The Thunderbolt 101614 Final Thunderbolt NOT

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The Thunderbolt
News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

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1)  FYI Section:
1A)  FCC Extends Public Comment on Comcast Merger
1B)  List of Campaign Stops by Candidates
1C)  SPEECH Publication Deadline Approaching and SPEECH Seeking Input and Energy
2)  EGYHOP Happy Hour at the Brotherhood Lounge
3)  Arctic Geopolitics:  What’s New and Why it is Vital that We Be Interested
4)  Reach Out at the Well
5)  Undoing Border Imperialism: Speaking tour of author and organizer Harsha Walia
6)  KEEP ZAHID HOME!
7)  David Hartsough Speaks
8)  Meeting for No Fracking Through Our Port
9)  Evolution, Civilization, and the Future of Mother Earth
10)  Queer Relationship Skills Class Series
11)  Bonus Tip of the Week
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Final Thunderbolt — NOT!
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The Thunderbolt Online

Hey Kids!

Just as I am about to step away from the Thunderbolt, I have finally gotten around to loading some of my radio shows online in downloadable form.

If you would like to listen to some of the Thunderbolt’s Greatest Strikes then go here:

https://soundcloud.com/stream

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Semi-Final Thunderbolt

A couple of days ago I considered ceasing publication of the Thunderbolt — but after I came down from the emotional crisis that I was experiencing, I understood that this is almost certainly going to be a vacation rather than permanent retirement…

It’s a long story — and I will tell some of it here — but basically after years of living a charmed live, for the last two months everything that I have touched has turned to shite.  My personal life has fallen apart and I am about to become homeless. One of the results of this situation is that it has become clear I can’t keep up with the Thunderbolt — and I’ve been having thoughts about that lately anyway.  I’ve been working full time for several years publishing the Thunderbolt, and as far as I can tell my efforts have had minimal impact (to be generous).

Anyway, I am at least temporarily done.  I’ve been keeping an insane schedule for a long time now and I haven’t minded because I love what I do, but besides the fact I simply don’t have the time right now, I have for a long time been wondering about the effectiveness of what I am doing.  Some have called me out about preaching leftist unity whilst simultaneously spending so much time trashing the Democrats and I have lost a lot of support and readership for that.  Whatever:  People need to face facts and stop believing the corporate media.  While people can have a reasonable debate about the efficacy of gun control laws, some things are simply not debatable and one of those things is the indisputable fact that the Democratic Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Wall Street War Machine.  People like Patty Murray and Denny Heck and Barack Obama are selling your future to the highest bidder and converting the United States into a totalitarian police state — and yet a large majority of Thurston County voters — including many Thunderbolt readers — voted for these people. Now I see the Dem-Bots lining up behind Hillary Clinton, who promises to be worse even than Obama when it comes to civil liberties and for selling our interests out to the War Machine.

I long ago lost patience with apologists for the Democrats — yet in spite of that, one of the truly radical things that for reasons of diplomacy I have never just come out and said before is that if you vote for Democrats then you are simply a fucking idiot.  There is really no other way to say it.  If you still support them at this point then you are obviously deluded beyond the point of healing or reason.  The Democrats have proven what they are over and over and over again, yet like some sleepwalking children trusting in the good faery to watch over you, you continue trusting these people to do anything but the wrong thing.  They are murderers and fascists and they have no character or moral compass and they cause unimaginable death pain misery suffering on an unimaginably vast scale, they do all of this with your tax dollars — and they continue doing it because with your vote you fucking idiots give them sanction to continue doing it.  Over and over I have exposed the methods tactics and strategies that they use to control and manipulate you.  I have provided links to further information and documentation about everything I talk about.  This is almost the definition of ‘in-your-face’ yet I recently had to listen to a representative of the NAACP heap praise upon Eric Holder because Mr. Holder did a couple of token things for the benefit of black people.  The things he did were way too little way too late and to counter these things there is the fact that Eric Holder is a corporate lawyer and a fascist who has been right on board with the installation of Barack Obama’s police state.  Mr. Holder also refused to prosecute the perpetrators of the largest criminal fraud in human history because they were also his ex-and-probably-future employers and because they were the same people that put Barack Obama in the White House…

…yet Mr. Holder receives high praise from organizations such as the NAACP.

Whatever member(s) of the NAACP made the decision to heap praise upon Eric Holder is a fucking idiot.

Most of my frustration is with white people, though.  For instance:  There are numerous well-to-do ‘liberals’ in this town who know what I do, who know that I do it without pay, and who know that selling Real Change is how I finance all the things I do that I don’t get paid for — yet in spite of the fact that I regularly promote their events and their organizations, in spite of the fact that I have worked on several of their campaigns, they walk right by me at the CoOp and refuse to support what I am doing because I call Barack Obama names and because I tell the truth about the Democratic Party.

Last year, a reader referred to the Thunderbolt as “radicalism run amok”.  My reply to this comment was to note that I actually show a great deal of restraint in the Thunderbolt, and that if he wanted to hear ‘radicalism run amok’ then he should hear the things that I don’t write.  I have shown restraint (believe it or not) because for years now, one of the central memes I have been pushing is that everyone who thinks that our world should be run for the benefit of everyone rather than strictly for the benefit of Wall Street, then we are on the same side here.  Though we may disagree on individual issues, I have fervently insisted that we should put those differences aside and work together on the issues that we do agree on.  In that spirit I even included an event for the I-594 gun control initiative in last week’s Thunderbolt in spite of the fact that I consider such measures to be a counterproductive waste of time — but I included this event because I know that most of my readers feel differently.

In other words, I actually have been trying to avoid burning bridges between different leftist interests.

As far as the Democrats, though, I am done with them and with anyone that has anything to do with them.

Anyway, I already had some stuff written before I came to this decision (ironically, my theme this week is irony) and so here are a few last Thunderbolts before I take my break…

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The Thunderbolt 2004 Award for the Greatest Enemy of the Free Press!

Barack Obama is the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation…
            —James Risen

Barack Obama wins hands down.

As for James Risen:  Anyone can do the right thing when doing the right thing is easy to do.  The true test of character comes when doing the right thing carries great cost. James Risen is doing the right thing in the face of serious oppression and threats of lengthy prison sentences. I highly recommend watching this Democracy Now segment:

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/14/james_risen_prepared_to_pay_any

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Irony:  Barack Obama

Barack Obama has made numerous accusations about the Islamic State.  While his accusations are probably true as far as they go, except for the cutting off of heads (the US kills people using the much more civilized method of blowing them into tiny little pieces) every single one of those accusations can easily be turned around on Mr. Obama himself, only much more so.

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Irony:  Joe Biden

Joe Biden is on a major apology tour.  He is apologizing to nearly every Middle Eastern ‘ally’ that we have.

His faux pas?  Telling the truth in public.  He said that our ‘allies’ in the fight against the Islamic State are the very same people who originally armed and financed the Islamic State.

Any politician with Joe Bide’s experience should know that you cannot tell the truth in public.

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Irony:  Leon Panetta

I just watched an interview that John Stewart did with Leon Panetta, ex-Defense Secretary and ex-head of the CIA.  I have mentioned before that, as truly and awesomely talented I consider John Stewart and his writers to be, I still consider him to be a pacifier that the Machine sticks in people’s mouths so they think that someone is watching out for the common people against the War Machine and thus shut us up.

Mr. Stewart’s interview with Mr. Panetta provided a case in point; basically Mr. Stewart had one of the most powerful fascists in the world sitting there yet Mr. Stewart asked not one hard question.  They enjoyed some laughs and shared some jokes about Congress.  Mr. Panetta said that what President Obama needs to do is prepare Americans for the fact that we need to commit to many years of fighting ISIS, and that we need to train Iraqi troops on how to defend their country.

Really?  Isn’t that exactly what we just spent 10 years and nearly a trillion dollars doing? That sure worked out well, didn’t it?

What is the definition of insanity again?

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Irony:  Gary Webb

There is a new movie coming out this fall about Gary Webb.  Gary Webb was the San Jose Mercury News reporter who, in the 90’s, broke the story that the CIA was a major purveyor of crack cocaine back in the 80’s.

For doing this he was viciously attacked by the government and by every major media outlet in the country.  His career was completely destroyed as a result.  The San Jose Mercury News stood by him at first — but when the pressure mounted, SJMN folded like a house of cards and threw Mr. Webb under the bus.

After his career was destroyed and after he was completely betrayed by his fellow journalists, Mr. Webb  committed suicide.

Later evidence revealed that his story was not only right on the mark but that it was actually only the tip of the iceberg.

The Media Machine continued to completely ignore this story even after reams of further evidence surfaced, even after a Senate investigation confirmed Mr. Webb’s reporting, even after the CIA’s own inspector general confirmed Mr. Webb’s reporting, and even after the CIA publicly admitted that Mr. Webb’s reporting was accurate.

Democracy Now for Thursday, October 9th has an excellent piece on this story.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/9/kill_the_messenger_resurrects_gary_webb

It’s time to get to work…
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The Thunderbolt Calendar
Week of October 16th thru October 27th 2014
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1)  FYI Section:

1A)  FCC Extends Public Comment on Comcast Merger

This is very important; this is the bottom line for net neutrality.

From Tiffiniy:

I just wanted to make sure you saw this email? There’s good news! Thanks in part to the response we helped generate, the FCC has extended the deadline to receive comments about Comcast’s attempted internet takeover until October 29th.

50,000 people have taken action already. The FCC will be surprised by this kind of response to a merger question, but the deck is stacked against us so we need to go all out. Can we count on you to help us get to 100,000 comments by the end of this week?

Click here to submit a comment to the FCC opposing the Comcast merger that would dismantle Internet freedom.

Read the email below for more background, and please forward this to your friends and family. It affects all of us!

Sincerely,
-Tiffiniy from FFTF

Dear Fight for the Future member,

Urgent: there are just a few days left to stop Comcast from taking over Time Warner Cable and signing a death sentence for net neutrality. Click here to take action now.

This one really requires no explanation. The most hated company in the US is trying to take over the second most hated company in the US, in a move that would raise our cable and Internet bills, stifle online free speech, and make them one of the most powerful lobbies in history. [1]

This merger is bad for EVERYONE, and there is tons of opposition, even from within the FCC. We have a real chance at stopping this but we have to act quickly. [2]

https://www.battleforthenet.com/comcast/?org=fff&t=dXNlcmlkPTU1MTE4MDc0LGVtYWlsaWQ9OTE1Nw==

Comcast is already the largest and most powerful opponent of net neutrality, online privacy, and Internet freedom. They’ve been caught several times abusing their “gatekeeper” power as an Internet provider to further their own interests. [3] If the FCC lets Comcast forcibly absorb Time Warner Cable — the second largest Internet provider in the U.S. — they will control access to information in nearly 6 of 10 people’s homes (more if you’re only counting truly high speed Internet). [4]

Millions of you have sent comments to the FCC in support of net neutrality. We’re asking for your help again because if this merger goes through, Comcast gets even more powerful — in the marketplace, online, and in Washington, DC. If we don’t stop this takeover right now, we’ll be fighting an uphill battle on net neutrality and online free speech for years to come.

Will you sign? Click here to submit a comment opposing the Comcast merger.

https://www.battleforthenet.com/comcast/?org=fff&t=dXNlcmlkPTU1MTE4MDc0LGVtYWlsaWQ9OTE1Nw==

After you sign, please forward this email to everyone you know and share the petition on social media.

Here’s the link one last time: http://www.battleforthenet.com/comcast?org=fff

Thanks for all that you do,

-Tiffiniy Cheng

Fight for the Future

SOURCES:

Brad Reed. “Massive survey finds Comcast and TWC are the two most hated companies in America – period”. BGR. http://bgr.com/2014/05/20/comcast-twc-customer-satisfaction-survey-study/

Brendan Sasso. “FCC Chief: Cable Companies Are Wrong About Internet Competition”. National Journal. http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/fcc-chief-comcast-is-wrong-about-internet-competition-20140904

Cecilia Kang. “Comcast, Time Warner Cable merger faces a grilling in Washington this week”. Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/04/08/comcast-time-warner-cable-merger-faces-a-grilling-in-washington-this-week/

S. Derek Turner and Matt Wood. “Petition to deny free press”. Free Press. http://www.freepress.net/sites/default/files/resources/Free%20Press_14-57_Petition%20to%20Deny_Final.pdf

And here is another separate petition from Fight for the Future:

https://www.causes.com/protect-internet-freedom?conversion_request_id=158412589&ctag=1fddc519b3c36140906173dd9e27a6b45a&ctoken=oFsZMKoPKyl1Jg8wC7mk0S2IqenKVn68BsDTJHLRbmyejTtijnTmNNIuSQkwjVhgYodkYURuUoXHgumzTOMiBlmAErUmoPaM&message_id=4151eaa4d30e371593d4a6985e5a49d6%40causes.com&uid=172102111&utm_campaign=WE1900_4302&utm_campaign=newsletter_mailer%2Fnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=causes&utm_source=causes

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1B)  List of Campaign Stops by Candidates

This is a list of most of the campaign stops being made by various political candidates.

The Thunderbolt encourages all citizens to go get into their faces.

From Cathy:

It is less than a month until Election Day and the legislators that get elected this year will be making major decisions on serious issues that impact you.

Luckily, there are forums and townhalls being scheduled throughout the state. These events are rare opportunities for you to hear directly from candidates on the issues you care most about.

http://environmentalpriorities.org/

Already, families across Washington are feeling the impacts from climate change, coal and oil transportation, and toxic pollution. Voters deserve to know if their candidates will take real action to protect our health, environment, and way of life.

We won’t know the answers unless you ask – take a look at the list of events and sign up to attend!

Some of these forums will have opportunities for the audience members to ask questions. Want to join but not sure what to ask? Here are some sample questions:

•    What threats to Washington State worry you the most about climate change, and what are you committed to doing about it in the legislature?
•    Does the state have an obligation to make sure the public knows enough about dangerous coal and oil shipments moving through their communities?
•    Where do you think the state should prioritize investments that combat toxic pollution?
•    What will you do to ensure our state continues to build upon its clean energy traditions by using diverse renewable energy sources?

Thanks for all you do,
Cathy

Cathy Lehman
Voter Education & Outreach Director

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1C)  SPEECH Publication Deadline Approaching and SPEECH Seeking Input and Energy

Speech publishes the Thurston County Green Pages and they seek input and energy.

From SPEECH:

Greetings SPEECH Supporters!

We are aware the we have procrastinated on producing the next issue of the Green Pages, but SPEECH as an organization has been going through some introspection and are re-evaluating the role of our organization in the community and how we can be most effective. Over the past few years, with such a small group of committed people, publishing the Green Pages is all we have been able to manage, with the exception of the public forums held in conjunction with the SPEECH annual meetings.

We would all like to see SPEECH do more as an organization and environmental clearinghouse, but we need YOUR input in order to do so. We want to be a platform for the various local environmental groups to come together and share what they are doing, and so far this has been done through the Green Pages.

So if you have never submitted anything to the Green Pages, now is the time do so. We are always looking for new voices to represent our community. Tell us about what you are doing to help the South Sound environment!

That being said, the submission deadline for the Fall/Winter 2014 edition of the South Sound Green Pages is Tuesday, October 21. Publication is scheduled for early November. Submissions should be relevant to the community from November through January. Please submit any of the following material:

·       Articles
·       Community Announcements
·       Photos
·       Artwork
·       Advertisements
·       Letters to the Editor

While we may or may not have a theme in mind for each issue, please do not let that limit you from submitting articles or community announcements relevant to any South Sound subject. No edition can be comprehensive on any one subject. Each issue is just a piece of the conversation. So if you want to respond to an article you read in a previous issue, write about an environmental topic, or if you have new thoughts to share, feel free to submit a letter to the editor or an article on any subject. The South Sound Green Pages is intended to be a platform for YOUR local cause. If you have never submitted an article to us, now is the time. We are always looking for new voices to represent the diversity of views in our community.

Please submit all articles to greenpagessubmissions@gmail.com with a copy to Managing Editor Hildi Flores at bubblegunk2011@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The South Sound Green Pages is the quarterly news journal of the South Puget Environmental Education Clearinghouse (SPEECH). To view past issues, see www.oly-wa.us/greenpages.
Guidelines for all submissions: Limit your writing to 500 to 750 words maximum total word count, unless you contact the Managing Editor in advance for approval of a longer submission. Include your phone number and email where we can contact you, as well as your full name, and a very short bio. We will edit for length, grammar, and some word choice. For significant edits (to clarify a piece), we will contact you. Finally, we reserve the right to determine which articles will be published in which edition. Due to space limitations and other factors we will sometimes hold articles over for publication in a later edition. Articles submitted timely, but unable to be printed due to lack of space may appear on our website at www.oly-wa.us/greenpages.

To submit articles:

ß Submit articles within a Word or text document to bubblegunk2011@gmail.com, and greenpagessubmissions@gmail.com.
ß Remember to keep articles under 750 words; longer articles must be approved in advance;
ß Please cite sources in your article text rather than footnoting, but please do cite sources. You may include a suggested title for your article and contact information, if you’d like it included.

To submit announcements and Ecoshorts:

ß Ecoshorts are short articles about community events and news.
ß Ecoshorts can be up to 250 words.
ß Submit as a Word doc, if possible – include contact information, as needed.

To submit images and photos, including advertising:

ß Submit photos as a jpeg.
ß Photos, graphics and diagrams may accompany your articles, and will be used as space allows.
ß Credit all photos submitted to the person who shot the image. If a photo is other than your own work, get permission from the photographer.
ß Include identifying information for people and places, especially private property.

Current Advertising Rates:

Business card size, black and white – $55; color $75
1/4 page (5″x4″) – $110; $160
1/2 page (5″x8″) – $180; $255
Full page (10″x8″) – $300; $400

We look forward to your submissions, and thank you for forwarding this announcement to others. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Thank you,

Hildi Flores
Secretary, South Puget Environmental Education Clearinghouse (SPEECH)
Managing Editor, South Sound Green Pages
PO Box 1989
Olympia, WA 98507
(406) 381-0572

bubblegunk2011@gmail.com
http://www.oly-wa.us/greenpages
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2)  EGYHOP Happy Hour at the Brotherhood Lounge
Thursday October 16th from 4 to 9 pm @ the Brotherhood Lounge, 119 Capitol Way N

It’s a benefit for the Emma Goldman Youth Homeless Outreach Program [EGYHOP]!

From Yahcob:

To Happy Hour and beyond!

50% of the bar from 4:00 – 9:00 will be donated directly to EGYHOP so we can continue providing overnight and emergency supplies, services, and resources to Olympia’s street dependant population.

FUN.
GAMES.
ALCOHOL.

The Brotherhood Lounge features photo booth fun, pinball for the anti-social folks, and the best damn smoking patio in Thurston County!

Join us for a drink or two or three or..?

EGYHOP volunteers will be hanging out to talk about the project, sell shwag, and answer any questions you may have.

Donations of any warm winter clothing, camping gear, blankets, large coats, backpacks, socks, or that one black hoodie you can’t seem to part with greatly appreciated and warmly accepted!

EGYHOP:
http://www.oly-wa.us/EGYHOP/

The Brotherhood Lounge: http://thebrotherhoodlounge.com/
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3)  Arctic Geopolitics:  What’s New and Why it is Vital that We Be Interested
Thursday October 16th at 7 pm @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N

This is about the politics of the end of the world (though I’m sure that’s not how this speaker frames it).

This is from the Oly FOR folks:

World Affairs Council
Thursday, October 16, 2014
7PM – 9PM

Arctic Geopolitics: What’s new and why it is vital that we be interested.

Speaker Prof. Vincent Gallucci

Olympia Center
222 Columbia St. N.
Olympia, WA 98502

Arctic Geopolitics:  What’s new and why it is vital that we be interested?

Please join us at our October, 2014, program where Professor Vincent Gallucci discusses Arctic Geopolitics.

Professor Gallucci is a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle campus.  He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics and Biophysics from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. degree in Statistics and Biomathematics from the University of North Carolina, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Gallucci serves on two faculties at the U of W: (1) the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science, where he specializes in quantitative management of fisheries, especially in developing countries and shark species; and (2) the Jackson School of International Studies, where he serves as the director and chair of Canadian Studies Center, and specializes in the geopolitics of the Arctic, including climate change and its implications for the indigenous people and for the natural resources such as mammals and fish.  His Arctic focus in the last three years has been on Arctic Council geopolitics, especially as influenced by the new, Asian nations admitted.

Gallucci’s presentation should prove to be both informative and memorable.

http://www.huntcal.com/cal/eventview/tcpronet/tcpronet?vm=s-L&yr=2014&pf=1&id=412388221&d=16&m=10
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4)  Reach Out at the Well
Friday October 17th from 12 to 3 pm @ the Artesian Well, Near Corner of 4th and Jefferson Streets

This is an outreach and community-building event to foster understanding between different downtown communities.

From Renata:

“Reach Out at the Well” returns to downtown, following successful summer event.

Free community fair aims to foster courageous community caretaking.

Following a successful first run, “Reach Out at the Well” returns to downtown’s Artesian Commons Park on Friday October 17 from noon to 3 p.m.

The free community fair is hosted by the Olympia Outreach Workers League, a coalition of nearly a dozen downtown service organizations who operate with generous volunteer support. Participating organizations setup booths and provide information on their services and volunteer opportunities.

“We aim to uplift the downtown neighborhood through strengthening relationships, cultivating networks, and encouraging volunteerism,” said Renata Rollins, event organizer and a coordinator with the Outreach Workers League.

“It’s all about the ethic of courageous community caretaking. It takes a village to raise a village.”

All are welcome, whether seeking volunteer opportunities or a little help getting through a rough patch, or even just to get in touch with the Downtown Neighborhood.

With winter weather approaching, there’s a big push for volunteers at the local shelters, when they experience a swell in their overnight numbers.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will join the fall event, along with returning groups such as Covenant Creatures, which gives out free pet food and supplies at the fair; several youth and family organizations; and free/low-cost health clinics and services. Sea-Mar Clinic will offer Medicaid enrollment for those who qualify. The Downtown Ambassadors will serve as official greeters, serving up free hot coffee donated by Burial Grounds.

The event runs noon to 3 p.m. on Friday October 17 at downtown’s Artesian Commons Park, commonly called “the Well,” at 415 E. Fourth Ave.

Renata Rollins

Event Coordinator

renata.rollins@gmail.com

509-723-9965

The following organizations will be present:
Community Youth Services
PB&J Project
Stonewall Youth- Olympia, Washington
Partners in Prevention Education
The People’s House: A Program of Interfaith Works
Family Support Center
Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights
Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project
Olympia Downtown Ambassadors
Downtown Neighborhood Association
The Olympia Free Clinic
Covenant Creatures
Seamar Community Health Center
Thurston County of – Public Health (County Needle Exchange)
The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties
Drexel House (Catholic Community Services)
PCAF Olympia Site

https://www.facebook.com/events/1477806642485184/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
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5)  Undoing Border Imperialism: Speaking tour of author and organizer Harsha Walia
Friday October 17th from Noon to 2 pm @ The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW

This is from Matt:

Join us to hear Harsha discuss her recent book and her extensive work building immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire.  Harsha delves into the challenging questions that face us as activists and organizers today and explores strategies to overcome the borders within our movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving and sustainable communities of resistance.

Harsha Walia, writer of Undoing Border Imperialism is coming to the Evergreen State college on October 17th at 12:00pm in Lecture Hall 1.

This event is sponsored by Abolish Cops and Prisons , MEXA de Evergreen, Evergreen Students for Justice in Palestine, The Center for Community Based Learning + Action and the Black Cottonwood Collective.

https://www.facebook.com/events/295930027266819/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited
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6)  KEEP ZAHID HOME!
Monday October 20th; Action from 11:45 am to 12 pm, Hearing at 1 pm @ Federal Courthouse, 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle

The courtroom is in Seattle but this concerns a local brother who is in trouble.  This is the government seriously harassing a truly awesome friend and effective activist organizer that many of you know.

If you aren’t already familiar with Zahid’s case go here:  http://www.justice4chaudhry.info

This is from Anne:

Calling All Advocates for Justice !

US SUPREME COURT SHIES AWAY FROM REDEEMING & CLEANSING LIGHT OF RIGHT AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

A truly automated system announces the writ certiorari is denied.  This wasn’t even a human voice – which shows how far removed from reality they have become.

Secret policies & programs start out affecting a specific group – which unfortunately sooner or later extends to everyone – as Julian Assange said, “that what happens to the Muslim community, sure enough, sooner or later, happens to the rest of us.”

Rather than accept yet another avenue to redeem incontrovertible errors of secret, unconstitutional & illegal policies, the US Supreme Court extends the errors, not only on Zahid Chaudhry, but on all those afflicted by the previously secret, illegal, unethical, immoral, and unconstitutional CARRP policy created by USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration Services).  To have made a decision to stop & abolish the illegal, unconstitutional CARRP policy would have given freedom to many oppressed in the broadly cast net of past and future AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, &South Asian) communities.  See the report and watch the video here: http://youtu.be/z1kRqQuA8tI

and:          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1kRqQuA8tI&feature=youtu.be

Join the Keep Zahid Home and Justice4Chaudhry campaigns and other Social Justice activists on October 20th, 2014 in a peaceful vigil at 1000 2nd Ave., Seattle,  11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Court hearing starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. on 25th floor at 1000 2nd Ave., Seattle.

For those wanting to attend the immigration (deportation) court hearing upstairs, please plan ahead and assist others & yourself pass quickly through security on courtroom floor by :

1) bringing as few belongings as possible (or put in vehicles after vigil);
2) put vigil/support signs & banners in vehicles before heading upstairs to court;
3) bring government issued photo ID to show at security.

Check out the websites for additional info & updates:

http://www.keepzahidhome.org
http://www.justice4chaudhry.info

Would you speak out (or walk out on street to show solidarity) if there were secret policies & programs affecting you personally, here and now ?

Which side of history would you like to stand?

What is your legacy of what you did when you saw injustice?

MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SEE YOU ALL THERE
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7)  David Hartsough Speaks
Tuesday October 21st at 7:30 pm @ Olympia Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE

This is a noted peace activist.

From Chris:

Tues Oct 21:  David Hartsough, one of the US’s greatest peace activists/organizers for decades, will speak in Olympia:  He will discuss his path-breaking experiences and his new book, Waging Peace:  Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist, at 7:30 pm at the Olympia Friends Meetinghouse, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE (slightly north of Priest Point Park, on the left), Olympia.  David Hartsough has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua.  He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, Castro’s Cuba, and present-day Iran.  He has marched with mothers confronting a violent regime in Guatemala and stood with refugees threatened by death squads in the Philippines.  Waging Peace is a testament to the difference one person can make.  Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world.  Inspired by the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Hartsough has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence.  It is the story of one man’s effort to live as though we were all brothers and sisters.  Engaging stories on every page provide a peace activist’s eyewitness account of many of the major historical events of the past sixty years, including the Civil Rights and Vietnam peace movements in the United States and the little-known but equally significant nonviolent efforts in the Soviet Union, Kosovo, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.   Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action.  But Waging Peace is more than one man’s memoir.  Hartsough shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.

Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, wrote this for the book’s back cover:  “It has been my privilege to work with David Hartsough over the years and to be arrested and jailed with him for nonviolent civil disobedience.  I highly recommend Waging Peace to every American who wishes to live in a world with peace and justice and wants to feel empowered to help create that world.”

Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Code Pink and Global Exchange, wrote this for the book’s back cover:  “If you want to know what it means to live a ‘life well lived,’ read David Hartsough’s masterful book. It is not only a page turner, but it will probably transform the way you look at your own life – your priorities, your lifestyle, your future.”
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8)  Meeting for No Fracking Through Our Port
Wednesday, October 22nd at 6 pm @ Location TBA

This is concerning fracking materials shipping through our port.

From Matt:

This meeting is for developing a strategy, discussing tactics, forming affinity groups, and advertising the idea of blockading the Port.

The Port of Olympia is currently being used to bring in ceramic proppants for fracking. Our goal is to peacefully end the use of the Port of Olympia’s participation of an environmentally and socially destructive practice that benefits only wealthy investors and corporations. Let’s gather on this day to peacefully blockade the Port. Let’s send the message that the Port of Olympia belongs to the people, not corporations, and should not be used for environmentally destructive shipping.

https://www.facebook.com/events/652006801541165/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited
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9)  Evolution, Civilization, and the Future of Mother Earth
Wednesday October 22nd at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

Come learn about the end of the world!

From Mike:

→POTLUCK FIRST (please bring utensils)

→ THEN PRESENTING:

Heather Heying http://evergreen.edu/faculty/instructor/heyingh
and  Bret Weinstein http://evergreen.edu/faculty/instructor/bretw

Talk about several second order issues, rather than addressing empirical evidence of extinctions directly (e.g. starfish wasting, whitenose syndrome in bats).  To that end, some of the questions we have generated include: What are the big dangers?  Is there hope?  If there is hope, are humans structured in such a way that we will do the right thing, or the wrong thing?  Is there something that individuals can do?  Where are we missing big opportunities?  What does the evolutionary nature of human beings have to say about the nature of the crisis?

https://www.facebook.com/events/360007304146911/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
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10)  Queer Relationship Skills Class Series
Thursday October 23rd thru Thursday December 4th @ Location TBA (Confidential)

This is thru Safe Place.

From Safe Place:

This class series is for anyone who identifies as LGBTQQIA or partners, family members and friends who would like to learn new skills to build the relationships they want.

Topics include: Anti-oppression, Boundaries, Expectations, Accountability, Conflict and Community Connections

Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm

October 23nd– December 4th

Downtown Location with gender neutral bathrooms

Free and Confidential

Call or Email Jen Friedlander for more information or to sign up. Please contact Jen before October 22nd to register for the class series.

Jen Friedlander (360) 786-8754 ext. 111

JenF@safeplaceolympia.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/801630163221413/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited
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11)  Bonus Tip of the Week:

Enjoy a Thunderbolt!  You never know when you’ll be struck again!

Peace.

Dana

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