Oly Oly Action 4_18_13 Empty Streets

Action Alert Calendar
Empty Streets:

1) FYI Section:
1B) Democracy School
1C) Tell Olympia City Council NO ON COAL TRAINS!
1D) Low Income Housing Alliance Update
2) Film Screening; Empowered: Power From the People
3) Olympia Anarchist Convergence
4) Green Party of South Puget Sound Meeting
5) Poetry Reading Feat: Sam Cook and Michael Lee
6) Film Screening: Who Bombed Judi Bari?
7) Global Days of Listening
8) Film Screening: Bidder 70
9) Earth Day in Oly
10) Pack the Courtroom for Arrested Olympia Protester
11) Workshop: What Kind of Man Are You?
12) Film Screening: The Listening
13) Bonus Tip of the Day

Hey Kids!

Concerning Margaret Thatcher: She was a friend of Augusto Pinochet and she was an enemy of Nelson Mandela. That tells you all you need to know.


Concerning Boston; it is natural to be more concerned about members of your own tribe than about members of other tribes; the people of Boston are Americans and I personally know people in the Boston area. It has more impact when Americans are killed than when people on the other side of the world are killed.

However, I would point out that much deadlier bombings are almost daily occurrences in those two countries that recently experienced the fortune of having democracy imposed upon them by the American military — and I would point out that these bombings are barely mentioned on our Media Machine even though we are directly responsible for causing the milieu in which those bombings occur — yet we’ve had wall-to-wall coverage of the Boston bombing for two days now.

What would happen if they listed the names of every woman and child killed by the bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan every evening on the news? What if they showed pictures of the hundreds of children that have been killed and maimed by Obama’s drone strikes along with short biographies and descriptions?

How long do you think people would continue to stand for it?

My first thought upon hearing Boston had been bombed was that this was the anticipated staged ‘national emergency’ that they would use as an excuse to declare martial law. During martial law the Constitution is suspended and the entire country is placed under military rule. (The laws for doing this have long been in place.) However, when they did not immediately name the perpetrators or shoot some patsy within a few hours, then this meant it was probably an actual independent attack rather than a government-sanctioned inside job.

As of this writing [Wednesday evening] they have still not named or caught anyone.

That being the case, I hereby predict that these bombings were done by a right-wing domestic group. (It was tax day — significant only to Americans — and killing three people with amateur bombs at some obscure event in Boston is not Al Qaeda’s style.) If so then that is good as that means they will use this bombing as an excuse to further trash our civil liberties rather than using it as an excuse to go trash yet another Third World country; the American government is our problem and we are responsible for dealing with it. When they are conducting their nasty business in foreign countries it is much easier for them to hide it from us whereas when they are oppressing us here at home it is in everyone’s face — and maybe this time they’ll finally go too far and maybe they will finally trigger the revolution! (I would suggest not holding your breath, though…)

…which brings us to the Question of the Week:

Why Aren’t People Out in the Streets?

So what would you do if someone ripped off a major portion of everything that you owned and rather than arresting the thief the police instead billed you and then gave that money to the thief too!

This would not stand, right? You would be raising ruckus and sowing mayhem, right?

Well that is exactly what just happened to the whole country…

I am on the record as predicting that Obama would approve the Keystone Pipeline and that he would sell us out on Social Security and Medicare.

He hasn’t approved Keystone — yet — but he did just announce that rather than taxing the rich corporate ‘people’ who caused this whole mess — and many of whom pay $0.00 [ZERO Dollars] per year in federal income tax — our Dear Leader is instead going to make low-income pensioners and the disabled pay for it.

Social Security has been the most successful program in human history for preventing poverty amongst the elderly and disabled. Many are utterly dependent upon the few hundred dollars per month that Social Security pays out to simply sustain themselves.

Obama has just said that he is willing to sell these people down the river in order that several of the most profitable companies in human history (such as Exxon Mobil, General Electric, and the Bank of America amongst many many others for instance) can continue to pay $0.00 [ZERO Dollars] in federal income tax.

Knowing liberals they will make a lot of noise and then cave in and continue supporting Obama.

Note: Rather than an ‘entitlement’ Social Security is a benefit that is paid for throughout one’s working lifetime — and it is a tax that is paid disproportionately by working people since any income over something like $125,000 per year is not subject to the Social Security tax.

Note: Social Security adds not a single penny to the budget deficit. The Social Security tax is a separate tax and its funds are theoretically though not always in fact kept separate from the general fund. There is currently over $2 trillion in the Social Security Trust Fund (in the form of US Treasury Bills, not worthless pieces of paper as alleged by King George the Dumber) and the Social Security Trust Fund — as it is — is good to go for the next 20 years.

With some minour tweaks (such as significantly raising the income cap subject to the Social Security tax, for instance) it would be good to go indefinitely.

Why is this a crisis?

It is a crisis because Wall Street’s cash cow has almost been milked dry (Southern Europe, Cyprus, and the Russian Oligarchs, check — guess we’re down to looting the Social Security Trust Fund…) and they want to continue gambling with other people’s money since that is evidently all they know how to do and so Obama’s corporate bosses want that $2 trillion in the Social Security Trust Fund so bad that they are salivating over it and have been for decades now.

Thus, rather than the Social Security defined benefit that you are guaranteed for your entire life, they want instead for your future to be dependent upon the whims of Wall Street.



As he gazed out of the White House window at hundreds-of-thousands of war protesters, Richard Nixon famously said to Henry Kissinger, “They are coming to get us, Henry!”

Good. Governments should fear their people, not the other way around. How Nixon felt that day is exactly how a president should always feel: If you screw up then we are coming to get you!

My theory is that most people are good people and that if a significant portion of the populace knew what was really going on then they would rise up in outrage. All of the information is there in your face — if you know where to look.

The problem is that hardly anyone knows where to look.

So how do we get through to these folks? I riffed last week on the near impossibility of dissuading people from their ‘beliefs’. People also have an amazing ability to not see things that they don’t want to see. If someone’s very self-image and worldview are utterly dependent upon certain facts (i.e. that America is the shining beacon of truth and light and the hope of the world, for instance) then how many people can accept that all those facts are completely wrong?

That is one theory as to why people aren’t out in the streets. Manipulation of the media and ‘manufacturing’ public consent is how they get away with running a country that tortures and murders people and puts them in prison for decades without a trial yet presumes to lecture others on human rights. This is how Obama can get away with trashing our most vital core civil liberties and how he can get away with mass-murdering women and children and how he can get away with mass-incarcerating protesters and whistle blowers whilst high-level crime runs rampant without even the pretense of a fig-leaf for accountability. That is how Obama gets away with running the country for the sole benefit of Wall Street and to the very great detriment of everyone else (including Social Security recipients) yet still maintain support from the ‘liberals’. That is how Bush got away with lying us into a war without getting lynched. That is how they convinced most Americans that the Iraqi/ Afghani/ whatever people who are defending their country from foreign invaders are the ‘bad’ guys while we — the armed foreign invaders looters and occupiers — are the ‘good’ guys. This is how they convinced most Americans that 19 people who voluntarily gave their lives on 9-11 in a certain-death suicide mission to make a symbolic gesture against their oppressors were ‘cowards’ whilst kids sitting in front of computer consoles in Nevada as they pilot drones that mass-murder women and children in Pakistan and Yemen are considered the ‘good guys’.

If you question any of these assumptions you are immediately branded an off-the-charts radical and you are dismissed even though all of these assumptions are utterly ridiculous on their face. They use the same justification they have always used when mass-murdering indigenous people in order to steal their stuff: We are bringing ‘civilization’ to a benighted people. We are bringing ‘democracy’ to the ignorant heathens. America is the shining beacon of truth and light and the hope of the world. How can anything we do be wrong?

People actually believe this crap. That is another reason why they aren’t out in the streets.

One of the few ‘heathens’ whose opinion was ever sought about what they thought of Western civilization (Gandhi, to be specific) replied that he thought it would be a good idea.


For a long time I’ve wanted to take on a project to list all the major exceptions to the Constitution’s rules. For instance: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech” would be amended to say, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech as long as no one listens to what you say.”

If you are saying something that they don’t want to hear — and if too many people start listening to what you are saying — then they will try — and usually succeed — at shutting you up.

One way or the other.

Another Gandhi quote: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.”

True — sometimes…

…but sometimes not.

If it is something they care about enough (such as the Kennedy assassination and 9-11 Truth, to provide two examples) Gandhi’s aphorism would have to be altered to this: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then they kill you.”

People who tell the truth are systematically marginalized by the Media Machine. Over the Kennedy assassination alone hundreds of people were killed to shut them up.

Amy Goodman has done the best job of skating that thin line between telling the truth and not going so far that she can be effectively marginalized and thus she can maintain some credibility and influence. I can’t do that but I understand Amy’s doing it. That is why she maintains a pretense of ‘objectivity’ even though it is obvious that she has an agenda. That is why she maintains her unemotional delivery style without any personality or judgments showing through. That is why even Amy won’t touch 9-11 Truth with a ten-foot pole.

It’s time to get to work…

1) FYI Section:


This sucks so monumentally that I can’t find words.

Make noise, please. Write call email fulminate. Contact the Tanzanian embassy and then lie and say you’re a rich American tourist who will never again set foot in Tanzania due to this outrage.

This is from Avaaz:

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately.

Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.

President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he’ll respond to global media and public pressure — to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world’s most majestic animals, and tell everyone before it is too late. This is our last hope:


Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to kill. In 2009, when they tried to clear our land to make way for these hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and beaten. Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from helicopters. This killing goes against everything in our culture.

Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect it’s just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals. The government claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect on our people’s way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our animals graze, or both.

President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania’s tourists – a critical source of national income – and does not want a big PR disaster. If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him think twice. Stand with us now to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:


This land grab could spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.

With hope and determination,

The Maasai elders of Ngorongoro District


The Guardian: Maasai fury as plan to lure Arabian Gulf tourists threatens their ancestral land

allAfrica: Land Grab Could Spell ‘The End of the Maasai’

IPP Media: Maasai villagers frustrate efforts to vacate for Ortelo

The Guardian: Tanzania denies plan to evict Maasai for royal hunting ground

The Guardian: “Tourism is a curse to us”

New Internationalist Magazine: “Hunted down”

Society for Threatened People: Briefing on the eviction of the Loliondo Maasai

FEMACT: Report by 16 human rights investigators & media on violence in Loliondo


1B) Democracy School

Hi Greens, and others interested in Democracy School:

Planners are now Gillian, Mary, Talitha, and myself. If you want to be a part of the planning, please come to the next meeting!! The more planners, the better. NEXT MEETING: Thursday April 11, 6:00, Traditions.

We are aiming for Sunday, May 19, for our Democracy School. Gillian will be contacting Kai to see if he can conduct the school. We may have to adjust the date to accommodate him. In the meantime, the Labor Council has rented us a large room @ $161 for the whole day.

Democracy School will have its traditional content (the history of how our democracy was highjacked by government policy and Supreme Court decisions favoring corporate welfare, and the awareness that we need to take it back), but the real emphasis will be on what our community needs to do to create a Community Bill of Rights that reflects our values and wishes. In other words, what would the wording be for a CBR in our particular community.

To that end, we hope activists from each and every field will join us – peace activists, environmentalists, human rights workers, everyone. In crafting our CBR we need to hear from everyone and we need everyone to agree on the resulting document.

It’s possible our group will not be able to complete the writing process on May 19, and that a continuing group will want to meet over the next month or two to finish it.

To give everyone maximum encouragement to come, we will invite whole groups of people over listservs, and also call and personally invite people. At our last meeting we started a list of people to personally invite. We have not singled them out for their importance but really just because someone in our group knows them and would feel comfortable calling them. And also, of course, because if even half of them come, we’ll have a lot of groups represented.

PLEASE REVIEW THE NAMES BELOW AND SEE IF YOU CAN THINK OF OTHERS. We may have left out whole fields of activity! Please help fill in the gaps!

Peggy Bruton
Walt Jorgensen
Bob Jacobs
Carole Richmond
Zena Hartung
Jim Lazar

Vets for Peace
Doug Mackey
Terry Zander
Dennis Mills
Mark ____?

Occupy Oly
Alex Day
Lee ___?

Thurston Public Power
Chris Stearns
John Pearce
Doug Riddel
Tom Nogler

Glen Anderson
Bourtai Hargrove Chuck Schultz
Rozanne Rantz
Kerri Griffis

Jill Esbeck
Phil Owen
Danny Kadan

Jody Mackey
Dick Meyers

Port Protesters
Jo Robinhood
Patty Imani

Peter Bohmer
Zoltan Grossman
Larry Mosqueda
Savinna Choudhry

Media Island
Utah Pete
Bruce Wilkinson

Climate Action
Barb Scavezze
Sherri Goulet
Rod Tharpe

Monica Peabody

Treaty Rights
Mike Cody
Marylea Coday

Media People
Dan Bennett Matt Green
Janine Unsoeld
Molly Gibbs

Green Party
Dana Walker
Scott Yoos
Roy Olson
Ryan Jones

Various & Sundry
Gar Lipow
Beth Doglio
Eli Sterling
Kurtz (Habitat for Hum.)
Bob Kirschmier
Bernie Myers
T.J. Johnson
Cathy Wolfe

We will invite people from other areas to hear about their experiences with CBRs. Naomi Barris from Bellingham is ready to come and tell us about their experience. We’ll be contacting the Longview and Port Townsend people as well.

We wanted to have a second, FORMAL Democracy School and invite elected representatives to it, but now we think that should wait until we have a Community Bill of Rights statement that we can all get behind.

You’ll be hearing more, so stay tuned.

(for the planning committee)

Janet Jordan


1C) Tell Olympia City Council NO ON COAL TRAINS!

This from CREDO:


Pass a resolution confirming the city’s strong opposition to any new coal export terminals being built in the Pacific Northwest.

Why is this important?

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution (#14779) last August opposing new coal exports citing many reasons for their action. Olympia should follow suit.

The coal industry wants to turn the Pacific Northwest into North America’s largest hub for shipping coal abroad.

While the Northwest would get radically increased coal train traffic and additional air and water pollution, Asian countries would receive cheap American coal, which would perpetuate their fossil fuel dependence and impede the pace of transfer to clean energy technologies. The coal industry, of course, would boost its profits. And we’d all suffer the consequences of supercharged climate change.

Dozens of cities in the region have passed resolutions declaring their opposition to coal exports or their concerns with coal export terminal proposals. With each city that weighs in, our momentum in the fight to stop coal exports grows.

Residents of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington deserve better. The industry has deep pockets and lots of political influence, but grassroots action is a proven method for creating change and fighting back against injustice.



1D) Low Income Housing Alliance Update

The House released their budget today at noon and we believe it’s a good start.

• Invests $71 million in the Housing Trust Fund
• Preserves the Housing and Essential Needs program and the Aged, Blind, & Disabled program
• Protects Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

But we have a long way to go. Now that we know where both the Senate and the House stand on housing and homelessness, so begins our work in advocating for a final a budget that truly preserves the state’s safety net and makes strong investments in the Housing Trust Fund and Washington Families Fund.

Right now is the time to get on the phone, call your Senator’s office, and tell them to match the House’s budget of $71 million for the Housing Trust Fund and to preserve the state’s safety net programs.

Thank you for your advocacy,


Michele Thomas, Director of Policy and Advocacy
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

206.442.9455 x205 | wliha.com | fb @wliha | tw /wliha

P.S. As we did with the Senate budget, we’ll have our in-depth analysis of the House budget at the Housing Alliance Blog, so be sure to check here later for the latest information.

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.


2) Film Screening: Empowered: Power From the People
Friday April 19th at 9 pm @ the Capitol Theatre, 206 5th Ave SE

Come learn about revolution.

This from the Olympia Film Society:

April 19 only at 9:00pm ~ Environmental Film Fest (no volunteer cards)
Empowered: Power For the People

Dir: Shira Golding Evergreen / 2013 / US / 83 min / High Definition Digital

Is it possible for an entire community to live ‘off the grid’? Well, it is achievable and it’s happening in Tompkins County, New York. In Empowered: Power From the People, the feat that this East Coast town has accomplished is examined to understand how they did it, and how it could be possible for us all. Through pointed interviews with residents and city leaders, this informative documentary takes us behind the scenes to reveal how a small town that lives under a blanket of clouds for most of the year has managed to shed its dependence on fossil fuels and local power companies by using sustainable energy methods from wind and solar power to bio-diesel and geothermal energies. Positive and motivational, Empowered: Power From the People paints an enlightening portrait of a town in the midst of an energy revolution.


3) Olympia Anarchist Convergence
Saturday and Sunday April 20th / 21st from 10 AM to 6 PM @ TESC

Time to break out the black flags and instigate some revolution!

Come learn about Anarchism. It’s likely not what you think it is.

This from the organizers:

In the city of Olympia on April 20th & 21st of 2013 we will be hosting a gathering of anarchy accompanied by presentations, books and conversations!

This event will present some of the projects and people that have comprised Olympia’s communities, and the greater Puget Sound Area, for decades. The website is https://olympiaanarchy.noblogs.org/

Dates & Location

The event will be held at the Evergreen State College 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW Olympia, WA 98505 on April 20th and 21st. The event will include presentations, conversation and books during the days and entertainment during the evenings.

How to request to facilitate a conversation

The first day of the convergence will include presentations and workshops moving into awesome discussions. The second day is going to emphasize Conversations, for both people who are new to anarchist ideas and as well as experienced radicals and activists. We would like our introductory conversations to be respectful, thematic, and softly facilitated. Themes are being proposed AS YOU’RE READING THIS! If you have a conversation idea or wish to request to be a facilitator contact us at https://oly_anarchy@riseup.net

How to request a table

A large room of the Seminar Building will include booksellers, distributors and independent presses from all along the West Coast but with an emphasis on the Northwest in general. If you’d like to table this year, provide a short description of your thing and the materials you intend to distribute. The deadline to request a table is March 15th, 2013. Contact us at https://oly_anarchy@riseup.net

…planned, thus far

Friday, 19th:

8 pm – ?:Drag Show/Opening Party, location tbd

Saturday, 20th:

10 am – 6 pm: presentations/workshops, discussions & tabling

8 pm – ?: something fun!

Sunday, 21st:

10 am – 12 pm: History of Anarchy in PNW

12 pm – 6 pm: Conversations & tabling

8 pm – ?: After Party/Dance Party, location tbd

Monday, 22nd:

11 pm – 2 pm: Brunchin

More Information



4) Green Party of South Puget Sound Meeting
Saturday April 20th; Potluck at 6, Meeting at 7 PM
Upstairs Above Buck’s 5th Avenue, 209 5th Ave SE

Come plug in with the most successful challenger to the one-party two-faced sham.

This from Janet:

Meeting of the Green Party of South Puget Sound

The meeting will be at Buck’s Fifth Avenue — second story room at 209 5th Avenue SE in downtown Olympia.

The potluck starts at 6:00 and the business meeting at 7:00. See you there!

Janet Jordan

5) Poetry Reading Feat: Sam Cook and Michael Lee
Saturday April 20th at 6 PM @ Last Word Books, 211 E. 4th Ave

It’s activist performance art!

This from the organizers:

Last Word Books will be hosting two Minnesota poets, Sam Cook & Michael Lee at Last Word Books in Olympia on April 20th at 6pm.

Sam Cook is a National Poetry Slam champion who resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sam received a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, and is a Co-Founder of Button Poetry, which co-produced and cast the Poetry Observed video series. He is the Director and Coach of the two-time national champion St. Paul Soapboxing poetry slam team, and he has coached the University of Minnesota and Macalester College slam teams to numerous Finals Stage appearances and awards over the past three years. These awards include a national title at CUPSI 2011 and the “Best Poet” award three years running. Sam is committed to reaching out to youth in Minnesota and nationwide, through poetry, performance and a deep love for tomfoolery.

Michael Lee is a Minneapolis poet, performer and youth worker. Michael ranked ninth at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam and was named the 2011 “Best Individual Poet” of Collegiate Nationals (CUPSI). He is a recipient of the 2011 Verve Grant and was a finalist for the 2010 LOFT Literary Centers’ Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose. Michael performs and conducts poetry workshops at rehabs, homeless shelters, religious/spiritual institutions, youth programs, colleges and high schools in Minnesota and around the country. When he is not performing or conducting workshops he works as a Youth Counselor at Avenues For Youth, a homeless shelter on Minneapolis’ North Side. He has dedicated the last several years of his life to serving youth in his community and around the country by sharing his love for poetry, expression, and learning.


6) Film Screening: Who Bombed Judi Bari?
Saturday April 20th at 9 PM @ the Capitol Theatre, 206 5th Ave SE

Come learn about how the FBI bombed Earth First! founder Judi Bari and then tried to blame her for blowing herself up.

This from the Olympia Film Society:

April 20 only at 9:00pm ~ Environmental Film Fest (no volunteer cards)

Who Bombed Judi Bari?

Dir: Mary Liz Thompson / 2012 / US / 93 min / High Definition Digital

In 1990, environmental activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were on their way to an Earth First! music festival when their car was bombed. This near-fatal incident resulted in extensive injuries for them both, with Bari and Cherney being falsely arrested for car-bombing themselves. In the documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari? this shocking case is explored in detail. Through archival news footage and interviews, including Bari herself, who died seven years after the bombing, we are given clues and evidence and suspicions behind this incident that happened many years ago, but still has not been solved. Telling the gripping story of dedicated environmental activists forced to fight against faceless corporate entities, Who Bombed Judi Bari? is a rarity in that it offers a $50,000 reward to anyone who can provide sufficient information in helping to solve this case. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter calls this film, “Tough and intriguingly well-told.”


7) Global Days of Listening
Sunday April 21st All Day Skype Call

This is through Olympia FOR:

Sun April 21: Global Days of Listening: On the 21st day of each month, you can connect by telephone and/or computer (through Skype software) with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other peacemakers of all ages in many countries around the world. In the US’s Pacific Time Zone it runs from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m.

You can listen to the live broadcast at http://globaldaysoflistening.org/pages/livestream or visit the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants to listen or help. Info:www.globaldaysoflistening.org Local info: Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757DougWMackey@gmail.com or Chuck Schultz (360) 705-8520chuckschultz3@msn.com

8) Film Screening: Bidder 70
Saturday April 21st at 5 PM @ the Capitol Theatre, 206 5th Ave SE

Come learn how Tim DeChristopher crashed an illegal auction of public lands that the Bush Administration tried to sneak through at the last minute and wrecked their whole plan.

This from the Olympia Film Society:

April 21 only at 5:00pm ~ Environmental Film Fest (no volunteer cards)

Bidder 70

Dir.: Beth Gage/George Gage / 2012 / US / 73 min / High Definition Digital

In 2008, Tim DeChristopher filed into an oil and gas leasing auction sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. DeChristopher was posing as Bidder #70 and in the auction he won access rights to 12 parcels of federal land, a total of 22,000 acres, for the price of $1.7 million. DeChristopher never had any intention of drilling, of course, nor was he remotely capable of raising the money to make good on his bid. Thus, enter the federal justice system and, eventually, this documentary, which tells the whole story of a unique and courageous act of civil disobedience. Beth and George Gage’s Bidder 70 is a highly inspirational account of DeChristopher’s life since then, including his beliefs on climate change, his activist efforts to bring about necessary political changes to save the future of our planet, and his reflections on his indictment on two federal charges and the current state of our democracy,” writes Kalvin Henely of The House Next Door website. “There are a lot of environmental documentaries out there about inciting change, but Bidder 70 is one of the most affecting.”


9) Earth Day in Oly
Monday April 22nd from 6 to 9 PM @ TESC

It’s Earth Day in Oly!

Go to the Facebook Event page to plug in:


10) Pack the Courtroom for Arrested Olympia Protester
Tuesday April 23rd at 12:45 PM @ Olympia City Courthouse, 900 Plum Street SE

This from the organizers:

On the night of March 1st, a march left Woodruff Park in Northwest Olympia, heading for the 4th Avenue bridge into the downtown core of the city. The goal of the march was to call attention to the continued imprisonment of Maddy Pfeiffer after the release of grand jury resisters Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik and Matthew Duran from the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac. Maddy has since been released. All three were imprisoned for refusing to speak to a federal grand jury about the political views and associations of other people.

As the group marched down the bridge into downtown Olympia, a car refused to change lanes to avoid a collision and instead attempted to drive through the march. Luckily, no one was injured, but once the group reached the bottom of the bridge, police cornered the march and made a snatch-and-grab arrest of a single individual for allegedly striking the car with a flagpole.

The person arrested was Austin Nolen, a member of the Olympia community who had recently gained publicity when he became a vocal opponent of a proposal to arm police at The Evergreen State College with assault rifles. Olympia police originally told him that he would be charged with malicious mischief (potentially a felony), but this was later changed to two other charges, property damage and pedestrian interference. He was arraigned and pled not guilty to the two charges on March 12th.

In addition to the need to defend anyone in our community who is persecuted for their political activities, there are other troubling questions about the actions of the Olympia police. The police report for the incident reveals that, although a police officer claimed to have seen two individuals strike the car, and though he “observed and identified different members of the group by their clothing items and and items being carried,” he could not identify the other individual who allegedly damaged the vehicle. This raises the question of whether Austin was specifically targeted for his opposition to militarization of campus police or for another reason. Furthermore, emails released pursuant to a Public Records Act request show that, once arrested, Austin came under scrutiny from the Capital Region Gang Intelligence Group, though the extent of this scrutiny is not yet known.

Ironically, despite the fact that three members of our community spent months in federal prison, often in solitary confinement (a form of imprisonment which has been deemed to constitute torture by United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez), Austin is apparently the first person to be charged with a crime for resisting the federal grand jury. Property damage, an Olympia city ordinance, is a relatively serious offense, and can carry up to a 364-day sentence and a $5,000 fine. The other allegation, pedestrian interference, carries up to a 90-day sentence and a $1,000 fine. The fees associated with this case have already surpassed $2,500, and will increase further if the City of Olympia takes the case to trial.

Austin’s first pre-trial hearing is on Tuesday, April 23rd at 1:15pm at the Olympia Municipal Court, 900 Plum Street SE. One way to express support is to show up at 12:45pm for a brief rally before packing the courtroom. Other methods of support will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Support for all those resisting injustice and state repression, including:

Matt, Kteeo, Maddy and Kerry; Kevin Rashid Johnson, fighting for his life in the Oregon state prison system; the May Day 4, on trial in King County; the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace 7, on trial in Thurston County; Scott Yoos, still on trial in Thurston County; subpoenaed international solidarity activists in the Midwest; and everyone else who struggles for a freer, more humane world.


11) Workshop: What Kind of Man Are You?
Tuesday April 23rd at 6 pm @ TESC Seminar 2 Room A2109

Come indulge and develop some self-awareness!

This from Services not Silence:

What Kind of Man Are You? SEM 2 A2109

We know the statistics of sexual assault in the U.S. What can we do to help? This participatory, ongoing series explores men’s roles in reducing sexual violence. This workshop will be facilitated by men to breakdown male privilege, misogyny, masculinity, and machismo. It is open to everyone.


12) Film Screening: The Listening
Wednesday April 24th at 7 PM @ Traditions, 300 5th Ave SW

Come hear and insider’s view of the NSA.

This from the organizers:



Local author Elana Freeland hosts this 2006 Italian film about an aging NSA officer who, distraught by his knowledge of the largest surveillance operation in the world, mounts a clandestine counter-listening station high in the Italian alps.

105 minutes.
Q and A with Elana Freeland after the film.

Wed., April 24, 7 pm
Traditions Café
300 5th Avenue SW in Olympia

Elana Freeland’s Sub Rosa America book series is available on Kindle©, through Amazon.com, at Orca Books, and as ebooks or print-on-demand at http://www.sub-rosaamerica.com. Freeland is currently writing a book on chemtrails and their relationship to HAARP technology due for publication in late 2013.


13) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Educate someone today.




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