VETERANS FOR PEACE
Rachel Corrie CHAPTER 109
Minutes for March 20, 2005 Chapter meeting
be creative minutes since the author is not a true Secretary...
documentary "The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children"
is finally returned to our chapter from Congressman Brian Baird.
Don Broadwell reported that permission has been granted by Traprock Peace
to show the video publicly. We are
required to send them $2 for each person who views it in a public showing.
Allison offers to be the "Librarian" for our lending library
consisting of the D.U. video and several books donated by a visitor.
Tiller reported on a Hiroshima Memorial Event being planned for August.
It was endorsed by the membership. There
is the possibility that we could do a presentation on Depleted Uranium., if
members choose to do so. To be
wondered if our Statement of Purpose should include biological Weapons of Mass
Destruction, in addition to nuclear WMD's. Is there a team to explore this?
Rudolph reported on Eyes Wide Open, a traveling display of boots/shoes
representing victims of the Iraq war. The
event will be in Tacoma, at the U. of W. campus, Tues. April 12, from 10 a.m. to
8 p.m. and Wed. April 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
The website is email@example.com.
No signs will be allowed, but VFP t-shirts are o.k.
The event was endorsed by the membership.
Kerschner reported that the Centralia (F.O.R.) vigil has a VFP banner and
requested our endorsement, which was approved.
He suggested amending our chapter's Statement of Purpose #5 to include
veterans and ALL victims of war. Is
there a team to explore this?
Larry also reported that the Centralia F.O.R. is producing a (radio?)
show and is seeking Vets to interview, and be used for counter recruitment(?)
Larry is willing to be the liason between VFP and Ground Zero.
Their next event is their Mother's Day protest, May 7, at the main gate
Action Team is busy training volunteers for TCTV and is still seeking more
members for training. They can be
contacted at ?
Schulruff reported the upcoming radio program on Depleted Uranium on KAOS, 89.3
F.M. for Friday, March 25, at noon. It
included as guests Dennis Kyne, Leuren Moret, and Military Families Speak Out.
Zander reported that The Olympian is working on a story about peace
advocacy/education as opposed to "protest".
He also reported on "Peace Talks" to be held the second Monday
at Traditions, 7 to 8:30 pm. These
include speakers and discussion time.
The next event will be on the topic of veterans and peace.
He is calling for veterans to come and offer their views.
Jenkins reported the planning of Indian Island
awareness week, including theatre, speakers, poets, etc. on the subject
of Indian Island (weapons storage site) and its 6 mile proximity to Port
Townsend. This is being planned by
the Port Townsend Depleted Uranium Study Team (DUST) and was endorsed by VFP 109
membership. This will occur around
the second week in May.
Pattin of the Membership Action Team will investigate possibillities for a phone
line to be used as a chapter contact number.
Broadwell and Terry Zander reminded us of the upcoming Depleted Uranium
presentation featuring Dennis Kyne and Leuren Moret to be held at the Eagle's
Hall, 4th and Plum streets, April 3rd, 7 pm.
Don reported that finances for the event are "no problem" and
that accomodations are needed for Dennis and Leuren. That has been arranged.
Also they might possibly need sound equipment for the event.
Serena and Rochelle from the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project reported that, in
support of the Rachel Corrie family lawsuit against Caterpillar Corporation,
there will be a day of action against Caterpillar at their main N.W.
distributor, N.C. Machinery In Tukwilla. This
will happen on Wed., April 13th at 2pm. A carpool will be leaving Olympia at 12:30 pm from the
Harrison Ave./Division St. parking lot. You
can call Jake at (360) 259-6549. There
will be a non-violence training April 3rd at Traditions.