Oly Oly Action 11_29_12

Arrested Development:

 

1)  Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

2)  Open Mic at the Flaming Eggplant

3)  Anti-Coal Train Workshop:  How to Write Effective EIS statements

4)  Housing Justice Project

5)  Free Skool Meeting

6)  ArtPOWER

7)  Anti-TPP Cross Border Action on the US – Canadian border

8)  Public Power Debriefing

9)  December POWER Outage:  Negative Budget Gifts

10)  Bonus Tip of the Day

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Hey Kids!

 

I have been researching the so called ‘fiscal cliff’ and it turns out this is like when the whites were about to lynch the black guy in Blazing Saddles and he pulled a gun and then held it to his own head threatening to “shoot the nigger” if the whites made any further moves.  Then he slowly backed away holding the gun to his own head as the whites said things like, “I think he really means it”, and “don’t move or he’ll shoot”!

 

After getting away the black guy said, “Boy, white people sure are stupid!”

 

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Once again proving my dedication to public service I will now provide — as an exclusive for readers of Oly Oly Action — the following important information:

 

What to Do If You Are Arrested

 

Rule number one:  DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE POLICE!!!

 

Rule number two:  DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE POLICE!!!

 

Rule number three:  DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE POLICE!!!

 

One exception is when they want to search something; for reasons of legal protection always tell them that you do not consent to a search.

 

If you are not yet under arrest, then sometimes you can prevent being arrested by talking to them.

 

Once you are under arrest, though, shut your frigging trap!  You cannot help yourself by talking to cops and there are dozens or thousands of ways to hurt yourself.  It is at best a zero-sum game and at worst it will be the worst nightmare that you’ve ever experienced.  Cops will completely ignore anything exculpatory that you say and they have lots of methods to trick you into saying something incriminating.  They will lie, claim to know things they don’t know, and they will tell you that your friend is selling you out at the same time they’re telling your friend that you are selling them out.  Any deals or plea bargains will result from negotiation betwixt your lawyer and the prosecutor.  Talking to cops is useless and dangerous.  Don’t do it.

 

If you face a state charge, any trial will be a contest of who has the best lawyer so hire the best lawyer that you can get.

 

If you face a federal charge then except in special cases (such as political cases) hiring a lawyer is a waste of money.  The feds have a 95% conviction rate and they can send you to prison for decades with absolutely no doodly of any kind of squat of evidence other than coerced testimony from blackmailed snitches; since they always have a stable full of snitches facing decades in prison if they don’t deliver then the prosecutor can always find a snitch to say anything that the prosecutor wants to hear.

 

The feds no longer investigate crime; they blackmail snitches.

 

And what all of this means is the feds can put pretty much anyone that they want into prison.

 

And a Word on Cops:

 

If you can avoid talking to them then usually you have no further problem with them.  Once you start talking to them then God knows what’s going to happen next.  My policy is to avoid them.  Obey all traffic laws and make sure that your taillights work.

 

The street cop is the equivalent of the garbage man.  They collect the trash that our society creates in such profuse abundance.  They take care of the prob­lems that no one else wants to deal with.  They see what is in the bedrooms of a bunch of truly twisted freaks.  They scrape the remains of babies out of car crashes.  They deal with the ugly underbelly — and they soon begin to think that this is all there is.

 

As a rule cops only hang out with other cops and their wives only hang out with other cop wives.  As a result they tend to live in a bubble that is actually quite twisted.  The modern police force is a direct descendant of the old slave-catching gangs.  A cop is basically an armed thug with almost unlimited power and there is probably no other demographic that has less respect for the law.  If you have a situation that requires brute force then you may want to consider calling the cops.  If you have a situation that requires any amount of sensitivity finesse or nuance, though, then believe me:  The cops are the last people that you want to call.

 

Most cops justify their power in moral terms of ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ but reality is much more complicated than that and they can’t or refuse to see that.  They are quick to jump to conclusions and slow to give them up even after they prove false.

 

They are also completely political:  Cops are the interface between the coercive aspect of the government and the people.  Most think that they are there to stop crime.  Though they do work to stop crime — even if not very well and not very equitably — their real job is to maintain the economic status-quo, i.e. to keep the people in power in power and to keep those on the bottom on the bottom.  ‘Solving crime’ is secondary to that aspect of the job.

 

If you are white and if you play the game then they will mostly leave you alone.

 

However:  If you buck the system or make any waves then they will land on you like a ton of bricks.

 

Most people think cops are mostly good people with a few ‘bad apples’.

 

My take on that:  All cops on any given force know who these ‘bad apples’ are and they not only let them get away with it but they will lie threaten and intimidate in order to protect them.  This implies endorsement of such methods which means that the ‘good’ cops are merely the ones who are too chicken-shite to step over the line themselves.

 

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A few months ago I expressed the theory/ desire that maybe Barack Obama was using his first term to build a wall at his back so he could use his second term cleaning up.  I suggested not holding your breath until this happens but thought the possibility intriguing.

 

Evidently Obama is still pushing hard for the Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP].

 

http://truth-out.org/news/item/12934-why-so-secretive?-the-trans-pacific-partnership-as-global-coup

 

Oh well; so much for that theory.

 

Obama should take note, though:  Marijuana legalization got almost as many votes as Obama did in Washington (Obama: 1,747,342 — Marijuana Legalization:  1,716,757)

 

And Obama should really take note:  Marijuana beat Obama in Colorado (Obama:  1,238,490 — Marijuana Legalization:  1,291,771)

 

Interestingly, when I Googled election results for Washington all the top entries were official state web pages; when I Googled election results for Colorado the top entries were all for major media outlets and the Denver Post.

 

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After looking at this chart of Washington election results I come to the reluctant conclusion that the right wingers are ahead of the left in understanding that both parties are completely sold out.  Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are both far-right wingers; this means that right wing third party candidates received 50,750 votes [1.63%] while left wing third parties received 26,850 votes [0.87%].

 

President/Vice   President

County Results

Candidate Vote Vote %
Barack Obama / Joe Biden

Democratic Party   Nominees

1,747,342 56.14%
Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan

Republican Party   Nominees

1,286,258 41.33%
Gary Johnson / James P. Gray

Libertarian Party   Nominees

41,935 1.35%
Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala

Green Party   Nominees

20,749 0.67%
Virgil Goode / James N. Clymer

Constitution   Party Nominees

8,815 0.28%
Ross C. (Rocky) Anderson / Luis J.   Rodriguez

Justice Party   Nominees

4,903 0.16%
James Harris / Alyson Kennedy

Socialist Workers   Party Nominees

1,198 0.04%

http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/President-Vice-President.html

 

It’s time to get to work…

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1)  Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

Thursday November 29th from Noon to 1 pm @ the Columbia Room of the State Capitol

 

The death penalty is a travesty.  Come learn about alternatives.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Thurs Nov 29: Family members of murder victims speak out against the death penalty:  The public is invited to a press conference to hear Washington family members of murder victims share their personal stories and explain why they support legislation to repeal the death penalty.  12 noon to 1 pm in the Columbia Room in the Capitol Building in Olympia.  Speakers include State Senator Debbie Regala, Karil Klingbeil, Shirley Mathis, and Aqueela Sherrils. Lunch will be served.  This is part of the “Safe & Just Alternatives” campaign that includes the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  Info: mishi@sjawa.org

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2)  Open Mic at the Flaming Eggplant

Every Thursday at 5:30 pm @ the Flaming Eggplant Café, TESC CAB building

 

Flaming political/social poetry and other performance art.  Check it out.

 

This from the organizers:

 

That’s right, poetry is (at least) a weekly thing! We’re starting sign-ups at the Flaming Eggplant at 5:30, and scheduled to start the poem performing at 6.  If you’re hungry to read, bring poetry. If you’re hungry to experience poetry, bring open ears and minds.  If you’re hungry, bring cash (OGPC takes no direct responsibility for how awesome the food is, we just enjoy it!).  Each slot on the open-mic list will be a five minute maximum, to respect the time of other poets waiting to perform.  Come join us for artful words, community-building, and a good time.

For those interested in poetry slams and similar poetry events happening in Olympia, there will be a planning meeting for OGPC’s upcoming poetry slam immediately following the event.  If you like it when poetry happens, stick around afterwards!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/379245965496695/

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3)  Anti-Coal Train Workshop:  How to Write Effective EIS statements

Thursday November 29th at 6:30 pm @ the Olympia Center, corner of Olympia and Columbia

 

Come learn how to be more effective in your anti-coal train activism.

 

This from the organizers:

 

The Coal Committee of Confronting the Climate Crisis is presenting an EIS Scoping Training session on Thursday, November 29th, at the Olympia Center, Room 205.

 

Please mark your calendars now!  The training session is Thursday, November 29, 2012.

 

Molly Gibbs, who led a similar workshop at WWFOR’s fall retreat, will be presenting important information on the local effects of the proposed coal trains on Washington communities, discussing how to write an effective scoping letter, and presenting an overview of the scoping process with a description of the agencies involved.  The training is designed to assist you in preparing your talk at the Cherry Point scoping session in Seattle on December 13th, or in writing an effective scoping letter during the comment period.  A complete description of the training is attached.

 

Thanks, please share this widely.  We may have a special guest joining me from Bellingham.  There will be a small donation asked to cover cost of printed materials.

 

How to Write Effective EIS statements

 

Join us at 6:30 pm, Thursday, November 29, at the Olympia Center in Room

 

The discussions are intense regarding all the impacts to communities along the railroads affected by over 100 million tons of coal going through our towns.  In the San Juan Islands, ship safety is a tremendous concern in addition to endangering the sea life and most beautiful coastline.  Each community has testified to a full range of disastrous effects, very specifically and powerfully.  I will audio recordings of some statements made in other communities.  We will be going by bus to the Seattle scoping hearing Dec 13th.  Whether or not you can join us physically, it is imperative we make these statements and submit them before January 21, 2013.

 

A great deal of documentation about specific impacts in several communities across the state has been accumulated, containing links to all the supporting documents on which we rely.  If we want our voices heard, we must speak in terms that the regulators — and, ultimately, the courts — will respect.  Locally, coal trains pass through Lacey, and right next to the new drinking water source at McAllister Springs.  The few trains going through our community now are on their way to Canada, and are not part of this Environmental Impact Survey process.  We hope this information will inform your understanding of how coal shipment and burning of coal directly impacts you, your family, and your way of life. Our guide to writing a scoping comment stems from outstanding work of www.ProtectWHATCOM.org and www.Re-Sources.org.  The workshop will be a tool that ensures your voice is heard during the scoping process and during the inevitable appeals. If you agree with us that our voices can inform the process, get involved!

 

Scoping is underway, and the public — along with the Army Corps of Engineers, WA State Department of Ecology and County planning agencies, NGOs and the tribes — may comment now.

 

To build Gateway Pacific Terrminal in Cherry Point (Bellingham),  SSA Marine must first obtain two permits from the Whatcom County Council: See http://www.coaltrainfacts.org/category/terminals/gpt

 

▪  Major Project Permit (MPP; also known as a Major Development Permit) and

▪  Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (SSDP)

 

The MPP and SSDP permits are those we can most directly impact in Whatcom County. SSA must also obtain additional permits from the WA Dep’t of Ecology and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), among others. After obtaining all permits, SSA will seek a lease from WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to build the pier and export coal from WA state.

 

Permits

 

To build GPT, SSA Marine must first obtain two permits from the Whatcom County Council:

▪  Major Project Permit (MPP; also known as a Major Development Permit) and

▪  Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (SSDP)

 

The MPP and SSDP permits are those we can most directly impact in Whatcom County. SSA must also obtain additional permits from the WA Dep’t of Ecology and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), among others. After obtaining all permits, SSA will seek a lease from WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to build the pier and export coal from WA state.

 

Timeline

 

We are in a 120-day comment period ending January 21, 2013, during which the public may comment on environmental, economic, health, and other impacts of concern which they want scoped, and alternatives to the proposed project they want considered, including mitigations.

 

Environmental Review

 

There are two regulatory standards for environmental review:

▪  Federal, under NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) for USACE, and

▪  State, under SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) for WA Dep’t of Ecology (ECOL) and Whatcom County Planning and Development Services (PDS)).

 

There will be a joint environmental impact statement (EIS) conducted to conform both with NEPA (USACE) and SEPA (ECOL and PDS) for the three agency co-leads.

 

Commenting

 

Comments are the public’s opportunity to ask that the EIS address specific impacts of concern.  The agencies have comprehensive checklists of broad areas of impact they must “scope,” or study, and the permitting agencies hire specialized consultants to study those impacts.  So why comment?  Because for each impact, they must count the number of people who express a concern about that issue, and the volume of comments related to an impact adds weight, even if only politically.  Further, you may frame the issue in a way that requires a more comprehensive study of the impact.  We will emphasize this skill during the training, using examples.  If the EIS does not fully scope that impact, addressing the issue you raise, that could be a matter for appeal later.

 

Join Us to Draft your Specific Concerns

 

Thousands of concerned physicians, mothers, sea captains, teachers, scientists of all types, and an American-Asian student describing the impact of coal burning in China have testified.  We are preparing our statements to submit on Dec 13 or before, when the EIS process takes place at the WA State Convention Center, Ballroom 6F, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, from 4 to 7 pm.  We will have information about when and where that scoping hearing takes place, and a bus is leaving Olympia for Seattle.  Tickets for $6 are still available.  Contact Barb@tcproNET.org  if interested in taking the bus.  If you can, please register for the bus at www.tcpronet.org  Click the “Click Here to Join” button and pay $6 through PayPal.

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4)  Housing Justice Project

Friday November 30th from 8:30 to 10:30 am @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW Building 2

 

Fri Nov 30 from 8:30 to 10:30 am: The Housing Justice Project can help tenants and others: From 8:30 to 10:30 am Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services presents the Housing Justice Project at the Thurston County Superior Courthouse, Building 2 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.  They offer landlord/tenant advice, unlawful detainer docket representation, and help for mobile home owners with complaints about rules violations, notices from landlords or park owners and mobile home eviction cases.  The Housing Justice Project also provides free legal advice and in-court representation to low income people in eviction proceedings.  Call (360) 705-8194 for information or to schedule an appointment.  For immediate legal information call 1-800-201-1041 (9:15 am to 12:15 pm Monday through Friday).

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5)  Free Skool Meeting

Friday November 30th at 5:30 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

Come learn something.  Come teach something.  Free knowledge not fro sale.

 

This from Free Skool:

 

Free Skoolers!

Come to the last meeting of the month and join us to talk about publicity and the December Calendar.
We have lofty goals of increasing our outreach and Press! We want everyone to know about free skool!
Have some ideas?  We’d love to hear about them!  Free skool is made of people!  That’s us!!!
We’ll be meeting at Media Island International in their lovely little library living room space.
Join us, and there will most certainly be tea!

Don’t forget to Submitt your Class Proposal Form here before the meeting:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dHc3OXFiVE5oX2phRk5feWNsUEZTVFE6MQ

We’ll see you then!
Fri Nov 30th
5:30 PM
Media Island
816 Adams St. SE

FSO

www.freeskoololy.com

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6)  ArtPOWER

Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd all day @ the POWER office, 309 5th Avenue

 

A fun fundraiser for the valiant knights of POWER!

 

Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights [POWER] focuses upon low income families.  They are very good at it.  Legislators tremble in fear when the dreaded and legendary Monica Peabody approaches their offices.  First they must counter her infamous warmhearted smile — which simply cannot be resisted by any mere mortal.  Then they espy Monica’s terrifying coven of interns marching at her back; their eyes blazing and their mysterious powers radiating as they anxiously await opportunity to spring into righteously indignant action!

 

Highly alarmed legislators often just give up without a fight at this point and surrender unconditionally.

 

The Mamas at POWER are also a lot of fun.

 

This from POWER:

ArtPOWER

 

Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd

at the POWER office, 309 5th Avenue

 

 

A sale and celebration of local arts and crafts.

Live music, coffee and baked goods, and gifts galore!

Proceeds go to the artists and to support the work of POWER, Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights, toward building a world where children and caregivers are truly valued and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated.

For more info or to donate art, crafts or baked goods, contact POWER at 360-352-9716, info@mamapower.org  www.mamapower.org

 

Artists and Crafters!

 

Please donate to our annual sale and celebration of local artists

 

Artists may keep up to 50% of their proceeds, the rest supports POWER’s work toward a world where children and care giving are truly valued, and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated.

 

Interested?  You can reach us at 360-352-9716  info@mamapower.org.

 

Find us on Facebook or at our website www.mamapower.org  or stop by our office next to Rainy Day Records in downtown Olympia.

 

Are you an artist in the kitchen?  We’re also looking for people to bake something we can sell at this event.  Can you make us cookies, a cake, etc?

 

No?  Can you volunteer?  Help set up on Friday?  Take a shift on Saturday or Sunday?

 

No?  That’s okay, you can just come and browse on Saturday or Sunday.  Find unique and beautiful gifts.  Enjoy a cup of coffee and home baked treat while tapping your toes to live music.  It’s a party at POWER!

 

We are thankful for all of you and the work you do at POWER and in your communities for social and economic justice.  Happy thanksgiving.

 

Also, mark your calendars for December 7th.  Looks like POWER’s going to have a square dance!

 

www.mamapower.org

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/434426909946652/

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7)  Anti-TPP Cross Border Action on the US – Canadian border

1 pm @ Peace Arch Park at Blaine Border Crossing

 

The Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP] is NAFTA on steroids.

 

Obama is very secretly negotiating this travesty as he prepares to start gutting Social Security.

 

Come express your displeasure.

 

This from the organizers:

 

Because North America (and the World)

Can’t Afford Another NAFTA…

 

Canada & Mexico have joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA, a new trade & investor rights deal being written by multi-national corporations w/ the United States & 8 other Pacific Rim countries.

 

People take trade negotiation into their own hands…

 

Labor leaders, trade justice & food sovereignty groups, family farmers, immigration reformers,

public health & internet freedom advocates, environmentalists, students, small businesses and communities from Canada, Mexico & the United States.

 

Call for:   A Cross-Border Action: The People’s Round  on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

 

https://www.facebook.com/TPPxBorder#!/TPPxBorder/info

 

http://tppxborder.org/

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8)  Public Power Debriefing

Sunday December 2nd from 4 to 6:30 pm @ Mixx-96 Meeting Room, SW corner of State and Washington

 

This is where everyone will talk about what we learned from the public power campaign.

 

This is for people who worked on the campaign.

 

This from the organizers:

 

The Thurston Public Power Initiative (TPPI) will debrief our experiences and insights from our first year of existence NEXT SUNDAY DECEMBER 2 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at the Mixx-96 meeting room at the SW corner of State and Washington in downtown Olympia.

This session is for everyone who participated in the signature-gathering phase and/or the election campaign phase.  It’s not designed for people who are brand new to our public power movement.

 

I am attaching the agenda and a list of guidelines to help us use this time cooperatively and efficiently.  I printed 45 copies of each and will bring them to next Sunday’s debriefing session.  If you want to read them in advance, please do!

 

Next Sunday’s session is debriefing the experiences we have just had, and sharing insights from them. While our experiences and insights might guide us into a stronger future, next Sunday will NOT be planning the future.  We have only two-and-a-half hours to review the past year in a well organized way.  Planning TPPI’s future will occur at later sessions.

 

The easy-to-follow agenda (three numbered main headings with many lettered topics under each heading) will allow us to move efficiently through the many aspects of our past year’s activities.  Marylea Coday will bring a laptop computer and take notes that TPPI can use later to help us move into the future.

 

Even though this is a free event for TPPI participants (whether or not they are dues-paying members), this would be a great opportunity for TPPI volunteers to join and pay dues if they choose to do so.

 

Questions?  Contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 glen@olywa.net

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9)  December POWER Outage:  Negative Budget Gifts

Monday December 3rd, Potluck at 5:30, Meeting at 6 pm @ Darby’s Café, 211 5th Ave SE

 

This is a monthly meeting wherein the valiant knights of Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights discuss the slaying of dragons and how to make low-cost/ no-cost gifts.

 

This from Monica:

 

December POWER Outage is Negative Budget Gifts

 

December 3rd

Darby’s Café

211 5 th Avenue SE

Olympia WA

 

Potluck 5:30 Meeting 6:00 Childcare Provided

 

Rescue, Reuse, & Repurpose

 

Need some Ideas to transfer Low Cost and free materials into wonderful gifts on a negative budget?  Then this is the workshop for you!

 

Come see my display table filled with Cards, Examples, Ideas, & Gifts.

 

All items cost less than a $1.00 each to make.

 

Bring your clean recycled items and join us for a night full of excitement.

 

Suggested items to bring:

 

Glue, Aluminum Cans, Small jars (with or without lids), Scraps of lace and material, Paper – Card Stock (any kind), Scissors, Yarn/Thread, Buttons…

 

Card Making Supplies, Markers – Pencils – Pens, Small Boxes, Envelopes, Glitter, Rock/Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Essential Oils…

 

Candles, Silverware (plastic or regular), Google Eyes, Small Pom Poms, Ribbon, Foil, Cans (with Lids)…

 

Below:

 

  1. Help      us get Selma James to Olympia.
  2. Join      a tele-town hall on Monday with Senator Patty Murray.
  3. Four      freedoms park opens to remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
  4. Confronting      the Climate Crisis – meeting and film in Olympia.
  5. Free      anti-oppression workshop in Olympia.
  6. Free      Skool Olympia – November calendar and upcoming meeting.
  7. Public      Speaking Training Thursday in Seattle at Radical women.
  8. An      Olympia vigil on Tuesday to honor survivors and victims of violence.
  9. Olympia      YWCA hiring an executive director.
  10. IT      offers discount bus passes to qualifying Thurston county organizations.

 

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10)  Bonus Tip of the Day:

 

Exercise your right to remain silent.

 

Peace.

 

Dana

 

 

 

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