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News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

 

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1) FYI Section:

1A) Olympia FOR’s TV Program

1B) Carbon Tax Update

1C) Call to Action from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

1D) Update from Move to Amend: Congress Sneaking Corporate Giveaway of Public Lands in Defense Authorization Act

1E) I-937 Under Attack

2) Film Screening: Arresting Power

3) Author Ann Pancake: Stories of Contmeporary Appalachia; Its People and Dying Landscape

4) Film Screening: Selma

5) Olympia Move to Amend/ Washington Move to Amend Meeting

6) Film Screening: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

7) Chris Hedges at SPSCC

8) Science Café Olympia

9) Olympia Move to Amend/ WAmend STAMP Your $$ PARTY with FILM: “Legalize Democracy”

10) Bonus Tip of the Week

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Candidate for Sale!

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Grassroots Victory!

Hey Kids!

The FCC just instituted Net Neutrality, which prohibits Internet providers from creating ‘slow lanes’ and ‘fast lanes’ depending upon your ability to pay.

While several major content providers also supported net neutrality, the bad boys at Big Telecom hate it and this victory was almost solely due to grassroots citizen activism.

Give us a pat on the back.

This provides further proof that we CAN actually get things done when we get together.

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KOWA vs. Plus KAOS!

I have traveled all over North America more times than I can count and Olympia has the best selection of public affairs-oriented radio stations of anywhere that I’ve ever been — and this is even after losing both Radio Free Olympia and the NPR broadcast that used to come in at 91.7 fm that was affiliated with KUOW but was much edgier and more radical. You can still stream it at http://kuow.org/listen but two weeks ago they removed all of the best shows from their playlist — so it’s hardly worth it anymore.

Anyway, last week I threw a little left-handed jab at KAOS and it later occurred to me that some who are unfamiliar with my sense of humour might have mistaken that for a serious insult and so I would like to assure all that I love KAOS and that I consider KAOS to be an invaluable part of the Olympia community. While I admit to some resentment over the fact that everyone has heard of KAOS while almost no one has heard of KOWA, overall I consider KAOS to be an ally rather than a ‘rival’. They have the ‘credibility’ of their association with the Evergreen State College — but for that same reason they need to be careful about airing truly explosive or controversial material. Anyone who listens to KOWA in general or the Thunderbolt in particular knows that we specialize in such material — but that said, we also air a lot of the same programs. They air Democracy Now at 9 am and 8 pm while we air it at 6 pm. They air TUC Radio at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays while we air it at 1 pm on Sundays. And so forth. KAOS is mostly music with some public affairs while KOWA is mostly public affairs with some music. Thus, Olympia has access to both vanilla and chocolate! Whichever way your tastes run!

KAOS broadcasts at 89.3 fm and streams at http://kaosradio.org/listen/

KOWA broadcasts at 106.5 fm and streams at http://kowalp.org

While you can stream KOWA from anywhere in the world with Internet access, as of now the actual broadcast signal only reaches the downtown area. However, a new situation has arisen wherein I may very soon be able to blast the entire metro area with my Thunderbolts! Stand thee warned, Olympia!

Also: KAOS actually has a budget and some money while KOWA has neither.

Again: They can do things we can’t do because they have money while we can do things they can’t do because we don’t need to worry about money.

One more thing: For a long time Olympia also had an illegal pirate station called Free Radio Olympia, or FRO, but they haven’t broadcast anything in a couple of years now. (I’ll enquire the next time I see one of the FRO people.) When FRO was happening, though, this also created a situation wherein they could do things we couldn’t do because they didn’t need to worry about a license while we could do things they couldn’t do because we do have a license.

The point is this: It’s ALL good!

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Fight Fire with Fire?

I have spent lots of space advocating that everyone who isn’t a Wall Street bankster should put aside their differences and unite against the common enemy that is destroying our world.

I would like to refine that: I don’t mean we should form one over-arching organization for such an organization would quickly become just like the already existing ones. Plus, having all our eggs in one organizational basket would make them much easier for the Machine to crack. Everyone should maintain their current affiliations and everyone should continue to work on whatever issues they are working on — we just need to stop with the circular firing squads when it comes to political economic policies and form a few information clearinghouses where information relevant to Wall Street corruption and malevolence can be spread quickly amongst highly diverse groups.

To my mind the complete final and proof of the fact that both political parties are wholly owned subsidiaries of the War Machine was when the Democrats took complete control of both houses of the legislature and the White House in 2008 — and then made clear that there would be no prosecutions of the major massive numerous criminal actions of the Bush Team.

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Candidate for Sale!

Speaking of Democrats, believe it or not I have never done an in depth look into Hillary Clinton. Her 2008 presidential campaign was pre-Thunderbolt and I’ve never had any particular reason to look at her — until now.

Thus, as always, my first step was to check into who was buying her, and thus my first stop was Open Secrets.org.

Here is the list of the top financiers for Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign:

EMILY’s List $541,239
DLA Piper $496,700
JPMorgan Chase & Co $446,479
Goldman Sachs $407,850
Citigroup Inc $401,217
Morgan Stanley $374,830
University of California $273,756
Lehman Brothers $253,753
Skadden, Arps et al $220,310
National Amusements Inc $219,304
Merrill Lynch $194,109
21st Century Fox $193,500
Greenberg Traurig LLP $192,800
PricewaterhouseCoopers $191,900
Microsoft Corp $184,119
Time Warner $177,956
Kirkland & Ellis $177,741
Ernst & Young $161,150
General Electric $157,621
Cablevision Systems $154,063

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00000019

Gee, largely the exact same people that bankrolled Obama and McCain!

I guess they wanted to make sure they were covering all their bets — just like the good bankers that they are!

Except for Emily’s List being her top contributor, I saw no surprises of any kind since — as her list of bankrollers suggests — Hillary has enthusiastically supported every war that came her way, she has enthusiastically supported every policy that benefits Wall Street whilst screwing everyone else, and she has enthusiastically supported the NSA police state.

In other words, she has enthusiastically supported every policy that the left claims to hate but every policy whom the Democrats that the left always votes for always supports.

There should be a specific name for that particular mental derangement since we seem to be suffering an epidemic. (This goes well beyond the ‘enabling your abuser’ label.)

Goldman $achs is, as always, the central player if not Hillary’s top contributor. However, Goldman is now all over Hillary. (I wonder what Bill thinks of that?) Major War Machine funding for Hillary Clinton is not new. Here, for instance, is a list of Hillary’s bankrollers for her Senate campaign in 2000:

Citigroup Inc $105,650
Kushner Companies $91,000
Goldman Sachs $89,920
Time Warner $87,850
Walt Disney Co $74,200
Viacom Inc $61,025
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $59,825
Skadden, Arps et al $58,850
JPMorgan Chase & Co $53,750
UBS AG $53,750
EMILY’s List $53,525
Cablevision Systems $51,950
Credit Suisse Group $47,500
US Government $46,750
Kirkland & Ellis $44,000
International Profit Assoc $43,000
News Corp $42,375
Deloitte LLP $41,750
Bear Stearns $39,400

And just for a non-contrast, here is the list for her opponent, Republican Rick Lazio:

Goldman Sachs $178,300
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co $138,450
Citigroup Inc $132,140
Bear Stearns $112,800
JPMorgan Chase & Co $107,600
State of New York $78,224
Credit Suisse Group $72,950
AXA $68,450
UBS AG $67,800
Merrill Lynch $61,550
Verizon Communications $58,283
PricewaterhouseCoopers $54,086
Bristol-Myers Squibb $50,913
Sullivan & Cromwell $46,250
Andersen Worldwide $45,050
Lehman Brothers $40,300
New York Stock Exchange $40,300
Pfizer Inc $40,125
Deloitte LLP $39,250

Yes, those bad boys certainly cover all their bets let me tell you!

Anyway, according to the Nation:

Since her [Hillary Clinton’s] first Senate campaign in 1999, the firm [Goldman $achs] has been bankrolling Clinton to the tune of millions. Individual donors like Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein have been generous, but the firm has sought to purchase influence and good will through more oblique channels: Speaking fees as well as contributions to the nonprofit Clinton Foundation.

Of course, Goldman is not alone. Citigroup ranks No. 1 in lifetime donations to Clinton; Morgan Stanley is No. 6 and employs Clinton confidant Tom Nides.

This was actually another surprise: I have always figured that the ‘Clinton Foundation’ was probably a PR operation, but turns out that actually it is a campaign contribution laundering operation that firms such as Goldman $achs use to get around all those pesky campaign finance laws. According to the Nation Goldman $achs has donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation and hosts many of its events.

They also regularly hire Ms. Clinton to speak — and her standard ‘speaking fee’ is $200,000.

Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein has also personally donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chest many times in the past.

According to the Nation (that good liberal bastion that won’t allow me to access their archives unless I become a subscriber so I can’t provide a link to the source but it is on page 8 of the December 15-22, 2014 issue if you want to deal with the Nation’s online gauntlet) up to $300 million has been raised by Bill and Hillary Clinton from the financial-services industry.

And as mentioned last week, the nonprofit ‘Clinton Foundation’ has received millions in donations from fossil fuel companies, the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and a Canadian governmental agency tasked with promoting the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Yet the Nation — after pointing out all of Clinton’s seemingly impossible conflicts of interest — then presumes to offer ‘advice’ for what Hillary ‘needs to do’ if she wants to be a good president!

Dude, really?

Rather than offering ‘advice’ to Hillary Clinton I would suggest that your time would be much better served by trying to advise a volcano on how it should erupt.

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of March 5th thru March 12th, 2015

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1) FYI Section:

 

1A) Olympia FOR’s TV Program

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation airs a TV program several times every month on TCTV. This message is from Glen:

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s March 2015 TV program, ““Clean Drinking Water: Global Problems and Local Solutions” will air three times a week during March – every Monday afternoon at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday evening at 9:00 pm on Thurston Community Television (TCTV) cable channel 22 for cable TV subscribers in Thurston County.

Even if you live elsewhere or don’t have cable TV, you can watch this program anytime from anywhere through the Olympia FOR’s website.  Simply visit http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm, scroll down to March 2015, and click it.  I’m copying below a description of the program, which we also posted to our website:

Every month since February 1987 the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has produced one-hour TV programs on issues related to peace, social justice, economics, the environment, and nonviolence.

The Olympia FOR’s program airs several times every week for the entire month on Thurston Community Television (TCTV), channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable TV subscribers.  You can see TCTV’s schedule at www.tctv.net.

You can also watch the program described below (and more than 100 of our previous interview programs and special programs at the Olympia FOR’s website, www.olympiafor.org.   Simply click the TV programs link to reach www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm, scroll down, and click the program you want to watch.

Many of our website’s TV program listings also include a .pdf document describing the program.

MARCH 2015

“Clean Drinking Water: Global Problems and Local Solutions”

 

by Dennis Mills, an Olympia FOR member also very active with this topic

This month we’ll explore a problem that is very real but is largely hidden from most of us.  Half of the people in the world lack access to safe water or sanitation.  Every day, 2,000 children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.  That is the equivalent of 100 kindergarten classes every day!  Safe water is important for our world.  Past wars have often been fought over land and oil.  Many of tomorrow’s wars will be about control and access to clean water.

We’ll look at problems and solutions.  We’ll lift up the work of a local non-profit organization, Friendly Water for the World, www.friendlywater.net, which has projects in Kenya, India, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, and Burundi, Afghanistan, and Honduras.  The Mission of Friendly Water for the World is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation to people in need of them.

Friendly Water for the World began as a joint project between members of Olympic View Friends Church in Tacoma, Washington, and members of Olympia Friends Meeting, Olympia, Washington, through its Right Sharing of World Resources program.  This collaboration between members of two Quaker congregations began four years before the official founding of Friendly Water for the World in January 2010.

With the official launch of Friendly Water for the World, the organization retains its commitment to Quaker testimonies that are ‘SPICES’ — Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship.  Friendly Water is non-denominational, actively seeking to work with individuals from other faiths and traditions.  They look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and other communities seeking ways to ensure safe and clean drinking water.

We begin the program by explaining what “expanding access to low-cost clean water” means.  Friendly Water for the World empowers people to take charge of their own water quality, not dependent on government agencies or NGOs.

Friendly Water for the World BioSand Water Filters offer an elegantly simple technology that can remove up to 95-99% of bacteria and viruses, amoebae, protozoa, and worms, as well as metals, providing clean water for the family.

The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST, www.cawst.org) is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  CAWST provided the training and consulting support to Friendly Water for the World.  We are one of CAWST’s 400 clients that together have implemented projects in 63 countries and reached 9.3 million people with better water or sanitation through installations in homes, schools, orphanages, hostels, and clinics.

Filters are inexpensive, durable, and made of locally available materials (sand, gravel, and cement).  A filter that provides clean water for a family costs approximately $50 and will work for up to 30 years with almost no maintenance needed.  Making and installing BioSand Water Filters is a proven local micro-business that can and does create local jobs and generates needed income.  Friendly Water for the World helps people help themselves.  They jokingly refer to themselves as the “Anti-Charity Charity.”

This program’s three knowledgeable, articulate guests explain how individuals – rather than governments – can be effective in providing their own safe, clean water:

Wayne Medrud is the chief technical advisor for Friendly Water for the World.  Wayne Medrud has taught BioSand water filter construction in India, Burundi, and Uganda.

Ginny Stern is a professional hydrogeologist with the Office of Drinking Water (Division of Environmental Health) in the Washington State Department of Health.  Ginny Stern is Friendly Water’s treasurer and a board member.  She also helps with local training.

Dennis Mills is a founding board member of Friendly Water for the World.  Dennis Mills provides web and video support and serves on the Education Committee.

We recommend several good sources of information and opportunities for positive action:

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1B) Carbon Tax Update

This message is from Yoram:

Hello carbon tax friends: Big news this week because…

CarbonWA is hiring! Our campaign co-directors Kyle Murphy and Duncan Clauson are assembling a team of talented organizers to help us build a strong volunteer network, get the word out about CarbonWA, and collect signatures. We are open to candidates across the state, but we are especially interested in hiring in the greater Puget Sound region. More details in this job posting (PDF), please share widely! Applications and inquires can be directed to Kyle@carbonwa.org.

Legislative language on the home stretch: One of our winter deliverables was to finalize our legal language, so here’s an annotated copy of another new draft following our legal team meeting earlier this week. The tweaks from the previous version were fairly minor, so we expect the ballot title to be similar to the ballot title that just arrived from the Secretary of State’s office for our previous version: Initiative Measure No. 1397 concerns taxes. This measure would impose a tax on certain fossil fuels and electricity generated by fossil fuels, phase in a one-percentage-point sales tax reduction, reduce certain business taxes, and increase a sales tax exemption. Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]. More generally, we are making good progress towards being able to file a final version on March 11, the first day that we can file our Initiative to the Legislature. The Secretary of State’s process takes about a month, so signature-gathering will begin in early/mid April.

Bellingham: Kyle Murphy and Ben Silesky will be in Bellingham this Friday and Saturday, so if you are located in/near Bellingham and want to connect, email Kyle@carbonwa.org to set up a time! Also check out the pretty hilarious post I wrote last year for Sightline about whether the BC carbon tax is successful because all the Canadians are filling up their tanks in Bellingham. (The short answer is No.)

Other events: I’ll be part of CityClub’s March Civic Cocktail on W March 4, and Duncan and Kyle are scheduled to be part of an event at Bainbridge Art Museum that same evening. Then the CCL Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Conference is coming up March 7-8 in Seattle; CarbonWA will be tabling and I’ll be doing my comedy-and-carbon-taxes routine on Saturday March 7. Earlier that day Ben Silesky will be at the South Sound Sustainability Expo in Tacoma. Cliff Mass will be at Seattle Town Hall on W March 11, and I’ll be at Town Hall on M March 16 for a panel on “Putting a price on Washington’s climate pollution” with KC Golden, Todd Myers, and Nicole Keenan. Further afield it looks like I’ll be in Spokane around April 15, Whidbey Island around April 22, Bremerton on April 25, and Bainbridge Island around April 29, so email me if you want to organize events or a house party while I’m in town! Details on most upcoming events are here.

Readings: Our friends at Oregon Climate have a nifty new 5-minute video, so check it out on the Oregon Climate homepage. Also Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center has a video describing cap-and-trade (and why he’s against it, all in less than 2 minutes!). Ian Adams of R Street has a post that should be especially thought-provoking for CCL folks: “The difference between wanting a carbon tax and getting one.” Somehow that dynamic seems to be missing from the state transportation discussion, where Senate Republicans introduced a “poison pill” that eliminates funding for transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists if Governor Inslee introduces a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) via executive order. Richard Davis also argues against the LCFS in the Seattle Times, and in doing so he has nice things to say about how the CarbonWA carbon tax would be better than an LCFS… but so far the oil companies can’t manage to translate their theoretical support for carbon pricing into practical support. Elsewhere, “Sea-Tac Airport tells of need for expansion”, and Clean Energy Canada has a report based on BC’s experience called “How to adopt a winning carbon price”; they have a handy summary in “How B.C. brought in a carbon tax without tears”.

As always comments welcome on the blog or via Facebook and Twitter.

yoram

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1C) Call to Action from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

This is from WLIHA:

This Friday, February 27 is the next cutoff date to get the Homeless Student Stability Act (HB 1682 and SB 5065) out of their respective fiscal committees. But so far neither bill has been scheduled for a hearing! And another other key bill Extended Foster Care (HB 1735 and SB 5740) also needs a push in order to make it past the Friday deadline.

Please call the legislative hotline today and leave a message for your lawmakers to support these bills. Even if your lawmaker is not on a fiscal committee, they can help raise the importance of these bills with their fellow lawmakers.

This is easy. Simply call 1-800-562-6000 and leave this message for the operator:

“Please take action today to make sure SB 5065 and HB 1682 get a hearing, and make sure that HB 1735 and SB 5740 are passed before Friday’s deadline. The Homeless Student Stability Act will result in short and long term savings, as well as better educational, health, and life outcomes for students and their families. Extended Foster Care will ensure that young adults exiting foster care have the support they need to enter into adulthood. Please support both of these important issues.”

After you leave a message for your legislators, if you really want to go the extra advocacy mile, you can also directly call members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee to give them the same message. Here are the members:

Ways and Means: Senators Bruce Dammeier, Andy Hill, John Braun, Jim Honeyford, Jim Hargrove, Karen Keiser, Kevin Ranker, Andy Billig, Bob Hasegawa, and Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

Appropriations: Representatives Ross Hunter, Tim Ormsby, Bruce Chandler, Kevin Parker, J.T. Wilcox, Hans Dunshee, Zack Hudgins, Reuven Carlyle, Sam Hunt, Laurie Jinkins, Ruth Kagi, Kristine Lytton, Tana Senn, and Brady Walkinshaw.

You can find their numbers here.

You can find out more about the HSSA from our partners at Columbia Legal Services.

You can find out more on EFC from the Partners for Our Children bill tracker.

Many thanks,
Michele

P.S. You can also learn more about the HSSA from this King5 News report.

Michele Thomas, Director of Policy & Advocacy
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

206.442.9455 x205  |  wliha.org  |  fb @wliha  |  tw /wliha

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1D) Update from Move to Amend: Congress Sneaking Corporate Giveaway of Public Lands in Defense Authorization Act

I know it is shocking but the Congress has snuck a sneaky little clause into the DAA to start serious copper mining in the Tonto National Forest.

This message is from Move to Amend:

Crazy, Sneaky Corporate Rule

In December, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, as it has done each year for the past 52 years. According to NationalPrioritiesProject.

“The 2015 NDAA provides $521.3 billion in base military spending, which includes nearly $18 billion for nuclear weapons. In addition, it also provides $63.7 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations, or war budget…”

There’s no need to go on about the military-industrial complex. Just about everybody knows how that has worked out for our democracy, US taxpayers and our worldwide image.

There’s something even more insidious hidden in the 697-page bill: a giveaway of public land to corporations worth an estimated $130 billion!

The world’s largest copper mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, in operation since the nineteenth century, own the Australian corporation Resolution Copper, the recipient of the public land.

Ask your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to sign the Motion to Amend petition by sharing your recruiter link through email or social media.

The parcel is small, just four square miles of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. Underneath the landscape lies copper ore valued at $130 billion, more than 20% of the 2015 defense expenditures.

Ask your postal carrier, mechanic, and dry cleaners to sign the Motion to Amend petition by sharing your recruiter link through email or social media.

Law requires that the government be reimbursed for the value of land following use. There’s no guarantee that the extracted copper will be considered in the value, plus it’s going to take a very long time to extract the copper before payment is due.

This giveaway failed when it was a stand-alone bill. We have Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake to thank for this amendment to the NDAA, and a Congress bewitched by corporate rule.

This story illuminates the connections corporations have with politicians and how US policy reflects it. When so many of us are struggling to make ends meet, giving away our public resources to a foreign corporation in a defense authorization bill is the definition of crazy. It also defines corporate rule — a system set up to benefit wealthy corporations, not We the People.

Corporations should not have Constitutional rights and money in politics shouldn’t be speech. Ask anybody and everybody to sign the Motion to Amend petition by sharing your recruiter link through email or social media!

For the people,

Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Keyan Bliss, Laura Bonham, Edgar Franks, Virginia Rasmussen

 

Move to Amend National Leadership Team

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1E) I-937 Under Attack

This message is from Glen:

Are you getting tired of continual efforts to undermine the state’s incredibly successful clean energy law, Initiative 937? Well, here they come again. The Washington State Senate is about to vote on a slew of bills to slash I-937’s goals and standards.

Tell your state senator to protect our clean energy law and our clean energy future. Vote NO on Senate Bills 5089, 5090, 5094, 5430, 5735 and 5842!

Passed by Washington voters in 2006, I-937:

  • Requires the state’s major electric utilities to increase the amount of new renewable resources in their supply to 15% by 2020 and to obtain all the cost-effective energy efficiency available.
  • Has ushered in a renewable energy boom, helping draw more $8 billion in investments to the state, creating thousands of jobs and generating nearly $150 million in public tax revenue for local communities.
  • Has resulted in all-time-record energy efficiency accomplishments by utilities, saving money for families and businesses.
  • Remains our state’s No. 1 means of meeting its official greenhouse gas-reduction targets.

Yet some senators want to add power sources that aren’t renewable – such as natural gas and even nuclear! – to I-937’s wide suite of renewable energy options. Some want to give credit for preexisting projects, or for improvements that would have been or should be made regardless of the law. Some would make the standard meaningless by counting all existing hydropower, thwarting voters’ intent to build upon and diversify our renewable energy base.

Tell your senator to stand with the people of Washington state in supporting our growing clean energy economy!

Fair-minded people have offered a number of ideas for making I-937 work even better today and beyond 2020. Dealing with these issues piecemeal risks erosion – intended or not — of I-937’s goals and this state’s clean energy values. Rep. Jake Fey’s Clean Energy Choice Act, HB 2073, provides the framework for a comprehensive discussion of where we go from here.

Let’s use HB 2073 to forge real solutions for utilities, bill payers and our climate. Urge your senator to oppose rollbacks of I-937!

Thanks for all you do,

Cathy

Cathy Lehman

Voter Education and Outreach Director

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2) Film Screening: Arresting Power

Thursday March 5th at 6:30 pm @ the Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

This is from the Rachel Corrie Foundation:

ARRESTING POWER: RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON

a Documentary to be screened at OFS on March 5th at 6:30pm

Directors to be in attendance.

“The release of “Arresting Power” couldn’t be more timely.

The new documentary traces the long history of clashes between police and the Portland community, including racial motivations behind fatal conflicts dating back to the 1960s.

The pattern of violence and use of deadly force the film presents is disturbing, particularly given recent events here at home and around the country. As the film demonstrates, the problems are systemic, and the struggle to change the system requires vigilance and commitment.

“Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” delivers that vital message with an artful clarity.

Filmmakers Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke will be on hand to present the film.

— Jamie S. Rich, Special to the Oregonian

Film Trailer is here:

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/the-rachel-corrie-foundation-presents-arresting-power-w-post-film-qa/

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3) Author Ann Pancake: Stories of Contmeporary Appalachia; Its People and Dying Landscape

Thursday March 5th at 7:30 pm @ Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE

Come learn about how the coal machine turns beautiful lush landscapes into ugly barren moonscapes.

This is from Ann:

Author Ann Pancake Talks About New Book

Stories of contemporary Appalachia, its people and dying landscape

Acclaimed for her 2007 book Strange as this Weather Has Been, Ann Pancake is back with a collection of stories set in her home state of West Virginia. The author will speak at the Olympia Timberland Library on Thursday, March 5 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley is a collection of 11 stories about the people of this coal mining region, proud and traditional Appalachians dependent on a coal-driven economy, many living in primitive conditions, doomed to watch and participate in the environmental devastation of their land.

The literary Counterpoint Press/Pharos Edition has this to say about Pancake’s works: “Ann Pancake’s ear for the Appalachian dialect is perfect, replete with the respect of one who writes from the heart of this world. Her characters are ensnared in the complexities of rural economies where there are no quick fixes to questions surrounding right livelihood.”

Pancake’s collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, Narrative, and New Stories from the South. She earned her BA in English at West Virginia University and a PhD. in English Literature from the University of Washington.

She now lives in Seattle and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

All programs at Timberland libraries are free and open to the public.The Olympia Timberland Library is located 313 8th Avenue SE. For information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595<https://exc2010.trlib.org/owa/#> or visit www.TRL.org<http://www.TRL.org>.

Allison Mackey

Adult Services Librarian

Olympia Timberland Library

313 8th Ave SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 352-0595

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4) Film Screening: Selma

Friday March 6th at 6:30 pm @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

Running thru Thursday March 12th

This is a must see; this is about the March to Selma back in the 60’s. This weekend is also the anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’, when the Alabama police unleashed insane violence upon non-violent demonstrators.

This is from the OFS:

The veil of history is torn open as we get a rare peek into a pivotal time portraying the complexity and power of the civil rights movement in the US. This Oscar-nominated film, the first to focus on Dr. Martin Luther King, pulsates with “the fierce urgency of now”. David Oyelowo (The Butler) is phenomenal as King, creating the explosive mixture of outrage, faith, focus, and diplomacy that drove him in the time leading up to and including the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, and bringing national attention to issues that remain as relevant today as 50 years ago. “Intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted, the film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history,” — Stephen Farmer, Hollywood Reporter. Dir. Ava DuVernay / 2014 / US, UK / 128 min / DCP

Screening: FRI 3/6 6:30; SUN 3/8 2:30 & 7:30; MON 3/9 6:30; TUE 3/10 9:00; WED 3/11 4:00 & 9:00; THUR 3/12 6:30

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/selma/

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5) Olympia Move to Amend/ Washington Move to Amend Meeting

Thursday March 5th at 7 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW

Come help get money out of politics!

This is from Mike:

Olympia Move to Amend/WAmend Meeting

 

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description: Come hear the latest about WAmend’s plans for this year to get

BIG $$ OUT of politics. 1st Thursday of each month through

December 2015.

Location: Thurston County Courthouse Complex, Bldg. #1, Rm 280

2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW

Olympia, WA 98502

Contact Information: Michael Savoca at masavoca@fairpoint.net

Please join us!  We will be planning events to increase awareness of our movement to get money out of politics and educate our friends and neighbors about what we can do to reclaim our democracy and return to a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

We’ll gather in Rm #280 of Building #1 at the Thurston County Courthouse Complex.

Questions? email Michael at masavoca@fairpoint.net

Some of the other organizations that are working toward a similar goal to overturn Citizens United includeand we welcome members of these groups to join us:  WAmend, Wolf-PAC, Fix Democracy First!, RAD (Restore the American Dream) Team, Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Sum of Us, Represent.US, Free Speech for People, StampStampede…

We the People, NOT We the Corporations 

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. (movetoamend.org)

“The Story of Citizens United v. FEC”
WATCH and share this short video (under 9 min.) which explores:

>the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy,

>the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending,

>the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy, and

>the toxic impact the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision is having on our political process.

It ends with a call to amend the U.S. Constitution to confirm that people—not corporations—make the decisions in a democracy.

http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-citizens-united-v-fec/

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6) Film Screening: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Friday March 6th at 9 pm @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

Running thru Thursday March 12th

This film comes highly recommended.

This is from the OFS:

Mary Dore’s newest documentary takes viewers back 40+ years to the origins and heady early years of what is now called “second-wave” feminism, when women, many of whom had been steadily working in the civil rights, anti-war, and other radical movements of the time, began to take action for themselves and demand equal opportunities, reproductive rights, and an end to stifling gender role stereotypes. Featuring interviews with over two dozen women who spent those years at the front of the marches and in the trenches, including Susan Brownmiller, Kate Millett, Rita Mae Brown, and Ellen Willis, the film also brings the period back to life with plenty of well-chosen archival footage, while not shying away from the controversies and schisms that splintered the movement along racial, class, and sexual orientation lines. Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice enthuses, “One of the year’s best films, Mary Dore’s She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is an urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism, the movement that — no matter what its detractors insist — has given us the world in which we live.” Dir: Mary Dore / 2014 / US / 92 min / DCP

Screening: FRI 3/6 9:00; SUN 3/8 5:00; MON 3/9 9:00; TUE 3/10 6:30; WED 3/11 6:30; THUR 3/12 4:00 & 9:00

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/shes-beautiful-when-shes-angry/

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7) Chris Hedges at SPSCC

Monday March 9th at 7 pm @ the South Puget Sound Community College Kenneth J. Minnaert Center, 2011 Mottman Road SW

Chris Hedges is one of the most effective journalists currently working. This is a must-see event.

From SPSCC:

Chris Hedges

“Wages of Rebellion”

7 PM Monday, March 9, 2015

SPSCC Minnaert Center for the Arts

$10 for community members/Free with SPSCC student ID (plus $3 service fee-students still need tickets for admission)

Tickets are available online at OlyTix.org or by calling (360)753-8586 or at the Washington Center or the Minnaert Center box offices.

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this “sublime madness.”

Chris Hedges is a columnist for Truthdig. A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, he spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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8) Science Café Olympia

Thursday March 10th at 7 pm @ Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E

Come learn about the TRUE miracles of our Universe.

This is from Chris:

Science Cafe Olympia meets the 2nd Tues of the month Alll are invited

When: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Where:  Orca Books (509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, Phone 360.352.0123)

Our March Topic Is: “In situ transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy studies of rechargeable batteries under dynamic operating conditions”

How does a battery work? Few people really know. Currently we are able to study the charge and discharge properties at near atomic resolution. We can see “inside” the battery to look at the dynamics and chemistry in real time. Our techniques are primarily build around using the Transmission Electron Microscope, but we also compliment this work using several installations we have built at Synchrotrons located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The talk will highlight recent work, some in-situ movies and recent publications.

In 2005, Norman Salmon co-founded Hummingbird Scientific along with Eric Stach.  In the years since, Mr. Salmon has led the company’s growth and development. Mr. Salmon has been involved in precision manufacturing for over 15 years. As program manager at Lawrence Berkeley, he focused on precision mesoscale manufacturing and instrumentation for electron microscopes.  He has spoken about precision manufacturing to groups around the world and consulted for more than 50 organizations, including government agencies, medical manufacturing companies, precision machine tool builders, and manufacturers of precision components. As a principal investigator at Hummingbird Scientific, Mr. Salmon has received more than $8 million of funding from the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the U.S. Army, and the National Institute of Health. He is an active member of the American Society for Precision Engineering, Materials Research Society, and the Microscopy Society of America. Mr. Salmon earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Western Washington University. He was born in Olympia and graduated from North Thurston High School.

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9) Olympia Move to Amend/ WAmend STAMP Your $$ PARTY with FILM: “Legalize Democracy”

Thursday March 12th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

Come watch a most excellent film about money in politics.

This is from Mike:

Olympia Move to Amend/WAmend STAMP Your $$ PARTY

with FILM: “Legalize Democracy”

 

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 7PM – 8:30PM
Short Description: Bring your cash bills & stamp them! Plus see the film

“Legalize Democracy” (30 min.) & learn about WAmend’s

Initiative to get BIG $$ OUT of politics!

Location: Traditions Cafe

300 5th Avenue SW

Olympia, WA 98501

Contact Information: Michael Savoca at masavoca@fairpoint.net
We’re hosting a Stamp Your Money Party!!   Bring your cash bills to stamp with phrases such

as:

“Stamp Money Out of Politics”

“Not to be used for bribing politicians”

“A Corporation is not a person; money is not speech”

“Not to be used for buying elections”

“The system isn’t broken, it’s ‘fixed'”

http://www.huntcal.com/cal/eventview/tcpronet/tcpronet?vm=s-L&yr=2015&pf=1&id=424390239&d=12&m=3

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10) Bonus Tip of the Week:

Don’t support bought candidates.

Peace.

Dana

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