Issues


Many thanks to the folks who attended last Tuesday’s discussion re the national debt. Here are some of the resources that got mentioned in the course of the discussion…

If you have other resources to share, please list them in the comments!

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Waynepeace will be holding a roundtable discussion about gas drilling and fracking  pro and con. The discussion is part of a monthly  event taking place at 5 PM at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale , PA sponsored by Waynepeace to offer education and reflection about current events and common concerns.

Drilling for natural gas is in full swing in Damascus Township and nearby areas of Pennsylvania . Some of us have leased our land to the gas companies and some of us , while opposed to this development, will nevertheless be strongly affected by it. Knowledge about the dangers of drilling is constantly growing, as is the animosity among people. We can witness this daily in local news, the numerous lawn signs, in township meetings, hearings, and environmental group meetings.

Periodically Waynepeace joins in the discussion of this very local concern, either for the purpose of learning more or, as in December’s meeting, to open up to each other of where we stand and what we hope and fear. Everyone is invited to come and participate. Refreshments will be served

Unity  – without Conformity.
Diversity – without Divisiveness.

We all want a peaceful, safe, just, and healthy world for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. Waynepeace will reach across political lines and personal differences to work on these interconnected issues:

Peace – Waynepeace seeks non-violent solutions to all conflict – international, national, local, and personal. We call for an end to conflicts throughout the world, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. We call for immediate plans to bring our troops home safely. We work toward economic justice as a basic prerequisite for peace.

Support for Our Troops – We believe that continuing to send troops to unjust wars, begun under false pretenses, with no exit strategy and unconscionable damage to civilian lives is dishonorable and possibly illegal.  We believe that the government officials responsible for these acts should be held accountable, and face investigations into their actions.  

We support our troops by holding our government responsible for its promises to the veterans of these wars, for the services they need and the support they deserve for the sacrifices they have made. We support education for all draft-age adults, so that they can make informed choices about national service. We support expanding other forms of national service for young people.

Democracy – Waynepeace works to counter two serious threats to our democracy: media consolidation and manipulation, and election corruption.

  1. Media reform: People need reliable information to be good citizens in a functioning democracy. News is compromised by concentrated corporate control of the media and by a political culture that withholds and obscures information. Waynepeace holds educational events to provide alternatives to mainstream news information.
  2. Election reform: Money corrupts our politicians, and electronic voting threatens our right to have our votes count. Waynepeace supports amending the Constitution to specify that corporations are not “persons,” and ending the corrupting influence these institutions have over our political and economic life.  Waynepeace supports verifiable voting methods.

Sustainability – Waynepeace recognizes the connections between unsustainable energy policies, environmental degradation, huge inequities in the distribution of wealth, profit-driven health care, and senseless deregulation of commerce.  We promote living within our means, taking good care of the weakest among us, and being careful stewards of our world, for ourselves and all life to come. Waynepeace supports effective political action and education to bring the concept of sustainability to the public.

The public is invited to view the film “From Mills River to Babylon and Back: the Jimmy Massey Story.” It will be shown at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday, January 5th at 5 PM.

This documentary relates the story of Sgt. Jimmy Massey, a Marine who served in Iraq. He sought help for what he had experienced – but instead of being treated for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he was labeled a Conscientious Objector (CO). He challenged the assessment and went public. This put him on a journey to tell the truth about what was happening as a result of the war, including unscrupulous recruiting practices and the use of uranium-tipped weapons by the U.S. He has been outspoken against the war since being honorably discharged.

“We owe it to our soldiers to listen to their stories,” says Katharine Dodge of Waynepeace. “After all, our government sent them to Iraq, and in a democracy we are responsible for what our government does. So, we need to know the truth in order to make informed choices about our nation’s policies.”

In 2010, Waynepeace will continue to present monthly forums on issues involving peace and justice. These forums are free and open to all.

Note: The use of the Wayne County Public Library by Waynepeace does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the policies and beliefs of Waynepeace.

Waynepeace invites the public to participate in an open forum about health care reform on Tuesday, September 1st at 6 PM at the Wayne County Public Library, 1106 Main St., in Honesdale.

This is a hot topic in all the United States because there is a dire need for reform due to the rising cost of health care, and because the current system is deeply flawed. Many don’t have insurance or their coverage is inadequate with no guarantee they can keep that coverage. The overflow turnout for Congressman Carney’s recent town hall meeting in Honesdale demonstrates the magnitude of people’s frustrations.

During his campaign for president, Barack Obama promised health care for all if he was elected; something like Medicare which is offered to all people over 65. This idea seemed highly popular, but, misinformation and misconceptions have corrupted the health care discussion, leaving it in disarray.

Waynepeace would like to give folks an opportunity to discuss the matter thoroughly, to express fears and frustrations, to uncover the misconceptions and help clear the misunderstandings. This forum is designed to contribute to a national consensus, to let our government know where the citizens stand on this matter.

This event is one in a series of monthly forums offered to the community by Waynepeace in its effort to bring people together to discuss issues affecting our community and the world. All are welcome to this free program. Refreshments will be served.

Use of the Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not imply endorsement by the library of Waynepeace’s activities or beliefs.