PAA General Meeting Minutes Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

Submitted by C. Lee Taylor on September 11, 2009 - 11:51am. ::

PAA General Meeting
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
Havens Center, 1827 Alabama

Convened: 7:05 p.m.

Bill Crosier Don Cook
Mark Lacy Eric Ribellarsi

Art Browning Bob Carter
Jon Axford Cheryl Crosier
Kathleen Kain Colleen O’Brien
Bart Boyce Ivan Espinoza
Robert Graham CLT
Ted Weisgal

Response to Obama speaking to school kids and opposition to children hearing him speak Discussion

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story – propose we schedule a group viewing and a forum for discussion afterwards

HPJC 2009 Awards Dinner with Helen Thomas & Ann Wright 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Marriott Hotel West Loop Save the date, tell one and all Details at

Mandell Group blogging report: some backlash; Pray for Gaza billboard campaign engendered pro-Israeli gov’t campaign paid for by Ira ____ according to Jewish Herald; discussion about how to address anti-Palestinians; boycott Israel?

Green Party Update: Possible Cynthia McKinney visit to Houston in Oct. – stayed tuned; half of Alfred Molison’s petitions “disappeared” so he did not make it on the ballot except as write-in – recourse is a lawsuit; Progressive Coalition Houston (Deb, Don & Alfred’s Houston City Council candidates); Sign up for phone banking at home this weekend; contact Keith Sartin 281.352.7356 campaign coordinator about how to help, e.g. website, expanding presence on Facebook, MySpace, etc.; yard signs, fund raisers; Tuesday, Nov. 3 election; Show up to support Don’s citation for soliciting petition signatures in city park: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 1400 Lubbock, muni court

Treasurer’s report: balance $410; owe Havens rental for this month

Card welcoming Iraqi family to Houston

Van Jones ousted from Obama admin:

Opening 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Art Car Museum, Heights Blvd. Includes Death to America Usrael Robert Graham’s piece on massacre of Afghans in cargo containers. Visit Art Car Museum online for more skinny

Eric Ribellarsi on FIRE (Fight imperialism, rethink and experiment) Local collective looking to listen and learn form others, develop relationships with those seeking change; possible project: organize teach-in on Nepal issue (revolutionary opposition fighting US backed monarchy) campaigns to address critical issues and looking for solutions from outside their group; Website:; Email: ; Discussion about possible alliance with Transition Houston/Shawn McFarland (Houston’s been named a transition, post-oil city to figure out what to do post peak oil. Reskilling workshop next month) and Cherry S at Houston’s Center for the Healing of Racism

Houston Museum of Culture: next meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, Montrose Library Visit for more info

Mark Lacy on Houston Institute for Culture: 2000 SF space that’s underused; looking for other orgs to partner with and share rental (approx. $300) ; Contact Mark Lacy 713.521.3686

3 p.m. -2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 Rock Out for Peace, Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002 fundraiser for “The Canvas” and KPFT 90.1 FM Radio for Peace, to establish a creative space that celebrates the inventive side of humanity, a laboratory for ideas & expressions, Live music bash; benefiting Houston’s peace and justice groups performances, including rock bands, innovative songwriters, candidate speeches and poets. Spread the word – more details on; Search “Rock Out for Peace” Need volunteers – contact Ivan at 713.732.1947.

911 Anniversary Gathering of original Houston Truth Group for highway blogging Friday, Sept. 11, on Mandell bridge and flyering in Houston underground tunnels

KPFT elections –ballots mailed last week. Everyone encouraged to send in ballot even if blank to ensure T makes quorum and avoids additional expense and air time to election. Deadline for returning ballot: approx. mid-Oct. tho implored to return as soon as possible once received.

KPFT Town Hall Meeting 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, Harris County AFL/CIO Union Hall, 2506 Sutherland, Houston, 77023; near the corner of Telephone Rd. and Wayside in Gulfgate area Meet and greet board candidates and discuss issues like how best to generate awareness of KPFT, provide programming that addresses the critical issues we face while aligning with its mission
Additional candidates meet/greet – check website

Health Care for All: Conference 1 p.m. to help set up/ 2 p.m. start Sunday, Sept. 13 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. Register for free at; additionally WinWin meeting 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6th floor, LLU, 2990 Richmond to discuss mayor and city council endorsement of universal, single payer health care. As Kucinich puts it: Care for people or the insurance companies??

Petition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Download petitions from website, circulate everywhere and return to Lynn Furay where indicated on petition

Sign the Code Pink Out of Iraq/Af-Pak petition online: End the wrongful and unnecessary occupations of Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq! Join Tom Hayden and peace activists around the world in demanding President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stop the needless killing and occupation of Muslim lands. These wars are against our moral, economic and national interests.

Willie Simmons returns to Houston for a visit – come to the bridge this Friday to welcome him back

Progressive Coalition Houston to partner with PAA next meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, Havens Center

Friday, Dec. 4, Leisure Learning Unlimited, 2990 Richmond Ave. Robert’s Rules of Order: Free; checkout Leisure Learning Unlimited online

Support Pastors en Accion’s weeklong fast and vigil Monday-Sunday, Sept. 7-13 in front of City Hall, 901 Bagby, to protest Houston and Harris County's participation in the draconian 287(g)
287 (g ) turns our local law enforcement personnel into de facto immigration agents. The downsides to this program are many: Most significantly, it dilutes local law enforcement's ability to reduce crime in the community by discouraging anyone with questionable immigration status from reporting crime to local law enforcement. Come to City Hall, speak to the participants and offer encouragement.

Blessing of the Brooms, Queen of Peace Church, 3011 Telephone Rd, Houston, noon Saturday, Sept 12 Join SEIU members at the Blessing of the Brooms.

Nov. 22 GreenParty celebration, Houston Institute for Culture, 708 B Telephone, 77023, more skinny at

Adjourned 9:07 p.m.