Oly Oly Action 5_16 Career Opportunities

Action Alert Calendar
Career Opportunities:

1) FYI Section:
1A) Tamale Fusion Food Cart Kickstarter
1B) Peter Bohmer’s Charges Dropped or Deferred
1C) The Police State Marches On
2) Protest PSE Rate Increases
3) Fruition with the Hinges and DJ Oki Brown
4) NW Leonard Peltier and Mother Earth March and Rally
4B) Olympia Caravan to the Leonard Peltier and Mother Earth March and Rally
5) Mobroll: Olympia
6) Talking Crude: Stopping the Oil Trains
7) Occupy Love
8) OC3 Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis/ Really Really Free Market
9) M.O.B. Roll Tour 2013
10) Word Art Night Open-Mic feat. Asmaa’ Bint
11) Bonus Tip of the Day

Hey Kids!

The shills in the Media Machine are outraged because the government illegally tapped their phones. That is indeed outrageous and they are indeed correct to be outraged — but this makes me wonder where the defenders of the public’s right to know were when Obama’s storm troopers were stomping all over our basic civil liberties? I might have a little more sympathy for their plight if they had stood up for us…

I was out of town last weekend so I don’t have much commentary this week. At last report the world situation was still pretty desperate, as usual, and a quick perusal of the news reveals that this seems to remain more-or-less so.

I haven’t done the “Career Opportunities” thing for awhile so I’ll just redo that this week.

Career Opportunities!
THOUSANDS of positions available in your town and across the world!
Job Title:
Subversive Rabble Rousers and Related Trades
Required Skills:
The only requirement is a compassion for humanity. Everyone is good at something and the revolution needs everything. We have positions available for stone masons, organizers, clowns, farmers, conflict resolution experts, mad geniuses, buskers, doctors, acrobats, media people, mothers, zombies, politicians, computer techs, fund-raisers, musi¬cians, students, lawyers, witches, teachers, paper shufflers, general experts on whatever, and people to yell at other people entertainingly through a bullhorn. This is an equal opportunity revolution. No experience required.
Our benefits package includes a deep sense of satisfaction that can only be gained from doing the right thing, especially when you are doing it with a bunch of magical and beautiful people. Unless you are an incredibly vile human being you will make little if any money. It will, in fact, often cost you dearly. A desire for riches is not why you do things like this.
Reporting Date:
Who to Contact:
There are many choices depending upon your goals, skills, and issues. You can stay within the lines or you can travel to far reaches.

You’ve already signed up for this newsletter, so that’s a good start. I would also suggest stopping by Media Island sometime as we have lots of information about nearly everything (if you can find it, anyway…)

It has reached a point wherein if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. If everyone throws a few shovels full of dirt into the cogs then the Machine can’t function. DO SOMETHING! DO ANYTHING! Sing! Charm them with a smile! Work quietly behind the scenes! Use ‘Yes Men’ tactics on their asses! Dance! Baffle them with bullshit! Enchant them! Wear a clown nose! Run for office! Throw a pie in their face! Guide people toward the light! Yell at them through a bullhorn!

There are lots of people doing lots of things often with less than nothing and they always need help. There are many within the faith community who are kicking ass. There are many student organizations — especially at TESC and SPSCC — who are kicking ass.

The Machine is stealing everything and there is no more burying your head in the sand unless you want your family living in a cardboard box in an alley. The important thing is to DO SOME-THING!



It’s time to get to work…

1) FYI Section:

1A) Tamale Fusion Food Cart Kickstarter

The Tamale Fusion Café is engaged in a Kickstarter campaign to set up a locally sourced food cart at Fertile Grounds.

This from Melanie:

We are giving ourselves 3 weeks to raise $3k for the opening of a farm-to-fork food cart at the Commons @ Fertile Ground in Olympia, WA! We have a lot to offer our community and are enlisting your help in raising the last of the funds needed to make this happen by June!

No donation is too small! But if you cannot afford to donate then we of course understand. You can also help by pasting a link to this event on your timeline, inviting friends to the “event” and/or liking our kickstarter page (you can do this by following the link).

Just follow the link below to donate or to like the page. There are incentives for donations, including merchandise, an invitation to our opening party, or even a party thrown just for you and your friends!

You can be a part of making this happen!



1B) Peter Bohmer’s Charges Dropped or Deferred

This from Peter:

I went to Thurston County District Court today and accepted the following deal. The assault charges (on a State Police Officer) were dropped against me and the district attorney and judge stipulated that they cannot bring a charge of assault in any form against me in the future connected to the temporary shelter and actions of March 5th, 2013. I agreed to a deferral on the trespass charge with the agreement that it would be dropped in one year if I am not arrested and I would be found guilty on this charge if I am arrested in the next year. I agreed to pay $43 to cover court costs. When Judge Wilcox asked me what happened on March 5th, I said the following:

1) Housing and shelter is a basic human right.
2) Olympia and Thurston County criminalize the poor and homeless.
3) That in response to this increased criminalization of homeless people and as someone who has organized to end homelessness, and in order to take action in solidarity with homeless people, I went onto the parking lot of the abandoned Fish and Wildlife Building on North Washington St. in Olympia on March 5th at about 6:15 P.M.
4) I saw the State Police on the property and heard their order to leave but decided to remain on the property to show my support for the on-site temporary shelter and the people there.

I want to thank my lawyer, Legrand Jones, for his excellent representation. There are six defendants remaining facing trespassing charges. Let us all support them and continue the struggle to end poverty and homelessness.


1C) The Police State Marches On

A friend sent this, and I’m sharing it with you.

Big Brother IS Watching !!! WOW !


Using the same technology as Google Earth to track you, be warned it will be most difficult to lose yourself in any crowd.

This is the crowd before the riots in Vancouver.

Put your cursor anywhere in the crowd and double-click a couple of times.
To further help with image, use the scroll button in the centre of your mouse.
Zero in on any one specific single face. The clarity is incredible…

This is the photo taken by Port Moody photographer Ronnie Miranda that appeared in the Tri-City News 24-June.
You can see perfectly the face of every single individual – and there were thousands.
Just think what the police and the military have at their disposal.



2) Protest PSE Rate Increases
Thursday May 16th at 6 PM @ the Richard Hemstad Building, 1300 S Evergreen Park Dr SW

PSE! Again! Arrrgh!

This from the organizers:

PSE pushing for 6% increase on gas and electric rates without public comment

Did you know that PSE is currently trying to slam a 6% rate increase through the UTC without public or professional input/comment?
Give your opinion at the open meeting on Thursday, May 16th, 6:00 pm in the Richard Hemstad Building (1300 S Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia).

PSE proceedings before the WUTC
Before the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC), there are three different PSE cases, composed of five different “dockets” that have been consolidated into one proceeding.
First, there is the TransAlta proceeding, Docket UE-121373. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) agreed to buy power from the TransAlta coal power plant in Centralia through 2025. This is allowed by the legislation crammed through by PSE and TransAlta, with help from Sierra Club and NW Energy Coalition. The theory was that this would lead to the closing of the coal plant. Not so as discussed below.
Second, there is the “decoupling” proceeding, Dockets UE-121697 (electric) and UG-121705 (gas). These would create a mechanism by which PSE would be assured of a defined amount of revenue regardless of power sales. It is intended to make the company more receptive to energy conservation and customer installation of solar (both of which cause sales to go down).
Third, there is the “expedited rate filing” or “attrition” proceeding, Dockets UE-130137 and UG-130138. This would allow Puget to raise rates once a year with a very short review process to account for inflation in labor and specific improvements made to its system, rather than going through the full year-long rate case process.
Each of these three cases is controversial on a stand-alone basis. The “multiparty proposal” now before the WUTC combines them into a guano stew.

TransAlta Coal Plant
PSE agreed to buy 380 megawatts (MW) of power at a fixed price from the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia. Under the legislation, PSE is entitled to a “profit” on this, even though purchased power is normally flowed through at cost. Utilities earn a profit on their investment in “plants” like poles, wires, transformers, and power plants. Not on their “operating expenses” like labor, fuel, or purchased power.
The TransAlta contract is controversial for many reasons:
First, many believe that if the legislation had not passed, TransAlta would have shut it down by now, and the legislation is keeping it alive.
Second, PSE has no ability to “turn the plant down” to save fuel when there is lots of hydro or wind power; it pays a fixed price 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Third, TransAlta does have the option to turn it down when it can buy power cheaper. So, when spring runoff occurs, TransAlta can buy cheap power and re-sell it to PSE at the higher contract price. Without this contract, PSE could buy the cheap power and would be required to share the savings with customers under their “power cost adjustment” mechanism.
Finally, it’s a contract for “coal transition power.” Many of us want PSE to stop buying coal power.
PSE filed this contract for approval last fall. The WUTC eventually approved it, but gave PSE only about half of the “bonus” profit it wanted. PSE filed for “reconsideration” and has been trying to politically influence the WUTC.

The decoupling case is an effort by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) to change how utility rates are set in order to reduce utility incentives to sell more power. NRDC is a member of the NW Energy Coalition, and the NRDC Energy Project Co-Director is the witness in this case.
Normally, utility rates are set in a rate case, allowing recovery of the utility’s operating expenses plus a return on its capital investment. This sum, called the “revenue requirement” is divided by the sales to calculate the rate. The rate stays constant until the WUTC changes it. But if sales go up, the utility gets more revenue (and, normally, more profit). If sales go down, revenues decline. This makes utilities resistant to energy conservation and customer renewables.
Decoupling changes the formula. The Commission would set an allowed “revenue per customer” level for PSE. Each month, as the number of customers goes up, the allowed revenue would increase. Once a year, they would compare the “allowed” revenue to the “actual” revenue, and allow PSE to surcharge (or credit) the difference, depending on whether sales had been higher or lower. This removes the sales incentive. It still leaves a cost control incentive, because if PSE can reduce expenses (like, maybe, pay their executives less money, or gut their employee health insurance) then PSE would make more profit.
PSE originally objected to decoupling, because they said that their costs were rising, and the only way to keep their profits solid was to either file rate cases every year or increase sales. They literally testified that increased sales for electric vehicle charging was an important part of their business plan, and decoupling would take away that opportunity to increase their revenues.
PSE originally filed an approach to decoupling that solved their problem, but it created different problems. Eventually they settled on the current proposal, that lets the “revenue per customer” rise at 3%/year (electric) and 2.2%/year (gas). These are based on historical trends in their rates.

PSE proposed an expedited rate filing mechanism, better known as an Attrition Adjustment, which would let them raise rates in a simpler fashion than a rate case. The general idea is that some costs are going up, and everybody knows they are going up, so why should they have go through a long complicated rate case to get the money? The opposition position is that some costs are going down, and these should be offset against those that are going up.

“The Deal”
The multiparty proposal of PSE, Commission Staff, and NW Energy Coalition is to roll these together.
PSE drops its request for reconsideration of the TransAlta decision, and accepts half as much bonus as they asked for.
The decoupling mechanism is approved, with a built in 3% per year increase for electricity (6% this year, then 3% a year after that).
Because they are getting 3% per year, PSE drops its request for a separate attrition mechanism.

What’s Wrong With This?
The TransAlta deal is wrong! PSE should be moving toward supplying Washington ratepayers with renewable energy. Instead, they are more dependent on coal. Further, the agreement with the Governor to close the plant in 2025 is only “triggered” if TransAlta signs 500 MW of long-term contracts, and the PSE contract is only for 380 MW. If there are no more contracts, then TransAlta is under no obligation to close the plant. Keeping PSE from stopping the plant when cheaper power is available means TransAlta gets more profit, ratepayers pay more cost, and Puget gets a bonus profit without a corresponding profit.
The decoupling deal is OK, but the 3%/year (electric) and 2.2%/year (gas) rate increases means rates will go up every year with no detailed review of whether it is justified.
It’s a stew of coal and assorted guano that tastes just as bad combined as the separate ingredients do individually.

Who are the Players?
PSE is a private utility that makes profit for its Australian shareholder, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, Inc.
WUTC Staff is the analytical part of the agency. It is separate from the Commissioners, who are the judicial part. There is very limited interaction between them when a “case” is being put together.
NW Energy Coalition is made up of over 100 public interest, environmental, low-income advocacy, labor, clean energy business, and utilities that work together implementing a clean energy agenda. In this case, they are being led along by one of their members, the Natural Resources Defense Council. Their membership has not endorsed their position in this case.
Public Counsel is a branch of the Attorney General’s office that represents the public. They have opposed the TransAlta contract (mostly on cost to ratepayer grounds), are skeptical of decoupling, and oppose attrition adjustments that only consider things that are going up in cost without analyzing everything to see what is going down.
Industrial Customers of NW Utilities and NW Industrial Gas Users represent Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, and the like. They have are opposed to all three proposals.
Kroger is QFC and Fred Meyer grocery chains. They are lightly involved.
Energy Project is a group that represents low-income ratepayers. They are skeptical of all three parts of this.

What Should People Say?
The TransAlta deal costs too much. PSE has to pay the coal power price even when cheaper power is available from hydro and wind. Ratepayers pay more, and PSE and TransAlta shareholders get the money.
There is no guarantee the TransAlta plant will shut down, and without that guarantee, the entire basis of the legislation is being evaded.
The TransAlta deal makes PSE more dependent on coal. They should be investing in wind, solar, geothermal, tidal power, wave power, and energy efficiency instead.
A 3% rate increase per year is unjustified. In 2012, PSE earned more than its allowed return, sharply up from 2011. The big reason is that the cost of borrowing has come down, PSE has refinanced a lot of its debt at lower interest rates, and that brings costs down. The 3% annual increase does not consider this.
It was all negotiated in secret. The WUTC should NOT allow its staff to have secret meetings with PSE. The public should be allowed to participate.
It’s being rushed through the approval process. The WUTC needs to really examine the underlying basis for the proposed 3% per year increases, independent of the TransAlta and decoupling pieces.
They are cramming it down in a very quick proceeding, without giving Public Counsel and the industrial customers time for adequate analysis by experts who can then testify in front of the UTC.
We must bring sunshine to these backroom dealings. Attend the May 16 public comment meeting at 6 pm at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission offices: Richard Hemstad Building, 1300 S Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia. Tell the UTC what you think about their secret negotiations and this outrageous “deal”.
John Pearce is a founding member and current Chair of Thurston Public Power Initiative.
Compiled from various sources by John D. Pearce. © 2013, All Rights Reserved

John Pearce et al

One of the most important things we do on Growthtalk is to share information with each other. We need to become more effective at this.

I have a modest request when you are sharing something: make it easy for the rest of us to know what it’s about, and to find it.

1) If you are forwarding something, don’t just say “FYI” but say “I’m forwarding this because I think people will be interested in item 3G on the agenda, in which the Port is proposing to sell the Port Peninsula properties to Weyerhaeuser for ten dollars.”

2) If you are suggesting people read something, and it is NOT attached or embedded in the email, include a working link to the article or document. This is easy — when the item is in the browser, just copy the URL (location of the link( to the clipboard, then paste it into the email. Example:

3) If you want us to take some specific action (write a letter, make a phone call, show up at a meeting), tell us exactly what we need to know, what we need to include in our communication, and where we direct it to. This will double or triple the chances of us actually doing something.

Nancy Partlow is the champion at doing this well, and we should ask her to give lessons to those of us who don’t do as well.

Walter R. Jorgensen
823 North St SE
Tumwater, WA 98501-3526
360-489-0764 (home)
360-529-1581 (cell)

3) Fruition with the Hinges and DJ Oki Brown
Friday May 17th at 9 PM @ the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way

It’s radical political music.

This from the organizers:

The ballroom has been twice rocked by FRUITION, and the third will be an extrastellar charm.

With the beloved psychedelic folk of THE HINGES and the amazing twang selector on the 1’s and 2’s dj OKI BROWN!!


Doors at 9
$10 general/$8 students



4) NW Leonard Peltier and Mother Earth March and Rally
Saturday May 18th at Noon in Tacoma
Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave between E 35th & E Fairbanks)
(See below for info on a caravan leaving from Olympia)

It’s a rally for America’s premier political prisoner.

This from the organizers:


MAY 18, 2013, 12 NOON, TACOMA, WA

12:00 NOON: MARCH FOR JUSTICE Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th & E. Fairbanks. Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)


PLEASE SUPPORT LEONARD PELTIER: EVENTS PAGE PLEASE SHARE AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS: https://www.facebook.com/events/432322036849209/?ref=3


Matilaja: Yu’Pik Eskimo from Mountain Village Alaska. Member of N.W. AIM since 1973, Friend of Leonard Peltier for 38 odd years and member of Tacoma Chapter LPDOC
Dorothy Ackerman: Lakota Elder
Deeahop Conway, Puyallup Tribal member, Tacoma Chapter LPDOC
Leonard’s case and up-date:
Arthur J. Miller: Northwest Regional Organizer LPDOC
Keynote Speaker:
Ramona Bennett: Puyallup Tribal Elder, Life long friend of Leonard Peltier, Grand Mother, Great Grand Mother
Jimbo Simmons: AIM West
James OldCoyote: Sacred Water Canoe Family
Sweetwater Nannauck: Gishbuwada (Tsimshian nation – Killer Whale clan) Idle No More activist
Peter Bohmer: long-term activist, member of Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, and faculty at the Evergreen State College
Aaron Mirmalek: Leonard’s cousin
Michael OneRoad: Portland Chapter LPDOC
Closing words:
Steve Hapy: Long time Leonard Peltier and Native struggles activist, Tacoma Chapter LPDOC

http://zinelibrary.info/files/peltiermay2013 002.pdf


“I have no doubt whatsoever that the real motivation behind both Wounded Knee II and the Oglala firefight, and much of the turmoil throughout Indian Country since the early 1970s, was—and is—the mining companies’ desire to muffle AIM and all traditional Indian people, who sought—and still seek—to protect the land, water, and air from their thefts and depredations. In this sad and tragic age we live in, to come to the defense of Mother Earth is to be branded a criminal.” –Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings –

Mother Earth is in peril! The resistance to the continuing abuse of Mother Earth and all that dwell upon her is gaining strength. The movements against Keystone XL Tar Sand Pipeline, the coal trains, Idle No More, Leonard Peltier and many others are all connected. We all seek to resist the harmful things being done to our Mother Earth!

It will take a great united voice from all of us to be heard by those that profit by exploiting Mother Earth for their personal wealth. It will take the people in the streets for the pressure that is needed. Though they have much money and power, we are not weak. We have the power of the spirit of the people united in common cause for the well-being of Mother Earth and the people who dwells upon her.

President Obama has yet to listen to us. But we cannot stop until our goals have been met. For this reason we have called for the NORTHWEST REGIONAL LEONARD PELTIER AND MOTHER EARTH MARCH AND RALLY in Tacoma on May 18. We ask all supporters, all who believe in the well-being of Mother Earth and all those who believe in human rights for all, to please join us here in Tacoma.

Tacoma Chapter LPDOC, e-mail bayou@blarg.net or steve_hapy@yahoo.com. on facebook at:

Subscribe to: Northwest Peltier Support at:

For more information: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Leonard Peltier supporters have taken Leonard’s struggle around the world. Though much good work has taken place, we are still working to build the momentum that will create enough public pressure to free Leonard. All Leonard Peltier support work is grassroots voluntary work. We understand that not everyone can be a continuous support worker and many do other important work. We do not ask you to stop the other things you do, but rather include Leonard in them.

The Tacoma Chapter, LPDOC does have a core group that, along with key supporters in Portland, Olympia and Seattle, who organize the needs of our regional marches. We get different fliers for download, send out notices for the marches, set up an events page and so on. It is at that point on we need your help. Our NW Leonard Peltier Marches (this will be the 17th one in Tacoma since 1992) help greatly in creating understanding of Leonard’s case and building the support that he needs in our region. And our work would have been so much less without the grassroots support of Leonard Peltier supporters.


1. Please download the flier and copy it and post it, hand them out, and give copies to families, friends, groups and organizations. MARCH AND RALLY FLIERS FOR DOWNLOAD http://zinelibrary.info/files/peltiermay2013 002.pdf

2. When you see e-mail notices for the march please forward them to e-mail lists, friends, groups and organizations. You can find our notices and latest information on our facebook page at: http://facebook.com/tacoma.lpdoc or subscribe to our e-mail list at:
3. On facebook, like and share march notices.
4. Facebook events page: We have an events page up for the march. If you can make the march please join and invite your friends by hitting on to the key on the right side of the page that says “invite”. https://www.facebook.com/events/432322036849209/?ref=3
5. Web search: If you have some time you could search the web for groups and people to send the march notices to or find web sites where you can post the march notice.
6. Phone Tree: Call your friends and groups and ask them to come to the march and ask them to also make such phone calls.
7. Set up transportation to get your family and friends to the march.
8. Organize letter writing for Leonard Peltier: http://www.letters4leonard.com


NW Regional March for Leonard Peltier and Mother Earth

We need video of our up-coming march and rally. You Tube video is useful, but we need DVD video also. Some within our region can’t make the march and rally and we would like to share a DVD with them. Supporters have taken our DVDs and spread them throughout our region. This will be the 17th Leonard Peltier march and rally in Tacoma and our events are known about throughout the world. Even a former FBI agent who wrote a book to discredit Leonard starts the book off with Tacoma. For many supporters look to Tacoma for inspiration and organizing ideas. Also, our regional events are not just the work of the Tacoma Chapter, LPDOC, they are also the work of regional Peltier organizers from Portland, Olympia and Seattle and the work of Peltier supporters in our region. Please if you can video our march and rally, please send us a copy at: Tacoma Chapter, LPDOC so that this march and rally can live on!

We need other help. We need photos for Leonard and LPDOC. We need banners, we only have one banner left. We also need signs for people to carry.

TACOMA CHAPTER, LPDOC. E-mail: bayou@blarg,net or steve_hapy@yahoo.com


4B) Olympia Caravan to the NW Regional Leonard Peltier and Mother Earth March And Rally
Leaving at 10 AM from 2100 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA (Grocery Outlet Parking Lot)

Join the Caravan from Olympia to Tacoma, WA, to Join the NW Regional Leonard Peltier and Mother Earth March And Rally!

On May 18th there is an international day of solidarity with Leonard Peltier. As part of this global day of events, in Tacoma, WA there is a march and rally to join the global movement to tell US President Barack Obama that we demand Leonard’s release. President Obama has the sole power to finally do the right thing and Free Leonard Peltier.

Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement activist who has been in federal prison for nearly 40 years for a crime that all process and evidence is showing he did not commit.

Amnesty International has designated him a political prisoner. Over 30 million people worldwide have called for his release, including a long list of human rights organizations and public luminaires, from Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa to First Nations and Native organizations like the National Congress of American Indians, many celebrities, and people around the world just like you.


5) Mobroll: Olympia
Saturday May 18th at 1 PM @ the Evergreen Bike Shop, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

It’s radical bicycling! (See related event on Sunday)

This from the organizers:

MOBROLL is the convergence of bikes, music and film on a spring tour of the Puget Sound. MOBROLL is a nonstop freestyle living poem of spontaneity, collaboration and forward motion. We are tickled to be culminating our three weeks on wheels with all you in Olympia! Bring bikes, tell your frenz

TESC Bikeshop Alleycat Scavenger Hunt Bike Race
meet @ the Evergreen Bikeshop, race starts at 1pm sharp so come early!
5pm – race concludes. prizes, music and revelry to follow.

MOBROLL Houseshow
9:30pm @ the Portal 2420 Bush St. NW
$3-$5 sliding scale

the FEMME Cs
K. Shay and JK

SUNDAY may 19
SPOKE n’ WORD Bike Ride
2pm @ Last Word Books
a short bike ride that winds up at poetry.

Short films from Puget Sound mossbacks
7pm @ the Portal


6) Talking Crude: Stopping the Oil Trains
Saturday May 18th at 1 PM @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW

More oil. Just what we needed.

This from the organizers:

Come hear leaders of Citizens for a Clean Harbor (CCH) from Aberdeen/Hoquiam discuss their opposition to 21 new oil tanks in the Port of Grays Harbor. You’ve heard about coal trains and oil pipelines, but this new oil trains plan also affects us locally.

The plan involves 50 oil tanker trains a month coming from North Dakota, on a route through the Columbia Gorge, Centralia, and along the Chehalis River to Hoquiam. The oil would be then shipped in huge Panamax oil supertankers in Grays Harbor and along our Pacific coastline.

The Ports of Grays Harbor and Olympia are colluding with the oil industry that has been waging war against climate stability. What can we do to stop them?

Join us at the Olympia Center (downtown at 222 Columbia St NW) on Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 pm for “Talking Crude,” for this unique chance to hear from our neighbors, and discuss how to stop the oil trains! For questions contact Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis at Bourtai31@gmail.com For background see Citizens for a Clean Harbor at http://www.cleanharbor.org/


7) Occupy Love
Saturday May 18th from 6 to 8 PM @ the Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

Community building for a better revolution!

This from the organizers:

Trailer: http://youtu.be/2cTBlGcZCeA

Olympia Theatrical Screening – Veterans for Peace Benefit

Price: $8 / $6
Date: Sat, May 18, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: Capitol Theater
Location: Olympia

[Occupy Love] makes a broad, beautiful, soaring and eloquent argument for placing love at the centre of our understanding of what moves people to make revolution . It’s a feverish and lucid run of free-association that evokes the all-night conversations of a new romance. It’s a heaping buffet table of food for thought.

–Dru Oja Jay, The Media Co-op


8) OC3 Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis/ Really Really Free Market
Sunday May 19th from 2 to 4 PM @ West Bay Park

Come educate yourself about the climate crisis and come give free stuff away and find free stuff to take home and eat free food and meet free people at the Really Really Free Market.

This from the organizers:

Come and learn about how the North West is involved
in the tar sands oil extraction

Lets talk about the future of the SALISH SEA

The Climate Crises Coalition of Olympia’s Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and Backbone Campaign is planning a fun day of kayaking, music and food at West Bay Park.

Our goal is to share with our community information about our regions increasing presence in the fossil fuel industry, the effects this has on our delicate ecosystems, about alternatives and what our local organizations are doing.

We are hoping to have a discussion with the community on the role the Port of Olympia has with the Hydraulic Fracturing in North Dakota, the proposal for a dirty tar sands oil terminal in Grays Harbor and the exportation of coal through West Coast ports. Many people are unaware of these happenings and we want to ensure the public understands their consequences as well as the alternatives that are available.

Kayaks will be available

All Welcome



9) M.O.B. Roll Tour 2013
Sunday May 19th at 7 PM @ Last Word Books, 211 4th Ave E

Critical mass on bicycles? Sounds good to me!

This from the organizers:

Imagine biking with your friends to all the dope Puget Sound seaside cities and going to shows, seeing art, watching films, doing workshops, camping out, and going on critical mass rides. Now stop imagining and do it.

MOB ROLL is an extended May Day critical mass on Bicycles. It’s the Puget Sound’s own private DIY music, arts, & film tour. It’s a seaside marathon zig-zaging from house-shows, to art spaces, to coffee shops, to music venues, all by bike, and enmasse.

Mobroll has been created by Bombus Bikes & Jet Set Raw records to be an annual Spring ride/music tour that renews & facilitates the strong network of independent makers and d.i.y.ers that make Puget Sound culturally dope.

The tour is the first two weeks of May and covers 9 of the puget sounds seaside towns. Each tour date includes a bike ride hosted by a local bike-shop and multiple events in town (within riding distance) during the day and into the night.

Participants are encouraged to show up with bikes for the town rides and for use between shows. They can also join the tour for a few days (or the whole tour) and ride with friends to the next round of shows.

Music includes hip-hop, punk rock, roots americana, indy, folk, rock, funk, spokenword, electro artists and everything in between.


10) Word Art Night Open-Mic feat. Asmaa’ Bint
Wednesday May 22nd at 8:30 PM @ Werd Salad, 1320 5th Ave SW

Open mic for worders. Check it out.

This from the organizers:

That’s right! Come join us, again or for the first time, and enjoy a night of beautiful words! Share poems, tell stories, read from that novel you’re working on, perform a stand-up routine, anything with artful language, we want to hear it! We’re offering eight 5 minute slots this time around, so please count on fitting within that time frame to respect the time of other readers and performers.

Feature: Asmaa’ Bint, poet extraordinaire of OGPC, will be sharing 20 or so minutes of poetry with musical accompaniment. More details to come on that.

Whether you have a masterpiece to melt our minds and hearts with, a certain work of words you’re unsure about, or you simply love language, join us! Invite your friends! Write a poem about it! Hope to see you there!


11) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Check out a career in world-saving!




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