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The Thunderbolt!!!

 

      News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

 

Action Alert:

 

1)  FYI Section:

  1A)  Carbon Tax Campaign Roll Out

  1B)  Oly Climate Action Newsletter

  1C)  Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Fund Drive

  1D)  Oly Port Militarization Memorial Project

2)  Community Report Back:  The Cascadia Freedom Caravan

3)  Film Screening:  The Wounds of Waziristan

4)  Teach In on Border Militarization and Solidarity for Immigrant Rights

5)  Youth ‘N Action Open Mic & Performance Showcase

6)  Documentary Screening:  Hit & Stay, the Continuation of the Catonsville Nine

7)  Second Annual Housing Task Force Luncheon — Appreciation of Homeless Service Providers

8)  Stand in Solidarity for Immigrant Rights

9)  Bonus Tip of the Day

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Hey Kids!

 

I spent 12 hours on Sunday recording an epic radio program centered upon The Protocols of the Elders of Wall Street and since my term as an MI caretaker is now over I also moved into my new place this week — so I’m afraid that I don’t have much for the News and Commentary section.

 

Also, I will be hurling my Thunderbolts from a new secret underground undisclosed location located deep in the bowels of my daughter’s garage.  Don’t tell anyone.

 

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Media Infrastructure

 

A homeless person set up a shelter in Media Island’s backyard and in doing so he severed the antenna cable for KOWA 106.5 fm knocking us off the air for two days.

 

Somehow I think they don’t have these kinds of problems down at Fox News.

 

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Diplomacy American Style

 

This is an excerpt from interview with Jeremy Scahill who is relating a quote from an ex-Guantanamo detainee named Mullah Zaeef:

 

“When I was in Guantánamo, the Americans kept telling me, ‘The Taliban is finished.  There’s no more Taliban.  All of you — all of your people have been killed or are in prison.”  And then he’s like, “Then I come back to Afghanistan, and I find that there are actually more people in the Taliban than when I was originally snatched and taken to Guantánamo.”  And the point he made is, “If you kill those of us who grew up, you know, in the ’60s and ’70s, who speak English and understand the outside world, if you kill all of us, you’re not going to have anyone to negotiate with, because this younger generation, that you’ve produced as a result of your global war, are far more militant than we were, and they don’t care about diplomacy at all.”

 

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Bi-Partisan War Crimes

 

And now I must eat some crow; a few months ago I mentioned Seymour Hersh — the man who broke both the story about the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam Era and the Torture at Guantanamo Bay story — and while I gave serious props to Mr. Hersh for his reporting, I also accused him of partisan reporting for only documenting the war crimes of the Republican Party and ignoring those of the Democratic Party.

 

And you may also remember a few weeks ago when I speculated that the chemical weapons attack that happened in Syria last August was a covert operation conducted by a western power — though I admitted that I had seen no evidence of that?

 

Well, Mr. Hersh has just released a report that the Obama Administration ‘covered up’ and ‘cherry-picked’ intelligence concerning the Syrian chemical attack in their attempt to gin up a war against Bashar al Assad.

 

Surprise, surprise.

 

Why would they do that?  Hmmm….

 

My apologies to Seymour Hersh.

 

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

For the Week of December 12th thru December 19th, 2013

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1)  FYI Section:

 

  1A)  Carbon Tax Campaign Roll Out

 

From: kristy@carbonwa.org

Sent: 12/6/2013 2:10:45 P.M. Pacific Standard Time

Subj: It Is Almost Time to Collect Signatures

 

Hello Carbon Tax Supporters,

 

I am emailing you to introduce myself.  My name is Kristy Royce and I will be organizing our signature gathering campaign starting this February.

 

We hope you want to help in collect signatures for our citizen’s ballot initiative to help Washington pass Environmental Tax Reform.  We will be collecting 300,000 signatures between February and July of 2014.

 

The good news is we have 139 people who have signed up to collect signatures.  Thank you so much for being leaders committed to making a difference.

 

However, we will need close to 400 people to make our goal.

 

But, don’t worry…  I know we can get there together.  We are adding people every week!

 

–      My request for you today is simple: can you forward this email to 3 friends or family members who are concerned about climate change and the economy and ask them to join you collecting signatures? This will be much more fun to do with friends!

 

Starting in January, I will be sending you emails every week with updates on our efforts:

 

  • A complete “How To Collect Signatures” info packet
  • Where to go for live trainings on collecting signatures
  • Links to the best events and places in Seattle to collect signature
  • Fun contests, goals and parties for signature collectors
  • Where to collect your petitions and signature gathering gear

 

At CarbonWA, we believe this is critically important work, but we also want to have fun and make friends along the way.

 

I will be reaching out personally to each of you to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call me at 206-940-8216.

 

Thanks for everything that you do!

 

(P.S.  If you have not already done so,

 

please Like Us on Facebook. And share your plans with your friends and family via Facebook and Twitter.  My New Year’s resolution is to do more social media.  🙂

 

Kristy Royce

CarbonWA – Organizer

Kristy@CarbonWA.org

Cell: 206-940-8216

 

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1B)  Oly Climate Action Newsletter

 

There’s a lot of stuff here; there is a link included if you would like to get on their mailing list.

 

From Oly Climate Action:

 

Thanks for helping to get the word out!

 

Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup hearing – Friday December 13, 2-5pm (rescheduled from 12/6)

 

The Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup was created from a 2013 Environmental Priority bill championed by Governor Inslee and is tasked with determining and ways Washington State should reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.  The current statutory emissions limits, set in 2008, require cutting our emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and limit emissions further by 2035 and 2050.  The Workgroup, made up of four legislators and chaired by Governor Inslee,  is holding a hearing in Olympia to solicit comments and input from Washington citizens, and it is imperative to show our strong support for political action on climate change.

 

What you can do to help:

 

  • Show up at the hearing: By packing the house, we will show the Governor and Legislators that Washington State demands climate action now! Each person has the opportunity to sign up to give a 2 minute testimony in order to voice his or her concerns and make personal recommendations as to what policies they would like to see realized. RSVP for the hearing at www.wecprotects.org/climate.
  • Submit a written comment: Written comments can be submitted until midnight on December 13th.  Visit www.wecprotects.org/climate to find the comment form.
  • Volunteer to help with outreach: We will be holding two phone banks in Olympia during the week before the hearing- one on Monday December 9th, and one on Thursday December 12th.  Phone banks will be held at the Climate Solutions Office at 219 SW Legion Way #201, Olympia, WA, from 5-8pm. If interested, contact Jason Merges (603.361.6045, or  jason.merges@gmail.com).

 

From: Leigh, Michael [mailto:mleigh@spscc.edu]

Sent: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:06 PM

To: Leigh, Michael

Subject: Local Environmental Events: 12/6 –

 

If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, email mleigh@spscc.edu

 

RECURRING EVENTS

Tuesdays:    South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party, 9 am – 3 pm

                        Olympia City Council, 7 pm (Olympia City Council Chambers: 601 4th Ave E)

                                                http://olympia.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

                        Tumwater City Council, 7 pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday (Tumwater City Hall: 555 Israel Rd. SW)  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/ccagendasTOC.htm

Wednesdays:    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Bird Walk, 8-11 am – Meet at Visitor Center Overlook at 8 am.

                              Nisqually Land Trust Work Party, 9 am – noon

Thursdays:  Olympia Farmers’ Market, 10 am – 3 pm  (700 N Capitol Way; Olympia 98501)  http://olympiafarmersmarket.com.

                        Lacey City Council, 7 pm on the 2nd & 4th Thursday (Lacey City Hall: 420 College Street)  Go to www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-council/city-council-2/city-council-meetings/council-meetings for more information.

Fridays:         Olympia Farmers’ Market, 10 am – 3 pm

Saturdays:   Olympia Farmers’ Market, 10 am – 3 pm

                        South Sound Estuarium, 10 am – 3 pm (608 Washington St NE; Olympia 98501)  http://sseacenter.wordpress.com/south-sound-estuarium

Sundays:      Olympia Farmers’ Market, 10 am – 3 pm

                        South Sound Estuarium, 10 am – 3 pm

 

Help Save a Tree!

 

Every year, an estimated 33 million trees are sold for the holidays in the United States.  After the festivities, all those trees must be collected for recycling into mulch or compost, or go into the landfill.  This holiday Stream Team is offering another option: purchase a live potted tree from Puget Sound Plants in Olympia—and then after the holidays, keep the tree and plant it on your property OR give it to Stream Team to plant next to streams for salmon and wildlife habitat.  To reserve a tree, call Puget Sound Plants at 866-816-5080 between Dec. 9 and 20, and between 8 am and 4:30 pm.  Trees will be planted at Woodland Creek Community Park on Saturday, January 11th from 11:30 am to 2 pm.  For more details go to http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/plant/holidaytree or contact Michelle Stevie at  mstevie@ci.olympia.wa.us.

 

Become a Volunteer Land Steward

 

Help the Capitol Land Trust monitor and steward its conservation preserves around the region—and get to visit CLT’s unique and beautiful natural areas!  Contact Guy at guym@capitollandtrust.org to learn more.

 

Friday, December 6

9 am – 12 pm – Upland & Forest Habitat Restoration work party

 

(Tacoma Nature Center: 1919 S. Tyler St; Tacoma)  Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive.  No experience necessary—experienced habitat stewards will guide you through the projects.  Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty.  Bring your own gloves and gardening gear or use what we provide.  All ages are welcome, but children need to be supervised at all times by an adult.  Work parties occur rain or shine!  Call 253-591-6439 for more information.

 

Saturday, December 7

7:30 am – Birding and Breakfast near Tumwater Historical Park

 

Bird with the Black Hills Audubon Society, and then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant—or if you are a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll give you the run down on what birds are in the area.  At 7:30 we will meet at Tumwater Historical Park (north of Falls Terrace Restaurant on Deschutes Parkway about .2 miles, then take the unmarked road between Henderson House Museum and Crosby Road, down to the river.)  At 9:00 we will meet for breakfast at River’s Edge Restaurant at the Tumwater Golf Course (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive Southeast, Tumwater).  For more information, contact Leslie Lynam at 360- 402-9513 or Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397.

 

8:00 am – ~2 pm – Willow planting along McDonald Creek in Elma

 

(600 E Main St., Elma 98541)  Join volunteers as they gather at the hospital in Elma to plant willows at the recently improved McDonald Creek.  We will start at 8:00a and continue until all willow stakes are planted.  We will also need a hand in picking up garbage and removing invasive plants.  Please park in the hospital parking lot near the front door and not on the emergency room side.  We will gather near the stream on the Emergency Entrance side outside of the paved area; however, we really need to be sure the Emergency Department area is clear and free for patients and EMS.  What to bring: good boots and all-weather gear are a must.  Gloves, shovels, and loppers are also very welcomed if available.  RSVP by contacting Jane Atha at jatha@centralia.edu or at 512-297-8743, so she has an idea of how many people to expect.

 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Red Salmon Creek Tube Removal

 

(Olympia)  Healthy plants need your help!  Join Nisqually Land Trust as they remove protective plant tubes from native trees and shrubs that have outgrown their use.  It’s another important step in the restoration of this critical habitat area.  Coffee, water, and some light snacks will be provided; please bring a water bottle and anything else you might need.  Work parties are rain or shine. Bring layers, raingear, and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  To register and get directions, go to www.nisquallylandtrust.org/events.php and click on the event, or go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8lapcsue7e95301.    For more information, contact Cris Peck (AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Nisqually Land Trust) at 360-489-3400 ext. 106 or at www.nisquallylandtrust.org. We hope you can join us!

 

9 am – Tree Planting along the Woodland Creek Trail

 

(Olympia)  We will assemble at the Poplar Street trail access, just south of Poplar & Pacific, at 935 Poplar Street SE, Olympia (next to the big mural on the Olympic Moving and Storage Building)—look for the white tent.  We will be planting trees up and down the trail within sight of the mural.  Bring gloves and shovels, and DRESS FOR RAIN.  Gloves and tools provided if you do not have them.  For more information, email info@woodlandtrail.org or check out Woodland Trail Greenway Association on facebook.

 

10 am – 1 pm – 3rd Annual Bald Eagle Kayak Tour in Mud Bay

 

We will leisurely paddle Mud Bay into the mouth of McLane Creek to see eagles on their feeding grounds.  Special guest biologist, Lindsy Wright, US Fish and Wildlife Service, will discuss eagle behaviors, habitat and new trends.  The cost is $25, and kayaks and safety equipment will be provided.  Children ages 12–16 may attend with an adult.  Ages 17–18 may attend with signed permission.  Moderate walking on uneven ground will be required.  Space is limited to 15 participants, and you must register to attend.  To register, call City of Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation at 360-753-8380, or go to http://olympiawa.gov/city-services/parks and click on “Experience It! Online – Program Registration”.  (This is Program # 17467.)  Staff contact: Mike Baker, at mbaker@ci.olympia.wa.us.

 

10 am – 1 pm – Twin Rivers Ranch Work Party

 

(Olympia)  Capitol Land Trust is ramping up our second phase of restoration efforts on this beautiful Oakland bay shoreline property. Come help restore the tidal Sitka spruce forests and wetland habitat.  A great chance to visit this unique and special place!   To sign up and receive directions, email info@capitollandtrust.org.  All are welcome; no experience is necessary.

10 am – 4 pm – Use it Wisely: Conserve Water & Energy

 

(LOTT WET Science Center: 500 Adams ST NE, Olympia 98501)  Come play our giant floor game, The Drip Stops Here, anytime throughout the day.  You’ll learn how to conserve water at home, and take home fun prizes.  At 2 pm, take the family on a tour of our LEED Platinum certified green building to learn about all of the ways we are conserving water and energy, including how we generate our own electricity using methane from the treatment plant.

1 pm – Ribbon-Cutting and Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the third Chehalis-Western Trail bridge

 

Finally, after all these years, we are breaking ground on the third and final bridge of the “bridging the gap” project!  This bridge across Pacific Avenue will fulfill our common dream of a continuous North-South Chehalis-Western Trail!  This bridge will complete the Chehalis-Western Trail and link together the I-5 Bike Trail and Woodland Trail.  The ground breaking will be at the intersection of the Chehalis- Western Trail and the Woodland Trail—just east of the 9am tree-planting event.   The location is readily accessible by bike from throughout the metropolitan area via the Woodland Trail, as well as on street bike lanes.  It also is served by Intercity Transit route #66, and parking is available on-site.  Come help us celebrate this achievement by the staff, elected officials, and citizens of Thurston County, in partnership with WSDOT and the Cities, facilitated by Thurston Regional Planning Council.

 

8 pm – Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

 

Peer below the waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures. Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights.  Pre-registration is required: go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8agsyun9dc9dbba.  Cost is $10 for persons 12 and older; children ages 6 to 11 are free. 

 

Monday, December 9

6:30 pm – Panel Discussion on Urban Greenspace

 

(City Council Chambers, Olympia City Hall: 601 4th Avenue East; Olympia)  The City of Olympia Planning Commission is hosting a series of informational panel discussions on issues related to how our community will grow and develop over the next 20 years.  Olympia is expected to welcome over 20,000 new residents over the next two decades, so we need to understand how we can create a denser community while maintaining and enhancing livability.  Vital to livability are opportunities to experience the natural environment, so will denser development lead to fewer opportunities for residents to come into daily contact with nature?  A panel of four regional experts will discuss this question and the wide range of health and community benefits that result from integrating nature into the urban environment.  The panel also will provide valuable insight into: the environmental and psychological benefits of greenspace; the community stewardship benefits of greenspace; techniques for incorporating greenspace into urban environments; and how to be good stewards of greenspace for long-term benefits.  The panel discussion will be part of a regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting, which is always open to the public.  No RSVP is required.  For those unable to attend, the presentation will be video-taped for replay on public television and the City’s website.  For more information, contact Associate Planner Stacey Ray at 360.753.8046 or sray@ci.olympia.wa.us.

 

Tuesday, December 10

9 am – 3 pm – South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party

 

We will be at Glacial Heritage Preserve.  You can warm your hands because we are burning slash piles and pulling broom!  Dress for the weather, and bring along a box lunch, gloves and plenty of water.  Directions to Glacial Heritage:  take I-5 to exit 95 (the Littlerock exit), ~10 miles south of Olympia; go west into Littlerock; continue going straight through Littlerock—do not take any turns, and follow the road (128th Ave) until it ends at Mima Road/Waddell Creek Road; turn south (left) on Mima Road and go 2.7 miles; take a left onto a gravel road with sign for Glacial Heritage—there will be a tractor sign shortly before the turn.  Please obey the 15 mph speed limit, as there are often dogs and small children active nearby.  Follow the road through the gate; take the first right, and then stay to the left to get to the house.  For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.org.  Sponsored by the Center for Natural Lands Management. 

 

7:00 pm – Olympia Science Café: Tidal Energy Research

 

(Orca Books: 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia)  Tidal energy shows promise as a resource for sustainable, renewable power generation.  Research is underway on the technical, environmental and social challenges to its deployment, such as designing and engineering tidal turbines for power production on a utility scale; identification and mitigation of underwater sound and direct interactions between marine animals and marine energy converters; and the development of hydrokinetic turbines at the micro-scale to provide power for autonomous oceanographic instrumentation.  Dr. Brian Polagye, Co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, will present an overview of the current status of marine renewable energy research.

 

Wednesday, December 11

9:30 am – 12 pm – Yashiro Japanese Garden work party

 

Come out to the Beautiful Yashiro Japanese Garden for a morning of enjoyable stewardship.  Our focus will be to spread bark and clean-up the park.    Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy.  Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all youth under 18 years must have a signed Waiver and Medical Alert (available online at http://olympiawa.gov/~/media/Files/Parks/Volunteering/WAIVER%20Form.ashx) or have a parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site.  Yashiro Japanese Garden is located at 1010 Plum ST SE.  We will meet near the entrance.  For more information, contact Mike Baker with City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at mbaker@ci.olympia.wa.us or at 360.753.8365, or go to www.olympiawa.gov/parkvolunteer.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Ohop Valley Plant Tube Removal

 

Join Nisqually Land Trust in the beautiful Ohop Valley removing protective plant tubes from native trees and shrubs that no longer need protecting.  It’s another important step in the restoration of the valley.  Coffee, water, and some light snacks will be provided; please bring a water bottle and anything else you might need.  Work parties are rain or shine. Bring layers, raingear, and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian  To register and get directions, go to www.nisquallylandtrust.org/events.php and click on the event, or go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8mdeh1p1f1babf7.   For more information, contact Cris Peck (AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Nisqually Land Trust) at 360-489-3400 ext. 106 or at www.nisquallylandtrust.org.

 

Thursday, December 12

7-9 pm – (presentation) Christmas Bird Count – From There to Here

 

(First Christian Church: 701 Franklin Street SE; Olympia 98507)  This year, for the 114th time, 93% of all Audubon chapters across the country will brave snow, wind or rain to conduct their Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  Recently at the Fall Audubon Council meeting, we learned just how valuable data from counts is to agencies.  Each participant makes an enormous contribution to conservation through this longest-running wildlife census.  These citizen scientists help assess the health of bird populations, predict trends, and guide conservation action.  Come join us in hearing a bit of the history of this great citizen science success, and get inspired to participate in our own local event on December 15 (Sunday)!  Arrive at 7:00 pm to socialize; the program will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.  Sponsored by the Black Hills Audubon Society.

 

Friday, December 13

2 – 5 pm – Hearing on Washington’s Response to Climate Change

 

(House Hearing Room A in the O’Brien House Building: 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia)  Governor Inslee’s Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup is identifying specific policies and actions to meet the state’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  In the past two months, they have held two public hearings in Seattle and Spokane demonstrating that citizens want and expect climate action.  Today is the final hearing.  This is an exciting opportunity for concerned citizens to weigh in on the draft recommendations, which may include: carbon cap and price; transitioning off of coal for PSE’s electricity; Clean Fuels Standard; a variety of transportation initiatives; and energy-efficiency policies and clean-energy investments.  For more information, go to www.governor.wa.gov/issues/economy/climateWorkgroup.

 

Saturday, December 14

9:00 am – 12 noon – Black Hills Audubon field trip: Downtown Ducks at Capital Lake

 

Burt Guttman’s Downtown Ducks quests are a beloved tradition in Olympia.  Many different ducks, geese, grebes, and the occasional loon or swan, as well as passerines in the trees and shrubs, are possible at Capital Lake in late fall and winter.  Meet at the Marathon Park parking lot on Capital Lake.  Dress for the weather.  Bring snacks and water as needed.  This trip is especially oriented toward beginning birders, but all interested folks are welcome.

 

9 am – 12 pm – Friends of Franklin Park Forest Cleanup and Restoration

 

(Tacoma)  Join us for our monthly work party at Franklin Park as we continue working on the wooded area in the northeast portion of the park (forested portion along South 12th Street).  We will be pruning low branches on trees, cleaning out the understory, and pulling out invasive plants.  Our goal is to develop this portion of the park into a safer and more inviting area for walking and other recreational activities.  Tools, snacks, and water will be provided but please bring your own gloves.  (South 12th Street and Puget Sound Avenue)  For a map, go to https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com.

 

9 am – 12 pm – Julia’s Gulch Work Party

 

(Tacoma) We will be cutting and digging up blackberry roots along the road and in the lower Gulch, and weeding in the upper area.  We have some tools but if you have a favorite bring it along.  Pitch forks, clippers and loppers are good for the blackberries.  If you plan to tackle the blackberries wear long sleeves, long pants, heavy gloves and heavy footwear.  Please bring your own water but tea and treats will be provided.  We will meet at the picnic table overlooking the Gulch.  Cars can be parked at View Point Park.  For a map, go to https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com.

 

9 am – 12 pm – Puget Creek Restoration Society Work Party

 

(Tacoma)  Contact Scott Hansen at pugetcreek@yahoo.com or (253) 779-8890 for exact meeting location of the work party.

9 am – 12 pm – Wapato Hills Clean-up Party

 

(S Wapato St and S 64th St in Tacoma)  Join fellow volunteers as work continues to clean-up Wapato Hills Urban Wildlife Habitat.  This work party meets on the second Saturday of each month, and is currently removing invasive species and doing general clean-up.  For a map, go to https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com.

 

10 am – 4 pm – Ocean Bingo

(LOTT WET Science Center: 500 Adams ST NE, Olympia 98501)  Bring the family inside to escape the rain and play a fun and educational game of Ocean Bingo!  There are many great prizes for adults and children to win.  There will be bingo games and ocean inspired art projects in the classroom all day.

 

Sunday, December 15

From dawn to dusk, and anywhere in between! – Christmas Bird Count and Chili Feed

 

During this event, sponsored by Black Hills Audubon Society, volunteers spend the day (or part of the day) in the field counting birds in their group’s assigned count area. Folks new to birding, or those who prefer working with a more experienced birder, will be partnered with veteran group leaders.  This is a serious commitment, as well as a whole lot of fun, and it’s a great way for amateurs to become familiar with our local birds.  For more information, go to http://blackhills-audubon.org/fieldtrips-events.htm.

 

Monday, December 16

4-5:30 pm – Public invited to comment on Regional Transportation Plan

 

(Shelton: Commission Chambers, Mason County Building 1: 411 N. Fifth St.)  The Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization invites the public to attend this public meeting to learn more about a Regional Transportation Plan and to comment on the future vision of transportation for the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas.  The Regional Transportation Plan (www.wsdot.wa.gov/partners/prtpo/docs/materials/prtpo_rtp_draft2013.pdf) is designed to promote and guide efficient and sustainable transportation systems on the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas.  It was developed as a shared vision of how strategic transportation planning can create a better future for residents and businesses on the peninsulas.  Anyone can participate.

 

Tuesday, December 17

9 am – 3 pm – South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party

 

Dress for the weather, and bring along a box lunch, gloves and plenty of water.  For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.org.  Sponsored by the Center for Natural Lands Management. 

 

Wednesday, December 18

9:30 am – 12 pm – Madison Scenic Park work party

 

Come on out to Madison Scenic Park for a fun and festive work party! We will focus on removing invasive species.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy.  Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all youth under 18 years must have a signed Waiver and Medical Alert (available online at http://olympiawa.gov/~/media/Files/Parks/Volunteering/WAIVER%20Form.ashx) or have a parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site.  Madison Scenic Park is located 1600 10th Ave SE.  We will meet at the top of the paved walk-way.  For more information, contact Mike Baker with City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at mbaker@ci.olympia.wa.us or at 360.753.8365, or go to www.olympiawa.gov/parkvolunteer.

 

6:30 pm – Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve: Then and Now

 

(LOTT’s WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia 98501)  Presented by Daniel Hull, Executive Director, Nisqually Reach Nature Center.  Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve is an exciting project with community involvement.  Doors open at 6:30 pm; presentation is from 7-8:30pm.  Sponsored by the South Sound Estuary Association in partnership with the WET Science Center.

 

Friday, December 20

9 am – 12 pm – Wetland Habitat Restoration work party

 

(Tacoma Nature Center: 1919 S. Tyler St; Tacoma)  Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive.  No experience necessary—experienced habitat stewards will guide you through the projects.  Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty.  Bring your own gloves and gardening gear or use what we provide.  All ages are welcome, but children need to be supervised at all times by an adult.  Work parties occur rain or shine!  Call 253-591-6439 for more information.  Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com and click on the event to find a map.

 

Saturday, December 21

Winter Solstice at the ESTUARIUM

 

(Olympia)  Join us at the Estuarium to welcome in the Winter Solstice!  This will be an all-day free event at the Estuarium.  Daniel Hull is bringing the Nisqually Reach Nature Center to the Estuarium with a marine-life touch tank.  Learn about the moon’s gravitational pull on the ocean.  Raise funds for the Estuarium by making your very own sand art with Seadazzle for holiday gifts, and so much more.  If you would like to help out, please contact Nate Bernitz, nate@sseacenter.org.  For more information, go to www.sseacenter.org.

 

9 am – 12 pm – McKinley Park Cleanup Work Party

 

(500 E McKinley Way, Tacoma)  Meet down at the new playground and restrooms off of McKinley Ave.  Metro Parks will provide all of the necessary tools and equipment.  Volunteers need to dress for the weather and have work gloves.  Volunteers will be assigned to work in specific areas removing invasive and non-native plants such as English Ivy and blackberry bushes.  Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com and click on the event to find a map.

 

9 am – 12 pm – Oak Tree Park Work Party

 

(Tacoma)  Oak Tree Park is a beautiful and unique 25-acre park located off of South 74th and Cedar Streets.  It protects a Garry Oak woodland community that has become increasingly rare due to a combination of land development and colonization of invasive species of native trees like Douglas fir.  The work at Oak Tree Park on this day will include removal of non-native and invasive plant species, and litter pick-up.  Bring sturdy shoes and clothes to get dirty in.  Optional:  gloves, shovels, rakes, and loppers – some gloves and tools will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have them and can bring them.  The east entrance to Oak Tree Park is at the north end of Pine Street South.  Please meet at the end of Pine Street South in the culdesac.  Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com and click on the event to find a map.   

 

10 am – 12 pm – Madison Scenic Park work party

 

Join us as we ring in the holidays for some much needed work at Madison Scenic Park!  We will focus on, removing invasive species.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy.  Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all youth under 18 years must have a signed Waiver and Medical Alert (available online at http://olympiawa.gov/~/media/Files/Parks/Volunteering/WAIVER%20Form.ashx) or have a parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site.  Madison Scenic Park is located 1600 10th Ave SE.  We will meet at the top of the paved walk-way.  For more information, contact Mike Baker with City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at mbaker@ci.olympia.wa.us or at 360.753.8365, or go to www.olympiawa.gov/parkvolunteer.

 

Saturday, December 28

2 pm – Groundwater 101

 

(LOTT WET Science Center: 500 Adams ST NE, Olympia 98501)  Groundwater, aquifers, wells – oh my!  This presentation, with hands-on activities, will help you understand what groundwater is, how it can become contaminated, and what you can do to protect it. 

 

Friday, January 3

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Sustainability in Exile and how it relates to Puget Sound

 

(LOTT Water Education (WET) Science Center: 500 NE Adams; Olympia)  Speaker: Jonathan Scherch, Antioch University.  Free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Sponsored by South Sound Estuary Association.  For more information, please contact Leihla at at 360-888-0565 or leihla@sseacenter.org.

 

Sunday, January 5 

2:30 – 5 pm – Cooking class: Improve Nutrition in the New Year

 

Do you want to improve your nutrition in the New Year? Are you looking for ways to add more vegetables and fruits to your diet? Come join Erin and learn to cook five high-fiber, plant-based dishes that you can incorporate into your plans for healthy eating. We will make one breakfast dish, one side dish, two main dishes, and one snack.  For location and to register, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  (Why include cooking classes on a list of environmental events?  Because learning to cook can greatly reduce the ecological footprint of your food—and it connects you to the sources of your food!)

 

Wednesday, January 8

7 pm – (talk) Know Your Grasses

 

(Tacoma Nature Center: 1919 South Tyler Street; Tacoma 98405)  Grasses are critical to many fields of science and practice, including wetland identification and delineation, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and interpretation of natural history.  Beautiful and diverse, grasses are globally important in many ways—fundamental to the past and future survival of humans.  In this presentation, Clay Antieau explores the grass language and distinguishing characteristics of the grass family.  Featuring invasive grasses, rare grasses, and ornamental grasses, Clay will describe the remarkable adaptiveness of grasses as well as their habitat affinities, restoration roles, and associated conservation challenges.  Clay Antieau is a horticulturist, botanist, and environmental scientist who enthusiastically combines these disciplines to offer unique abilities and perspectives in environmental education and science communication.  He currently works for the City of Seattle as an environmental permit specialist.  Clay’s a recognized local authority and educator in Northwest flora and has taught courses in plant identification, wetland science, restoration science, and related subjects at the University of Washington and numerous technical and community colleges around Washington.  He has been teaching grass identification for more than 20 years.  Free!

 

Saturday, January 11

10 am – 12 pm – Bird Box Building Workshop

 

(LOTT Wet Science Center: )  Come join guest speaker and local bird expert, Burt Guttman, as we discuss how to create habitat in your backyard.  Eco Woodworks local custom woodworker, Dave King, will also instruct us on building a bird house for your back yard.  Bird house kits will be available at no cost, and participants will get hands-on instruction for constructing a bird house kit.  Space is limited, so please register by going to www.streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar and clicking on the event.

 

Monday, January 13

7 pm – (talk) Rare Plants: Endemics, Disjuncts, and Peripheral Species.

 

(Washington State Capitol Museum Coach House: 211 21st Avenue SW; Olympia 98501)  Why is this plant growing here?  Is it a native?  How did it get here?  Are there more of these plants nearby?  What are our conservation priorities for this plant?  These are the kinds of questions often facing Joe Arnett, rare-plant botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program. J oe will discuss selection of the plant species regarded to be conservation priorities in Washington, considering the different ways that they are distributed on the landscape.  Aspects of distribution include evaluation of risk, genetics, and dispersal mechanisms.  Joe Arnett has been the rare plant botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program since 2005 and has formally studied the plants of Washington since 1982.  Free! 

 

Tuesday January 14

7:00 pm – Great Ape Genetic Diversity and Species Conservation

 

(Olympia REI: 625 Black Lake Blvd. #410; Olympia 98502)  Homo sapiens belong to a family of species called the great apes, which includes chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans in addition humans.  Though much of the attention has focused recently on ‘personal genomics,’ the ability to cheaply sequence human genomes for medical records and ancestry tracking, far fewer resources have been focused on exploring the genomic diversity of other great apes.  However, non-human great apes demonstrate far more genetic diversity than humans.  Additionally, every species of great ape, with the exception of humans, is endangered, and some populations very critically.  It is thus imperative to study these close relatives of our own species not only to inform conservation techniques, but, before some populations disappear forever.  In this talk University of Washington doctoral student Peter Sudmant will discuss our recent effort to sequence the largest number of wild great ape genomes to date, and how this resource can be used in conservation efforts and to better understand human history.  The talk is free, but space is limited and you must register by sending an email to Alison Beglin at alison@capitollandtrust.org or by calling (360) 943-3012.  A collaboration between Capitol Land Trust and REI.

 

Wednesday, January 15

6:30 pm – Understanding South Sound Tides

 

(LOTT’s WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia 98501)  Presented by Lynn Corliss, Professor, South Puget Sound Community College.  Doors open at 6:30 pm; presentation is from 7-8:30pm.  Sponsored by the South Sound Estuary Association in partnership with the WET Science Center.

 

Saturday, January 18

2:30 – 5 pm – Cooking class: Edible Weeds 101

Join Kate in exploring edible weeds which grow in our region. Learn about identifying, collecting and preparing those pesky plants that get in the way of what we choose to grow. Handouts will be provided, including recipes. Samples will be presented as available.  For location and to register, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.   (Why include cooking classes on a list of environmental events?  Because learning to cook can greatly reduce the ecological footprint of your food—and it connects you to the sources of your food!)

 

Monday, January 20 (MLK Day)

9 am – 4 pm – Native-Plant Restoration with the Nisqually Land Trust

 

(Yelm)  Join Nisqually Land Trust for a massive native-tree and shrub planting in the riparian zone of the Nisqually River.  We need all the help we can get!  Volunteers can stay for the entire day, or join in at 9 am (for the 9-noon shift) or at 1 pm (for the 1-4 shift).  Coffee, water, and some light snacks will be provided; please bring a water bottle and anything else you might need.  Work parties are rain or shine. Bring layers, raingear, and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian  To register and get directions, contact Cris Peck (AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Nisqually Land Trust) at 360-489-3400 ext. 106 or at www.nisquallylandtrust.org.

 

10 am – 1 pm – Twin Rivers Ranch Work Party

 

(Olympia)  Capitol Land Trust is ramping up its restoration efforts on this beautiful Oakland Bay shoreline property.  Come help restore the tidal Sitka spruce forests and wetland habitat.  A great chance to visit this unique and special place!   To sign up and receive directions, email info@capitollandtrust.org.  All are welcome; no experience is necessary.

 

Friday, February 7

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Ocean Acidification and Fish: It’s not All about the clams. 

 

(LOTT Water Education (WET) Science Center: 500 NE Adams; Olympia)  Speaker: Scott Steltzner, Fisheries Biologist, Squaxin Island Tribe.  Scott Steltzner has been a fisheries biologist with the Squaxin Island Tribe for the past nine years.  Research interests include early marine survival of salmonids and assessment of nearshore habitats.  He holds a degree in marine biology from San Diego State University.  Free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Sponsored by South Sound Estuary Association.  For more information, please contact Leihla at at 360-888-0565 or leihla@sseacenter.org.

 

Tuesday, February 11

Capitol Land Trust’s 10th Annual Conservation Breakfast

 

Join us for breakfast as we celebrate conservation leaders from throughout southwest Washington and raise vital funds for our work.  If you’re interested in being a sponsor, table captain or volunteer for the Conservation Breakfast, please contact Alison at alison@capitollandtrust.org.

 

Wednesday, February 19

6:30 pm – Citizen Science in Environmentalism: What Can YOU Do?

(LOTT’s WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia 98501)  Presented by Laura James (Videographer, Beneath the Looking Glass, LLC) and Janna Nichols (Outreach Coordinator, REEF Environmental Education Foundation) .  Doors open at 6:30 pm; presentation is from 7-8:30pm.  Sponsored by the South Sound Estuary Association in partnership with the WET Science Center.

 

Saturday, February 1

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Nisqually Land Trust Volunteer Site Steward Workshop

Do you want to help take care of the special places you love?  This is an opportunity to learn about the Land Trust’s volunteer stewardship program, best practices, and meet current stewards.   Location to be determined.  For more information, contact Cris Peck (AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, Nisqually Land Trust) at 360-489-3400 ext. 106 or at www.nisquallylandtrust.org

 

Friday, February 28

1 – 4 pm – Twin Rivers Ranch Work Party

(Olympia)  Capitol Land Trust is ramping up our second phase of restoration efforts on this beautiful Oakland bay shoreline property. Come help restore the tidal Sitka spruce forests and wetland habitat.  A great chance to visit this unique and special place!   To sign up and receive directions, email info@capitollandtrust.org.  All are welcome; no experience is necessary.

 

Wednesday, March 19

6:30 pm – Waterbirds & Shorebirds of Puget Sound: Observations From the Field

(LOTT’s WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia 98501)  Phil Kelley and Whittier Johnson, Black Hills Audubon Society.  Doors open at 6:30 pm; presentation is from 7-8:30pm.  Sponsored by the South Sound Estuary Association in partnership with the WET Science Center.

 

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1C)  Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Fund Drive

 

Oly FOR does lots of very good work.  Help support it if you can.

 

From Oly FOR:

 

Big money corrupts elections, but the Olympia FOR has never been corrupted by big money.  This is not only because we don’t receive donations of that size, but – much more important – we are grounded in ethical principles, and we practice what we preach.

 

The Olympia FOR is committed to peace, nonviolence, social and economic justice, and the power of grassroots organizing. 

 

·    Our peace vigils lift up those values twice a week, every week, all year around.

·    Our television programs – for 27 years now – inform and inspire viewers with issues and voices rarely heard in mainstream media.

·    Our website informs people of our many activities and some of the issues we work on.

·    We also arrange for people to watch past and present TV programs through our website, www.olympiafor.org.

·    We are a local leader in working thoughtfully, skillfully and boldly to protect the climate.

·    We have been working for decades to abolish the death penalty.

·    We are a resource for people wanting information and resources and connections on a range of issues.

·    People know they can count on the Olympia FOR to be principled and reliable.

 

The government wastes money on wars and corruption for the 1%.  The Olympia FOR uses donations wisely and effectively at the grassroots to empower people to change the system.

 

Since 1976 the Olympia FOR has helped our community recognize – and act upon – the linkages among peace, social justice, economic justice, and our deepest values. 

Please help the Olympia FOR continue our vital work!  Instead of charging dues, we rely entirely on volunteer labor and voluntary contributions.  We trust people to help in whatever ways they can.  After all, we are a fellowship, and we’re all in this together!

 

The ongoing economic depression is hurting non-profit organizations, including the Olympia FOR.  Some of our people are less able to contribute now, so if you can give a little more, please do.

 

Some people find that spreading their gifts out through a monthly or quarterly pledge allows them to achieve a yearly total that more generously expresses their support for the Olympia FOR’s work.

 

Contributions to Olympia FOR are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

 

Thank you for helping!

 

THANK YOU for helping us stay active in working for social justice, nonviolence, and peace.

 

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1D)  Oly Port Militarization Memorial Project

 

This is from Mike:

 

Strife/Paul is working on an audio/video/email interview project to capture memories and experience from the Olympia Port Militarization Resistance movement that ended the transport of war materials through the Port of Olympia.  If you were there, if you have memories to share or thoughts on where PMR fits into the larger struggle, please get in touch with Strife at pmr.project.13@riseup.net

Strife is a solid person, if you don’t know him, you will be doing yourself a favor by making his acquaintance.

Also, please forward this request invitation to all the pmr veterans.  We have spread near and far in the ensuing years.  That seems like an important part of the PMR story, what was the takeaway?  how is the PMR movement continuing to have impact?

Get in touch with Strife, let him know if you would prefer audio, video or email interview.  Have any photos?  Video?  willing to share?

The struggle continues.  Went to Traditions event last night and heard how our drone wars are killing folks on the other side of the planet.  It is really hard to stop the US death machine.  It morphs, twists, evolves and continues to manufacture our “enemies.”  Maybe this is a good time to take a step back and remember a moment with the war machine was stopped by women and children right here in Olympia.

Berd has a lot of information and photos up at this site if you want to look at the photos and think back.

Solidarity,

Mike

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2)  Community Report Back:  The Cascadia Freedom Caravan

Thursday December 12th from 6 to 8 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

This is the big bus caravan that went to Tucson, AZ last month to attend the Tear Down the Walls National Gathering.

 

From the organizers:

 

Tales from the Cascadia Freedom Caravan: A Community Report Back

Thursday, December 12th from 6 – 8pm

Media Island 816 Adams St. SE 

 

Join us for a potluck and stories as the Cascadia Caravan crew shares their experiences and reflections from the trip to Tear Down the Walls National Gathering in Tucson, Arizona last month.  Join the Facebook Event Here

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/228569000650362/

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3)  Film Screening:  The Wounds of Waziristan

Thursday December 12th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

 

You may remember I sang the praises of this film a couple of weeks ago in The Thunderbolt!

 

Well here’s your chance to see and discuss it with others.

 

From Ann:

 

Thursday, December 12 , 2013
7:00 p.m.
Traditions Cafe (& Fair Trade World Folk Art)
300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501  (360) 705-2819
Acclaimed American/Pakistani film maker, 
Madiha Tahir’s documentary film:
“Wounds of Waziristan”

 

We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Please forward to your email lists, as well !

 

Ann Chaudhry

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4)  Teach In on Border Militarization and Solidarity for Immigrant Rights

Sunday December 15th from 2 to 4 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

Come educate about the War on Immigrants.

 

From the organizers:

 

Teach-in On Border Militarization and Solidarity for Immigrant Rights

Sunday December 15th from 2 – 4 pm

Media Island 816 Adams St. SE 

 

Come to Media Island International to learn about border militarization in the U.S. and how to support the struggle for immigrant rights.  The teach-in will end with collaborative banner making and art projects.  Invite your friends to the Facebook event!

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5)  Youth ‘N Action Open Mic & Performance Showcase

Sunday December 15th from 3 to 5 pm @ 317 4th Ave E

 

It’s youth, it’s rappers, it’s radical politics!  What’s not to like?

 

From Brian:

 

This Sunday, December 15, Thurston County Youth ‘N Action will be hosting a Youth Open Mic & Performance Showcase, featuring rappers, Bindi G and Y2K from Olympia & Seattle respectively. Poetry, music, stand-up comedy and whatever other talents youth have to share is welcome. This open-mic is targeted for youth ages 14-24.

Please pass this on to any youth you think may be interested. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Thanks,

Brian

 

 

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Brian McCracken

Program Director

Olympic Youth ‘N Action

BriDoMcCracken@Gmail.com

C: (703)638-8884

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6)  Documentary Screening:  Hit & Stay, the Continuation of the Catonsville Nine

Sunday December 15th at 6 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

 

Last Mother’s Day, local activist Bernie Meyer crossed the blue line at Sub Base Bangor to make a statement to abolish nuclear weapons to honour his mom who died on May 2nd.  His trial is Monday, December 16th but there will be a screening of a documentary on Sunday before his trial.

 

From Bernie:

 

You are invited to view a new documentary, “Hit & Stay” about radical civil resistance to the Vietnam War in the late 60’s.  I will show this together with sharing my prepared statement to the Court on Dec. 16th.  I am charged with trespassing on the Federal side of the blue line at Sub Base Bangor on May 11th.  The action was part of the Mother’s Day weekend actions organized by the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.

 

The pre-trial event with be on December 15th at Traditions in Olympia, 6:00 PM.  My defense connects the effects of nuclear power and weapons affecting our lives now, along with severe climate change.  Let’s share our views.  Let’s discuss our responses.

 

Peace, Bernie

 

No contact information is available.

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7)  Second Annual Housing Task Force Luncheon — Appreciation of Homeless Service Providers

Monday December 16th from Noon to 1 pm @ First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE

 

I don’t know too many people that do this work to win awards, but I think it is good to occasionally recognize good work and give props.

 

This is a luncheon with the Thurston County Housing Task Force, which actually does what they can with what they have.

 

From the organizers:

 

Luncheon Invite & Award Voting:

 

Luncheon:

 

2nd Annual Housing Task Force Luncheon – Appreciation of Homeless Service Providers

Monday, December 16, 2013

Noon – 1 pm

First Christian Church

701 Franklin SE, Olympia

                Free for Service Providers

                PLEASE RSVP :  5 PM Tuesday December 10th

 

Voting for “Housing & Homeless Hero Award”:

 

  • A people’s choice award for exemplary service in the Housing & Homeless network of Thurston County
  • One Vote per person
  • Email all votes to Theresa Slusher & Anna Schlecht (in CC line above)
  • Voting Deadline:  5 PM Tuesday December 10th

 

Housing Task Force Luncheon:

 

Please join us for the annual luncheon to recognize the people who provide shelter and services for our homeless citizens. 

Lunch is catered by Panda Express, followed by fabulous desserts.  Program includes honoring a service provider

chosen by their peers to be the 2013 recipient of the “Housing & Homeless Hero Award” for exemplary service to the community. 

Free for service providers, donated by those who deeply appreciate your work!

 

Housing & Homeless Hero Award – Eligible Recipients:

 

The Housing & Homeless Hero Award is intended to recognize individuals whose exemplary service stands out in a field of many dedicated service providers.  Potential nominees include the following:  

1)      Direct housing &  homeless service providers

2)      People whose work strengthens the network of providers

3)      People who inspire other individuals engaged in human services

4)      People who by their nature maximize collaboration and minimize competition between agencies in order to better serve those in need

 

Voting Guidelines:

The intent is to poll those who work closely with potential recipients and witness the value of their work.    Eligible voters include the following:

1)      Active employees and volunteers of area non-profits dedicated to housing & homeless services

2)      Elected and appointed officials directly involved in funding / regulating housing & homeless services

3)      Government staffers directly involved in funding / regulating housing & homeless services

 

Voting Process:

All recipients of this email can vote by nominating one person you see as the most deserving of this annual award.

 

1) Votes will be submitted by email – sent to both Theresa Slusher, Homeless Coordinator & Anna Schlecht, Olympia Housing Program Manager

2) A vote constitutes a nomination; a nomination constitutes a vote

3) Voting results to be certified by the Homeless Coordinator (who will abstain from voting)

4) Award will be presented at the December Luncheon

 

VOTE NOW! HOUSING & HOMELESS HERO AWARD   –   DEADLINE:  5PM TUESDAY DECEMBER 10th

 

M. Anna Schlecht  / Housing Program Manager

City of Olympia Housing Program

City of Olympia / 601 4th Avenue East  /  Olympia WA 98501

(360) 753-8183  /   aschlech@ci.olympia.wa.us

 

City of Olympia Website:   www.ci.olympia.wa.us

 

Please NoteThis message and any reply may be subject to public disclosure.

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8)  Stand in Solidarity for Immigrant Rights

Wednesday December 18th from 5 to 8 pm in Tacoma (Carpools Available)

 

Come educate about immigrant rights (or lack of same).

 

From the organizers:

 

Stand in Solidarity for Immigrant Rights

Wednesday December 18th, International Migrants Day from 5 – 8 pm

Tacoma (Carpools Available)

 

Join us as we stand together to support the Immigrant Rights Movement and protest border militarization!  We will be holding a candle-lit vigil in remembrance of the lives that have been lost while crossing the desert and from police violence.     

 

TAKE THE CARAVAN FROM OLYMPIA TO TACOMA FOR THE EVENT

Meet at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) @ 6 pm to get on the bus or hop in a carpool!

 

This is the first local event in a series of nationally coordinated days of action this year that sprang out of the Tear Down the Walls National Activist Gathering, organized by the Alliance for Global Justice (www.afgj.org).

 

Help spread the word on Facebook Here!

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9)  Bonus Tip of the Day:

 

Don’t think everything you believe.

 

Peace.

 

Dana

 

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