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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes





1) FYI Section:

1A) West Central Park Update

1B) Call Out to Cantwell

2) Annual Homeless Census

3) Artesian Commons: Now What? (Land Use Committee Meeting)

4) Carbon Free Forum

5) Media Island Monthly Benefit Brunch: Food and Water Watch

6) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Event Calendar

7) Bonus Tip of the Week




Why the Chicken Crossed the Road!



Thunderbolt Exclusive: Why the Chicken Crossed the Road!

Hey Kids!

I was just innocently sitting in my truck on the street in front of the westside Food CoOp when suddenly and unexpectedly I found myself the recipient of journalistic manna from heaven: I saw a chicken crossing the road!

Yes, your intrepid reporter saw opportunity and leaped! I immediately launched an investigation into that age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Well, kids, here’s the result of my in-depth eyewitness accounting: Evidently there is something that lives in grass that is under a fir tree that chickens like to eat, and evidently whatever this is does not live in grass that is not under a fir tree. My evidence is that after crossing the road the chicken immediately made his way to the fir tree and then slowly worked his way around the tree busily munching on stuff that was in the grass. Then, after completing a circle around the tree, the chicken wandered off down the dead-end street and disappeared.

So there you have it: The next time someone asks you why the chicken crossed the road you now have the documentary evidence to answer that question.



Thunderbolt Exclusive: Bing Exposed!

After the Thunderbolt’s explosive exclusive exposing Microsoft Word for engaging in vile sexism in that Word allowed the capitalizing ‘He’ but disallowed the capitalizing of ‘She’, I have discovered yet another shocking secret possibly buried deep in the heart of your personal computer!

Yes, Thunderbolt fans, I use Bing as my default search engine because Google does so much evil. I figured Bing wasn’t much if any less so but when I tried to Bing ‘je suis Charlie’ so I could check the spelling Bing wouldn’t provide a link specific to the phrase even though the phrase has become a Major Media Trend. I finally just typed in what I thought the spelling was and was immediately presented with several sites referring to ‘je suis Charlie’ — but Bing didn’t (wouldn’t?) include any of these in its preliminary search results.

Hmmm. It would appear as if Bing is censoring my political information — thus now making them now officially evil also.

Is there no one that is doing no evil these days?



Dusty Roads Ahead

Miniaturization of electronics is moving ahead apace with alacrity. They already have microphones the size of a grain of rice and soon they will literally be able to sprinkle some dust around and in this manner obtain a variety of surveillance capabilities including being able to hear every word you say and — with voice-to-text capabilities — they will soon be able to put everything you say into a searchable database.

The upside to this is that this is the only surveillance program I know of that can be thwarted with a dust mop.



Democratic Revolution

The people of Greece just overthrew the Wall Street ‘save the village by destroying it’ austerity agenda and they did it by using democratic processes.

I guess they don’t have rigged voting machines in Greece.

Popular uprisings are the Machine’s greatest fear. This is a big deal, especially if anyone else has their backs and if there is serious follow-through. Stay tuned.



Government for Sale

The Koch brothers are allegedly planning to spend over $900 million on the next election.

Why don’t they just make it an even billion?



Kiss Up Kick Down

When I lived in Seattle during the late 90’s I knew a young man that I will call a ‘kiss up/ kick down’ kind of guy, i.e. he was very nice to people who he considered ‘above’ him in a given hierarchy whilst he was often very disrespectful and dismissive toward people who were ‘below’ him. The context here was the marijuana distribution business and since I pretty much had near-monopoly control of the marijuana distribution network in the University District at that time then I was definitely a guy he kissed up to. He was otherwise in many ways a very admirable young man. He was intelligent and personable and he was very dependable — a real plus in a business that tends to attract a lot of flakes. He also knew everyone and everything to do with the marijuana distribution networks in the University District and he hooked me up with several invaluable connections whilst I was establishing my monopoly. He was also a fun and interesting person just to hang out with socially.

However, his disrespect also extended to women and he treated his beautiful delightful and very young girlfriend (he was 23, she was 16) like shit — and since I have trouble respecting men who disrespect women then — let’s just say that I had seriously mixed feelings about this young man.

I mention him because this ‘kiss up/ kick down’ mindset is completely dominant in any culture that is based upon domination and thus I think that understanding this manner of viewing human relations is important.

It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of January 29th thru February 4th, 2015




1) FYI Section:


1A) West Central Park Update

Keep in mind that Alicia always sends her updates the day after the Thunderbolt is published so this is last week’s news — but most of it is still relevant.

This is from Alicia:

Hi Park Fans!

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful day tomorrow for our regular Sunday work party from 10 -1.  These work parties, held every conceivable Sunday of the year, are a great way to meet your neighbors and benefit your community by performing the maintenance that is needed to keep the Park looking tidy. This Sunday we will be building our second recycling bin and painting the first.  We will also be continuing work on our crevice garden and hopefully adding some succulents tomorrow! Come on out with a pair of gloves and a smile and we will get you right to work on those jobs or any of our regular maintenance jobs like picking up litter, weeding, sweeping, raking, pruning, and adding mulch to all the beds. We’d love to see you there and bring a neighbor along!

The Port a Potties will be retired for the time being.  The Board has decided, at our meeting last Thursday, to use them only at events and work on getting the funding for our permanent bathrooms. The experiment of leaving them open since last June, has worked pretty well. They were never damaged, but in the last couple of months, due to a lack of a good garbage system in the units, garbage was beginning to become a regular part of the cleaning.  Rather than try to make these potties what they are not, we are going to retire them. But YOU can help us reach our goal of $120,000 more dollars to build our bathrooms, our picnic shelter, and our food truck pads. The Park is counting on you to help.  We are a 501c3, so remember every private donation is tax deductible.

WSECU has decided to donate $1000 to the West Central Park! They would like some to go the Free Monday Movie Madness series this summer, and the rest to go to any of our various projects that are in the works like the crevice garden, the recycling bins and a new granite and concrete checkerboard table for the Park. Thanks WSECU and welcome to the corner!

Our pilot program to get local funding for our free movies in July and August, has taken off with a bang! We have already received donations from six local businesses. Each of these businesses will get to share in  a part of the opening preview by advertising their logo on our slide show that precedes each movie. Since each movie is $200 for the rights, we calculate 8, $25 donations will be allotted 60, 6 second flashes of their logo in the slide show. That is 360 times that their logo will appear before a captive movie going audience.  Only Thurston County and Washington based and founded businesses will be offered this advertising package.  Let us know if your business would like to be a part of sponsoring a free summer movie at WCP!

See you at the Park!



1B) Call Out to Cantwell

One of our senators, Maria Cantwell, evidently needs to be pressured to kill fast-track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership.

This is from Janet:

They keep saying Fast Track is due to be passed soon, probably next week — there’s been a lot of crying wolf, but still, sooner or later it’s going to happen.

Our senator, Maria Cantwell, is on the Senate Finance Committee which would have input on the Fast Track bill and the eventual Trade Agreement.  It would help if we could all call her office and tell her we don’t want Fast Track (or the Agreement).

Talking points:

  • trade deals offshore our jobs
  • and give corporations special powers to overturn our laws

Cantwell’s office number is (253) 572-2281.

Thanks to anyone who can take the time to call!




2) Annual Homeless Census

Thursday January 29th thru Saturday January 31st All Across Thurston County

This is an important action as this large determines how much federal funding we get for homeless services. A lot of the homeless kids think this is a plot by the police to help further oppress and terrorize them. I know the people who organize this and that is not the case; this is not to say the police won’t use some of the knowledge garnered in the census for nefarious purpose, but there is absolutely no collusion of any kind between the census team and the police and overall the census is a lot of upside with very little down.

Please plug in if you would like to help.

This is from Renata:

The 10th Annual Thurston County Homeless Census is rapidly approaching, and we could use your help in this unique service opportunity!

The 2015 Homeless Census starts on Thursday January 29th and continues until January 31st with activities all across Thurston County.

The annual county-wide Homeless Census is how we learn who is homeless and why. This information helps guide funding and other resources to critically needed programs and projects. Volunteers also help staff the popular “Homeless Connect Event,” a 1-day drop-in warming center with free hot meals and coffee, clothing/commodities giveaway, haircuts, medical services and referrals to shelters and other services.

Many shifts & volunteer activities are available all across Thurston County.

Please sign up to join us here:

Once you sign up, we will get in touch to provide more information and training opportunities.

Thank you for your help and service, and for making this a better community for all!

Renata Rollins

Volunteer Coordinator




3) Artesian Commons: Now What? (Land Use Committee Meeting)

Thursday January 29th at 5:30 pm @ Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave E

This is the city deciding what to do with our commons. Since they are liberals you can count on them to do the wrong thing unless pressured.

This is from Renata:

The next “official” step in protecting and nurturing the Artesian Commons happens this Thursday evening and your presence is requested.

In the last 6 weeks our voices have shifted the conversation in City Hall away from shutting down the park, and toward building an inclusive public visioning process for the future of our beloved Artesian Commons.

This is a call to attend the city council’s Land Use & Environment Committee meeting Thursday, where we’ll hear about immediate and long-term actions in the works. A strong public showing tells the committee/council that we the people care about the Commons, and their decisions need to engage a mix of voices from the community.

Agenda looks pretty packed, and the Commons is the 4th item on the list. But at least we’ll be together! =)

Meeting is in room 207 (take stairs or elevator to 2nd floor, room 207 is right across from the elevators)



4) Carbon Free Forum

Saturday January 31st at 3:30 pm @ Olympia Center Room B, 222 Columbia St NW

It’s about how to get out of the carbon trap.

This is from Olympia FOR:

Saturday, January 31 – Carbon Free Forum

With Thad Curtz, Akua Asare-Kanadu and Ben Serrurier


  • See an expert panel discuss this topicv
  • Learn about Governor inslee’s Carbon Pollution Accountability Act
  • Opportunities to ask questions

Bring your friends, neighbors, and anyone with questions about a carbon tax or fee. The news about climate change is increasingly dire, how can we pressure our representatives to take action?

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by Olympia FOR’s Climate Crisis Group and Climate Solutions

Saturday, January 31, 1:15 – 3:30pm, Olympia Center, Multipurpose Room B



5) Media Island Monthly Benefit Brunch: Food and Water Watch

Sunday February 1st from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

This month MI teams up with Food and Water Watch, whose local campaign is centered upon reducing the use of antibiotics on factory farms due to the fact that all the bacterial pathogens are starting to become immune to our cures.

I couldn’t find anything from Media Island (strange since I live there) so this is from TC ProNet:

First Sunday Benefit Brunch at MII
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Time: 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Short Description: On the first Sunday each month Media Island hosts a brunch to benefit a local non-profit org, from 11 am to 2 pm.
Location: Media Island International

816 Adams SE

Olympia 98501

This ongoing First Sunday Brunch features Media Island International (MII) partnering with a different local non-profit org to raise their visibility and raise funds for them.  Enjoy a tasty brunch for a worthy cause each month.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MII, 816 Adams Street SE (just east across Adams Street from Olympia’s downtown library).

Donations, rather than a fixed price.

If you need a handicap entrance, use the alley behind it, accessible from 9th Ave SE.



6) Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Event Calendar

Oly FOR also puts out a most excellent calendar that I usually include in the Thunderbolt.

This is from Oly FOR:

Weekly Events:


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 www.olympiafor.orgJANUARY: “Climate Change:  From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!”  FEBRUARY: “Human Trafficking:  Problems and Solutions.”  See descriptions on our website’s TV Programs page.  Watch the programs on TCTV or through  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

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  and

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:  491-9093

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

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 www.olympiafor.orgJANUARY: “Climate Change:  From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!”  FEBRUARY: “Human Trafficking:  Problems and Solutions.”  See descriptions on our website’s TV Programs page.  Watch the programs on TCTV or through  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

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, parralleluniversity@yahoo.com  See list of current and past topics and guests.  Listen locally or at

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

FOR  Every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm:  Hold banners over I-5 to oppose oil trains:  The plan is to continue every Thursday as long as we have volunteers to help.  Banners, we will be holding Rod Tharp’s latest no oil train banner with multicolor LED lights.  We need four to five volunteers to help.  Please contact them to verify.  Info:  Rod Tharp 951-1080 or Bourtai Hargrove 352-6327

Every Thursday at 8:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487  and

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   JANUARY: “Climate Change:  From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!”  FEBRUARY: “Human Trafficking:  Problems and Solutions.”  See descriptions on our website’s TV Programs page.  Watch the programs on TCTV or through  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

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

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

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

Every Saturday at 2:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487  and

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

Specific Dates:

January 21 was the 5th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which further allowed big money to dominate elections.  Many state legislatures – including Washington’s – are considering legislation calling for overturning the Citizens United decision.  You might want to work with one or more of the many non-profit organizations working to correct the Supreme Court’s corrupt decision.  Good groups include WAmend (,  Public Citizen (,  WashPIRG (, and Fix Democracy First! ( – formerly Washington Public Campaigns).

Now through Sat Feb 21 in Tacoma:  Photo Exhibit: Viet Nam – An Alternative View: Tacoma 1/14 – 2/21 – See Richard Baker’s photograph exhibit, Viet Nam – An Alternative View at the Handforth Gallery at the Tacoma Main Library.  Over the last five years Richard Baker has photographed in Vietnam.  “I love and respect the people and the country and to me nothing gathers feelings and emotions, or shows more respect like the basic cameras I use.”  For more information visit the description at the Tacoma Library website.

Mon-Fri Jan 26-30:  Take the Dispute Resolution Center’s 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 from 8 am to 5 pm each day this week.  It costs $675, but teenagers get a significant discount.  Watch Olympia FOR’s December 2013 TV program at  for good background and inspiration. Info:  Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, (360) 956-1155 

FOR  Tues Jan 27:  Attend State legislative hearing and show support for the on the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act:  The Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group vigorously supports this bill to put a price on carbon-based fuels.  We will arrive by 10:30 a.m. south of the Capitol Bldg. near the sundial to pick up signs for a demonstration from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Then at 1:30 pm the hearing will occur west of the sundial in House Hearing Room A of the John O’Brien Building.  If you plan to speak specifically in support of the bill, sign up as early as possible.  Speakers will probably be limited to two or three minutes.  We need to remind the legislators that our livable climate and human civilization itself are in danger if we continue to burn fossil fuels.  The people of Washington demand an effective price on carbon now, so we can use the “market” forces to reduce the use of fossil fuels and protect our climate.  The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is collaborating with many other environmental, climate-related, labor and community groups(including Olympia FOR and the Western Washington FOR) to create a big turnout at the Capitol to show that the time to act is now.  The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is Washington State’s coalition of community organizations, businesses, labor unions, and environmental organizations dedicated to reducing global warming pollution, creating family-wage jobs and securing a better future for our families and future.  To maximize the impact, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy urged participants to coordinate clothing colors for good public visibility, so please wear either ORANGE, BLUE, or YELLOW (the colors of the logo of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy).  Please arrive by 11 for the Launch and by 12:45 for the hearing.  Info: (360) 352-6327

Tues Jan 27 (and repeating Thurs Jan 29, Fri Jan 30, Mon Feb 2, Wed Feb 4, and Sat Jan 7):  Watch a TCTV program featuring interfaith prayers for peace:  Thanks to Dennis Mills for videotaping this and scheduling it to air on Thurston Community Television (TCTV) cable channel 22 for cable TV subscribers in Thurston county at 86:00 pm Tues Jan 27, 10:30 am Thurs Jan 29, 12:30 pm Fri Jan 30, 12:30 pm Mon Feb 2, 8:00 pm Wed Feb 4, and 3:00 pm Sat Feb 7.  Info: and

FOR  Tues Jan 27:  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  or Glen Anderson 491-9093  Our website has much info about the death penalty at

Tues Jan 27:  Radical folksinger David Rovics performs with Brian McCracken and Meta Pigeon Parade:  David Rovics, the world renowned traveling protest radical singer songwriter and former student of Evergreen, is playing at Media Island, 816 Adams St. SE. Opening up for him will be Brian McCracken of Old Growth Poetry Collective and the local folk punk band Meta Pigeon Parade will be closing the night! This is open to all ages. Please donate to help those that create and spread radical music and poetry, pay what you can if you can and give more if able. Buy their music, zines and t-shirts. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Respect each other, the performers and the space.  7:00 pm at Media Island, 816 Adams St. SE (just east from Olympia’s library).

Wed Jan 28:  Online discussion with Naomi Klein to prepare for global Divestment Day on FRI-SAT FEB 13-14:  May Boeve from is convening an online interactive global web workshop.  Naomi Klein will share her thoughts on how fossil fuel divestment can help change everything in 2015, and how Global Divestment Day can put us on the path to real international action later this year in Paris.  The conversation will discuss opportunities arising from low oil prices.  Organizers and activists from five continents will share their plans for Fri-Sat Feb 13-14.  Today’s conversation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.  Register at this link:  Register for the chat with Naomi Klein to receive details of how to join.  More info:  and  Even more info:

Wed Jan 28:  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.  Tonight meet at Traditions Café, 5th & Water downtown.  Info: Larry 951-4894

FOR  Wed Jan 28 (and repeating Fri 30, Sat 31, Mon Feb 2, and Fri Feb 6):  Watch a TCTV program about the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s 100th anniversary:  Thanks to Dennis Mills for videotaping this event in Seattle and scheduling it to air on Thurston Community Television (TCTV) cable channel 22 for cable TV subscribers in Thurston county at 8:30 pm Wed Jan 28, 5:00 pm Fri Jan 30, 7:00 pm Sat Jan 31, 3:00 pm Mon Feb 2, and 10:30 am Fri Feb 6.  Info: and

FOR  Thurs Jan 29:  Practice some songs for a flash mob on Global Divestment Day, Fri-Sat Feb 13-14:  Practice singing some catchy songs about divesting from fossil fuel investments at 4:00 pm today at Rozanne Rants’ home, 1621 Tullis Street NE, a few north of the San Francisco Bakery.  We’ll practice today and sing at a flash mob on FRI FEB 13 and/or SAT FEB 14.  Already we have several catchy songs created by Holly Gwinn Graham, Donna Albert, and the Seattle Raging Grannies.  If you can’t make it by 4:00, come as soon after that as soon as you can.  We will decide where to perform our flash mob, practice the songs, and incorporate an element of surprise.  Bring your friends, anyone who likes to sing, dance or play an instrument. See you there!  Sponsored by Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group.  Info:  Bourtai (360) 352-6327

Sat Jan 31:  Rummage sale to benefit Thurston-Santo Tomás (Nicaragua) Sister County Association (TSTSCA):  Help TSTSCA fund projects of our sister community in Chontales, Nicaragua by donating your usable items and coming to buy others’ treasures.  (This annual event generates as much as $2,000 each year.)  Donate books, glassware, household, office, sports, furniture, toys, coats, accessories, jewelry, collectibles, etc., on Friday the 30th between 4 and 7 pm.  Come and buy good items at modest prices on Saturday the 31st between 9 am and 3 pm.  It all happens in Lincoln School’s gym (behind the school at 21st Ave SE and Washington SE, just east of Capitol Blvd a few blocks south of the Capitol.  Questions?  Volunteer to help set up on Friday or clean up on Saturday afternoon?  Call Maureen at 464-5264 or email us at

Sat Jan 31:  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:  Recently Washington Public Campaigns changed their name to Fix Democracy First and changed their website from to   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:    The statewide office is:  Fix Democracy First, PO Box 70452, Seattle WA 98127  (206) 890-0489

FOR  Sat Jan 31:  Forum:  Protect our climate by putting a fee on carbon:  One of the smartest strategies for protecting the climate is to put a financial price on coal, oil, and other fuels that emit carbon dioxide when burned.  By increasing the cost of greenhouse-gas-emitting fuels, we can use the “market” to reduce their use and shift demand to green alternatives.  Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group and Climate Solutions are co-sponsoring today’s brief, informative forum to inform people about this.  The forum will be held on Saturday January 31 from 1:15 to 3:30 pm in Multipurpose Room B at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown.

The forum will feature four expert speakers explaining this topic, including the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act that Gov. Inslee has proposed and the carbon tax proposal developed by economist Yoram Bauman and Carbon Washington (  The forum will include opportunities for questions and answers and some light refreshments.  The four panel members are:  Thad Curtz (an active volunteer working with Yoram Bauman and Carbon Washington for a carbon tax);  Akua Asare-Kanadu (Univ. of Wash. student working with Carbon Washington,;  Ben Serrurier (analyst for Climate Solutions ( regarding economic matters);  Jeff Johnson (President of the Washington State Labor Council,

Also, Dusty Rhodes, a beloved long-time folk singer from Olympia, will sing his new song about the climate.  It is “The Climate on Earth Is a-Changin’” to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” – and it deserves wide exposure.  Enjoy it on Sat. Jan. 31, and also enjoy it now at this link:

The forum is co-sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group ( 360-352-6327 and also by Climate Solutions (

The Olympia FOR’s climate group supports both Gov. Inslee’s proposal for the 2015 legislative session and Yoram Bauman’s proposal for gathering signatures during most of 2015 for a climate tax initiative to the 2016 Legislature.

Carbon Washington ( is organizing for a revenue-neutral carbon tax.  Yoram Bauman, its founder, has spoken in Olympia several times.

Info:  Bourtai Hargrove (360) 352-6327

Sun Feb 1:  Brunch at Media Island to benefit Food & Water Watch’s work to stop the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming:  On the first Sunday each month Media Island International (MII) hosts a brunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to benefit to raise visibility and funds for a local non-profit organization.  Enjoy a simple, tasty brunch for a worthy cause each month.  This benefit brunch relies upon voluntary donations, rather than a fixed price.  It occurs at MII, 816 Adams Street SE (just east across Adams Street from Olympia’s downtown library).  If you need a handicap entrance, use the alley behind it, accessible from 9th Ave SE.  On the first Sunday of February (the 1st), the beneficiary is the local organizing for the nationwide organization Food & Water Watch (www.foodandwaterwatch.orgFood and Water Watch is building grassroots support to get the Olympia City Council to pass a resolution asking Senator Patty Murray to sign on as a co-sponsor on the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA).

As you know, when we get sick, we look to antibiotics to ensure our recovery. Antibiotics are some of the most critical tools in modern human medicine. Yet, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported in 2011 that 80% of antibiotics in the United States are used for agricultural purposes. Livestock producers use these drugs routinely, not to treat sick animals, but for growth promotion and disease prevention, a practice known as sub-therapeutic use. We have an incredible opportunity- and moral responsible to speak up about the misuse of antibiotics so that the next time a loved one gets sick, the medicine will work.

Food and Water Watch offered this link to the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA):

Here is a summarized version:  … and a detailed version:

Food and Water Watch’s field organizer in the Olympia area is Victoria Leistman at (516)-650-7530

Mon Feb 2:  Gather at State Capitol on “Have a Heart for Kids Day” and advocate for the Legislature to meet children’s needs:  The Children’s Alliance recently announced that Washington State Governor Jay Inslee will join participants at Have a Heart for Kids Day.  It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Capitol.  Join this energizing, inspiring day of action, which features training for new advocates, a rally on the Capitol steps, and an opportunity to meet with your legislators.  Kids and youths are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Info:  Have a Heart for Kids Day  Register now at this link:  Sign up!

FOR  Mon Feb 2:  Olympia FOR’s February TV program – “Human Trafficking:  Problems and Solutions” debuts today:  The Olympia FOR’s February 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.  You can already watch it at and read the program’s description similar to the description that will appear in our February-March 2015 newsletter.

Tues Feb 3:  Legislative hearing on the Oil Transportation Safety Act, HB 1449 introduced by Rep. Farrell (43rd Leg.Dist.)  This is the companion bill to SB 5087 which has already been introduced.  We need to show strong public support at the hearing for this legislation, which the Governor requested, that takes real action to protect our communities and waterways from oil spills.  (This is a result of the last year’s Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study.)  The hearing will occur at 1:30 p.m.  Look at for building and room location and any updated info.  Info:  Rein Attemann at the Washington Environmental Council,

FOR  Tues Feb 3: Olympia FOR’s book discussion group about moving from war to peace:  6:00 pm at Chuck Schultz’s home, 1621 Tullis NE (a little north of San Francisco Street Bakery).  For this month each of us can read a different book about “empire.”  Info:  Chuck Schultz 705-8520

Wed Feb 4:  Free help for persons new to computers:  The Olympia Timberland Library offers free help on a “drop-in” basis starting at 2:00 pm on Wed Feb 4, Wed Feb 18, Thurs March 5, and Wed March 18.  Are you a computer beginner?  Come to this drop-in class and get help from library staff.  Learn the answers to questions that you and others bring to the session.  Olympia Timberland Library, 8th Ave SE between Franklin and Adams Streets SE, downtown Olympia.  Info: 352-0595

Wed Feb 4:  “Remembering Medicine Creek” – Learn about local Indian history:  The Olympia Timberland Library presents information about the Medicine Creek Council, which took place in the Nisqually Delta on Dec. 26, 1854. It brought together 62 Native American tribal leaders and a contingent of American settlers headed by territorial Gov. to the session.  Olympia Timberland Library, 8th Ave SE between Franklin and Adams Streets SE, downtown Olympia.  Info: 352-0595

FOR  Thurs Feb 5:  Newsletter mailing party for Olympia FOR’s February-March issue #256If you might like to volunteer from 10:00 to 11:30 at Eco House, 911 Adams SE, downtown Olympia, contact Glen at 491-9093

Thurs Feb 5:  Gather at Capitol to tell Legislature to end debtors’ prisons:  Washington State’s criminal sentences often impose “legal financial obligations (LFOs).  Most convicts are poor, so they can’t pay these debts, which accrue 12% interest per year.  LFOs keep people tied to the criminal “justice” system for years, and failure to pay them off can result in people being jailed – even if they cannot afford to pay.  Join today’s lobby day sponsored by the ACLU of Washington.  Other good groups also support reforming this gross injustice.  Registration starts at 9:00 am, and the lobbying day starts at 9:30 a.m.  Gather in the Washington Room of the Pritchard Bldg (415 15th Ave SW, across the parking lot south of the State Capitol Bldg).  RSVP by Jan. 28 by contacting  Questions?  Call (206) 624-2184.

Fri Feb 6:  Free help with computers by volunteer teen tech tutors:  Learn basic computer skills by working one-on-one with Olympia Timberland Library’s great teen volunteers during after-hours drop-in sessions (5:15 pm after the library has closed).  Tutors are available on a first come, first served basis.  Olympia Timberland Library, 8th Ave SE between Franklin and Adams Streets SE, downtown Olympia.  Info: 352-0595

Fri Feb 6:  FILM:  “The Power of Forgiveness”  This 87-minute dramatic documentary film takes an honest look at the intensity of anger and grief that human nature is heir to.  There is an underlying anger in our country that we see regularly in our movies, in the news, even on our highways.  For some, that anger is acceptable while others are calling for a new direction in our thinking and the way we interact with others.  A facilitated discussion will follow the film.  Free admission, but voluntary donations will be invited.  Join us for a facilitated discussion following the film.  This is part of “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies” at 7:00 pm at Keystone UCC Church in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, 5019 Keystone Place N (From Olympia, go north on I-5 north, exit onto 50th Ave NE, turn left (west) for a few blocks to Keystone Place N, and turn right.  Info:

Sat Feb 7:  Bill Lindstrom, author of John Tornow: Villain or Victim? speaks about a century-old murder case:  The book is about John Tornow, alleged killer of six men, including his two nephews on Sept. 3, 1911.  This triggered a 19-month manhunt, the longest in Northwest history at the time.  He killed two deputies in March 1912, before he was killed in a shootout on April 16, 1913, but took two more deputies’ lives before he was gunned down.  Villain or Victim? asks whether the man was ever guilty of the murders, for he was never charged with a crime, though a $5,000 warrant was on his head.  John is pictured as a wild man of the Wynooche, referring to the area in which he roamed and subsisted in for two bitter winters in a feat that bewilders those who know the area.  The author describes John Tornow as a far more compassionate individual who only wanted to be left alone in the solace of the woods he so much enjoyed.  Was he a “Villain or Victim?”  The book attempts to find the truth as through the examination of newspaper articles, trial transcriptions and interviews with descendants of friends and neighbors who knew him.  It is a novel based on actual events, utilizing actual people who knew him, befriended or was sympathetic to him.  The story is told through the words of an actual reporter, who writes his narratives after interviews with sheriffs, posse members and Tornow advocates.  Many news articles of the day are reproduced.  Villain or Victim? leaves readers to decide by arming them with enough facts and fallacies to formulate their own opinions after studying the numerous conspiracy theories that have kept this story alive for more than 100 years.  This will occur at 3:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 E. 4th Ave, Olympia. Info:  (360) 352-0123

Tues Feb 10:  Death Penalty Abolition Lobby Day at the Washington State Legislature:  The Safe & Just Alternatives campaign is organizing teams of constituents to meet with lawmakers, and we need your help.  The death penalty is very costly and unequally applied.  It does not protect public safety, nor does it serve the needs of many victims’ family members.  Every year people from around the state visit their legislators in Olympia to urge repealing Washington’s death penalty law.  (When Gov. Jay Inslee announced a moratorium on executions in February 2014, that means only that he will not allow executions to occur while he is governor.  All current cases can continue proceeding, and new cases can still arise until we actually repeal the law.)  Join us in Olympia to lobby legislators to end the death penalty in Washington state.  If you are interested in participating, click here to register.  Registration deadline is Tues Feb 3.  This Death Penalty Abolition Lobby Day is organized by the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP), (206) 622-8952,, the Safe & Just Alternatives (SJA) campaign (, and the ACLU of Washington [, (206) 624-2184].  On-site registration starts at 8:30 a.m.  Gather at 9:00 am in the Washington Room of the Pritchard Bldg, south of the parking lot behind the State Capitol Bldg at 415 15th Ave SW, Olympia.  Info about participating: or or (206) 624-2184.  Info about organizing in the greater Olympia area:  Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, (360) 352-0695 and  By the way, if you have not signed a postcard to the Washington State Legislature within the past 11 or 12 months, please fill one out here. Your signed card will be delivered to your legislators on Lobby Day. If you would like to attend Lobby Day (and we hope you will!), please sign up here by Tues Feb 3.  The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP – (206) 622-8952– thanks you!



7) Bonus Tip of the Week:

Kiss up AND kiss down.





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