Some answers to frequently asked questions about United for Peace of Pierce County....

What is United for Peace of Pierce County?

United for Peace of Pierce County is a group of residents of Pierce County with a simple purpose: We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy. — We invite others to join us. UFPPC meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at the First Congregational Church annex on Division and J Streets, just downhill from Group Health Hospital; address is 209 South J Street. — Movie night is at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday and the third Thursday meeting is at 7:00 p.m. A book study circle known as "Digging Deeper" meets Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Mandolin Café (3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA). These events are free to the public and all are welcome. Visit our website at www.UFPPC.org.

What are UFPPC's views?

UFPPC believes U.S. troops in Iraq are exacerbating rather than mitigating the problems Iraqis face. We have collectively endorsed the following points: 1. The Iraq war was wrong. 2. Pre-emptive war should be repudiated. 3. The U.N. should take the lead in Iraq. 4. Revitalization of democracy in our nation is essential. — We also call for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney, oppose aggression against Iran, support Lt. Watada, and demand that Congress reverse the Bush administration’s radical authoritarianism.

How long has UFPPC existed?

Since Nov. 14, 2002. UFPPC is formally affiliated both with Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (SNOW), a regional coalition, and United for Peace and Justice, a national coalition.

What else is UFPPC doing?

UFPPC maintains a web site (more than 3,900,000 hits) calling attention to news and opinion ignored, neglected, or distorted by mainstream corporate media and presenting information about local activities. UFPPC is involved in organizing visits by speakers and concerts. UFPPC declared May and June 2006 Iran Information Months and organized a variety of educational events.

UFPPC has maintained a schedule of vigils around Tacoma since fall of 2002. Currently we vigil Wednesday nights in front of the Federal Courthouse on Pacific Avenue from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursdays 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at 6th and Sprague (or at the downtown Farmers Market in the summer), Fridays 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Ruston Way just west of Johnny’s Seafoods, Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 38th and Steele in front of Border’s Books. We provide the signs, and everyone is welcome to join us.