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The Thunderbolt!!!

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

Action Alert:

1) FYI Section:
1A) WashPIRG and Olympia FOR Promote Yes on 522
1B) Naomi Klein Kicks Ass Again: Why Science Is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our
Lives Before We Destroy the Planet
2) Books to Prisoners Halloween DEATH BATTLE: Presented by 4MCsX4MCx
3) Reflections on the California Prisoner Hunger Strike
4) Author Gregory Nokes: Breaking Chains
5) Film Screening: Queer-Centric Tough Guise
6) Northern Silent Art Auction Benefit Closing Event
7) Media Island/ EPIC Benefit Brunch
8) Million Mask March Olympia
9) Bonus Tip of the Day

Hey Kids! Another week in Paradise!

Yep, our house may be on fire — but you can’t beat our view!


I have found a one-stop shop for info on the Trans Pacific Partnership!

Go here:

Otherwise, I’m afraid that I was lazy this week; no commentary or news.

Since I do this on my own and since I do this without pay then I can get away with slacking off now and then.

It’s time to get to work.


The Thunderbolt Calendar
October 31 thru November 7, 2013


1) FYI Section:

1A) WashPIRG and Olympia FOR Promote Yes on 522

WashPIRG is onboard with I-522. Share this video.

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation also has a lot of good information on I-522:


1B) Naomi Klein Kicks Ass Again: Why Science Is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives Before We Destroy the Planet

Glen passed this to me and it’s well worth the read:

2) Books to Prisoners Halloween DEATH BATTLE: Presented by 4MCsX4MCx
Thursday October 31st at 9 PM @ the Track House, Corner of 7th and Jefferson, Downtown Olympia

As an ex-prisoner myself, I cannot stress the importance of quality reading material while you are caged.

From the organizers:

AC Slater, aged rapper from the 90s is throwing a Halloween party at the spookiest house in town!

The Track House and 4MCsX4MCs will host an all out freestyle rap death battle! Come in costume, battle other rappers in character, win a grand prize!

Dance party with DJ Apricot and open mic for costumed or non costumed rapper! (Wear a costume tho)

AC Slater will be doing some of his classic hits from the 90s and there will also be a raffle and beverages all to benefit Books to Prisoners and their mission to send free books and educational resources to victims of our Jim Crow prison industrial complex! $4 suggested donation

3) Reflections on the California Prisoner Hunger Strike
Friday November 11th from 12 to 2 PM @ the Evergreen State College, SEM2, B1105

Come learn about a revolt in the worst prison system in the country.

From the organizers:

Jules Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, is the lead attorney representing Pelican Bay prisoners in a lawsuit challenging long-term solitary confinement in California prisons. “About 80,000 people in the United States are put into solitary,” Lobel explains. “It’s an inhumane practice, but in California they go to an extreme by placing people without any windows, without any phone calls, trying to totally isolate them.

The prisoners’ demands include a call for adequate and nutritious food, an end to group punishment, and stopping long-term solitary confinement in high-security “special housing units” where more than 3,000 prisoners are held in the isolation units with no human contact and no windows — some of them for more than a decade.

Jules Lobel is also a Law Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of many books including “Success Without Victory”

Hosted by Abolish Cops And Prisons, Alternatives to Capitalist Globalization, and EPIC.

4) Author Gregory Nokes: Breaking Chains
Saturday November 2nd at 3 PM @ Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave

Speaking of history, this is important and much is not widely known.

This from Orca:

Saturday, November 2nd, 3:00pm — Gregory Nokes: Breaking Chains

Start: 11/02/2013 3:00 pm

Orca Books is thrilled to welcome historian Gregory Nokes back to the store to discuss his newest book Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory.

When they were brought to Oregon in 1844, Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes and their children were promised freedom in exchange for helping develop their owner’s Willamette Valley farm. However, Nathaniel Ford, an influential settler and legislator, kept them in bondage until 1850, even then refusing to free their children. Holmes took his former master to court and, in the face of enormous odds, won the case in 1853.

In “Breaking Chains,” R. Gregory Nokes tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon’s pre-Civil War courts–Holmes v. Ford. Through the lens of this landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in Oregon and the West, reminding readers that there actually were slaves in Oregon, though relatively few in number.

Drawing on the court record, Nokes offers an intimate account of the relationship between a slave and his master from the slave’s point of view. He also explores the experiences of other slaves in early Oregon, examining attitudes toward race and revealing contradictions in the state’s history. Oregon was the only free state admitted to the union with a voter-approved constitutional clause banning African Americans and, despite the prohibition of slavery in the state, many in Oregon tolerated it and supported politicians who advocated for slavery, including Oregon’s first territorial governor.

“Breaking Chains” sheds light on a somber part of Oregon’s history, bringing the story of slavery in Oregon to a broader audience. The book will appeal to readers interested in Pacific Northwest history and in the history of slavery in the United States.

5) Film Screening: Queer-Centric Tough Guise
Saturday November 2nd at 7:30 PM @ 317 4th Ave E, 4th Floor in Co-Lab

From the organizers:

How do cultural ideas of manhood contribute to interpersonal and relationship violence within the queer community?

Join Partners in Prevention, Stonewall Youth and MPowerment for an exciting screening of Tough Guise 2 followed by a community discussion examining how cultural ideas of manhood contribute to interpersonal and relationship violence within the queer community!

While Queer culture has evolved a broad definition of what it is to be a man, we are still inundated with messages of what a “real” man looks like, how they act, and how they show their sexuality. Many of us work hard to deconstruct these ideas and messages within our communities and our personal lives, yet sexual, relationship, and interpersonal violence still exists in the Queer community.

Is there a culture of violence that exists in boy culture in the LGBTQQIA community? How does it affect each of our communities under the LGBTQQIA umbrella? How do these media messages affect those of us that live life on the masculine scale or those of us that identify as Trans*? Do we police ourselves with so called “man codes” or other similar codes?

Join us for a screening of the newly released Tough Guise 2 in which pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men’s violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood. In this sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. Along the way, the film provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and US political culture.

Warning: this documentary shows images and scenes of violence and blood, racism, homophobia, and transphobia!

Saturday, November 2nd in the Co-Lab
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Admission is free! Donations welcome!
See attached flyer for more details!
This is a queer friendly space. Gender neutral bathrooms on-site!

Sponsored in partnership between Partners in Prevention Education, Stonewall Youth and MPowerment!

There will be a second screening of Tough Guise 2 at Traditions Cafe, Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 pm – 10 pm open to the entire community!

6) Northern Silent Art Auction Benefit Closing Event
Saturday November 2nd from 5 to 7 PM @ the Northern, 414 1/2 Legion Way

It’s a benefit for the Northern!

From the organizers:

Make sure you are the winning bidder for the artwork on display at Northern. The party starts at 5pm on November 2, bidding closes at 7pm. Enjoy made-to-order organic juice, Bar Francis beverages, and snacks. Merriment and big spending encouraged to support the Olympia All Ages Project!

7) Media Island/ EPIC Benefit Brunch
Sunday November 3rd from 11 AM to 2 PM @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

Every month Media Island partners with another local activist organization and hosts a benefit brunch for both organizations — and this month’s brunch will literally be EPIC…

…as in the Evergreen Political Information Center [EPIC] who have been subverting the dominant paradigm out at the Evergreen State College off-and-on for 40 years now.

This from the organizers:

For the November 2013 Sunday benefit brunch, Media Island Is excited to partner with the Evergreen Political information Center (EPIC).

EPIC served for decades at the Evergreen State College, after its establishment in 1973, as a pivotal multi-issue, cross-disciplinary hub of activism on radical, progressive social and environmental issues.

Within the past half-decade, EPIC dissolved, but it is being reestablished this year by a motivated group of Evergreen students, faculty, staff and community members.

EPIC’s Mission states as follows: “EPIC is an organization of people to the political Left. We seek to create a sustained community of educational, political and environmental concern: one bringing together progressives, radicals, activists, scholars, students, faculty, staff, and community groups.

We maintain a vision of a democratic society, where at all levels the people have control of the decisions which affect us and the resources on which we are dependent. In short, we believe that the principle of democracy should be applied to all forms of social organization and relations. We seek a relevance necessary to effect change at the most basic levels of economic, political, and social organization. We feel the urgency to put forth a radical, democratic, program counterposed to authoritarian movements.

Our goal is to bring about critical awareness of the issues which affect our lives. We want to demystify the reality we face in order to help ourselves and others understand and creatively deal with our everyday lives and our futures before us.”

As EPIC moves through the initial stages of reestablishment, they can be contacted on the web via facebook @

8) Million Mask March Olympia
Tuesday November 5th at 1 PM @ Sylvester Park

This is part of a national gathering and it is looking to be big. Come join in a march to the state capitol to protest everything.

This from the organizers:

Greetings, people of Washington State, and people throughout the world!

On November 5th, we will be rallying at Sylvester Park in Olympia at 1pm, and then marching to the Capitol Building and Washington State Supreme Court at 2pm. Teach-ins and rallies will continue throughout the remainder of the day.

Why are we protesting, you ask?

Here is a list of many of the things we are protesting against…

* The White House’s continued attacks on ‘whistleblowers’.
* The NSA’s unconstitutional spying on ALL American citizens.
* The corrupt courts and unconstitutional rulings against us.
* Our City, County, State, and Federal politicians creating unjust and unconstitutional taxes, laws, and fees against the people without any representation or regard for our rights and freedoms.
* The continued arrests of the people for exercising our constitutional rights.
* The detainment of political prisoners who risked everything to keep the American people informed, safe, and free.
* The continued physical, verbal, and emotional abuse being brought upon the people by law enforcement personnel.
* The use and expansion of the FBI, DHS, NSA, and other government agencies for the sole purpose of silencing free speech, and treating us like terrorists.
* The use of the media to mislead us and divide the people into warring factions, or to keep the masses uninformed and blissfully ignorant of the truth about what is happening in the world around us.
* The continuing wars that have no purpose except to keep the elite wealthy and powerful, while the rest of the world suffers from death, poverty, disease, famine, etc.
* The corporate control of all aspects of our daily lives.
* The constant poisoning of our food, water, and air.
* The allowance of rapists, molesters, and pedophiles to harm our children, while innocents are treated like criminals.
* The use of propaganda to spread fear, lies, and distrust among the people.
* The continued mistreatment of indigenous people around the world and illegal occupations of tribal lands for the sake of global expansion and development.

This is, by far, not a complete list of the grievances we hold against our own government bodies, or the governments of other nations, but it shows a great and severe illness within our society. A global systemic failure that cannot continue.

We will not allow these atrocities to be committed any longer!

We are Anonymous!
We are legion!
We do not forgive!
We do not forget!
Expect us!

9) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Pee pee pee on the TPP.




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