The Thunderbolt 042414 On Death and No Taxes

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The Thunderbolt!!!

 

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

 

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1) FYI Section: POWER Mother’s Day Cards

2) Grand Strategies and Creative Tactics

3) Psychedelics and Sprituality, Science, Medicine, and Social Change with Rick Doblin

4) Street Art and Photography: Connecting Communities in Resistance

5) Critical Mass Bicycle Ride

6) Artswalk Show at KOWA with MGK Ultra, No Body, and Antique Junky

7) Anti-Oppression for Collective Liberation Workshop

8) Special Benefit Brunch

9) Poetry: For Lack of a Better Month

10) 6th Extinction Potluck, Movie, and Discussion

11) GCC: Good Meetings Training

12) Reflections and Art on Occupy Olympia and OWS

13) I Am Troy Davis

15) Chalking Dissent: Bank of America

16) Fighting for a Living Wage

17) Oly May Day

18) Bonus Tip of the Week

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On Death and No Taxes

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Earth Day to May Day

 

Hey Kids!

 

The Earth Day to May Day Climate Convergence is converging. Again, all Climate Convergence actions are in green on the calendar. Come plug in and help save us from ourselves.

 

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Message to Organizers:

 

I once again feel compelled to send a message to the folks that organize all of these wonderific events here in Olympia: Thank you very much for doing all you do. You rock and you roll and you are awesome and if our civilization survives it will be because of people like you — but while you are busy saving the World please allow me to point out the positive aspects of using SOUND BITES whilst doing so…

 

I understand that the pain-in-the-ass factor when I have to type all that stuff out in the Thunderbolt is not a top priority in your organizing strategy, but I think that writing an entire paragraph just to name your Facebook event (and for some reason Facebook won’t let me just copy and paste the name of the event into the Thunderbolt) I believe that this is unwise for tactical reasons also. Busy people want a quick and dirty overview before deciding whether to plunge in or not.

 

I would also suggest this to people who make signs to carry at marches: Very few people are going to spend five minutes reading all the fine print on your sign as you march past their car that is stuck in a traffic jam that you just created. I firmly believe that something short, catchy, to the point — and LARGE — is the best way to send an effective message to the public in that context.

 

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California Dreaming

 

California is the most spectacular and concentrated collection of natural wonders on the entire planet. This is true even though vast swaths of it were devastated after the arrival of the Land Developers from Hell.

 

I grew up in Ridgecrest, California. I grew up 100 miles from the highest mountain in the lower 48 United States. (Mt. Whitney) I grew up 100 miles from the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere. (Death Valley) I grew up 100 miles from the oldest living things on the planet. (Bristlecone Pines) I grew up just over 100 miles from the biggest living things on the planet. (Sequoia Redwoods)

 

With the possible exception of Utah’s red rock country, the Yosemite Valley is the most spectacular piece of landscape in North America if not the world.

 

My problem with California is that while I truly love California I also truly hate California. Actually, my problem with California is that California is in California. The only reason that I don’t live in California is because California is in California, in fact.

 

I have similar such feelings for the human race as a whole…

 

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Quiet Revolution

 

There has been an under-the-radar revolution going on that I just heard about myself…

 

As most of you probably know, the president is not directly chosen by the voters but by the Electoral College. You probably also already know that twice now the candidate with the most popular votes amongst the electorate still lost the election due to the quirks of the Electoral College, the most famous incidence being in 2000 when Al Gore beat George Bush in the popular vote yet supposedly lost in the Electoral College (though we later learned that he actually won there too, but whatever).

 

A word about the Electoral College: It is not only an insane anachronism but the reason that it originally came into being was because this was part of the deal with the southern states wherein their slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person as far as representation in the national government was concerned; in addition, with the Electoral College then the southern states could also use the influence of three-fifths of their slaves to choose the president.

 

Anyway, it turns out that several states have recently banded together and quietly figured out a work-around to get past this anachronistic and stupid system: Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution gives each state legislature the right to decide how to appoint its own electors. Thus, numerous states have now pledged their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote no matter the vote in their particular state.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Popular_Vote_Interstate_Compact

 

The trick is to have enough states join this compact to actually determine the election — and New York just signed on — which means that they are almost there…

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-richie/big-new-york-win-for-nati_b_5093548.html

 

…and yes, our very own State of Washington has already signed on!

 

http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/pages/states.php?s=WA

 

This is a relatively small but very good thing. If this works then there will no longer be such a thing as a ‘Battleground State’. Now the national candidates will have to pay attention to all of us.

 

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Refighting Old Battles

 

The thing about Abraham Lincoln: I have never been able to find any serious scandal on him. Nada. Zilch. None. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington — even Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — all of these men had some pretty serious dirt swept under their personal carpets. Mr. Lincoln did a lot of slightly shady stuff, but compared to virtually anyone else that has ever been in such a position of power, these few instances are minour and trivial — and the important thing with Mr. Lincoln is that even these things seem to have been done from pure motivation. As far as I can tell, Abraham Lincoln — a man who was not only one of the most effective politicians in American if not world history and a man who not only bottom-lined one of the bloodiest wars in history at the time, but also a man who bottom-lined a war upon his own people — this man seems to have done everything that he did for what he perceived as the good of the country. Other than turning a blind eye to some corruption and some other things that he knew he could do nothing about, I have never been able to find any evidence of any kind that Abraham Lincoln ever did anything for any corrupt selfish or perfidious end. He even seems to have deeply loved and to have been utterly faithful to his total nutcase of a wife.

 

This is evidence that an honest man can be an effective politician. In and of itself I find this to be an amazing revelation that has many interesting implications and possibilities.

 

Having said that, let me next say that I think in conducting an incredibly bloody and savage war in order to force the southern states to remain in the union — in doing that I think that Abraham Lincoln made one of the biggest policy mistakes in our history. I think we would have been far better off had we simply allowed to southern states to go stew and fester in their steamy swamps of hatred and bigotry on their own. I think we would have been far better off had their sick and twisted worldview not continued to infect the rest of our country to this day.

 

I have spent significant time in the southern states. All of them. I don’t mean to demean the many wonderful things or the many wonderful people that have come out of the southern states. There are a lot of people there — especially in the younger generation — that utterly reject the dominant reactionary worldview. People who reject the dominant worldview in such an atmosphere risk much. Being a revolutionary or leading an ‘alternative’ lifestyle in a southern state is an entirely different reality and a radically different type of experience than when someone does so here in Olympia — and the fact is that even the ignorant racist homophobes are human. It is good to understand that worldviews are implanted by the surrounding culture. Many of those folks are guilty of nothing more than accepting what their elders told them which was the same thing their elders told them and so on. Most of them are not sociopathic. They love their children and care about their neighbors and they are very friendly people — they are even friendly to people that sketch them out (which some think hypocritical) but overall they are almost always good-hearted people and they will always treat you with common courtesy and respect — and as long as you are straight and white and southern they will even treat you as an equal.

 

Overall, though, I think we would have been far better off without them. I wonder what would have happened if Lincoln had not taken such extraordinary lengths to keep them around. They almost certainly would have proven a thorn in the side and it is easy to envision some territorial turf wars out west, but at least they wouldn’t have wielded such a disproportionate influence over our national affairs for all this time.

 

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On Death and No Taxes

 

I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said that nothing in life is inevitable except death and taxes.

 

As far as I know the 1% has not yet figured out a way to beat death.

 

I hear they are diligently working on that though.

 

I wonder if they’ll share if/when they ever figure it out?

 

Anyway, while they haven’t beaten death — taxes are another matter — and they aren’t sharing any of that at all; quite the contrary.

 

Taxes. Rather unusually in the world, residents of the United States pay taxes to three different levels of government, i.e. federal, state, and local. When people speak of the ‘tax burden’ they are usually referring to federal taxes but the fact is that while just over half of American taxes are taken by the feds, just a little less than half are taken by the states and the locals; thus the local tax structure is almost as important as the federal one is, and in some ways local taxes are even more important since the average Joe can influence how local taxes are spent much more than he can influence what the feds do.

 

The federal government depends overwhelmingly upon the income tax. In theory this is a ‘progressive’ tax, which means that the more you benefit from our system then the larger the share you pay to maintain it, i.e. rich people pay a larger share of their income to this tax than poor people do. However, so many loopholes and exceptions have been carved out of the federal tax structure that the ‘progressive’ aspects of it are more theoretical to non-existent than anything real. When the right wingers say crap such as the top 1% alone carries over 45% of the federal income tax ‘burden’ — keep in mind that this same 1% own over 90% or 95% or something like that of everything that there is to own. (This number also fails to account for ‘payroll taxes’ which only working people pay and which, in many cases, costs them more on their tax bill than their income tax does — but whatever.)

 

Some states also have an income tax, but even those states depend mostly upon the sales tax, which is a ‘regressive’ tax, which means that poor people pay a larger percentage of their income than rich people do. Our own State of Washington depends largely upon the regressive sales tax — and more on the State of Washington in just a moment…

 

Counties and municipalities depend mostly upon property taxes, another regressive tax wherein people are taxed upon the value of certain items of property such as land, car, and other various this’s and that’s.

 

Thus, basically the feds tax your money coming in, the states tax your money going out, and the locals tax whatever is left over.

 

However, there is a large body of ‘property’ that I will get into in a moment that no one taxes —and guess who owns that untaxed property?

 

Anyway, as a result of our regressive tax structure the national average works out like this: The bottom 20% of income pays 11.1% of that income to local governments; the average middle income earner pays 9.4% to the locals whilst the top 1% pays 5.6%.

 

However: Here in Washington State we have the honour of having the most regressive tax structure in the entire United States! Yay for us! We’re #1!

 

And how was this amazing feat accomplished?

 

Here is a hint: Our state has been firmly under the almost complete control of the Democratic Party for many years now! Yay for the Democrats! Thanks to them, we have a more regressive tax structure than even such progressive bastions as Texas and Mississippi! As a result, you pay 17% of your hard-earned cash to our state while Bill Gates pays 3%!

 

Another welfare billionaire!

 

Thanks to the Democrats, Boeing just extorted the largest state tax break in American history from them! Boeing — after enjoying record profits again last year — just got a tax break that represents more than the state spends on the entire University of Washington.

 

Anyway, the feds tax what you make, the state taxes what you take, and the locals tax what you keep but — as previously mentioned — when it comes to ‘property’ not all ‘property’ is equal as far as taxation purposes go. While things like land and cars and retail or wholesale inventory are taxed quite heavily, there are three types of property that no one taxes, those being stocks, bonds, and cash.

 

In the State of Washington, the Democrats have arranged things so that the type of property that middle income people are likely to own is heavily taxed while the type of property that rich people are likely to own is not taxed at all.

 

What a good deal for the 1%! We pay and they play!

 

So you see? In this era of extreme polarization, here in Washington both parties have achieved a bi-partisan consensus! Both parties feel we can fix our problems by robbing from the poor and giving to the rich! Reagan Hood lives again!

 

Unlike many ultra-wealthy people, Bill Gates actually earned his wealth by inventing (some say stealing, but whatever) and manufacturing (he did personally see to that) a very useful product. I use his products every day myself. Yay Bill Gates. Go Bill go. However, I’m pretty sure that Mr. Gates uses the courts a lot more than I do and I’m pretty sure his trucks wear out our highways a lot faster than I do and I’m pretty sure that Mr. Gates greatly benefited from our educating his work force for him for free — and I think Mr. Gates can damn well pay his fair share for the cost of maintaining the system that allowed him to do what he did and the system that made it possible for him to become so wealthy.

 

However, the last time that an income tax was debated in a state senate chamber I had a hard time preventing my head from exploding when I heard a Republican senator — a senator from the state with the most inequitable tax structure in the entire country talking about a bill that represented a major attempt to start correcting this inequity — I heard this elected official criticize the income tax bill because it was ‘inequitable’ toward the 1%.

 

Dude! Really? Cry me a frigging river why don’t ya…

 

 

Americans hold an estimated $15 to $20 trillion in stocks and bonds, the vast majority of these being held by the 1%. When it comes to ‘tax reform’, I think it might be strategically wise to concentrate first on this vast trove of untaxed wealth. Since this is already their designated turf and since we have so many spectacularly rich people who live here then I think that it would be wise for the local counties and municipalities to target this wealth. Even a tax rate of 0.5% on this ‘intangible’ wealth would produce a flood of moola into our cash-strapped county and city coffers.

 

However, taxing this money might be considered to be ‘inequitable’ to some…

 

…such as the Democrats and the Republicans, for instance.

 

 

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of April 24th thru May 1st 2014

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1) FYI Section: POWER Mother’s Day Cards

 

POWER Mother’s Day Cards

 

This year’s card features a beautiful photograph by POWER member Marcy Barton.  As with years past, we will mail the card for you for a donation of $5 or more to POWER.  You can stop by the POWER office to fill out card for mothers you want to honor or go to ourwebsite,www.mamapower.org, and purchase your cards via paypal.  Click on the Get involved link.

 

We also have cards for sale at Rainy Day, Psychic Sister, Dumpster Values and Traditions. 

Have you been wanting to volunteer for POWER, but don’t have a lot of time?  Contact monica@mamapower.org for a two hour shift selling cards!  Mother’s Day is May 11th.

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2) Grand Strategies and Creative Tactics

Thursday April 24th from 6 to 10 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

This will be a talk and discussion by Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign! Come learn from the master!

 

From Together Olympia:

 

6-10PM: Grand Strategies! This will be an awesome event that every activist and organizer will learn a lot from! The Backbone Campaign‘s Bill Moyer is coming to Olympia!

 

Bill Moyer is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Backbone Campaign. Bill has been an activist for over 30 years and a percussionist for more. These intersecting paths in social movements and the arts generate a unique set of skills and insights that he employs in his movement building work. Bill’s Artful Activism takes him around the country providing trainings for activists and organizers, campaign design for organizations, and strategic advice and tactical support for actions. Through these travels Bill has met many talented people whose insights he weaves into his own analysis and attempts to share their lessons with others. Yet, his home community of Vashon Island, WA is the local laboratory and foundation for his and all of Backbone Campaign’s efforts, and where he shares a wooded sanctuary with his wife Esther and daughter Aziza.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/225382434318781/

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3) Psychedelics and Sprituality, Science, Medicine, and Social Change with Rick Doblin

Thursday April 24th from 7 to 11 pm @ The Evergreen State College, Sem II B-1105

 

Psychedelics are very weird and very wonderful. Come learn about them.

 

From Katie:

 

Rick Doblinis the founder and executive director of theMultidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). MAPS is funding and creating a large amount of the research that is going on with psychedelics in the world today. Currently, they are focused on looking at MDMA for PTSD, LSD and Psilocybin for end of life anxieity, Ayahuasca and Ibogaine for addiction, and medical marijuana.

 

Rick is a hero of the psychedelic movement. It’s questionable whether or not research would have gone as far as it has without his efforts and the efforts of MAPS. Their work is slowly but surely changing how psychedelics are viewed in the public eye. He has been featured in the new york times and other major media influences.

 

Rick will be exploring how psychedelics have influenced culture within spirituality, science, medicine, and even social change. Psychedelics have greatly impacted all of these areas of our society, and we encourage you to come learn more about how this has occurred.

 

Afterwards, we will also be hosting a meet and greet! During this time you will have a chance to meet those interested in the psychedelic movement as well as to spend time with Rick Doblin. Our good friend Jae will be serving tea, and small snacks will be provided.

 

We hope you will join us to in our exploration of psychedelic knowledge with him. It will truly be a privilege.

 

PRICE:

FREE FOR STUDENTS.

$10 for non students.

 

Rick Doblins bio:

 

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.

 

Rick Doblin in the New York Times:

Ecstasy Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/health/ecstasy-treatment-for-post-traumatic-stress-shows-promise.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 

MAPS Official Website:

http://www.maps.org/

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/507756536013212/

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4) Street Art and Photography: Connecting Communities in Resistance

Friday April 25th thru Saturday April 26th from 5 to 8 pm @ Rafah Mural, Corner of State St and Capitol Way, Downtown Olympia

 

This is from the Rachel Corrie Foundation:

 

Join Art Forcesand the Rachel Corrie Foundationfor our Spring Arts Walk events!

 

April 25th-26th: Both days will have original photography from compiled by the Network of Photographers for Palestineof Gaza and be tabling with information and goodies for fundraising.

 

April 26th at 10 AM: join us to connect via Skype the three Sister-Cities: Madison-Wisconsin, Rafah-Gaza and Olympia to our partners in Oaxaca-Mexico. We will be sharing our work and art with these partners!

 

April 26th at 2 PM: Following the “Procession of the Species” we will have an interactive stencil making workshop with street artist, Line Marker from the Asaro art collective in Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

April 26th at 3 PM: Line Marker will be placing his stencil on the Mural.

 

Asaro (ESPACIO ZAPATA): was one of the original groups featured on the mural and now joins us for this workshop.

 

Art Forces: https://www.facebook.com/btsmap

https://twitter.com/ArtForces

https://www.facebook.com/events/310068982473984/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

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5) Critical Mass Bicycle Ride

Friday April 25th at 5:30 pm @ West Central Park, Harrison and Division Sts SW

 

So what do bicyclists do to celebrate bicycling?

 

(Do you really need three guesses?)

 

Critical Mass has come to Olympia!

 

(What took it so long?)

 

From Together Olympia:

 

Critical Mass Bicycle Ride, converge at the West Side Park. Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists’ right to the road. The idea started in San Francisco in September 1992 and quickly spread to cities all over the world.

CM is intended to be a celebration, not an opportunity to cause trouble. Those who want to try to tie up traffic as much as possible and be confrontational with motorists are missing the point. We can assert our right to the road without being rude about it. Focus on the ride, not on the cars that also happen to be on the road.

Critical Mass has a different flavor from city to city — there’s a big variety in size, respect of traffic laws (or lack thereof), interaction with motorists, and intervention by police.

Critical Mass has no leaders, and no central organization licenses rides. In every city that has a CM ride, some locals simply picked a date, time, and location for the ride and publicized it, and thus the ride was born.

CM is an idea and an event, not an organization.

http://criticalmass.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/555833317869258/

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6) Artswalk Show at KOWA with MGK Ultra, No Body, and Antique Junky

Friday April 25th at 7 pm @ KOWA Studio behind Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

Come check out a good show during Artswalk and come party in a radio station!

 

From KOWA:

 

Come on over to the 106.5 KOWA Studios andMedia Island Internationalfor ARTSWALK 2014 during theGlobal Climate Convergence Washington Statein Olympia! This show, featuring the awesome local bands listed below, comes right in the middle of ten days of events and actions from Earth Day to May Day!

The art show goes from 3-10pm and the free music will start at 7pm, with refreshments and snacks available for all, so come on over to 816 Adams St to see:

MGK Ultra (Oly)
https://www.facebook.com/MGKUltra

No Body (Oly)
http://nobodymusic.bandcamp.com/

Antique Junky (Oly)
new mathy band featuring Andrew & Brittany!

The Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring with “10 Days to Change Course” running from Earth Day to May Day. For more information visit:
http://www.powertothepublic.org/and
https://www.facebook.com/events/1472556106290813/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1482778201935845/

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7) Anti-Oppression for Collective Liberation Workshop

Saturday April 26th from 11 am to 3:30 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

The name speaks for itself.

 

From Together Olympia:

 

Strategies for Healing & Resistance. Anti-Oppression For Collective Liberation Workshop w/ the eco-feminist group, the Canopy Collective & Backbone Campaign.

(Must REGISTER at link.) https://backbonecampaign.wufoo.com/forms/antioppression-for-collective-liberation/

 

Do You Yearn for true solidarity and allyship? Because allyship is not an identity but rather a series of conscious actions to end oppression. Effective and Authentic leadership demands we address the structural dynamics of Oppression and Privilege from a place of healing and resistance.

 

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MORE INFO

 

Backbone Campaign believes (and our 10 years experience of movement-building work underscores this belief) that Anti-Oppression skills, practices, and framework are essential for bringing about the thriving and economically and environmentally just communities we all yearn for. The weekend of April 26th & 27th we are partnering with the awesome ecofemenist and anti-oppression co-op training group the Canopy Collective (http://thecanopycollective.org/) to make some of these phenomenal workshops available. Media Island, Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace, the Alliance For Global Justice and RAIN are cosponsoring to bring these workshops to Olympia. There will be an hour break for lunch at 1pm. Below are some of the topics that might be covered.

 

Series in Liberation and Ending Oppressions

 

All workshops involve a mix of facilitated discussion in large and small groups (as appropriate to the gathering), brief lecture/presentation, interactive hands-on activities that would enhance learning concepts and personalize the materials to the participants.

 

We are the ones we’ve been looking for: How do we focus on the goodness of our planet and each other in our daily lives, and still invest life energy into ending oppressions?

 

“Un mundo endonde quepan muchos mundos” – Reclaiming cultures and heritages: This workshop acknowledges the reality that everyone’s heritage is good. It goes in depth into what it takes to create a world where many worlds fit by rebuilding the fabric of our communities by strengthening our own understandings of the goodness of our cultures and heritages.

 

Introduction to structural oppression and privilege: Common definitions of oppression, privilege, and liberation. Explores how oppression and privilege work on individual and structural levels. General overview, rather than tackling particular oppressions in depth.

 

How Oppression Works and Strategies of Healing & Resistance (2-parts) Focused on how settler colonialism, hetero-patriarchy, and white supremacy (what many people call racism) function in our society to uphold capitalism (class oppression) and imperialism and strategies for challenging these from the point of view of different struggles.

 

Building an Eco-feminist World Fundamental ideas from ecofeminism and introduction to strategies for base building for local social justice work.

 

Practicing Participatory Democracy In the format of one particular practice, present a short history of different practices of participatory democracy, and a demonstration based on the theme/topic that is makes the most sense for the participants.

 

Sharing Ally Skills and Learnings Beginning with the understanding that allyship is not an identity but rather a series of thoughtful actions to end oppression, this workshop shares basis skills towards becoming an ally to individuals and communities who are targeted by oppressions.

 

Strategies for Building Solidarity (DIGNITY – Beyond Solidarity) More advanced workshop following “Sharing Ally Skills and Learnings”, with strategies to address some barriers to building respectful alliances and successful joint actions.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/246539055531180/

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8) Special Benefit Brunch

Sunday April 27th from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

A discussion about the climate crisis and good food.

 

From Together Olympia:

 

11-2PM: Global Climate Convergence’s Special Benefit Brunch. We’ll eat delicious brunch with a short presentation on the Global Climate Convergence and a little from our host on “Media Island’s Past, Present and Future.” Hopefully lots of good discussions on Climate Change and Earth Day to May Day as we eat waffles and more.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1449117868657226/

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9) Poetry: For Lack of a Better Month

Sunday April 27th and Monday April 28th at Noon @ KOWA Studio behind Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

It’s radical poetry at KOWA!

 

From Koyote:

 

It’s National Poetry Month!

Meet up at our NEW REGULAR space at Media Island International from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. in the KOWA studio out back.

Let’s get together for a new-fashioned Old Growth poetry playshop. No experience necessary. All are invited to attend! Bring a friend!

We’ll be using the last half an hour to continue planning for an Old Growth collaborative event with Mobroll on May 18th.

Some other ideas for Poetry Month: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/94

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/619403668139018/

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10) 6th Extinction Potluck, Movie, and Discussion

Monday April 28th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

 

It’s a film screening about the destruction of the environmental infrastructure. Elizabeth Kolbert discusses how humans are causing the largest mass-extinction of species since the dinosaurs.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/753367268030540/

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11) GCC: Good Meetings Training

Tuesday April 29th from 3 to 5 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

Some nuts and bolts here: How to organize effective meetings. This is mundane but vitally important information.

 

From Together Olympia:

 

Meetings are necessary, yet process is rarely taught and differs widely. This training is on good meeting process. We will generally overview several types of meeting structures, (Robert’s Rules, Consensus, as well as modified structures and more indigenous models) their benefits, weaknesses and appropriate use. We will go in depth on Consensus to highlight useful facilitation roles. Finally we will talk about the many tricks of good meetings that work no matter the process.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/231050623769439/

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12) Reflections and Art on Occupy Olympia and OWS

Tuesday April 29th at 7 pm @ Sylvester Park, Legion Way and Capitol Way

 

A General Assembly to talk about the Occupy Movement.

 

From Together Olympia:

 

7PM: Reflections and Art on Occupy Olympia & OWS. A General Assembly to give reflections on people’s experience of Occupy Olympia. Space during the GA for the showing of artwork, photos, videos and poetry. Updates on what people have been doing since then and how Occupy Olympia impacted their later life. All are welcome, including people who were not involved but are curious and those who experienced OWS in other parts of the US.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/285149791648511/

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13) I Am Troy Davis

Tuesday April 29th at 7 pm @ Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave

 

It’s a talk about criminal injustice.

 

From Rachel Corrie Foundation:

 

I Am Troy Davis

Date:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time:

7:00PM – 8:30PM

Short Description:

Kimberly Davis and Jen Marlowe (co-author of I Am Troy Davis) unpack the Davis case, demonstrating how emblematic it is of our broken justice system.

Location:

Orca Books
509 East 4th Avenue
Olympia, WA 98501

Contact Information:

Orca Books: (360) 352-0123
Rachel Corrie Foundation: (360) 754-3998

 

On September 21, 2011, Troy Davis was executed by the State of Georgia, despite a compelling case of innocence.  His execution was protested by hundreds of thousands around the globe.  Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, and 51 members of Congress appealed for clemency.  How did one man capture the world’s imagination and become the iconic face for the campaign to end the death penalty?

 

Troy’s sister Kimberly Davis and I Am Troy Davis co-author Jen Marlowe will unpack Troy’s case, demonstrating how emblematic it is of our broken justice system.  They will share stories of the Davis family’s two-decade struggle to prove Troy’s innocence, and reveal the human impact of capital punishment.  Davis and Marlowe will also discuss how Troy’s case continues to galvanize the fight to abolish the death penalty, including in Washington State where Governor Jay Inslee recently placed a moratorium on executions.

 

Marlowe will also describe her years-long collaboration with Troy Davis and his family in order to write the book I Am Troy Davis, and will share passages from it.  A book signing will follow the presentation.  The event at Orca Books is cosponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Washington Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. 

 

For further information, click here.

 

http://www.huntcal.com/cal/eventview/tcpronet/tcpronet?vm=s-L&yr=2014&pf=1&id=396157016&d=29&m=4

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14) I-1329 Night at Traditions

Tuesday April 29th at 7 pm @ Traditions, 300 5th Ave SW

 

Come educate yourself about Initiative 1329.

 

From TC Pro Net:

 

I-1329 Night at Traditions

Date:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time:

7:00PM – 8:30PM

Short Description:

Join us to learn about WA I-1329, get swag, sign the petition, turn in your signed petition forms, STAMP your dollars, meet local volunteers…

Location:

Traditions Cafe
300 5th Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501

 

Come learn about WA I-1329 and how we can amend the U.S. Constitution to get big money out of elections. 

Tonight you’ll be able to: + sign the petition, + turn in your signed petitions,  + stamp your dollars,  + get swag – buttons, signs, bumper stickers, + register to vote, + discuss the Supreme Court’s rulings in the “Citizens United v. FEC” and “McCutcheon v. FEC” cases,  and  + meet I-1329 volunteers from Thurston County!

 

Click here for the Facebook event page .

 

http://www.huntcal.com/cal/eventview/tcpronet/tcpronet?vm=s-L&yr=2014&pf=1&id=398193037&d=29&m=4

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15) Chalking Dissent: Bank of America

Wednesday April 30th Meet at 4 pm @ Sylvester Park, Legion Way and Capitol Way

 

Come tell Bank of America what we think of their home foreclosing War Machine financing ways.

 

From Together Olympia:

 

4PM: Chalking Dissent, Bank o America. Banc of America is what? That’s right, bad for America. We’ll be chalking up the sidewalks around the B of A as well as holding signs, chanting, passing flyers and bannering. We’re trying to make sure B of A keeps their extra security guards employed that were hired since Occupy Olympia and Olympia UNCUT started targeting them as local fiends for the transnational globalized capitalist class.

 

We are well aware that the branch level employees and the customers of the bank itself are not our enemies at all. Often there is no choice about where you have to bank and we all have felt the need for work. In as much as they may not have a choice, they can be our allies on the inside and friends. Of course we do want to shut down the bank, which will be an inconvenience for them, but we will do our best to support their transition by supporting more jobs, benefits and the growth of credit unions.

 

Meet at Sylvester Park and walk over.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1402587326679190/

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16) Fighting for a Living Wage

Wednesday April 30th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

 

This is an explanation and discussion about living wages and why they are good for everyone.

 

From Together Olympia:

 

“Fighting for a Living Wage” is a popular education discussion on political economics. It will demystify the arguments around raising the minimum wage and will work to formulate the beginnings of a campaign here that is similar to the $15 NOW campaign in Seattle.

Part of the January 8th workshop–“The ABCs of Capitalism–in a series promoting economic literacy and inviting dialogue and discussion on inequality and the on-going crises of capitalism.

No economic background required!

Facilitated by Savvina Chowdhury & Peter Bohmer (members of the economic faculty at The Evergreen State College)

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1405810433020815/

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17) Oly May Day

Thursday May 1st at Noon @ Sylvester Park, Legion and Capitol Way

 

It’s May Day once again! Come celebrate freedom with the people.

 

From Olympia May:

 

Free Festival in Sylvester Park. Free music, food, comedy. We’ll be setting up the Really free market, a free gift economy in action, in which you bring things you’d like to give away and take what you want.

 

6pm: March/Street Party. Bring noisemakers, instruments, and banners. Everyone into the streets!

 

An informal list of demands by the Oly May Day Committee

 

It is not lost on us that some may be confused by our presence downtown, and wonder just what it is that we’re marching and dancing in the streets for. Many of us believe that taking the streets is an end in and of itself, because these are our streets and we live here, and because being in the streets together can itself be a liberating experience. However, there are very tangible changes that could be made on a local level, and that we believe are worth speaking out for and fighting for:

 

1. That Olympia become a Sanctuary City. A Sanctuary City does not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws, by not allowing police or municipal employees to inquire about one’s immigration status. A Sanctuary City also seeks to protect soldiers who have deserted. We would also like to express our solidarity with the detained immigrants currently on hunger strike at the privately owned ICE detention center in Tacoma

 

2. That the port of Olympia cease the shipment of fracking chemicals. Currently, the port ships fracking proppants to be used in North Dakota. Currently, the port is building a 2.2 million dollar warehouse in which to store the increasing shipments of fracking proppants. This is hypocritical of a self proclaimed “green city”. The Port belongs to the people and should serve the people, not extraction companies who are contributing to climate change and poisoning the land and water.

 

3. That three blocks of 4th avenue, from Washington Street to Jefferson Street, become a car free zone and public area. We want gardens in the street, and free areas in which to exist without the obligation to buy something. We also want rent control to fight speculation, displacement, and gentrification. Olympia is a city of artists and gardeners, street singers and activists. We value our culture here, and we do not want to see it destroyed by the whims of developers.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/701452363247278/

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18) Bonus Tip of the Week:

 

Expose a tax dodger this week.

 

 

Dana

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