Oly Oly Action Alert 11-1-12

 

From a Tiny Acorn a Might Tree will Grow:

 

1)  FYI Section:

   1A)  Feedback on Voters Guide

   1B)  Facebook is making you pay to have your friends see your posts!

   1C)  Olympia Action Alert Now Available Online!

   1D)  4strugglemag Now Online

2)  Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

3)  3rd Annual Drexel House Benefit

4)  Delicious Fundraiser for Star Courier and Works in Progress

5)  POWER All Member Meeting and Board Elections

6)  Media Island and KOWA 106.5 fm Benefit Brunch

7)  Embracing Justice as a Congregation

8)  POWER Voter Roundtable

9)  Support Maddy – Rally @ Federal Courthouse in Seattle

10)  Bonus Tip of the Day

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The Assassination of ACORN

 

[ACORN poses] the real danger to the Republican Party

                        —in a ‘private’ email from Karl Rove

 

This is an object lesson Kids; take heed:

 

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now [ACORN] rewrote the rules for community organizing.  For over a decade they were — by far — the most effective grassroots organization in the country for mobilizing poor people.  ACORN engaged hundreds of thousands of people all over the United States.  They organized massive voter registration and education drives in low-income neighborhoods.  They built affordable housing, increased home ownership opportunities for low-income people, organized unions, passed living-wage ordinances in several states (including Florida during the Bush Era no less) and ACORN was the spearhead in the successful movement to increase the federal minimum wage.

 

Karl Rove was more responsible than anyone for getting George Bush into the White House — not once but twice!  Karl Rove is not stupid; ACORN poses the real danger indeed.

 

That is why Rove and company had to kill ACORN; what happened to ACORN was a straight-up political assassination.

 

The videos taken by James O’Keefe were largely bogus and seriously edited; O’Keefe did not actually dress like a pimp during his visits to the ACORN offices, for instance, and he was thrown out of at least 24 ACORN offices before he finally managed to find a shady operation willing to help him cheat on his taxes — which is exactly what every Wall Street law firm that exists also does, the difference being that the Wall Street firms are never prosecuted.

 

And FYI:  State law in that particular state required ACORN to provide tax advice to anyone who asked.

 

And FYI:  You probably remember the video wherein the ACORN employee seems to be enthusiastically willing to help O’Keefe smuggle child prostitutes into the country?  That was the final nail in ACORN’s coffin.  That was when pretty much everyone including the Democratic Party jumped ship.  (Maria Cantwell voted to defund ACORN, by the way.)  (You might express your displeasure right before election time and share the link below with her.)

 

It was later revealed that the ACORN employee was actually pumping O’Keefe for information so that he could share it with law enforcement — which he did immediately upon O’Keefe’s departure.

 

Making Contact is a most excellent news program that is available online and/or airs on KAOS 89.3 fm Fridays at 5:30 pm.  (KOWA 106.5 fm also airs Making Contact on an irregular basis.)  Anyway, Making Contact just aired a segment on the Life, Death, and Rebirth of ACORN.  This clip is a must-listen and/or read; I already knew a lot about the murder of ACORN but this report has a lot of stuff that I didn’t already know and what I didn’t already know is just as outrageous as what I did already know — and that was pretty outrageous to begin with.

 

http://www.radioproject.org/2012/10/the-life-death-and-rebirth-of-acorn/

 

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Just to prove that I am thinking of you, my loyal readers, know that I have your back!  In my never ending quest to edify and educate my audience, this week’s Olympia Action Alert will include a handy checklist for determining whether or not your country is becoming a fascist police state!

 

So let’s see here…

 

Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism
by Dr. Lawrence Britt
Source Free Inquiry.co
5-28-3

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes.  Dr. Britt found 14 defining characteristics   common to each:

 

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism — Fascist regimes tend to make constant use   of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia.  Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag   symbols on clothing and in public displays.

 

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human   Rights — Because of fear   of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are   persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of   “need.”  The people tend to   look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions,   assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

 

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a   Unifying Cause — The people are   rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a   perceived common threat or foe:    Racial, ethnic or religious minorities, liberals, communists,   socialists, terrorists, etc.

 

4. Supremacy of the Military — Even when there are widespread

domestic problems   the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding and the   domestic agenda is neglected.  Soldiers   and military service are glamorized.

 

5. Rampant Sexism — The governments of fascist nations tend   to be almost exclusively male-dominated.    Under fascist regimes traditional gender roles are made more   rigid.  Divorce, abortion and   homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate   guardian of the family institution.

 

6. Controlled Mass Media — Sometimes to media is directly controlled   by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by   government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives.  Censorship, especially in war time, is very   common.

 

7. Obsession with National Security — Fear is used as a motivational tool by   the government over the masses.

 

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined — Governments in fascist nations tend to   use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public   opinion.  Religious rhetoric and   terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of   the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or   actions.

 

9. Corporate Power is Protected — The industrial and business aristocracy   of a fascist nation are often the ones who put the government leaders into   power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and   power elite.

 

10. Labor Power is Suppressed — Because the organizing power of labor is   the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either   eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

 

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts — Fascist nations tend to promote and   tolerate open hostility to higher education and academia.  It is not uncommon for professors and other   academics to be censored or even arrested.    Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

 

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment — Under fascist regimes, the police are   given almost limitless power to enforce laws.    The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego   civil liberties in the name of patriotism.    There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power   in fascist nations.

 

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption — Fascist regimes almost always are   governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to   government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect   their friends from accountability.  It   is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures   to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

 

14. Fraudulent Elections — Sometimes elections in fascist nations   are a complete sham.  Other times   elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of   opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or   political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media.  Fascist nations also typically use their   judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

 

http://rense.com/general37/char.htm  

 

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Uh oh.  Tell Mission Control that we may have a problem here.

 

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And finally:  I can’t find the transcript but Bill Moyers interviewed Matt Taibbi and a lady whose name I forget.  They both said that since the billionaires have stolen all our homes and pension funds and have pretty much milked us dry, now they are now ripping off the millionaires!

 

Unlike the brainwashed public, the millionaires know how the game is played — and according to Mr. Taibbi they are pissed off.

 

Maybe we can get some millionaires to join the revolution!

 

It’s time to get to work…

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1)  FYI Section:

 

1A)  Feedback on Voters Guide

 

Every time I wonder if anyone actually reads this newsletter I make a boo-boo and receive a barrage of correction.  When I mistakenly suggested voting no on Referendum #74, almost immediately my inbox was filled with indignant outrage (actually everyone realized it was an honest mistake and they very politely pointed it out).

 

So to be perfectly clear:  Support basic civil liberties for gays.  VOTE YES ON REFERENDUM #74!

 

I also want to mention Advisory Vote #1 Engrossed Senate Bill 6635 once again as this seems to be flying by under the radar:  Last year the Washington State Legislature closed some of the tax loopholes on Wall Street banks; they did this only after many thousands of people marched, rallied, protested, lobbied, and sat-in in order to close these loopholes.

 

Advisory Vote #1 Engrossed Senate Bill 6635 would reinstate these loopholes.

 

Vote NO on Advisory Vote #1 Engrossed Senate Bill 6635!

 

I also highly recommend the POWER Voter Roundtable Monday evening at 6 o’clock at Darby’s.  (Details below.)

 

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I also received feedback on several other aspects of the election…

 

I did not mention the Karen Rogers/ Cathy Wolfe race for County Commissioner because I didn’t know enough about the candidates to have an educated take on things.  (I usually try to only talk about things when I know what I’m talking about…)

 

This is from Meta concerning that race:

 

What I know is that she [Karen Rogers] has done a whole lot of “1-6”- type voting, and she considers this a strength of hers.  This [is] an indication, to me at least, of an inability to sway other votes, collaborate or compromise — some voters may be attracted to that kind of “principled stand”.  I, and OP&L [Olympia Power and Light], find it unhelpful politicking at the local level.  So, she hasn’t really accomplished much in the way of tangible results, but she’s run for office three times now in the last three years.  Hm. Right-wing Republicans (and further right folks) in Thurston have supported her, even denouncing their own Republican candidate as too collaborative (!), and the Thurston Dems not only didn’t endorse her, but refused her campaign services, which is effectively saying they don’t believe she’s actually a Democrat.  It’s unfortunate that many voters have not bothered to check her record on these things, and many progressives still consider her a progressive/liberal politician based on her first campaign.

 

Of course there are all kinds of issues in here, and some of them are party-politics stuff that your readers may not bother with.  Possibly the most important issue to voters in this race is the critical areas ordinance.  Many of the same far-righters who are supporting Rogers are the Stop Taking Our Property folks, who mock conservation efforts for “rodents and bugs”.  It’s also of note that advocacy organizations representing “farmers” may actually be representing people who currently own farmland and want to subdivide — supporting local agriculture is not necessarily the goal for them.  Encourage your readers to actually research these local and statewide organizations that endorse candidates, since the names are often misleading.

 

Cathy Wolfe has a history of supporting homeless services in Thurston County, and the current commission has actually done very well at keeping the county solvent, compared with other counties in WA and nationwide.

 

I hope this is useful info!  Please encourage your readers to vote in this race, whomever they end up supporting 🙂

 

cheers,

Meta

 

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This from Adrienne:

 

I think folks should WRITE-IN Stephen Durham and Christina López for president and
vice president.  They are socialist feminists and are against war and capitalism.  This is
a protest vote for a different system.  Go to www.votesocialism for more info.

 

Adrienne

 

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This from Ben:

 

So on Washington’s presidential ballot, we also have Peta Lindsay, of the Party for Socialism and Liberty, and James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party.  I rank both of them higher than Gary Johnson.

 

Thought you would like to know.

 

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This from Angie:

 

Dana,
I agree the two party system is broken and basically I think most politicians are corrupt.  I was listening to this neothink group talk, (doing a little research).  They actually have a political canditate running for president, Jill Reed.  They operate under what they call the prime law which basically gives all citizens the right to happiness and prosperity and believe that the government should support this law.  So, the politicians work for the people.  What a concept?!  Anyway, you may want to check this group out.  I was thinking I may actually write her name in and vote for her.  Ha!

 

Angie

 

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This from Diane:

 

Thanks for telling me who to vote for.  As soon as I wipe the drool off my mouth, I’ll follow your instructions

 

Duh DBK

 

My response to Diane:

 

I quite expecting everyone else to be like me a long time ago.  Since I follow some stuff pretty closely I sent this out for informational purposes and it was directed toward people who may appreciate an alternative take on things.

 

I also solicited feedback so thanks.

 

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And finally, I got this from the Socialist Alternative.  (Note they give exactly the same recommendations that I do, even for the 10th District.)

 

Socialist Alternative’s recommendations for   the November 6, 2012 Washington State General Election

 

Candidates

 

President / Vice President

Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala,   Green Party

 

Washington State House of Representatives   43rd District, Position 2

Kshama Sawant, Socialist   Alternative party

 

Washington State 10th Congressional District  

Sue Gunn, Progressive Independent Party

[Note: Sue Gunn is   not on the ballot; you will need to write her in.  DW]

 

For all other elected   offices, Socialist Alternative strongly recommends not voting for either   party of Wall Street, the Republicans or the Democrats.  Rather,   we recommend writing in “Occupy” to register a protest against the   politicians funded and controlled by the richest 1%, banks, and corporations.    Don’t give the capitalist politicians   a pass to continue exploiting workers and the environment and ignoring the   needs of the 99%.  Demonstrate on the   streets and at the ballot box to the corporate politicians and to the whole   society how a growing minority are ready to build a left-wing movement and an   alternative political party of workers, oppressed groups, and   environmentalists.  Read here for   further explanation: Should You Vote for the Lesser   Evil?

 

State-wide Issues

 

Initiative 1185: Maintain the two-thirds   legislative vote – NO

 

This initiative   sponsored by Tim Eyman would continue the requirements of his earlier ballot   initiative, I-1053.  That initiative   mandated a two-thirds vote requirement before any tax hike or loophole   closure could be approved by the legislature, and it required a simple   majority vote to increase state fees.  Most legislators use I-1053 as an excuse for   refusing to raise taxes on the rich and corporations, despite popular support   for taxing the rich and big business, and despite that they have disregarded   multiple other ballot initiatives that have passed that would help working   people.  Passing I-1185 will lead to   even more devastating budget cuts to social services.

 

Initiative 1240, Charter Schools – NO

 

Reject Washington State   Charter Schools Initiative I-1240 –

Defend Public Education

 

Referendum 74, Equal marriage rights for   same-sex couples – APPROVE

 

Historic Battles for LGBTQ   Rights in 2012

 

Initiative 502, Marijuana legislation – YES

 

The Trade Unionist’s Case for   Decriminalizing Marijuana

 

SJR 8221, Reduction in debt limit – REJECT

 

This amendment would   reduce the amount of debt the state government is allowed to carry by   restricting its ability to borrow money.  It intends to improve Washington State’s   credit rating, but it does nothing to solve the budget crisis for working   people.

 

SJR 8223, Investing public university funds   in the stock market – REJECT

 

This would amend the   state constitution to permit the University of Washington and Washington   State University to invest students’ tuition dollars and public funds in the   stock market.  It is dangerous for us   to allow these institutions to gamble young people’s future on Wall Street,   which happened to older folks who lost their life savings when the market   crashed.

 

Advisory Vote #1, Make financial   institutions pay more taxes – MAINTAIN

 

Advisory Vote #2, Tax petroleum products –   MAINTAIN

 

Get Active with Socialist   Alternative!

 

We have a historic   opportunity to win the highest vote in the country for an independent   left-wing candidate in 2012.  We hope   to use our campaign’s momentum to work with other left-wing groups to launch   a broader left alliance that will run independent left-wing candidates for   City Council and Mayor in 2013 and for state and federal races in 2014.

 

But we are missing   sufficient human and financial resources to tap into our full potential.  Our opponent, Frank Chopp, has raised over   $150,000 by schmoozing millionaires, and he has the corporate media behind   him.  One the other hand, we do not take   corporate donations and have raised $17,000.  But to run a stronger campaign, we will need   at least $30,000.  The only way we can   overcome this obstacle is through the active participation and support of our   supporters.  Please get active with the   Kshama Sawant campaign for State House and Socialist Alternative – you can   help in so many ways!

 

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1B)  Facebook is making you pay to have your friends see your posts!

 

The assumption is that if you don’t pay then not many people will see your posts.  I think that sucks.  Fire Dog Lake has started a petition (ironically and appropriately it is a Facebook petition) to protest this policy:

 

http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/facebook-ptp

 

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1C)  Olympia Action Alert Now Available Online!

 

If you lose or misplace the Action Alert email you can bookmark this:

 

https://dana98501.wordpress.com/

 

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1D)  4strugglemag Now Online

 

Here is a publication that will fill you in on some history that you won’t read in any schoolbooks; I’ve never read it but I know these folks and this is probably well worth checking out.

 

They send this magazine out to prisoners.

 

This from Oregon Jericho:

 

At long last, issue 21 of 4strugglemag is online!  Read the introduction from editor Jaan Laaman below, and check out the rest of the articles at 4strugglemag.org

 

4strugglemag is in dire need of financial support.  Please help us continue to send hundreds of free copies of each issue to prisoners!

 

You can subscribe or donate here: 4strugglemag.org/subscribe

NEXT ISSUE: Combating Sexism, Homophobia and Transphobia

 

Introduction to Issue 21

OCTOBER 4, 2012

tags: Introductions

Welcome to 4sm, issue 21.

We are very glad to finally get this issue out, in Fall 2012.  I know a lot of readers, friends and activists have been wondering what happened to 4strugglemag?  This is the first issue we are putting out in 2012.  It is a combined Summer and Fall issue. Normally 4sm comes out three times a year (March, July/August, November). This is the first time we have had to combine two issues into one.

Some people may have been wondering about my ability to continue working on 4sm, after the death of my son last October.  Without any doubt, the death of Rick was and continues to be the hardest reality in my life.  This was not the reason for the delay in issue 21.  We have had medical and personal problems with key outside people.  A valued precious sister (Sara), who does so much to make 4sm a reality, seriously broke her arm in a bicycle accident earlier this year.

Some material in this issue covers events from earlier in the year, but all of it remains important and pertinent.  Regular readers know that 4sm always runs a section on Black August in our summer issue.  Because 21 is coming out so late this summer, there is no usual Black August section.  We are running some significant insight and analysis, by Mumia Abu Jamal, George Jackson and his nephew Jonathan Jackson Jr., about the events of August 7, 1970 (the Marin Courthouse Raid and the deaths of Jonathan Jackson and others on that day).

Also, because of the late arrival of this issue, we are not helping to announce and organize this year’s Running Down the Walls, which takes place on September 2.  We do want people who participated in RDTW, both inside prisons and out in cities across the country, to send us words and photos of your run.  We will use some of this material in the next issue.

There are many other important and informative articles in this issue.  Definitely check out the reports on Occupy. Also check out the lengthy section on prisons.  Finally take time to read David Gilbert’s letter, calling for discussion and action around the issue of sexist and male chauvinist attitudes and behavior in activist and radical communities.  This is a serious and ongoing problem and 4sm hopes many readers will respond and begin a discussion on this.

We welcome our readers’ thoughts and responses to everything in 4sm. Send us your thoughts and best writing.  Issue 22 will be out in the winter.  And yes, there is another election coming up in the United States in November.  The Republicans seem to be more reactionary and backwards than ever.  Certainly Mitt Romney is a shameless member and advocate for the corporate imperialist 1% elite.  He also would be a horror for prisoners.  I was in Walpole state prison in Massachusetts when he was Governor, and I can tell you from personal experience, the Mass DOC got even worse under his rule.  As for Obama and the Democrats, more war, more secrecy, more drone attacks and little real help for all the rest of us – unemployed, underemployed, still losing homes, mounting college loans and other bills, and well over 2 million people in prison.  One thing is for sure, no Washington politician will secure a better future for the vast majority of the people.  Both imperialist parties – Republicans and Democrats – have no plan or intention to change the inherently unequal, unjust, racist and warlike USA capitalist imperialist system.  It is time for more activism on all levels – more unity and more direct action and participation of the people.  Some time tested slogans seem appropriate and called for now:

Black and white, unite and fight…Less talk, more action…

All Power to the People!

On that thought, we’ll see you in issue 22.

Jaan Laaman, editor

Jaan Karl Laaman
#10372-016
USP Tucson
P.O. Box 24550
Tucson, AZ
USA 85734

SIGN THE JERICHO COINTELPRO PETITION!

 

“FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW!”

 

Oregon Jericho

The Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty

oregon.jericho@gmail.com

oregon-jericho.org

(503)-750-0523
P.O. Box 17420
Portland, Oregon 97217

 

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2)  Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

Thursday November 1st at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

 

Come check out how the Medical Machine keeps us sick for profit.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

 

Free showing – November 1st @ Traditions 7:00 pm

 

The Movie:

 

Burzynski is the story of a medical doctor and PhD biochemist named Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski who won the largest and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battle against the Food and Drug Administration in American history.

 

The first step in any paradigm-shift is public awareness.  The only way that the political and medical establishment will heed to the approval of Antineoplastons is when the majority of the public stands up and demands it.  The freedom to choose Antineoplastons over conventional chemotherapy or radiation should be your choice, not the establishment’s.  This obstacle will never move by standing idle and waiting for the establishment to move.  The establishment will not change unless the public forces it to change.  The establishment belongs to you, remember?

 

The safety and efficacy of Antineoplastons is not currently being contested by the medical establishment—what is being contested is your civil rights.  The freedom to be able to choose the cancer treatment of your choice is a civil rights issue.  No different than Rosa Parks refusing to leave her seat on the bus in 1955…  We the people need to educate ourselves and others—and force this change to occur.

 

Never have positive changes in civil rights just “happened” — we the people forced it to happen.

 

We are a long way from this change mainly due to the general public being oblivious to the existence of Dr. Burzynski and his discovery.  One way to alter this is by hosting a screening in your community.

 

When Antineoplastons are approved, it will mark the first time in history a single scientist, not a pharmaceutical company, will hold the exclusive patent and distribution rights on a paradigm-shifting, life-saving medical breakthrough.  Antineoplastons are responsible for curing some of the most incurable forms of terminal cancer.  Various cancer survivors are presented in the film that chose his treatment instead of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation – with full disclosure of original medical records to support their diagnosis and recovery.

 

One form of cancer – diffuse, intrinsic, childhood brainstem glioma has never before been cured in any experimental clinical trial in the history of medicine.  Antineoplastons hold the first cures in history – dozens of them.  Burzynski takes the audience through the treacherous, yet victorious, 14-year journey both Dr. Burzynski and his patients have had to endure in order to obtain FDA-approved clinical trials of Antineoplastons.

However, what was revealed a few years after Dr. Burzynski won his freedom, helps to paint a more coherent picture regarding the true motivation of the U.S. government’s relentless prosecution of Dr. Stanislaw Burzysnki.

 

Molly Gibbs

www.MovetoAmendOlympia.org
360-412-1519

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3)  3rd Annual Drexel House Benefit

6 pm @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Hallen Hall), 812 Bowker St SE, Lacey

 

The Drexel House kicks ass.  Come help support their work.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Join us for a family-style buffet provided by Pelligrino’s Italian Kitchen and an evening of live music provided by the Voetberg Family Band as we celebrate the Drexel House Community.

 

By public address and film, residents past and present will share their life stories in this compelling multi-media compilation filmed and directed by Drexel House staff.  Be a part of this amazing and be inspired by those who have found peace in … The Journey Home.

 

We have reserved a seat in your honor.  Kindly respond by 10/25/12.  Email the number of individuals attending at drexelhouse@ccsww.org

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4)  Delicious Fundraiser for Star Courier and Works in Progress

All Day Saturday November 3rd @ Your Front Door

 

Star Courier rocks and Works In Progress is invaluable.  This is a fun delicious way to help them out.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Works In Progress, Olympia’s most beloved independent and all volunteer-run monthly paper, and its favorite environmentally-friendly delivery service, Star Courier, have joined together for a delicious fundraiser.

 

On Saturday morning, November 3, Star Courier will deliver to your door fresh, delicious pastries and hot fair-trade coffee along with the latest copy of Works In Progress.  You have a choice of pastries (traditional, gluten-free, and vegan) from the 8 Arms Community Bakery.  It’s a perfect blend to begin your weekend.

 

Please check out the October issue of Works In Progress or go online to http://olywip.org/ for more details.  All orders must be in by October 30.

 

Thanks to Traditions, the Olympia Food Co-op, and 8 Arms Community Bakery for making this fundraiser possible.

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5)  POWER All Member Meeting and Board Elections

Saturday November 3rd at 11 am to 3:30 pm @ MIXX 96, 119 NE Washington St

 

This is the Main Event in POWER’s yearly meeting schedule.  Come check out Monica’s Army of Interns that have caused legislators many nightmares.

 

This from Monica:

 

Hey all, if you only attend one POWER meeting all year, this should be it! We will be talking about POWER’s sustainability, voting for our 2013 Board, and don’t forget the apple pie bake off.

 

POWER All Member Meeting and Board Elections

 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

11:00am until 3:30pm

MIXX 96, 119 NE Washington St, in downtown Oly

 

Child Care @ POWER Office by the fabulous Olympia Child Care Collective

 

Come vote in POWER’s Board of Directors for 2013!  We would love to have you as a board member.  Active POWER members (20 Hours of POWER activities throughout the year) may run for POWER’s board.  Email info@mamapower.org if you would like to be sent information and an application.

 

You also get to vote for your favorite pie in our “Apple Pie Bake Off”.  We invite everyone to dazzle us with your amazing pie baking skills.  If you would like to participate in this years pie bake-off; simply make your favorite pie and bring it with you to the meeting.

Jason has volunteered to make maps of POWER!  He will be unveiling his work and helping us clearly see the whole of POWER and what we need to do to move toward our goals.  We want your input!

 

Discover the truth about what our members and communities need most.  The experts have compiled a list; the experts being us.  We have been busy collecting ideas and completing surveys that Sarah has volunteered to compile.  Join us to help organize activities that will bring about change.

 

We love to talk to our members. Contact the POWER office at:

360-352-9716, toll free 866-343-9716, info@mamapower.org

 

If you are unable to make it to the annual meeting, you will have the opportunity to vote for Board members via mail or at our website – https://www.mamapower.org.  We can also provide mileage reimbursement for drivers offering carpooling to others in their area.

Thanks for all you do.  You make a difference.  So please come join us on Nov 3rd for our annual meeting.

 

If you want us to hear your voice you have to speak.

 

and don’t forget the …

 

Voter Roundtable

 

Monday, November 5, 2012

5:30pm until 8:00pm

 

November’s POWER Outage always falls on Voting Day eve, so bring your ballots and a potluck dish and join us to share what you know about the candidates and issues and learn what your others in your community know.  We amass a surprising amount of information together, allowing us all to be better informed voters.

 

Potluck starts at 5:30.  The Olympia Childcare Collective will be doing childcare at the POWER office from 6 to 8.

 

Darby’s Cafe

211 5th Ave SE, Olympia, Washington 98501

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6)  Media Island and KOWA 106.5 fm Benefit Brunch

Sunday November 4th from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

Media Island has had a Facelift!

 

Everything is cleaned up and while it is still a disorganized mess at least it’s a clean disorganized mess.  We also instituted a sketchy people removal process that was accomplished without excess pain.

 

For the new folks, Media Island is an activist resource center located in downtown Olympia at 816 Adams St SE.  If you walk out the back door of the downtown Timberland Library then walk straight ahead across the street you will be at Media Island.  (There is a small sign over the front door; otherwise it looks like any other house.)  (Except for all the radical political posters in all the windows, anyway…)

 

Come check out our local activist resource center and radio station!

 

Media Island Mission Statement:

Media Island International is a resource and networking center for individuals, organizations, and movements working on Social Justice, Economic Democracy, Ecological Sustainability, and Peace.  We gather, evaluate, and distribute under-published information on critical issues at strategic times.

 

Media Island has a library with thousands of books, thousands of magazines, and hundreds of videos.  We have public access computers and soon we will have video editing capability.  When we can afford a battery we will also have a real nice video camera.  In the back yard we have one of the best radio stations for alternative media that I have ever heard.  You can listen to KOWA at 106.5 fm but unfortunately you can only get our signal in downtown Olympia — however, you can stream us worldwide at http://www.kowalp.org

 

The inimitable Matt Fu is now caretaking the Island with me and Matt has worked with KEXP in Seattle so he is going to boost our KOWA action to new levels and we hope to boost our signal to the entire metro area sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future.  We also want to start producing more local shows.  If you think you have a radio show in you then you should get in touch.

 

Benefit Brunch:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/355915194500530/

 

Media Island Website:  http://www.mediaisland.org/

 

Media Island on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/mediaisland?fref=ts

 

KOWA Live Stream:  http://kowalp.org/

 

KOWA on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/KOWA106.5fm?fref=ts

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7)  Embracing Justice as a Congregation

Sunday November 4th from 10:30 to 11:30 am @ United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE

 

When I asked Medea Benjamin how we get information to the people who don’t already know it she suggested contacting religious organizations.  I can and sometimes do say a lot about religion but in the current context I would just like to mention that I think the Sermon on the Mount is one of the most profound moral statements in human history.

 

My problem with Christians is that most of them seem to have never read it; it is always refreshing to encounter some who have.

 

If you want to combine activism with religion you may want to check this out.

 

This from TC ProNet:

 

Social Justice ?  Embracing Justice as a Congregation
Date: Sunday, November 4,   2012
Time: 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Location: The United Churches of   Olympia
110 11th Ave SE
Olympia, washington 98502

 

Social Justice.  This is a popular phrase used in both religious and political   circles as encouragement and exhortation to action to address ills in   society.  But what does it mean exactly   and particularly for the mission of a community of faith like our own?  How does action for “social justice” differ from   what is called “charity” or “social service”?  What do the Scriptures call us to do in the   name of justice?

 

We will take up these   and related questions in a lively five-session adult Christian education   offering Sunday mornings, beginning October 14 and concluding on November   11 at 10:30 am.

 

We have titled this   offering, Embracing Justice as a Congregation. As examples, we   will look at the specific challenges posed by conditions in our community, e.g.,   children and youth at risk, homelessness and affordable housing.  Our sessions will be very interactive, and   you will have the opportunity to speak about injustice, to evaluate what we   now do as a congregation and to help us recommend what our mission should do   in the name of justice going forward.

 

Please join with us   for a conversation that will be stimulating and provocative.

 

A flyer further   describing the class will be available on our website and elsewhere prior to   October 14.

 

                                                                         Social Justice

 

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8)  POWER Voter Roundtable

Monday, November 5th at 5:30 to 8:30 pm @ Darby’s Café, 211 5th Ave SE

 

Bring your ballots!  POWER always has a lot of very knowledgeable people who will help you vote intelligently.  They are also awesome people who know how to make activism fun.

 

This from Monica:

 

Voter Roundtable

Monday, November 5, 2012

5:30pm until 8:00pm

 

November’s POWER Outage always falls on Voting Day eve, so bring your ballots and a potluck dish and join us to share what you know about the candidates and issues and learn what your others in your community know.  We amass a surprising amount of information together, allowing us all to be better informed voters.

 

The potluck starts at 5:30.  The Olympia Childcare Collective will be doing childcare at the POWER office from 6 to 8.

 

Darby’s Cafe

211 5th Ave SE, Olympia, Washington 98501

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9)  Support Maddy – Rally @ Federal Courthouse in Seattle

Wednesday November 11th 8:30 am @ Federal Courthouse, 700 Stewart St, Seattle

 

The Federal Witch Hunt continues.  It turns out that this grand jury wan empaneled long before the May Day event so that is further evidence that this is nothing but suppression of free speech.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Maddy Pfeiffer was served a subpoena in Olympia, WA last week.  They will be resisting the grand jury and will not be testifying.  Please come out and support them on Wednesday November 7th at 830AM!  Their hearing is at 9AM.  Please be there BEFORE 9AM so you can be there to support them BEFORE they go into the courthouse.

 

REMEMBER: It is likely they’ll be taken into “custody” after their hearing.

 

Please bring anything you can to contribute: food, coffee, umbrellas, BANNERS, FLIERS, SIGNS, megaphones, etc.

 

SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THOSE WHO RESIST THE GRAND JURY.

 

For more info -> https://www.saynothing.info  & https://www.nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com

 

If you want more info on grand juries in general check the “Resources” page of the Saynothing.info site.

 

P.S. This event is not organized by the Wildcat collective or space- just using the facebook to get the message out.

 

Maddy’s Statement regarding their subpeona and imminent imprisonment is as follows:

 

“On October 25th, the day before my 23rd birthday, two FBI agents wearing ill-fitting khakis and too much gel in their hair, served me a subpoena for 9am on November 7th.  I knew my fate right away:  18 months in SeaTac Federal Detention Center.  Matt, Kteeo and Leah have all been imprisoned for their refusal and I will be the next.  Despite the urgings of lawyers, agents and judges, I only have one option: non-cooperation.  Any other option is unthinkable.

 

I am being asked to testify before a Grand Jury on November 7th and will likely be detained on that date for refusing to cooperate.  The vultures of the state will try to imprison my comrades and I until we give in.  We will never give in.

 

From so many different perspectives, for so many reasons, snitching is never an option.  I will never betray the people I care about, the ideas which I hold dear, or the commitments I have made.  I will never give any information about crimes, should I have any knowledge of them nor will I give information about my personal relationships. I will never cooperate with this or any attempt to stop struggle.  I will never cooperate with the systems of control which I loathe.  If the federal government chooses to imprison me for my refusal then so be it.  I expect no less from them.

 

The official reason the state gives for imprisoning those who refuse to cooperate is to coerce testimony.  If they know anything about me or my friends they know that this will never work.  Some have said that this Grand Jury is about trying to repress people’s political opinions and free speech and no doubt this is true.  My subpoena states that I am being asked to testify about events that took place on May 1st The state is trying to use broken windows as a reason to ruin peoples lives.  This is absurd and I will oppose it to the fullest.  This life ruining system which they call “justice” is organized to defend property and capitalism.  This system is against everything I believe in.

 

My imminent imprisonment is an attempt to disrupt struggle against domination in all its forms.  What the vultures cannot understand is that attempts to repress this struggle will only embolden it, whether we are inside the walls of the Federal Detention Center or in the streets.  The growing list of solidarity actions, from St. Louis to France, demonstrates an inspiring continuity in this regard.

 

In silence, we roar!

Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer”

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10)   Bonus Tip of the Day:

 

Plant an acorn in your neighborhood today.

 

Peace.

 

Dana

 

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