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Microsoft Word’s Dirty Secret Revealed!


Hang onto your word processors, Kids, for I now have what, as far as I know, is a Thunderbolt Exclusive that exposes a shocking secret which is possibly buried deep in the bowels of your very own personal computer…


A writer develops a relationship with his/her/it’s word processor.  I type the Thunderbolt on Microsoft Word.  I have typed several novels on Microsoft Word.  Since I often make up words and since I often intentionally use grammatical errors for various artistic effects, then Microsoft Word constantly scolds me for perceived violations of some largely arbitrary rule or another.  (Alas; I am even misunderstood by my own computer program!)  You would think that after all these years it would get tired of its never-ceasing bitching and harping about every little thing, but Microsoft Word carries on undaunted and unbowed through all the vicissitudes of my problematic linguistic gymnastics.


(It did just teach me how to spell ‘vicissitudes’, though, so it’s not all bad.)


Not to give you nightmares or scare children or anything, but as a public service the Thunderbolt feels duty bound to expose this dark secret that threatens the comfort someone feels whilst ensconced safely and warmly in some fuzzy room wrapped up with their favourite word processor!  I have discovered a skeleton in Microsoft Word’s closet so vile it staggers the imagination!


So I hope you are sitting down:  As everyone with at least a third-grade education knows, it is common practice in English to capitalize He as I just did when referring to their god.  Microsoft Word has no problem with that.  (Actually it just did have a problem there, but it was suggesting that I use a capitalized ‘Him’ rather than a capitalized ‘He’ in that context.  However, since Microsoft Word is an idiot computer program, then in addition to being quite immune to the subtleties and nuances of my art, it also doesn’t recognize idiomatic references or colloquialisms unless they are ‘officially approved’ colloquialisms — which is an oxymoron.  Whatever.)


However, here is where I discovered the shocking secret:  When I try to capitalize She as I just did — then Microsoft Word places one of those little green squiggles from Hell under the word!


(For those of you as yet unfamiliar with the 21st Century, this is the subtle yet demonic method that Microsoft Word uses to manipulate and control you by using mockery to instill a profound sense of innate guilt about the errors of your linguistic ways.)


(It’s a vile conspiracy I tell you!)


But I wander again:  If you investigate Microsoft Word’s allegation that you are in error by capitalizing ‘She’ then Microsoft Word will tell you that according to the Rules of English as Interpreted by Microsoft Word, you are allowed to capitalize ‘He’ but you are not allowed to capitalize ‘She’!


So in addition to being dense, overly bitchy, unimaginative, and unappreciative of my art — Microsoft Word is also sexist!


And this from some soulless sexless thing that exists nowhere except in some electronic circuitry in my computer!  (And thus, also in some NSA data bank…)


Call out the Feminazis!  (Oh right, that’s the other side!)


However, my loyal readers need never fear!  Your brave reporter intends to stand proud and defiant in the face of Microsoft Word’s derision and attacks on my linguistic character!  I will stand like a rock in the face of that inevitable torrent of disparaging little coloured squiggles all over my computer screen!  I will ignore the persistent contumely of Microsoft Word as I bravely go where no hack writer has gone before!


On my word I now publically swear to you, my theoretical readers:  In spite of Microsoft Word’s ridicule and disdain I fully intend to continue capitalizing ‘She’ any time that I damn well please!


Do I hear YEAH!


Microsoft Word can just take its little green squiggles and stick them into one of those crannies inside a computer where the sun don’t shine!


Do I hear YEAH!



Microsoft Word just scolded me again:  Evidently I should have just said to either stick it where the ‘sun doesn’t’ shine or to stick it where the ‘suns don’t’ shine.


I knew that; I was just goading Microsoft Word again.  My apologies if I upset anyone.




 (Note:  I just submitted this piece to Works in Progress so you might read it there next month.)


Kevin Stormans Talks the Talk but Stumbles Badly on the Walk


It is said that a journalist with a personal stake should not report on a story.  I disagree.  While actual objectivity is a noble goal, more often than not these days ‘objectivity’ is a false flag that is used to hide true agendas.  I think that someone with a stated point of view is much more trustable than someone who is hiding their agenda behind a veil of ‘objectivity’.


So full disclosure:  I am about to report on a story in which I was directly involved and upon which I have a point of view.



While everyone is a hypocrite on one level or another, there are highly varied levels.


First, the context:  Our society used to take care of mentally ill people but Ronald Reagan emptied the nation’s mental hospitals out onto the streets back in the 80’s and they’ve been there ever since.  Now they can be found in the alleys and gutters and jails and rescue missions in every city in the country that is large enough to have alleys and gutters and jails and rescue missions.  I became directly involved in activism on the homelessness issue about three years ago when I was at a meeting of political activists (I forget now what the meeting was even about) and our meeting was crashed by a local homeless gentleman known as Dude Man.  Dude Man then related a story of insane police harassment that he was suffering and — literally in tears — he stated that he was at the end of his rope, had no idea what to do, and he begged us for our help.  I somewhat reluctantly agreed to look into the matter since I was technically homeless myself at the time.  (I was living in my truck — explanation forthcoming)  Upon conducting said investigation I discovered that the Olympia Police — representing the nearly omnipotent armed might of the state — were conducting a reign of terror not only upon Dude Man but upon the most helpless and vulnerable members of our community, i.e. mentally ill homeless people.


All my life I have loathed bullies.  All my life I have defended the weak from the strong.  These people’s lives were already problematic as it was and suffering constant violent police harassment just made the problems worse for everyone involved — this was absolutely the last thing in the world that these people needed.  I was so profoundly outraged that I formed an organization called Citizens in Violation of Illegal Laws [CIVIL].  CIVIL then decided to first target the busking-laws since these were the most outrageous and unpopular of the many laws specifically designed to harass homeless people.  CIVIL then organized the two ‘Busker Parades’, wherein we surrounded city hall right before a city council meeting with about 80 people playing illegal music to greet the arriving council members and express our contempt for their law.


The city subsequently rescinded their busking laws — but our joy over this was somewhat dampened by the fact that they simultaneously passed an exponentially more problematic Sit-Lie Ordinance that basically makes it illegal to be homeless in Olympia.


Thanks to ‘Sit-Lie’, the homeless are now forced to hide from the police in camps out in the woods like animals.  These camps tend to be very cold and very dark and very wet this time of year.  Our city forces humans to live in conditions in which it is illegal to keep an animal.  Out in these camps the predators are free to prey on the homeless kids with near impunity — and indeed, robberies, rapes, and even murders are regular occurrences.


However, all the privileged white liberals of Thurston County no longer need to be made ‘uncomfortable’ as in the bad old days when — after leaving their nice safe warm homes — they were forced to step over people sleeping on the downtown sidewalks.  Now that the homeless are out-of-sight-out-of-mind-out-in-the-woods then evidently everything is now good as far as they’re concerned.


As for Dude Man, though, things didn’t work out so well.


Dude Man, in fact, recently committed suicide.



I have heard several city council members say that the city should not be tasked with solving the homelessness problem.  I agree.  However, I will task the city government with not making stupid ignorant classist laws that kill people.



Next, the full disclosure concerning my personal involvement in this story:  I became homeless in 2008 after all of the profits from my mobile espresso stand went into the coffers of Exxon Mobil (you may remember that this was the year when — due to Wall Street speculation — they began charging $4 per gallon for their gasoline).  Then my espresso machine broke and by that point I didn’t have the $3,000 to fix it.  Then my daughter’s ex-boyfriend stole all of my equipment along with a $1,500 generator that I had recently purchased to operate my stand.  As a result of this chain of events I became homeless in Olympia for three years.  I ended up vending a ‘street paper’ out of Seattle called Real Change, which is a newspaper that focuses upon issues of low-income and homeless people.  Real Change wins prestigious journalistic awards on a regular basis and they have some truly talented weekly columnists.  They educate people about the actual facts and issues concerning homelessness rather than leaving people to the common stereotypes that are hyped in the Media Machine which often have little if anything to do with reality.  Selling the paper provides an alternative to panhandling for people who have no income but would rather sell a quality product than beg from strangers on some freeway ramp — even though I would make much more money on the freeway ramp.


While Real Change isn’t the complete solution for homelessness, it does work very well for people who are mentally capable of operating a small cash business.


Bottom line:  I am one of several hundred people who are no longer homeless thanks to Real Change.  It works.


I have been vending Real Change at the Olympia Food CoOp for five years now, but I recently moved from a rent-free caretaker situation into a rent paying situation — which meant I needed to sell a lot more papers per week.  Especially since there is now another Real Change vendor also working at the CoOp, I figured that location was pretty much saturated and thus I needed an alternative spot for at least a couple of days per week.


Top Foods, Safeway, and Fred Meyer all flatly refused before I gave up on the corporate chain stores.


Thus, I approached Kevin Stormans, the owner of both the Thriftway and Bayview grocery stores, which are the only grocery stores located anywhere near downtown Olympia.  Kevin Stormans is also a right-wing political activist.  He sued the state because he didn’t want to be forced to sell the ‘Morning After Pill’ in his stores.  He is also a leading promoter of the oppressive laws against the homeless and he was a vocal proponent of the new Sit-Lie Ordinance.


Anyway, I explained Real Change to Mr. Stormans and I asked permission to vend Real Change one day per week at each of his stores.


He refused.


Being very familiar with the profound hypocrisy of right-wing ideologues (and left-wing ideologues too, for that matter) this was exactly the answer that I had been expecting and I was prepared; I then conducted what is known as an ‘ambush interview’.  I whipped out my Works in Progress press pass and informed Mr. Stormans that in that case, I was going to put on another hat and ask, as a journalist, why, after his endless expressed concerns about the problems associated with homelessness, that he would subsequently refuse to support a program that has proven to be an effective method of ending homelessness?


His only reply was that this was his ‘policy’.


This, of course, is the answer that you give when you don’t have an answer.


I might also add that this arrangement would have cost him nothing.


I have found in judging people that little things which mean little in and of themselves are often indicative of deeper insights.  Ralph Stormans, the founder of Stormans Inc., could always be found in the store and he knew all of his employees’ names.  Kevin Stormans is virtually never seen in the stores and he knows virtually none of his employees’ names.


Everyone needs to follow their own conscience, but especially since Mr. Stormans spends his profits on such reprehensible things and since I think he sucks for not allowing me to vend Real Change at his stores, then I am going to now avoid shopping at Bayview or Thriftway.




Pointless Points


As a child and as a young adult I loved playing baseball.  I was an accomplished first baseman.  Sports can teach some good things about cooperation and teamwork and it is just a plain fun thing to do.


Professional sports, though, are a Bankster of a different colour.


If you hadn’t noticed (who knows, maybe you just got back from Mars or something…) evidently Seattle’s football team is going to Super Bowl.


I usually try not to notice things like that but I’m usually not allowed to not notice them.


NPR — edgy revolutionaries that they are — once again pushed the envelope during one of their programs and outrageously asked whether paying so much attention to a game might be frivolous.  One respondent answered this question by pointing out how good sports teams are at bringing people together.  They do indeed — like nothing else that I know of in fact.  Since bringing people together is what I spend a bunch of hours every week trying to do then you’d think I would be in favour of this — but actually it makes me want to tear out my hair because what they do is to bring tens of millions of people together in a massive orgiastic explosion of nationwide passion and desire — all in order to achieve absolutely nothing meaningful in any way.  Some steroided Neanderthals representing our town beat some steroided Neanderthals representing some other town in some game.  Wow.  Earth shattering.


While there are points in the game itself — the point being to make points — the point is that these points are pointless.  Their game is pointless.  Their world is pointless.  A few rich assholes get a lot richer, but that is pointless too and that happens pretty much no matter what you do these days anyway so whatever.


What do you think would happen if people took all the time and all the energy and all the money they spent on some pointless game and instead spent all of that passion and energy on something that actually matters?


How can we make saving our planet as exciting as a frigging football game?




Scandal Rocks New Jersey!


There is news this week from that east coast utopia known as the ‘Garden State’ (even though a large portion of this state is plastered with smokestacks and cement from horizon to horizon)-:  The staff of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (if not Christie himself) recently committed the unforgivable sin of preventing people from leaving New Jersey.  Anyone that has ever been to New Jersey knows that leaving New Jersey can quickly become a top priority in life and preventing people from leaving New Jersey could easily be classified as cruel and unusual punishment.


Christie disclaims all knowledge of this terrible crime and he is trying to throw his staff under the bus — but he is finding that difficult because the bus is still stuck in a traffic jam back in Fort Lee and he might still be on it…




Scandal Rocks New York!


Over to New York now, I often accuse the Media Machine of focusing on crap and ignoring the crème.


In order to maintain the Thunderbolt’s credibility, I must acknowledge when I am mistaken:  The east coast Media Machine is being rocked by an event of profound import and it is feature news!  New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is already caught up in his first major scandal!


Yes, Kids, barely begun and already this latest Liberal Pillar of Hope has thrown a truckload of red meat to his critics, who are now howling in joyous glee!


You’d better sit down for this one, Kids:  Mayor de Blasio was filmed eating pizza with a fork!


Many are now wondering how such a man could possibly represent New York.  Outrage is building and an investigation may be pending…




Samantha Bee Just Rocks It!


And the Daily Show made some news:  Even if you are not normally a big fan of Samantha Bee, she delivers one of the most incredible performances that I have ever seen in my entire life on the second segment of the Daily Show for January 14th.  (It takes a minute for her to warm up, so hang on.)


The links for TV shows never seem to work so just Google it or go watch it however you normally watch TV shows.




Defenders of Freedom — Not


Meanwhile, on the national front, our Dear Leaders continue demonstrating their fervent dedication to suspending whatever parts of the Constitution interfere with their ability to defend us from the largely manufactured threat of ‘terrorism’.


Do you feel safer now?




Parasites on the Government Teat


According to the right, our problems are caused by welfare mothers, schoolteachers, and union workers.  I have always been amazed at their ability to never crack even a hint of a smile when they say crap like that.  They somehow fail to mention the fact that over half the recipients of Food Stamps are low income children.


They also fail to mention the fact that in 2008 AIG alone took more tax dollars for nothing than every welfare mother in the country combined.  Evidently the genius of our government has come to the fore again as the current bi-partisan plan is to seriously slash funding to all government programs that go to poor people but keep that golden government gusher flowing unabated into the coffers of the 1%. 


I guess all those low-income children will just have to pull themselves up by their tiny little bootstraps.


(Sorry, but we can’t even afford to put any cute designs on them.)


Evidently welfare dollars that go to rich people are good and should continue forever while welfare dollars that benefit poor people are bad need to be ended immediately.  Evidently Wall Street has a ‘few bad actors’ that should be dealt with individually (by paying them millions of dollars to go away) while a few people scamming welfare benefits means that millions of honest recipients should be thrown out onto the streets.


Evidently welfare is only good when the recipients don’t need it.


I don’t think the term ‘double standard’ even begins to cover this.




Imposing Democracy


The United States suffered just under 60,000 killed as a result of the Vietnam War.  (That does not count the many that later committed suicide because that ugly war fried their brains.)  Since the US famously does not count dead civilians, the best estimates of Vietnamese deaths range between 1.5 and 3.8 million; 2 million seems to be the accepted number but the accepted number often means nothing.  How ever many there were, the vast majority of these Vietnamese deaths were civilians.  This, in fact, that has been the pattern over and over ever since World War II.  Almost all of the major wars that have been fought for the last several decades have consisted of rich countries mass-slaughtering the civilians of some impoverished Third World nation.


Usually — but not always — the perpetrator has been the United States.


As many including myself predicted, the final result of Bush’s wars is that both Iraq and Afghanistan have descended into violent chaos.  Both countries are now run by American puppets that everyone who actually lives there hates.  Militant Muslims in Iraq have now seized control of Fallujah, Iraq’s second largest city.  Fallujah is the city where, after the locals very publically killed some hired western mercenaries that had invaded their country and killed a bunch of their friends — and after said locals hung the body one of said mercenaries from a bridge — George Bush cordoned off the city, kicked out all the reporters, and then committed of one of the most horrendous war crimes of the last several decades by murdering thousands of innocent civilians with things like white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and hellfire missiles.


You wouldn’t know it these days but killing civilians is still a very serious war crime.


Evidently that is now merely a technicality.


Consider all the death and tears and destruction and money and lives and heartbreak caused by Bush’s two wars — and then consider that there was much more of all those things than any human can possibly comprehend.  Then consider that as a result of Bush’s wars both countries are exponentially worse off than they were in the first place and consider that the United States has not achieved even one of either the bullshite stated goals or the actual unstated goals in either place.


In the reality that I live in, this is so utterly completely unthinkably unacceptable that words fail.  I suspect that this would also be unacceptable to virtually every other human on the planet were the actual facts ever to be made known to them.


So why is it being accepted?


This is the conspiracy fact (as opposed to conspiracy ‘theory’):  The narrative does not match reality.


It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of January 23rd thru 30th 2014








1)  FYI Section

  1A)  Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar

  1B)  NSA Update:  Bill Introduced in Washington State House to Clip Big Brother’s Ears

  1C)  ACLU Test:  Do You Know your Rights as a Protester?

  1D)  Message from Move to Amend

  1E)  Big Brother Watching Evergreen Students

2)  Kill Bills:  Hearings on Cannabis Bills

3)  Andrea Smith:  Sexual Violence and Mass Incarceration

4)  Diggin’ Up the Dougies Work Party

5)  40-Hour Professional Mediation Training

6)  Film Screening:  The Ghosts of Jeju

7)  Innocent Convict Speaks

8)  Mangos with Chili:  QTPOC Bliss, Etc

9)  Bonus Tip of the Day





1)  FYI Section:


1A)  Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar


I usually comb through FOR’s calendar looking for things relevant to the Thunderbolt, but this week there is so much that I thought I’d just reprint their whole calendar.  Contact info is included if you wish to receive Oly FOR’s newsletter on a regular basis.




Late January to early February 2014 in Olympia WA and beyond


Many more items will listed in our newsletter calendar are posted in early February at


  • Events with FOR in the left margin are sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
  • All phone numbers are in area code (360) unless specified otherwise.
  • All addresses are in or near Olympia WA unless specified otherwise.
  • The Olympia FOR’s website — – includes the last several years’ worth of newsletters, including descriptions of our TV programs.  You can watch our TV programs through our website’s TV Programs page.
  • More information about some of the Olympia FOR’s sponsored activities are published in our newsletters.  Our newsletters are posted at
  • If you’d like to receive future issues of our newsletter on paper by postal mail – and/or electronic copies by e-mail – contact  or (360) 491-9093.




FOR Twice a week, every week:  Participate in the Olympia FOR’s two peace vigils every week:  every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in the NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way), and every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the south end of Percival Landing (at 4th & Water).  Please come for all or part of these times to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence.  We provide plenty of signs.  The Artesian Rumble Arkestra jazz band joins us every Friday at 5:00 to support our vigil!  Info: 491-9093


FOR 3 times a week throughout January:  Watch “Living Meaningful Lives” on TV in Thurston County or on your home computer at any timeanywhere:  TCTV cable channel 22 air dates are every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm.  Also, you can watch it anytime into the future from anywhere through   Read a description at that part of our website.  Info: (360) 491-9093


FOR 3 times a week throughout February:  Watch “Racial Disparities in Our Criminal Justice System” on TV in Thurston County or on your home computer atany timeanywhere:  TCTV cable channel 22 air dates are every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm.  Soon after it debuts on Monday February 3, you’ll be able to watch it anytime into the future from anywhere through    Read a description at that part of our website.  Info: (360) 


FOR 4 times a week throughout February (every Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, every Monday from 3 to 5 pm, every Friday from 7 to 9 pm, and every Saturday from 2 to 4 pm):  Watch TWO of Olympia FOR’s interesting older TV programs on TCTV channel 77 (different from our usual channel 22) on the “TCTV Time Machine” series: 


à  Watch “Nonviolence, Faith and the Real World,” which aired in January 2003, with guests Nancy First, Rev. Randall Mullins, Rev. Eido Frances Carney, Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, portrayed by Bernie Meyer).  Nonviolence is widely misunderstood.  And so is religious faith. Both nonviolence and faith are often perceived as impractical.  This program “connects the dots” with people of different religious faiths who draw upon their respective faith traditions to see common ground and inspire them to work nonviolently for peace and social justice.  The Fellowship of Reconciliation welcomes people of all faith traditions – as well as people of no particular faith – to draw upon their deepest values to help them work nonviolently for peace and social justice.  This episode of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s TCTV series is deeply insightful, rich and warm as it “connects the dots.”  It also shows that – in addition to being ethical – nonviolence is also practical in the real world.  This program originally aired in January 2003.


à  Watch “Soviet and American Teenagers,” which aired in July 1990, featuring 24 teenagers – half from the USSR and half from the Olympia area – with guest host Lucia Burns (Carol Burns’ daughter).  While the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union treated each other as enemies for decades, the Fellowship of Reconciliation refuses to let governments turn human beings into enemies.  Instead, since its beginning in Europe in 1914, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has always reached across national boundaries and created friendships.  In 1990 the FOR brought about a dozen teenagers from the Soviet Union – the USSR – to the United States for a week in each of three different communities.  The Olympia FOR hosted them here and organized a number of activities to build international friendships.  The Olympia FOR’s July 1990 TCTV program features these two dozen teenagers – half from the USSR and half from greater Olympia – along with a special guest host, Lucia Burns, daughter of Carol Burns, one of TCTV’s founders.  Lucia had an impressive background already in US/USSR reconciliation work.  This program is fun to watch, and offers a lesson that our nation needs to learn over and over again, whenever our government fails to make friends with other nations.

Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 



FOR  Every Monday at 1:30 pm:  Olympia FOR’s interview program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or on your computer through after the program has debuted on TV:  JANUARY:  “Living Meaningful Lives.”  FEBRUARY:  “Racial Disparities in Our Criminal Justice System.”  


See descriptions and watch programs at    Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 


FOR  Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park 


(corner of Legion & Capitol Way). Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a very friendly way for peace and nonviolence. We provide plenty of signs. Info: 491-9093 


FOR  Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm: Olympia FOR’s interview program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or on your computer through after the program has debuted on TV:  JANUARY:  “Living Meaningful Lives.”  FEBRUARY:  “Racial Disparities in Our Criminal Justice System.”  


See descriptions and watch programs at    Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 


FOR  Every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s interview program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or on your computer through after the program has debuted on TV:  JANUARY:  “Living Meaningful Lives.”  FEBRUARY:  “Racial Disparities in Our Criminal Justice System.”  


See descriptions and watch programs at    Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 


FOR  Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm: Peace Vigil at south end of Percival Landing at 4th & Water downtown.  Please join us for whatever length of time you can.  We provide plenty of signs.  Also enjoy the Artesian Rumble Arkestra jazz band that joins us at 5:00 to support our vigil! Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 360-491-9093 


Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm: “Women in Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W 4th Ave near the fountain.  Women only.  Please wear black. Some signs are provided. Since 1988 “Women in Black” has been a loose network of women worldwide committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to war and violence. Info: Rosemary Barnhart 866-7589


FOR  Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in downtown Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia. On some Saturdays gather afterward nearby at a nearby coffee house.  Sponsor: Fire Mountain FOR. Info: June Butler 360-748-9658 or Larry Kerschner 360-880-4741


Every Sat and Sun:  The South Sound Estuarium, a marine life discovery center, is open at 608 Washington Street NE, one block south of the Olympia Farmers’ Market, from 10 am to 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday.  It is possible to schedule group visits during the week by appointment only.  Info:  Leihla (360) 888-0565




The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929.  The federal holiday is on the third Monday of January (the 20th in 2014).  Every February is Black History Month.  Now would be a good time to read about – or watch films and documentaries about – African-American history and experiences and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Alternatively, as one Black writer suggests, talk with any African-American older than 65.


Mon Jan 20:  Thurston Diversity Council meets on the third Monday of almost every month to strengthen appreciation for diversity in our local community.  The public is invited to attend at 6:30 pm in Building One, Room 152 of Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge DR SW, Olympia.  Info: Carolyn Lynch at 754-6697  or Ruth Elder 


FOR  Tues Jan 21: Global Days of Listening:  On the 21st day of each month, you can connect by telephone and/or computer (through Skype software) with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other peacemakers of all ages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and many other countries around the world.  In the US’s Pacific Time Zone it runs from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The conversation is broadcast LIVE, as good as any radio program.  LISTEN HERE  The www/ website tells you how it works.  The project was hatched-out of the Afghan Peace Volunteers three years ago, and it has grown ever since.  You may view the schedule to see who is going to be speaking; and you can sign-up to join the call by email.  


This month’s call begins with a check-in from the Waddington Air Base in the United Kingdom, where Voices for Creative Nonviolence – UK will be speaking out against militarized drones operated from there.  


You can listen to the live broadcast at    or visit the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants to listen or help.  Info:    Local info:  Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757    or Chuck Schultz (360) 705-8520    


Listen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link: LiveStream.


Tues Jan 21:  Americans United for the Separation of Church and State:  You are invited to their monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian church, 2300 East End Street NW (north on Division, left on 20th, right on East End).  Sometimes after convening the meeting decides to move itself to Pints & Quarts at College & Pacific.  Info: Dennis Mansker


Wed Jan 22:  Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month to work on a variety of global and local issues. Tonight’s meeting will occur at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown.  It will start promptly at 6:30 and run for only 30 minutes (planning several future events, including organizing an Olympia contingent to go to the Sat. Feb. 8 Leonard Peltier Rally in Tacoma on February 8), immediately before the Free Olympia Project’s 7:00 event.  (See the calendar item immediately below.)  Usually OMJP meets at the POWER office on 5th Ave SE, between Franklin and Adams Streets, but sometimes they meet at Traditions (as on Wed. Jan. 22) or elsewhere.  Location and info: Larry 951-4894 


Wed Jan 22:  The Free Olympia Project Community Assembly with Really Really Free Market will occur at 7:00 pm, immediately after the OMJP meeting (see above), at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, downtown Olympia.  This is the third assembly of the Free Olympia Project, which seeks to act as a hub for radical community building projects in Olympia.  They want to help create community assemblies, free food networks, guerrilla gardens, really really free markets, radical literature distribution, free shelter, and any other projects working towards the goal of a community of horizontal abundance that can improve our material conditions and increase our autonomy from capitalism and the state.  Tonight’s gathering is an opportunity to meet face-to-face and share projects and ideas, tell people what you’re working on and how they can plug in, and find others with similar ideas.  Many people are already working on great projects in the Olympia area.  Let’s get together! The organizers invite you to bring food for a potluck and items to give away in the Really Really Free Market.  See the Facebook link at


Thurs Jan 23:  Solar Ready Construction:  Demand for solar is rapidly rising.  Are you interested in renewable energy installations that increase home values?  What about low-cost changes in design or construction that can future-proof projects by preparing them for renewable installations down the road?  This 90-minute session is for contractors, designers, and homeowners interested in incorporating solar into building and remodeling plans – it is easier to start with good information.  It will be presented by Kirk Heffner, owner of South Sound Solar and designer of over 300 local solar projects.  He will explain how to size a solar system, what needs to be done to meet requirements, and easy ways to make a home ready for solar.  Kirk will also cover the latest in rebates and incentives are available to for homeowners and design/construction professionals.  6:00-7:30 pm at the OMB Conference Room, 1211 State Ave NE, Olympia.  Cosponsored by Olympia Master Builders – Built Green ( and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild ( Info:  Barb Scavezze


Thurs Jan 23:  South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group’s annual meeting will showcase ongoing projects, and elect two new board members.  This will occur from 5:30-8:00pm at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey.  Info: An organization actively collaborating with local waterfront-related environmental groups is the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Tem (DERT).  Info: Dani Madrone, DERT’s Volunteer Coordinator,


Thurs Jan 23:  Agriculture Forum sponsored by Thurston County’s League of Women Voters:  As part of the League’s January General Meeting, this will be a panel of local farm advocates talking about issues facing farmers in the county.  The panel members and their main foci are Erik Hagen from WSU Extension (an overview of farmland in Thurston County); Steven Drew, County Assessor (economic aspects of farming in Thurston County); Chris Wilcox, Owner of Wilcox Farms (a large farmer’s perspective); Lisa Smith, Executive Director of Enterprise for Equity (efforts to increase the number of small farms); Loretta Seppanen, Citizen Board Member, of South of the Sound Community Farmland Trust (efforts to purchase and preserve farmland).  7:00-9:00 pm at The United Churches of Olympia, 11th Ave SE and Washington Street SE.  Info:  Dawn Brooks Gibbs (360) 754-4305  .


Sat Jan 25:  Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO):  Several kinds of organizing and work are underway now.  Several CROs that have passed elsewhere are posted at   2:00 pm at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown.  Info:  Mary 360-400-2844  or Janet and South Sound Community Rights (  More info:  and


Sat Jan 25:  Free Pubic Screening of the film “Inequality for All” – This great new film is powerfully informative and sometimes humorous.  Robert Reich (professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member) demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy and the middle class as well as the poor.  Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself.  This film has been referred to as an “Inconvenient Truth” regarding the economy.  This film showing is free and open to the public.  2:30 to 5:00 pm (with discussion following) in Meeting Room 2 of the Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003.  Info:,, and


Sat Jan 25:  Righteous Mothers & Steve Schalchlin Benefit Concert –for Pizza Klatch and PFLAG:  TWO SHOWS (5:00 and 8:30 pm):  Our community has long enjoyed the Righteous Mothers, four funny philosophical fun feminist musicians.  Steve Schalchlin returns by popular demand.  He is a New York-based award-winning composer/lyricist/performer.  After being given a year to live with HIV/AIDS, he won the medicine lottery and was brought back to life.  Steve has written musicals and won awards for his Off-Broadway and London productions.  Also enjoy a guest appearance by the new Olympia Gay Men’s Chorus.  Also enjoy free chocolate!  Pizza Klatch provides a safe and supportive way for GLBT high school students and allies to gather.  PFLAG has long provided safety and support for GLBT individuals of all ages and their straight friends and family members and the larger community.  Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, downtown Olympia. Suggested DONATION is $30 – $60.  Tickets are likely to sell out in advance, so buy your tickets in advance from Traditions in person or at 705-2819.


Sat-Thurs Jan 25-27:  FILM:  “Black Nativity” – This powerful 2013 film is inspired by Langston Hughes’ classic “gospel song play” and placed in a modern setting with an unemployed young man separated from his mother.  This film maintains the original’s focus on the African-American religious experience.  It plays at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, in downtown Olympia.  See a more thorough description and specific times on these dates at


Mon Jan 27:  American Association of University Women (AAUW) urges legislative action:  Our state-level AAUW’s current priorities include pay equity and family sick leave.  The day begins at 8:00 a.m. with expert briefings on the issues and advocacy training.  Then you can take boxed lunches and head to the Capitol for appointments with our state lawmakers.  Meet at First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia.  Register by Thursday January 23 for next Monday’s Lobby Day, using this link:  Register for the lobby day today!  The registration form has information about the $20 cost. Info:


Mon Jan 27:  “Communicating to Connect,” an introductory workshop in Nonviolent Communication:  Liv Monroe’s excellent “Communicating to Connect” workshops give a great introduction to Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC).  NVC helps people interact in their daily lives, in families, in the workplace, and even within individuals’ own “self-talk.” Join us if you would like to learn the basic intentions of NVC and some immediately usable tools for resolving conflicts, reducing criticism and misunderstanding, and for increasing respect and hope in your everyday life and in the world.  Free, but donations are appreciated.  6:45 to 9:00 pm at Lincoln Elementary School’s cafeteria.  Easiest access is from Washington Street, south from 21st Ave SE. Go around the south end of the building and enter the ground-floor cafeteria.  Info:  357-4503


Mon-Fri Jan 27-31:  Want to improve your communication skills and help resolve conflicts at home, work and beyond?  Sign-up today for the Dispute Resolution Center’s 40-Hour Mediation Training.  This fun and highly interactive course will acquaint you with the philosophy, model and skills needed in order to have a working knowledge of the role of a neutral mediator.  You don’t have to become a mediator to take this training!  The concepts and skills taught in this training are easily transferable and are designed to improve communication and enhance relationships at home, at work and beyond.  It will run from 8 am to 5 pm each day.  It costs $675.00, but teenagers get a significant discount.  Watch Olympia FOR’s December 2013 TV program at    for good background and inspiration. Info:  Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, (360) 956-1155  Phone them today to see whether you can still register for this training.  If not, their next training will occur from Monday through Friday May 12-16.


Tues Jan 28:  Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day at the State Legislature:  Join hundreds of people statewide.  The day includes inside information and timely updates about affordable housing and homelessness legislation, workshops on how to talk effectively with elected officials, meetings with your legislators or their staff members, and opportunities to become more empowered to help the movement for affordable housing and an end to homelessness.  8 am to 4 pm at The United Churches, 110 11th Ave SE, near the Capitol campus.  Info: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, (206) 442-9455 ext 2013.  Register today at


FOR  Tues Jan 28:  Attend the monthly meeting of the Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at 7:00 pm at a convenient location in Tumwater.  We educate ourselves and plan future activities toward abolishing this atrocity.  Info:  Emily Hammargren 352-0695   or Glen Anderson 491-9093  Olympia FOR’s website has much information about the death penalty at

Wed Jan 29:  Revisiting War Crimes in Viet Nam:  Nick Turse Book Reading (“Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam”) and “Winter Soldier” film screening will be followed by a panel discussion.  Free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:00 pm for the event, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in Johnson Hall, Room 102 at the University of Washington,Seattle.  Also see an accompanying exhibit of material from UW Libraries Special Collections, Allen Lobby (January 11-30).  Info: (206) 543-9606


FOR  Wed Jan 29:  FILM:  “The Ghosts of Jeju” —  The US military has been dominating Jeju Island in South Korea, and this film documents the Korean people’s resistance to that gross and long-standing (since 1947) oppression.  The film uses previously secret and classified photos and other information to inform the public about the US military’s continual occupation and the brave resistance of the people of Gangjeong Village and others who are resisting it.  Even now, Korean people are being arrested, jailed, fined and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate the US’s “pivot to Asia” and will destroy their 400-year-old village and their UNESCO-protected environment!  The problems are severe and immediate, but the indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters is inspiring.  The filmmaker, Regis Tremblay, will be present to discuss and answer questions.  Thanks to Holly Gwinn Graham for organizing this!  7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Free and open to the public.  Info: and  Be sure to attend! 


Thurs Jan 30  “Dismantling the Culture of Violence” — Interfaith Advocacy Day helps people of many faiths advocate for social justice and the environment at the State Legislature:  The Faith Action Network (a recent merger of the Washington Association of Churches and the Lutheran Public Policy Office) holds its annual big day at the Legislature today. Join workshops that will break down the issues.  Learn from Earth Ministry and Interfaith Power & Light about this year’s environmental priorities, get current best practices on how to advocate in today’s legislature, learn how to prepare for briefings and hearings, and join with other people of faith from your legislative district for a meeting to speak directly with your state legislators.  Registration begins at 8:00 am.  A brief worship and the program begin at 9 am.  The day ends at 3:00 pm.  It all happens at The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE (just NE from the Capitol Campus), Olympia.  Sponsor: Faith Action Network (206) 625-9790


FOR  Thurs Jan 30:  Innocence and the Death Penalty:  A conversation with Jason Baldwin, who served 18 years in prison in a “life without parole” sentence but was completely innocent:  Jason Baldwin will speak about his experience as an innocent man sentenced to life without parole.  See page 1 of Olympia FOR’s December-January newsletter for complete information.   7:30 pm at Olympia Timberland Library313 8th Ave SE (between Franklin and Adams), downtown Olympia.  Sponsor:  Olympia FOR Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, whose chairperson is Emily Hammargren (360) 352-0695  See Olympia FOR’s very informative website resources  Contact WCADP at (206) 622-8952 Contact the Safe and Just Alternatives campaign to abolish Washington State’s death penalty at   Please mark your calendars and be sure to attend!


Thurs Jan 30:  Mission Creek Park Stewards host their first forum from 6:30-8:30pm at a location that will be confirmed soon.  The Mission Creek Park Stewards are organizing this informative informal forum to highlight the ecological importance of Mission Creek and its watershed, share how we can all contribute to improving its health and the health of South Puget Sound, and encourage broader neighborhood stewardship of our valuable urban natural resource.  The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team will be tabling at this event. Info: Info: Dani Madrone, DERT’s Volunteer Coordinator,


Sat Jan 31 to Thurs Feb 13:  FILM:  “12 Years a Slave” – This 2013 film has won many awards.  It portrays the 1853 autobiography of a black man living freely in New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana.  It is a bold, clear-eyed, painful, accurate account of slavery in the US.  It plays at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, in downtown Olympia.  See a more thorough description and specific times on these dates at


Fri Jan 31:  Bring items today for tomorrow’s TSTSCA benefit rummage sale:   The Thurston – Santo Tomás Sister County Association (TSTSCA) will raise money for its great work tomorrow, so bring items suitable for the rummage sale to Lincoln Elementary School’s gym today gym from 4 to 7 pm.  It’s behind the school, 21st Ave SE and Washington Street SE.  Donate art, CDs, DVDs, books, tools, sports equipment, clean linens and clothing, collectibles, nice garage sale items, working small kitchen appliances and gadgets, small furniture.  (No large furniture or large appliances.)  Info:  Maureen 786-9505, Jean 943-8642,  and


Sat Feb 1:  Shop for bargains at rummage sale to help TSTSCA carry out its great work in Santo Tomás, Nicaragua, from 9 am to 3 pm:  See the information immediately above.

Sun Feb 2:  Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) now meets jointly with Tacoma’s VfP chapter 134 at 1:30 on the first Sunday afternoon of each month at Coffee Strong, 15107 Union Ave SW (west of I-5 at Exit 122), Lakewood WA 98496.  Info: Dennis Mills (360) 867-1487


Mon Feb 3:  Have a Heart for Kids Day – Urge the State Legislature to support early learning opportunities, healthy food, access to health and dental care and other things that kids really need.  Join hundreds of people like you who care about kids, equity, and opportunity at Have a Heart for Kids Day and speak up for kids and families.  10 am to 3 pm, with a noon-hour rally on the Capitol steps.  Children are welcome!  The organizers are offering training and support to help you speak up to your legislators.  A light lunch will be provided.  The Childrens Alliance 2014 legislative priorities are at this link:  2014 Legislative Agenda  Sponsor:  Childrens Alliance (  Info:  Sign up at this link:  Questions?  Contact Community Organizer Emijah Smith at 1-800-854-5437 ext. 25 or


FOR  Mon Feb 3:  “Racial Disparities in our Criminal Justice System.”   The Olympia FOR’s February TV program airs at 1:30 this afternoon and three times a week this month on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers.  After it debuts on TCTV you’ll be able to watch it at, where you will soon be able to read a .pdf description of this program.


FOR  Tues Feb 4: Olympia FOR’s book discussion group about moving from war to peace:  NOTE NEW TIME = 6:00 pm at Chuck Schultz’s home, 1621 Tullis NE (slightly north of San Francisco Street Bakery).  Info:  Chuck at 705-8520

Tues Feb 4:  Open house for possible volunteers to help with Amahoro House, a new hospice program:  Amahoro House, a project of Hospice Without Borders, will provide compassionate end-of-life care for the homeless in Olympia.  The non-profit organization seeks volunteers who are physically able and comfortable providing intimate physical care to the dying. Volunteers will be asked to commit to two four-hour shifts a week when Amahoro House has a guest.  The House will take only one guest at a time and will have intervals between guests.  Caregiving volunteers, willing to practice compassion without judgment, will be a part of a community team that includes volunteer doctors, nurses, chaplains, medical social workers and certified nurses’ assistants. Caregiving volunteers will receive about 30 hours of training.  Learn more at today’s 6:30 pm open house at 1618 East 4th Ave (behind the Nalanda Buddhist Institute at 1620 East 4th Ave.  (Please enter through the alley.)  Info: (360) 338-0107 or Debe Edden (360) 943-6772 (Volunteer Co-Coordinator)


Wed Feb 5 (and Fri Feb 14):  Urge the Washington State Legislature to protect the environment, protect us from toxics, and make oil companies pay their fair share of taxes:  A number of environmental groups have set priorities for the 2014 legislative session.  The Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294) would phase out toxic flame retardants in children’s products and home furniture. These groups also want to close the Big Oil Tax Loophole that was created accidentally in 1949 but still persists, allowing big oil companies to avoid paying $41 million in taxes that they should rightfully pay.  The Oil Transportation Safety Act would protect our waterways and improve safety in communities across Washington.  Although the Environmental Priorities Coalition has decided to not have an Environmental Lobby Day this year, you can communicate with your legislators whenever you want, and especially at two “Capitol Drop-in Days” at the State Capitol, Wed. Feb. 5 and Fri. Feb. 14, both from 10 am to 2 pm.  Info:  Earth Ministry (206) 632-2425 or


Thurs Feb 6:  “Move to Amend” Olympia Chapter Meeting affirms ordinary human beings’ role in political matters, not corporations and not just rich people: Olympia has a local chapter of the nationwide “Move to Amend” organization, which opposes “corporate personhood,” insists that money is NOT “speech,” and wants fair ways to fund elections so rich people and corporations cannot “buy” elections.  This message resonates well all across the political spectrum!  They meet twice a month (first Thursday and third Wednesday) at 6:30 pm in Building 1, Room 280, of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.  They work on public outreach.  From now through June they are gathering signatures for Initiative 1329, which supports these principles.  Info:  Michael Savoca, and Olympia’s “Move to Amend” also has a Facebook page.


Fri Feb 7 to Thurs Feb 13:  FILM:  “Sweet Dreams” – This inspiring 2013 documentary is about some women in Rwanda after the genocide ended, while the nation was severely traumatized. One bold woman creates a drum troupe to energize spirits and gathers other women to join it and later start an ice cream shop that empowers women.  This powerful and uplifting film plays at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, in downtown Olympia.  See a more thorough description and specific times on these dates at


Sat Feb 8:  Northwest Regional Conference of Veterans for Pace:  Hear reports from several NW chapters and a forward-looking report of VfP nationwide.  Enjoy lunch and three sessions of concurrent workshops.  10:00 am to 5:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma.  A $20 donation is requested but no one will be turned away.  Download a registration form at this link:  DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM and send it to Ray Nacanaynay, 3615 Crystal Ridge Dr SE, Puyallup WA 98372  Make your check payable to Veterans for Peace Chapter 134.  Questions?  Contact Ray Nacanaynay at (253) 841-7167 or Dave Dittemore at (253) 590-8501


Sat Feb 8:  Fight worldwide hunger and poverty in the monthly RESULTS National Conference Call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The Global Topic is the Education for All Act.  Connect with Olympia RESULTS, 2813 Aberdeen Ct., Olympia, (360) 463-3656


Sat Feb 8:  March and rally in Tacoma for 18th Annual NW Regional International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier:  Leonard Peltier is yet one more innocent person who was unjustly convicted of a crime.  He has been imprisoned by the US government since 1975 and is widely regarded as a political prisoner.  Amnesty International has renewed their campaign to free Leonard.  (See  Gather  for the 12 noon start at Portland Ave Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th & E. Fairbanks, in Tacoma.  Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east.)   The march will leave from hear and end at the U.S. Federal Court House, 1717-Pacific Ave, Tacoma, for the 1:00 pm Rally for Justice.  The great speakers include many Native Americans.  Please invite your friends through this Facebook page:  Info:


Sat Feb 8:  Ken Butigan, pacifist scholar, trainer, activist speaks here:  Ken Butigan, who used to live in Olympia and still has family here, directs the national Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service (, and will speak at 2:00 pm on the third floor of Cebula Hall, St. Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey.  This is part of St. Martin’s Benedictine Institute Distinguished Speaker Series.  He will speak about the spirituality and practice of nonviolence.  Organized by the Saint Martin’s Benedictine Institute, the Speaker Series celebrates the long-standing Benedictine tradition of education at Saint Martin’s University.  Info:


Sat Feb 8:  Whistleblowers Thomas Drake (NSA) and Jesselyn Radack (US Dept of Justice) speak in Tacoma this evening:  Thomas Drake is a former senior executive of the National Security Agency as well as a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.  When Drake turned whistleblower, the U.S. government threw the Espionage Act at him and threatened him with 30 years in prison.  Drake rejected several deals because he refused to “plea bargain with the truth,” and the U.S. Dept. of Justice eventually dropped all ten of its original charges. Jesselyn Radack is a former ethics adviser to the U.S. Dept. of Justice who turned whistleblower when she disclosed the FBI’s ethics violations in the investigation of John Walker Lindh, denied an attorney in the aftermath of his capture during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.  An honors graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, Radack is now director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project (GAP,, a bold and necessary nonprofit organization.  7:30 pm at the Washington State Historical Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, downtown Tacoma.  Admission is free, but seating is limited, so you need to visit for more information and a link in the left margin where you can get a free ticket.


Sat Feb 8:  2014 Illuminated Ball Fundraiser for the 2014 Procession of the Species Celebration:  Enjoy an evening of music, performance, dancing, illuminated art, complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.  There will be a silent auction and raffle of donations from area artists and businesses.  This classic Olympia event blends fun and art with support for all species.  Enjoy local music, dance, and visuals!  The Illuminated Ball is produced by Earthbound Productions, the non-profit organization that is the project manager of the Procession of the Species Celebration.  Funds from the Illuminated Ball help finance a free community art studio that opens in the weeks prior to the weekend of the Procession, April 25th and 26th, 2014.  At the studio, community members are invited to create large pageant-parade projects and wearable art that represent plants and animals or other aspects of the natural world for celebrating on Procession day.  The theme for this year’s Illuminated Ball is: “In Our Wildest Streams.”  8:00 pm to 1:00 am at Eagles Grand Ballroom, 805 4th Ave E (at Plum Street), Olympia.  Tickets are on sale at Traditions Fair Trade for $65 each. Only 200 tickets are available, so buy yours now!  Info:  Earthbound Productions (360) 705-1087


Tues Feb 11:  Thurston County NOW chapter also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties.  They welcome new members and visitors to these monthly meetings!  Come this evening and bring questions comments about whatever concerns you facing women’s rights.  5:30-7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Info: Linda 357-7272


Tues Feb 11:  Learn about the climate crisis:  Stu Henderson, who is well informed about the climate crisis and active with the “Climate Reality” project, will speak at 1:30 pm to the Democratic Study Group at Panorama City’s new Panorama Auditorium in Lacey.  Go south on Sleater-Kinney Road past 14th Ave SE, turn left into the main entrance, and proceed east around the roundabout.  Info:  Polly Boyajian 438-5700


Tues Feb 11:  Urge Washington State’s Legislature to limit the use of drones:  The use of drones is expanding greatly in many different settings, including by law enforcement and other government agencies.  However, Washington State has no laws limiting government uses of this technology – or protecting people’s liberty or privacy – or making anyone accountable.  House Bill 1771 puts reasonable drone regulations in place. It will ensure that Washington can have the benefits of this new technology without turning into a “surveillance society” in which the government tracks, records, and scrutinizes people’s movements without suspicion of wrongdoing.  The ACLU of Washington – (206) 624-2184 – is urging the Legislature to act now.  You can help! Click this link:


Tues Feb 11:  Nationwide online protest against government spying:  On Friday January 17 President Obama addressed the nation about his proposals for reforming the intelligence community – proposals that are primarily cosmetic and ultimately make it clearer than ever that we need to fight back if we want to rein in the NSA.  Obama is asking the intelligence community and Congress (yes, them!) to shape the solutions.  Many people who support freedom, privacy, and human rights are urging that the U.S. should end the bulk collection program entirely.  That’s why Tuesday February 11 will be The Day We Fight Back to say these programs need to end.  See information at this link:  Click here to learn how to participate on February 11th as we host the largest online protest since SOPA/PIPA and demand an end to mass surveillance.  The website site includes a new trailer from the forthcoming film about Aaron Swartz, who was active with the non-profit organization called Demand Progress.  It’s called The Internet’s Own Boy, and it is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.  See a trailer at this link:  Click here to watch the new trailer of The Internet’s Own Boy, and to learn how to join the cause on February 11th.  Info:


Thurs Feb 12:  Tell Washington State legislators to abolish the death penalty:  The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP – is organizing people from around the state to visit the Capitol and urge legislators to abolish our state’s death penalty.  Register online at More info will be sent to those who register.


Thurs Feb 13:  Help Solve the Next Big Energy Challenge:  Healthy Energy Improvements for Rental Housing:  Because of the recession, foreclosures, and lifestyle choices, more people than ever are renting their homes.  But many rental properties can be poorly insulated or maintained, leading to high energy bills and poor indoor air quality.  This hits low-moderate income families especially hard, including elderly people and families with children who can least afford the financial and health burden this creates.  To tackle this issue, a team of local stakeholders has come together to propose a market-based solution with incentives for landlords and renters to make healthy, energy efficient homes more affordable for more people.  Join in a strategic conversation with landlords and renters, construction and energy companies, local utilities as well as housing advocates and public health officials, and refine and implement the vision.  It will feature Steve Abercrombie,President of the South Sound Chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, and a panel of local experts.  The presentations will set the stage for lively, generative “world café” breakout sessions to explore the business case and forge partnerships to empower landlords and renters to make improvements.  (This is part of the “Vision2Action Sustainability Symposium” series.)  12:00 noon to 4:30 pm at the office of Thurston County Public Health & Social Services, 412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia.  The cost is $20/person in advance, or $25 at the door.  Volunteer work-trade and cost-offset available.  Register at More info: and  and (360) 789-9669.


Fri Feb 14:  Heartsparkle Players – Playback Theatre:  Playback Theatre is a spontaneous collaboration between performers and audience. People tell moments from their lives, then watch them re-created with movement, music and dialogue. Each month the Heartsparkle Players invite another performance group or a community organization, arts program or social service agency to be a part of their performance.  This collaboration allows Heartsparkle to acknowledge and honor the work individuals and organizations do in our community.  February’s guest artists are The Thunders, a powerful, courageous group that often collaborates with Heartsparkle.  7:30 pm at Traditions Fair Trade & Café, 5th & Water Street in downtown Olympia.  A donation of $5-$10 is suggested, but nobody will be turned away for not donating.  Info:


For many more events happening in the greater Olympia area see the Olympia FOR’s newsletters at  and additional calendar items posted at


“A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can’t be both.  If it sticks to imperialism, it will, like the old Roman Republic, on which so much of our system was modeled, lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship.”
— Chalmers Johnson

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093





1B)  NSA Update:  Bill Introduced in Washington State House to Clip Big Brother’s Ears


This from Janet:


HB2272 was just introduced in the WA State Legislature by David Taylor (R) and Luis Moscoso (D).   It is designed to “make life extremely difficult” for the National Security Agency, or at least any branch of the agency in Washington State.  That would include a “listening post” serving the agency in Yakima.


It would bar government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity.  It makes information gathered without a warrant by the NSA and shared with law enforcement inadmissible in state court.  It blocks public universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.  And it bans corporations who continue to do business with the NSA from holding any contracts with the state.


This seems like a pretty in-your-face kind of bill.  I wonder how it compares with the kind of bill we are trying to pass?  It does not claim any rights for communities that they don’t already have, but it sure makes good use of community powers.




Washington State Bill Proposes Criminalizing Help to NSA, Turning Off Resources to Yakima Facility


The campaign to turn off power to the NSA has gotten a big boost. Washington has become the first state with a physical NSA location to consider a Fourth Amendment protection act designed to make life extremely difficult for the massive spy agency.


The state-level campaign to turn off power to the NSA got a big boost January 15, 2014, as Washington became the first state with a physical NSA location to consider a Fourth Amendment protection act designed to make life extremely difficult for the massive spy agency.


Bills introduced in California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas seek to prevent the NSA from expanding further or sharing data and metadata in non-terror investigations. But Washington’s House Bill 2272 (HB2272) takes things a step farther because the state is home to the secretive “Yakima listening post” documented by famous NSA researcher James Bamford in his 1982 book, The Puzzle Palace.


HB2272 was introduced by a bipartisan team of legislators, Rep. David Taylor, a Republican from Moxee, and Rep. Luis Moscoso, a former three-term secretary of the state Democratic Party from Mountlake Terrace.


If passed, the bill would make it the policy of the state “to refuse material support, participation, or assistance to any federal agency which claims the power, or with any federal law, rule, regulation, or order which purports to authorize, the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant.”


Taylor, whose district houses the Yakima post, said he “cannot sit idly by while a secretive facility in his backyard violates the rights of people everywhere.”


“We’re running the bill to provide protection against the ever-increasing surveillance into the daily lives of our citizens,” Taylor said. “Our founding fathers established a series of checks and balances in the Constitution. Given the federal government’s utter failure to address the people’s concerns, it’s up to the states to stand for our citizens’ constitutional rights.”


Practically speaking, the bill prohibits state and local agencies from providing any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction. This includes barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity. It makes information gathered without a warrant by the NSA and shared with law enforcement inadmissible in state court. It blocks public universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds. And it bans corporations who continue to do business with the NSA from holding any contracts with the state.


According to documents made public by the US military, as of 2008, a company called PacifiCorp is the primary supplier of electric power and Cascade Natural Gas Corporation supplies natural gas to YTC. The Kittitas Public Utility District, a function of the state, provides electric power for the MPRC and the Doris site, but no documentation has yet proven that it also provides electricity used directly by the NSA facility. And while YTC does provide a bulk of its own water, documents also show that some of it gets there by first passing through upstream dams owned and operated by the state.


The Army report states, “YTC lies within three WAUs whose boundaries coincide with WRIAs, as defined by the State of Washington natural resource agencies.”


WAU’s are the state’s Water Administration Units. WRIAs are state Water Resource Inventory Areas.


A Washington company has a strong link to the NSA. Cray Inc. builds supercomputers for the agency. Calls to the company for comment were not returned.


Taylor said he understands the need for “national security” but insists we can’t trample over the Constitution in the process.


“Simply claiming ‘national security’ does not negate an individual’s constitutional rights. We have a legal system which provides law enforcement agencies the means to conduct legal, constitutional surveillance. We’re simply asking the government to follow the supreme law of the land,” he said.


Three public universities in Washington are among 166 schools nationwide partnering with the NSA. Taylor’s bill would address these schools’ status as NSA “Centers of Academic Excellence” and would bar any new partnerships with other state colleges or universities.


OffNow national campaign leader Shane Trejo said that while people tend to focus on the banning of resources to NSA facilities, the bill’s prohibition against using data gathered without a warrant in state court probably would have the most immediate impact. In fact, lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri are considering bills simply addressing this kind of data sharing.


“Last fall, Reuters reported that NSA is sharing information gathered without a warrant with local law enforcement. The documents said that most cases where this is happening are not terror-related. By banning this practice, the bill would lessen the practical effect of all that data collecting that NSA is doing.”


Trejo said he expects at least three more states to introduce the act within the next few weeks.


“This idea is catching on. And if people in Washington  make phone calls to committee members, the bill has a good chance of passing. That will just encourage even more states to do the same,” Trejo said. “In the end, our goal is to put a stop to these NSA spying programs, whether the Congress wants us to or not.”




1C)  ACLU Test:  Do You Know your Rights as a Protester?


Take this quiz and learn your rights!




1D)  Message from Move to Amend


These are the folks trying to eliminate ‘corporate personhood’.


Move to Amend is thrilled to announce that the premier of our mini documentary, Legalize Democracy, will be airing on Free Speech TV (FSTV) next week to coincide with the “anniversary” of Citizens United.


Legalize Democracy is a 28 minute film by Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the movement to amend — why it is needed, and how you can get involved.


Please tune in!


Free Speech TV is available on: 


  • Dish Channel 9415
  • Direct TV Channel 348
  • FSTV In Roku Channel Store
  • Burlington Telcom Channel 122
  • Ashland Homenet Channel 96
  • Many Community Access stations across the country
  • And LIVE online at their website,


FSTV will air the film several times next week. 


The big event is Tuesday, January 21 which is the actual anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling. 


Legalize Democracy will air at 9:00pm Eastern, followed by additional interviews and programming by Move to Amend  and supporters. Then the station will show a talk by Move to Amend National Leadership Team member Ashley Sanders.


Invite a group of friends to join you to watch the show!


Legalize Democracy will air these additional times next week as well (all times Eastern):

  • Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00pm
  • Thursday, January 23 at 3:00am
  • Saturday, January 25 at 4:00pm


We want to thank once again the literally hundreds of people who crowd-funded the making of this film!


See ya on TV next week,


Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Nancy Price, Richard Monje


Move to Amend National Leadership Team


PS — Some additional announcements:


Tune in TODAY at 11am PT / 2pm ET for the pre-taping of our radio program, Move to Amend Reports with Gary Ruskin of the Center for Corporate Policy. Gary will be talking about recent findings of corporate espionage against activist groups, including Move to Amend. If you have questions for Gary you’ll want to tune in to the live taping of the show today. (The taped show will air at our regular time (5pm PT/8pm ET) next week).


Also don’t miss Move to Amend Reports TONIGHT at 5pm PT/8pm ET with our guest Danny Shecter, an authority on Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He is an award winning journalist and has specialized in investigative reporting and producing programming about the interface between human rights, journalism, popular music and society.

Did you miss our webinar last night about How to Get Involved with Move to Amend in 2014? No worries! Check out the recording here:




1E)  Big Brother Watching Evergreen Students


This from Ringo:


Dear current/former Evergreen student:


Have you ever done something to anger or annoy the administration?

Recent records requests have revealed that the school has kept a list titled “Students of Concern” from at least 2010 to 2013, and *we need your help to uncover more information.*


The school is using FERPA (the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) to prevent disclosure of what may be very embarrassing documents for them, but a campaign for a large number of students to request any information about them in these documents is now underway.


If you believe you may be on one of these documents, you can demand to review any parts of this file that pertain to you.  Any information about you in this file will remain private unless you choose to allow it to be shared by organizers.


If you wish to request your own records or submit a waiver so the organizers can do so, contact for a copy of the appropriate waiver.  You can also email the address above if you would like to participate in this campaign by requesting your own records, or are interested but need more information.


*Please forward this to anybody who you think may be interested.*


Stay radical,




2)  Kill Bills:  Hearings on Cannabis Bills

Thursday January 23rd at 10 am @ State Capitol Building


The state legislature is trying to throw the medical marijuana people under the bus.


From Cannabis Action Coalition:




These bills are not necessarily related at this time to medical.


The Second is a bill that would allow minors to participate in cannabis stings. Would you want your child to do that?


Please read these bills over and make your comments known by attending the public hearings in person, or writing to your legislators in person. Find them at


If you attend in person, please wear the color red to show you support the rights of medical cannabis patients in this state!




New bill HB 2303 – 2013-14


Encouraging safe and responsible sales of marijuana by authorizing the use of minors in compliance checks and addressing identification and manufacturing.


History of the Bill
as of Friday, January 17, 2014 10:30 PM


Sponsors: Representative Moscoso

By Request: Liquor Control Board

Companion Bill: SB 6158


Jan 23 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Government Accountability & Oversight at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) (Committee Materials)


Don’t use our children in drug stings, especially when it’s a federal crime for them to be purchasing cannabis!




Back to the beginnings of the War on Cannabis!


New bill – Marijuana Tax Stamp


HB 2411 – 2013-14

Creating a tax stamp system for the sale of recreational marijuana.


History of the Bill

as of Friday, January 17, 2014 10:30 PM


Sponsors: Representatives Wylie, Nealey, Tharinger, Ryu


Committee on Government Accountability & Oversight at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) (Committee Materials)






PLEASE NO POT SMOKING ON THE CAMPUS. This is serious now as lives are depending on it. The media focuses on it. Don’t give it to them.



3)  Andrea Smith:  Sexual Violence and Mass Incarceration

Thursday January 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm @ TESC, Lecture Hall 2


Another important and ugly issue.


From FIST:


Presentation Description: “Andrea Smith will explore the connections between sexual violence in our communities and state violence in the forms of policing and incarceration. Through her experience as co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, Smith will discuss alternative methods and examples of dealing with sexual violence and abuse without strengthening the Prison Industrial Complex and contributing to mass incarceration.”


Andrea Lee Smith is an intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship. Formerly an assistant professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Smith is currently an associate professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.


*A member of the Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) will in attendance as an advocate for survivors or anyone who wishes to process and talk.*


o-hosted by Abolish Cops And Prisons (ACAP), Feminists In Solitary Together (FIST!), and Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV). This event is a part of No One Wins In Patriarchy month.



4)  Diggin’ Up the Dougies Work Party

Saturday January 25th @ 10 am @ Kissing Ground Farm, Rochester, WA, Address TBD


This is to help with a restoration project.


From the organizers:


Hey Folks!

We are digging up a few hundred baby doug firs from our pasture to donate to the Ohop Preserve, among other ecological restoration projects.

Come for an hour, a few, or all day…we’ll be here rain or shine!

We will provide lunch, snacks, and beverage. If you can bring a shovel, wheel barrow, garden cart, etc., that’d be great!

Kids welcome!



5)  40-Hour Professional Mediation Training

January 28th thru January 31st from 9 am to 5 pm; Contact for Location


I don’t usually include things like this but Conflict Resolution provides an awesome and effective alternative to jails and wars.  They don’t mention it here but I believe financial aid is available.


From TC Pro-Net:


40-Hour Professional Mediation Training


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

8:00AM – 5:00PM

January 27-31, 2014

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Presented by the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County


For more information or to register visit  call (360) 956-1155 or email


January 27-31, 2014

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Presented by the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County


Do you want to improve your work environment; help your family solve conflicts more peacefully; build relationships with your neighbors; or enhance your professional skills and become a Certified Mediator?  This fun and highly interactive 40-hour training course will acquaint you with the philosophy, model and skills needed in order to have a working knowledge of the role of a neutral mediator.  The concepts and skills taught in this training are easily transferable and are designed to improve communication and enhance relationships in all settings.  Cost is $675.


For more information



6)  Film Screening:  The Ghosts of Jeju

Wednesday January 29th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave NE


More exposing of military crimes.


From Oly FOR:


The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation ( invites you to watch a powerful new documentary film about the US military’s grossly unjust and long-standing (since 1947) domination and abuse of a rural area in South Korea.


Holly Gwinn Graham arranged for “The Ghosts of Jeju” to be shown at Traditions Café (5th & Water SW, downtown Olympia) at 7:00 pm on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29.


The US military has been dominating Jeju Island in South Korea, and this film documents the Korean people’s resistance to that gross and long-standing (since 1947) oppression.  The film uses previously secret and classified photos and other information to inform the public about the US military’s continual occupation and the brave resistance of the people of Gangjeong Village and others who are resisting it. Even now, Korean people are being arrested, jailed, fined and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate the US’s “pivot to Asia” and will destroy their 400-year-old village and their UNESCO-protected environment!  The problems are severe and immediate, but the indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters is inspiring. 

The filmmaker, Regis Tremblay, will be present to discuss and answer questions.  Thanks to Holly Gwinn Graham for organizing this!  7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Free and open to the public. 


Be sure to attend! 





7)  Innocent Convict Speaks

Thursday January 30th at 7:30 pm @ Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE


People suffer from may illusions about our criminal justice system — such as thinking that it works at all, for instance.  Every day guilty people walk free and inncocent people are convicted.  Come hear how easy it is to go to prison for something you didn’t do.


From Oly FOR:


Jason Baldwin served 18 years in prison
for a life sentence for murder,
but he was totally innocent!


Hear him speak at Olympia Library 7:30 pm Thursday January 30


In 1994 three completely innocent teenagers (the “West Memphis 3”) were convicted of murdering three younger boys in their small town.  Two teenagers were sentence to life without possibility of parole (LWOP), and one was sentenced to death.  After 18 years in prison it turned out that they were completely innocent, and they were released from prison in 2011.  Jason Baldwin, one of the teenagers unjustly convicted and sentenced to life, will speak about his experiences at the Olympia Timberland Library at 7:30 pm Thursday January 30.


Baldwin will speak about his experience as an innocent man sentenced to LWOP, and then Holly Ballard from the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP) will speak about other problems with capital punishment and share the work that is being done in Washington state.  Holly has worked on a number of social justice issues, and reforming the criminal justice system has emerged as her strongest passion. 


The event will occur at 7:30 pm at Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE (between Franklin and Adams), downtown Olympia.  It is sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, whose chairperson is Emily Hammargren (360)


See many very informative resources on the Death Penalty section of the Olympia FOR’s website,


Contact WCADP at (206) 622-8952 


Also contact the Safe and Just Alternatives campaign to abolish Washington State’s death penalty at 


Please mark your calendars for THURSDAY JANUARY 30, 7:30 pm at the Olympia Library – and spread the word!


“Perhaps the bleakest fact of all is that the death penalty is imposed not only in a freakish and discriminatory manner, but also in some cases upon defendants who are actually innocent.”

~ Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., 1994


Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation   (360) 491-9093



8)  Mangos with Chili:  QTPOC Bliss, Etc

Thursday January 30th at 7 pm @ the Evergreen Experimental Theater, Communications Building Room 124 on TESC Campus


It’s alternative bliss!


From FIST:


Mangos With Chili
The floating cabaret of QTPOC bliss, dreams, sweat, sweets and nightmares proudly presents

WHIPPED: QTPOC Recipes for Love, Sex, and Disaster

(otherwise known as the sometimes annual show about the miracles, dreams, and cream our hearts make)
As part of our 8th anniversary tour!

January 30, 2014
door 7 pm, start 7:30

The Experimental Theater
Evergreen State College campus
Communications Building room 124.
As part of Creating Dangerously: Experiments in And Diaspora Art
Sponsored by FIST

Mangos With Chili knows that queer and trans* folks of color do love, sex and total disaster like none other! In this special Valentine’s themed production queer and trans* folks of color will tell their true life stories of love, desire and disaster through music, spoken word, theater, dance, drag, film, and video diaries. Bring a trinket for the altar we’ll build to the loves we’ve lost, known, and are praying for, and come prepared to hear truths you’ve never heard spoken before but always needed to.

Promising to be sexy, smart, provocative, comical and touching, WHIPPED is sure to explore the many faceted aspects of desire, from the dark to the jubilant.

Valentines exchange to follow shows, so get them lovenotes and that courage ready!


Kay Ulanday Barrett
Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghere
Askari González
Beast Ly
Monica McIntyre
Cherry Galette
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

With video art by:
Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Wallace
Yosimar Reyes
Nazbah Tom
Manish Vaidya and Adrian Q Quinteo
more t.b.a

Access info:
The Experimental Theater is wheelchair accessible and all ages. There is fat friendly seating. Shows contain mature content. So that performers and community members with chemical injury can attend, we ask that attendees come fragrance free. Lots of info about how to do so and POC products can be found here:

For more about Mangos With Chili:

For even more information, press or access inquiries:

Our beautiful 2014 touring artists:

A 2009 Campus Pride Hot List artist, 2013 Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, educator, and martial artist navigating life as a disabled pin@y amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Based in NY/NJ, K. has featured at universities and stages internationally; Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Loft in Minneapolis to name a few. Their bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences.

K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels for NQAPIA, Forward Together, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, NQAPIA, Res Artis, and is a proud member/facilitator for The Brown Boi Project and Disability Justice Collective. He has also served on committees and advisory boards for The Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Transgender Law Center. Honors include: Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, and Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize. His literary contributions can be found in Kicked Out Anthology, Windy City Queer, Filipino American Psychology, Asian Americans For Progress, POOR Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and upcoming anthology, Criptiques. K. turns art into action, dedicated to TQPOC, Asian, youth communities, and remixing his mama’s recipes. Please see his online swerve at: and on twitter @kulandaybarrett.

Beast Ly
San Francisco Bay Area

Beast Ly’s mediums of expression and areas of collaboration include film, repertory theater, painting, writing, and protest/street art, the sweet spot turned out to be site specific performance art and dance installation. Names of shows and artistic collaborations include: Are you there Gaga? It’s me, Mazique. (a lady gaga drag performance in an all queers of color curated by Mel Mel Sukekawa-Mooring), if it’s leaking it’s working, if it’s leaking i want it (with Blair Talbot, a contemporary dance on the hysterical ecstasy of menstruation), and Look at Me (a dance duet in the performance series Penny’s Big 21: queer rites of passage). Beast began working and living in the SF Bay Area in 2011, when they summer interned with the performance project Sins Invalid, doing media, PR, party planning, and promotion, returning again in summer 2012. In June 2013 they returned to live in the Bay full time.

Films about/starring Beast have gone to such film screenings as the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival, “The Monstrous Series” of the MisAlt Film Festival”, the2013 Belgrade International Film Festival for and by People with Disabilities, and The European Film Festival. Summer Stew, directed by Aaron Richmond Havel and inspired by if it’s leaking it’s working, has gone into the vault at Periwinkle Cinema, a queer San Francisco screening series. A fan and sculptress of erotic art, you can also find the seabitch sliding around on an increasing number of places for the romantic, the dirty, and the altsy like Queerporntv, Crash Pad Series, and Indiepornrevolution. “Lame is Punk!” was Beast ly’s short lived and potentially resurrectable guest column in Maximum Rock n Roll. Beast’s performance with Mangos with Chili includes pieces from the erotic essay on bodies, sex, surgery, coming out, and coming in, “body/Horror:Yours/mine”, which is to be published in the forthcoming issue 2 of LIES through AK Press.

Askari González
San Jose & Santa Cruz, CA

Askari González es una bruja, a magical gurl dropout, a wannabe xingona, a genderescent divinity, a political trans woman of color. She is a poet, a mixed media artist, and the author of Trauma Queen. She aspires to create films centered on queer and trans people of color. Her hobbies include online shopping, copious amounts of anime marathons, and unraveling her inner trauma healer.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
Oakland Based. New York Gully. Nigerian Soul.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etagheneis an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video artist and mixed-media visual artist who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane.

Etaghene has rocked stages and melted microphones internationally. She was interviewed by and was a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a digital media project that collects the stories of LGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. She has toured nationally with both of her one-woman shows, Volcano’s Birthright{s} and GUAVA.

A mixed-media visual artist who has produced four solo art exhibitions, Etaghene founded Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop. Etaghene has written and directed 2 poem videos that marry film, poetry and music, has self-published 3 chapbooks of poetry and independently released an album of poetry and music. Her second album of poetry, Nigerian Dyke Realness, drops in 2014. Etaghene’s first novel, For Sizakele, which addresses Queer African love, identity and inter-partner violence, will be released in 2014. For more info: &

Monica McIntyre
New Orleans, LA

Monica McIntyre is equal parts Jamaican metaphor-laden mother and read-the-dictionary-for-fun father; a perfect writers combination. Originally from Hyattsville, MD, she began her cello career in classical studies; honing her craft through private lessons and orchestral ensembles with the District of Columbia Youth Orchestra (DCYO). After graduating from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, Monica migrated to Philadelphia, PA to study Fashion Design at Drexel University. In 1999 she earned a BA from the Nesbitt College of Design Arts.

Living in the city of Brotherly Love, where she was immersed in: Funk, Soul, R & B, Jazz, and World Music; brought her back to her first love, music. In October 2003 she released her debut album Blusolaz — a collection of original songs which fused the genres of Blues, Soul and Jazz. Bars of Gold, her first single, was released in August 2005. Monica has been featured at numerous events throughout the world most notably: Soul Sista’s Jukejoint (GA) 2005, The 215 Festival (PA) 2005, Sistahood Celebration (Vancouver) 2008, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA) 2008 & 2009, The Black Women’s Art Festival (PA) 2009, Sisterspace (MD) 2009, Ladyfest New Orleans (LA) 2010 & 2011, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (LA) 2013, and The French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013. Most recently Monica was a featured artist on the online International music show “Balcony TV”.

In November 2010, Monica relocated to New Orleans, LA and became immediately involved in the thriving local music community. She joined forces with singer-songwriters Lynn Drury and Margie Perez forming The Honeypots, an acoustic women-led group which beautifully blends genres, original songs and harmonies. Their debut album Something Sweet was released in April 2011 on the ThreadHead Record label. The Honeypots have had immediate success being nominated for The Best of The Beat Awards 2013 and landing coveted spots on the Abita stage of the French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013 and the Lagniappe stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage (LA) 2013.

Julio Salgado
Berkeley, CA

(Julio will be appearing in our San Antonio- New Orleans dates)

Julio Salgado is the Art Director of Dreamers Adrift, a creative project documenting the struggles of undocumented youth. He arrived in California from Mexico in 1995 when he was 11 years old, and became undocumented as a child when he overstayed his visa. Julio is a leader in implementing cultural organizing tactics in the immigrant rights movement, and believes that we (undocumented people) should be leaders in documenting our history. He has a bachelors degree in journalism from California State University and is riding the bus because “[he] want[s] to make sure other folks know we have to come out and not be afraid.”

Ms. Cherry Galette

Ms. Cherry Galette is a movement artist, choreographer, queer showgirl, performance artist and producer who has earned recognition for creating movement narratives exploring race, power, empire, migration, queer bodies in diaspora, and for presenting genre pushing work based in sultry, sacred, and profane fusions of traditional dance forms and song with queer story, burlesque and cabaret. Cherry’s performance is a collision – a crossroads of era, tradition, and place – evoking elements of the cosmopolitan cabarets of the golden age of Middle Eastern and Latin American dance, the legacy of movement passed down in women’s kitchens and salons, and the energy, joy, and enthusiasm of collective street dance.

She has has captivated, delighted, roused and stunned audiences on stages across the Americas from La Habana to Montreal, including La UNEAC, Teatro el Sotano (La Habana, Cuba), Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Tipitina’s, One Eyed Jack’s (New Orleans), Palace of Fine Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Brava Theater (SF), Buddies in Bad Times Theater (Toronto), Juste Por Rire (Montreal), Columbia City Theater, (Seattle), Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, The Knitting Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, WOW (New York), over 28 universities, as well as burlesque and cabaret stages in cities all over North America.

Ms. Galette has danced with some of the Bay Area’s most noted dance ensembles, is proud to have been an Oakland Tribune Timeout covergirl, and has also been featured in Oakland Local, Bitch, Make/Shift, San Francisco Bay Guardian, the SF Chronicle, and other independent media across the US. Cherry was raised by a family of legendary music makers, performers and innovators who centered song and dance as tools for transmitting hope, history, revolt, and the ability transform and lift heavy hearts. She is proud to continue her family’s work by giving audiences quality dance and burlesque performance based in roots of resistance, tradition, and inherited movement and musical legacy. Cherry’s work is grounded in the transformative power of story to make change, creating accessible, community oriented theater and performance, and putting movement and music back in the bodies of the people through creating a dance movement that encompasses all experiences, ages, genders, and bodies. For info on recent projects, please visit

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Oakland, unceded and occupied Mississauga of New Credit territory, Toronto.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan cis femme writer, performer, transformative and disability justice organizer and psychic tarot card reader. The author of the 2012 Lambda Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Sister, Letters Lived, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World. She is part of the Allied Media Conference family and a member of the Badass Visionary Healers.

A lead artist with Sins Invalid and an educator with June Jordan’s UC Berkeley’s Poetry for the People, in 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future” and is one of the the 2013 Autostraddle Alternative Hot 105. She has taught, performed and lectured across North America, Sri Lanka and Australia and co-founded Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School. She is currently completing her memoir, Dirty River, a third book of poetry, Bodymap, and a writer’s manual, Writing the World, to be published by AK Press in 2014. 



9)  Bonus Tip of the Day:


Have a point when you make a point.








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