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Welcome to ASCAP:

1) FYI Section:
1A) Assata Shakur Liberation Day
1B) Boycott of GMO Supporters
2) Public Hearing on Puget Sound Energy’s Future
3) March Against Monsanto
4) Community Rights Action Group Meeting
5) Evergreen Community Garden Harvest Festival
6) West Central Park Project Fall Gala
7) Honk and Wave for Yes on 522
8) Millennium Bulk Terminal Hearing
9) Bonus Tip of the Day
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Hey Kids!

This is the top search result I got when I Googled ASCAP:

Welcome to ASCAP!

http://www.ascap.com/

ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

You are indeed welcome to it: Under that innocuous sounding name lies one of the most cut-throat and persistent pursuers of other people’s money in Capitalist World. ASCAP is the ruthless hit-man and enforcement arm of the Music Mafia. They are relentless, ruthless, and care nothing about anything except shutting down anyone who refuses to cough up an extortion payment if they use copyrighted music in any way for any purpose whether or not they are making any money on it.

In the process ASCAP is constantly destroying valuable local cultural events all over the United States.

Here are just a few local examples: Music in the Park received one of ASCAP’s infamous notices; they were saved by a loophole that they found wherein they are not responsible for royalty payments if they do not provide seating for their patrons. (Patrons of Music in the Park — dangerous anarchist subversives that they are — sit on the grass.)

Old School Pizza paid out several thousand dollars to ASCAP because their customers in the dining room could hear the employee’s boom box whilst it played back in the kitchen.

No, that is not one of my jokes. That actually happened.

Burial Grounds Coffee Shop was forced to shut down their weekly open mic night because they didn’t want to pay ASCAP thousands of dollars.

I am guessing that there are probably many other instances that I don’t even know about.

I fully support paying artists for their work — to a point.

A couple of things on that, though: For one thing, under the rules of Capitalist World, the artist that actually created the work receives pennies on the dollar. By far the largest chunk of the money that you spend on music goes into the pockets of administrators and Wall Street Music Machine investors who have not one shred of talent interest or knowledge.

You could make an argument that since Old School and Burial Grounds were using copyrighted music to attract customers and thus they were indirectly making money from the music — though that argument doesn’t hold for Music in the Park. Even with pizza houses and coffee shops, though, it would be an incredibly specious and hideously twisted argument to make, especially in the case of Old School Pizza as I seriously doubt that they ever had a single customer who came there solely because he/she wanted to listen to the cook’s music — and while Burial Grounds probably did gain a handful of customers due to their open mic, neither the coffee shop nor the performers at the open mic were making any money directly from the music. Burial Grounds central reason for hosting their open mic was to enrich our cultural milieu rather than making mega-bucks — and in fact I suspect that they lost money on their open mic. I do know that Café Vita loses money whenever they do one of their big art shows or musical performances.

The central point is that whatever extra profit that Burial Grounds may or may not have made as a result of their open mic is almost certainly so small as to be utterly insignificant and this petty power-mongering on the part of ASCAP is so contemptuously small trivial spiteful and damaging that it makes me crazy.

Yes, this is the ‘law’ and yes, the Music Machine paid good money for those laws and yes, they need to recoup the investment they made buying all those politicians…

…and so ASCAP is constantly doing this all over the United States. They have people everywhere combing through local venues, their drool dribbling over their keyboards as they hungrily seek anyone who plays music anywhere for any reason, whereupon they descend upon them like a banshee, greedy grasping paw outstretched…

Everywhere all the time countless coffee shops, bars, and various other performance venues — for-profit and non-profit alike — receive bullying letters and phone calls from ASCAP making threats that they will indeed not only follow through on but they will follow through on it with prejudice. The felonious music-players usually just shut down whatever they are doing rather than pay some ridiculously large extortion fee or risk a lengthy and expensive court battle with an army of highly-paid Music Machine lawyers.

What this means is that the Music Machine doesn’t get any money in either case, but they kill beloved cultural events rather than allowing a free flow of art and music that costs them nothing and could even be said to provide free advertising for their product all so they can suck ill-gotten lucre from the hides of the masses who are trying to build a place that is worth living.

And now, I am most sad to report that the radio version of The Thunderbolt has become one of the latest victims of ASCAP’s Letters of Death.

Yes, Kids, ASCAP just sent a letter to KOWA asking for some insane amount of money. (I think it was $1,200, but I forget the exact amount.)

This is actually just a broiler-plate form letter that ASCAP sends to everyone and the ritual now calls for someone from KOWA to contact them and explain at length about how KOWA doesn’t play copyrighted music — except that I do occasionally play copyrighted music on The Thunderbolt.

Now: The narrative is the central focus of The Thunderbolt and the music is there strictly to reinforce the narrative — I never just play a song, and I often only play short clips from a song rather than the entire piece. Neither I nor KOWA make any profit whatsoever on The Thunderbolt. KOWA kind of survives on Media Island’s leftovers, in fact. It doesn’t even really have a budget I don’t think. And as for me, I spend a measurable portion of my very highly limited income making CD’s of excerpts from the radio show, most of which I give away.

That doesn’t matter. The Machine wants its pound of flesh.

For those of you culturally deprived outcasts who have never listened to The Thunderbolt on KOWA every Friday at 8 am and 7 pm and every Saturday at 8 am, the radio version is basically this newsletter with music added for extra emphasis. I have spent my adult life traveling North America collecting kick-ass music. I have subsequently spent many hours listening intently to most of that music. After I write a Thunderbolt narrative, the accompanying song usually sort of jumps out at me as soon as I begin perusing my music library.

After my radio show evolved into what it is, I realized that I had never heard anyone else do what I do — which I found surprising as I find it to be a very powerful format. I have managed to discover an entirely new format for presenting political information.

Anyway, so freaked is Matt of ASCAP’s relentless and ruthless tactics that at least for the next couple of months I am strongly discouraged from using any copyrighted music on The Thunderbolt. So freaked am I of ASCAP’s relentless and ruthless tactics that, at least for the next couple of months, I will not be using any copyrighted music on The Thunderbolt. While I have a large collection of non-copyrighted music and while I can probably cobble together a couple of acceptable shows with what I have, the whole point of the music is that it goes with the narrative and the vast majority of recorded music simply does not fit into The Thunderbolt’s format — thus I need an exceedingly wide selection of music to do what I do. Since most of the music that I want to use for The Thunderbolt is copyrighted, this puts a very serious crimp into my style and this will end my show if it becomes a permanent condition.

What is really frustrating is that this is something you can’t really do anything about unless you’re ready for a major expensive years-long legal battle — which I’m not. I can’t even ask people to call and complain because, to be honest, I don’t want to draw any attention from them whatsoever. I would, in fact, much prefer that ASCAP remains completely ignorant of my very existence.

America. What a place.

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Echoes

Youth is not the enemy
It’s your culture and your drugs
Now they’re full of what you fed them
Now your push has become their shove
They’re the mirror of YOUR voice
The voice of YOUR society
When you gonna realize that youth
Are just echoing what they see?

—From “Echo” by Mamaguroove

A friend who works at the CoOp asked me what we could do about anything and when I replied we needed a revolution she asked me what I meant by that. we were both working so it wasn’t a very good venue for such a discussion so I am going to provide a better answer here than I did at the CoOp…

It occurs to me that many will assume that since I write a political newsletter and that since I preach revolution then I advocate political revolution.

That is absolutely not the case.

What we need is a Reality Revolution. The Dominant Meme of the Great American Machine has been very consciously installed over the last several decades. Several decades ago several very wealthy people spent a lot of money on scientific studies on best practices in manipulating public perception and they have been spending a lot of money all the decades ever since implementing all the best practices that their studies revealed. The result is tens of millions of people whose view of reality is the complete opposite of the actual fact of the matter in major areas of public perception. While political revolutions sometimes do indeed advance things in the right direction, more often they actually make things much worse. I am convinced that most if not all political revolutions are ultimately nearly pointless. After such a hopeful beginning, look at where the United States has ended up, for instance.

The reason that The Thunderbolt spends so much time on politics is because the vast majority of Americans still believe that our political system is functional and that it can solve any problems rather than understanding it is a major part of the problem and I seek to dissuade them from that illusion. People need to understand that we need to fix it, not some sold-out corporate shill in Washington DC. In order to do this people need to realize that everything is broken. As far as fixing it, you need to fix the people. The system is always a reflection of the people, not vice versa. Changing the rules or the structures of the system without changing the
Dominant Meme merely forces the bad guys to find alternate paths to achieve their ends. For instance: The Civil Rights Bill succeeded in ending Jim Crow — Yay — but it also ushered in the War on Drugs — exponentially worse than Jim Crow.

You can’t simply legislate racism away; you must make racism unacceptable within your culture. If racism simply becomes unacceptable then it won’t be accepted and it will largely disappear. If you change the people the system will take care of itself. This is why I think it useless to push for gun control laws or complain about the Stand Your Ground laws and this is why I consider voting to be near the bottom of my list of effective strategies; the guns and the laws and the politicians are not the problem, the people are the problem. Until you change the people then the system will simply continue to conduct business-as-usual and they will continue to stick regulatory pacifiers in your mouth or shove reform suppositories up your ass so that they can fool you into thinking they care about you whilst actually they are sending you up Wall Street’s creek without a pension fund.

(Maybe I should warn people before I start metaphor-izing…)

And now, in an explosive Thunderbolt exclusive, I have identified Enemy Number One in our battle to save our civilization!

Let’s hear three boos and a big juicy raspberry for:

Dehumanization!

If, as I do, you measure a society by how it treats the most helpless and vulnerable — or to coin a phrase, how we treat the ‘least amongst us’ — then obviously I feel our culture is not only failing miserably but doing so in a spectacularly miserable fashion. The only way they can get away with treating people as they do is if they succeed in ‘dehumanizing’ the ‘other’ so that common people feel that these ‘bad’ people deserve whatever foul fate has been dealt out to them due to their badness.

The Machine inculcates this demonization of the ‘other’ because it keeps us at each other’s throats rather than focusing our attention upon our true enemy.

Here is a shining example of dehumanization taken straight from this week’s headlines:

In 1973, three black men who were incarcerated in the Louisiana State Prison in Angola began organizing a cell of the Black Panthers. These three men were so effective at organizing prisoners into hunger strikes and sit-downs that a thoroughly freaked administration railroaded to of them on false charges of murdering a prison guard and the third for murdering another inmate.

Upon conviction, all three Panther organizers were thrown into super-max solitary confinement — i.e. total isolation in a 6×9 cell 23 hours a day and no human contact of any kind whatsoever ever — and there they stayed for the next several decades.

They are called the Angola Three.

A couple of notes about Louisiana in general and Angola in particular: On a per-capita basis, Louisiana imprisons more of its citizens than any other jurisdiction on the entire planet.

The Louisiana State Prison at Angola is almost universally recognized as one of the most corrupt and brutal prisons in the United States.

Here is a very good three-part NPR story about the murder of prison guard Brent Miller and the highly dubious trial of the two Panthers for that murder:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96030547

Robert King was released in 2001 when his conviction was overturned after 29 years in solitary confinement.

Albert Woodfox remains there to this day; after 40 years in complete isolation Mr. Woodfox now hold the dubious distinction of spending a longer time period under solitary confinement that anyone else ever, at least in American history. if you are over 40 years old, imagine what you were doing back in 1973, and then imagine spending all of that intervening time locked into a 6×9 foot cement hole without human contact.

And if you think that outrageous, consider the fate of the third member of the Angola Three Herman Wallace: Mr. Wallace was recently diagnosed with advanced liver cancer and given mere days to live. He applied for compassionate release. The Louisiana prison system has no compassion, though, so his request was denied.

Then, this week a federal judge overturned Mr. Wallace’s conviction because there were no women on the jury.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/2/after_4_decades_in_solitary_dying

Really? It took 40 years to figure that out?

Oh, well. Whatever however. Better late than never I guess.

Then: Upon receipt of the judge’s order, Burl Cain, the warden of Angola, stated that he was “going out to dinner” and that he would not be returning to release Mr. Wallace that night.

No shite.

The judge then took the highly unusual step of directly ordering Mr. Cain to immediately release Mr. Wallace upon threat of contempt charges, whereupon the recalcitrant Mr. Cain sullenly did so. (Full disclosure: I have no evidence that Mr. Cain was actually sullen, but I’m pretty sure that a man who would refuse to delay dinner so he can release a dying man who lived for over 40 years under conditions designated as torture by the World Court is probably also a person who would be sullen in such a situation — and so I am going to employ artistic journalistic license in this case and attribute sullenness to him…)

Then, after Mr. Wallace was released to a cheering crowd of enthusiastic onlookers and transported to a hospital in New Orleans, the State of Louisiana re-indicted Mr. Wallace for the murder of the prison guard.

No shite.

They indicted a man who was literally days from death even though they do not have nor have they ever had a single shred of evidence that Mr. Wallace actually murdered the prison guard.

http://www.angola3.org/thecase.aspx

http://solitarywatch.com/2013/06/24/angola-3s-herman-wallace-gravely-ill-still-held-in-isolation/

However, Mr. Wallace died before they could get it together and re-arrest him.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/10/1/breaking_federal_judge_orders_immediate_release_of_herman_wallace_held_in_solitary_for_40_years

This is what I’m talking about.

Understand now: One of many truly mind-blowing aspects to this situation is that the inhuman monsters who run this system are often very nice people otherwise. Many of them are guilty of nothing more than believing the propaganda they have been fed on their TV Machines and in their schools and in their newspapers all their lives. They truly believe that violent criminals are a sub-human sub-species of humanity and that they must be completely and brutally dominated and suppressed for the overall good of society. They believe that violent criminals ‘deserve’ to be treated in this manner due to the extreme harm damage and pain they have done and caused to others.

This is important: They truly don’t understand that violent criminals are also victims. Like virtually all Americans, they are unaware of the fact that nearly every person in prison for a violent crime was violently abused as a child and that violence is a very natural adaptation to such a worldview and to such a reality.

The enemy is the attitude, not the person who has the attitude. Yes, many — possibly including the warden of Angola, who is a self-professed ‘Christian’ — are truly cruel and mean people — but just as is the case with violent criminals, there are also reasons for that, and their ability to dehumanize others is just as much a part of our culture’s underlying disease as the acts of the criminals are. I am convinced the overall cultural meme can be changed by educating people about the true underlying causes of violent crime and the true underlying causes that create violent criminals — and the true underlying causes responsible for the easy dehumanization of other people that so permeates our culture. This is why I spend so many unpaid hours every week trying to spread such education and why I spend so many unpaid hours every week working on promoting alternative media and trying to elevate the influence of Media Island and KOWA.

Support Alternative Media!

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

1A) Assata Shakur Liberation Day

Just in from Oregon Jericho:

SUPPORT NATIONAL ASSATA SHAKUR LIBERATION DAY!!!
DONATE TO LIBERATE!

Dear Sisters and Brothers! As-salaamu ‘alaykum! Uhuru! Peace! Freedom!
Please join in the growing collective action to support and establish November 2nd as an annual national holiday and day of celebration – THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR – in honor of Sister Assata Shakur, all political exiles, and all US held Political Prisoners! Events are planned for: DC, Omaha, NYC, Atlanta, Portland, Tucson, Los Angeles, Philly, Buffalo, Rochester NY, Boston, and growing.
ORGANIZE AN ASSATA SHAKUR CULTURAL/POLITICAL AWARENESS EVENT IN YOUR TOWN OR CITY TO CELEBRATE ASSATA’S FREEDOM AND THAT:

1) ASSATA SHOULD NOT BE DESIGNATED A TERRORIST
2) THE $2 MILLION BOUNTY ON ASSATA BE RESCINDED RESPECT FOR ASSATA’S POLITICAL ASYLUM AND FREEDOM UNDER CUBAN SOVEREIGNTY
3) FREEDOM FOR ALL STATE & FEDERAL POLITICAL PRISONERS

GROWING LIST OF ENDORSORS: Defend Assata Shakur Liberation Comm * National Jericho Movement * Sekou Odinga Defense Comm * Peace Thru Justice Foundation * Plaid Dragon Collective * Malcolm X Commemoration Comm * Critical Resistance * Pro Libertad * Burning Books Buffalo * Education Project to free the Cuban 5 * Alliance for Global Justice * Malcolm X Grassroots Movement/New Afrikan Peoples Organization * Sundiata Acoli Defense Comm * For Our Children Productions * The Committee to Stop FBI Repression * MOVE * Gerald and Mass (US/Canadian Press) *

4 information: Jihad Abdulmumit: richmondjericho@gmail.com, 804-304-8595 or for DC info jerichoDC1492@gmail.com

DONATIONS
Please make checks and Money Orders to: National Jericho Treasury/M. Alston (Note: “Nov. 2nd Initiative” on Memo line) National Jericho, PO Box 2164, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832

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1B) Boycott of GMO Supporters

This is an organized boycott of companies that are funding the anti I-522 initiative.

Consumers have a right to know whether our foods contain genetically modified ingredients.
I hope all of us are campaigning for a “YES” vote on I-522.

Monsanto and other nasty corporations – and some other rich entities such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association – are funding the “no” campaign to deny consumers the right to know.
These companies are funding the NO campaign on I-522 through the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

I am BOYCOTTING them and invite you and other people to boycott them too:

General Mills
The Kellogg Company
The Hershey Company
Mars, Incorporated
The Coca-Cola Company
PepsiCo
The Hershey Company
Abbott Laboratories
Nestlé USA
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Kraft Foods

In the U.S., liberals ask what is “politically feasible” and ask for small changes that the political parties and giant corporations could be persuaded to grant us. In Latin America, people demand bold reforms and agitate actively. In the U.S., our modest reforms are watered down and deferred. If we want real progress, we must be more like the Latin Americans.

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olywa.net
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2) Public Hearing on Puget Sound Energy’s Future
Thursday October 10th at 1:30 PM @ Richard Heamstad Building, 1300 S Evergreen Park Dr SW

The Sierra Club was accepting money from polluters and I was one of many that told the Sierra Club to stick it where the sun don’t shine. (This notice was forwarded to me. I took myself off the Sierra Club’s mailing list long ago.) (Hopefully they are not bottom-lining this.)

Regardless, PSE wants to keep burning coal and we need to express displeasure to officials.

This from the Sierra Club:

In its plan to state regulators, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has made clear that it wants to continue burning dirty, dangerous, and increasingly expensive coal at its aging Colstrip facility in eastern Montana for at least another 20 years.

Washington should invest its money in clean energy and energy efficiency to create local jobs and grow our clean energy economy not dirty, outdated coal.

Fortunately, the Washington Utility and Transportation Commission (UTC) is holding a public hearing on PSE’s energy plan. This is your opportunity to show support for a plan that invests our energy dollars in our local Washington clean energy economy and protects our environment. We cannot afford to throw away our money by spending it on dirty, coal-fired electricity from Montana.

Speak out for an energy plan that invests in local, clean energy. RSVP for a public hearing on PSE’s plan now!

Event Details:

WHO: Sierra Club, PSE ratepayers, state regulators and PSE.
WHAT: Hearing on PSE’s energy plan
WHEN: Thursday October 10, register at 1:15 p.m., public hearing starts at1:30 p.m.
WHERE: UTC Headquarters, Rm. 206., Richard Heamstad Bldg. located at 1300 S. Evergreen Park Dr. SW., Olympia, WA 98504 [Map]

RSVP: http://action.sierraclub.org/utchearing

Questions: Contact Seth Ballhorn at seth.ballhorn@sierraclub.org.

You don’t need to testify at the hearing to attend — your presence will make a big statement for clean energy.

PSE’s Colstrip Coal Plant is one of the largest carbon polluters in the West, and needs drastic overhauls to make sure that it is in compliance with modern clean air and water laws.

PSE has not accounted for the true cost of burning coal; from carbon pollution to leaky coal ash ponds, PSE has left off coal’s big liabilities out of their cost-benefit analysis.

Tell our state regulators that you don’t want PSE to use your energy dollars to prop up a dirty and dangerous coal plant. RSVP now!

Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

Seth Ballhorn
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club
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3) March Against Monsanto
Saturday October 12th at 9:30 AM @ Sylvester Park, Union and Capitol Way Downtown

It’s a march against those merry transgenic snake-oil salesmen down at Monsanto!

This from the organizers:

(October 12, 2013) – March Against Monsanto has announced that on Oct. 12, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. Pacific in 47 states. Olympia will be among the participants starting at9:30 at Sylvester Park. For more information and to join, like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/681195371910317/ or contact Jan Smith sunflowerinthemist2006@yahoo.com.

Tami Monroe Canal, lead organizer and creator of the now-viral Facebook page, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.” [The full March Against Monsanto mission statement can be read here.]

An organizer for the march in Athens, Greece, Roberta Gogos, spoke about the importance of the events in austerity-impacted South Europe. “Monsanto is working very hard to overturn EU regulation on obligatory labeling (questionable whether it’s really enforced in any case), and no doubt they will have their way in the end Greece is in a precarious position right now, and Greece’s farmers falling prey to the petrochemical giant is a very real possibility.”

Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, says he wants to protect Ecuador against Monsanto’s influence, too. “Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the richest biodiversity in the world. We will not allow this Garden of Eden to be compromised by evil multinational corporations like Monsanto. Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is.”

Partners facilitating the organizing of March Against Monsanto include The Anti-Media, Activists’ Free Press A Revolt – Digital Anarchy and Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance.

Major sponsors include GMO Free USA, NationofChange and Films for Action. Official website: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com.
– See more at: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com
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4) Community Rights Action Group Meeting
Saturday October 12th from Noon to 2 PM @ MIXX FM Studio, Washington and State Streets Downtown

This is part of a massive nationwide effort that is organizing to reclaim our communities from corporate ‘people’.

From the organizers:

Community Rights Ordinance Working Group
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: MIXX96 Meeting Room
Washington and State Streets
Olympia, WA 98501

We meet on the second and fourth Saturdays to plan for the adoption of a Community Rights Ordinance in Olympia (to be followed by ordinances in Tumwater and Lacey). Please join us!
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5) Evergreen Community Garden Harvest Festival
Saturday October 12th from Noon to 5 PM @ The Organic Farm at Evergreen, 2712 Lewis Road NW

Local food.

From the organizers:

The Community Gardens Presents the 33rd Annual Harvest Festival held on the Evergreen Organic Farm.

ALL ARE WELCOME!
Cider served all day.

Kid Friendly Activities
– Arts & Crafts
– Pumpkin Carving
– Apple Bobbing
– Face Painting!

15+ FREE Workshops!

Local Bands
– The Hedgehags (Seattle U District)
– Farewell to the Woods (Olympia)
– No Body (Portland)
– The Soul Provider (Olympia)
– Dan Dillon (Olympia)
* We will miss Camp Wisdom this year because they will be on tour! Good luck on the East Coast!

Workshops
– Food Policy by Elissa Goss
– Raw Food by Olympia’s own Raw PermaGoddess
– Edible Forest Identification Walk
– Compost by Gorby Just
– Mead Making by Joe Zeman
– Beer Making by Joe Zeman
– Canning by Linda Chestnut
– Jamming by Claire Wood
– Sauerkraut by Rachel Greene
– The Perfect Pie Crust by Moira Buck
– Pruning Methods by Jason Cornell
– Mushroom Inoculation by Steven Jacobs
– Kombucha by Scott Zerg/ Izzy Klein
– Animal Husbandry by Ethan Kolodny
– Edible Food Forest by Pat Rasmussen
– Seed Saving by Olympia Seed Alliance
More TBA!

Food Options ($)
– The Flaming Eggplant
– Tamale Fusion
– Aramark

Special Guest!
– Omar with Jasmine Dragon Tea Truck

Tours
– Aquaponics by Jessica Schilke
– Community Gardens
– Demeter’s Garden (D.E.A.P) *self-led
– Organic Farm

Vendors
– Indi Sol
– Calendula nFusion
– Upcycled Shiny Things
– & more!

Community Organizations
– Deschutes Estuary Restoration Project
– West Central Park
– Olympia Beekeepers Association
– Fruit Tree Guilds, Edible Food Forest (E. Olympia)
– Garden- Raised Bounty (GRuB)

Information
– Olykraut

https://www.facebook.com/events/521483427941206/
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6) West Central Park Project Fall Gala
Saturday October 12th from 6:30 to 11:30 PM @ the Heritage Room, 604 Water St SW

It’s a fundraiser for the West Central Park.

This from the organizers:

The West Central Park Project is proud to invite you to our very first fall fundraiser, Fall Gala 2013! On October 12th at the Heritage Room, join us for a relaxing and enjoyable evening supporting West Olympia’s newest community park. The event will be semi-formal and there will be opportunities to donate to the Park Project in different ways, with a silent auction, a giving tree, and a contribution auction! Delicious food, local beer and wine and smooth jazz will be provided as guests make their way around to view auction items and a slideshow of park events and work parties. Admission is $75 in advance and $80 at the door. Tickets are available on our website and will be on sale at select locations near the park starting Friday, September 27th. Come for a night on the town and a great cause!

http://www.aparkforus.org/fall-gala-2013/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1421569908064031/
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7) Honk and Wave for Yes on 522
Tuesday October 15th from 4:45 to 5:45 PM @ Plumb Street (Cross Street TBA)

This is for labeling GMO’s.

Honk & Wave for Yes on 522 – downtown
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: Plum St., downtown Olympia
Olympia, WA 98501

JOIN US; bring friends. Bring “Vote Yes on 522” signs. This week we’ll be downtown on Plum St. (cross street TBD), 4:45-5:45p

(contact: Brandi, 503-602-1891)
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8) Millennium Bulk Terminal Hearing
Thursday October 17th from 4 to 8 PM in Tacoma (Olympia Carpools Available)

Come protest the plan to place the largest export coal terminal in the country right here in our fair state.

This from Oly FOR:

Thurs Oct 17: Carpool to the hearing in Tacoma opposing the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal, which would export 44 million tons of coal annually, cause horrible pollution, and hurt the climate: (See basic information in the listing for Tues Sept 17 above.) This hearing runs from 4 to 8 pm. We want to get about 50 persons from Olympia to participate! Info: Kerri Griffis (part of Olympia FOR’s climate group) at kerrigriffis@yahoo.com and Joelle Robinson (Field Director of Climate Solutions) at 206-443-9570 work or 206-351-5646 cell. Info: http://www.climatesolutions.org and Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” at 352-6327 or climate@olympiafor.org http://www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html
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9) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Change the echo.

Peace.

Dana

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