Oly Oly Action 4_4_12 Spotlighting

Action Alert CalendarSpotlight on the Blind Spots:

1) FYI Section:
1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Newsletter
1B) Kshama Sawant Needs Your Support
1C) Call for Honduran Activist
1D) Planning Sessions for March Against Monsanto
2) Monica Peabody’s Birthday Bash
3) Food Justice Workshop
4) Media Island/ EGYHOP Benefit Brunch
5) Film Screening: Brother Outsider; the Bayard Rustin Story
6) Self Defense with FORGE
7) Talks by Writer and Activist George Katsiaficas on Uprisings, 1968 and Today
8) Poverty Action Network “Save our Safety Net” Day
9) Panel about Political Prisoners
10) E.G.Y.H.O.P. Benefit
11) Bonus Tip of the Day
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Hey Kids!

The thing about writing stuff is that there are always caveats and nuances and all kinds of other stuff going on that I am usually aware of but since I already tend to wander far afield then often I leave stuff out if it doesn’t match my beat and/or to prevent distracting from a central point…

Anyway, I recently wrote a 12-page missive encouraging people to put personal differences aside and work together against the true enemy that is killing our planet. This does NOT mean that anyone should ‘accept’ oppression of any kind. If someone is being a sexist or racist asshole then call them out. You can’t call them out, though, if you never talk to such people.

I also understand that in some cases with some people that it is useless to call them out and they need to just be avoided if possible and restrained in some manner if not possible.

For instance: Did you know that a common practice amongst both slave owners and cops during the Jim Crow period (and the practice probably is still fairly common) was to specifically train dogs to viciously attack black people?

No. I am definitely not an advocate of making nice with such people and others should understand that these people honestly believe that black people are a mongrel substandard race that is polluting our pure white superior strain and thus destroying humanity and thus they are doing God’s work and they are absolutely convinced — as only a fanatic can be convinced — that oppressing black people is good of humanity. I have been around these people. I lived in very close proximity to large numbers of them for six years. With but few exceptions you aren’t going to talk very many of them out of their views…

Which — in my trademark circuitous manner — brings finally us to the theme of this week’s Alert:

Spotlight on the Blind Spots!

Have you ever noted how people often have a great deal of emotional capital invested into their ‘beliefs’?

Humanity needs to evolve to the next step in our journey. Since ‘beliefs’ permeate every culture that has ever been then I suspect that they provide some vital service in humanity’s survival strategy — but as is the case with the ‘Rule of Tooth and Claw’, I suspect that ‘beliefs’ are an attribute that humanity needs to evolve beyond because I don’t think we need them anymore. In fact, I think that ‘beliefs’ along with the ‘Rule of Tooth and Claw’ now represent detriments that are at best holding us back from being all that we can be and at worst a deadly threat to our future.

Having a ‘belief’ means that you are utterly convinced of something even without any supporting evidence or even in the face of contradictory evidence.

I’m sorry, but to me this seems irrational to the point of derangement and I consider ‘believing’ things to be a socially acceptable form of mental illness.

This is relevant because in order to preserve our world we need a large number of people out in the streets and we need most of the general public to be on our side — but the majority of general public live their lives by the tenets of their ‘faith’ or ‘beliefs’ and when it comes to their religions and their politics then a lot of that ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ has been implanted by the Machine.

In 1987 I was at a college-kid party in Geneva, New York engaged in debate with a Machine apologist when he said, “You keep talking about everything that’s wrong with America! Why don’t you ever talk about what’s right with America?”

Touché! This actually brought cheers from several of the kids who were listening in.

With a small smile and bow to his admirers, my debate opponent started moving on as if he had incontrovertibly smacked me down when I interrupted to ask if I could respond to that — and when my request was met with dead silence I said, “There is a lot that is very right about America and everyone knows what those things are and those things should indeed be acknowledged — but it is the things that are wrong that need to be exposed and talked about and fixed and so I think that is what we need to focus upon.”

This was logical and pretty much irrefutable and I swelled with pride that I had so effectively countered his argument — but the reaction from the surrounding kids was as if I had very loudly farted in a church. The fact that they had just enthusiastically supported my opponent and had very publically invested in their ‘belief’ in what my opponent had said made the fact that I so effectively blew his argument out of the water much worse and even amongst highly-educated upper-middle class white kids they couldn’t handle someone challenging their beliefs and they definitely didn’t like me after that.

People get really upset with you if you challenge their beliefs with facts — which means that if you want to communicate with someone you cannot challenge their deep beliefs — yet their deep beliefs often make no sense and/or they are highly counterproductive at best — and at worst they can be downright murderous.

I have not only been repeatedly astounded at the things that people believe but I have been repeatedly astounded at the things that people don’t know. I’ve been researching the stuff I write about for decades now so I don’t expect other people to know all the minutiae that I have embedded into my brain, but with some of the obvious stuff I’m afraid that I must sometimes question whether they don’t see this stuff because there isn’t enough light or if they don’t see it because they are blind?

Politician Blindness

If you are going to deal with politicians, for instance, never assume that they know anything. These people exist in an insulated bubble-world that often intersects or fails to intersect with actual reality in rather strange ways, and they are thus subject to major blind-spots in major areas. In addition, communication with politicians is further complicated by the fact that with but rare exceptions they will say whatever they think you want to hear and then they will do whatever their corporate paymasters tell them to do, and thus you cannot depend on what they say about virtually anything. I used to say ignore what they say and watch what they do — but if you know how to interpret political double-speak then you can often learn a lot from their lies too, so it sometimes does pay to listen to what they say so you can interpret it.

For one of the best examples of this that I have ever seen, watch this short video wherein Hillary Clinton’s political double-speak is translated into the truth:

The best way to gauge your politician’s priorities, though, is by looking up who gives them money, which you can do here: http://www.opensecrets.org/

Liberal Blindness

By now I am sure that everyone is already expecting me to once again go off on liberal blindness toward Obama — but actually I have noticed that a lot of liberals also don’t seem to have a clue about the homelessness issue. For instance, when I am selling Real Change I often have people approach me asking what my ‘issue’ or my ‘cause’ is. These are obviously people who care about ‘issues’ and ‘causes’ — which usually means they are liberals — yet in a majority of the cases when I start explaining Real Change, as soon as I utter the word ‘homeless’ I can literally see it: It’s like someone throws a light switch; their eyes go blank and they begin backing away saying, “Yeah, ok, well good luck with that…”

You would think that liberals, with all their professed human compassion, would be the leading proponents in dealing with this problem — but aú contraire! Instead, according to one city official, liberals are made ‘uncomfortable’ when they have to step over people who are sleeping on the sidewalk. They don’t like being confronted by mentally ill people asking for spare change in an aggressive manner. In addition, rather than actually dealing with the problem, liberals seem content as long as it is swept under the rug and they don’t have to actually look at it. The comfort or lack of same concerning the person who is actually sleeping on the sidewalk or who is forced to beg in the streets is obviously not a concern and so our good city has made the mere presence of homeless people illegal on city property (it was already illegal on private property) thus forcing them to go hide in the woods like animals where predators are free to prey on the homeless kids with near impunity — but where there are no uncomfortable liberals having to step over them.

It was liberals that did this.

And another thing about liberals: They are actually far worse on civil liberties issues than even the Republicans are. Back in the day New York and California led the charge in implementing the War on Drugs, Mandatory Minimum Sentences, and Three Strike Laws. In the course of my lifetime California’s public school system has gone from being the best in the whole world to 48th in the country — but they now have the 2nd biggest prison system in the world. (Not surprisingly, Texas is #1.) Those facts are interrelated.

It was liberals that did this.

California’s prison system is also one of the worst in the country as far as conditions for inmates are concerned. The California Department of Corrections is under federal receivership for failing to provide even a minimum of basic health care to their unconstitutionally overcrowded population. Governor Jerry Brown, that acclaimed liberal icon, has not lifted a finger to fix this.

Olympia Activist Blindness

Something about the local activist community I have noticed is that if anyone disagrees with any single aspect of the other person’s thing then they say that person sucks and they refuse to work with them. I really think we need to do the opposite, i.e. especially on important issues I think we need to work with anyone else who is working on that particular issue. I would also point out that by working with people who have different views you can then expose them to your own worldview and explain why you consider it to be better — and maybe you’ll see a couple of things you hadn’t previously considered either.

I slightly know a young girl who used to volunteer a lot at the CoOp and I saw her at the Rainbow Gathering. When I asked her once if she ever got involved in social justice activism she replied that she had tried to a couple of times but since she is anti-abortion (and in her case I believe that she is truly ‘pro-life’) she had gotten tired of other activists yelling at her and calling her names all the time.

Rand Paul has so far been the only senator who has called out Obama for his police-state drone-shite. The nut-case right-wingers also want to end the War on Drugs, audit the Federal Reserve, and seriously reduce America’s military footprint in the rest of the world.

Yes, I am fully aware that they also want to do a bunch of other crazy nut-case shite and I know that most of them are racists and sexists and I know that most of them are quite fanatical in a wide variety of areas — but on those three issues they are fighting the good fight and all three of those issues are vitally important — thus, if Rand Paul wants to push them then I’ll certainly have his back…

…and the whole time I will be calling them out on their desire to eliminate the Department of Education and I will point out the many fatal flaws of Libertarian/ Ayn Rand-ian economic theory. Since they follow beliefs rather than facts then that will probably prove useless in most cases, but they hear what you say regardless of their response, and in some cases maybe it wouldn’t be useless.

And yes, since I tend to agree with the liberals on most of the individual issues then I’ll even work with them — shining a spotlight on their blind-spots the whole time.

The Machine is the common enemy — not someone who disagrees with you about some issue.

Rich People Blindness

During my bud smuggling days, one of my Canadian driver-kids was a trust-fund kid that I will call Rad. I think that Rad worked for me because he enjoyed the adrenaline rush since he didn’t seem to need the money. Rad was a pleasant friendly kid who always seemed eager to please and eager to help.

One day we were in a coffee shop in Nelson when I got word that the buds were at the warehouse and that it was time to go commit my favourite federal felony. Rad was ready to rock (so he said) and so we took right off.

I later learned that for the several days he was with me, Rad had left his girlfriend stranded at their cabin eight miles out into the snowed-in winter woods of eastern British Columbia with no car no food no phone and no cigarettes.

I am convinced the thought that he was leaving his girlfriend in such a fix simply never entered Rad’s thinking. A couple of other things Rad later did convinced me that he has a syndrome that I call “Rich People Blindness” and my theory is that the act of depending upon someone else for anything at any time is simply not and has simply never been included in their view of reality — and so they simply don’t see it. It’s just not there. It’s not that they’re bad people for having this blindness — that would be almost like blaming the actual blind person for stumbling over the coffee table and spilling the coffee. Had Rad’s girlfriend been there and had she said, “Hey, Rad, if you’re taking the van away for several days then I need to stock up on a few things,” I am sure Rad would have responded by saying, “Oh yeah! Sure! Let’s do it!”

He didn’t leave her stranded because he was a thoughtless asshole; he left her stranded because her needs never crossed his mind. Since Rad had never struggled a single day of his life in obtaining anything he needed then he didn’t realize that anyone else ever needed to either. He assumed his girlfriend would take care of herself because that is what everyone in his world just always does — and indeed, while his girlfriend (who had a trust fund of her own) complained, she did not seem nearly as upset as I or nearly anyone else would have been at this seeming thoughtlessness.

I first became interested in this phenomenon when I understood that a lot of people who murder other people’s children for a living seemed to honestly love their own children. Wondering how this was even possible fascinated me on a human-understanding level and it seemed important to understand it for political reasons as well.

One more comment about Rad: The jail time involved for pot cases on the state level is simply not enough to convince most people that selling their friends to lessen their sentences is worth it. Thus, I wasted very little concern about ‘snitches’ during my dealer days. However, now that I know how the feds conduct their business, I am convinced that had the feds ever gotten their hands on Rad then Rad would have sold me and my entire Canadian crew to them in a heartbeat — and most of my Canadian crew were — at least in appearance — close personal friends with Rad.

It has been said that when informed of the fact the people were rioting because they had no bread, Marie Antoinette responded by saying, “Well let them eat cake!”

I have heard historians say that there is no evidence she actually said this and that it probably isn’t true — but the story is such a perfect metaphor that it should be true even if it isn’t.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if we destroyed our world not because rich people are evil but because they are blind?

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Relevant History

The last person to be prosecuted under the ‘Trading with the Enemy Act’ was Prescott Bush, father of ex-president George H.W. Bush and grandfather of ex-president George W. Bush. Prescott Bush had extensive business dealings with Adolph Hitler’s regime and rather than divesting when the war started Mr. Bush Sr. instead hired a lawyer — the infamous future CIA Director Allen Dulles — to help him hide his investments.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×581610

Keep in mind: Hitler was greatly admired by the American right and had they been in power at the time then history might have been significantly altered.

Prescott Bush was also named by General Smedley Butler as one of the conspirators in a serious and credible plot to overthrow Roosevelt with a military coup and install a fascist dictatorship a lá Benito Mussolini, who was also much admired by the American right.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2007/240707fascistcoup.htm

It is a very long and very sordid and very political story, but in the end Prescott Bush was never successfully prosecuted in either case even though both cases were thoroughly documented.

Thousands of Nazis flocked to the United States after the war; Nazis with all kinds of connections in the highest levels of government and finance; Nazis with vast fortunes they had just attained through murdering several million people and stealing all their stuff. (Side note: Hitler’s rocket scientists were also prized; at NASA they often joke about Germany’s conquest of the Moon.)

Also making the scene in all the coolest fascist circles was Allen Dulles’ brother John Foster Dulles who became Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Secretary of State; both of the Dulles brothers were amongst numerous very goodest buddies with all of these incoming Nazis (along with both the Bush and Kennedy families) and along with J. Edgar Hoover the Dulles brothers did more than anyone to boost the fascist trend of our country. It was John Foster Dulles and CIA operative Kermit Roosevelt (Kermit being the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, the cousin of Franklin Roosevelt, but has no known relation to Kermit the Frog) who orchestrated the Iranian Coup in 1953 that toppled a democratically elected and very popular prime minister named Muhammad Mossadeq and installed a brutal police state. (Most Americans know nothing of this history. Everyone in the Middle East is intimately familiar with it.) All of this eventually led to the Iranian Revolution which led to the Hostage Crisis which led to Iran Contra which led to the current penis-wagging and all of the other figoobliations that currently threaten our civilization with fiery apocalypse.

Go here for James Corbett’s take on all this:

http://www.corbettreport.com/war-with-iran-history-and-consequences/

The actual Nazis are mostly all dead now but their ideology and worldview permeate the highest levels of our government and business culture to this day; they are just much more covert about it than they used to be.

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A Word from your Sponsor!

So to wrap things up this week I have a really special treat for you!

(Fanfare, trumpets blaring, heralds singing etc.)

In my never ending quest to represent the cutting edge of edgy news and commentary here in South Puget Sound, it is my honour on this glorious day to bring you yet another Oly Oly Action First!

Yes, Kids, hang on to your seats because this is the premiere all-time-first official Oly Oly Action game-show contest!

I’m going to call it:

Dancing with the Sound Bites!

What is the one sound-bite/ metaphor that best describes the Disease?

Send in your entries now! You will win absolutely nothing but you will experience the thrill of seeing your idea published in this newsletter that is so exceedingly popular and beloved by the great Olympian masses that exist in my imagination!

(Remember that while the “99%” is already taken and while it is still very effective, I am thinking of something with which to maybe garnish that near-perfect legendary moniker…)

How about this: The most important job there is (motherhood) is given virtually no value (at least financially) whilst the least important job there is (stealing everything from everyone else and then sending it to the Cayman Islands) is given vast huge humongous vertiginously insanely hyper-overlarge value (at least financially).

That’s a pretty outrageously outrageous outrage but it’s too wordy for a sound bite.

How about this: The State of Washington literally throws disabled people out onto the streets whilst maintaining a tax exemption for private jets!

Still too many words.

How about this: The State of Washington is gutting programs that families with children depend upon for their ability to stay in their homes whilst maintaining a tax exemption for country club memberships!

And how about education? Even completely disregarding the profound social and societal benefits derived from providing your populace with quality education there is the purely financial fact that every study ever done reveals that even as ineffectively or inefficiently as government spends education cash the investment still invariably provides between 1,200% and 1,700% return on investment. Thus, even from the purely analytical economic cold Realpolitik viewpoint education spending is the best money a government can spend…

…but when the ‘rabble’ start educating themselves they start figuring out what is being done to them and unless they join in and start doing it themselves, then large numbers of them start questioning the ethics of looting the Third World (yes, please explain to me just how all our oil ended up under their sand, and please tell me again how the people defending their homeland from a foreign invader are the bad guys and the looting invaders are the good guys) and then they start refusing to mass-murder brown people for the benefit of Goldman $achs…

How about this: They are cutting funding to higher education whilst maintaining a tax exemption for facelifts!

I could not make this up.

How about this: It’s okay to let your kid watch people blowing each other’s heads off on the movie and video screens but it’s not okay for them to watch people making love there.

Or this: There are more blacks in prison now than were held under slavery at Emancipation.

None of those fit the qualifications for an efficient ‘sound bite’, though.

Which single thing best personifies this vile thing that is being done to us?

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

1A) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Newsletter

Oly FOR has a truly impressive newsletter that I highly suggest you check out.

(This is helping the ‘competition’ but in this case competition is a good thing!)

http://www.olympiafor.org/245%20Olympia%20FOR’s%20APRIL-MAY%20newsletter%20issue%20245.pdf

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1B) Kshama Sawant Needs Your Support

Poke a stick at the Seattle Machine.

Help Get Kshama Sawant on the Ballot! Volunteer Event!

This Saturday, April 6
12:00-2:30pm
The Sky Lounge at Lawrence Lofts
1818 E. Madison Street
Seattle

We need to collect 2,000 signatures to get Kshama Sawant on the ballot. We’ve already collected 760 in just two weeks! With your help we can gather the remaining signatures. Come join us this weekend to help build a left challenge to big business control of Seattle City Hall and the Democratic Party machine.

We’ll meet in Capitol Hill to get supplies and hear updates about the campaign, then split into teams and head out to different neighborhoods to gather signatures and discuss the campaign with our community.

Learn more about Kshama Sawant for City Council | http://www.votesawant.org
Contact | VoteSawant@gmail.com | 206-486-0099|

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1C) Call for Honduras

As you may or may not know the popular and democratically elected president of Honduras was overthrown by a brutal military coup that has installed a police state. As a result of the oppression Honduras now has the highest murder rate in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

It turns out that Obama was emulating his self-proclaimed role model Ronald Reagan and secretly supported this coup — and then again emulating Reagan he lied to us about it.

They have imprisoned an activist and his friends are putting out a call for Americans to contact the Honduran Supreme Court:

Please call and e-mail the Honduran Supreme Court and urge them to annul Chavelo’s sentence and free him immediately!

Sample scripts and info for calling and e-mailing is below. Please let Greg greg_mccain@yahoo.com or Brigitte Brigitte@soaw.org know if you call. Thanks!

Por favor, llamar y enviar correo electrónico a la Corte Suprema de Honduras y exigir que se anule condena Chavelo y liberarlo de inmediato!

Los scripts de ejemplo e información para realizar llamadas y correo electrónico está abajo. Por favor, digale Greg greg_mccain@yahoo.com o Brigitte Brigitte@soaw.org saber si usted llama. ¡Gracias!

Sample Script for Calls

Call 011-504- 2202-5124

Hola, soy (your name) y estoy llamando de (your country and organization, if applicable). Estoy muy preocupado por la falta de justicia en el caso de Jose Isabel Morales Lopez . La tardanza de 4 años entre su detención y su sentencia, la falta de evidencia en su contra, y muchos otros irregularidades en el proceso judicial de su caso requieren la anulación de su sentencia y su liberación inmediata. La comunidad internacional va a seguir de cerca la situación de José Isabel Morales y les urge que se anule su sentencia y dejarle en libertad inmediatamente.

Script for E-mails:

E-mail to: jcdiaz@poderjudicial.gob.hn and cedij@poderjudicial.gob.hn

Subject: Libertad para Jose Isabel Morales

Estimados Jueces de la Sala de lo Penal de la Corte Suprema,

Le escribo desde los Estados Unidos para expresar mi preocupación por la falta de justicia en el caso de José Isabel Morales López. La tardanza de 4 anos entre su detención y su sentencia es una violación clara del Código Procesal Penal de Honduras que exige la sentencia dentro de los 2 años. También, no se informo a el ni a sus abogados sobre la audiencia de sentencia, una depravación de su derecho a defenderse. La falta de evidencia en su contra y los irregularidades en el proceso judicial requieren la anulación de su sentencia y su liberación inmediata.

José Isabel Morales ya ha sufrido mas que 4 anos preso y la perdida de la vista en un ojo. Les urge anular su sentencia inmediatamente y dejarle en la libertad.

La comunidad internacional va a seguir el caso de José Isabel Morales y espero escuchar pronto de la resolución de su caso y su libertad.

Atentamente,
(Sign a name, organization, etc. with your city and country location)

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1D) March Against Monsanto

Monsanto bad. Monsanto very bad. They need a big giant raspberry.

There will be a large nationwide march to protest Monsanto on May 25th. There will be planning meetings at 3 pm every Sunday until the 25th of May at Media Island International (816 Adams St. SE) to make signs, come up with speakers, make flyers, design route, build puppets, get equipment, do outreach, etc., etc., etc. All welcome! Working time, meet as necessary to get it done. Call 352-8526 to check if there is any change in times.

The fight for our food!!!

On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto. This year I-522 on the ballot will require GMO labeling on our food!

https://www.facebook.com/labelitwa

Why do we march?
Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
Monsanto’s GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world’s bee population.

What are solutions we advocate?
Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”
Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.
Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.
Direct action against GMO crops.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.
Join us!

http://on.fb.me/ZUxe3o

https://www.facebook.com/events/363048070481162/
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2) Monica Peabody’s Birthday Bash
Friday April 5th from 8 to 11 PM @ McMenamins, 114 4th Ave. E

More activist self-care, this time celebrating the birthday of a legendary activist! It’s Monica’s birthday bash! Come here Monica perform with Vince Brown.

This from Vince:

Monica will be celebrating her birthday on Friday, April 5th by playing a show with me (Vince Brown) & whoever else cares to join us for a couple tunes at McMienamins Spar Cafe in downtown Oly. Stop by for dinner, a snack, a drink, or just to say Happy Birthday! We’ll be there from 8 till 11 PM. Hope you will be too!

https://www.facebook.com/events/170862073070370/
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3) Food Justice Workshop
Saturday April 6th from 11 AM to 1 PM @ 313 8th Avenue SE

Come learn about food politics.

This from the organizers:

Food Justice!: a workshop
6 April, Saturday 11am – 1pm
Taught by Kiran Nigam & Jenna Peters-Golden.

This fun and engaging workshop will explore how systems of oppression impact food — food access, agricultural (in)justice, and economies of food. We will break down how a system of oppression (through the lens of food justice) plays out individually/interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally. Participants will gain skills, language, and a sense of histories of oppression and resistances to inform their lives, relationships, communities, and activism This class is taught by members of the Aorta Collective, a group of educators devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. Aorta works as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training and planning. They base their work on an intersectional approach to liberation because they believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression.

http://www.aortacollective.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/355760307863770/
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4) Media Island/ EGYHOP Benefit Brunch
Sunday April 7th from 11 AM to 2 PM @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SW

This month’s benefit brunch we’ve teamed up with the Emma Goldman Youth Homeless Outreach Project. (These are the folks who ride bicycle trailers around downtown with clothes and food for homeless people.)

Media Island distributes undercovered information while EGYHOP takes care of undercovered people. Come enjoy some good food, good people, and good causes.

http://www.mediaisland.org/

http://www.oly-wa.us/FreeStore/EGYHOP.php

https://www.facebook.com/events/352011744903198/
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5) Film Screening: Brother Outsider; the Bayard Rustin Story
Sunday April 7th at 5:30 PM @ the Capitol Theatre, 206 5th Ave SE

Bayard Rustin was the central organizer of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington — yet he was ruthlessly purged from the movement because he was gay.

This from the Olympia Film Society:

April 7 only at 5:30pm Sponsored by SAGE Olympia

Brother Outsider: The Life

of Bayard Rustin

Dir: Nancy D. Kates/Bennett Singer / 2003 / US / 83 min / High Definition Digital

In 1963, Bayard Rustin was the chief organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where an estimated quarter of a million people listened to Martin Luther King deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech. It is now one of the most iconic moments in 20th century American history, but even then Rustin already had an impressive civil rights resume. He was a lifelong soldier in the battle for African-American rights, but he was also a gay man at a time when his brothers and sisters in the struggle were not always sympathetic. Eventually, harassed and stigmatized by the fallout from an arrest in 1953, Rustin was vilified and ostracized from that movement as a “pervert” and worse. This documentary draws on the reflections of people who knew him and, even more importantly, on an extensive store of oral interviews with Rustin conducted by the Columbia University Oral History Research Project. It also features excerpts from his FBI files and an investigation that bears all the fingerprints of notorious FBI director J. Edgar Hoover himself. The filmmakers say their film takes “a multifaceted approach to the material, reflecting the complexity of Rustin’s story.”

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/calendar/
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6) Self Defense with FORGE
Monday April 8th at 6 PM @ Location TBA

Come learn tactics for dealing with violent and aggressive people.

This from the organizers:

Room will be announced soon. This training will have 2 hours of physical training and 30 minutes of discussion.

Description:

This class is geared towards people new to self defense and those needing a refresher regardless of physical ability. Our class focus is based in self care and boundary-setting when others are violating your physical or emotional integrity. Learn basic psychological defense and safety planning. Learn how to throw devastating blows to your opponent’s weak areas using your knees, elbows, fists and feet. Learn defense against things such as chokes, hair pulls, and bear hugs. Bring your questions and enthusiasm! We look forward to seeing you there!

F.O.R.G.E. Mission (Freedom from Oppression through Radical Gender Expression)
Our goal is to provide a safe space for participants to train and gain empowerment in their bodies, minds, and spirits, while also providing an opportunity for discussions about making safer and less oppressive communities.

Description:

A class for folks of all genders who are interested in learning self-defense and dialoguing about community safety. Classes focus on developing personal self-care strategies and promoting social justice. Class is facilitated by Sarah Adams (community organizer and social justice advocate), Korel Ponti (Martial Arts Instructor and social justice advocate), and other guest speakers and teachers from the Pacific Northwest.

https://www.facebook.com/events/467010506704229/
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7) Talks by Writer and Activist George Katsiaficas on Uprisings, 1968 and Today
Monday April 8th at 7 pm @ Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave
Tuesday, April 9th at 7 pm @ TESC Lecture Hall 5

This from the organizers:

Talks by Writer and Activist George Katsiaficas, Monday, April 8th; Tuesday, April 9th.

George Katsiaficas will be giving the following two talks:

1) “Asia’s Unknown Uprisings”-Monday, April 8th at 7 P.M. at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E., based on his recently published two volumes—which analyzes South Korea, Indonesia, Tibet, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal and others.

2) “Uprisings, 1968, 2011 and today” Tuesday, April 9th, 10 A.M.-12:30 P.M. in Lecture Hall 5 at The Evergreen State College. George Katsiaficas will reflect on his classic book on 1968, Imagination of the New Left, and bring it up to date in examining current uprisings in the U.S. and globally.

George Katsiaficas is author or editor of eleven books, including ones on the global uprising of 1968 and European and Asian social movements. Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he co-edited Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party. A longtime activist for peace and justice, he is International Coordinator of the May 18 Institute at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea, and teaches at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

There is no charge for either event.
For more information contact, peterbohmer@yahoo.com

my web-page: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/bohmerp

https://www.facebook.com/events/155397227956376/
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8) Poverty Action Network “Save our Safety Net” Day
Wednesday April 10th All Day

PAN wants to flood legislators with phone calls on this day.

This from PAN:

Thousands of Voices on One Day Standing Up for TANF & DL:
#SaveOurSafetyNet DAY 4.10.13

On the heels of Gov. Inslee’s budget release just 24 hours ago, Poverty Action is springing into action to defend vital public programs that face devastating cuts or elimination. While we are pleased to see the Governor’s commitment to fully funding education and closing tax-loopholes, we were disappointed with his approach to funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Disability Lifeline programs, now called Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) and Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD).

These programs are the foundation of our state’s Safety Net and our communities simply cannot absorb another round of reductions to the programs that are keeping them, in many cases, alive.

During the current recession TANF and Disability Lifeline programs have taken a disproportionate share of budget cuts, while the need for programs to stabilize families remains at an all-time high. Unfortunately, the Governor is now continuing that tradition by allowing TANF to languish under inadequate funding and further dismantling Disability Lifeline programs, leaving thousands of disabled adults at almost certain risk of homelessness and hunger.

It does not have to be this way.

We can help preserve support for the Safety Net by galvanizing voices from all over Washington to demand a budget that reflects our values.

We’re putting out a statewide alert to amplify our voices with a targeted action on April 10. Join our statewide call in dayand help us flood lawmakers’ phone lines with a strong message to #SaveOurSafetyNet and fully fund TANF and Disability Lifeline programs.

Sign up today to add your name to the growing movement of Washingtonians standing up for the Safety Net.

Olympia needs to hear your voice. Pledge to take action on April 10. With the collective voices from Walla Walla to Aberdeen and everywhere in between, we can help save the programs that save lives.

Take the pledge TODAY!
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More on the programs we’re fighting to save:

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Washington’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program strives to improve the well-being of struggling families with children by helping them reach economic security through employment. Families with children who have incomes below 31% of the Federal Poverty Level and less than $1000 in assets are eligible for the program. TANF families receive a monthly cash grant to help cover the basics, such as rent, utilities, transportation, and personal health and hygiene products. The current grant amount for a family of three is $478 per month.

Disability Lifeline
The Disability Lifeline programs ensure that we will have access to support and the opportunity for a decent quality of life if we become disabled and are unable to work. Disability Lifeline is comprised of the Housing and Essential Needs program (HEN) and Adult, Blind, and Disabled program (ABD) that provides the foundation of the state’s Safety Net. The medical coverage and housing assistance provided by Disability Lifeline are often the difference between housing and homelessness, between a meal and going hungry, or between a visit to the doctor and remaining sick.
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9) Panel about Political Prisoners
Wednesday April 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM @ TESC Lecture Hall 3

This will be a panel about a seriously under-covered issue, i.e. political prisoners in the US. Kteeo and others will be speaking.

This from the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace:

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING…. A SUBPOENA
The Evergreen State College – Lecture Hall 3

Grand Jury Resistance – Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik and
grand jury resisters attorneys will share their thoughts
on the price of standing up for political freedom.

The US was founded on theories & principles of political freedom, but slavery, women’s suffrage, Japanese internment, repression of Communist/Socialist & Anarchist political beliefs demonstrate that US has consistently violated its theories & principles of political freedom. Jailing without charge, surveillance without court order, waterboarding & other forms of torture, and drone assassinations are the order of the day.

Olympia—Hometown of Women Who Stand their Ground

Sponsored by
Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace

http://omjp.net/

https://www.facebook.com/events/119493768240604/
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10) E.G.Y.H.O.P. Benefit
Wednesday April 10th at 8 PM @ Le Voyeur, 404 4th Ave E

Another benefit for the mounted knights of the Emma Goldman Youth Homeless Outreach Project!

Be there or be square!

From the organizers:

things we need:
+socks socks socks
+large jackets and hoodies (no sweaters)
+dark colored clothing, preferably not kids clothes
+hats, scarves, glovesn bins bins bins
+blankets, tarps, camping type things
+flashlights, batteries, tea candles…

If you buy a $5 special from Levoyuer and give it away you get a free Egyhop t-shirt?…what? yeah!

Performances by:
George Dopez
Everybody Weekend
VizualNoize
Strife
Aim
CrazyMonk
Double B

http://www.oly-wa.us/FreeStore/EGYHOP.php

https://www.facebook.com/events/160267937466296/
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11) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Shine a spotlight on something today.

Peace.

Dana

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    • I am entirely too wordy to limit myself to 120 characters so Twitter never appealed to me. I’ll be posting here every week, though. Thanks for the feedback.

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