MEMBERS RETREAT: The retreat dates have been set for Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, 2012. We will be gathering at the Divine Compassion Spirituality Center in White Plains. If you are coming from far away, we encourage people to fly into Westchester airport in White Plains if possible. If not, you may have to take one of the vans from La Guardia (closest airport) or JFK. JFK is a bit further from White Plains than La Guardia but closer to White Plains than Newark Airport. You can get from New York City to White Plains by MetroNorth commuter train or by bus. Please check in with Phyllis Rodriguez if you have specific concerns regarding the time you are able to arrive. Most people should try to be at the Retreat Center around 4pm on Friday.
FOOD RESTRICTIONS: Katharina needs to know by February 6 about your special dietary needs. Are you vegan? Vegetarian? Allergic to any types of foods? Please respond to this e-mail and let her know so that the retreat center staff may be informed. There is a kitchen with a fridge where you can store special foods, wine, beer, etc. Mealtimes at the Retreat Center are 8:30am, 12:30pm and 5:45pm.
HOW TO RSVP: Please do let us know by February 1 whether you are definitely coming or not. The retreat center office will need a guest list and we would appreciate your cooperation. Simply reply to this e-mail.
LOBBYING: PT members Talat Hamdani, Colleen Kelly, Rita Lasar and Terry Rockefeller travelled to Washington on January 11 to mark National Day of Action to Close Guantanamo. Terry Greene and Robyn Bernstein lobbied in the Boston area where they reside. For more updates check into our page on facebook.
INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR PEACE: Andrea LeBlanc represented PT at an International Conference organized by the Basque Foundation Sabino Arana (FSA) in Bilbao, Spain in October 2011. She was a speaker and participated on a panel with Israeli and Palestinian members of Combatants for Peace. Surprisingly, the militant Basque separatist group, ETA, made a historic announcement that they were laying down their arms the week before the conference was convened. The discussions during the conference focused on nonviolent solutions to conflict. Members of FSA, the public and the press were very engaged in the dialogue. A second conference was held for the public and press in San Sebastian, considered the cradle of Basque culture.
PT MEMBERS: For updates about PT members you might not have met yet, please visit our new website.
We thank you for continuing to support PT’s mission to turn grief into action for peace.
The Steering Committee