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Come to Honesdale”s Central Park tonight, Friday, 18 November, through Sunday morning at 10 AM to discuss economics, build community, and share our stories and visions. Dress warmly (there will be no campfires) and bring food and music.

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For more than a month now, the protesters of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement have been directing attention to issues of economic inequality, government corruption, and corporate power.  On Tuesday, November 1, Waynepeace will host a discussion of this movement, its goals, and its possibilities at the Wayne County Public Library, 1406 N. Main Street in Honesdale, beginning at 5 PM.  Area residents who have participated in Occupy protests in New York City and elsewhere will share their experiences and observations.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Waynepeace at 570-251-3637.

NOTE: Use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not
represent an endorsement by WCPL of Waynepeace’s policies or positions.

At our last library event, it was decided we will try reading the names of the month’s soldiers dead after the Tuesday library event (Sept. 7th) rather than on the last Friday of August. We would also have a quick business meeting (5 to 10 minutes) just before the forum presentation. This is partly to save gas–only one trip a month instead of two–and partly to make it easier for more people to read with us. The reading will take place somewhere on the north end of Honesdale. Meet on the library porch at 7 PM following the forum. This is a trial to see if it works for us.

On Tuesday, May 4, at 5 PM, Waynepeace will sponsor a presentation entitled “Is Obama a ‘Marxist’? (and Other Vocabulary Questions).” This program will take place at the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) on Main Street in Honesdale, as part of Waynepeace’s ongoing concern for the integrity of American democracy.

Conservative bloggers and media pundits are fond of labeling President Obama and his policies as “leftist,” “Socialist,” “Marxist” or even “Fascist.” This last was also frequently applied to the Bush administration by some on the left. But what exactly do these labels mean, and are they being applied accurately? What about other words in the political debate? As we move into the 2010 election campaign, and on into 2012, how can we as voters make accurate decisions without being swayed by deceptive rhetoric from all sides? Or do we actually prefer being swayed?

The public is invited to join in the discussion. Refreshments will be served. Use of library facilities by Waynepeace does not constitute an endorsement by WCPL of Waynepeace’s positions or policies.

On Tuesday, June 2, at 6 PM, Waynepeace will sponsor a discussion entitled “Creating Economic Justice – Community-Based Responses to the Financial Crisis” at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale. The program will include a brief presentation by local writer, activist, and Waynepeace co-founder Skip Mendler.

“The financial meltdown was caused by systemic failures at national and international levels, among other things – but its effects are being felt on every Main Street and in every living room,” says Mendler. “Fortunately, we have the ability to take action in our own lives and in our communities, in ways that can affect these larger systems and help to bring about positive transformation in the entire way our society does business.”

Refreshments will be served. For more information, see http://www.waynepeace. org.

A note from Waynepeace supporter Sandy McFall:

[I just found out about] a book that came out recently written by Matthew Alexander (not his real name) who had to sue the government in order to publish the book. This may be why it has a misleading title – “How to Break a Terrorist” – and gives an alias author’s name. He was one of the interrogators in Iraq and he used humane methods to gain information from prisoners. He learned their culture and jokes, etc. and used this to build their trust. He was much more successful (especially with the Sunnis) than those who used the harsh torturing. …  Here’s an article about it:

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2008/12/how_to_break_a_terrorist.html

Thanks, Sandy!