Oly Action Alert 12_13_12

Greedy Schoolteachers and Other Perfidious Personae:

 

1)  FYI Section:

   1A)  Activist Geniuses:  How to Deliver Pizza to an 8th Floor Sit-In

   1B)  Green Party Youth Caucus on Evergreen Campus

2)  Environmental Impact Hearing on the Proposed Coal Export Terminal

3)  Soul NOT Coal!  Backbone Campaign After-Hearing Fundraiser

4)  Benefit Craft and Rummage Sale for the Northern

5)  Cash Mob Olympia Event Number 6

6)  High Tide Coffee and Pastries at Percival Landing

7)  Eat some Curry!  Resist the Grand Jury!  Benefit Dinner with Jonathan Ploeg

8)  Bonus Tip of the Day

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Action Alert Calendar

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Hey Kids!

One of the scariest things about apathy is that it is contagious.  I don’t lose hope because I just can’t do that (sometimes wish I had a choice) and I will keep doing what I do because that is all I know to do, but sometimes it is more difficult than at others.  To be honest it has reached the point wherein only something completely unexpected can save us and probably everything we are doing is farting in a windstorm, but what else can we do?

Almost no one showed up for the Leonard Peltier March or for the Media Island KOWA Benefit Brunch.  The Peltier people made lunches for 300 people and only 25 showed up.  (Full disclosure:  I didn’t go either as I needed to make some $$$.)  As for the MI Brunch; we usually buy food for 20-30 people — and only 8 people showed up.  Leonard Peltier is the penultimate political prisoner and Media Island and KOWA are both invaluable community resources, yet evidently the community is ready to let these things slide away.  I understand that people have lives and long lists of priorities, but come on Kids, we can’t slacken.

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I would like to suggest Occupy Medina.

I was literally a joking about this with Bill Moyer at a Backbone Campaign workshop last year — but ever since then the hidden little village of Medina keeps popping up on my radar in various contexts.

If you are not familiar with Medina that is where most of the numerous very rich people who reside in Washington conduct said residence.  It is located just southwest of the juncture of I-405 and SR 520 near Helleview (usually referred to as ‘Belleview’).

I have attached a picture of a banner that the Backbone Campaign erected on the shore of Lake Washington just outside Medina.

http://www.backbonecampaign.org/

Anyway, Medina has just popped up again:  The state senator from Medina is a Democrat named Rodney Thom.  Mr. Thom supports all the environmental gay rights abortion social issues that Wall Street doesn’t care about whilst on the economic front he simultaneously sells out the 99% for the benefit of the 1%.  Mr. Thom is part of the aptly named ‘Road Kill Caucus’, said caucus consisting of Democrats who are dedicated to blocking any progressive change in the state budget or the current tax structure — and they have been spectacularly successful at doing just that.

Mr. Thom has now formed a coalition with the Republicans and they are taking over the Washington State Senate.  The new coalition has named Mr. Thom as the new Majority Leader of the Senate.  The Democrats and the Republicans will now ‘share’ power by splitting up the committees; however, the frigging Republicans will gain control of the Budget, Education and Health Care committees!  (i.e. all the most important ones.)

http://www.nwprogressive.org/weblog/2012/12/republicans-seize-control-of-state-senate-with-the-help-of-rodney-tom-and-tim-sheldon.html

http://www.kuow.org/post/democrats-react-angrily-power-grab-wash-senate

 

Off with their heads!  Let the budget cuts begin!

I think Medina should be put on the map.  Occupy Seattle?  Radical Women?  Backbone Campaign?  Washington CAN!?

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I have been yelling from the mountaintop for decades now that both major political parties are wholly owned subsidiaries of Wall Street and that both parties act for the benefit of 1% to the very great detriment of the 99%.  As one of uncountable examples of this phenomenon I can point to Washington State:  Washington has been under the complete dominance of the Democratic Party for a long time now yet Washington has the most regressive tax structure in the entire United States.  The average working person in Washington pays 17% of their income toward state taxes while Bill Gates pays 3%.  Unlike a lot of very wealthy people Mr. Gates actually earned his wealth producing a very useful product that I utilize myself every day.  (Some say he stole it, but whatever happened Mr. Gates actually produced and marketed it.)

Thus — albeit with several serious caveats — I say yay Bill Gates!  I say go Bill go!

The fact is, though, that I’m pretty sure Mr. Gates uses the courts a lot more than I do and I’m pretty sure that his trucks wear out the highways a lot faster than I do and all those schools that 17% of my income pays for educates his workforce and so on and on.

Yes, Mr. Gates built it — but he built it upon the foundation of a publicly funded infrastructure.

The irony here is that Mr. Gates could write a personal check for the entire state budget deficit and barely notice it.  I am not suggesting that he should do this and I would not even want him to do this but he can damn well pay his fair share of the public infrastructure that makes his Machine possible.

Both parties keep saying that there is no money.  Actually there is more money than ever; the problem is that rather than building schools and solar panels the money is instead being secretly diverted into secret Cayman Island bank accounts.  Our legislators, in their desperate attempts to avoid taxing their Wall Street pimps, instead choose to cut programs for the disabled, children, and mentally ill people who are utterly dependent upon these programs for their very survival.

I will say that the legislature is vile and despicable because if I said what I really thought of them I would probably be subject to arrest.  These people suck.  Their entire system sucks.  Everything is broken and they are now fighting over the scattered remains of a dead carcass.

A pox on their house and their Senate.

A few Wall Street criminals conduct the most massive criminal fraud in human history and the only result is continued record profits and continued eight-figure bonuses as everyone else crashed and burned because of them — and then they get away with blaming the poor and schoolteachers and honest working people for being the greedy ones and causing all our problems.

Really?  Are you joking?

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And their great champion Obama is now pounding on the specter of weapons of mass destruction in Syria.

Gee, where have we heard that one before?

You would think Obama wouldn’t be stupid enough to try that excuse again (even if it’s true) but since he seems determined to continue with all of the very worst Republican foreign policy excesses (and even doubling down on many of them) then we should probably be concerned.

It’s time to get to work…

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1)  FYI Section:

 

1A)  Activist Geniuses:  How to Deliver Pizza to an 8th Floor Sit-In

You should watch this short video for several reasons:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#50096340

 

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1B)  Green Party Youth Caucus on Evergreen Campus

There is now a local branch of the Green Party on the TESC campus and it has just become part of the official Green Party Youth Caucus.

This from Jonesy:

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

Green Party recognizes and welcomes Green Youth Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has recognized and accredited a Youth Caucus within the party.

“The Green Party Youth Caucus is here to amplify the voice of youth who are ready for a new politics,” said Ursula Rozum, Youth Caucus co-chair and recent Green Congressional candidate from Syracuse, New York.  “We’ve seen a surge of young Green candidates and movement-builders because the elite political leadership of the corporate parties has failed our generation and because the Green Party offers practical solutions to the serious crises we’re facing.  When Green youth become candidates for public office, more than just spokespeople for our party, we articulate the aspirations of our generation for a just and sustainable future.  We invite all youth who share the Green Party’s values to join the Youth Caucus,” Ms. Rozum added.

According to the proposal passed in the Green Party’s National Committee, the “Youth Caucus works to engage youth in Green issues and gives young Greens a voice within the GPUS [Green Party of the United States].  Membership is open to US youth age 14-35 that identify as Green, support the Green Party Ten Key Values, and generally agree with the platform of the GPUS and the mission of the Youth Caucus.”

http://www.gp.org/caucuses/youth/

“We welcome the new Youth Caucus, which we believe will take the lead in building the party of the 21st century,” said Steve Welzer, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.  “The accreditation follows an election season in which several outstanding young Greens competed for public office.  2012 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein made the concerns of young people central to her campaign, including the need to end crushing student debt burdens, stronger support for public education, repeal of Every Child Left Behind, and job creation.”

The Green Party has three other caucuses: the Lavender Green Caucus (for LGBT members), the National Women’s Caucus, and the Green Party Black Caucus (http://www.gp.org/caucuses/index.php).  A Latino Caucus is in the process of organizing.

See also:

Youth Caucus Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GPUSyouth

Sign-up page http://signup.GPUSyouth.org

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191

• Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

• News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

• Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

• Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/2012/ballot-access.html

• Video Page http://www.gp.org/video/index.php

• Green Papers http://www.greenpapers.net/

• Google+ http://www.gp.org/google

• Twitter http://twitter.com/gpus

• Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

• GP-TV Twitter page http://www.gp.org/twitter

• Facebook page http://www.gp.org/facebook

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States

http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

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2)  Environmental Impact Hearing on the Proposed Coal Export Terminal

Thursday, Dec. 13th from 4 to 7 pm @ Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA Ballroom 6F

Come attend a hearing and express your feelings about dozens of coal trains spewing poison all over western Washington every day.

This from the organizers:

On December 13 there will be a huge Scoping Hearing at the Seattle Convention Center to try to stop the Coal Trains and Terminals.  We have a bus leaving from Olympia that will take people up and back.  The bus leaves at 12:30pm and probably won’t be back until about 8:00pm.  Long day but the Seattle Hearing will be our best chance to send the biggest message that we don’t want coal export terminals and coal trains in Washington.  There are expected to be over 1,000 people showing up.  Seats on the bus only cost $6 but we would need to know ASAP as seating is limited.

Kerri

WHAT: Environmental Impact Hearing on the Proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 13th, 4-7 pm

(Arrive by 3 pm if possible for press conference)

WHERE: Washington State Convention Center (800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA)

Ballroom 6F

==> Actions you can take to help stop the Coal Trains<==

1) SHOW UP at the hearing wearing RED!  (RSVP)

2) PREPARE a 1.5 minute statement of concern to deliver.

3) and/or SUBMIT a written statement.

We have information and talking points to help you submit your comments.

This from  Barb:

Don’t miss your chance to take the bus to the Seattle Hearing!

Scoping for Environmental Impact Statement Hearing

 

Thursday, December 13, 3-7 PM

Convention Center, Ballroom 6F

800 Convention Place

Seattle, WA

The bus will leave Olympia at 12:30pm on December 13.

 

Climate Solutions and Sierra Club, with help from TC Pro-Net, are working hard to get at least 3000 people to the Seattle hearing about the dirty coal train that wants to wend its way through Thurston County.  Climate Solutions is paying for the bus and asking for a nominal $6 bus fee; we need to know how many people are coming so we can reserve the right size bus! (No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but you must sign up.  Contact info@tcpronet.org for more information.)

Read here for more details or see the attached flyer.

Sign up TODAY! click here to sign up and make sure you have a seat on the bus.  December 10th is the cut-off date for sign-up if there are still seats available.

You CAN make a difference!

Show up in solidarity at this Seattle hearing to oppose the coal export facility.

And wear RED!

 

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3)  Soul NOT Coal!  Backbone Campaign After-Hearing Fundraiser

Thursday, Dec. 13th; Parade Starts at 6:30 pm from Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, arrives at 7 pm @ the Baltic Room, 1207 Pine Street (Corner of Pine and Melrose)

The Backbone Campaign are the grand masters of creative political activism.  Come party with them.

This from the Backbone Campaign:

Soul NOT Coal!
Get your groove on for the next phase of the battle for the future!

 

Join us for Funkadelic Fundraiser to Support Artful Activism


Meet us at the Washington State Convention Center to Parade 4 Blocks to the Baltic Room between 6:30 and 7pm

Advance Tickets Going FAST at Brown Paper Tickets

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Get your advance tickets HERE~ Invite your friends on Facebook HERE ~ MAP
DONATE to the Backbone Campaign to support our Action Brigade HERE, even if you can’t make it out to boogie down.
Fact sheets from our allies at Power Past Coal HERE& a larger perspective on the choices we face as a region HERE

https://www.facebook.com/events/397590016983094/

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4)  Benefit Craft and Rummage Sale for the Northern

Saturday December 15th from 4 to 8 pm @ the Northern, 414 ½ Legion Way

This is a must-attend event!  Come meet a whole bunch of Olympia’s most talented performers and craftspeople.  Come support the Northern and local on-the-edge performance art.

This from the organizers:

Holy cow!  Northern is cooking up a holiday sale that Olympia will be talking about all year.  Nontraditional digital photo opportunity from the one and only Jonah Barrett!  Holiday beverages and snacks from the Bearded Lady!  China Star’s art on the walls!  Leisurely evening hours!  What more could you possibly ask for?

VENDORS

Bearded Lady Food Company

Delicious baked goods, including all things vegan and gluten free

http://beardedladyfood.weebly.com/index.html

Birdie’s Variety

Lois Maffeo hand selects the finest quality vintage home goods for you

Cat’s Paw Studios/Hercules Farm

Faith Hagenhofer has locally farmed wool yarns, fleece, and handmade wool felt yardage for the discerning customer

Polly Ceccanti

An assortment of handprinted cards, stationery and zines from the talented Ms. Ceccanti

Community Print

Letterpress goods from the original Olympia punk print shop. Community Print encourages you to get type high.

Deerfoot Herbs/Funk Fuzz

Ali makes quality personal care items including soap, lip balms and medicinals. Johny Baltimore will have that collectible record or tshirt you’ve been seeking your whole life.

Jen Gay

Supersoft fingerless gloves made from upcycled wool sweaters, plus a variety of tasteful vintage clothing

Kitschlandia

Sandy takes great pleasure in providing you with the best of the worst from the 50s and 60s, including holiday kitsch, kitchen items, vintage barware, great vintage paper items, and everything Snoopy. Rumor has it Santa might be working at Sandy’s table.

Ms. Valerie Park Distro

Local music, hand curated zines and other handmade goods selected for you by Mr. Joshua James Amberson

 http://msvalerieparkdistro.com/

Kim Murillo

Kim makes beautiful clothes and blankets for today’s babies and toddlers, served with a side of custom embroidery

Never Knows HMC

Illustration work in various forms- prints, books, maybe trading cards, from the Rick’s mad genius pen and brain

 http://www.neverknows.com/

Lucy Peterson

Unique cat toys, bracelets, bags and clothing from the fashionable proprietress of Hissyfit Clothing

 http://www.etsy.com/shop/hissyfitoly

PIAPTK Records

When not teaching high school, Mike Dixon toils to provide limited edition handmade vinyl recordings and musical artifacts for the world

 http://piaptk.limitedrun.com/

Danielle Ruse

Vintage clothing and housewares with a side of Eudora Welty from Olympia’s favorite tall bartender

Sweet Candy Distro

Sage has for you zines, paper goods and mixed media art

 http://sweetcandydistro.weebly.com/

Three Bad Seeds

Amanda makes the sweetest of stuffed creatures and cushions for all ages

 http://www.threebadseeds.com/

Toast Tea Threads

Ricky combines fashion and function with his fantastic wool caps

 http://www.staytoasttea.com/

Wild Human/Damsel in Defense

One stop shopping- Ashley makes quirky jewelry options for people who aren’t boring and also sells nonlethal self defense gear for women!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/411577395581885/

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5)  Cash Mob Olympia Event Number 6

Saturday December 15th at 2 pm @ Secret Location TBA

Come show appreciation for a local business by showering cash upon their heads!

This from the organizers:

On Saturday, December 15th at 2pm, Olympia residents will meet at a local downtown Olympia, WA business with the goal to spend $5-20 each at the chosen business to support our local economy.  The chosen business will be announced 24 hours prior to event, so be sure and click the ‘going’ button so you get our updates.

After we Mob the chosen business, those that are interested will walk a short distance to a local eatery for some food and fun times, all are welcome! We will be at the restaurant at 3pm on Sa

turday the 15th and you are welcome to join us even if you don’t make it to the mob.  Actual restaurant will be announced 24 hours prior to event.

http://www.cashmobolympia.org/

The reason we do this is to show our love and support for the wonderful locally owned businesses here in Olympia.  We also hope that this event will get the community thinking more about shopping locally and what that means.  The actual business we are cash mobbing will be announced here 24 hours prior to the event date, so be sure to check back then.

DEFINITION of Cash Mob: A gathering similar to a flash mob organized through social media, where a group meets at a locally owned business and spends money.  The location is kept a secret until the last minute.  The atmosphere is very silly and fun.

Suggestions:

-Pay with cash so more money goes directly to the business

-Spend what you can, but we encourage you to spend $20+.

-Meet new people

-Have FUN!!  This one is really important!

-Spread the word!  Invite all your friends to join us at the event.

Questions:  http://www.cashmobolympia.org/4.html

Email:  CashMobOlympia@gmail.com

To get text message alerts and reminders, text, FOLLOW cmolympia to 40404

https://www.facebook.com/events/127304134094860/

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6)  High Tide Coffee and Pastries at Percival Landing

Monday December 17th from 8:30 to 9:30 am @ Percival Landing, corner of 4th and Water St

Come discuss global climate change with local officials.

This from the organizers:

Meeting with City Council, County Commissioners, Port Commissioners, Public Works folks, concerned citizens and you to observe a high tide at 9:00 am and to talk about how to work with rising sea level and global warming.

https://www.facebook.com/events/310993362347554/

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7)  Eat some Curry!  Resist the Grand Jury!  Benefit Dinner with Jonathan Ploeg

Monday December 17th from 6 to 8 pm @ Darby’s Café, 211 5th Ave SE

Come support the Grand Jury Resisters.

This from the organizers:

Come enjoy delicious vegan food and show your support for Olympia political prisoners Matt and KteeO.  Generously hosted by Darby’s Cafe (where KteeO used to work and both were regulars), this benefit dinner will help provide commissary funds they need for buying things like vegan food, vitamins, tea, sweaters, envelopes and stamps, phone cards, email, and more while they remain imprisoned in FDC SeaTac for resisting the grand jury political witch hunt.

Culinary wizard Joshua Ploeg will be offering the following vegan delights:

* Spiced Potato Cakes or Samosas with mint, pomegranate & chili sauces

* Citrus Sambhar or Salad

* Sweet Potato Coconut Curry or Channa Masala

* Garlic Naan or Chickpea Flatbread

* Orange Blossom Sorbet with toasted coconut or Rice Pudding with mango, rose syrup and pistachios

$20 per person, $15 for students — a la carte options will be available, but enjoying the full dinner encouraged!

http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/ for more info on Matt and KteeO and others subpoenaed by the grand jury in the FBI’s attempt to intimidate, disrupt and gain information on activist and radical communities in the NW.

https://www.facebook.com/events/498411740198665/

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8)  Bonus Tip of the Day:

Occupy Medina.

Peace.

Dana

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