PAA steering comm. mtg Tue. 7 pm @Ziggy's

Submitted by PAAMember on January 15, 2006 - 2:02am. ::

Let's have a steering committee meeting for the Progressive Action
Alliance this Tuesday evening to do some strategic planning, discuss
priorities, and develop the agenda for Thursday's general PAA meeting.

Anyone interested in participating in PAA is welcome.

When:
Tuesday, Jan. 10
7-9 pm

Where:
Ziggy's Healthy Bar & Grill
2202 W. Alabama at Greenbriar
Houston
713-527-8588

Possible priorities for us for the next few months, which I'd like to
discuss at both the Tue. and Thurs. meetings, are:

* how to help more progressive Democrats get elected to leadership
positions in the state and local party
* how to help the Greens get ballot access
* verifiable voting/election reform
* continuing to work towards withdrawal from Iraq as soon as possible
* building pressure to impeach Cheney & Bush

I really feel we have a good chance to do all of the above,
especially by working with other organizations that want to do the
same thing.

We'll have more time Tuesday meeting to discuss strategy in more
detail, so please come then if you're interested in this.

If you can't come Tuesday, but have suggestions or comments, please
send them (before Tue. evening if possible) to both me and Kris
Graham <>, my PAA co-chair.

Bill


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Submitted by PAAMember on January 15, 2006 - 2:02am.

In keeping with our principles, and so we can have a change of pace with some good food, let's change our PAA steering committee location to:

Pepper Tree Chinese Cafe
3821 Richmond Ave.
Houston 77046
map: http://tinyurl.com/ahjne
reviews: http://www.b4-u-eat.com/houston/restaurants/reviews/rsv2690.asp

Pepper Tree is on the south side of Richmond at the east end of a strip shopping center, just east of Weslayan St. It's small, but has been fairly quiet when I've been there before.

Time is the same as previously announced -- 7 pm Tuesday Jan. 10.

Thursday's general meeting is still at the Leisure Learning Bldg. I'll send out a reminder in a day or so.

I apologize for the confusion over the location.

If you can't make it but have suggestions for agenda items for Thursday's general meeting, please let me know.

Bill
cell 713-305-5346

At 1:14 PM -0600 1/8/06, Bill Crosier wrote:
>Let's have a steering committee meeting for the Progressive Action
>Alliance this Tuesday evening to do some strategic planning, discuss
>priorities, and develop the agenda for Thursday's general PAA meeting.
>
>Anyone interested in participating in PAA is welcome.
>
>When:
>Tuesday, Jan. 10
>7-9 pm
>
>...
>Possible priorities for us for the next few months, which I'd like to
>discuss at both the Tue. and Thurs. meetings, are:
>
>* how to help more progressive Democrats get elected to leadership
>positions in the state and local party
>* how to help the Greens get ballot access
>* verifiable voting/election reform
>* continuing to work towards withdrawal from Iraq as soon as possible
>* building pressure to impeach Cheney & Bush
>
>I really feel we have a good chance to do all of the above,
>especially by working with other organizations that want to do the
>same thing.
>
>We'll have more time Tuesday meeting to discuss strategy in more
>detail, so please come then if you're interested in this.
>
>If you can't come Tuesday, but have suggestions or comments, please
>send them (before Tue. evening if possible) to both me and Kris
>Graham <>, my PAA co-chair.
>
>Bill


Submitted by PAAMember on January 15, 2006 - 2:02am.



Re: [PAA-Discuss] PAA steering comm. mtg Tue. 7 pm @Ziggy's


Dear Bill and PAA Steering Committee,



It’s upsetting to read that the PROGRESSIVE ACTION ALLIANCE is planning to meet at ZIGGY’s Healthy (???) Bar & Grill tomorrow night.  



In Solidarity with Animals began a boycott of this restaurant three years ago because they serve kangaroo, not to mention buffalo, ostrich, antelope and other  “healthy”  exotic animals.

(see http://www.insolidaritywithanimals.com/campaigns/ziggys.php)



We pointed out the cruelty of kangaroo slaughter on both our radio show and at our protests,  how the “hunters” surprise the mother kangaroos at night while they are sleeping, first driving their pick ups in the dark w/o headlights, then, suddenly flash the lights into the mother’s eyes,  blinding and shooting them at point blank range, and then, finish their kill by ripping the joeys out of their dead mother’s pouch and stomping them to death, because there’s not much meat on the wee ones and the joeys who escape die from starvation without their mother’s milk.



Great macho sport!  The 1.3 million joeys killed each year represents the the largest massacre of wild land animals the world.



Right now, there is a contest in Australia for whoever comes up with the best name to rename kangaroo meat because most Aussies are reluctant to eat these precious animals.  Maybe rooburgers or kanga fried steaks will do it.



Ziggy’s lied in media interviews, saying that their  dead kangaroos came from special farms in Colorado, none of which exist, we discovered, after researching these claims with the USDA and other wildlife agencies in Colorado.  Moreover, it is almost impossible to farm kangaroos because they are wild animals.



We keep hoping that the Houston progressive community will embrace a compassionate, cruelty free diet, at least in any public gatherings.   Very simply, a vegan diet is against all killing.    So, when we kill and eat the most defenseless creatures,  we desensitize ourselves as a society, and accept killing as just part of our way of life.  Just think of the favorite sport and pastime  of our President, VP, Secy of Defense, and just about every member of this administration.



I still remember how the first reception for Dennis Kucinich, a vegan, was held at Drexler’s Bar B Que and that no one on that planning committee made the association that that would be disrespectful to his beliefs.  Thanks to you, Bill, for seeing to it that on his subsequent trips, Dennis’ meals were vegan and I know you are very conscious of this issue.  



Please seek out healthier places to meet...other than Stag’s Head, the Breakfast Klub, Ziggy’s.  For one, you could go just one block west on Alabama and meet at Field of Green’s (like the Jan 12 meeting of Green Drinks who used to meet @ Ziggy’s)  or over to Pepper Tree, 3821 Richmond, for the best vegan buffet in the city.  What a great time to explore ethnic restaurants that cater to vegetarian/vegans.



For the animals...and a vegan world,



Janice Blue









 





on 1/8/06 1:14 PM, Bill Crosier at wrote:



> Let's have a steering committee meeting for the Progressive Action

> Alliance this Tuesday evening to do some strategic planning, discuss

> priorities, and develop the agenda for Thursday's general PAA meeting.

>

> Anyone interested in participating in PAA is welcome.

>

> When:

> Tuesday, Jan. 10

> 7-9 pm

>

> Where:

> Ziggy's Healthy Bar & Grill

> 2202 W. Alabama at Greenbriar

> Houston

> 713-527-8588

>

> Possible priorities for us for the next few months, which I'd like to

> discuss at both the Tue. and Thurs. meetings, are:

>

> * how to help more progressive Democrats get elected to leadership

> positions in the state and local party

> * how to help the Greens get ballot access

> * verifiable voting/election reform

> * continuing to work towards withdrawal from Iraq as soon as possible

> * building pressure to impeach Cheney & Bush

>

> I really feel we have a good chance to do all of the above,

> especially by working with other organizations that want to do the

> same thing.

>

> We'll have more time Tuesday meeting to discuss strategy in more

> detail, so please come then if you're interested in this.

>

> If you can't come Tuesday, but have suggestions or comments, please

> send them (before Tue. evening if possible) to both me and Kris

> Graham <>, my PAA co-chair.

>

> Bill