of Peace: the talk is
> $25 per person ($10 for students); the reception is $100. For more,
> email heart@....
> As ever, please send me corrections, updates, and new news for my
> next bulletin (due out sometime before the elections), and for the
> _Iguana_ calendar (deadline is 11/13); also as ever, keep an eye on
> http://www.sunstateactivist.org for reports on what the good guys are
> doing in-state (and a daily summary on less-covered aspects of what
> the not-so-good guys are up to as well).