News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes
1) FYI Section:
1A) Film about Charlie Hardy for Senate Seeks Funding
1B) Olympian Staff Writer Promotes Home Rule in Thurston County
1C) Move to Amend Seeks Interns
1D) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar at the End of the Thunderbolt
2) Olympia People’s Mic Feat: Victoria Larkin
3) Relationship Skills Class
4) Idle No More: Oppose Permitting of Electronic Warfare Training in Olympic National Forest 5) Follow Up Meeting for Community Rights Ordinance
6) Savocas for House Campaign Seeks Bannering Help
7) Free Energy Discussion/Social Gathering
8) Olympia Buskers March
9) State Oil by Rail Public Hearing
10) Bonus Tip of the Day
The Thunderbolt Returns!
The Thunderbolt lives on! Long live the Thunderbolt!
I must have subconsciously wanted you to tell me how much you love me. Thanks for all the encouragement and support. I’m slowing down but I’m already figuring out new ways of getting things done, and I can’t stop doing the calendar in any case — that’s kind of a commitment I have made. It was mostly the radio show that was draining me as that takes several times as much energy and time as the newsletter does, so…
The Thunderbolt is Online!
Speaking of the radio show, here it is! A collection of the Thunderbolt’s Greatest Strikes in listenable and/or downloadable form!
I suggest starting at the beginning…
It’s time to get to work…
The Thunderbolt Calendar
Week of October 23rd thru October 29th 2014
1) FYI Section:
1A) Film about Charlie Hardy for Senate Seeks Funding
You may or may not know that Bruce Wilkinson went to Wyoming to work for the Hardy for Senate Campaign. This is from Bruce:
An award winning investigative journalist is making a feature length film about Charlie Hardy for US Senate. A few activists from Olympia, aboard an old school bus, have been volunteering for the campaign. I’m Campaign Manager, the ending is still a surprise until November 4th. So far it’s been the inspiring (but also funny) story of a grassroots campaign fighting an uphill battle against huge amounts of money in politics and the entrenched Republican Senator Enzi in the reddest state, Wyoming. Help get this film off the ground, watch the promo here and vote for it so it gets some independent production funding.
From the filmmaker Reed Lindsay,
I’m once again in the Belly of the Beast, Wyoming of all places, the most conservative state in the United States. I came here because I found out that someone I know is trying to do the impossible: win an election for US Senate while refusing to accept money from Political Action Committees (PACs). His name is Charlie Hardy, he is a 75-year-old former priest who lived in a cardboard shack in a Venezuelan slum for eight years, and he is probably the most sincere, humble, honest, non-judgmental person I have ever met.
I was so inspired by Charlie’s principled stand against money in politics that I decided to do a film about it, which I’ve called Charlie vs. Goliath. I’ve been in Wyoming since early August, sleeping in a tent much of the time as I’m self-financing the project so I can maintain control over it from beginning to end.
I’ve submitted the documentary to a crowd-funding competition called the Cuban Hat. If I get the most number of votes, I have a chance of winning the resources I need to help make Charlie vs. Goliath as powerful, compelling and inspiring as it deserves to be.
So even though you can’t vote in Wyoming, PLEASE VOTE for the documentary here:
You will get an email where you need to click on a link to confirm your vote.
Voting takes 10 seconds, costs nothing and would be immensely appreciated!
The deadline is October 20 so please vote ASAP.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, can you encourage others via email and social media to vote, that would be so amazing!
1B) Olympian Staff Writer Promotes Home Rule in Thurston County
I don’t often see things worth reading in the Olympian, but there are exceptions. This is from John Dodge:
A fresh look at county government makes sense
By John Dodge
October 15, 2014
A campaign to change the shape of Thurston County governance kicks off 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21, when Better Thurston hosts a home rule charter launch party at the Capital Event Center, 6005 Tyee Drive, Tumwater. A bipartisan group called Better Thurston has formed in hopes of overhauling Thurston County government through voter approval of a home rule charter. If successful, the local government reformists would scrap the current three-member county commission in favor of a five-member county council and an elected county executive. On first blush, it’s a conversation, and vote, worth having. The Better Thurston logic goes something like this: Thurston County is stuck with an outdated, 19th century form of government that worked when the county population was much smaller – about 9,700 in 1889 compared to more than 260,000 today. Slicing the county into five county council districts could provide better representation for suburban, rural and south county citizens. “Right now, all three county commissioners live within about 15 minutes of each other in urban north county,” noted Jim Cooper, an Olympia City Councilman and point person for the Better Thurston group. “Three county commissioners don’t reflect the diversity of the county,” agreed Emmett O’Connell, another Better Thurston member. By adding an elected county executive to oversee daily operations of the county, county government would have a clean separation of powers, which doesn’t exist today between the legislative and executive branches, added state Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater and another member of the Better Thurston team. As envisioned by Better Thurston, a home rule charter would also provide citizens of the county with the powers of initiative and referendum. A 1948 amendment to the state Constitution granted counties the option of adopting home rule charters by a vote of the people. Six counties, starting with King County in 1969, have revamped their county government this way. There are two ways to get there. The commissioners by resolution can call for the election of freeholders – 15 is the likely number – to convene and craft a home rule charter. Short of that, citizens can gather voter signatures and petition the county commissioners to conduct a two-step election, asking voters if they want to pursue a home rule charter, and electing freeholders at the same time. The first pathway is the cleaner one, and the one Better Thurston will pursue when they appear at a county commissioner public meeting 2 p.m., Tuesday, at the county courthouse, Cooper said. This isn’t the first time local government reformists have dipped their toes in the home rule charter waters. In 1989, 15 freeholders, including future Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe, were elected to draft a home rule charter. Voters had rejected a similar attempt in 1986. After an exhaustive public process, the freeholders placed a home rule charter on the Nov. 6, 1990 general election ballot. It called for a five-member county commission with regional authority over regional issues including growth, water quality, public health and housing. It called for a revenue-sharing plan between the cities and county, abolished the county clerk as an elected office, provided the powers of initiative and referendum to the public and created elected community councils in the unincorporated areas of the county. Supporters saw the city-county charter as a way to bring regional perspective to issues that know no boundaries, for instance, groundwater protection. Planning, zoning and development standards would be more consistent, too, advocates said. A well-financed campaign opposed to the city-county charter formed, including business and real estate interests, some city officials and a skeptical public. Some called it a power grab by the county at the expense of the cities. It was trounced at the polls by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Only 25 of the 195 precincts countywide gave it a majority “yes” vote – 16 in Olympia and nine in the northwest area of the county. After the defeat at the polls, the city-county charter advocates acknowledged that they had thrown too much at the voters in too short of a time.“We did not keep the charter simple,” said Olympia resident Louanne Houck, a freeholder who was drawn to the home rule concept as a way to control unregulated growth. “We tried to do too much.” Flash forward nearly 25 years and the county population has also grown by another 100,000, adding more credence to the argument that three county commissioners can’t adequately reflect the makeup of the community. Cooper said the Better Thurston group would endorse only freeholder candidates willing to keep focused on the reform measures they have identified. However, he acknowledged there is nothing other than political and public pressure to keep freeholders from expanding the goals the county charter they draft. Home rule charters tend to pass in counties when there is a political scandal or when the freeholders craft a simple, straightforward measure. With no political scandal in sight, Better Thurston is just trying to keep it simple.
John Dodge: 360-754-5444 email@example.com
1C) Move to Amend Seeks Interns
Move to Amend [M2A] is the premiere organization seeking to amend the Constitution to eliminate ‘corporate personhood’. This is an awesome organization if you want to plug in.
Move to Amend Internship Program: Join the Movement!
Deadline for Spring 2015 Term is October 31st
If you are (or know) a bright, energetic person seeking a vibrant democracy, experience working for a grassroots organization in a collaborative, feminist, anti-oppressive environment, and you are fed-up with corporate rule, corporate personhood and money as protected political speech, consider becoming a Move to Amend intern.
Move to Amend interns are more than glorified file clerks and gophers; they are an integral part of our organization and our success! Interns participate as full members in our Communications, Field Organizing, Law & Research, and Development Teams.
Interns can work with us on-site at our hopping headquarters in Northern California or telecommute from home, and are provided with compensation so they don’t have out of pocket expenses in order to participate.
Here are just a few comments from former interns:
“I learned so much, I applied to do another term!” –Ambrosia D.
“It was a great experience. I felt like I was involved in something earth-shatteringly important—I still am.” -Keyan B.
“I had a lot of time in my retirement. This internship allowed me to put a lifetime of accumulated skills to work for a cause I really believe in.” -Carol T.
“It’s great to be part of a team. Actually, it’s bigger than that. Through my internship, I became part of a growing community that really cares about people and is doing something about it.” -Johannes E.
Our interns reflect rich diversity in race, gender, age, and geography. We encourage anyone with an interest to apply — by October 31.
Interning not for you right now? This is a critical program that teaches movement building skills to new organizers.
Interns have continued on with Move to Amend as both national and local volunteers — helping to teach others to use the valuable tools that we teach them. Help us keep it growing and keep it going; please make a donation to support the program.
Yours in the movement,
Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Edgar Franks, Richard Monje, Virginia Rasmussen
P.S. Please tell others about our internships by forwarding this email, or by posting this message on Facebook:
Join the Move to Amend Community as a spring term intern. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/MtA-intern.
1D) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar at the End of the Thunderbolt
Since it is so long I included Oly FOR’s calendar at the end of the letter this week. Paste this into a search box to go right there: Oly FOR Calendar
1E) Occupy the Farm Movie Seeks Support
These folks want people to send messages and ‘like’ them on Facebook to get this important movie out.
Occupy The Farm tells the inspiring story of a community fighting to save land for urban farming. A few mainstream theaters are considering showing the film, but we need to help spread the word to bring it to more cities. If you could share the film trailer on Facebook, we would be so grateful. It’s easy to cut and paste the link below with a message like this:
Check out Occupy The Farm, a new film about one community’s fight to save land for urban farming. With your help in spreading the word, maybe it can come to more theaters. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=725323437519827
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Occupy the Farm Film
2) Olympia People’s Mic Feat: Victoria Larkin
Thursday October 23rd at 7 pm @ Cafe Love, 205 4th Ave E
This is a reminder that the Old Growth Poetry Collective does this every Thursday at Cafe Love.
It’s five minutes or two poems on the mic, whichever comes first. It’s only $3-$7. The feature will be our adopted east coast regular before she leaves for grad school, come check it out!
Victoria Larkin is a writer and performer from New York, has lived on the west coast for 10 years, and has fallen deeply and permanently in love with the Puget Sound. However, she is going back east within weeks, hopefully to attend the graduate school to which she is presently applying.
Her work can be found in archived publications on the Evergreen State College campus; in some now defunct zines; all over the floor in her room; and on her writing blog, accessible through her photo blog: thegardenglows.wordpress.com
3) Relationship Skills Class
Every Thursday from October 23rd thru December 4th at 7:30 pm @ Location TBA
This is from SafePlace:
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
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
4) Idle No More: Oppose Permitting of Electronic Warfare Training in Olympic National Forest
Friday October 24th at 3 pm @ 1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW
This is from Patty:
To gather in opposition of permit approval for Electronic Warfare Training in our Olympia National Forest
Rain gear and Hats
This is a non violent gathering
5) Follow Up Meeting for Community Rights Ordinance
Saturday October 25th at Noon @ MIXX 96 Meeting Room, Corner of Washington and State Streets
This is a follow up for the community rights ordinance that several people and organizations are working on.
Are you still with us?
We had such a great workshop on September 13, but only 2 people responded to the notice about the FOLLOW-UP. Those 2 said they would be able to make a meeting this Saturday, October 25, at MIXX96, at noon. So that is when we will do it.
AGAIN — we need to look over the many proposed clauses for an Environmental Community Rights Ordinance. We need to decide, finally, what’s going to be in our CRO.
We’ll start by making a list of what a CRO does, so we can make sure ours does it too. That will be something we can use to evaluate the various suggestions.
We’ll take it from there.
I hope you are all still with us. I think a CRO could really benefit the community, to say nothing of the Sound, but it has to be a community effort.
See you Saturday.
6) Savocas for House Campaign Seeks Bannering Help
Saturday October 25th, Sunday October 26th, and Saturday November 1st from 4 to 6 pm @ Lacey WalMart off I-5 Exit #79
This is concerning M2A member Mike Savocas, who is running for the state house against the Republican House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt.
Mike would appreciate any help we can give him …he will be ‘bannering;’ at the Loursiana and Chamber Way intersection off exit 79 of I-5
He suggests parking in WalMart ‘camper’ section and walk to intersection. He is available to ‘carpool’ six people.
The times and dates we will be there are: This Sat. 4-6 p.m. (Suggestion – we could go after the Cell Tower Event at 2 p.m. at Senior Center)
This Sun. 4-6 p.m.
Next Week: Sat. Oct. 25th 4-6 [/k/
Sun. Oct. 26th 4-6 p.m.
Following week: Sat. Nov 1st 4-6 p.m.
The THREE BANNERS read: Big Money Bought Government
Savoca Runs For Free
18 Yrs. of DeBolt is Enought!
Just show up! Need a ride? Call Mike at 360-446-2255 or 360-951-6518
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7) Free Energy Discussion/Social Gathering
Saturday October 25th at 7 pm @ 1306 Eastside St
Come discuss energy issues.
Hosting a discussion party! Potluck style, bring food/beverages and get excited about connecting to others who want to impact change in our personal lives as well as planetary!
8) Olympia Buskers March
Tuesday October 28th at 5:30 pm @ Percival Landing “Kissing Couple” Statue, Corner of 4th and Water Streets
The Olympia Police are once more seriously harassing homeless people.
I guess they don’t have anything better to do.
Come help push back. Help defend the weakest and most vulnerable members of our community from the biggest bullies in our community.
Busker (noun) a person who entertains in a public place for donations
Three years ago, the Olympia City Council tried to outlaw street performance downtown, except in a few designated out of the way spots. But people fought back, marched on city hall, compiled a potential lawsuit, and the anti-busking ordinance was dropped. Recently, however, the police have renewed a campaign of harassment, intimidation, and arrest against street performers and vendors downtown. Although busking is not a crime, many don’t know their rights and are scared away by the cops, or choose not to perform for fear of harassment.
We are getting organized. Our demand is simple and tangible: we want the right to busk and vend on the streets affirmed in city law. To that end, on Tuesday, October 28th we will gather at Percival Landing at 5:30 and at 6:00 we will march on city hall to present our demand. We invite both buskers and non-buskers to attend and fight for a free and musical city. Bring your instruments!
9) State Oil by Rail Public Hearing
Thursday, October 30th at 6 pm @ Location TBA
This is concerning the transshipment of oil trains through our state.
Toward the end of October, our state government is offering a public hearing on oil-by-rail that is intended to inform the legislative session. This is a rare opportunity for wide-scale and diverse public input on these serious proposals that could determine whether or not the state moves forward with a moratorium on oil-by-rail, stronger safety legislation, marine spill prevention, and clean energy investments.
PLEASE JOIN US TO SAY NO TO OIL BY RAIL! We should not have explosive trains crossing through our communities. Our state government needs to act, and it needs to act now.
RSVP HERE: http://tinyurl.com/Govtransport-Lacey
WE WILL BE COORDINATING BUSES FROM WHATCOM COUNTY. Please RSVP to let us know if you’d like a seat on the bus.
Governor Inslee is doing a study to assess the risks of oil transportation in Washington, and is giving the public a chance to comment. This is a critical opportunity to voice your concerns about the combined impact of oil and coal trains on our communities.
Help ensure that the study addresses the whole picture, such as risks and threats to rail communities, terminal communities, our economy, public safety, and our waterways like the Puget Sound, Grays Harbor, the Columbia River, and the Spokane River.
Your participation can inform how the state will respond to this very important issue. Don’t miss this incredibly important opportunity to speak up.
10) Bonus Tip of the Week:
Don’t start anything you can’t finish.
Oly FOR Calendar:
Late October to Early November 2014
(Mostly in Olympia WA, with some in Tacoma, Seattle, and elsewhere)
See our current (Oct-Nov 2014) newsletter at http://www.olympiafor.org
Events with FOR in the left margin are sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
All phone numbers are in area code (360) unless specified otherwise.
All addresses are in or near Olympia WA unless specified otherwise.
The Olympia FOR’s website — http://www.olympiafor.org – includes the last several years’ worth of newsletters, including descriptions of our TV programs. You can watch our TV programs through our website’s TV Programs page.
More information about some of the Olympia FOR’s sponsored activities are published in our newsletters. Our newsletters are posted at http://www.olympiafor.org
If you’d like to receive future issues of our newsletter on paper by postal mail – and/or electronic copies by e-mail – contact email@example.com or (360) 491-9093.
Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 am AND from 4 to 5 pm: “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County
Every Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 am: Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now,” KAOS 89.3 FM
FOR Every Monday at 1:30 pm: Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through http://www.olympiafor.org after the program has debuted on TV: OCTOBER: “Palestine’s Realities with Updates.” NOVEMBER: “Our Best Values Lead to a Better Future.” See descriptions in our OCT-NOV newsletter and watch the programs at http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 5:30 pm: Free Speech Radio News on KAOS 89.3 FM
Every Monday at 5:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 email@example.com and http://www.vfp109rcc.org
FOR Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way). Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence. We provide plenty of signs. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org 491-9093 http://www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm
Every Wednesday at 3:30 pm: Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER) holds volunteer meetings every week at the POWER office, 309 5th Ave, next door to Rainy Day Records. Children are welcome. Info: 352-9716 email@example.com http://www.mamapower.org
FOR Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm: Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through http://www.olympiafor.org after the program has debuted on TV: OCTOBER: “Palestine’s Realities with Updates.” NOVEMBER: “Our Best Values Lead to a Better Future.” See descriptions in our OCT-NOV newsletter and watch the programs at http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm: Kim Dobson’s “Parallel University” on KAOS 89.3 FM features interesting, informative programs about peace, social justice, the environment, progressive politics, and other alternative viewpoints. The producer and host is Kim Dobson. 951-4382, email@example.com, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parallel-University-Radio-Show/148750248532028) See list of current and past topics and guests. Listen locally or at http://www.kaosradio.org
Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm: Contemplative Prayer Gathering: Join with others to explore prayer as the early Church practiced it. Deepen your relationship with God, quiet your mind, and open your heart. 3:30-5:00 pm in the Sacred Space at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin Ave SE, downtown Olympia. Sponsored by Emmaus Ecumenical Catholic Community http://www.emmaus-ecc.org
Every Thursday at 8:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.vfp109rcc.org
FOR Every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm: Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through http://www.olympiafor.org after the program has debuted on TV: OCTOBER: “Palestine’s Realities with Updates.” NOVEMBER: “Our Best Values Lead to a Better Future.” See descriptions in our OCT-NOV newsletter and watch the programs at http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 email@example.com
Every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 am: The Housing Justice Project can help tenants and others: From 8:30 to 10:30 am Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services presents the Housing Justice Project at the Thurston County Superior Courthouse, Building 2 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia. They offer landlord/tenant advice for the tenants, unlawful detainer docket representation, and help for mobile home owners with complaints about rules violations, notices from landlords or park owners and mobile home eviction cases. Call 705-8194 for information or to schedule an appointment. For immediate legal information call 1-888-201-1041 (9:15 am to 12:15 pm Monday through Friday).
FOR Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm: Peace Vigil at Percival Landing’s south end, 4th & Water, downtown. Please join us for whatever length of time you can. We provide plenty of signs. The Artesian Rumble Arkestra street band joins us at 5:00 with lively music to support our vigil! Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm
Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm: “Women in Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W 4th Ave near the fountain. Women only. Please wear black. Some signs are provided. Since 1988 “Women in Black” has been a loose network of women worldwide committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to war and violence. Info: Rosemary Barnhart 866-7589 email@example.com
FOR Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia. Sponsor: Lewis County’s “Fire Mountain” FOR chapter. Info: June Butler 748-9658 or Larry Kerschner 880-4741 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Saturday at 2:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 email@example.com and http://www.vfp109rcc.org
Every Sat and Sun: The South Sound Estuarium, a marine life discovery center, is open at its new, larger location, 309 State Ave NE, Olympia, from 11 am to 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday. It is possible to schedule group visits during the week by appointment only. Regular admission $5 for a family, $3 per individual adult, $1 for children 17 and younger, and free for association members. Info: Leihla 888-0565 http://www.sseacenter.wordpress.com
Mon Oct 20 to Sun Oct 26: Seattle Social Justice Film Festival will deal especially with imprisonment and prisoner justice: Films will be shown in various places around Seattle. Info: http://www.socialjusticefilmfestival.org
FOR Tues Oct 21: Global Days of Listening: On the 21st day of each month, you can connect by telephone and/or computer (through Skype software) with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other peacemakers of all ages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and many other countries around the world. In the US’s Pacific Time Zone it runs from 6:30 to 9:30 am (yes, morning!), Pacific Time. Listen to the live broadcast at http://globaldaysoflistening.org/pages/livestream or visit the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants to listen or help. Info: http://www.globaldaysoflistening.org Local info: Doug Mackey 915-6757 DougWMackey@gmail.com or Chuck Schultz 705-8520 firstname.lastname@example.org Listen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link: http://tinyurl.com/nz7j77y
Tues Oct 21: Webinar on organizing to address mass incarceration: Increasingly for several decades, the US has been sending more people to prison for longer sentences. This system is seriously racist and classist. The Sentencing Project is a great nationwide resource helping to reform unjust sentencing. As plans get underway for the 2015 legislative session, advocates are employing a range of tactics from popular education trainings to protests to convening statewide criminal justice stakeholder meetings. During this webinar, we will hear about on-the-ground strategies to organize support to challenge mass incarceration. A webinar on this topic will occur today at 12 noon Pacific time. The presenters are Caitlin Dunklee from the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy and David Liners from Wisconsin’s WISDOM 11×15 Campaign for Justice. Register at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3006392806059290882
Tues Oct 21: CANCELED: Americans United for the Separation of Church and State: Some of the key members of our local AU group are not available, so tonight’s meeting is canceled. Meet the 3rd Tuesday evening of November. Info: Dennis Mansker email@example.com
FOR 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. See the article on page 3 of Olympia FOR’s Oct-Nov newsletter. Info: Glen 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues Oct 21: A new campaign to change Thurston County’s government to “home rule” begins at 5:30 pm at the Capital Event Center, 6005 Tyee Drive, Tumwater. State law provides for a traditional county commissioner form of government unless a county writes and votes for its own “home rule” charter to establish a different kind of county government. A bipartisan group called “Better Thurston” is leading the new effort. Support for “home rule” includes a wide range of people, including progressives, “property-rights” conservatives, and many people in between. A “home rule” effort more than two decades ago brought forth much controversy and finally was not adopted. A likely proposal could be an elected set of county commissioners for the “legislative” function a county executive to direct county agencies, instead of our current system, which combines “legislative” and “executive” functions into three elected county commissioners. Seven of Washington’s 39 counties currently operate under “home rule” charters.
Wed Oct 22: Author Jo Robinson discusses Eating on the Wild Side: This Vashon Island author will present a program on the foods we buy, grow and eat, and how we can do better, based on her book, Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. This subject in interesting, easily digested, and relevant to our Northwest culture and climate. 7:30 pm at Olympia Timberland Library, 8th Ave between Franklin and Adams, downtown. Info: http://www.trl.org
Wed Oct 22: Information for people who might want to go to Santo Tomás, Nicaragua, with other local people next summer: The Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association (TSTSCA, http://www.oly-wa.us/tstsca) is organizing a “Community Delegation” of local adults and families to visit our sister community next summer. Find out about this tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 -p.m. at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown. Info: Jean Eberhardt 943-8642 or TSTSCA@gmail.com
Wed Oct 22: Police Accountability – Consider creating a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO) to assert people’s right to be protected from unjust policing: The local CRO movement is considering police accountability along with environmental protection for Puget Sound (the Salish Sea) as a possible focus for a CRO. The police accountability work group meets today at 5:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.
Wed Oct 22: Potluck and open discussion: The speakers originally scheduled to talk about the climate and capitalism need to reschedule, but an open discussion about various topics will still begin at 7:00 pm, preceded by a potluck. (Please bring your own utensils, because Traditions’ café will be closed.) Potluck before the 7:00 pm discussion at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. Info: email@example.com
Thurs Oct 23: Urban Design Lab in Seattle, 5:00-8:30 pm with Charles Montgomery: Our city influences the way we feel, move and behave in ways that most of us don’t even realize. Join Futurewise and Happy City author Charles Montgomery for an Urban Design Lab (https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5127/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=71782) for an evening of fun experiments in trust and play that explore the striking relationship between the design of our minds and the design of our cities. We will simulate bad transit experiences, chance encounters with strangers, and Eden-like nature immersion – then we will measure and talk about the effects. It’s a great way to energize and drive discussion about how the design of our city plays a role in our happiness and well being. It runs from 5:00 to 8:30 pm at the PACCAR Pavilion, 2901 Western Ave (NW of downtown Seattle, near the waterfront). Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for others. Register at the link above. Sponsored by the progressive Seattle-based group FutureWise, http://www.futurewise.org
Thurs October 23: “Unlikely Friends” FILM Event and Conversation: Join us on for a compelling conversation about forgiveness. We will show the 60-minute film “Unlikely Friends,” a documentary about how victims of violent crimes come to not only forgive but develop a close bond with their offenders. A panel – with DRC community members Debe Edden, Mike Walsh and Debi Bailey – and small group discussions will follow. Free admission! 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW in downtown Olympia. Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Thurston County. Info: 956-1155 http://www.mediatethurston.org
Thurs Oct 23: “Poverty, Race, and the Search for the American Dream” — Part of the series of speakers on “Dickensian Poverty in the 21st Century” – This is part of a series of a speaking engagements addressing poverty nationally, and locally. It occurs at 7:00 pm at King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma (slightly north of downtown). Free admission. Hear Kristi and Steve Nebel sing then this presentation by Dexter Gordon, who teaches at the University of Puget Sound (UPS). He is a professor of African American Studies and Communication Studies and is the Director, of the UPS African American Studies Program. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri Oct 24: Today is Food Day. Do something meaningful to help any of the current food crises, whether related to poverty and hunger, local organic farming, GMO crops, or something.
Fri Oct 24: Oppose the US Forest Service’s permit to allow the military to conduct electronic warfare training on US Forest Service lands on the Olympia Peninsula (near Forks WA and south): People will gather from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the U.S. Forest Service office, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW (near the south end of Cooper Point Road SW and Highway 101 on Olympia’s west side). People will give signed petitions to the USFS at their office. Info: Maria (360) 259-0734 in Aberdeen WA.
Fri Oct 24: Celebrate the Clean Water Act’s 42nd Birthday – AND – Restore the Deschutes Estuary by removing the 5th Ave dam: For a sustainable environment, we need to let Deschutes River flow into the southern end of Puget Sound (the Salish Sea) with a natural estuary in downtown Olympia. 7:00-9:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. The evening event features Jim Peters of the Squaxin Island Tribal Council and the North West Indian Fisheries Commission. Also, DERT Board member Helen Wheatley, Ph.D., will discuss the estuary’s history. The evening also includes a silent auction featuring artwork of marine life, a bike tour of the Deschutes estuary, kayak rentals, photography of the Nisqually River delta, baskets of goodies, and more. Info: Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT), PO Box 11093, Olympia 98508 email@example.com http://www.deschutesestuary.org
Sat Oct 25: Fix Democracy First (formerly Washington Public Campaigns) meets in Tacoma from 10 am to 12 noon to get big money out of politics and fund election campaigns with clean public money: In 2001, some concerned Washington citizens started working for a law in our state similar to laws passed in Maine and Arizona. (Those have since been eroded by U.S. Supreme Court decisions.) People created Washington Public Campaigns (www.washclean.org) and recently changed its name to Fix Democracy First. They work for fair elections and government policies that reflect the will of the people and not the power of money. Although there is no Thurston County chapter, we can participate with Pierce County’s monthly chapter meeting from 10 am to 12 noon today (the last Saturday of the month) at The Bridge, 5601 S. Puget Sound Ave, Tacoma. (From I-5, go west on S. 56th Street until one block short of South Tacoma Way, and see The Bridge on this corner.) Info: http://www.washclean.org
Sat Oct 25: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): Review the list of ideas generated recently and figure out how to move ahead. 12:00 noon at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown. See information and watch the 44-minute video featuring Kai Huschke at http://www.cr-southsound.org More info: Mike Coday firstname.lastname@example.org and Janet Jordan email@example.com and http://www.celdf.org
Sun Oct 26: Benefit for the “Out of the Woods” homeless shelter: 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. Info: http://www.ouuc.org
Mon Oct 27: Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election: If you are not currently registered to vote anywhere in Washington State, you must register by today in person at the office of the auditor of the county where you live. The Thurston County Auditor’s office is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Bldg. 1, Room 106, on Olympia’s west side. Also, you an update your address online at http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/ Info: 786-5408
FOR Tues Oct 28: Attend the monthly meeting of the Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at 7:00 pm at a convenient location in Tumwater. We educate ourselves and plan future activities toward abolishing this atrocity. Info: Emily Hammargren 352-0695 firstname.lastname@example.org or Glen Anderson 491-9093 email@example.com. Our website has much info about the death penalty at http://www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm
Tues Oct 28: Climate Change: It’s All About Us: A great event at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave [near Seneca] in downtown Seattle) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm features three local speakers, including Climate Solutions Co-Founder Rhys Roth, on the changes that will most affect our region and our lifestyle here. Learn about the current local efforts that are underway to adapt to these changes AND what you can do to make a difference. The other two speakers are Dr. Amy Snover (University of Washington, Director, Climate Impact Group) and Dr. Crystal Raymond (Seattle City Light, Strategic Advisor – Climate Change Adaptation). Rhys Roth is the Director of The Evergreen State College’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure. This event is presented by Sustainable Path Foundation. Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 at Brown Paper tickets or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided prior to the program. Info: (206) 914-7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs Oct 30: More oil trains in our communities? Learn the facts about the oil trains’ dangers to our communities and dangers to the climate. This is your opportunity to speak to the state government about this! Now is the time to engage state leaders about the impacts of shipping huge amounts of oil and coal through our communities and waterways. Arrive early for the rally at 5:00 before the 6:00-8:00 pm public event at the Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia (south of the Thurston County Courthouse on Olympia’s west side). Governor Inslee launched a study to assess the risks of oil transportation in Washington, and tonight is your opportunity to comment. (A similar event happens in Spokane on Tues. Oct. 28.) Ordinary people need to insist that the state government conduct very thorough studies that addresses the whole picture, such as risks and threats to rail communities, terminal communities, our economy, public safety, and our waterways like the Puget Sound, Grays Harbor, the Columbia River, and the Spokane River. Your participation can inform how the state will respond to this very important issue! Don’t miss this incredibly important opportunity to speak up. To prepare, please RSVP at this link: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5168/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=71894 Your participation can inform how the state will respond to this very important issue. The Washington Environmental Council is arranging for buses and car pools from Whatcom/Skagit County, East King County, Seattle, Grays Harbor, and Vancouver/Longview. (See details at the RSVP link.) Local Olympia area people should carpool too. Info: Rein Attemann, WEC’s Puget Sound Advocacy Manager at http://www.wecprotects.org
Fri Oct 31: A No-Alcohol Halloween Dance Party, Auction, and Dessert Extravaganza to Benefit Friends New Underground Railroad that protects GLBT people in Africa: Olympia’s Quakers have been organizing a successful new project that helps gay, lesbian, and other sexual minorities escape deadly oppression in some parts of Africa. This evening’s event will generate much-needed income for that project. The event will be kid-friendly. Invite your friends! 6:30-10:00 pm at Olympia Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE (slightly north of Priest Point Park, on the left), Olympia. Info: (360) 888-5291 http://www.friendsnewundergroundrailroad.org
Sat Nov 1: Welfare rights group POWER invites everyone to their Annual Member Meeting and Board Election: This great Olympia-based non-profit org works all year around for economic justice for low-income families. Their annual meeting today runs from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the MIXX 96 Meeting Room, corner of State and Washington in downtown Olympia (kitty-corner from Intercity Transit). For carpooling or childcare, call 352-9716 or email email@example.com. If possible, please bring a potluck dish to share if you can and an apple pie if you wish to enter the apple pie bake-off. The winner gets a prize! More info: http://www.mamapower.org
Sat Nov 1: Luncheon to benefit the Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of Thurston County: The League of Women Voters Education Fund is dedicated to strengthening citizen knowledge of government. The Education Fund sponsors and supports nonpartisan educational projects that help citizens better understand major public policy issues and become active and informed participants in their communities and in their government. This benefit luncheon will occur at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia (near Yelm Hwy). Dick Thompson will speak on the Washington State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision requiring the State to adequately fund K-12 education and related state policy. Luncheon tickets are $55 per person; reservations are required. Info: Dawn Brooks Gibbs (360) 455-4190 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Nov 1: Third Annual “Day of the Dead” Masquerade Party organized by CIELO, our great local Latino organization: The CIELO Project is hosting its 3rd annual “Dia de Los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) celebration from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Columbian Hall, 6794 Martin Way East in Lacey WA. Featured this year is DJ Garcia, playing a mix of your favorite Latino music for dancing. There will be early evening appearances by Samba Olywa’s “Bone Gang,” a Salsa dance demonstration and instruction, and also a Mexican-style folkloric dance performance. Enjoy a traditional “Day of the Dead” altar with decorations; masquerade costumes (optional); skeleton face painting; a no-host bar; and tacos by MIJAS! This event supports CIELO’s language and literacy programs for Latinos in South Sound. Tickets are $25 at brownpapertickets.com or at the door;. Student tickets are $20 with ID. Info: (360) 709-0931
Sun Nov 2: Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans others to their monthly meeting at 2:00 pm at Media Island International, 816 Adams SE (across the street west of the Olympia Timberland Library). Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 email@example.com and http://www.vfp109rcc.org
Sun Nov 2: Interfaith All Souls Day service for people who have died in Thurston County during the past year but whose bodies have not been claimed by families or friends: The event will be from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. It is organized by Interfaith Works in collaboration with Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock. It will include a traditional Dia de los Muertos altar created by CIELO, a local non-profit that provides a variety of services to the local Latino community. (See more info on CIELO at the Sat. Nov. 1 listing above.) The service will include music, meditations by faith community leaders and a reading of the names of the dead. Those who might have known any of the deceased will have an opportunity to speak. The organizers invite all our faith communities and the general public to attend – especially those of you who have participated in past Moments of Blessing organized by Interfaith Works. Together we will mourn the deaths and celebrate the lives of these members of our community who may have died alone, but are not forgotten. Please help publicize this. Info: Interfaith Works of Thurston County is at 357-7224 http://www.interfaith-works.org
FOR Mon Nov 3: The Olympia FOR’s November TV program airs at 1:30 this afternoon and three times a week this month on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers. Also, you can watch it at http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm, where you can already read a program description similar to the one published in our Oct-Nov 2014 newsletter.
Mon Nov 3: Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: A workshop towards right relationship with America’s Native Peoples: Evan Welkin presents this workshop (created by Paula Palmer and the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee of the Boulder, Colorado’s Quakers, and adapted from a session devised by the a Canadian aboriginal rights coalition). It has been crafted and facilitated for churches nationwide, particularly Quaker Meetings and Unitarian Universalist congregations, as part of a call by the World Council of Churches and Indigenous leaders at the United Nations to challenge the Doctrine of Discovery. The workshop is an interactive and moving opportunity for people of faith communities to reflect on the role of the church in the settlement of the United States and offers tangible steps toward addressing injustices codified in church doctrine which are still present in US Federal law today. The goal of the workshop is for participants to understand the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery as it has affected both the European colonizers and the indigenous colonized peoples of the United States since 1492. They hope to stimulate reflection, discussion, and appropriate actions toward building a “right relationship” with Native Americans today. This evening’s facilitator, Evan Welkin, is a member of the Olympia Friends Meeting and an employee of the Squaxin Island Tribe. He has facilitated workshops in a variety of settings and is particularly passionate about seeking social justice through a commitment to spiritual principles and contemplative action. 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW (from W Harrison, go north on Division, left on 20th, right on East End). Info: http://www.ouuc.org
FOR Tues Nov 4: Olympia FOR’s book discussion group about moving from war to peace: Starting with our November discussion, we are choosing one topic for each of us to read a book about. The discussions will be rich and focused. For tonight, please read a book about oil wars in the Middle East. Enjoy a great discussion at 6:00 pm at Chuck Schultz’s home, 1621 Tullis NE (a little north of San Francisco Street Bakery). Info: Chuck at 705-8520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues Nov 4: Hear Chris Dickson, author of Another Politics offer insights into our current situation. Amidst war, economic meltdown, and ecological crisis, a “new spirit of radicalism is blooming,” according to Chris Dixon. In Another Politics, he examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and other recent movement upsurges. Drawing on voices of leading organizers across the United States and Canada, Dickson delivers an engaging presentation of the histories and principles that shape many contemporary struggles. He outlines the work of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the lessons they are learning in their efforts to create social transformation. The book explores solutions to the key challenge for today’s activists, organizers, fighters, and dreamers: building a substantive link between the work of “against,” which fights ruling institutions, and the work of “beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives. 7 pm at Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave, Olympia. 352-0123 http://www.orcabooks.com
Thurs Nov 6: “Moving from poverty to self-sufficiency” — Part of the series of speakers on “Dickensian Poverty in the 21st Century” – This is part of a series of a speaking engagements addressing poverty nationally, and locally. It occurs at 7:00 pm at King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma (slightly north of downtown). Free admission. Hear Kristi and Steve Nebel sing then this presentation by Troy Christensen, the Metropolitan Development Council’s Chief of Operations and Strategy. “Since arriving at MDC I have come to realize the importance of the integration of healthcare, housing, education and employment in assisting individuals and families from poverty to self-sufficiency,” he said. “It is a great honor to be part of an organization that has passion and compassion about these four areas and the community in which we serve.” The MDC has decades of experience in anti-poverty work in Tacoma. Info: email@example.com
FOR MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW – REGISTER IN ADVANCE IF POSSIBLE: Sat Nov 8: “Economic Justice for the 99%” — Western Washington FOR’s annual Fall Retreat in Lacey: The Olympia FOR is taking the lead on organizing WWFOR’s Fall Retreats, starting this year. Everyone is invited to participate in our 2014 theme, “Economic Justice for the 99%.” Enjoy a keynote panel, a good number of workshops that share information and stimulate follow-up organizing, and opportunities to meet people to share information and work on solutions. This theme will attract many different constituencies, including:
— People organizing for labor issues such as a $15 minimum wage, various labor struggles, etc.
— People organizing for welfare rights, anti-poverty legislation, ending homelessness, etc.
— People wanting to build on the Occupy Movement’s insights and connections
— People opposing “free trade” such as the TPP, etc.
— People who want alternatives to capitalism
— People worried about college loans, employment, financial security as adults, etc.
— People wanting to organize nonviolent movements for economic justice
At 9:00 a.m. we will welcome people with light refreshments and social time. We’ll begin in earnest at 10:00 a.m. and continue (with your own brownbag lunch) until 5:00 p.m. The Fall Retreat will occur in the rustic Old Main Lodge at the Gwinwood Conference Center in Lacey. See driving directions and other information – including a pre-registration form – on the flyer enclosed with Olympia FOR’s Oct-Nov newsletter and soon to be posted at http://www.wwfor.org and http://www.olympiafor.org or contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat Nov 8: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): 12:00 noon at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown. See information and watch the 44-minute video featuring Kai Huschke at http://www.cr-southsound.org More info: Mike Coday email@example.com and Janet Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.celdf.org
Sat Nov 8 to Mon Nov 17: Olympia Film Festival includes some interesting films: The exact schedule will be posted soon at http://www.olympiafilmfestival.org. Look especially for Ivory Towers (about the rapidly rising cost of college education) The Good Soldier, a documentary about five American soldiers of different generations. This film will be shown on or near Veterans Day. Olympia Film Society, Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, downtown Olympia. http://www.olympiafilmsociety.org
Tues Nov 11: Thurston County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. 5:30-7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. Info: Linda 357-7272 email@example.com
Tues Nov 11: On Veterans Day, let’s have a conversation with Zoltan Grossman about foreign policy: The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) arranged for Zoltan Grossman to talk about war in Ukraine/Crimea, etc. He will Zoltan have a co-speaker from elsewhere joining by a Skype connection. 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.omjp.net
Tues Nov 11: “Ecological Analysis of the Elwha River Systems after the Dam Removal by Jeff Duda, Research Ecologist for the Western Fisheries Research Center, USGS. This month’s “Science Café” presentation at 7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia. (360) 352-0123 http://www.orcabooks.com
Wed Nov 12: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month to work on a variety of global and local issues, typically at the POWER office, 309 5th Ave, just east of Rainy Day Records, east of Franklin Street, in downtown Olympia. Info: Larry 951-4894 email@example.com http://www.omjp.net
Thurs Nov 13: Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking works to prevent human trafficking: 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North Street, across from Olympia High School’s stadium, near Henderson Blvd. Info: Linda Malanchuk-Finnan, Core Leader firstname.lastname@example.org 360-357-7272 More info: http://www.waengage.com
Thurs Nov 13: Julie Rodwell, author and urban planning/ transportation specialist, speaks about Tiny Footprints: Housing Ourselves Sustainably as We Grow and the Land Shrinks. This is the title of her new book. Tonight’s talk is free and open to the public. Julie believes that Tiny Footprint communities are both essential and urgent parts of solving the climate crisis. 7:00-9:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water downtown. Info: Pat Holm email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Fri Nov 14: The Olympia Peace Choir will perform during part of the Olympia FOR’s 4:30-6:00 pm peace vigil: Thanks to these peace-oriented singers for joining us for part of our vigil at Percival Landing, 4th & Water, near the Kissing Statue! http://www.oly-wa.us/peacechoir
Fri Nov 14: Heartsparkle Players perform their amazingly good Playback Theatre. This month’s theme is “Stories of Bearing Witness” in collaboration with Amahoro House, a volunteer driven hospice for people living without a home. Amahoro House is a project of Hospice Without Borders, a Washington State non-profit organization that also provides hospice services in Rwanda. Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisation in which audience members tell stories from their own experiences and watch them enacted on the spot. This month’s collaboration group will be confirmed soon. 7:30-9:00 pm at Traditions Café, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia. A $7-$12 donation will be requested but nobody will be turned away for lack of a donation. Info: Debe Edden – email@example.com http://www.heartsparkle.org
Sat Nov 15: Unconditional Love and Forgiveness: Join in learning how to use a powerful forgiveness tool to get all of your life energy heading in the same positive direction. Negative feelings and thoughts block the flow of love and life that is essential to our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Whether your feelings and thoughts pertain to an ex-partner, parent, friend, neighbor, boss, colleague, or yourself, unconditional forgiveness is an inner process which does not require you to tell the person who hurt you that s/he is forgiven. This class will be led by Betsy Bergquist, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with two Master’s degrees. She is certified by The Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy as an Imago Therapist and Workshop Presenter. For more than 20 years she has specialized in working with couples. She and her husband Bruce have co-led more than 100 couples weekend workshops. Unconditional love and forgiveness is integral to her spiritual perspective in all relationships. 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End Street NW, Olympia (From W. Harrison, go north on Division, west on 20th, and north on East End Street). Info and registration: http://www.ouuc.org
Sun Nov 16: Fun and Fundraising Auction to benefit Seattle FOR at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th (on Phinney Ridge NW of Woodland Park), Seattle. To make a donation or get more info contact (206) 789-5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon Nov 17: Thurston Diversity Council meets on the third Monday of almost every month to strengthen appreciation for diversity in our local community. 6:00 pm in Building One, Room 152 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge DR SW, Olympia. Info: Ruth Elder, 259-1124 email@example.com
Tues Nov 18: Americans United for the Separation of Church and State: You are invited to their monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian church, 2300 East End Street NW (north on Division, left on 20th, right on East End). Sometimes after convening the meeting decides to move itself to Pints & Quarts at Capital Mall. Info: Dennis Mansker firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Wed Nov 19: “Confronting the Climate Crisis”: Olympia FOR’s vigorous group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:40 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Info: 352-6327 email@example.com http://www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html
FOR Wed Nov 19: Deadline for Olympia FOR’s Dec-Jan newsletter: Send news, announcements and calendar items by this date or very soon after. 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed-Sun Nov 19-23: Warrior Songs Spokane: A healing retreat for veterans with PTSD: This is a great healing opportunity for veterans with PTSD, so share this opportunity with anyone who might benefit from it. It will be led by experienced and compassionate professionals. It will be free to military veterans. There will also be a public event for community members to learn more and show support. It will be held in a quiet, peaceful, nutritious rural atmosphere near Spokane WA. It is sponsored by Warrior Songs Inc., a nationwide non-profit organization committed to facilitating healing through the creative arts for military personnel, veterans, and those working with veterans. Info: http://www.WarriorSongsSpokane.org or Paula Griffin (518) 878-8579 email@example.com
Thurs Nov 20: The Thurston Climate Action Team invites people to their monthly meeting: TCAT does good, practical work to protect the climate, especially interacting with governments and the Thurston Regional Planning Council. TCAT is also looking for ways to fund local climate efforts. TCAT meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1 Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW. : Info: Tom Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org 280-0242.
Thurs Nov 20: Justice Not Jails: More and more people in Olympia are working together to reform various aspects of our criminal “justice” system in humane ways. Our local “Justice Not Jails” groups meets at 7:00 pm the third Thursday evening of each month at the Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End Street NW (north on Division, west on 20th, right on East End). Info: Steve Tilley email@example.com
Thurs Nov 20: Scientists talk about forage fish and why Puget Sound’s salmon and birds depend on them: Biologists from the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife present interesting information. This is part of the Discovery Speaker Series on the third Thursday of each month at LOTT’s Wet Science Center, 500 Adams St NE (2 blocks north of the Intercity Transit Center). Doors open at 6:30 pm for the 7:00-8:30 pm event. Free and open to the public. Sponsor: South Sound Estuary Association, http://www.sseacenter.org
Thurs-Fri Nov 20-21: Lobby Congress for peace, diplomacy, and other positive things: The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL, http://www.fcnl.org), an excellent Quaker-based organization with members nationwide, invites people to join them in Washington DC for two days of effective lobbying to urge Congress to emphasize diplomacy, peace, and other good things. Diplomacy really does work, and we can inform and persuade Congress. Info and registration at FCNL’s Quaker Public Policy Institute through http://www.fcnl.org (800) 630-1330.
FOR Fri Nov 21: Global Days of Listening: On the 21st day of each month, you can connect by telephone and/or computer (through Skype software) with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other peacemakers of all ages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and many other countries around the world. In the US’s Pacific Time Zone it runs from 6:30 to 9:30 am (yes, morning!), Pacific Time. Listen to the live broadcast at http://globaldaysoflistening.org/pages/livestream or visit the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants to listen or help. Info: http://www.globaldaysoflistening.org Local info: Doug Mackey 915-6757 DougWMackey@gmail.com or Chuck Schultz 705-8520 firstname.lastname@example.org Listen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link: http://tinyurl.com/nz7j77y
Fri-Sun Nov 21-23: 25th annual protest and nonviolent civil resistance at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, where the US Army trains Latin American military people to be violent thugs who violate human rights and oppose democracy: Since the 1940s the US Army has trained soldiers from many Latin American countries to violently oppress poor people, violate human rights, commit acts of terrorism, assassinate local leaders, and overthrow governments. The US Army’s “School of the Americas” was known as the “School of Assassins.” The bad publicity caused the Army to change its name to something abbreviated as WHINSEC, but the horrible tradition and horrible training continue at Fort Benning near Columbus Georgia. The non-profit organization SOA Watch works all year around to inform the public and cut funding. Every November they hold a massive nonviolent protest with civil resistance at the gates. Info: Toll-free (866) 796-8345 http://www.soaw.org and http://www.soaw.org/november/en/
Sat Nov 22: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): 12:00 noon at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown. See information and watch the 44-minute video featuring Kai Huschke at http://www.cr-southsound.org More info: Mike Coday email@example.com and Janet Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.celdf.org
Sun Nov 23: 31st Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration: Enjoy words, music, songs and stories of many faiths to help you connect well with upcoming Thanksgiving Day. Children and people of all faiths (and no faith0 are welcome. Reception with light refreshments afterward. Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE, downtown Olympia. Sponsored by Interfaith Works of Thurston County, 357-7224 http://www.interfaith-works.org (Olympia FOR is an affiliate member if IW.)
FOR Tues Nov 25: Attend the monthly meeting of the Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at 7:00 pm at a convenient location in Tumwater. We educate ourselves and plan future activities toward abolishing this atrocity. Info: Emily Hammargren 352-0695 email@example.com or Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website has much info about the death penalty at http://www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm
FOR Debut date: Mon Dec 1: The Olympia FOR’s December TV program airs at 1:30 this afternoon and three times a week this month on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers. After it debuts on TCTV you’ll be able to watch it at http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm, where you can read the program’s description, which is more thorough than the one published in our Aug-Sept 2014 newsletter.
Tues Dec 2: Introduction to Nonviolent Communication – “Communicating to Connect” — Liv Monroe’s excellent workshops (“Communicating to Connect”) offer hope and practical communication tools to increase understanding, respect, honesty & fun. You can change from furious to curious – and you can change from shame and blame to understanding and compassion. Her workshops are based on Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” process, which helps people resolve conflicts with other people in our daily lives and in the large community – and helps people resolve their own internal conflicts and increase personal happiness. Tonight’s workshop runs from 6:45 to 9:00 pm in the cafeteria on the ground floor of Lincoln Elementary School, 21st Ave SE and SE Washington Street. (Park and enter from around the south end on Washington Street.) It’s free, but donations are appreciated. Info: Liv Monroe 357-4503 email@example.com
For events happening in the greater Olympia area see the Olympia FOR’s newsletters at http://www.olympiafor.org and calendar items posted at http://www.olympiafor.org/calendar_of_coming_events.htm