Forwarding Pierce's notes from yesterday's Peace Forum meeting. I cancelled out at the last minute and did not attend, but, lo and behold, the outside of my mobile home is almost finished painted now - whew! what a job. Please mark your calendar for the events mentioned below and hope you can show up!
I plan to attend the Melrose sign-waving tomorrow between 5 and 6 p.m. Can you make it? One of the most important things you can do for peace is SHOW UP for peace events whenever you can. Thanks for all you do for peace....
Your pink pal,
> From: "Pierce R. Butler" <pbutler@...>
> Date: 2007/06/03 Sun PM 04:04:58 EDT
>> Subject: attack of the G'ville Peace Forum
> Seven people braved the wrath of TS Barry for the sake of local peace
> group cooperation at the Civic Media Center, 2 pm on Saturday, 6/2.
> We got right down to business with a review of the three major local
> events on Memorial Day. The biggest of these was the display of 3,834
> plastic "gravestones" commemorating the troops killed in Afghanistan
> and Iraq set up by Vets for Peace along NW 8th Ave (pix at
> http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/ &
> http://picasaweb.google.com/kmlisle.mary/MemorialDay07 ; YouTube has
> 10-minute videos about setting it up
> [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crP6XpVn-8Y], the display itself
> [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdQgjElJ54Q], and an interview with
> VFP coordinator Scott Camil
> The Downtown Plaza memorial event set up by the Sweetwater Unitarians
> was also reported to be successful, and there was a good turnout for
> the rally in defense of Tent City and its otherwise homeless
> inhabitants, which may lead to further developments (is rally
> organizer Rev. Milford Lewis Griner going to run for public office?).
> Air America, the US's only liberal talk-radio network, is not
> available in north Florida except over broadband internet
> (http://www.airamericaradio.com) and via satellite radio, but that
> hasn't stopped a group of "North Fla Friends of Air America Radio"
> from joining together to promote shows "like radio, only smarter".
> For more info, contact airamericafriends@...; for AAR merch
> (bumper stickers, shopping bags, mugs, more) or for XM Satellite
> Radio subscriptions ($13/mo), try Mary Savage via
> marysavage63@..., 352-870-2267.
> Incidentally, Mary has discovered a progressive-friendly enterprise
> in the depths of reddest Ocala: A Novel Idea Bookstore in the Pearl
> Britain (Publix) plaza has been supportive of the AAR campaign, and
> the people there seem to be sane in other ways as well. (Of course, I
> have to mention that finding good guys in the independent bookstore
> biz is not unusual in G'ville, as witness Books Inc, Goering's, Wild
> Iris, etc...)
> ANSWER (http://www.answercoalition.org/) has proposed an all-out
> million-person anti-war demo in DC for sometime between November '07
> and March '08 and is gathering suggestions and reactions. Others in
> Gainesville have proposed an all-out major public event (possibly a
> concert) in September to welcome the students back and put some
> pressure on the "policy review" promised from Washington on the state
> of the debacle. To give feedback on the former, go to the ANSWER
> website; on the latter - take it up with your friendly neighborhood
> peace group (then bring the results to next month's Peace Forum).
> "Between November and March" is pretty fuzzy timing, even by
> loosey-lefty standards, but some of our stalwart comrades have gotten
> a little more precise in their planning, and intend to seize specific
> days. For example, tomorrow, Monday, 6/4, 7 & 9 pm, the CMC and the
> Hippodrome Cinema will present _When I Came Home_, a documentary on
> (the abuse of) US veterans in general and one homeless Gulf War II
> vet in particular (see http://thehipp.org/news/events.php#60147 );
> tix are $3-$10, depending on how much you feel like paying.
> The CMC will also grab a piece of Monday , 6/11, to show _The Fourth
> World War_ (which took place a few years ago in Venezuela) and of
> Monday 6/18, to show _Blood and Oil_, a history of Middle East
> petro-politics during and after the first world war (which took place
> in Europe nine decades ago). Those will be shown at the Civic Media
> Center itself, 1024 W. University Ave; a donation box will be passed.
> Jennifer Van Bergen grabs parts (2-4 pm) of Saturday, 6/9, and
> Sunday, 6/17, with booksignings & talks at, respectively, the G'ville
> public library, 401 E. University Ave, (shared with other authors)
> and Barnes & Noble on Archer Rd just east of I-75 (solo), featuring
> _The Twilight of Democracy: The Bush Plan for America_ (Common
> Courage Press, 2004) and _Archetypes for Writers: Using the Power of
> Your Subconscious_ (Michael Wiese Productions, 2007). Yes, she
> declares better writing to be part of the quest for human rights and
> peace - you know when & where to go find out how.
> The G'ville Interfaith Peace Center has targeted Saturday, 6/23, 10
> am, for the second in their 6-part "Practical Training in
> De-escalating Conflict" workshop series, starting the summer with
> "Personal Safety Skills" - all at Westminster Presbyterian Church,
> 1521 NW 34th St; contacts: Don Smith (371-3719) & Eve MacMaster
> A nationwide assembly and close-order drill of white-hat activists
> known as the US Social Forum (http://www.ussf2007.org/) is slated for
> Wednesday, 6/27, through Sunday, 7/1, in Atlanta. Shawna Doran
> (shawnagreens@...) and Dave Henderson (hend517@...) are
> planning to go, and (hint, hint) would like company.
> As usual, parts of other days have already been preemptively occupied
> by anti-war insurgents, including :
> Mondays, all month, 5-6 pm: "Surge for Peace" at St. Roads 21 and 26
> in Melrose.
> Tuesdays, 6/5 & 6/19, 4-6:30 pm: anti-war sign-holding on the corner
> of Archer Rd & SW 34th St.
> Tuesdays, 6/12 & 6/26, 4-6:30 pm: anti-war sign-holding on the corner
> of University Ave & W. 13th St.
> (Our neighbors in Spring Hill now hold Tuesday anti-war vigils from 5
> to 6 PM, at the corner of Mariner & Northcliff Blvds: for more,
> contact the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace & Justice,
> brianmor@.... They're also working to protest the
> Democrats' recent $100B endorsement of Bush's war when House Speaker
> Pelosi appears at the Fla Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson
> Weekend on June 9-10 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in
> Hollywood; and for a general anti-war protest, location tba, come
> Saturday, 6/23.)
> Wednesday, 6/6, 7 pm: Vets for Peace meets at Scott Camil's house -
> call 375-2563 for directions.
> Saturdays, 5 pm, Marions for Peace take over the corner of Route 200
> and 27th Street SW in Ocala.
> Sundays, all month, 4-5 pm: Women in Black hold a vigil at NW 43rd St
> & 16 Blvd.
> On the 3rd Monday, 6/18, at 7 pm the Peace Alliance invades the
> defenseless 2nd Street Bakery.
> On the 4th Thursday, 6/22, at 6 pm, CCAWT (Community Coalition
> Against War & Terrorism) infiltrates the Wilhelmina Johnson Ctr, 321
> NW 10th St.
> And all that's just in the slow, dare I say languorous, month of June
> (and of course should be considered as incomplete and unreliable: get
> the full story(ies) at http://www.sunstateactivist.org/events.php &
> the G'ville Iguana calendar - alas, http://www.civicmediacenter.org
> is still on the blink).
> A sneak preview of July's activities has to include the Green Party's
> outreach at the City of Alachua's big Wednesday, 7/4, fireworks
> display, with a possible repeat - unfortunately, with additions - of
> the VFP war memorial on NW 8th Ave in G'ville (but that last is just
> my febrile wishful thinking, so far, and doesn't even take into
> account that VFP is currently scheduled to meet that same evening as
> July will also feature the next meeting of representatives from local
> pro-peace organizations, and agitated individuals, at the Gainesville
> Peace Forum on Saturday, 7/7, 2-4 pm, in the Civic Media Center, 1021
> W University Ave: rumor has it cookies & juice may make a special
> That same day (yes, we just can't get away from those dreaded
> scheduling conflicts) will be the deadline for the July-Aug issue of
> the Gainesville _Iguana_, so please get those summer events planned
> and the details in to pbutler@... by then, because the revolution
> _will_ be offset-printed!
> Grovels in advance to anyone & everyone whose events I may have
> omitted, neglected, or otherwise maltreated - please send me
> corrections & additions, or take no chances on further distortions
> and try that "Reply to All" trick with what (else) the world needs to