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News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes





1) FYI Section:

1A) Comment Period on LBA Woods Ending TOMORROW!

1B) Food and Water Watch’s Response to Obama’s Plan for Combatting Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

1C) Mumia Abu Jamal in Hospital; Action Requested

1D) Update from Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

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

1F) Join the People’s Climate Action Fleet

1G) Update on the TPP

1H) Observations from Mike on the Possible End of our World

2) “Shine a Light” for the 1st Anniversary “McCutcheon” (McCutcheon v. FEC) Decision

3) Judy Bardin for Olympia City Council Campaign Kickoff

4) Olympia People’s Mic Feat: Jared Paul

5) Olympia Move to Amend WAmend Meeting

6) Interacting with the Police: Know Your Rights

7) Tamale Fusion Returns

8) KOWA Waffle Brunch! Secret Café!

9) Page to Stage: Bringing Poetry to Life Paul Gillie Memorial Workshop by Brian McCracken

10) Working Washington and Economics for Everyone Presents: The Fight for $15

11) Day of Absence and Day of Presence

12) Bonus Tip of the Day




Spin Cycle



Thunderbolt Promo

Hey Kids!

I am working on a major piece that I am not done with yet, so it’s a short Thunderbolt this week.

I plan to make up for it next week, so be patient!



Wasted Days and Wasted Lives

My ultimate goal is to create a society where everyone is capable of achieving whatever they are capable of achieving. This society would be dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created unequal and that we should take full advantage of that fact. Everyone is good at something. The job of this society in general and of parents and teachers in particular would be trying to help children discover who they are and then helping them to become whatever that turns out to be.

(This is different from the current practice of forcing children to become whoever the parent or teacher thinks they should become — whilst completely disregarding whoever the child actually is.)

(In criticism of this philosophy, I would point out that things often don’t end well.)

Every wasted life is a wasted opportunity and our society seems really good at wasting all of our very best and lavishly rewarding all our very worst.

Speaking of…



Google Doing Evil

If anyone still doubts that Google has become an integral cog in the National Security Machine, Google is now censoring political information on their ad service, which is called ‘Ad Sense’ (not sure of the spelling). (I haven’t actually looked directly into this but I’ve heard about it from three different sources on KOWA now so the info is probably good.)

Google evidently suspended the advertising account of some Truth Dig people over photos of the Abu Ghraib torture practices. These photos had been on their site for several years.

Then they found an AP picture of violence in the Ukraine to be objectionable also.

Evidently when Google suspends your account then they provide no way to even contact them much less any method of contesting their decision. The only reason the Truth Dig people finally got a response out of Google was because Truth Dig reported on it and some other news outlets picked it up and Google started getting heat.

However, evidently even as the Google PR people were trying to fix things the Ad Sense people kept finding yet more ‘objectionable content’.

Do you really want your information censored by Google?



Spin Cycle

Hillary Clinton said she had her own personal server for her official emails because she didn’t want to go to the trouble of having two phones.

Having your own email server is a very expensive and a major pain in the ass — far more inconvenient than having two phones — yet no one on the Media Machine ever calls her on this transparent crap, even the people who hate her.

The reason she had her own server is so she could do really nasty stuff without our knowing about it. When she got caught she ‘promised’ us that it was an innocent mistake made out of naivety and she assured us that she has now turned over all her official emails.

This is obvious blatant and outrageous in-your-face bullshite and yet she just gets away with it.

When it comes to lying they don’t even care anymore. They don’t need to care anymore. Everyone is just accepting everything so they can do anything without concern.

It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of April 2nd thru April 8th, 2015




1) FYI Section:


1A) Comment Period on LBA Woods Ending TOMORROW!

There is one last large plot of woods within the City of Olympia and developers want to develop.

This message is from Pat — Contact him if you have any questions.

The City’s survey ends this Friday – please include buying LBA Woods for a park.

The 150 acres of LBA Woods is important to keep for climate change carbon sequestration.

There is a nine acre scotchbroom field that is proposed to become a community garden.

LBA Woods is the last large wooded parcel left, and if the City doesn’t buy it soon, it will be lost.   The City has the money to do so from the 2004 Parks and Sidewalks measure.



Pat Rasmussen

World Temperate Rainforest Network

PO Box 13273

Olympia, WA 98508




1B) Food and Water Watch’s Response to Obama’s Plan for Combatting Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

This message is from Victoria:


March 27, 2015

Contact: Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch,

Obama’s Antibiotic Plan Fails to Address Overuse on Factory Farms

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Washington, D.C.— “Today the White House released its ‘National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria,’ which is intended to protect the public from antibiotic resistant infections. Unfortunately, the plan falls short of protecting the public from this looming public health crisis in that it fails to adequately address the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms, relying on FDA’s limited efforts to change practices through voluntary guidance.

“Food & Water Watch supports the plan’s call for USDA and FDA to research and promote alternatives to antibiotic use in livestock and poultry. Such research is necessary to support a transition away from non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics. But this is not enough.

“80 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States are used on factory farms. Every year, over two million Americans suffer from antibiotic resistant infections, and 23,000 people die from them. The Food and Drug Administration has been aware of the problems associated with the misuse of these critical, life saving drugs since at least 1977, but has not required factory farms to stop misusing them.

“Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that curbing the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms would address this public health crisis and help maintain the effectiveness of these critical, life saving drugs, the meat industry continues to oppose meaningful regulation on how it uses antibiotics.

“Ultimately the National Action Plan is a missed opportunity to take more aggressive action. That is why we need federal legislation like the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act that would end the overuse of medically important antibiotics in livestock production. This is what it will take to combat this public health crisis.”

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.



1C) Mumia Abu Jamal in Hospital; Action Requested

The request was sent to me by

UPDATE- Urgent Action Alert: Mumia Abu-Jamal in Medical Center

We all called, so SCI Mahanoy shut down their phones.

Now please call these numbers to demand that Mumia’s family can see him at Schuylkill Medical Center immediately.

Call these numbers now to demand hospital visitation rights for Mumia’s family:

Richard Ellers

Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services

(717) 728-5311

John Wetzel

Secretary, PA Department of Corrections

(717) 728-4109

Schuylkill Medical Center

420 S Jackson St, Pottsville, PA

(570) 621-5000

SCI Mahanoy

Superindendent John Kerestes

(570) 773-2158

At 1pm EST today, Mumia Abu-Jamal had a medical emergency and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA. We need your immediate help to make sure that Mumia’s family will be able to visit him NOW.



1D) Update from Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

This message is from WLIHA:

The Week in Housing Budget Advocacy

On Friday, March 27, the Washington State House of Representatives released their operating and capital budgets for the 2015-2017 biennium. You can read both budgets in their entirety at this page. While there are some things that can be strengthened, we applaud the House for including new revenue and making significant investments in affordable homes and services that help people meet their basic needs.

Check out our bill tracker here for how the House budget compares to the Governor’s budget.

First tell your elected officials that you endorse the House budget!

The House budget protects vital services that help people with very low incomes who experience a disability keep their homes. It funds important programs that help homeless young people. And it invests over $110 million in affordable housing! That’s why we need you to urge your legislators to pass this budget out of the House.

Go here to take action »

Comparing the Governor & House budgets.

The big news is that the capital budget contains $110,200,000 for affordable housing with $80 million specifically for the Housing Trust Fund! But there’s even more good news regarding the operating budget, with just one budget issue that we’re disappointed about. Check out our housing & homelessness analysis of the budgets!

More about the released budgets »

But what about revenue?

While the House proposal doesn’t include certain provisions from the Governor’s budget, it does raise new revenue from a Capital Gains Tax, closes tax loopholes, and expands the B&O tax to professional services. Our friends at the Washington State Budget & Policy Center have more revenue details.

Find out about revenue in the House budget »

Our 2015 Legislative Agenda

We advocate for public policy supporting our vision that all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities. Check out our housing and homelessness advocacy agenda.

Learn More »

How Our Priorities Are Doing

Our Bill & Budget Tracker for our lead housing and homelessness legislative priorities is online. Check back, as we update it frequently.

Bill Tracker »

Registration Now Open!

The 25th Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness is in Tacoma from Wednesday, May 13 to Thursday, May 14. Join over 600 homelessness providers and advocates from across the state to exchange innovative ideas, best practices, and grow the movement to end homelessness in Washington.

Learn More »



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

Those sneaky senators are up to no good. They need people in their face and on their phone.

This message is from WLIHA:

Take a stand! Show your support for a budget that invests in affordable housing and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

Last week, the House of Representatives unveiled their initial budget proposal, and today, the State Senate released their proposed operating budget.

This is the time to tell our legislators what we’re looking for in a final budget.


Budget negotiations are in full-swing, and we need to make sure that lawmakers on all sides are hearing loud and clear that a final budget needs to invest in affordable housing and in safety net services.

Contact your lawmakers today!

What do we want?

  • A final Capital Budget that invests deeply in affordable housing. Thus, we are asking the Senate to follow the House’s lead and invest $110.2 million in affordable housing.
  • A final Operating Budget that protects safety-net programs like the Housing & Essential Needs and Aged, Blind & Disabled programs and SSI Facilitation Services. Good news! It appears both the House and Senate Operating Budget proposals have recommended full funding for these programs. (Stay tuned for more details on the Senate Operating Budget as we analyze impacts of major proposed cuts to DSHS on these programs.)
  • A final Operating Budget that funds a Medicaid Permanent Supportive Housing waiver so we can get closer to ending chronic homelessness.
  • Budgets that sddress our state’s inadequate and unfair revenue system.
  • Budgets with no TANF cuts, and the 15% cut to the cash grant reversed.
  • Funding for the Homeless Student Stability Act (HB 1735).


When do we want it?


Take action NOW!




P.S. Registration for the 2015 Conference on Ending Homelessness is now open! I’m already registered. It’s your turn! Early bird registration will end on April 20, and the conference will take place on May 13 and 14, 2015 in Tacoma. A limited number of scholarships are available as well.

Ben Miksch, Affordable Housing Policy and Advocacy Specialist
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

206.442.9455 x204  |  |  fb @wliha  |  tw /wliha



1F) Join the People’s Climate Action Fleet

This is in Tacoma in June. This message is from the People’s Climate Action Fleet:

Join the People’s Climate Action Fleet

Enjoy a day on the water while making a powerful statement to protect our environment and our future.  Join the People’s Climate Action Fleet on June 21, 2015 in the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) off the coast of the Chambers Bay Golf Course in Pierce County.  Bring your kayaks, canoes, sailboats and power boats.  If you do not have a water craft, let us know and we will help make arrangements to make sure you enjoy a day on the water.

This is our chance to bring a dramatic climate justice message to the attention of a national and international audience.

The Chambers Bay Golf Course will host the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament on June 15th-21st.   More than two hundred thousand people will attend the tournament and one hundred million more will watch the action on television.


The Salish Sea, Oil Trains and Golf

Chambers Bay is a new world-class golf course immediately north of Steilacoom. The train tracks run between the golf course and Puget Sound.  100-car oil trains are already using the tracks several times a day to transport oil to refineries in Tacoma, Anacortes and Cherry Point. The streets around Chambers Bay will closed to the public during the tournament, but boats and kayaks on the Sound will be visible to all the cameras and spectators. One of the chief attractions of the golf course is the spectacular view of the Salish Sea, Fox Island, McNeil Island and the Olympics.  We hope to steer our fleet of boats, kayaks, tribal canoes and a barge, with signs, kites and balloons carrying our message, into the middle of that view. We envision a colorful demonstration, much like Rising Tide’s waterborne demonstration on the Columbia two years ago.  Bring your own signs and banners. Our banners will read Stop the Oil Trains, Protect the Salish Sea and the Pacific Coast, Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground, Save a Livable Climate for our Grandchildren, and Rising Tide’s Great slogan: Coal, Oil, Gas, None Shall Pass.

We cannot do this without wide participation.

A demonstration this size requires cooperation and planning throughout the Northwest. We are contacting as many active environmental groups as we can to see if they will join us. The primary group planning the demonstration is the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s climate crisis group but we will need numerous co-sponsors to help at all stages of the planning.  Please e-mail us at to let us know if your group will join the People’s Climate Action Fleet and co-sponsor the demonstration. Check out our web site and RSVP and tell us how you can help us and we can help you.

Contact –   e-mail

Web site


1G) Update on the TPP

This message is from Flush the TPP:

It’s been a powerful week for those organizing against corporate trade! Last Wednesday, Wikileaks released the TPP’s controversial chapter on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) – the mechanism that creates an “unaccountable supranational” court where corporations can sue governments for local, state, and national policies.


Meanwhile, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously against Fast Track and Senator Wyden cancelled a fundraiser in response to our protests. Tonight, we’ll continue to talk about how to turn up the heat with guest speaker and long-time human rights defender Ajamu Baraka.

We are winning! Help keep up the momentum, and register to join TONIGHT’s call at 6pm PST/9pm EST on jobs, workers’ rights, and trade justice.


With thanks for all you do,

The Flush the TPP Team

TPP Occucards

Flush the TPP on the web

Flush the TPP on Facebook

Flush the TPP on Twitter, @FlushTheTPP




1H) Observations from Mike on the Possible End of our World

This is really good stuff if you’ve got a minute. This is from Mike:

As many of you may know, I have been wondering if activism makes any sense anymore.  I think many of us are steeped in the activist models of the 60s:  primarily the civil rights movement and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa – movements that can be seen in retrospect as “successful.”  To a lesser extent, many of us frame our movement work around the ideals and movement processes of MLK Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi – leaders of movements that can be seen as successful.  There are more models out there, but these are good examples.   (as an aside, I think that MLK Jr.’s work and success should always be linked and shared with the movement work of Malcolm X.)

I see the environmental movement as a potentially revolutionary moment in the cultural evolution of our species.  And if we had a century or two to gather adherents and mobilize a movement, I think we could work patiently to transform the way human beings live on the planet.  I am confident that with a couple of centuries’ time we could reduce our impact to something very close to a sustainable impact. Unfortunately, I do not think we have centuries. If McPherson is to be believed, we no longer have options for transformation, we are now just along for the ride in the sixth great extinction and our choices are in the realm of grace, not politics at this late date.  I suspect McPherson is correct, but I am not dismayed by the idea of working in the realm of grace – I think it’s a beautiful idea to act as if our decisions matter.

My problem is that I am not certain the McPherson is right about our situation.  If he is correct and our decisions cannot significantly change the course of the sixth great extinction, then I could function completely in the realm of grace – I might stand on street corners with signs every day in my retirement as a meditation and practice (how many years did MLK or Gandhi spend standing on street corners?).  Or I might play with my grandchildren every minute I have left.  Or some combination of those two, with a bit or gardening on the side.  The combination with a side of gardening looks like a good retired life to me.  Grandchildren would get the lion’s share.

If McPherson is wrong and we still have the ability to significantly change the course of the sixth great extinction, then our situation is very different. In that scenario it becomes critical that the work we choose, the processes we use, our tactics, our messaging etc.  should be as effective as possible.  We would have to assume that our choices and work have real world impact on many beings and out of recognition of our species’ role in the sixth great extinction, we might feel obligated to work in the realm of impact instead of the realm of grace.

The carbon load numbers from last year are surprising and maybe encouraging.  It appears that we might actually be capable of reducing our carbon loading on the planet. The problem with that situation is time. We have a limited amount of time to go from wildly carbon positive to carbon negative because of the methane clathrate issue.  If the planet warms enough to trigger a large release of methane that is currently frozen in place, we will see global warming with a turbocharger and that will not be pretty.  I suspect we would be looking at an extinction event similar to the great dying if that happens.

Given the stakes involved, if we choose to be engaged in social change movement, it makes sense to work very hard to be effective.  I watch the dems use the current foolishness of the republican congress as a fundraising opportunity and I am appalled.  The dems are hapless, the republicans are clueless, and each of these political organizations appears to be primarily motivated by the flow of money, not facts or theories or ideals.  The GOP gets the nod on ideals, if rolling back scientific theory to the dark ages can be said to be an ideal or principle.

Given all that, I did a quick look on the internet (a series of tubes, I am told) and found an 18 page article on social movements.  Interesting reading if you can find the time.  I will attach a copy of the article, but a lot of the servers will probably scrub the attachment, so the link may be the way to go if you want to read the article.  I have just skimmed it so far, but it looks pretty well organized and written.

Warm regards,




2) “Shine a Light” for the 1st Anniversary “McCutcheon” (McCutcheon v. FEC) Decision

Thursday April 2nd at Noon @ Sundial, Capitol Campus between the Cherberg & O’Brien Buildings

This is a Move to Amend and Fix Democracy First event.

This message is from Mike:

“Shine a Light” for the 1st Anniv. of SCOTUS’ “McCutcheon”

(McCutcheon v. FEC) Decision



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 12:00PM
Short Description: Join WAmend and Fix Democracy First for an action to

“Shine a Light” on dark money in our elections and the legislators

who support it.

Location: Sundial on the WA State Capitol Campus – between the

Cherberg & O’Brien Bldgs.

Olympia, WA 98504

Contact Information:

WHAT:  “Shine a Light” Action

WHEN:  Thursday, April 2 — NOON

WHERE:  Sundial at WA State Capitol in Olympia

(The sundial is located directly south of the Legislative building/rotunda, between the

Cherberg and O’Brien Buildings. See the lower left corner of this campus map:

BRING YOUR FLASHLIGHT to shine a light on legislators that want to keep

Washingtonians in the dark about who is influencing elections.

WHO:  Fix Democracy First!  Public Citizen and allies

WHY:  To call attention to the 1st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s terrible 5-4

“McCutcheon v. FEC” decision, to call upon President Obama to sign an executive order

requiring federal contractors to disclose the dark money they’re funneling to campaigns, and

to celebrate state legislators who sponsored legislation and circulated a sign-on letter.

More information about McCutcheon v. FEC:

The ‘McCutcheon’ decision explained — more money to pour into political process

Welcome to the dawn of the ‘jumbo’ joint fundraising committee

By Michael Beckel

April 22, 2014

Click here for the Facebook event page and to connect with the Olympia Move to Amend/WAmend group.



3) Judy Bardin for Olympia City Council Campaign Kickoff

Thursday April 2nd at 5 pm @ the Artists Gallery, 2505 4th Ave W

The good guys are lining up behind Ms. Bardin.



4) Olympia People’s Mic Feat: Jared Paul

Thursday April 2nd at 7 pm @ Café Love, 205 4th Ave E

Blistering political poetry from Jared Paul.

This message is from the Old Growth Poetry Collective:

A very special Olympia People’s Mic! Friend and comrade in literature Jared Paul will be featuring for us. Jared is also the founder of Strength of Doves, the mutual aid booking agency Old Growth Poetry Collective belongs to.

Open-mic will be 5 minute slots. Get here by 7pm to sign-up. $3-7 to support our continually amazing line-up of featured poets. See you soon!

About Jared Paul:

As Performance Poet…

Having toured internationally in over 200 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe playing alongside legendary poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Bill Clinton, Sage Francis, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Jello Biafra, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere, The Misfits and many others, Jared is widely recognized as one of the premiere performance poets in the world. His work has been featured on the Canadian Broadcast Company program, “Zed TV,” as well as in CMJ Magazine and The Providence Journal. Jared is a two time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and has been a featured poet at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Post Secret national book tour, South By Southwest Music Festival, and Net Roots Nation. He was also the headlining act for the 2009 Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach grand opening at the nationally acclaimed Villa Stuck gallery in Munich, Germany.

“Jared Paul is a stunning performer – staring audiences in the eyes and calling for conscious responses to injustice. His talent at sharing complex ideas through verse should not be missed.”

-The Eureka Times Standard

“If the United Nations needed a representative from the Slam/poetry community, we’d send them Jared.”

-Buddy Wakefield, 2004 & 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion

As an Activist…

With over a decade of anti-war/animal rights/environmental protection organizing and a storied career laden with protest arrests, Jared Paul has become somewhat of a modern folk hero within the underground American counter-culture. In his capacity as an organizer he has interviewed, photographed, or featured on NPR, WPRO, RI Channel 5, 10, and 12, as well as in the New York Times, The Denver Post, the Associated Press, and many other outlets. His most notable run-in with the law happened during the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Jared was the victim of a mass arbitrary arrest. Fans and supporters jumped to action via online fundraisers and live benefit shows, through which an attorney was hired and the case was eventually dropped. His “Conspiracy To Riot” creative non-fiction series was published by the quarterly Providence periodical “The Agenda” and Strange Famous Records.

“Jared Paul is a firestorm of conviction and flow. In a world long on words and short on action, Jared delivers both.”

-Peter Young, nationally renowned animal rights organizer and advocate for social justice.


(1) Funny:

(2) Hosting:

(3) Poetic:

(4) Acclaimed Political Work:



5) Olympia Move to Amend WAmend Meeting

Thursday April 2nd at 7 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg. #1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW

This is to amend the Constitution so corporations can’t buy our government anymore.

This message is from Mike:

Olympia Move to Amend/WAmend Meeting:




Thursday, April 2, 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

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

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


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.

“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


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

make the decisions in a democracy.

SIGN! Motion to Amend the US Constitution: Reject Citizens United:

SIGN! Corporations are not people:

Priceles$$ The Movie: A Call To Action For Campaign Finance Reform

We keep trimming the branches of the tree, but we really need to get at the root of the problem… Watch Pricele$$: (56:15)

Click here to connect with the Olympia Move to Amend/WAmend group.



6) Interacting with the Police: Know Your Rights

Friday April 3rd at 1 pm @ The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, CAB 301

Come learn about this issue of the day!

This message is from Ell:

This training is sponsored by the Black Cottonwood Collective.

Lauren Regan is an attorney and the founder and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, a nonprofit organization that strives to protect and educate the public as to their civil liberties and constitutional rights.



7) Tamale Fusion Returns

Friday April 3rd at 6 pm @ Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E

Tamale Fusion is back! Revolutionary local food prepared like you never imagined!

This message is from Melanie:

We are getting back into hosting dinner cafe’s (oh memories). Our first will be taking place at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center to Celebrate Spring and also raise some funds for their wonderful store (20% of procedes). We will be serving dinner in their beautiful loft, and there will be music as well. There is parking in back and as you come in you can say hello to their new spring ducklings! Please pass this on as well. Thanks!

As for the menu, we will be serving 3 flavors of our Pastel de Tamal- A layered, deep dish baked tamale cake.


~Ethiopian Tibs Pastel de Tamal
made with 100% organic, local grass-fed beef from Zeta-Armstrong Ranch. Tibs is a dish of beef with tomatoes and peppers, cooked with the Ethiopian spice blend known as Berbere.

~Jamaican-Jerk Sweet Potato and Black bean Pastel de Tamal with Roasted Peppers

-vegan, nightshade-free version available upon request.

~Fire-Roasted Hatch Green Chilies and Cheese, with Tillamook Cheddar and Mozzarella

made with fresh cilantro and fire-roasted tomatoes

Our sides options will include

~Chayote Melon Salad

~Seasoned Basmati Coconut Rice

~Caribbean Jerk Black Beans

-To drink we have

~Lavender Mint Lemonade

~Tamarind Wassail, a hot, mulled drink with mollasses.

This drink shared during the winter with good friends is said to ensure a bountiful harvest for the following growing season. I know it’s spring already but we couldn’t resist. Hooray for abundance! Let’s grow together!

I may make dessert, not sure what yet. =) I’ll update as necessary.

The entree items are priced between $12-$14.50 and come with sides. A la carte will be available as well.



8) KOWA Waffle Brunch! Secret Café!

Sunday April 5th from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

This month’s Media Island Benefit Brunch benefits the Voice of the Revolution! KOWA 106.5 fm! Come enjoy good food, and good people, all for a good cause!

This message is from Media Island:

KOWA is growing! Come on down to Media Island for a delicious waffle secret cafe that benefits KOWA. We promise a great Sunday morning! We will have delicious food and coffee for donation. Music! Laughter! Community and more!



9) Page to Stage: Bringing Poetry to Life Paul Gillie Memorial Workshop by Brian McCracken

Tuesday April 7th at 7 pm @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW

Political poetry at its best.

This message is from Brian:

Presenter Brian McCracken will explore how voice, movement, and deliberate audience engagement can give a poem a new life off the page. Techniques used will include theater games, performance mechanics exercises, and memorization tips. Participants should bring a poem to work with. Brian co-founded Old Growth Poetry Collective, a performance poetry community in Olympia. In 2014, he competed in the Poetry Slam Nationals.



10) Working Washington and Economics for Everyone Presents: The Fight for $15

Wednesday April 8th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

The fight for a $15 pr hr minimum wage is coming to Olympia!

This message is from Matt:

Join us for a discussion on the struggle for a fair economy.

Working Washington will present on who we are and our achievements in fighting for workplace justice in SeaTac, Seattle, and Olympia. We will be hosting a panel of workers sharing their stories and discussing why they are fighting for a living wage and other workplace improvements.

Economics for Everyone will follow up by presenting the economics behind a living wage and what that means for our community.

Come be a part of the conversation on building a better economy!



11) Day of Absence and Day of Presence

Wednesday April 8th and Thursday April 9th @ the Evergreen State College

This is an two day series of workshops.

This is from First Peoples:

Day of Absence (on-campus)
Wednesday, April 8


The Paradox of Race: It’s not biological yet it lives in our bodies: Film and discussion

Facilitators: Faculty members Carolyn Prouty and Pauline Yu

Location: Recital Hall in the Communications Building

This workshop will tackle two seemingly conflicting truths about race and biology: that there is no biological basis for race, meaning that there are no biological markers for racial groupings, and yet clear differences can be seen in the health and bodies of people with different racial identities. The workshop will begin with “Race: The Power of an Illusion”, a powerful film that examines the history of race, science, and genetics. The film will be followed by a brief overview of how racism hurts our health, and a guided discussion that will help untangle this paradox.


Sharing our Best Practices for Working towards Racial Justice Inside & Outside of the Classroom: Staff and Faculty discussion

Facilitators: Faculty member Tom Womeldorff and Vice President for Student Affairs Wendy Endress


Come together for a conversation about applying racial justice principles to our work at Evergreen. A short reading will be sent to all faculty and staff in anticipation of this conversation. (Brown bag lunch)


Working Towards Racial Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom: Community lunch and roundtable discussion

Facilitators: Tutors from the Writing Center and leaders of student organizations


Come together for a facilitated conversation about applying racial justice principles to our work as students at Evergreen.Lunch provided.


Showing Up for Racial Justice: How White Allies can Support the Movement

Faciltator: Dara Silverman from SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)

Location: CAB 301

Attend this interactive workshop to learn how while allies can support the national movement for racial justice and challenge institutional racism. SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. Pre-registration requested. Other participants joining in on the day are welcome as space allows. Please email


Dear White People: Film and discussion

Faciltators: Faculty members Naima Lowe and Julie Russo

Location: Recital Hall in the Communications Building

A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. This film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. $1 dollar donation requested at the door. No one will be turned away. Please participate in a facilitated discussion after the two hour film. This special night-time showing will enable members from on and off campus daytime programming to join in and have a discussion about the film together as a whole campus.

Day of Absence (off-campus)

April 8, 2015


Vans will leave campus to our off-campus site

This year our retreat will take place at the Lacey Community Center at Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 pacific Avenue SE (Call or email us if you want a ride, 867-6467 or

9:30am: Tea and coffee

10-11:30am: Getting to know you activities

11:30am-12:30pm: Potluck lunch

12:30-1:10pm: Movement

1:20-3:20pm: “Staying Sane In an Insane World: Using Humor, Self-Care, and Partnership to Sustain People of Color” A workshop from damali ayo

“It’s time for a new approach to activism, social change, and tough topics. We have to conquer fear and work from a place of love. I am invested in making this shift in our culture. My presentations and the way I share my experience honors the whole human being. I share stories about how we think, how we feel, how we learn, how we fight, how we love, and how we fight for what we love—and most of all—how we are transformed. My presentations share my journey as an artist, writer, and activist who grew from a place of fear and anger into a place of courage, love, and transformative action. I help everyone I meet find that journey within themselves  and latch onto hope, affirmation, and a positive way forward into the future we create not alone, but together.” –damail ayo

3:30-3:45pm: Closing

3:45pm: Cleaning and prep to leave

4:15pm: Vans will leave back to campus

Day of Presence (all events on campus)

Friday, April 10, 2015

9am-11am (one of two concurrent workshops)

When Good Intentions Were Not Enough   

Faciltators: Faculty member, Heesoon Jun and her students from the Multicultural Counseling Program

Location: SEM 2 D1107

Students in the Multicultural Counseling Program will share stories of times in their life when they thought they were being conscious and aware of racial and social dynamics but ended up behaving in a way that perpetuated oppression and privilege. The students will deconstruct how and why in an open and honest space. This interactive workshop will offer strategies towards prevention of unintentional harm by promoting awareness of multiple identities and their intersections, holistic thinking, and transformative learning.

9am-11am (Second concurrent workshop)

Political Economy of Racism and Racial Inequality

Faciltator: Faculty member, Peter Bohmer

Location: SEM 2 E1107

In this workshop, we will analyze the current institutional forms of racism in the United States, focusing on changes and continuities from earlier forms.  A particular focus will be the political economy of racism, the relation between contemporary racism and the U.S. economy today. We will conclude with strategies to challenge racism. Data will be presented and discussed on racial inequality in income, wealth, incarceration, health, poverty and unemployment rates.


Come have lunch with us…

Everyone  invited

Location: L1326

Come together for a potluck lunch and a chance to discuss the topics talked about this year.


Keynote speaker: Richard Benjamin, author of Searching for Whitopia

Location: Recital Hall in the Communications building

Rich Benjamin is a scholar, ideas builder, and entrepreneur. His social and political commentary appear regularly in the media, including on NPR, The New York Times, MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, and Rich is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, selected as an Editor’s Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association. He is also Senior Fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan, multi-issue think tank based in New York City. He has held teaching and research positions at Stanford University, Brown University, and the Columbia University School of Law. Rich earned a BA in English and political science from Wesleyan University and his PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

Rich’s Keynote Address is titled: The Color of Tomorrow: Who is America, Who is ‘You’?

Scholar-adventurer Rich Benjamin packed his bags in 2007 and embarked on a two-year, 26,909-mile journey throughout the heart of white America — some of the fastest-growing and whitest communities in our nation.  Rich will talk about his search to unlock the mysteries of “Whitopia,” a journey that took him from the inner sanctum of the White House to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest—and many points in between.  How is national identity reflected and refracted in individuals and, conversely, how do people/communities shape the nation’s identity?  Rich will explore with you how important parts of identity—socio-economic class, national origin, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation—are shaped by race, and how all forms of identity shape each other.  And what does our demographic future look like?  This presentation will also unpack privilege, exclusion, and inclusion in the 21st Century.   @RichBenjaminUSA


A Faculty Conversation about Best Teaching Practices

Faciltator: Faculty member Tom Womeldorff

Location: SEM 2 E1107

Faculty are invited to share our best practices for structuring curriculum and classroom environments to teach about privilege and power in ways that meet all our students needs.  In the process, we hope to continue developing our skills for effectively teaching about privilege and power across all areas of the college’s curriculum. Everyone is invited to attend this event.


Comedian: Aamer Rahman

(Also, special guests from The Evergreen State College will open the show)

Location: The Longhouse

Aamer Rahman is an Australian stand-up comedian of Bangladeshi descent. Formerly one half of the award-winning cult comedy duo, Fear of a Brown Planet, Aamer Rahman is a Melbourne comedian concerned with politics, racism, the War on Terror and Batman. He has performed sold-out shows at some of the world’s largest festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2014, Rahman supported legendary comic Dave Chappelle on his Australian tour, as well as performing sold-out runs of his debut solo show, The Truth Hurts, across the US and UK, where he was named one the Guardian’s top 10 live comedy shows of the year.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 30. Evergreen students can attend for free but need to pick up a ticket (limit 1) at the Greener Store – Evergreen ID is required. For all others, tickets are $5/$10 at the door (limit 3), and can be purchased here or at the Greener Store starting Monday, March 30. 

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Learn More by Becoming Involved!

Help Evergreen continue this tradition of focusing on the essential nature of diversity and anti-oppression work.

For questions or more information please contact First Peoples Advising Services, 360-867-6467 or



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Engage in counterspin when dealing with the Media Machine.




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