Midwest Peace Summit: The plans for this are underway. There was a meeting
on February 5 in Lafayette of the folks doing the planning. Zae passed out
a tentative agenda for the March 18-19 summit. Joe Miller will give a talk
on the media, democracy, and the war twice on Saturday. MPJC has already endorsed
the summit. There is a web site which comes up from a google search for Midwest
Peace Summit and has registration and housing information. The planning for
the Sunday rally is just beginning. The main speaker, Michael Parenti is very
popular -- on the order of Noam Chomski. We were asked to endorse the rally
as MPJC. The vote was 12 in favor and 1 opposed, mainly because the peacekeeping
situation was not well established. Lee asked for volunteers to be trained
as peacekeepers and four folks volunteered with a couple more possibilities.
We decided to redo the rally flyer to make it appeal more to our constituents,
especially students. Paul will work on this. We will have a table at the rally
(and possibly at the summit) and will sell buttons, ribbons, and possibly
water and soft drinks. Dustin and Rey are working on procuring items to sell
(See below). Kathy is working to get folks to the Peace summit. She will collect
names of students who come to the brunch on Saturday, both for the summit
and for the rally. We decided to try to get a bus for the trip to the rally.
Grace is working on a bus from Notre Dame and will be contacted to see if
she will coordinate the bus situation for other community members.
There has been interest in a local event commemorating the start of the
Iraq war. We encouraged folks to plan the local event for Saturday, March
19, perhaps surrounding the Saturday vigil, and plan to attend the rally
on Sunday in Indianapolis.