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Action Alert Calendar

Wars R Us:

1) FYI Section:
1A) FOR Weekly Peace Vigil at Percival Landing
1B) The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Kicks Ass at the State Capitol
1C) PiPE Call to Action
1C) Matt and Kteeo to be Freed!
1D) Media Island Benefit Brunch Postponed One Week to Sunday March 10th
1E) Oly Folks: Spreading the Light
2) Volunteers Needed! Spring Garden Prep @ Komachin Middle School’s Vegetable Garden
3) Phosphorescence 2nd WVWV
4) Homeless Solidarity Rally & Community Pizza Party at the Artesian Well
5) FOR Benefit: Tom Rawson
6) FRO Benefit: Dance Oly Dance with DJ that You Pick
7) EGYHOP March Meeting
8) Remi Kanazi’s BDS Workshop: Cultural and Academic Boycott for Palestine
9) Israeli Apartheid Week at the Evergreen State College
10) Webinar: Advocating for the Homeless
11) Community Gardens, 2nd Meeting
12) POWER Outage: How to Survive Work First
13) Laura Carlsen in Olympia
14) Film Screening: Five Broken Cameras
15) Forum on Homelessness
16) Bonus Tip of the Day

Hey Kids!

Looky looky see see! There is lots of stuff on the calendar this week! Yay!


Reminder: For an online version of the newsletter go to https://dana98501.wordpress.com/

(You don’t get all the pretty colours, though…)


Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc means, “After this, therefore because of this”.

I use this as an example of commonly held wisdom that is complete bull. While often true it is also often untrue — and is thus completely useless as advice.


The War on Guns

I think that concerning the gun control debate it would be interesting to survey how many people in both the pro and the anti camps grew up with guns in their households — and whether or not as children they were trained in safety, responsibility, and respect concerning firearms.

I think I might start a regular column about how the personal and political intersect as this evening I am going to once again engage in personal full-disclosure to make a political point: When I was a child my father never spent much time doing much of anything with his two sons, but the one exception to that rule was when we went on our regular camping trips and we all shot guns together.

Thus, believe it or not, guns are closely associated in my memory with some of the only warm and fuzzy experiences I ever shared with my father. (Most kids take whatever they can get.) I received my first rifle at age 9 and I was very thoroughly and repeatedly schooled on respecting my gun and I was very thoroughly and repeatedly schooled in how to safely and responsibly handle my gun. Breaking any gun-safety rules was a very serious thing in my family and in all the years and with all the kids and with all the guns that were in my extended redneck family I never once heard of any accidents or mishaps concerning guns.

On the other hand, my ex-wife Vivian’s parents kept a loaded pistol on top of their refrigerator and they just had a ‘rule’ that Vivian’s 11-year old nephew Denny was not allowed to touch it.

What could go wrong?

One night we were staying over at my in-laws house and I was the last to retire; a few minutes later I heard what I immediately knew was a gunshot and I ran out into the kitchen to discover than Denny’s little friend had gotten to playing with the gun and that he had shot Denny dead.

I ended up driving at 110 miles-per-hour in my in-law’s Lincoln Continental looking through a narrow little crack in the ice on the windshield as my mother and father-in-law sat in the back seat holding Denny’s dead body — all because I couldn’t bring myself to tell them that Denny had already been very dead the minute that I had first laid eyes on him.

(The .22 calibre bullet had penetrated Denny’s heart and both of his lungs, killing him instantly.)

I am pretty sure that virtually all accidents and mistakes concerning firearms are due to lack of training and lack of respect. If you don’t want to keep guns then that is fine. Your family will be statistically safer — but you will be completely helpless if they ever decide to come load your family onto a cattle car.

Others would rather go down shooting than watch their families loaded onto cattle cars; however, if you do want to keep guns then take the frigging responsibility; either make absolutely sure children cannot gain access or thoroughly train them on respecting firearms and upon how to safely and responsibly handle firearms.


The War on Pot

A few more words on last week’s newsletter: During the Clinton Administration, federal arrests for pot increased by ten-fold while those for all other drugs remained more-or-less flat.

This was largely because of people like me.

People could make an argument that I should have known that sleeping with dogs would lead to fleas and that going to prison for something I didn’t do wasn’t really that big a deal because it just made up for all the times that I allegedly didn’t get caught.

Without admitting that I ever smuggled pot without getting caught, that misses the central point anyway. Whatever you think of the ethics of the situation the central point that I wished to make concerned how easy it is to railroad people into prison for something that they didn’t do and how they can do what they did to me to nearly anyone else including any of you. The fact that I was indeed an international marijuana smuggler made their job a little easier, but being guilty of anything has nothing to do with much of anything.

As for the ethics of pot: I have been smoking pot more-or-less steadily for well over 40 years and if I have suffered any ill effects of any kind whatsoever then I am completely unaware of them. I consider all marijuana laws to be unacceptable and unconstitutional infringements upon a part of my personal life that has absolutely nothing to do with them and that is absolutely none of their business and thus I feel duty bound to defy and mock such laws.

As for the ethics of selling pot: I sold Machine-free pot. Friends of mine grew it and other friends of mine bought it. The Machine didn’t have its greedy little thumb in our pie in any way shape or form. None of our money paid for any drones.

In addition my pot was significantly cheaper than Machine pot and I paid my grower friends more than they usually got by selling it to the Machine — and I still made so much money that it was insane.

It was a win-win-win-win situation for everyone except for the Machine…

…and the Machine doesn’t like that state of affairs. As soon as I and other people like me pioneered a highly successful method to distribute the people’s pot to the people without Machine involvement they came down on us like a ton of bricks. That is why non-inhaler Clinton increased pot-busts by ten-fold during his administration whilst continuing business-as-usual with crack and meth.

These days there is no longer anyone smuggling pot on crystal-clear deep-frozen nights as comets blaze gloriously across the sky in eastern Washington — and I think that is sad.

With the possible exceptions of my current employment as a Real Change vendor and the years that I spent busking all over North America, I consider smuggling pot to have been the most ethical thing that I have ever done for a living.

It also paid significantly better than Real Change or busking.

Do you remember the great crack down on the meth-labs that happened a few years ago? While I shudder to compare meth to pot in any way shape or form, from a pure business standpoint that was exactly the same thing they did to the pot smugglers; individuals with their own meth-labs were providing serious competition for government sponsored meth from the Mexican Mafia Machine so the feds gave the locals a bunch of cash to shut the private labs down. After succeeding in these efforts, DA’s all over the state could be seen proudly patting themselves on the back in front of cameras. Now there is just as much meth as there ever was — it’s just that now rather than the Machine controlling only 70% of the market it now effectively controls 99%.

The War on Drugs!

It’s not just for criminals anymore!


The War on Blacks

Monday’s broadcast of Democracy Now has excerpts from an amazing little-known 1970 movie about Martin Luther King that is made from original newsreel footage and other original video footage shot of marches, rallies and church services. It is worth a watch if you have a spare 45 minutes.


Blacks constitute roughly 14% of the population that use and sell drugs but they represent over 50% of those in prison for it — and in some jurisdictions that number is over 90%. Once you are a felon it is completely legal to discriminate against you in all the very same ways that it was legal under the old Jim Crow laws; you can legally discriminate against ex-felons in housing, employment, voting, social services, and in numerous other ways.

Consider this in the light of the fact that there are now more blacks in prison than there were held in slavery in 1865 when enslaving other humans became illegal in the United States.

The War on Drugs!

It’s like oppression on steroids!

I think blacks should be proud of the fact that the Machine is so terrified of them.


The War on the Sick

Everyone is up in arms about how Wall Street and the oil companies are ripping everyone off; a gentleman named Steven Brill has written a book wherein he posits that the corporate Medical Machine makes Wall Street and Exxon look like pikers. Virtually all of those astronomical profits from health care — 17.7% of our GDP — do not go into the pockets of anyone who actually has anything to do with health care. Compensation for providers overall has remained roughly flat; nurses and janitors have actually lost ground.

So guess where all of that money is going!

(Hint: It rhymes with ‘K man eye land’.)

Go here for a very interesting and very revealing interview with Mr. Brill conducted by John Stewart:



Machines do not have souls. Machines do not feel. Machines have no compassion or mercy.

We need to severely constrict the Machine’s control over our lives.

It’s time to get to work…

1) FYI Section:

1A) FOR Weekly Peace Vigil at Percival Landing

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has a weekly vigil at Percival Landing every Friday afternoon. Come support peace.

This from the organizers:

Peace Vigil — Friday afternoon rush hour
Date: Friday, March 1, 2013
Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Location: Percival Landing
4th & Water SW, downtown
Olympia, WA 98501

Peace Vigil from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at south end of Percival Landing near W 4th Ave.

Please join us for whatever length of time you can. We provide plenty of signs. Also enjoy the Artesian Rumble Arkestra jazz band that performs here from 5:00 to 6:00 to support our vigil!

Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 491-9093 info@olympiafor.org

See information about our vigils at http://olympiafor.org/vigils.htm

See the Olympia FOR’s website for our many other activities.


1B) The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Kicks Ass at the State Capitol

This from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance:

Two weeks ago, you joined us for the largest and most successful Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day ever!
This year at Advocacy Day we:
• Had over 650 advocates making the call for more housing and an end to homelessness!
• Covered 43 of 49 legislative districts for a total of 133 legislative meetings!
• Had 102 volunteers helping organize the day, putting in a total of 660 hours!
Want to relive the memories? Watch our video recap here to look at pictures from the day and a fun clip of our rally on the north steps!

You all made sure that our Washington State legislators heard the call at Advocacy Day. Now please make sure you continue to let them hear your voice, and join us throughout the year in advocating for a safe, healthy, and affordable home for all. We will continue to send you weekly updates during the session, giving you quick and simple ways to speak up! You can also keep up with our legislative progress and advocacy alerts at our regularly updated blog.

Here’s to seeing all of you next year at Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day in 2014 and don’t forget to watch the thank you video made by the Housing Alliance staff!

Thank you,


Kevin Solarte
Homelessness and Statewide Outreach Coordinator

206.442.9455 x213 | wliha.com | fb @wliha | tw /wliha

Our vision is that all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities. Help us make this vision a reality: click here to donate.


1C) PiPE Call to Action

I came into the office today to find a full blown homeless encampment on PiPE’s front porch today. This has been the case for several months and although we have tried to limit camping on our property due to folks not cleaning up after one another, leading to growing health concerns, the porch camping continues because they have NO WHERE ELSE to sleep. More must be done to provide SAFE spaces for young adults in our community to lye their heads at night and to congregate during the day! We here at PiPE are struggling to keep our doors open and continue to provide safe space during the day. We have seen a huge increase in demand for crisis services over the past 6 months and are currently facing severe staff reductions due to budget limits. We are in serious need of immediate community support to address the creation of more shelter options and to sustain programs already overburdened by demand!

Rosalinda Noriega,
Partners in Prevention Education
408 7th Ave SE
Olympia, WA. 98501
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1C) Matt and Kteeo to be Freed!

Supposedly they will walk free this afternoon.

This from the Stranger:



1D) Media Island Benefit Brunch Postponed One Week to Sunday March 10th

Normally Media Island has a benefit brunch on the first Sunday and Free Radio Olympia has theirs on the second — but this month KOWA and FRO are combining forces for a Local Media Benefit!

Look for details next week.


1E) Oly Folks: Spreading the Light

Trying to save the world can be a lot of fun, but so much prodigious and persistent effort is constantly required in order to completely fail in accomplishing any of your goals that it is very easy to become cynical and disheartened. That is why it is so good to occasionally stumble over people like the Oly Folks.


I attended their first birthday party because I thought it was centered upon homelessness and because I confused one Amanda with another Amanda — but it turned out to be a very happy accident.

The Oly Folks do good deeds.

After Jennifer described the history and the goals of Oly Folks and made an appeal for the homeless, and after I briefly described Real Change, there were three presentations:

The Capitol Kids Connection

The CKC works with foster kids. They have a program wherein they ‘grant a wish’ for a foster kid. They also have programs that collect items for foster kids about to graduate from high school amongst others.

Check them out:



South Sound Estuary Association

These guys take low-income kids on beach walks with respected and acclaimed environmental scientists in nearly every field. When you teach the awe of nature to a little kid it usually stays with them for the rest of their lives.

Check them out:



Heart Strides

This is ‘horse therapy’, which I have actually heard of before, but a lady from Heart Strides whose name I have forgotten made a presentation and shared the details. Evidently this is helpful with a wide variety of human emotional ailments and it is especially effective with autistic kids. They charge money but they have scholarships for low-income kids.

Check them out:



2) Volunteers Needed! Spring Garden Prep @ Komachin Middle School’s Vegetable Garden
Thursday February 28th from 11 AM to 5 PM Meet at Main Bus Loop @ TESC

Come plug into community gardens.

This from the organizers:

RSVP for your spot in the van!* …The CCBLA and the Campus Food Coalition are excited to be headed out to Komachin Middle School on Thurs Feb 28th to help get their Vegetable Garden prepped for spring!

Through this school garden, Komachin Middle School students learn lessons in math, design, nutrition, science and more while growing food for the Thurston County Food Bank and composting food waste from their cafeteria. Join us to support their spring prep projects!

We’ll meet at the library loop at Evergreen at 11:30AM on Thursday, and return by 5:00PM. Bring your own snacks, boots, waterbottle and rain gear. We’ll bring an airpot of coffee w/ creamer + hot water/tea etc. Thurston County Food Bank will provide some gloves—but BYO if you have ’em!


*Looking forward to having you with us! Please RSVP officially by emailing laurel at ccbla.vista@gmail.com or calling the CCBLA at 360.867.6137.

check us out:

Evergreen Campus Food Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/evergreencfc


Thurston County Food Bank School Gardens:


3) Phosphorescence 2nd WVWV
Thursday February 28th thru Saturday March 2nd @ Various Locations

This isn’t overtly political but cross-cultural stuff is important to share and one of the organizers is a caretaker at Media Island.

This from the organizers:

Phosphorescence 2nd WVWV: Go Slowpoke, Penny Dreadfuls, Chloe Carson, Iji Briana Marela, Olivia Rose, and More TBA

February 28 at 7:00pm until March 2 at 11:00pm.

All-Ages Spaces in Bellingham, Olympia & Seattle

Artists appearing in these 3 shows: Go Slowpoke, Penny Dreadfuls, Chloe Carson, iji, Briana Marela, Olivia Rose and more tba!

This is the 2nd of a new monthly concert series bringing artists from the NW cities of Bellingham, Seattle & Olympia on a short 3-day tour of their hometowns together. The aim of the series is to foster shared essence across the divide of geographic miles & to further connect and cross-breed the beautiful energies and creativity of our friends in & around the vibrant, salty Puget Sound. It’s good that we get out there & visit more with our neighbors, right?

All shows are always all-ages and riding this second wave are three amazing songwriter friends from the Puget Shores and their musical projects:

Go Slowpoke (Bellingham, WA)
Penny Dreadfuls (Olympia, WA)
Chloe Carson (Seattle, WA)

8pm. Thursday, February 28th in OLYMPIA, WA
at Media Island International (816 Adams) with:
Olivia Rose

8pm. Friday, March 1st in BELLINGHAM, WA
at The Peach (1628 James St) with:
Porch Party (Teo of Candysound)

8pm. Saturday, March 2nd in SEATTLE, WA
at The Mystery Machine (4711 12th Ave NE) with:
iji ( http://ijiiji.bandcamp.com/ )
Briana Marela ( http://brianamarela.bandcamp.com )

The concert series is a product of the local music radio programs The Seaport Beat (Seattle), OlympiYEAH! (Oly) & The Corner Pocket (Bellingham) on Seattle’s Hollow Earth Radio & Olympia’s 106.5 KOWA-FM and of MASA Records.


4) Homeless Solidarity Rally & Community Pizza Party at the Artesian Well
Friday March 1st at 5 pm @ the Artesian Well, 4th Avenue and Jefferson St.

This is the day that all the emergency shelters in Olympia shut down and empty all the homeless people back onto the streets — but with the city’s new laws making the mere presence of a homeless person a criminal act then they will have nowhere to go.

As far as I know there will be no civil disobedience — yet— but a campaign of strategic escalation is planned, so if you would like to get in on the ground floor then please come strategize and/or contribute wisdom/ money/ energy/ dumb jokes/ whatever with us and come stand in solidarity with those that need the most yet have the least.

This from the organizers:

Drink water, build community, eat pizza, strategize, and take action.


5) FOR Benefit: Tom Rawson
Friday March 1st at 7:30 PM @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

Folk singer Tom Rawson will perform in a benefit for the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation.

This from the organizers:

Folk Singer Tom Rawson
to Benefit Olympia FOR

Tom Rawson – a banjo-playing, crowd-delighting folksinger – performs songs of peace, social justice and just plain fun on Saturday, March 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at Traditions Café at the corner of 5th and Water SW in downtown Olympia.

Rawson has charmed and invigorated audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest with his infectious wit, energy and songs that you just can’t resist singing along with.

This is Tom’s annual benefit performance for the Olympia FOR. You may determine how much to contribute on a suggested sliding scale of $10 to $25.

Last year we nearly filled Traditions, so we encourage buying tickets in advance. Buy tickets from Traditions Fair Trade, 5th & Water SW, Olympia, or from the Olympia FOR.

To buy tickets by mail, please make checks payable to “Olympia FOR” and tell us how many tickets you want for your donation. We’ll hold your tickets at the door. Please send checks to Olympia FOR to 5015 15th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503-2723.

For more information contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 or glen@olympiafor.org

Tom Rawson’s information and music are available at http://www.tomrawson.com

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

6) FRO Benefit: Dance Oly Dance with DJ that You Pick
Thursday March 1st at 8 PM @ Thurston Community Television [TCTV] 440 Yauger Way SW Ste. C

This is a benefit for Free Radio Olympia.

This from the organizers:

Vote for your favorite DJ and then come dance to that DJ’s mix on March first.

Vote in the poll down below in the comment area.

Rules for DJs:

1. The DJ must not use any music featuring oppressive language against women or people of color or differently abled people or GLBT people.

2. We prefer the music be edited to remove or obscure FCC objectionable words.


7) EGYHOP March Meeting
Saturday March 2nd at 3 PM @ Bread and Roses, 1320 8th Ave SE

The Emma Goldman Youth Homeless Outreach Program are the people who ride the bike trailers around downtown with clothes and food for homeless people. If you want to plug in with their activities this would be a good chance.

This from EGYHOP:

• check-ins
• shift scheduling
• committee reports: donations/supplies, exchange, finances/PR, bikes, clean-up crew
• ??? (add items in comments below or bring ’em to the meeting)


8) Author/Activist Remi Kanazi’s BDS Workshop: Cultural and Academic Boycott for Palestine
Sunday March 3rd from 2 to 4 pm @ Washington State Labor Council, 906 Columbia St. SW

Come help battle the oppressive apartheid police state of Israel.

This from the organizers:

Remi Kanazi, Palestinian-American poet, writer, and human rights activist based in New York City will be in Olympia on Sunday, March 3rd, at the Washington State Labor Council, 906 Columbia St. SW. Kanazi will provide a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) workshop from 2-4 pm about the Palestinian call for academic and cultural boycott of Israel, misconceptions about this call, and how to mount BDS campaigns of your own!

On the same day at the same location, he will be performing his spoken word poetry at 6pm
Admissions to both events are free to the public.

Author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and editor of Poets For Palestine, a hip hop, poetry, and art anthology, Kanazi is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop. He has taught, lectured, and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. A member of the organizing committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Kanazi has been a featured political commentator.


9) Israeli Apartheid Week at the Evergreen State College
Sunday March 3rd thru Friday March 8th @ TESC

Come educate yourself as to what is really going on in Israel/ Palestine these days.

This from the Mideast Solidarity Project:

You’re invited to Evergreen’s Second Annual Israeli Apartheid Week!

During this week, hosting by the Mideast Solidarity Project and the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, please join us in conversation about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement. If you don’t know what BDS is, come to these events! If you aren’t sure why “apartheid” is an accurate term, or disagree, come to these events! We will have current Evergreen students reporting on their recent travels in Palestine, in addition to various films and an introductory workshop. We welcome everybody–students, friends, community members, faculty, and staff. All events will have facilitated discussions after the main event.

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW): March 4th- 8th. More info about the international movement:


Events for the week

Author and Activist, Remi Kanazi
Hosted by MSP and The Rachel Corrie Foundation
Time: 2-4 pm workshop, 6 pm poetry reading
Location: the Washington State Labor Council, 906 Columbia St. SW.

Student Report back from Palestine
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Lecture hall 3

Intro to Israel/ Palestine
Location: Lecture hall 3

Film screening: Five Broken Cameras
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Film Screening: Slingshot Hip-Hop
Time: 7 pm
Location: lecture hall 3

Sponsored by Mid-East Solidarity Project


10) Webinar: Advocating for the Homeless
Monday March 4th from 1 to 2 PM

This from the Housing Alliance:

Our Next Learn at Lunch Webinar: Advocacy Messaging 101
Monday, March 4
1:00 – 2:00pm
Register here

How we talk about housing and homelessness and the words we use to advocate are extremely important. Our next Learn at Lunch presents more than a decade of campaign-proven public opinion research on the most effective messages to make our case in the legislature. These are advocacy frames focused on passing the programs and legislation that save lives, like Housing Trust Fund, Housing and Essential Needs/Disability Lifeline, and the Fair Tenant Screening Act to name a few.

Join Michael Anderson for Advocacy Messaging 101

Michael Anderson is the Deputy Director of the Housing Trust Fund Project at the Center for Community Change. He helped the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance develop the messaging that we now utilize in all of our materials. He has been at the forefront of the national dialogue on housing and homelessness issues. As a result, Michael’s thoughts on how to frame advocacy on these issues are a must-hear for anyone interested in understanding how to talk about affordable housing and homelessness in a way that really speaks to our audiences.

We’ve had Michael Anderson speak at previous workshops and conferences. His talks are both engaging and entertaining. So, this is a Learn at Lunch you don’t want to miss.

Hope you’re able to join us!


Ben Miksch
State and Federal Policy Associate

206.442.9455 x204 | wliha.com | fb @wliha | tw /wliha

Our vision is that all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities. Help us make this vision a reality: click here to donate.


11) Community Gardens, 2nd Meeting
Monday March 4th from 4 to 6 PM @ TESC Student Activities

Wanna join the Community Garden Movement? These folks will plug you in. This is a Greener thing but everyone is welcome.

This from the organizers:

Community Gardens will be having its 2nd meeting of the 2013 season on Monday, March 4th at 4pm in Student Activities. Thanks to all who came to the Info Session on Feb. 11th. We have so many new faces!

ALL Gardeners are Welcome!
Students, faculty, alumni and friends.

* We are accepting applications until the end of the month (Feb.31st)
* If you turned in an application, this meeting is important to learn about the next steps

– Plot Assignments
– Workshops (dates, times, solidify)
* Gardening for Beginners!
– Greenhouse extension work party
– Fence line (begin written agreement drafting)
– March 9th: Garden Cleanup!


12) POWER Outage: How to Survive Work First
Monday March 4th, Potluck at 5:30, Meeting at 6 PM @ Darby’s Café, 211 5th Ave SE

Come learn how to deal with the social services bureaucracy.

This from POWER:

Monday, March 4th
How To Survive WorkFirst!

Learn from the real experts, other low income mamas,
about your rights and how to navigate a seemingly impossible program.

POWER Outage begins with a potluck meal at 5:30 pm.

Bring something to share if you are able.

Discussions from 6 – 8 pm.

At Darby’s Café in downtown Olympia, 211 5th Avenue,

The café is closed, but the owners kindly let us use the space.

Childcare will be provided Down the Street at the POWER office
309 5th Avenue by the Olympia Childcare Collective!

Monday, April 1st – no fooling!
What Are We Thinking?!

Are you ever curious about the complicated interactions of the heart and mind? Back by popular demand, the very talented, Claudia David will lead us on a tour of the artistry and mess of the human condition, including how do our bodies respond to stress, and how do we recover?

POWERis an organization of low-income parents and allies advocating for a strong social safety net while working toward a world where children and care giving are truly valued, and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated.

You can reach us at 360-352-9716 toll free 866-343-9716
info@mamapower.org http://www.mamapower.org Find us on Facebook.

13) Laura Carlsen in Olympia
Monday March 4th from 7 to 9 PM @ The Olympia Center, 222 N Columbia St
and Tuesday March 5th, 11 AM to 1 PM @ TESC Sem II Room E1105

This from Peter:

Laura Carlsen will be giving two major talks in Olympia,

1) Latin America’s Challenge to Neoliberalism
Monday, March 4, 2013 7-9pm
Olympia Center, Room 101
222 N Columbia St, Downtown Olympia


2) A Nation at Risk: Drug Wars, Democracy, and Dependency in Mexico
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11am-1pm
The Evergreen State College, Seminar II, Room E1105
Laura Carlsen is a political analyst and writer who has lived in Mexico City for 25 years and is the Director of The Americas Program, http://www.cipamericas.org, at the Center for International Policy, She has written extensively on NAFTA, the drug war, immigration and gender issues in Americas Updater, Counterpunch, La Jornada and others. She is a columnist for Huffington Post and Foreign Policy in Focus, and a commentator with Al Jazeera, CCTV, NBC, Democracy Now!, NPR and Mexican television and radio stations. Laura Carlsen is co-editor of “Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico” and has participated as an analyst and activist in the movement against militarization and the drug war on both sides of the border.

Both events are free and open to the public!

Sponsored by OMJP (Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace), Tesc MEChA and the Tesc Political Economy and Social Movements Program.
my web-page: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/bohmerp


14) Film Screening: Five Broken Cameras
Wednesday March 6th at 6 pm @ TESC Lecture Hall 3

This movie is supposed to be a very good depiction of the Israeli apartheid state.

This from the organizers:

A screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras. In this moving documentary, a Palestinian farmer chronicles his village’s nonviolent resistance to the presence of encroaching Israeli settlers and military. As camera after camera gets shot or otherwise destroyed, the farmer continues filming.


15) Forum on Homelessness
Thursday March 7th from 10 AM to 12 PM @ First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE

This is through Interfaith Works:

Are you interested in issues of housing and homelessness?

Please join Curt Andino, Executive Director of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, and Phil Owen, Program Director of Sidewalk, for a moderated discussion of best practices in the field of rapid-rehousing and zero-barrier housing.

All local service providers, advocates, policy makers, and community members with an interest in, or opinion about, issues of housing and homelessness are strongly encouraged to attend.

Thursday March 7th
10 AM – 12 PM
at the
First United Methodist Church of Olympia
1224 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please feel free to print and distribute the attached flier.

For more information: contact 360-956-3456 ext. 4 or volunteer@spshabitat.org

16) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Demand peace.




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