People for Peace, Justice, and
Healing meets on Saturday mornings at the Antique Sandwich Company,
5102 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA, 98407.
are involved in educational events, lectures,
study groups, workshops, and calls for community action.
Please consider joining us. All people of good will are welcome!
PPJH SUPPORTS 'SAFE AND JUST ALTERNATIVES' At its regular meeting on Feb. 16, 2013, People for Peace, Justice,
and Healing endorsed the "Save and Just Alternatives Bill" (HB 2468 and SB 6283), which would make the death penalty with life in prison without
possibility of parole the maximum sentence in Washington.
The Save and Just Alternatives campaign argues that "It is time to follow the smart actions of other states' lawmakers and stop wasting
millions of tax dollars on a death penalty system that is beyond repair. The death penalty does not make us safer -- study after study
has shown that the death penalty does not deter crime. The death penalty's cost to Washington taxpayers is staggering -- for a single
death penalty trial in Washington, taxpayers pay over three quarters of a million dollars in additional costs. The death penalty is unfair -- application
of the death penalty is arbitrary. The risk of mistakes is too great -- the death penalty poses an unacceptable risk of executing the innocent.
Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1977, over 130 men and women have been released from death row nationally. Safe and Just Alternatives
supports legislation that will elimnate this system and replace the death penalty with life without parole." For more information on this proposed legislation,
see here and here. (2/16/13; rev.
LETTER ON GUN SAFETY The following letter was endorsed by People for Peace, Justice,
and Healing on Dec. 22 and sent to the seven legislators listed below on Dec. 29, 2012. We encourage others to copy
or adapt the letter as they see fit and to send it to their elected representatives. — On Jan. 29, 2013, the Post Office
returned our letter sent to Norm Dicks, who had apparently vacated his offices before his term ended and left no forwarding
address. (Be it noted that in course of the more than eleven years during which Norm Dicks was the congressional representative of most of the members of
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing, he declined every opportunity to meet with us.) Sympathetic resonses were addressed to
PPJH on Jan. 22, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, and on Jan. 31, 2013, by Washington Senator Jeannie Darneille.
December 29, 2012
The Honorable Maria Cantwell
950 Pacific Ave., Suite 615
Tacoma, WA 98402
The Honorable Patty Murray
950 Pacific Ave., Suite 650
Tacoma, WA 98402
The Honorable Norm Dicks
1019 Pacific Ave., Suite 806
Tacoma, WA 98402
The Honorable Derek Kilmer
P.O. Box 40426
Olympia, WA 98504-0426
The Honorable Debbie Regala
233 John A. Cherberg Building
P.O. Box 40427
Olympia, WA 98504-0427
The Honorable Jeannie Darneille
314 John L. O'Brien Building
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
The Honorable Laurie Jinkins
311 John L. O'Brien Building
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
c/o Tammie Herridge
5102 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
As you know, since the tragedy on September 11, 2001, our group has been organizing, educating, and advocating for peace and social justice issues. We understand the deep emotional trauma that violence brings, and the need for healing. We believe that the killing of 28 people, including 20 young school children, in Newtown, Connecticut, has traumatized many in our country. Meaningful action, as discussed by President Obama, will be an essential component of the healing.
What constitutes effective action is difficult to determine. The larger problem of violence cannot be solved by gun control legislation. Continuing the national discussion we are having is important, and we must find a way to take concrete steps forward together.
Writing in the New York Times on December 16, Nicholas Kristof suggested the following measures be immediately incorporated into legislation to respond to the killings in Newtown:
1. Limit gun purchases to one per month.
2. Restrict the sale of high-capacity magazines so that a shooter can't kill as many people without reloading.
3. Universal background checks for gun buyers, including private sales.
4. Make serial numbers on guns harder to erase.
5. Support efforts to require that new handguns imprint a microstamp on each shell so that it can be traced back to a specific gun.
These measures alone won't be enough, and will be difficult to pass over the inevitable objections of the NRA and others. However, controlling the availability and lethality of firearms with common-sense legislation will open the political discussion, one that has too easily been silenced by the gun lobby. We need to stand up and speak out. We urge you to support the introduction of legislation in the next legislative session.
The members of People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
LEONARD PELTIER CLEMENCY GATHERING IN TACOMA On
Sat., Dec. 8, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., supporters of Leonard Peltier attended a
clemency gathering at St. Leo Church in Tacoma and added their voices to those of others seeking to pressure President
Obama to grant clemency, long overdue, to Leonard Peltier, an AIM activist wrongfully extradited from Canada in 1976 and unjustly convicted at a
federal trial in 1977 in Fargo, ND. -- Peltier, now 68, has been in prison for more than 35 years. -- This event was
sponsored by the Tacoma Chapter of the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee (LPDOC) and co-sponsored by People for Peace, Justice, and
Healing. (11/29/12; rev. 12/13/12)
RING THE CHIMES for Marriage Equality PPJH held a very successful fundraiser for Referendum
74 (Marriage Equality) on Wed., Sept. 5, 2012, raising more than $5,000. Special guest: Ryan Mello, Pierce County Co-Chair of Washington United and
Tacoma City Councilmember. Also in attendance: Washington State Senator Debbie Regala.
Click here for a printable PDF memento of the event. PJHers will celebrate the
suceess of the event at a gathering on Sat., Nov. 10, 2012 — save the date!
(8/7/12; rev. 9/9/12)
Poem by Karen Konrad Karen Konrad's
untitled poem begins "It is time to awaken..." (See
below for several other poems.) (8/6/05)
Two poems by Karen Havnaer Two poems by poet and playwright Karen Havnaer are published here
for the first time. People of Sadr City is addressed
to the inhabitants of a district of Baghdad. For Sgt. Brian Turner — Third Brigade, Second Infantry Division,
is dedicated to a visitor to PPJH who is now a well-known poet.
Karen Konrad, "Winter at
Nisqually" Karen Konrad's recently completed poem, Winter at
Nisqually, published here for the first time, captures hauntingly the painfulness
of change and the strength change can bring. -- Her meditative poem
entitled Breathe into Life,
made available on this web site last May, continues to find readers who appreciate it as an
antidote to the difficulties and sorrows of the present time.
The Northwest Detention Center See
the UFPPC website for more information
about the Tacoma's new prison, the
"Northwest Detention Center," located at 1623
E. "J" St. The prison was built by
a Sarasota, Florida, corporation with an extremely problematic
record, Correctional Services Corporation (NASDAQ symbol: CSCQ), and
by a rival firm, Geo, in July 2005. -- If you haven't seen
this sinister complex of windowless buildings built on a
Superfund site whose toxic effects may still be posing risks to
detainees and employees alike,
make an effort to do so.
All Tacoma residents should see it for themselves.
Given our heritage of "the Tacoma Method" (1885) and
Executive Order 9066 (Feb. 19, 1942), we owe it to ourselves -- and
to others -- to be vigilant. (To that end, please note that members of the
public -- with 2 pieces of
picture ID -- are entitled to enter the Northwest Detention Center on
Wednesdays to witness legal proceedings (hearings).
Time to show up: 9:30 a.m.) (3/10/04; revised 10/11/05)
Martin Luther King Jr. United for
Peace of Pierce County has posted
collection of inspiring sayings by Martin Luther King Jr. (1/19/04)
Tacoma City Council votes to defend the Bill of Rights On
Dec. 20, 2003, PPJH addressed
a letter to the seven members of the Tacoma City Council who four days
earlier voted in favor of the Resolution to Defend the Bill of Rights of
the U.S. Constitution. To read the text of the letter, individual
copies of which have been mailed to Mayor Bill Baarsma, Deputy Mayor Bil
Moss, and Councilpersons Bill Evans, Connie Ladenburg, Sharon McGavick,
Doug Miller, and Rick
Talbert, click here. — That
the City of Tacoma is currently prosecuting 21 port militarization resistance protestors
for exercising their constitutional rights in March 2007 has called into question
the significance this endorsement, however. For details, see the web site of United
for Peace of Pierce County. (12/20/03; rev. 6/26/07)
What is People for Peace, Justice and Healing, anyway?
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
Endorses the Earth Charter
PPJH decided to endorse the Earth Charter on Feb. 8, 2003, and has conducted
a sustained examination of
Charter to deepen our understanding of its sixteen principles.
Our study of the document has deepened our belief that the Earth Charter
offers a vision of how the U.S. can live in peace
with the other nations of the planet while moving toward a
safer, healthier, more just future for
us and those who come after us.
As of Nov. 6, 2011
tens of thousands of groups, organizations, and individuals around the world had endorsed the Earth Charter.
Despite a virtually total blackout of news about it in the corporate-controlled mainstream media,
this document continues to develop momentum. In November 2003 the Fourth
Summit of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates issued a statement supporting
the Earth Charter.
to view this fascinating list. The beginning of the
"T" list gives a sense of the variety of the 5,293 organizations that have so far
embraced this call for a worldwide change of mind and heart
in people around the world as humanity's best hope for the future:
T.E.I. of Epirus, Greece
Taipak (restaurant), Mexico
Taiwan Christian Institute, Taiwan
Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association, Taiwan
Taiwo Adewole and Associates, Nigeria
Tall Grass Farm (business), United States
Taller Laboral Brisas del Mar, Chile
Taller Laboral Candelaria, Chile
Taller Laboral Las Arbejitas, Chile
Taller Laboral Las Arañitas, Chile
Taller Laboral Vista al Mar, Chile
Tamberly Mott, MFT (private practice), United States
Tao Mountain (business), United Kingdom
Tarea de Escuela (school), Mexico
Tartu University, Estonia
Tasmanian Environment Steadman, Australia
TAUWP - University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, United States
Taygeta Editora & Consultoria, Brazil
Te Awamutu Peace Group, New Zealand
Teachers Without Borders, United States
Teaneck Creek Conservancy, United States
Tearo de Amadores de Pernambuco, Brazil
Technicalities (business), Canada
Técnico de la Dirección Ejecutiva de Igresos, DEI, Honduras
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Chihuahua, Mexico
Tecnoterra Adobe y más para la construcción, Mexico
TELC Girl's Hr. Sec. School, India
Teleosis Institute, United States
Telescundaria "José Soledad Hernández," Mexico
Televisoras Grupo Pacifico (business), Mexico
Temple of Eilish (business), Australia
Temple Hindu - Sivananda Ashram, Spain
Tenemos Retreat Center, United States
Tennessee Clean Water Action, United States
Terra Curanda (magazine), Netherlands
Terra Images Inc., Canada
Terra Sana (business), Spain
Terralink International, Philippines
Terrasante Village, United States
Terre d'Humanité, France
Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement, India
Tetra Tech, Inc., United Staets
Texas Nature Project, United States
textkonstrukte (business), Germany
Thailand Environmental Institute, Thailand
. . . and the list goes on!
With its themes of
-- respect for life
-- ecological and environmental concerns
-- social justice
with its exemplary international genesis, and with its comprehensive outlook on the
humanity's problems, PPJH hopes that the Earth Charter can offer a positive vision of the
nation's and the world's future -- and an alternative
to the vision of national security through global domination that has been embraced by the
short-sighted leaders of the current U.S. administration.
Please read the Earth Charter and see whether you, too, are willing to embrace
its principles. PJHers will
also want to review the Earth
Charter USA Campaign, whose national secretariat is based at the Center for Respect
of Life and Environment in Washington, DC.
Individual members may be interested in becoming Earth Charter
Facilitators, which they can do through the above link.
Support United for Peace of Pierce County!
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing continues to support the work of
United for Peace of Pierce
County, which organized the "The World STILL
Says No to War!" rally in McKinley Park in Tacoma on March 20, 2004, and which
was a very visible presence in the antiwar rallies in
Seattle on Mar. 19, 2005, and in Tacoma on Mar. 19, 2006. —
UFPPC is a local group affiliated with the national coalition
United for Peace and Justice.
In the aftermath of the Iraq war, UFPPC adopted a new mission statement:
"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions
rather than cooperative diplomacy." Many PJHers are members of UFPPC. Visit
the increasingly popular UFPPC website
(which recently passed 12,000,000 hits) for more information, including information about
UFPPC's book discussion group, Digging Deeper, which has been meeting
weekly since the summer of 2004.
United for Peace of Pierce County was founded on Nov. 14, 2002, to
oppose nonviolently a war on Iraq. UFPPC was the organizer of a
successful March around the Mall on Dec. 8, 2002, and of a full afternoon of
anti-war and pro-peace activities on Feb. 15, 2003, which included a rally
with speakers and singers in McKinley Park, a march from McKinley Park to the
Federal Courthouse in which more than a thousand people particpated, and an
elaborate and unprecedented Celebration of Peace in the Washington State
History Museum from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. that was very well attended.
Like the March around the Mall before it, UFPPC's events made the front page in
Tribune. Tacoma was one of more than five hundred cities
around the world participating in the largest peace demonstration
in the history of humanity.
The rally (Flo Ariessohn)
The march (Flo Ariessohn)
No Iraq War sign (Tom Bates)
The crowd near the stage (Tom Bates)
Vance Lelli performing (Tom Bates)
Rally at the Federal Courthouse (Adam Bray)
The "No Iraq War" plane! (Adam Bray)
More shots (Flo Ariessohn)
Still more shots! (Brian Smith)
Feb. 15 peace demonstrations
around the world.
In fact, there were not 600 separate demonstrations on February 15.
In reality THERE WAS JUST *ONE* DEMONSTRATION FOR PEACE,
AND *THE WORLD* WAS WHERE IT WAS TAKING PLACE!
Links to other
of peace demonstrations around the world.
UFPPC sponsored a June 21 concert at the Antique Sandwich Company featuring
Jim Page, Steve and Kristi Nebel, and Holly Gwynne Graham, and on July 15 the very
successful "Save Our Nation" event attended by hundreds of people, and featuring
noted activist Medea Benjamin, and in the fall sponsored the visit of Bay Area activist Jan
MEETINGS OF UFPPC take place on the first and third Thursdays of each
month at First Congregational Church (209 South "J" St., Tacoma), at 7:00 p.m.
Check out the UFPPC website!
Join in the struggle for peace! Activism does make a
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing is a group of people living in or near Tacoma that began meeting in September 2001.
If you, too, are concerned about
the direction this country has taken and are interested in local
efforts to help this nation return to its core values of
liberty and justice for all, we hope you will consider joining
us in seeking paths that
lead to peace, justice, and healing for the United States of
America and for the world.
Our activities include a
vigil for peace every Wednesday,
from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in front of the Federal Courthouse
on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, across from UWT. The Federal
Courthouse is the most visible symbol of the authority of the federal
government in the city of Tacoma. Join us at the Federal
Courthouse with signs and make visible your stand for peace and justice!
The principal locus of action of People for Peace, Justice, and
Healing is the weekly Saturday morning meeting, where we share concerns and plan
activities. We are involved in educational events, lectures,
study groups, workshops, and calls for community action. (The formation of the
leading anti-war group in Pierce County,
United for Peace of Pierce County, grew out of a
call from People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
in early November 2002 to people and groups in
Tacoma and Pierce County to form a coalition against the war on Iraq.)
Please consider joining us next Saturday morning. All people of good
will are welcome!
How does PJH function? We are a deliberately leaderless
group in which decisions are made by consensus at the weekly
Saturday meetings. We always welcome new participants.
A word about "healing" and beliefs. People for
Peace, Justice, and Healing does not advocate a particular set of beliefs,
is not pursuing a political program, and does not endorse candidates
in political campaigns. We call on all people
of good will to join us in trying to further our common
understanding of the challenges we face in finding the paths to
lasting peace and social justice, a commitment that led to our
recent endorsement of the Earth Charter. But valuing peace, justice,
and the health of the earth are not, in our opinion, enough.
We live in a nation born of
a bright dream, but also marred from the start by the historic
wrongs of genocide and slavery -- wrongs that have for too
long been denied or neglected.
Leadership in our contemporary society, misshapen by the powerful and
violent institutions of patriarchy, exploitation, and militarism,
continues to be marked by the manipulation and reinforcement
of patterns of prejudice and
fear that help maintain these institutions. PJHers tend to
believe that peaceful progress toward addressing these matters
depends on finding ways to heal the wounds
that have too often blighted and stymied our dearest hopes.
This is not always possible, of course,
and our efforts often fail to bear immediate fruit.
But we have faith in their long-term efficacy nevertheless. Our emphasis on
"healing" signifies a recognition that progress toward peace and
justice, if it is to be enduring, must involve learning about the harm
that has been done (and is being done). Reconciliation can only come
through acknowledgment of the truth, however painful that may sometimes be.
People for Peace, Justice, and Healing was prominently featured
an October 4, 2002 article in the Tacoma News Tribune.
On October 1, 2002, People for Peace, Justice and Healing
sponsored a full-page ad in the Tacoma News Tribune
questioning the wisdom of U.S. policy toward Iraq, and calling
on citizens to contact their elected representatives in an effort
to influence Congressional action on the pending war resolution.
The ad and the subsequent attention helped swell the numbers
of people who turned out for a Special Peace
Vigil on Monday, October 7, which commemorated the loss of civilian
life in Afghanistan and rallyied opposition to the impending war
on Iraq. -- To see some pictures of the October 7 vigil,
click on Local Events. -- The event
also produced an incident that led to
an exchange of letters with
the commanding general of Fort Lewis. People
for Peace, Justice, and Healing sponsored the visit of Kelly Campbell, a
co-founder of September 11
Families for Peaceful Tomorrows on May 18, 2003; other sponsored
speakers have been Jan Adams of War News, Stan Goff of
Bring Them Home Now!, and Robert P. Ericksen of Pacific Lutheran
University. On Thursday,
September 30, 2004, PPJH co-sponsored the visit to Tacoma of Daniel Ellsberg,
Medea Benjamin, and Norman Solomon, who spoke to a packed house at
UPS's Schneebeck Concert Hall about 'What's at Stake in the 2004 Elections -- and
Your support for our work for a peaceful, hopeful, and just future
is greatly needed and can be expressed through a donation to
further our efforts.
Please send contributions:
PPJH, c/o Sallie Shawl,
Associated Ministries, 1224 South "I" St., Tacoma, WA
Poetry for Peace, Justice, and Healing
the path of sideways trees and
my tribe has many fingers were
written by PJHer Karen Konrad.
Jerusalem was written by PJHer Sheila Renton.
Iraq Is Like Crack,
I Turn to Prayer, and It Must
Be Fate, all inspired by the American adventure in Iraq, were
written by R.P. Ericksen, a professor of history at Pacific Lutheran
SNOW member Ann Evans's On the
Playground has been selected for inclusion in a forthcoming anthology of
PJHer Ann Philis Murphy read The
Path of Peace aloud on Feb. 8.
UFPPC Member Duane Niatum reflects on Auden's famous dictum that
"Poetry makes nothing happen" in a poem dedicated to
an Elder Poet on an Anti-War Poem. In another poem,
For Friends Living along the Walla Walla
River, Niatum speaks of his search for "songs that
would . . . break my wolf's journey to blood tracks."
Auden's September 1, 1939 has
taken on new meaning in recent months.
Robert Bly's recent poem on the Iraq war is entitled
Call and Answer.
A website of poetry against the war has been created:
Against the War.
Jack Kus presents:
On September 21, 2002, People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
was one of the first groups to organizationally affiliate
with Sound Nonviolent Opponents of
War (SNOW -- 'gentle, but it can shut down a city'), a regional
coalition formed in Seattle on September 18, 2002.
By November 2, 2003, the number of
member organizations had swelled to 105. Other member
organizations include: Washington Physicians for Social
Responsibility; University Unitarian Church Peace and Justice
Committee (Seattle); Fellowship of
Reconciliation, Seattle Chapter;
Pax Christi Pacific Northwest; Church Council
of Greater Seattle; Interfaith Network of Concern for the People
of Iraq (INOC); the Plymouth Congregational Church Peace Action
United for Peace of Pierce County;
University Friends Meeting (Seattle);
and many others.
Click here to see
list of SNOW member organizations.
SNOW's 'Points of Agreement':
We commit to nonviolent actions:
We will commit no acts of violence, physical or verbal
We will commit no property damage
We will behave respectfully to all
If conflict is likely, we will strive to have ample trained
peacekeepers and legal observers
We encourage all participants to be trained in nonviolence
If arrest is risked, all participants will be trained in
We condemn human rights abuses including, but not limited to
U.S. wars and sanctions against Iraq;
Saddam Hussein's use of poisons as a weapon.
We recognize that the former is far greater in magnitude than
the latter but we need to be consistent in defense of human rights
We oppose all weapons of mass destruction including
U.S. nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, biological weapons,
cluster bombs, landmines, and economic sanctions against Iraq
Iraqi, Israeli, Pakistani, Indian, and other countries'
nuclear weapons, and other WMD
We support an International Criminal Court to deal with those
who plan and perpetrate acts of terrorism, such as those of Sept.
We support U.S. foreign policies which promote human rights,
economic justice, and self-determination for all people as the
best way to prevent future acts of terrorism and to promote
SNOW calls on people in the U.S.
to act like giraffes: STICK YOUR NECK OUT! STAND
TALL FOR PEACE! -- SNOW meets weekly. Call 206-789-5565 (Fellowship of
Reconciliation) for more information, or consult the
website. SNOW also maintains a number of listservs, including
a high-volume SNOW-NEWS listserv:
information on how to subscribe is available on the SNOW web site.
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Last updated: April 28, 2013