Oly Oly Action 5-23 New Strategies

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Action Alert Calendar

Winning Strategies Needed:

1) FYI Section: Support Student Support Services at TESC
2) Memorial for Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
3) March Against Monsanto
3A) March Against Monsanto Olympia
3B) March Against Monsanto Aberdeen
4) Really Really Free Market Westside
5) Film Screening: Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow
6) Solar 101
7) Bonus Tip of the Day

Hey Kids!

Jon Stewart did a great bit on his May 13th show; first he asked why we couldn’t pass the gun control laws, then he showed a clip of a Republican senator explaining that this was the first step toward a national gun registry. Stewart then went into a bit about, “Yeah, the tin-foil hat people are saying the government is a dark evil power that wants to take everyone’s guns and install a police state!”

Since I am one of those people myself I took umbrage at Stewart’s depiction — until he followed this with clips of the IRS lady saying they had indeed been targeting right-wing groups — then a clip showing the admission that the government had seized the phone records of dozens of AP reporters.

Stewart then threw his papers in the air in disgust. He pointed out that conspiracy theorists can survive an anaerobic environment and that they had just dumped an algae bloom on their heads. He pointed out that the government had thus shifted the burden of proof from us tin-foil hat people to the president.

Excuse me, Mr. President, but your fascism is showing…


And Chris Hedges wrote a very good piece in Common Dreams. Here is an excerpt:

Corporations write our legislation. They control our systems of information. They manage the political theater of electoral politics and impose our educational curriculum. They have turned the judiciary into one of their wholly owned subsidiaries. They have decimated labor unions and other independent mass organizations, as well as having bought off the Democratic Party, which once defended the rights of workers. With the evisceration of piecemeal and incremental reform—the primary role of liberal, democratic institutions—we are left defenseless against corporate power.



A couple of years ago I was in a break-away session at a forum when I had a tactical disagreement with one of the other panelists — and her response to my criticism was that they had been doing it that way for over 20 years.

She thus inadvertently proved my point for me: I have lately started becoming progressively more disturbed over the fact that we’ve been doing the same shite for decades now and we’ve been totally getting our asses kicked the whole time. While we have gained some significant victories on the social front over the last few years, on the economic corruption and the Great Wall Street Rip-Off (and their immunity from prosecution for it) and the War Machine and the imperialism and the war crimes and the War on Blacks (which for purposes of public relations is known as the ‘War on Drugs’) — on all of these fronts everything is worse than it ever has been before — and on all of these fronts the crimes are totally bi-partisan; on Wall Street and the War Machine the Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans are and on civil liberties (which is my favourite as I think all the other freedoms stem from that foundation) the Democrats are even worse than the Republicans.

While voting is very low on my list of effective tactics I still encourage people to do it — just don’t expect it to mean anything. Besides the fact that there is a two-faced single-party monopoly on political power the voting machines are frigging manufactured and sold by private for-profit companies with strong right-wing political connections who use proprietary secret software to count our votes — and since these voting machines have been definitively proven to be rigged (and curiously neither political party will even talk about this — which means both parties hope to benefit from this) then that kind of turns this whole process of ‘voting’ into a complete farce right from the top and represents the final nail in the coffin of even the vestige of ‘free’ elections in the United States — all of this meaning that voting doesn’t change doodly-squat. I still encourage people to do it, though, because it is a cheap and easy method to throw a small handful of dirt into the cogs of their Machine: Vote third party or vote your dogcatcher or write in “none of the above” or whatever — just vote against the status-quo which means voting against all Republicans and against all Democrats. Even with the rigged voting machines they still need to get enough real votes to make it at least seem somewhat credible. Rejecting the existing ‘choices’ both messes them up and sends a powerful message — so if nothing else you can still use your ballot to flip a metaphorical middle-finger at the Machine.

One of the categories of tax-exempt status that were targeted by Obama’s IRS in the recent scandal were groups that educated people about the Constitution. Evidently the Constitutional Scholar in Chief doesn’t want the peons knowing what it says.

And this is what we’re fighting; this mass-hypnotic spell that Obama seems to have cast over the left is very very frigging real and the Obama-bots are just as immune to facts as the Bush-bots were and just as willing to blindly follow the leader over the cliff.

As far as our tactics and strategies, it seems that even when we win an occasional token tactical victory here and there (usually resulting from public outrage over some scandal) the Machine has their army of lawyers and their army of lobbyists out the very next day chipping away even at those. The only thing that will actually change anything is a mass-movement in the streets — but it aint happening because the Media Machine has almost completely succeeded in their efforts to install a bubble-reality around the vast majority of the American public. Thus we have a lot of very good honest moral smart caring people who are supporting the mass-murdering fascist war criminal that currently occupies the White House — and those are the Democrats! Never mind the bubble that encompasses the frigging Republicans!

I’ve been beating my brains out for decades trying to educate people as to what is really going on. While I have succeeded in entertaining a few people who already knew most of this stuff to begin with, otherwise I seem to have had zilch effect on much of anything. The fact that no one else seems to have had zilch effect either doesn’t help. Sometimes I feel like this newsletter just provides a forum for me to show off my writing skills but that as far as effectiveness is concerned I feel like I am engaging in metaphorical masturbation.

What we’ve been doing doesn’t work and I am at a loss. A lot of people a lot smarter than I am with a lot more influence than I have must have noticed this but if they have any ideas about how to change this then I have not heard them.

Whatever. You gotta do what you gotta do and sometimes you create profound change without even realizing it, so maybe the right person will read the right riff and that will inspire him/her to go kick some ass and my efforts will not prove in vain.

It’s time to get to work…

1) FYI Section: Support Student Support Services at TESC



The Evergreen Student Support Services Staff Union (SSSU), affiliated with AFSCME Council 28 in Washington State, supports students as academic advisors, mental health counselors, financial aid specialists, admissions recruiters, resident housing directors, student activities advisers, athletics coaches and other workers here on campus.

Since the SSSU organized their union in 2011, they have been trying to negotiate a fair first contract. Yet they still have no agreement on basic protections. Currently, Student Support Services Staff are At-Will employees, which members of the union feel puts them “At Risk.” Just cause is a fair process of discipline for everyone and protects workers from being fired unfairly, or without being given an opportunity to do better. All three other Evergreen campus unions are afforded this basic union protection. Union workers shouldn’t have to fight this hard for basic labor right. Why is the administration so resistant to equal and fair protections for all union workers at Evergreen?
Pay is low and turnover is high among student support services staff. Student support services staff haven’t received a raise since 2008; not even a cost of living increase. In the past 16 months, over one third of the Student Services Support Staff Union members have had to make the difficult choice to seek employment elsewhere.. Evergreen’s President, Les Purce says: “We value our employees.” The actions of his Administration tell a different story.

As students we know that a stable and knowledgeable student support staff is critical to our educational experience. We must get involved and let the administration know that we DO value the staff who support us and we want fair compensation and job security for them!

Members of the SSSU have said enough is enough! On Wednesday, May 15th, they voted by 88% to approve actions up to including a strike. They have decided on May 28th as the deadline for a fair contract. The administration has a chance to settle this and agree to a fair contract for the SSSU at their next bargaining team meeting on Tuesday May 21st. WE HOPE THEY WILL, BUT IF NOT WE MUST STAND WITH THE SSSU!

You can learn more about the struggle of the Student Support Services Staff Union by watching this informative video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX3DpaSiN-g

Watch a video of students supporting Just Cause for all campus workers, as well as a possible strike on campus here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IshLHGPtkxQ

To stay informed, follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TESCx

In Solidarity,
Nikki Miller

2) Memorial for Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Carry a Towel Day!
All day Saturday May 25th

In addition to being one of the funniest writers I’ve ever read Douglas Adams was also pretty radical. If you’ve read his books you get the reference to carrying a towel.

If you haven’t read his books I suggest you do so.

This from the organizer:

On May 25th carry a towel as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams!

Please invite your hoopy friends! 🙂

And check out what’s happening in your country on http://towelday.org/


3) March Against Monsanto

3A) March Against Monsanto Olympia
Saturday May 25th at 11 AM @ Washington State Capitol

Monsanto bad. Monsanto very bad. Come give them a big fat raspberry.

This from the organizers:

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!


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!




3B) March Against Monsanto Aberdeen
Saturday May 25th at 11 AM in Aberdeen

If you’re in Grays Harbor then you can join in too!

This from the organizers:

On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.

Read the mission statement: http://on.fb.me/10oCMRb

Facebook event:

Weekly Friday planning sessions:

4) Really Really Free Market Westside
Sunday May 26th from Noon to Whenever @ Woodruff Park, Harrison and Thomas

It’s the Westside’s own Really Really Free Market! Come find cool stuff to take home! Bring cool stuff to give away! Come subvert the dominant paradigm!

This from the organizers:

Bring what you can, take what you need

A free gift economy!

Sunday May 26th
On the West Side @ Woodruff Park
(Thomas and Harrison)

Starts at noon

Ends whenever we want it to…


5) Film Screening: Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow
Sunday May 26th from 3 to 5:30 PM
@ Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW

It’s an interview with the author of The New Jim Crow, about how the War on Drugs represents the newest form of apartheid.

This from the organizers:

Film: Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Time: 3:00PM – 5:30PM
Location: Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
2300 East End St NW
Olympia, WA 98502

A pair of films and discussion sessions are offered respectively on May 20 from 6:30 – 9:00 p. m. (The House I Live In) and on May 26 from 3:00 – 5:30 p. m. (Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow) to the broader community as the impassioned response of participants in an Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC) Adult Education Class led last month by Molly Gibbs.
The focus was Michelle Alexander’s arresting book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Her book was selected as the 2012–2013 nation-wide Unitarian Universalist Association Common Read.
Alexander, an attorney who is a civil rights advocate and litigator, writes about how the “war on drugs” and the incarceration system fall disproportionately and intentionally upon Americans of color, resulting in lifelong discrimination and disenfranchisement of those who have been branded “felon.” Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination — employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service — are suddenly legal.

6) Solar 101
Wednesday May 29th from 6 to 8 PM @ the New Market Skills Center, 7299 New Market St SW

Come learn the basics of self-powering your home with the sun.

This from the organizers:

We will cover:
• Effectiveness of solar in Washington
• How solar powers your home (or business)
• How to know if your site is right
• The essentials of State, Federal, and Utility Incentives
• The latest and greatest technology
• Washington-made solar options
• The best systems for your goals and budgets
Kirk Haffner earned his Master’s in Physics at the University of Washington. He has worked as an award-winning high school math and science teacher, an engineering manager in the corporate world, and is the founder, president, and lead engineer of South Sound Solar.


7) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Don’t lose hope.




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