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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

 

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1) FYI Section: Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar

2) Action in Support of WalMart Workers

3) Backbone Campaign Builders Guild Circle

4) Justice for Michael Brown; Protest Police Brutality in Tacoma

5) Coordinating Committee for the Green Party of South Puget Sound

6) Bonus Tip of the Week

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Not Much

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Lessons for the Future

Hey Kids!

When I consider the massive monolithic edifice of the Machine, I understand we are never going to beat it and we’re never going to change it. I also believe that the psychopaths who run this madhouse will destroy it before they will give it up, and they indeed have the ability to destroy it — and the ability to destroy something is to have complete control over that thing.

We are never going to beat them or change them — but what we can do is make them irrelevant. Ignore them. Give them no credibility or standing.

How do we do that?

Have you heard of the Community Rights Movement?

http://www.celdf.org/

Have you heard of the Buy Local Movement?

http://www.sustainablesouthsound.org/

Have you heard of Placemaking?

http://olyvbc.blogspot.com/

Have you heard of community gardening?

http://goodgrub.org/

The people who are doing these things are the true revolutionaries. We need to stop depending upon their Machine and learn to depend upon ourselves.

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Lessons from the Past

“We eventually have to change our perception of what food is.”

                                    —Anonymous Biotech Engineer

Since the soil in your typical tropical rain forest tends to be quite poor, archaeologists have long wondered how the Mayan civilization managed to feed the denizens of their massive cities.

Some archaeologists have recently figured it out: Mayans fed the denizens of their massive cities by going into the swamps and then transporting the rich muck from the swamp — by hand — back into the cities and then using that muck as soil for garden terraces…

…which means that the Mayans grew all of their food right there in the hood.

This may seem a good idea to some — but we may wish to question the wisdom of using the Mayans as role models for survival strategies considering how things turned out…

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Americans Have a Better Idea!

Stand proud, you sons and daughters of the Stars and Stripes! US Biotech engineers — obviously far superior to the Mayans in such things — are working out the problem of feeding masses of people with limited resources!

Yes, you proud denizens of the Greatest Country in All History, our scientists are now working on creating synthetic foodstuffs!

Mmmm! Sounds yummy!

Biotech engineers are scientifically figuring out what our bodies need and then they are creating various powders and/or liquids containing these substances that can then be ‘printed’ on a 3-D printer into something that is allegedly edible!

It will be like eating a picture of a pizza!

Mmmm! Sounds yummy!

This is not a lead up to a joke or anything. They are actually for real doing this.

http://www.alternet.org/food/would-you-eat-pizza-came-out-printer

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/11/04/361187352/army-eyes-3d-printed-food-for-soldiers

Their first test cases (i.e. guinea pigs) will be soldiers.

If it is cheaper than actual food then it’s a good bet that prisoners will not be far behind.

Jim Hightower put it nicely:

Lauren Oleksyk, team leader of this operation at the US Army’s Natick Soldier Research Center, explains that battleground troops will be outfitted head to toe with electronic sensors that’ll constantly monitor their essential bio chemical levels, sending info about any imbalances to computer software attached to a 3-D printer, which will be a part of each individual soldier’s field gear. Low on potassium? No problem – “We envision to have a 3-D printer that is interfaced with the soldier,” says Oleksyk. “Then they would be able to have either powdered or liquid matrices [printed out] on demand that they can take and eat immediately to fill that need.”

 

Yes, a potassium patty! It’s synthesized on the spot from various oils and powders and “printed out” as a sort of food-like edible. Yum! Well, not really, for taste and texture are still futuristic concepts. But still, instantly printed food is upon us, an ungodly high-tech hallelujah moment.

 

http://jimhightower.com/node/8486#.VHO_R9awNOk

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Lessons from Ferguson

While I’m not familiar with grand juries in the State of Missouri, if they are anything like federal grand juries then the proceedings — and usually the outcomes — are completely controlled by the prosecutor. Defendants are not allowed into the room except when subpoenaed to testify, defense attorneys are not allowed in any case, and there is not even a judge in the room. The prosecutor can lie, use hearsay, innuendo, and illegally obtained evidence. The defendant does not have the right to cross-examine witnesses, examine evidence, or to even know what people are saying about him/her. It is a serious crime for anyone to tell anyone else anything that happens or anything that is said during grand jury proceedings.

The common joke is that a federal prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich during a grand jury proceeding — and that is not much of an exaggeration.

Also, I cannot emphasize enough the fact that the prosecutors and the police all know each other and work with each other and that they consider themselves to be on the same side — which means that they view the world as the People against the police. It’s a pretty sure bet that the prosecutor in this case painted a picture that was heavily weighted in favour of the policeman and it’s a pretty sure bet that Michael Brown was actually the one who was put on trial in that jury room.

Another factor specific to Ferguson: Amy Goodman was on the ground in Ferguson for her broadcast on Tuesday after the verdict came out, and she pointed out that when the National Guard showed up their presence was omnipresent and overwhelming in the white parts of town — but completely missing in the black parts of town. The previous night people had been looting and breaking the windows of all the black-owned businesses with impunity because the National Guardsmen were all hanging in the white parts of town.

They are just plain in everyone’s face, and they just continue to get away with it.

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Not Much…

In the last week Jon Stewart did interviews with both Laura Poitras and James Risen.

Bravo Mr. Stewart.

One of the most cogent points made during these interviews came when Mr. Stewart asked both of them if — after all of the outrageous disclosures of mega-unconstitutional police-state hanky-panky that have been revealed — what exactly had changed?

Ms. Poitras replied that the revelations had changed the whole world’s consciousness on the subject.

True. I think the gist of the question, though, was whether or not the outrageous in-your-face government criminality that Ms. Poitras and Mr. Risen have revealed has stopped or even slowed much as a result of their revelations.

Mr. Risen gave a less idealistic, more cogent, and probably more accurate reply when asked this question. When asked whether the devastating revelations have even slowed down government criminality, Mr. Risen simply said, “Not much”.

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Secret Wars

Not much indeed…

Barack Obama has declared war in what has now become the American Way, i.e. by telling us one thing just after issuing secret orders to do the opposite.

You may remember all the way back a few days when Obama ‘promised’ us that the troops on their way to Afghanistan would be strictly trainers and advisers and that there absolutely would not be any ‘combat’ troops?

You may also remember my ancient adage about what to assume any time that any politician ever says anything? You may have been asleep or too stoned that day, so I will refresh your memory: I always encourage my readers to always assume anything that any politician ever says is always a lie. This isn’t a foolproof method as they will gleefully tell the truth in those few instances where telling the truth happens to be politically advantageous to them, but Obama’s newest lie had barely dripped from that infamous silver tongue of his when the New York Times blew it out of the water by publishing a story exposing the fact that Obama’s assurance concerning the lack of ‘combat’ troops in Afghanistan is the complete opposite of the truth.

When normal non-presidential humans like you or me tell the complete opposite of the truth it is called a ‘lie’. My mother always taught me that telling lies is wrong.

When a president does it, though, it is called everything but a lie.

Except by me: Obama consciously lied into our faces. Again.

Gee. I’m shocked.

Again, he totally got busted doing it. It’s not even that these guys keep lying all the time, it’s that they are so frigging bad at it!

Again, the fact he just lied into our faces a few days ago is being almost completely ignored — and heaven forbid that anyone on the Media Machine or NPR should call it a ‘lie’.

Even Amy Goodman said, “The decision contradicts Obama’s earlier announcement…”

Since the Times charges money to read their stories I won’t link to them, but this is from Democracy Now:

According to the New York Times, Obama has signed a classified order that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting. In addition, the order reportedly enables American jets, bombers and drones to bolster Afghan troops on combat missions. And, under certain circumstances, it would apparently authorize American air-strikes to support Afghan military operations throughout the country. The decision contradicts Obama’s earlier announcement that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/24/headlines#11246

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of November 27th thru December 3rd, 2014

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1) FYI Section: Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Calendar

The Oly FOR Calendar is located at the end of the letter.

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2) Action in Support of WalMart Workers

Friday November 28th at 10 am @ Tumwater WalMart, 5900 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater, 98512

The owners of WalMart are amongst the richest people in the world yet the employees who are the source of their wealth qualify for food stamps because they are paid so little. WalMart is the personification of everything that is wrong with our country. Come protest this paradigm.

From Peter:

Action to Demand Better Pay and conditions for Walmart Workers. This is part of a national day of action. Bring signs, banners in support of Walmart workers. Connect it to other struggles for justice.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1418996031689151/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited

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3) Backbone Campaign Builders Guild Circle

Sunday November 30th All Day @ Backbone Campaign Warehouse, 18850 103rd Avenue Southwest, Vashon, WA

This is out of town but very important as the Backbone Campaign is the Northwest’s premier activist organization, and they ROCK!

This from Bill:

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Please join us this Sunday November 30th at the Backbone HQ warehouse 1

– 5:30pm

WE REALLY HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!!!

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Calling all artists, builder’s, & visionaries of all things beautiful, whimsical, bold, and more!

The artful activism people associate Backbone with emanates from the brilliance and creativity of many artists and

collaborators.

If you too yearn to express your aspirations for justice and share your artistic gifts and talents,

then we’d love for you to join our blossoming Backbone Builder’s Guild!

What a treat it will be to have so many of our artistic friends in the same room at once.

Who knows what wildly awesome ideas we’ll birth into being?!?!

What: Builder’s Guild Circle
When
: Sunday November 30th

Time: 1 – 5:30 pm
Where: Backbone Campaign’s warehouse is located in the Sheffield building a

18850 103rd Avenue Southwest, Vashon, WA. Backbone’s Warehouse is behind Sawbones,

off of 188th st, west off of Vashon Highway about 3/4 mile from center of town.

(Find the ferry schedules HERE)


Bring: food to share

RSVP: Email Eric or send call or text to Eric 860-605-0776

On Sunday we hope to move forward with these goals and more:

·       Create a thriving Builder’s Guild of people who consult with and support one another to design, craft, build, and mobilize new imagery.

·       Develop a Backbone Imagery Library to make puppets, props and other imagery publicly available for community organizations to checkout and utilize, and larger groups to rent.

o   We will be using the same service the West Seattle and Vashon Tool Libraries use- see an example it HERE.

·       Monthly Art Builds to support groups and causes, nurture community engagement, and continue making actions in Seattle area and beyond more beautiful and powerful.

·       Insert YOUR goal/aspiration here: ___________________!

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email: info@backbonecampaign.org

web: http://backbonecampaign.org/

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4) Justice for Michael Brown; Protest Police Brutality in Tacoma

Sunday November 30th at 6 pm @ Sidewalk by Safeway on South 11th and M St in Tacoma

This is slightly out-of-town but I don’t know of any local actions.

This is from Mary:

TO BE ANNOUNCED ACTION, DAY OF GRAND JURY DECISION

Very soon the Grand Jury in the case of murdered unarmed 18 year old, Michael Brown by Ferguson Police, will release its verdict. Please join Tacoma Socialist Alternative on the evening of the Grand Jury’s decision to demand:

Indict Darren Wilson with a full investigation into the Ferguson police by community groups and labor unions.

For elected civilian review boards in all cities with the power of hiring and firing as a step towards community control of the police.

Stop the militarization of the police! For the millions spent on new police weaponry to be invested in schools, health care, housing and public works.

For economic justice! For guaranteed quality jobs with a $15 an hour minimum wage.

For a new Black Freedom Movement to build coordinated national protests against racism, police violence and economic inequality.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1539100389669820/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited

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5) Coordinating Committee for the Green Party of South Puget Sound

Wednesday December 3rd at 7 pm @ Eagle’s Lodge, Plum and 4th

Come plug in with the most viable alternative to our single-party two-faced political system.

From Janet:

Coordinating Committee of the

Green Party of South Puget Sound

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Eagles Lodge, Plum and 4th

7:00 PM

We’ll meet in the downstairs cafe of the Eagles Lodge, which has wheelchair access.  You can buy soft drinks.  Also there are two pool tables — maybe they will let us play, after the meeting.

Strategy discussion!  Do we want to join with the Green Party of Washington State for some sort of larger action?  (They have a set of campaigns ready to work on.  Do we or don’t we have the manpower to join in?)

Old business:  We are due for another Quarterly Event sometime in February.  Does anyone have a relevant issue?  If no-one else brings one, I would suggest aquaculture in the Sound.  There’s a question whether it is beneficial or the opposite.

Review of the past year.   What needs to change?

Christmas party for at least 15 minutes!  Pumpkin eggnog!   Keep the good times rolling!

Janet Jordan

janetjordan@fastmail.fm

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6) Bonus Tip of the Week:

Make much of peace!

Peace.

Dana

 

 

Oly FOR Calendar:

 

COMING EVENTS

From mid-September to early October 2014 in Olympia WA (and a bit beyond)

 

Also see the Olympia FOR’s current (Aug-Sept) newsletter calendar and posted
at
http://www.olympiafor.org/calendar_of_coming_events.htm

Weíll post our next (Oct-Nov) newsletter in early October.

(Word Doc)

 

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliationís OCTOBER-NOVEMBER newsletter will publicize news, announcements, calendar items, etc., related broadly to peace, social justice, nonviolence, the environment, economic justice, human rights, and related issues. Weíll mail hundreds of people our AUGUST-SEPTEMBER newsletter on September 30, so local people will receive it on about October 1 or 2. Please send your announcements and calendar items BY MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22 or very soon after. The vast majority of events we publicize will occur in the greater Olympia and Thurston County area, but we also publicize a few very special ones in nearby counties, Seattle and elsewhere. Because we are a 501(c)3 organization, we cannot publicize any partisan political activities.

*     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 FORís website — www.olympiafor.org – includes the last several yearsí worth of newsletters, including descriptions of our TV programs. You can watch our TV programs through our websiteís TV Programs page.

*     More information about some of the Olympia FORís sponsored activities are published in our newsletters. Our newsletters are posted at www.olympiafor.org

*     If youíd like to receive future issues of our newsletter on paper by postal mail – and/or electronic copies by e-mail – contact glen@olympiafor.org or (360) 491-9093.

EVERY WEEK:

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

FOR 3 times a week throughout September: WatchTPP: A ëFree Tradeí Scam Much Worse than NAFTAî on TV in Thurston County or on your home computer at any time, anywhere: TCTV cable channel 22 air dates are every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. Also, you can watch it on your computer at anytime into the future from anywhere through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm Read a description at that part of our website. Info: (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

FOR Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (corner of Legion & Capitol Way). Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a very friendly way for peace and nonviolence. We provide plenty of signs. Info: 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org www.olympiafor.org

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

Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:Women in Blackî 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 1988Women in Blackî 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 rosemary.b@comcast.net

FOR Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in downtown Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia. On some Saturdays gather afterward nearby at a nearby coffee house. Sponsor: Fire Mountain FOR. Info: June Butler 360-748-9658 juneb2@earthlink.net or Larry Kerschner 360-880-4741 larry@peacepoet.me

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

SPECIFIC DATES

FOR READ THE BOOK NOW, so you can discuss it on SUN SEPT 21: I Am Troy Davis: On September 21, 2011, the State of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis, despite no real evidence against him and strong evidence that he was innocent. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide protested and appealed for clemency, including Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, and 51 members of Congress. The book I Am Troy Davis was coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davisí sister Martina Davis-Correia. This powerful book tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. Today – the third anniversary of his execution – people all over will be discussing the book. The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliationís Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is organizing a discussion at 6:00 pm today at Traditions CafÈ, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. We urge people to read the book in advance and discuss it today at 6:00. Copies are in Traditionsí lending library, or you may buy a copy from an independent bookstore (preferably, to avoid the big chain stores). Info about the book discussion: Alice Curtis (360) 943-4076 olyalice@gmail.com See much info about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm

SIGN UP NOW for Thurs-Sat Oct 9-11 and Thurs-Sat Oct 16-18: Take the Dispute Resolution Centerís 40-Hour Mediation Training. This fun and highly interactive course will acquaint you with the philosophy, model and skills needed for a working knowledge of the role of a neutral mediator. You can take this training without actually volunteering to serve as a DRC mediator! The concepts and skills taught in this training are easily transferable and are designed to improve communication and enhance relationships at home, at work and beyond. It runs 3 days each week. It costs $675, but teenagers get a significant discount. Watch Olympia FORís December 2013 TV program at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm for good background and inspiration. Info: Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, (360) 956-1155 www.mediatethurston.org

REGISTER NOW for Fri-Sat Oct 17-18 Advanced Nonviolence Training: Rosy Betz-Zall, a long-time FOR activist and skilled trainer, and the Washington Peace Team offer this in-depth nonviolence training at 656 Howe St. Seattle 98109 (between Dexter Ave N and Aurora Ave N, Hwy 99) for persons who already have received some basic nonviolence training. This session will increase your understanding and skills for nonviolent action. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Fri. Oct. 17 and 10 am to 5 pm Sat. Oct. 18. ThisBeyond the Basicsî training will help you increase your skills of non-violence in action. Please RSVP to Rosy Betz-Zall, rbetzzall@gmail.com

Fri-Sun Sept 19-21: Cascade Media Convergence will be a series of workshops, facilitated strategy sessions, and public events that will bring together alternative and community media makers to network, share knowledge and skills, and discuss how to continue collaborating and building toward a regional media coalition. The CMC is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the University of Oregon Turnbull Center. It will occur at the University of Oregon Turnbull Center in Portland, Oregon. Info: www.cascademedia.cc

Sat Sept 20: Contemplative Meditation changes our experience of ourselves, God, and all things. Try contemplation as a way to respond to lifeís challenges, and re-enter your world refreshed and renewed. $60 for 9 am to 3 pm session at the Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College Street NE (just north of Martin Way). Info: 438-2595 prioryprograms@gmail.com www.stplacid.org

Sat Sept 20: 2014 Farms Forever: A dinner for the benefit of farmland preservation: This benefit dinner will support farmland preservation. 4:30-8:00 pm at the Expo Center, Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey.

Sun Sept 21: Peopleís Climate March – Live-streaming from New York — Local activities everywhere: To find a People’s Climate Mobilization action near you, click here. Also, you can watch online starting at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Visit PeoplesClimate.org, and clickPLAYî on the video player that will be front and center to watch the march live from the streets of New York.

FOR Sat-Sun Sept 20-21: 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 around the world. This month – related to the UNís International Day of Peace – enjoy a special 24-hour worldwide phone conversation from 4 pm Saturday to 4 pm Sunday (Pacific time). See information on pages 1-2 of Olympia FORís Aug-Sept 2014 newsletter. Info: www.globaldaysoflistening.org

FOR Sat Sept 20: At 12 noon, lay out a giant map of the worldís continents on Heritage Parkís huge lawn. (See below) At 4:00 weíll start the worldwide conversation as part of the Global Days of Listening. (See above)

FOR Sun Sept 21: Celebrate the UNís International Day of Peace in Olympiaís Heritage Park from 12 noon through most of the afternoon. See information on pages 1-2 of Olympia FORís Aug-Sept 2014 newsletter. We are posting the schedule on the home page of www.olympiafor.org. Also see more events at http://worldbeyondwar.org/eventsforwbw The United Nations General Assembly established September 21 as the International Day of Peace, and it was first celebrated in 1982.

Here is the UPDATED schedule for Sunday:

10:00 a.m. Children and adults enjoy activities such as making and flying kites

11:45 a.m. Artesian Rumble Arkestra performs off and on until 12:20

12:00 noon Tribal leader Robert Satiacum welcomes us to the land

12:15 p.m. Rabbi Seth Goldstein welcomes us to the event

12:20 p.m. Andrew Smith (with introduction by Doug)

12:25 or 12:30 Olympia Joins the Peopleís Climate March with the Artesian Rumble Arkestra

12:50 Community photo

1:00 Walking Meditation around Capitol Lake

1:30 Singing Bowls begin a concert

2:00 Jane Goodall Doves join returning walkers

2:20 Singing Bowls finish their concert

2:30 River Ridge High Schoolís Taiko Drummers and the Cool Water Hula

3:00 Spoken Word, Poetry, and Voices from the Days of Listening and New York City

4:00 Community Choir Members

4:15 Closing remarks

4:30 Clean up

FOR Sun Sept 21: Read the book I Am Troy Davis now – and enjoy discussing it on SUN SEPT 21: Three years ago – on September 21, 2011 – the State of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis, despite strong evidence of his innocence and protests by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, and 51 members of Congress all appealed for clemency. The book I Am Troy Davis was coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davisí sister Martina Davis-Correia. This powerful book tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. We urge people to read the book in advance and come to discuss it. Copies are in Traditionsí lending library, or you may buy a copy from a locally owned bookstore or get the book at a 30% discount directly from the publisher, Haymarket Books. Just enter TROY30 discount code at the checkout. You may borrow Glen Andersonís copy on Saturday night from his house or Sunday during the International Day of Peace in Heritage Park (see above). For information about the book discussion contact Alice Curtis (360) 943-4076 olyalice@gmail.com For much more information about the death penalty see www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm

FOR Sun Sept 21: Seattle FORís monthly meeting focuses on the death penalty: The featured speaker is Danielle Fulfs, Outreach Coordinator for the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (www.abolishdeathpenalty.org). The Olympia FOR and Western Washington FOR are members of the WCADP coalition. Free, but people will be able to contribute financial support. Everyone is welcome. 6:30 pm at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street (on Phinney Ridge, NW from Woodland Park, Seattle. Info: www.wwfor.org

Sun Sept 21 to Sat Sept 27: Organize a week of nonviolent action in support of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit: When world leaders gather in New York City for a United Nations summit on the climate crisis, other people will gather in New York for historyís largest rally and the Peoples Climate March in support of the climate. Visit PeoplesClimate.org for more information and a schedule of events. There. Also, local events will occur in many places. While 350.org (http://www.350.org) and other people are working on the climate-related aspects for this, Campaign Nonviolence (http://www.paceebene.org/campaign-nonviolence) is organizing hundreds of local actions nationwide related to the 2014 UN Climate Summit (www.un.org/climatechange/summit2014). Contact persons in Washington State include Nick Mele mailto:cnvpnw@gmail.com and ellen@wwfor.org

FOR Mon Sept 22: Deadline for Olympia FORís Oct-Nov newsletter: Send news, announcements and calendar items by this date or very soon after. 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

Mon Sept 22: Meet with Congressman Denny Heck about police practices: Our 10th Cong.Dist. U.S. Representative Denny Heck is responding to public concern about police practices by schedulinga community forum to discuss ideas to improve public safety and civil rights for everyone in the South Sound,î according to his recent e-mail in response to our local people who expressed outrage over police violence in Ferguson, Missouri. His e-mail says,Like you, I am concerned about the use of such tactics by law enforcement agencies. I believe that community policing can only be effective when communities, law enforcement, and elected officials work together.î His e-mail continues,We will meet at 5:30pm in the Performance Lounge of the Cascade Building at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus (9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood). If you have any questions about this forum, please contact my District Office at (360) 459-8514 or (253) 208-6172.î

Mon Sept 22: Olympia Peace Choir – New Member Day: The Olympia Peace Choir is an inclusive, intergenerational community chorus dedicated to using the power of song to create peace and social justice. Under the direction of Kerri Lynn Nichols, the Choir is an independent non-profit organization with no religious or political affiliations. We welcome all who love to sing! There are no auditions. We sing for the joy of it and perform at approximately six community events each year. The Olympia Peace Choir accepts new members only in September. Come to tonightís open rehearsal to learn more and decide if you want to join. Prospective members are invited to visit one or both of our first two rehearsals to check us out. There are no auditions. Just come, sing, pick up a member information packet, and decide if you want to join. We rehearse during the school year on Monday evenings and have six performances per year. There is a member fee; scholarships and payment plans are available. 7:00-8:30 pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North Street SE (SE of Olympia High School), Olympia. www.oly-wa.us/peacechoir

Tues Sept 23: Webinar with Michelle Alexander, author of No New Jim Crow, about racial injustice and the criminal justice system: The U.S.ís criminal justice system is based on harsh and racially biased practices that are not effective in fighting crime. Michelle Alexander will be featured in a webinar starting at 4:00 pm this afternoon (Pacific time). Register at this link: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=851100&sessionid=1&key=15229BCB6743DDE3A9D5BADE1CD11915&sourcepage=register It is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, www.splcenter.org

FOR Tues Sept 23: Attend the monthly meeting of the Olympia FORís 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 deathpenalty@olympiafor.org or Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org. Our website has much info about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm

Wed Sept 24: The Community Rights Movement and the Health of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) Follow-up: A productive forum on September 13 explored possible topics for a Community Rights Ordinance, especially one to protect the southern part of Puget Sound (the Salish Sea). This includes restoring the natural estuary instead of the Capitol Lake dam at 5th Ave SW. Gather tonight to follow up on the Sept. 13 forum. 7:00 pm at Traditions CafÈ, 5th & Water SW. Info: Janet Jordan (360) 232-6165 janetjordan@fastmail.fm and www.communityrightssouthsound.org and www.celdf.org and info@communityrightssouthsound.org and http://communityrightssouthsound.org/

Wed Sept 24: 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 lmosqueda@comcast.net www.omjp.net

Fri-Sun Sept 26-28: Pacific NW Social Forum in Portland, Oregon: Dozens of organizers working for social, economic and climate justice from throughout the Pacific Northwest have been planning the Pacific NW Social Forum for more than a year. This three-day event will feature music; a fundraiser/solidarity action for a computer center in Burundi, Africa; and assemblies and panels on topics including Indigenous Treaty Rights, Climate Justice, Housing and Homelessness and Democracy. The eventís overall goal is to create a Pacific NW Peopleís Plan for Social, Economic and Climate Justice with strategy and actions for the next two years. The event will conclude with a direct action on Sunday. This is one of many local and regional events nationwide during 2014 that are building toward larger gatherings in 2015 for the US Social Forum, which is part of the World Social Forum, which began in 2005 when 100,000 people gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The Social Forum concept – including the USSF – is not a typical conference, but rather a space where people come together to devise peoplesí solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF seeks to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and
 changes history. Register at www.pnwsf.org and contribute on a sliding scale of $10-$100 with the opportunity to do 2-hours of barter work in exchange for registration. Info: Monica Beemer, 503-860-9880 monibeem@gmail.com www.pnwsf.org

Sat Sept 27: 3rd Annual Community Cafe Conversation: Enjoy this discussion about the age of active wisdom from 9 am to 12 noon at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St NW, downtown Olympia. Please RSVP at (360) 586-6181

Sat Sept 27: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): See the calendar listing for Saturday September 13.

Sat Sept 27: Holly Gwinn Graham performs at Traditions withMusic to Cheer You (and to Cheer To)î — Holly Gwinn Graham, your stalwart purveyor of Musical opinions and occasional hilarity, will again play Olympiaís best venue, Traditions Fair Trade CafÈ (5th & Water downtown) at 8 pm. Info: (360) 867-0257 hollypatrice@comcast.net www.hollygwinngraham.com

Sun Sept 28: Water-wise Plant Sale: Here is an opportunity to do your fall plant shopping for native, water-wise and rain garden plants. Get expert advice here too. Proceeds support the work of Native Plant Salvage. 11 am to 4 pm at 4131 Mud Bay Road on Olympiaís west side

Mon Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20: Four-part series onClimate Change: From Despair and Denial to Courage and Actionî – A crucial part of addressing the climate crisis is to deal with the publicís (and our own) feelings, fears and thoughts. Each session in this four-part series builds on the ones before: scientific facts, emotional (why itís so hard to face, spiritual (why we donít face this alone), and political (what to do). It is presented by Stew Henderson, a savvy expert on the climate, political organizing, and resolving conflicts; and by Kathy Cox, a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Olympia with a special interest in grief and loss. This is offered through the Adult Education program at the Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, www.ouuc.org and www.ouuc.org/pages/adultED.html, for a modest fee. It runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm each of these four evenings at OUUC, 2300 East End Street NW, Olympia (from W. Harrison, go north on Division, west on 20th, and north on East End Street).

FOR Wed Oct 1:Palestineís Realities with Updatesî – The Olympia FORís October TV program debuts today at 5:00 this afternoon. It will air three times a week this month on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston Countyís cable subscribers. After it debuts on TCTV youíll be able to watch it at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. You can already watch it on YouTubeís Olympia FOR channel at this link — http://youtu.be/hR1VfSnEW-g — Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

Thurs Oct 2: Olympia Move to Amend Meeting: Contact them to verify that itís happening: Join the local part of this nationwide Move to Amend organization to get big money out of politics and reclaim our democracy! 6:30-8:30 pm at Thurston Co. Courthouse, Bldg. 1, Rm 152, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502 Info: Michael Savoca, savocas@fairpoint.net

FOR Fri-Sat Oct 3-4 and beyond: Fall Arts Walk includes a display of childrenís art for peace/justice now and beyond: During Spring and Fall Arts Walks, visit the window of Buckís 5th Avenue at 209 5th Ave SE. Every year Olympia FOR member Kristen Dahle arranges for elementary school students to produce art for display during Arts Walk and several weeks after. Themes range around various aspects of peace and social justice. Info: kjdahle@comcast.net

FOR Fri-Sat Oct 3-4: Olympia Arab Festival: Shuruq II: This fun-packed celebration of Arab culture features music, dance, art, food, educational panels and speakers, vendor and country tables, childrenís activities, films and more. This event runs from 5:00 to 10:00 pm today and from 12 noon to 5 pm on Saturday at the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Site at Corner of Capitol Way N & State Avenue – and also at The Olympia Center at 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown Olympia. See schedule at www.rachelcorriefoundation.org. The Olympia FOR is co-sponsoring this. Info: (360) 754-3998 or Kristina@rachelcorriefoundation.org

FOR Fri-Sat Oct 3-4: Olympia Arab Fest Shuruq II: The Olympia FOR is co-sponsoring the Rachel Corrie Foundationís second Arab Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday October 4 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown. It celebrates the Arab worldís people, traditions, culture, food, music, dance, and more. Admission is free. A related event will occur Friday evening near the Olympia-Rafah mural at State & Capitol Way. Info: Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, (360) 754-3998 www.rachelcorriefoundation.org

Sat Oct 4 to Sat Oct 11: Keep Space for Peace Week: Should the worldís people timidly accept surveillance and domination by the US military and giant corporations? The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is organizing an annual week to help people inform themselves and sayNOî to that. This yearís theme isFull Spectrum Resistance to Full Spectrum Dominance.î Info of list and worldwide activities (including Holly Gwinn Grahamís concert on Sat Sept 27 in Olympia) at www.space4peace.org (207) 443-9502

Sun Oct 5: Veterans for Peace (Olympiaís chapter 109) meets at Media Island International, 816 Adams St. SE, Olympia, at 2:00 pm. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@comcast.net

Mon Oct 6: Regional gathering of faith-based people who care about social justice: Faith Action Network invites you to meet in Lacey: The Faith Action Network (which evolved from the Washington Association of Churches) does great work for social justice. FAN is organizing faith-based communities into 15 geographicalclustersî that will meet together at least once annually. These get-togethers offer an opportunity to get to know your neighbors from local advocating faith communities, to update each other on our advocacy efforts  and learn new ways that we can come together to effect the common good. The greater Olympia area and western Pierce County will meet tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at St. Benedictís Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St SE, Lacey (east of St. Martinís on a short street running north from Pacific. Info: www.fanwa.org

Mon Oct 6: Public forum featuring candidates for U.S. Representative (our local 10th Congressional District): Congressional opponents Denny Heck and Joyce McDonald will speak and respond to the publicís written questions at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia. The audience will have an opportunity to submit written questions, so come and listen to what the candidates have to say. This is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Thurston County and the Nisqually Tribe. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, and the forum will begin at 7:30 pm. Info: Dawn Brooks Gibbs, dawn8152@msn.com

FOR Tues Oct 7: Olympia FORís book discussion group about moving from war to peace: 6:00 pm at Chuck Schultzís home, 1621 Tullis NE (a little north of San Francisco Street Bakery). Info: Chuck at 705-8520 chuckschultz3@msn.com

Tues Oct 7: Introduction to Nonviolent Communication –Communicating to Connectî — Liv Monroeís excellent workshops (ìCommunicating to Connectî) 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 RosenbergísNonviolent Communicationî 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. Tonightís 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.) Itís free, but donations are appreciated. Info: Liv Monroe 357-4503 livmonroe@gmail.com

Tues Oct 7: Earth Ministry’s 20th Annual Celebration of St. Francis will feature author and activist John de Graaf: Earth Ministry works effectively to involve religious congregations with environmental issues. This yearís event features John de Graaf, Executive Director of Take Back Your Time and co-author of Affluenza and Whatís the Economy For, Anyway? will be the featured presenter at Earth Ministry’s 20th Annual Celebration of St. Francis on October 7. John has been producing documentaries for public television for 37 years and is an international speaker on issues of sustainability, time balance, and happiness. He will make the case that Americans work too much and consume too much, and that our passion for economic growth is a key driving force toward increasing inequality, unhappiness, stress, and poor environmental stewardship in the United States. Throughout the evening he will point to promising possibilities for improving our quality of life. The plea of St. Francis to slow down and become re-enchanted with the sacredness of the world has never been more relevant than it is today. 7:00-8:30 pm at Olympic View Community Church of the Brethren, 425 NE 95th St, Seattle. Info: Jessica at the Earth Ministry office at (206) 632-2426 or jessica@earthministry.org

Wed Oct 8: 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 lmosqueda@comcast.net www.omjp.net

FOR Wed Oct 8: Olympia FORís Steering Committee meets from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Kim Dobsonís home in NE Olympia. All Olympia FOR folks are welcome. Info: 491-9093 info@olympiafor.org

Fri Oct 10:Parenting Through Tough Times: Stories of Resilienceî – Heartsparkle Players perform their amazingly good Playback Theatre, in collaboration with Family Education and Support Services: 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 we collaborate with Family Education and Support Services, a community organization that promotes healthy childhood development by supporting the adults who care for and influence the children in their lives. 7:30-9:00 pm at Traditions CafÈ, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia. A $5-$10 donation will be requested but nobody will be turned away for lack of a donation. Info: Debe Edden – debek@olywa.net www.heartsparkle.org

Sat Oct 11:Community Rights to Public Safetyî is a forum exploring a possible topic for a local Community Rights Ordinance: Local people who want a more profound democracy with local decisionmaking about important issues are considering possible topics for a local Community Rights Ordinances. Meetings aboutCommunity Rights to Public Safetyî – protecting ourselves from a militarized unaccountable police force – will occur on Sat Oct 11 at 12 noon at the MIXX-96 meeting room (SW corner of State & Washington), and Wed Oct 22 at 7 pm at Traditions CafÈ, 5th & Water downtown. In November, two meetings aboutCommunity Rights to Food Securityî will occur: Sat Nov 8 at 12 noon at MIXX-96ís meeting room (SW corner of State & Washington), and Wed Nov 12 at 7 pm at Traditions CafÈ, 5th & Water downtown. About 150 American communities have already spoken out and claimed the right to ensure their own safety, through a CRO.  They feel our environmental laws do not protect us.  Whether the question is fracking, mining, or burning, the permit is always granted.  We can make comments but we canít prevent the damage. A CRO can help. We can claim the rights of citizens to sovereignty over our own affairs. In spite ofpushing the envelope,î  CROís have been respected by Federal and State authorities. Info: Janet Jordan (360) 232-6165 janetjordan@fastmail.fm and www.communityrightssouthsound.org and www.celdf.org

SIGN UP NOW for Thurs-Sat Oct 9-11 and Thurs-Sat Oct 16-18: Take the Dispute Resolution Centerís 40-Hour Mediation Training. This fun and highly interactive course will acquaint you with the philosophy, model and skills needed for a working knowledge of the role of a neutral mediator. You can take this training without actually volunteering to serve as a DRC mediator! The concepts and skills taught in this training are easily transferable and are designed to improve communication and enhance relationships at home, at work and beyond. It runs 3 days each week. It costs $675, but teenagers get a significant discount. Watch Olympia FORís December 2013 TV program at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm for good background and inspiration. Info: Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, (360) 956-1155 www.mediatethurston.org

REGISTER NOW for Fri-Sat Oct 17-18 Advanced Nonviolence Training: Rosy Betz-Zall, a long-time FOR activist and skilled trainer, and the Washington Peace Team offer this in-depth nonviolence training at 656 Howe St. Seattle 98109 (between Dexter Ave N and Aurora Ave N, Hwy 99) for persons who already have received some basic nonviolence training. This session will increase your understanding and skills for nonviolent action. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Fri. Oct. 17 and 10 am to 5 pm Sat. Oct. 18. ThisBeyond the Basicsî training will help you increase your skills of non-violence in action. Please RSVP to Rosy Betz-Zall, rbetzzall@gmail.com

FOR Mark your calendars now: SAT NOV 8:Economic Justice for the 99% — Western Washington FORís annual Fall Retreat in Lacey: The Olympia FOR is taking the lead on organizing WWFORís Fall Retreats, starting this year. Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.og

For many more events happening in the greater Olympia area see the Olympia FORís newsletters at www.olympiafor.org and additional calendar items posted at http://www.olympiafor.org/calendar_of_coming_events.htm

 

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