Oly Oly Action 1_24 Obama Again!

Just Us Justice:

1) FYI Section:
1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Monthly TV Program:
Local Government Fairness and Accountability
1B) Climate Crisis Rally in Washington DC
2) League of Women Voters Discussion: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
3) Thurston County Homeless Census
4) Organizing Meeting for Thurston Public Power
5) Lobby Day at the Capitol to Abolish the Death Penalty
6) Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of US Policy
7) Feedback
8) Bonus Tip of the Day
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Action Alert Calendar

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Hey Kids!

People’s ability to refuse to see things they don’t want to see amazes me. I still have people asking to be taken off this list every time I trash Obama. I’m sorry if you don’t like the facts but they are the facts and that is a fact. Obama is imprisoning and executing people without trial and that is the very definition of a police state. The definition of ‘fascism’ is the merger of corporate and state interests and since Wall Street criminals are now literally running Obama’s White House then that means Obama is, by definition, a fascist. Obama is mass-murdering women and children all over the Middle East and Africa with his night raids and with his unmanned drones. They know they will be killing civilians along with the two or three ‘terrorists’ who are also killed in these raids and strikes and so these are all war crimes. This means that Obama is a war criminal.

All of these statements are irrefutable fact. All of these statements are thoroughly documented and they are all true beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that Obama is a mass-murdering fascist war criminal.

What does it take to figure this out?

Two valiant exposers of official perfidy — premiere investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill and premier film producer Rick Rowley — have made a new film called “Dirty Wars”.

Get this: They went alone and unprotected right to the sources and they interviewed the people who were actually there.

They have very effectively exposed Obama even further as the vile war criminal that anyone who is paying attention already knows that he is.

This is a must-see interview with Scahill and Rowley that was just conducted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez:

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/22/dirty_wars_jeremy_scahill_and_rick

Rick Rowley: “The Global War on Terror is the most important story of our generation and it’s a story that remains invisible and hidden from most Americans…”

One of many dirty little secrets that this film exposes is the Joint Special Operations Command [JSOC], which is the most élite Special Forces command ever created. Seal Team Six that so famously took down Osama Bin Laden is under JSOC— and JSOC has also very un-famously massacred countless civilians in so-called “night raids” wherein they kick in doors in the middle of the night and kill everyone they find. Dirty Wars is kind of the yin to the yang of Zero Dark Thirty, which Scahill and everyone else in a position to know describes as pure government propaganda.

Until recently JSOC was commanded by Admiral William H. McRaven and he was given carte blanche to do pretty much whatever the hell he wanted to do. According to JSOC members, JSOC was “empowered much more under President Obama than they were under President Bush”.

Jeremy Scahill describes Admiral McRaven as “the most powerful figure in the United States military”.

There is one truly incredible story the Mr. Scahill relates; there was an infamous “night raid” in Afghanistan that killed five civilians including three women, two of whom were pregnant — and one of the men they killed turned out to be an American-trained senior police commander who wasn’t even Pashtu, which meant he definitely wasn’t Taliban.

The official story was that the Americans had stumbled upon an ‘honor killing’ and that the women had been murdered by their own families and so the Americans shot the two men.

Scahill and Rowley personally went to this village and they were quickly and easily able to utterly debunk that claim — and then they managed to obtain what is evidently truly mind-blowing video footage of Admiral William H. McRaven personally going to this village and offering to sacrifice a goat to make amends!

This is a four-star admiral going to a remote Afghan village and offering to sacrifice a goat. That is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard.

(Anything to keep your puppets happy, I guess…)

Kind of blows the official story out the window, don’t it? Kind of exposes who actually calls the shots on this kind of stuff too, don’t it? McRaven had nothing to do with NATO. McRaven wasn’t anything except commander of an élite force of mass-murderers who accidently murdered the wrong people — and evidently McRaven so wanted to keep the lid on this can of worms that he was willing to interrupt his busy day of destroying the world to personally travel to an isolated Afghan village and offer to sacrifice a goat.

(Mr. Scahill did not mention whether or not the goat was ever actually sacrificed…)

One of many ironies here is that the Bush people now can — and do — take the morally superior stance; they are saying that they merely imprisoned without a trial whereas Obama is frigging executing without a trial — and this is absolutely true. (Yeah, yeah; Bush murdered all kinds of people too — the difference is he never tried to say that it was legal. Obama is codifying this stuff and trying to say it is legal!)

When George W. Bush can take a morally superior stance to you, then that fact alone should be screaming at you.

And on a related side-note: You may or may not remember that I warned last year about the fact that Obama had just created a whole brand-new free-standing military command called AFRICOM, and that it was specifically created to deal with Africa? You may or may not remember that I pointed out that this meant absolutely nothing good for Africans? You may or may not remember that I pointed out, in fact, that they can soon expect fiery death to begin raining down upon them from the sky?

Well, Africans aren’t stupid. The Americans had to put the headquarters for their new African Command in Germany because no African country would allow it.

From their headquarters in Germany, AFRICOM immediately began doing that thing that they do, i.e. expanding all of the dirty little African wars, including the ones in Somalia, Yemen, and Uganda — engaged in their never-ending quest to seek out which father-raping mother-stabber is willing to sell their souls to Wall Street for thirty pieces of silver so that they can be put in charge of the country.

(Actually they charge a little more than that these days; that was a little artistic license…)

My first thought upon learning that the French had intervened in Mali was that they were acting as proxies for the US because the US absolutely cannot afford to invade yet another Muslim country at this point in time. I am often surprised that my first thought about something like that so often turns out to be accurate.

(What does that say about the way my mind works?)

As part of this Democracy Now interview Mr. Scahill mentions almost in passing that they had been considering going to Mali because they had been hearing about a heavy CIA presence there for a couple of years and they were wondering what was going on over there…

So the Eye of Mordor is now trained upon Mali.

Poor Mali.

It’s time to get to work…
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1) FYI Section:

1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Monthly TV Program:
Local Government Fairness and Accountability

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s January 2013 TV program — “Local Government Fairness and Accountability” — is posted on Olympia FOR’s website, http://www.olympiafor.org, so you can watch it there at your convenience from any computer. The link is http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm

Or you can visit our website, http://www.olympiafor.org, click the “TV Programs” link, and scroll down to click the program you want to watch. The description summarizes the topic.

We have posted about 90 of the Olympia FOR’s previous TV programs (our regular interview programs plus some specials) on the website. You can scroll farther down and click on other programs to enjoy.

“Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.”
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Later: “As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder.”
— M.L. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olywa.net

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1B) Climate Crisis Rally in Washington DC

There will be a big rally in DC on February 17th through 350.org.

This from the organizers:

On Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

Join us at forwardonclimate.org!

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2) League of Women Voters Discussion: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Thursday January 24th at 6 PM @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

Come join the League of Women Voters to discuss one of the issues of our times.

This from the organizers:

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA LEVEL RISE

January 24, 2013

6 pm Social – Speakers at 6:30

Tradition’s Café; 300 5th Ave. SW; Olympia

The LWVTC General Meeting topic for January 2013 is “Climate Change and Sea Level Rise. Our speakers will be John Dodge and Nadine Romero. John Dodge, reporter for the Olympian, has long studied the permutations of change in the Budd Inlet and Capitol Lake. He will present a historical perspective on dredging and shoreline change. Nadine Romero, hydrogeologist for Thurston County Water Dept., has compiled comprehensive data on our storm-water, watersheds and groundwater resources. Between the two, we should get some strong indicators how Budd Inlet specifically, and Puget Sound, generally, will weather sea level rise in the coming years.

http://www.lwvthurston.org/
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3) Thurston County Homeless Census
Thursday January 24th

Thusrston County needs volunteers to help with their homeless census. How much funding we get from the feds is partially determined by this census.

There are rumours on the street that this census is used by the police to harass homeless people. I have been assured by trusted people that are in a position to know that this is not the case, but be aware of this when participating.

This from the orgainzers:

Greetings!

Volunteers & donations are needed for the annual 2013 Thurston County Homeless Census to be held Thursday, January 24, 2013. The annual Homeless Census is how we find out who’s homeless, why & what resources we have to provide.

New this year will be the Homeless Connect Event, to be held at first Christian Church, but other census activity is also planned to reach the homeless residents of Thurston County.

Volunteers are needed to cover numerous shifts and activities. Please see the attached flyer & then go to this link to sign-up online to help: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/homelesscensus2013

What’s needed:

Volunteers:
• Census takers (will work in a variety of settings)
• Barbers & hair stylists
• Food preparation & servers (food handlers permits)
• Set-up & clean-up

Donations:
• New socks, hats, gloves
• coats
• Hand warmers
• Energy bars & other non-perishable easy to carry food
• Dog food (un-opened)
• Survival gear – in good shape
• Pet supplies – leashes, collars, etc

For more info please contact:

Steven Briggs
Homeless Connect Event Manager & HMIS Technical Assistance Provider
SBriggs@ci.olympia.wa.us | (360) 628-0502
City of Olympia | 601 4th Ave E | Olympia, WA 98501

Or

M. Anna Schlecht | Housing Program Manager
City of Olympia * 601 4th Ave. E. * PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507
aschlech@ci.olympia.wa.us 360-753-8183 (phone)

City of Olympia Website: http://www.olympiawa.gov

All correspondence to and from this email address is a public record, potentially eligible for release.
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4) Organizing Meeting for Thurston Public Power
Sunday January 27th from 4 to 6:30 PM @ MIXX Studio, Corner of State and Washington

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again! This is the first meeting for a new public power initiative.

This from the organizers:

Now is the time to start organizing for our next campaign to bring Public Power to Thurston County!

The Thurston Public Power Initiative invites you to gather with other public power supporters this coming Sunday January 27 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mixx-96 Meeting Room at the SW corner of State & Washington in downtown Olympia.
On December 2 we held our debriefing session for 2012’s campaign and scheduled the “WHAT’S NEXT” meeting for Sunday January 27. This is it! This is our opportunity to start moving ahead vigorously and smartly!

We will start at 4:00 sharp. Our agenda will include these items:

1. Members vote up-or-down some minor improvements to our Bylaws.
2. Schedule our Annual Meeting and election for March 2013. We’ll need some new board members, so please consider running for that election.
3. Discuss which year for our next campaign. For several reasons, 2016 makes sense now.
4. Identify some first steps toward our next campaign.
5. WE WILL DEVOTE AMPLE TIME TO THIS: Form small groups to start working on high priority steps. Each small group will identify a note-taker and a contact person to serve as liaison with our Board.

On December 2 we held a debriefing session that looked back over our first year of activities. That session reviewed the recent past and generated some ideas for the future. Today’s session is all about the future! Let’s build on our past to create multi-year strategies and activities for a stronger, more successful future. Let’s build a campaign that is better organized, more strategic, more broad-based, and earns more votes.

To create a strong movement for public power in Thurston County, we encourage everyone to pay annual dues and join to become a voting member of Thurston Public Power Initiative. Please bring cash or your checkbook.

In Agenda Item #4, we’ll identify some first steps toward our next campaign. Which steps should we start working on right away or very soon? Our December 2 debriefing session and our Board have identified some possibilities, and we can add more. We’ll figure out which ones we’ll start working on now.

In Agenda item #5 we’ll form some small groups to start working on high priority next steps for our campaign. The planning will begin on Sunday January 27.
We will adjourn on time at 6:30 p.m.

I’m enjoying serving as the Board’s Member-at-Large.

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olywa.net
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5) Lobby Day at the Capitol to Abolish the Death Penalty
Monday January 28th from 8 am to 4 pm @ Washington State Capitol

Killing people is wrong and if you do it we’ll kill you. If we find out later you were innocent, then oh well, too late.

Come help abolish the death penalty in Washington.

This from the organizers:

SJA Lobby Day in Olympia is coming up! The event is an important opportunity to meet with your legislators and urge them to support legislation to repeal Washington’s death penalty.

Please register for lobby day here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50572/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=69415

Please note that the Lobby Day is scheduled for January 28, 2013, but the date may change to coincide with a public hearing that will be scheduled in January. We will notify you if there is a a new date for Lobby Day.

Questions may be directed to Mishi Faruqee at mishi@sjawa.org / (206) 624-2184.

https://www.facebook.com/events/535329513146267/
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6) Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of US Policy
Wednesday January 30th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

Nicaragua was nasty nasty nasty. Come learn about your tax dollars at very nasty work.

This from the organizers:

Paul Dix and Pamela Fitzpatrick present the people of Nicaragua, the Contra War, and now 25 years later.

A fundraiser for the Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association’s youth scholarships program in Nicaragua

In the 1980’s popular movements in Central America attempted to democratize their societies and to direct a larger portion of each country’s resources, in the form of food, housing, health care, and education, toward the well-being of the poor majority; at the same time the US government, under the banner of peace, freedom, and democracy, sponsored wars that blocked local efforts for change.

Two decades later, the poor of Central America continue to experience the effects of these wars and many US citizens still do not recognize the role of the US government played in stopping these movements towards democracy.

From early 1985 through mid-1990, Paul Dix used his camera to document the effects of the US-funded Contra War on the poor of Nicaragua. In 2002, from the thousands he had photographed, Paul selected approximately 100 Nicaraguans for follow-up. He and Pam Fitzpatrick had amazing luck when they returned to Nicaragua on four separate trips for a total of seventeen months, and located nearly all of these individuals. They were able to share the earlier photos with family members, take new photographs and record testimonies.

Pam and Paul have recently put their material into book form. Their bilingual book included photos and testimonies from approximately thirty of the nearly one-hundred Nicaraguans they re-contacted.

The stories and images speak for themselves; come listen and see. Join us for a conversation about the legacy of US foreign policies. Then what do we do with this information?

Contact info: Jean Eberhardt, tstsca@gmail.com (360) 943-8642

http://nicaraguaphototestimony.org/
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7) Feedback

I got this from HN:

When talking about the Machine I think it important that we ground our observations in an understanding that corporations are ultimately just bodies of people. I’m currently getting involved in the exciting world of brownfield redevelopment (which is what most of my studies at Evergreen were geared toward – reforming the built environment to maximize its efficiency and mitigate the negative impacts it’s constantly imposing on people and the environment – Bucky said it was easier to fix the infrastructure than to change people’s minds – for a long time I idolized him and his perspectives but by now I see that it’s always both and, never either or) and this work calls for collaboration with corporations! In these processes it’s very important not to be accusatory or adversarial but to keep everything focused on the problem and the potential solutions. Over the summer I attended a panel on ‘Corporate Models of Property Disposition’ and met several managers of brownfield portfolios for big companies. You can imagine how shocked I was by their humanity and practicality! I believe in swarm tactics and know that only by applying pressure on all side can we burst the pustule of our current paradigm. That said – I guess I’m writing to remind you to think strategic. There are inroads to corporate structures that can be taken to make enormous differences. At Evergreen Hunter Lovins came to talk and I railed against her for collaborating with big companies like Wal-Mart to decrease their energy usage and waste. I still hate Wal-Mart but I don’t blame Hunter the way I did those days. What’s your opinion, is she doing a disservice to us all by helping an abhorrent company adapt or is she providing a service by cutting emissions and garbage?

In 2012 accepting a Diversity of Worldviews emerged, for me anyway, as the heart of the matter in changemaking. I’ve been working at Habitat for Humanity surrounded by religious people, most of them amazingly kind and generous, and it has rocked my world! As you may recall I was raised a feral hippie child in the woods of New York and from an early age aliens, sentience of all living beings, and sexuality as a spectrum were on the table. Institutions of all kinds were cast as cages and I was trained to be wary and keep outside them. By now my autonomy is so deeply ingrained that I don’t feel jeopardized by interfacing with institutions and am finding more and more good people on the other side of divisions I had previously perceived.

I hope Olympia is treating you well and that you find ways to bring new people into the fold to better the world for all.

– H.

My response:

Thanks H. I support a diversity of tactics. If someone can bring change by working from within without becoming corrupted themselves, then power to them. The best and the worst people seem to be religious people so the same seems to apply in that area as well.

And I got this from VJ:

“the reign of theGreat Middle Class of America from the mid-40’s to the mid-80’s when common working people like my family were living the good life on the 40-hour per week working-man wages of my father.”

Cute. Daddy brought home the bacon. Some of us grew up with mothers who worked, you see, because otherwise the bills didn’t get paid. Mommy worked the same hours (or more hours) as Daddy, but had to cook dinner, clean the house, and take care of the kids while Daddy watched the football game and drank beer. “Stay-at-home mother” wasn’t part of our vocabulary unless someone was unemployed. Only the bourgeois white families get housewives. The median household income was lower and is lower than you think, sir. There was never any paradise except for the Almighty Working Class White Male*, hero of a thousand fantasies. And even for him the unions were a constant struggle, and men with brown skins were almost always the hated scabs because they couldn’t get work any other time. And the men with brown skins suffered and were blamed, instead of the bosses who were untouchable.

“…and just as Obama is putting the finishing touches on their shiny new police state, now there’s a big push to disarm the American public thus robbing us of our last line of defense.

I know gun control advocates think they’re doing a good thing but you’re only helping the fascists to take over.”

You cannot use the master’s tools to dismantle the master’s house. When you carry a gun, you become one of them. Men with guns have no politics, no beliefs beyond that of violence and guns. Guns erase all political boundaries and rules of human decency, become the sole object of worship. You may lay your casings at the altar of a different deity than the police, but all offerings are consumed by Death. The spirit of violence conquers the soul of the soldier. A gun carried by an Anarchist kills you just as well as a gun carried by a Fascist. Either way innocent people are dead. When the Revolution comes, the poor and the wretched will suffer and become oppressed once more.

Try again, sir.

*Cis-male and heterosexual, of course. No other sort of man existed way back then. The other kinds were invented in the ’80s as carriers of HIV.

My response:

I am actually fully aware of the role white working people (such as my father) played in oppressing women and people of colour back in the ‘good old days’ and I have written about that before. The theme of this post was centered upon the vast redistribution of wealth over the last 30 years and I didn’t want to get bogged down in too many details as there are already too many to begin with.

As for guns, if one person has a gun and the other doesn’t then the person with the gun is in complete charge. I understand you want to achieve a better world and that guns have no place in that world, and I’m willing to dedicate my life to achieving that world — but we aren’t there yet and I am convinced that as long as rich people with guns want to make slaves out of the people who make everything then the people who make everything should have their own guns.

Pointing a gun at someone is probably the most oppressive thing you can do and any ‘power’ is dependent upon the person who is wielding it. Doing violence in order to oppress people is not the same as doing violence to prevent oppression — though that can definitely be a slippery slope and extreme self-awareness is called for so that the good guys don’t become just like the bad guys.

Thanks for the feedback.
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8) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Demand justice.

Peace.

Dana

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