The Thunderbolt 050114 Foreign Chimeras





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1) FYI Section:

1A) Campaign to Retire Tim Sheldon

1B) Petition for Net Neutrality

1C) Petition to Kill the Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP]

1D) Localize This Action Camp

2) Solidarity Rally at the Northwest Detention Center

3) Oly May Day

4) Works in Progress Writer’s Group

5) Move to Amend Meeting

6) Edible Forest Garden Planting

7) Free Olympia Project Community Assembly

8) Jog for Justice with Gateways for Incarcerated Youth

9) Media Island/ Olympia Free Herbal Clinic Benefit Brunch

10) POWER Outage: Annual Mama Care Fair

11) Olympia FOR Centennial Kickoff Celebration and Olympia Chapter Annual Gathering

12) Bonus Tip of the Week



Foreign Chimeras




Post Correction


Hey Kids!


If you tried to go to the “I Am Troy Davis” event last week because you read about it here, I had the wrong week. My apologies.




Non Disastrous Disaster


I hope people read this and learn things from it (especially the things I get right) because that is why I do it — but I must confess that I also have so much fun doing it and since it provides such an awesome outlet for my outrage that, even if no one reads it, then it wouldn’t be a disaster (except the part about our civilization collapsing and all, but whatever). (To quote Tom Robbins: Sure, the house is on fire — but you absolutely can’t beat our view!)




Pots and Kettles


In this era of black pots and kettles, a perfect illustration was recently provided: John Kerry was secretly recorded saying that if there is no two-state solution in Israel then Israel would become an apartheid state. The Palestinian response was, of course, to point out the irrefutable fact that Israel is already an apartheid state. In American politics, though, facts don’t matter — especially when it comes to Israel. Any criticism of Israel is not allowed in American politics and Kerry was roundly condemned for uttering this simple fact.


Senator Ted Cruz went so far as to suggest that Kerry should resign for the terrible crime of telling the truth about Israel.


I am thinking that in the not very distant future Israel will be viewed in the same light as apartheid South Africa and every other oppressive racist apartheid regime that has ever been.




Glass Onions


I haven’t been here in awhile and this is important so I’m here again: There is a tendency amongst some circles of activists to utterly reject working with anyone else that does not conform 100% to their own worldview on every issue. Some seem to consider such cooperation to be compromising principles or selling out or something.


I think that this is highly counterproductive. I think you can work with people you disagree with on other issues without compromising doodly squat — and on a surprising number of vital core issues there is actually common ground amongst highly disparate grassroots interests. The Community Rights Movement was started by a bunch of redneck Republican Pennsylvania farmers, for instance. I am convinced it is absolutely vital that we put aside our differences right now and focus on these common grounds. We can work out the other stuff later after we’ve fixed some of these vital core issues and in fact I am convinced we can’t work much of anything else out until we fix these vital core issues.


Vermont provides a wonderful example of how this can work: Vermont has been electing an open Socialist — Bernie Sanders — to the national legislature for many years now. He was Vermont’s lone representative in the House of Representatives from 1990 thru 2006 when he was elected to the Senate. Thus, many think of Vermont as a far-left bastion of politicality — but the fact is that a large part of Vermont is as far-right as anywhere else in the country, yet many of these right-wingers vote for Mr. Sanders due to the simple fact that Mr. Sanders is an honest man who says what he really thinks — something almost unique in our national legislature — and Vermonters know this.


Over the last couple of weeks I have intensely covered the Libertarians in the Thunderbolt. I very seriously and I think very effectively trashed the very core tenets of their worldview and political philosophy.


However, I also pointed out how they still represent my own worldview and political philosophy far more than either the Democrats or the Republicans do and that I would vote for Ron Paul over Barack Obama any day of the week. While Libertarianism has many problematic aspects, they agree with us on a lot of very important issues and I think we should work with them on those issues. While we are working with them we can also then expose them to worldviews that they don’t normally encounter and I think it would be highly presumptuous to assume there is nothing we can learn from them either.


This has hit my radar again because Ralph Nader has just written a book called Unstoppable that promotes this very agenda. The Liberals and the Greens can trash Ralph Nader all they want: I consider Mr. Nader to be one of the greatest heroes of the 20th Century. No one else has so effectively exposed the Machine for the cruel murderous monster that it is and no one else has been doing it so effectively for so long — and Ralph Nader is now devoting his energy to building alliances between the grassroots right and the grassroots left.


As an example of this new cooperation he points out that there is now a bi-partisan coalition of Democrats and Republicans in the House that is large enough to kill fast-track authority for the TPP — and if fast-track is dead then the TPP is dead because the TPP would never survive the scrutiny of legislative hearings.


He attributes this rebellion against the House leadership of both parties to pressure from the grassroots of both parties.


Howz about a little bi-partisan grassroots rebellion, eh?


Forget that: Howz about a lot of bi-partisan grassroots rebellion!




Yet More Obama Promises


The Obama Administration has just thrown another armload of wood (or perhaps it was ‘clean coal’) onto the already raging bonfire of broken Obama campaign promises! Just what we needed!


Yes, Kids, the FCC just recommended eliminating net neutrality rules meaning that rich people and rich websites would have an Internet superhighway while the rest of us and our websites would be stuck off on a dirt road, i.e. our government is selling the Internet out to Wall Street i.e. Obama is conducting business-as-usual!


At least he is consistent!


Seriously, though, this is serious and I’m afraid the only way to stop this is through yet another mass-mobilization of the public such as happened a couple of years ago when the previous FCC chairman Michael Powell tried to loosen the rules for media ownership; three-million people contacted the FCC to complain and that idea — and after being voted on by the FCC these new rules were killed by the legislature.


I had a reality check when Democracy Now began their Friday April 25th broadcast with a clip of Obama passionately defending net neutrality. He said this: “I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality because once providers start to privilege some applications or websites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out, and we all lose. The Internet is perhaps the most open network in history, and we have to keep it that way.”


Wow! Is Obama finally stepping up on this one? Is he finally going to do something to buck Wall Street’s agenda?


Dream on. Turns out this clip was from November 2007. Turns out this was yet another case of Obama making a passionate campaign promise to garner liberal votes and then doing the complete opposite after winning their vote.


After making this promise, Obama — predictably — appointed an ex- lobbyist for the big cable companies named Tom Wheeler to head the FCC and — predictably — Mr. Wheeler is doing exactly what the Media Machine wants him to do by moving to eliminate net neutrality.


Keep in mind: There is absolutely no good reason for ending net neutrality other than enriching and empowering the 1% at the great expense of everyone else. If this goes through then the Comcast Monopoly Machine will be able to decide who pays and who plays and Comcast will decide what you get to see on the Internet and what you don’t get to see. Ending net neutrality will create an Internet superhighway for the wealthy and a separate Internet ghetto for everyone else.


Here is ex-FCC member Michael Copps’ take on this:


The only way we’re going to put a stop to going down this road is citizen action. That happened in 2003 when Chairman Powell was trying to change the media ownership capswhat happened then, after those three million people spoke, was that the Senate voted twice to overturn those rules; the House expressed its displeasure; and then the courts sent those back to the commission saying they were inadequate. That’s what we need to do again right now.”




And Even Yet More Obama Promises


I mentioned last week that the vast majority of the record numbers of deportations conducted under Obama’s auspices are of people who pose no societal threat and who have no criminal background even though Obama ‘promised’ to stop doing that.


Well get this: Immigration agents are also arresting immigrants as they try to leave the United States and return to Mexico. Rather than just allowing them to ‘self-deport’, they instead arrest them, keep them in a detention center for usually around six months at a cost of around $30,000, and then they deport them.


These people are off the hook.




Foreign Chimeras


There is a misperception that the United States gives away billions of dollars every year in ‘foreign aid’ to help ‘developing’ countries.


First of all, the vast majority of this ‘aid’ comes in the form of weapons that are more often than not used by some tyrant to oppress his own people. For instance, fully one-third of this ‘aid’ goes to Israel and Egypt, both of whom use it to oppress their people and neither of whom can in any way be considered to be a ‘developing’ country.


The United States Agency for International Development [USAID] is the organization funded by the US government that is usually responsible for ‘distributing’ all of this ‘foreign aid’.


Another form of ‘aid’ that the United States provides comes through the National Endowment for Democracy [NED] which is also funded by the US government. The NED supposedly promotes democracy around the world. The NED supposedly ‘educates’ people about the benefits of democracy.


It is widely known everywhere in the world — except in the United States — that both USAID and the NED actually work for American corporate and political concerns and that both agencies are basically front organizations for the American intelligence agencies. Both organizations regularly assist these agencies in the various and often nefarious aspects of covert operations.


For instance, one of the standard procedures the United States uses for overthrowing democratically elected governments is to both build and finance networks amongst the locals so that when the coup hits the fan they have a method of mobilizing people. They are doing this right now in numerous countries all over the world.


However, USAID is not supposed to be doing stuff like that — yet they were just caught doing stuff just like that in Cuba. It has just been revealed that USAID funded and organized a Twitter-like service so that they could monitor — and eventually manipulate — the people of Cuba.


Foreign aid? Really?


Both USAID and the NED are always buried neck deep in destabilizing not only avowed enemies like Iran but also in destabilizing various democratically elected governments ranging from Venezuela to Bolivia. I haven’t researched it but it is a very safe bet that they were also deeply involved in the situation in the Ukraine.


It would seem that the American cure is worse than the disease.


Here is a good source for such information:



It’s time to get to work…



The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of May 1st thru 6th 2014




1) FYI Section:


1A) Campaign to Retire Tim Sheldon


This is from Progressive Majority Washington:


Earlier this week we put out the call for you to join us in asking Senator Tim Sheldon to follow the lead of his fellow conservative Democrat, Rodney Tom, and quit. More than 100 of you answered that call and have signed onto our letter!


If you haven’t added your name yet, be sure to make your voice heard: click here to add your name.


Together, Tim Sheldon and Rodney Tom joined up with Republicans to put the State Senate in conservative control. They unraveled transportation spending, made a mess of our budget, and have been obstructionists to progress.


So help us send the message to Tim Sheldon that it’s time for him to go too – add your name!


After you sign our letter make sure your friends are signing it too by forwarding this to five people who you know will want to see Tim out of the State Senate.


Happy weekend,


Noel Frame, Director

Progressive Majority Washington




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1B) Petition for Net Neutrality


I have serious questions about the effectiveness of online petitions, but it is a quick and easy thing to do and it can’t hurt and it might help, so I’ll pass this one on because net neutrality is such an important issue.


This is from Democracy for America:


In early 2003, a former governor of Vermont threw his hat in the ring as a long-shot contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. With limited name recognition and without funds to run a national campaign, Howard Dean’s chances seemed slim at best.

That’s when grassroots supporters — passionate about Howard Dean’s opposition to the Iraq War — self-organized on the relatively new “Internet” and catapulted his candidacy into the national spotlight.  Utilizing this revolutionary medium to communicate with each other online, people across the country inspired by the Dean for America campaign transformed the political process practically overnight.  Volunteers, bloggers, and small donors connected through the Internet, and very nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in presidential campaign history — which became the genesis for the founding of Democracy for America in 2004.

Simply put, the Internet made the impossible possible.  As a space in which diverse voices can be expressed and grassroots movements can mobilize quickly, the Internet levels the political playing field. The rapid sharing of ideas and the ability to potentially reach a huge audience with nothing but a computer and an Internet connection empowers anyone to let their voice be heard. For now.

Big corporations like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon want to control what you see online. They want to charge content providers, like Netflix or YouTube, for carrying their traffic. That violates the FCC’s policy of Net Neutrality, a cornerstone of Internet freedom. Net Neutrality simply means that all data is to be treated equally, without content being favored or discriminated against based on ability to pay.  Without Net Neutrality, Governor Dean couldn’t have built a people-powered presidential campaign online — and DFA would not exist.

On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission is going to consider a proposal that would destroy Net Neutrality and allow the big telecoms to charge extra for carrying content.  Taken to an extreme, their actions could result in political bloggers, news outlets, and even organizations like DFA being silenced because the powers that be don’t like our message — or because we can’t pay their sky-high rates.

Time is running out to save Net Neutrality before FCC commissioners meet in May. Tell the FCC to say NO to corporate control — and to preserve a free and open internet .

Net Neutrality is about more than paying extra to stream your favorite show on Netflix. It’s about preserving the last free, equal, and open forum in our democracy.

We’ve already seen the wealthy try to take control of our democracy. Supreme Court decisions like Citizens Unitedand McCutcheon have changed the rules of campaign finance, heavily favoring rich donors at the expense of people like you and me.

The corporate attack on Net Neutrality is driven by the same billionaires, for the same reasons. The Internet has been crucial to building progressive power in America. Without it, we would have been defeated by corporate cash long ago. The billionaires want to control the Internet and tilt the playing field in their favor. They want the Internet to be like television, where only those who can afford to spend a lot of money are able to deliver their message.

The Internet thrives as a medium for political discourse — and as a way to level the playing field between the 1% and the 99% — because it is free and open. It doesn’t matter how much money you make or how many lobbyists you can hire. If you can come up with a good idea or a compelling message, it can spread online.

It’s this same openness that has made the Internet a medium for growth and job creation among 21st century industries, keeping thousands of Americans employed at the same time as many sectors of our economy are shedding jobs.  That’s why one of the most effective ways to go on offense against income inequality is to take action to save a free and open internet.

We still have time to fight back against corporate control, to protect the free and open nature of the Internet, and its potential for innovation. Please join us in telling FCC commissioners to save Net Neutrality before the agency’s May 15 meeting.

Thanks for everything you do.

– Charlie

Charles Chamberlain
Executive Director, Democracy for America




1C) Petition to Kill the Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP]


This seems to be petition week. Again, I doubt this is really very effective, but again, it is easy and quick and it can’t hurt and it might help, so why not?


From Demand Progress:


This is urgent.  The TPP Internet censorship plan is being finalized in secret meetings right now.  We’re teaming up with several other organizations and millions of people to block it.


We need all hands on deck at this crucial moment.  We’ll be delivering millions of petition signatures in about a week, and we want your name to be one of them — just click here.


Here’s the situation: President Obama himself is in secretive meetings with key political figures and lobbyists in Asia to lock the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Internet censorship plan into place. 


We know from leaked documents that this secretive plan will censor your use of the Internet and strip away your rights. If finalized, this plan would force ISPs to act as “Internet Police”, monitoring our Internet use, censoring content, and removing whole websites. 


It will give media conglomerates centralized control over what you can watch and share online.


We urgently need your help to fight back. Add your voice right now and we’ll project a Stop the Secrecy message on key buildings in Washington D.C. to ensure Obama, the media, and everyone else knows this censorship plan must be stopped.


Once key leaders finalize TPP Internet censorship plans it will be used to globalize censorship across the world.This may be our only chance to stop it.


Our attention-grabbing message will shine a light on their secret plan and will make clear to Washington lobbyists that the Internet community will never accept the TPP’s secrecy or censorship. The more who speak out, the larger our projection will become, and the more people we can reach.


This is a decisive moment: we need to act right now — join us, OpenMedia, and DailyKos as we fight back.


Join with millions of people all over the world to shine a light on the TPP’s job-killing Internet censorship plan. Let’s send decision-makers and the lobbyists pulling the strings a message they can’t ignore: “Stop the secrecy now.”


With every voice that is added to our call the Stop The Secrecy projection in Washington bigger and brighter.


We’ve stalled them before and we can kill this censorship plan if we act together at this critical moment.


The bureaucrats and lobbyists think they can ram through this damaging binding plan behind your back and without your consent.


Click here to help make sure they don’t let them get away with it.


Thank you for being a part of history,


Demand Progress




1D) Localize This Action Camp

August 5th thru 12th on Vashon Island


This is the premiere training camp for aggressive artistic activist theater. Bill Moyer (NOT Bill Moyers) is the master teacher of effective direct action. There are scholarships available if you can’t afford this.


From the Backbone Campaign:


Get ready for one of the best weeks of your life!


Action-oriented organizers from across the country and among multiple movements are converging in the Northwest for a week of workshops, training, cross-pollination, and action.


Learn more and REGISTER at


Check out what Action Camp is like watch a quick video –


This is the 6th annual NW Localize This! Action Camp. This is where our movement builds POWER. The challenges of our times demand we be better organized, more creative and strategic.


You don’t want to miss Northwest Localize This Action Camp!




2) Solidarity Rally at the Northwest Detention Center

Thursday May 1st at 12 pm @ Northwest Federal Detention Center, 1623 E J St, Tacoma


This is from Oregon Jericho so there are no organized Olympia carpools that I know of. If you contact the Jericho people they would probably be glad to drop by and pick you up on their way from Portland.


From Oregon Jericho:


For Immediate Release:


May 1st Solidarity Rally at Northwest Detention Center to Highlight On-Going Struggle; Two Hunger Strikers Transferred to Out-of-state Facility in Retaliation for Peaceful Protest


Tacoma, WA — This Thursday, from 12 – 1 p.m., a crowd will rally outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in support of the peaceful protesters held inside.  May 1st will mark 56 days since detainees began a series of hunger strikes in protest of their conditions and of the record levels of deportations under President Obama. Ramon Mendoza Pascual and J. Cipriano Rios Alegria, who continue fasting after having been released from solitary confinement this past week, will address the crowd through audio messages. Audio will be made available to media.


The rally will also highlight the family of Bernarda Pineda of Everett, Washington. Ms. Pineda’s husband has been held at the Northwest Detention Center since December 27 2013 following a minor traffic violation, leaving Ms. Pineda to care for the couple’s four children on her own. A phone call she made last week to local police to report her car stolen nearly led to her own detention when police questioned her immigration status, and handcuffed her in front of her four children. Ms. Pineda will speak at the rally about the devastation immigration enforcement has created in her family’s life.


As supporters continue to rally support, new abuses continue to come to light. Miguel Armenta Olabarria, a detainee living with HIV, Hepatitis C, and cancer, remains detained and continues to receive inadequate medical care. Instead of responding to hunger striker demands, which include improved medical care, ICE has continued their retaliation against hunger strikers. This week, upon completion of their solitary confinement sentences (which were imposed for “participating in a group demonstration”), Paulino Ruiz and Juan Negrete Mendoza expected to be returned to the general population at the NWDC. Instead, the men were taken from the facility and transferred to two different prison facilities in Oregon that contract to hold immigrant detainees. The two have re-established contact with their supporters in Washington State and Oregon. The rally on Thursday will highlight these and other stories of continued struggle.


WHAT:  Rally in support of immigrants detained at NWDC

WHEN: Thursday May 1st 12PM

WHERE: Northwest Detention Center 1623 E J St, Tacoma

WHO:  Immigrant families, supporters and allies




Petition on behalf of Hunger Strikers and latest releases available at:

Fund to support the families of human rights hunger strikers:



3) 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.


In addition, the Really Really Free Market will be making its 2014 debut!


Be there or be square!


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.



4) Works in Progress Writer’s Group

Thursday May 1st at 5:30 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


It’s a gathering of WIP writers! Yippee!


From WIP:


Hey all, the Writers’ Group meeting is this Thursday, May 1 (WIP’s birthday), 5:30 pm at Traditions.  Look forward to seeing everybody without coats!  Sylvia


Works In Progress

PO Box 295

Olympia, WA 98507



5) Move to Amend Meeting

Thursday May 1st at 6:30 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW


This is the movement to eliminate corporate personhood.


From M2A:


my name is michael savoca, i live in rainier washington

im not asking for, nor offering any money…i don’t need, and don’t want , your money.

I’m writing you because i believe everything we want for families, ourselves and our community is on the line…

the lobbyists of the 30 biggest corporations in america spend $400,000 a day, seven days a week to buy corporate control of your government.

more than half hat money is meals, “vacations”, and / or campaign donations lavished on your elected officials.

that number, above, is in ADDITION to the virtually unregulated 7 billion dollars “given” to congressional plus presidential campaigns

( all this is thanks to the supreme court decisions in McCutcheon v FEC ,  and before that,  Citizens United v FEC)

with one simple act…

you have the power to restore “government of the people, by the people and for the people”

please let me mail, or hand deliver, or send by carrier pigeon…1…ONE… initiative-1329 petition to you. (and i’ll include a stamped envelope with a return address if you want)

if we pass initiate 1329, then  washington state the 17th state to join in the battle to stop the “buy-out” of our government … to stop the “hostile corporate take-over”  of our country!

the petition has space for 20 names, but i don’t care if you gather 10, or even just  5, signatures

we are in the fight of our lives, and that of our children.

if you prefer, you can contact me with snail mail…michael savoca p.o. box 1136 rainier wa  98576…or

or call me  360 951 6518

or email

or if you prefer,  just like to drop by our next general membership meeting this thursday, pick up one petition and go…dont feel compelled to stay for the entire meeting… unless you want to…

our  next general meeting is this thursday may 1st,  , any time between 6:30 pm and 8:30pm

thurston courthouse office building # 1, room 152
2000 lake ridge drive
olympia washington,  98502

map link here,-122.9130679,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x5491745678815a99:0xffab4e64b632103f

thank you for reading this request.
michael savoca



6) Edible Forest Garden Planting

Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th from 10 am to 4 pm @ 3517 14th Ave NW


Food not Lawns. Come learn how to convert your useless and environmentally problematic lawn into an edible garden.


From Edible Forest Gardens:


Edible Forest Garden to be Planted 

at 3517 – 14th Ave. NW 

May 3 and 4  


Join Edible Forest Gardens to establish an Edible Forest Garden at 3517 – 14th Ave. NW on May 3 and 4 —10 am to 4 pm each day. 


You are invited to help plant fruit and nut trees and berry bushes then sheet mulch the lawn by putting down cardboard and wood chips to remove the grass. Edible Forest Gardens consist of three main layers, with fruit and nut trees as the upper canopy, berries and other edible bushes as the middle layer and perennial vegetables and fruits as the ground cover.


The gardens are organic, no-till, perennial and take little irrigation. Every plant takes carbon from the atmosphere and holds it, turning your yard into a carbon sink that just gets better as the plants grow. And no more lawn mower putting carbon into the atmosphere – a conventional lawn mower pollutes as much in an hour as 40 late model cars. 


The FREE workshop includes:


*** Design and layout of trees and shrubs in an edible forest garden

*** Planting trees and shrubs 

*** Sheet mulching the lawn                                                   *** Hugelbed demo (raised bed with wood pieces inside) 


We will be there from 10 AM until 4 PM with potluck lunch. Feel free to come for the full day, half day or just stop by when you can. This hands on workshop will show what you too could do in your own yard. 


For more information contact:

Pat Rasmussen – Phone 509-669-1549 – E-mail


A conventional lawn mower

pollutes as much in an hour as

40 late model cars



7) Free Olympia Project Community Assembly

Sunday May 4th at 4 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


It’s a discussion about activism in Olympia.


From Yahcob:


This will be a pretty open ended assembly… Let’s talk about May Day, free spaces and the really really free market, The new Artesian Well Commons and how it can be utilized…and any and all future projects in Oly in general. Hopefully we can come up with some real tangible stuff to work on throughout the summer. This will be a potluck, bring some food if ya can.




8) Jog for Justice with Gateways for Incarcerated Youth

Sunday May 4th from 9 am to Noon at Marathon Park at Capitol Lake


This is the latest action from GIY:


Come join us for a family and pet friendly 5k walk/run to support Gateways for Incarcerated Youth! Gateways works with young men currently serving time to help them bridge the gap between incarceration and education. All proceeds go towards tuition for the young men, who earn college credit through their participation in the program.


Students pay $10 (bring your student ID), Community members pay $25; families pay $20 per person.



9) Media Island/ Olympia Free Herbal Clinic Benefit Brunch

Sunday May 4th from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE


It’s MII’s monthly benefit brunch! This time the Island is teaming up with the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic! Two worthy causes at once!


From Media Island:


Every first Sunday of the month, 106.5 KOWA Lpfm and Media Island International join forces with local nonprofit organizations to promote awareness of their cause and celebrate the work they do within the community ….all while enjoying delicious breakfast food!


For the month of May, we are honoring the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic. This community-based organization has a mission to encourage holistic health on a personal, ecological, and community level. They offer resources and support for people to make informed, individual health choices.


Join us on Sunday, May 4th, at 11am to learn more about this great Olympia organization and chow down on homemade breakfast with your friends at KOWA and Media Island. We are located at 816 Adams ST, across from the library downtown!



10) POWER Outage: Annual Mama Care Fair

Monday May 5th from 5:30 to 8 pm @ Darby’s Café, 211 5th Ave SE


It’s the monthly workshop sponsored by Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights. These are always awesome.




Annual Mama Care Fair!


Hosted by Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights



Monday, May 5

5:30pm – 8:00pm




Darby’s Cafe

211 5th Ave SE, Olympia, Washington 98501


POWER, Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights, welcomes you to our Mama Care Fair, a celebration and night of relaxation for mamas. Every year we put on a celebration of mothers and the important work they do mothering all of us. We will serve dinner, have a prize raffle giveaway, and provide others reflections of our appreciation.



Contact POWER, Parents Organizing For Welfare and Economic Rights, or attend our member meetings, Wednesdays at 3:30 at our office:


309 5th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA  98501

360-352-9716 toll free 866-343-9716


Find us on Facebook.


POWER DOWN (Developing Our Welfare Narrative) holds a writing group every Friday at noon.


POWER is an organization of low-income parents and allies advocating for a strong social safety net while working toward a world where children and care giving are truly valued, and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated.



11) Olympia FOR Centennial Kickoff Celebration and Olympia Chapter Annual Gathering

Wednesday May 7th at 6:30 @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


It’s a celebration of Olympia’s premiere peace organization!


From Oly FOR:


Wednesday of next week, May 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm:

Everyone Is Invited

to FOR’s Centennial Kickoff Celebration

and Olympia Chapter Annual Gathering


Enjoy a great evening with the Olympia FOR Wednesday May 7 (next week) from6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Traditions Café, 5th & Water downtown.  (If you want to order food from Traditions’ kitchen, please do this by 5:30 so the kitchen workers can serve you before the kitchen closes.) 


At 6:30 we’ll start celebrating with social time and complimentary food provided by Olympia FOR’s volunteers.  At 7:00 we’ll briefly review our rich and varied accomplishments since last May; and elect some Steering Committee members and officers.

The evening will highlight “The Many Faces of FOR-100 Years & Counting.”  Yes, the FOR’s international and national levels have achieved nearly 100 years of peace action (since August 1914 in Europe and November 1915 in the US).  Watch for more about this during 2014 and 2015.


As with any good party, we’ll enjoy good food.  Tonight we’ll enjoy yummy cupcakes donated by Bearded Lady and some amazingly good locally made ice cream.


Some local musicians will invite us to sing along with some of Pete Seeger’s songs as a musical tribute and birthday celebration for this FOR member whose 95th birthday would have been May 3.


Thanks to this event’s Planning Committee:  Chris Carson, Kim Dobson, Audrey Daye, Alex Daye, and Doug Mackey.


Hold these dates and look for future publicity for more summer fun with the Olympia FOR:


  •  Our edible art “fun-raiser” is moving from the original May date to a Sunday afternoon in June from 3 to 5 pm at a location different from previously announced.
  •  Saturday July 12 pizza at Fertile Ground
  •  Wednesday August 13 social and potluck at Priest Point Park’s Rose Garden



Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation

5015 15th Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503-2723

(360) 491-9093



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