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News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

 

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1) Amos Gvirtz: Don’t Say We Did Not Know

2) Oly May Day: Really Free Market!

3) Community Party at the Well

4) May Day Critical Mass

5) Oly May Day an Earth Day to May Day Celebration

6) Backbone Campaign Kayaktivist Training for the sHell No Flotilla on May 16th

7) Activist Therapy: Springfellows, a Squidstock Production and Benefit

8) First Sunday Benefit Brunch at Media Island

9) Dr. Cornell West at Evergreen

10) Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Speaks in Olympia

11) Oly VBC Events and Food Crew Meeting

12) Activist Therapy: Long Hair David’s Birthday Show & Benefit

13) Bonus Tip of the Day

 

A detailed description of all events is located after the News and Commentary section

To go directly to an event description just type the index entry above into a search box

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Big Bang

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Job Security

Hey Kids!

One thing about publishing the Thunderbolt: It does not appear that I am in danger of running out of material to write about any time soon.

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Lawless Gangs of Thugs

The governor of Maryland referred to “lawless gangs of thugs are roaming the streets” of Baltimore.

My reaction was this: ‘Well, duh!’

But then I realized he was referring to protesters rather than to the police.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The only time the Machine takes the concerns of black people seriously is when they start burning cities down.

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Reward and Punishment

The thought came to me that these people running for the Republican presidential nomination cannot possibly be as stupid as they seem and yet reach a position where they can credibly run for president. This means that they are consciously lying about things like climate change and trickle downers — which means what? They are conscious co-conspirators? They are forced to lie in order to get elected? Both A and B?

And Hillary Clinton has pulled an Obama: Now that it’s election time she has suddenly become the champion of the working class! Just ignore all that Wall Street War Machine money that saturates her campaign coffers and her shriveled little soul and just ignore her lifelong life of selling out the working class for the benefit of the Wall Street War Machine and just ignore all her shady secret emails and her corrupt foreign ‘contributors’ — she says she’s on our side now! Yippee!

Specifically she wants more women in the ‘workplace’! Yes! Mrs. Clinton wants more females to experience the joy of spending all of your time and all of your energy doing some inane meaningless thing that you hate to do and that you don’t care about doing all so that you can make some sociopathic criminal running some foreign corporation rich!

According to Republican candidate Rand Paul, “Work is not punishment; work is the reward.”

After all, there is a certain dignity to being a wage slave (if not much of anything else)!

I wonder how much minimum wage work these two champions of the working class have done?

And what does this mean for the big picture that the two candidates for president will either be a corporate shill that needs to lie about climate change or a corporate shill that needs to lie about doing something about climate change?

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Big Bang

The management of the Thunderbolt has decided that my readers don’t already have enough to worry about and thus — in my selfless dedication to public service and to tooting my own horn — I provide you with yet another scenario depicting the end of the world as we know it!

Yippee!

So, imagine this: 2,500 Mt. St. Helens’ going off all at the same time right smack dab in the heartland of the good old US of A!

Actually you can’t imagine that because it is literally unimaginable — yet it has happened three times over the last two million years and it is over due to happen again.

Yippee!

While two million years may seem a long time from mortal human perspective, it is barely a blip in geological time.

I have spent much time in Yellowstone National Park. It is like being in a faerie wonderland with buffalo. I suggest visiting anytime from September through May — but be prepared for deep snow and seriously cold conditions during winter months — which can start as early as August and last as late as June.

It is well worth the effort: Yellowstone National Park in the winter is like being in a faerie wonderland with lots of buffalo and with lots of snow.

As I frolicked in faerie wonderlands during my carefree youth I was completely unaware of the fact that as I danced amidst the mud-pots and the buffalo that I was literally dancing atop the end of the world as we know it.

To be fair, scientists didn’t know it yet either. They didn’t figure it out until they took pictures of the Yellowstone Basin from outer space — and amidst a major blowing of minds and dropping of jaws they realized what they were looking at.

Yes indeed, neither I nor the top scientists of the day had the slightest clue that the entire Yellowstone Basin — around 50 miles across as the bald eagle flies — is actually the caldera of the largest super volcano on the planet.

And yes, the word ‘super’ in front of the word ‘volcano’ means exactly what you might think it means.

Anyway, the just measured the magma reservoir under Yellowstone — and it’s a lot bigger than they thought it was going to be.

Yippee.

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Poison Tree

When I did my bit about the Brothers Dulles I was so focused upon the forest that I completely forgot to include the central tree in that forest!

In addition to his many other achievements that I documented, Allen Dulles was also the prime architect of the Bay of Pigs invasion. Mr. Dulles organized the recruiting, arming, and training of the CIA mercenary army of Cuban exiles that conducted the invasion. He did this mostly with the cooperation of Vice President Richard Nixon — but John F. Kennedy was president by the time the invasion came around and Mr. Dulles made the mistake of lying to JFK as he was trying to blackmail him into providing American air support for this invasion.

Kennedy told Dulles to stick it where the sun don’t shine. The mercenaries were wiped out on the beach and Kennedy fired Allen Dulles along with a promise to smash the CIA into a thousand pieces.

Allen Dulles was also one of the prime architects of the Kennedy assassination and then he played a major role in the official Warren Commission’s report on who killed Kennedy — i.e. the ‘lone nut’ Oswald who used a ‘magic bullet’ to accomplish the feat.

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Unassuming Hero:

The Thunderbolt has a new hero! A gentleman named Doug Hughes figured out a way to put the financial corruption of our government all over front pages of every newspaper and blog in the country!

Yippee!

Many people are unaware of the fact that Washington DC is riddled with surface-to-air missile emplacements. Trying to illicitly fly into Washington DC airspace is universally considered to be a complete a no-go…

…unless you are flying a gyrocopter, as Mr. Hughes — that fantastic old man on his flying machine — learned when he flew up the Potomac River literally below the radar and landed on the lawn in front of the capitol building!

Mr. Hughes is a mailman. He was delivering 535 stamped letters protesting financial corruption in our government to each member of Congress. He wore his uniform and he had the tail section of his flying bicycle painted with the US Postal Service logo.

Hmmm. Is it possible that all those very expensive missile emplacements represent yet another example of very expensive ‘security theater’?

Make no mistake; Mr. Hughes is not a naïve idiot. Although he notified the government of his intentions and although he gave television interviews describing what he was about to do and even though he stated in his television interview that he “doubted that they were going to shoot down a 61 year old mailman on a flying bicycle” — Mr. Hughes knew full well that the odds he would be blown out of the sky were actually rather alarming.

Another aspect of this thing: Mr. Hughes also represents yet another example of how the personal and political cannot be separated. (I have gotten flack in the past for mixing the two in the Thunderbolt.)

Upon questioning by Amy Goodman, Mr. Hughes said that his action was partly inspired by the recent suicide of his son.

Go here to watch a Democracy Now interview with Mr. Hughes:

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/4/22/it_was_worth_risking_my_life

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of April 30th thru May 5th, 2015

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1) Amos Gvirtz: Don’t Say We Did Not Know

Thursday April 30th at 7 pm @ First Christian Church, Koinonia Hall, 701 Franklin SE

This is a Jewish peace activist.

This message is from TC Pro Net:

Amos Gvirtz: Don’t Say We Did Not Know

Date:

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Short Description: Israeli peace activist and author, Amos Gvirtz will be speaking at

Koinonia Hall of First Christian Church in downtown Olympia

from 7:00-8:30.

Location: First Christian Church, Koinonia Hall

701 Franklin St. SE

Olympia, WA, 98501

Contact Information: info@rachelcorriefoundation.org

(360) 754-3998

www.rachelcorriefoundation.org

Amos Gvirtz has developed an international audience with his “Don’t Say We Did Not Know” weekly emails about unpublicized incidents, events, and government actions affecting the Palestinian and Bedouin communities in Israel and Palestine.  A lifelong pacifist and Israeli peace activist, Gvirtz is a longtime member of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and part of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality.  His recently published book, Don’t Say We Did Not Know, focuses upon the moral questions he feels Israelis must face today, and the reasons people do not want to know about the crimes being committed.  Gvirtz will discuss the difficulties Israeli human rights and peace organizations face, along with the history of their successes.  He will examine both the nonviolent approach and the risks Occupation presents for the future existence of Israel. The event is free and open to the public.  All donations will support the legal costs of the Bedouin Negev village Al-Araqib, which has been demolished 80 times by Israeli police.

Sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

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2) Oly May Day: Really Free Market!

Friday May 1st at 1 pm @ the Artesian Commons, 415 E. 4th Ave

The Really Free Market is back! Come find cool stuff to take home and/or bring things to give away! Food, music, and fun! Come poke a stick at capitalism!

This message is from the RRFM:

Oly May Day Really Free Market!

1 pm at the Artesian Commons

Food, clothing, books, music:

Bring what you can, take what you need.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14cfd24a7a19059e

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3) Community Party at the Well

Friday May 1st from Noon to 3 pm @ the Artesian Commons, 415 E. 4th

It a community party at our community well!

This message is from Renata:

Calling all #wellwishers for an impromptu Community Party at the Well this Friday!!

Why?

Well, Friday is May Day–the old Gaelic Beltane holiday marking the start of summer. One of the Beltane traditions is visiting holy wells, and that got me thinking…we’ve got our own holy well right here, we ought to celebrate her!

May Day is also about honoring the dignity and worth of all people, as it’s International Worker’s Day in much of the world, and (unofficially) Immigrants Rights Day in the US.

So really, why not? Let’s come together to enjoy the park, celebrate our commons, and be good to each other at downtown’s water cooler.

Bring stuff to play with and share with new friends!

So far we know there will be: a bucket/drum/dance circle, hula hoops, jump ropes, chalk, hopscotch, playing cards, Artesian lemonade and a table with zine-making supplies, and of course the PB&J Project at noon. (*Also heard the May Day! Really Free Market! is taking place here in the later afternoon but I don’t know the organizers.)

Invite your friends, and we’ll see you at the well! #wellwishers #mayday #artesianparty #downtownoly #beltane #olywa #upwelling

https://www.facebook.com/events/447546562072045/

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4) May Day Critical Mass

Friday May 1st at 5 pm @ West Central Park, Corner of Division and Harrison SW

Come ride for freedom!

This message is from Bruce:

Critical Mass on May Day. Its gonna be super fun and cool. Starts in that park near grocery outlet and ends downtown. There will be free vegan snacks. Costumes encouraged! this is a community event so please be respectful. See you there!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/489526764533442/

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5) Oly May Day an Earth Day to May Day Celebration

Friday May 1st at 7 pm @ the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE

This message is from Bruce:

This May 1st, Olympia’s May Day is back as a community extravaganza! It’s a radical political circus celebrating “Earth Day to May Day!” We’ll have an interactive and improvised look at the history through song, theater, art and performance of all kinds! The atmosphere will be engaging, a liberated space, like the feeling of taking to the streets but held in the warmth of the Olympia Ballroom. There will be snacky foods and drinks with acts serving as interruptions to a mingling of the engaged and participating masses.

Radical Political Circus, means we’re inviting you all to explore tendencies of the left. We’re hoping you will use humor and exaggerated costume, in a good natured poking fun way, to remember the radical history of struggle. Imagine the costumes of the IWW Wobblies cartoonish Anarchists complete with confetti black bombs, Communists outfitted with buttons plus red star berets and the Women Suffragists from the old images. Of course feel free to come as the tendencies of more recent histories of struggles such as the Black Panthers, Brown Berets, Students for a Democratic Society, SNCC, ACT UP, Earth First, Progressive Democrats of America, Green Party, Socialist Alternative and so on.

Plus let’s be sure to poke fun at the bad guys while we are at it! Let’s make larger than life masks, animistic or human and colorful costumes. The fat cat capitalists with the top hats and monocles, the pigs with bolo hats and clubs, the snitches in stitches, the spy versus spy and the two faced politicians. Very real images to play with and humorous street theater interactions.

This is also the chance for real organizing. All local organizations are invited to have a table if they wish and actively engage in passionately pulling people’s support. Organize right then and there! Have a meeting on the side and take an action in the liberated moment of the Ballroom as if the street were beckoning. Interact with the costumed villains theatrically to show your muster! Show respect for each other and invite other groups and people to help you in taking down the Fat Cat of capitalism! Teach people to know their rights when the pigs come around! Have an act on proper security culture interacting with the Snitches in Stitches! Put together an impromptu song and dance between the blue union and green environmentalists!

We encourage everyone who has time during the day to go to Seattle for any major marches but come home to the Earth Day to May Day celebration!

Not all that long ago…

In a proclamation printed just before May 1, 1886, one publisher appealed to working people with this plea:

Workingmen to Arms!

War to the Palace, Peace to the Cottage, and Death to LUXURIOUS IDLENESS.

The wage system is the only cause of the World’s misery. It is supported by the rich classes, and to destroy it, they must be either made to work or DIE.

One pound of DYNAMITE is better than a bushel of BALLOTS!

MAKE YOUR DEMAND FOR EIGHT HOURS with weapons in your hands to meet the capitalistic bloodhounds, police, and militia in proper manner.

May 1, 2014 we are celebrating this history, that delivered the 8 hour work day amongst many of the other worker protections that we benefit from, by recreating that sense of liberation with costumes, music, organizing, art and theatrics. This is part the local action that is part of the national movement of Mother Earth Day to May Day which is a call to action to connect the struggles of “People, Planet and Peace over Profit.”

It’s a good time to dress up as a Wobblie or from 1886 or in Procession of the Species garb from the weekend before! We’re leaving it up to you to come and have fun in costumery that breathes life into the history of radical political struggle that goes from back then until today! Prizes for best costumes!

This event is also a benefit for the relaunch of KOWA 106.5 lp fm, please look up KOWA to find out more at http://kowalp.org/

Friday, May 1, 2014

7pm @ the Olympia Ballroom,

116 Legion Way

$9 advanced/ $18 at the door, volunteers get in free! Contact kowa@riseup.net to volunteer!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1506701089557654/

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6) Backbone Campaign Kayaktivist Training for the sHell No Flotilla on May 16th

Saturday May 2nd and Several Other Dates @ Vashon Island

The Backbone Campaign is one if not the premiere organizations in the United States for creative activism. Come learn how to convert a kayak into an activist tool.

This message is from Bill:

Become a Kayaktivist!

The fun & family-friendly sHellNo! FLOTILLA launches on May 16th @ 1pm!

 

Come together with thousands of others who give a damn, for an adventurous afternoon full of music, art, and entertainment. ZERO Risk of ARREST (organizers are strongly encouraging no one to risk arrest). More Info on the 16th BELOW

Get Kayaktivist Training!

 

Learn How To Paddle. Become a Kayaktivist Guide. Evolve into a Kayaktivist Safety Lead!

 

We’re holding ongoing trainings for NEW and VETERAN PADDLERS of ALL SKILL LEVELS on Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays!

We need your help to orient new folks who may paddle for their first time on the 16th. Also, we need a plethora of folks able to assist with rescue assists in the unlikely event of a kayak capsize (these Advanced Trainings are on the next 2 Sundays). SO, GET TRAINED ASAP!

  • Thursday April 30th – Kayaktivism Training
  • Saturday, May 2nd- Kayaktivism Training
  • Sunday May 3rd- Advanced Kayaktivism Safety Training
  • Thursday May 7th – Kayaktivism Training
  • Saturday May 9th – Kayaktivism Training
  • Sunday May 10th- Advanced Kayaktivism Safety Training

Thursday May 14th – Last Kayaktivism Training b4 the Flotilla

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7) Activist Therapy: Springfellows, a Squidstock Production and Benefit

Saturday May 2nd at 7 pm @ Odd Fellows Lodge, 127 S 2nd St, Shelton

Local musician and political raconteur Danny Kelley and the rockin’ High Ceiling are amongst the luminaries illuminating this illuminating event!

This message is from Danny:

A SQUIDSTOCK PRODUCTION featuring by special request: High Ceiling & Publish The Quest & The Hinges & Arch DJ. 21+ with ID. The event is at the Historic Odd Fellows Lodge in Shelton. Tickets are $15 at the door. Or you can order tickets for only $12 from http://springfellows.brownpapertickets.com/ or direct from Sid, Mary and Beck.

A bit of history: This venue was the Shelton Paramount Theatre in the late 1930s and featured Roy Rogers on November 11, 1939. Squidstock and friends have been renovating the lodge so it might be the most awesome music venue in Shelton to date. It is decorated and ready to rock and roll.

There will be vending (shop early for 2015 birthday and holiday gift giving) and food options on site (reggae creations by Coffee Amazing). This is BYOB, so leave your (B)ounty at the ticket booth and bartender Chad will take it from there. Please do not take your alcoholic beverages outside. There is additional information, so check back frequently. Pass the word and invite any friends of Squidstock who may not see this. Doors at 7 pm, music at 8 pm. Canned dog food drive for our canine friends at Adopt-A-Pet.

CabinFeverFEST was a success. Thank you for all the support. Join us to celebrate May Day. Be a SPRINGFELLOW!

SQUIDSTOCK LOVES YOU!!!

If you are traveling from out of town there are two motels within walking distance. City Center (360) 432-9653 and the Shelton Inn (360) 426-4468. Little Creek Casino is a 15 minute drive 888-670-1158.

https://www.facebook.com/events/424974080998174/

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8) First Sunday Benefit Brunch at Media Island

Sunday May 3rd from 11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

It’s that time of the month again! Come view real live wild activists in their native habitat as they feed and socialize.

This message is from Media Island:

First Sunday Benefit Brunch at MII

 

Date: Sunday, May 3, 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.

http://www.huntcal.com/cal/eventview/tcpronet/tcpronet?vm=s-L&yr=2015&pf=1&id=409427235&d=3&m=5

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9) Dr. Cornell West at Evergreen

Monday May 4th at 7 pm @ The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

This is a highly recommended event. Dr. West is one of the premiere black speakers today. If you aren’t familiar with Dr. West you really should be.

This message is from TC Pro Net:

Dr. Cornel West to Speak at Evergreen
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Time: 7PM – 9:00PM
Location: The Evergreen State College

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

Olympia, WA 98502

Contact Information: lipmanm@evergreen.edu
Olympia, (Wash), Dr. Cornel West, a prominent activist and professor of philosophy and

Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary will speak Monday, May 4, at 7pm,

at The Evergreen State College, in the Costantino Recreation Center. He is also a

Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and has taught at Yale, Harvard, and the

University of Paris.

West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A and

Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written over 20 books and has edited 13, including

classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and a memoir, Brother West: Living and

Loving Out Loud. His most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were

received with critical acclaim.

A frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span, West made his

film debut many years ago in The Matrix and has recorded three spoken word albums,

including one in collaboration with Prince.

According to Greg Porter, Student Activities Special Events Coordinator at Evergreen, West

was chosen in a student survey of possible guest lecturers. “He is a student favorite,” said

Porter. “He always comes up in the Top 5. We were fortunate that he was available.”

Doors open at 6pm, and the event starts at 7pm. Student, faculty, and staff tickets are $7 in

advance, $10 at the door. General Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are

available through Rainy Day Records, The Greener (Evergreen Book) Store, Tacoma

Program campus, Quality Food Centers (QFC’s) and TicketsWest.com, as well as at the door.

Media and photographers welcome with RSVP.

Click here for more info!

http://www.evergreen.edu/news/2015/dr-cornel-west-at-evergreen.htm

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10) Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Speaks in Olympia

Monday May 4th and Tuesday May 5th at 6:30 pm @ the Evergreen State College Longhouse

This is good stuff.

This message is from Brian:

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz speaks in Olympia on May 4 and 5 about her new book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

Native American feminist scholar and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will be speaking in Olympia on Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5, about her new Beacon Press book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. She will be speaking at Olympia Timberland Library on Monday, May 4, at 6:30-7:45 pm, and at the Evergreen Longhouse on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00-9:00 pm. The events are free and open to the public. Download and print the poster for the May 5 Evergreen event:

http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/RoxannePoster.pdf

The publisher describes the book: “Today, in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly three million people. These individuals are the descendants of the once fifteen million people who inhabited this land and are the subject of the latest book by noted historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist–designed to crush the original inhabitants. Spanning more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire.”

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States provides an essential historical reference for all Americans. . . . The American Indians’ perspective has been absent from colonial histories for too long, leaving continued misunderstandings of our struggles for sovereignty and human rights.”

Peterson Zah, former president of the Navajo Nation

“Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz writes a masterful story that relates what the Indigenous peoples of the United States have always maintained: Against the settler U.S. nation, Indigenous peoples have persevered against actions and policies intended to exterminate them, whether physically, mentally, or intellectually. Indigenous nations and their people continue to bear witness to their experiences under the U.S. and demand justice as well as the realization of sovereignty on their own terms.”

–Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and author of Reclaiming Diné History

An Indigenous Peoples’ History …pulls up the paving stones and lays bare the deep history of the United States, from the corn to the reservations. If the United States is a ‘crime scene,’ as she calls it, then Dunbar-Ortiz is its forensic scientist. A sobering look at a grave history.”

Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations

“Justice-seekers everywhere will celebrate Dunbar-Ortiz’s unflinching commitment to truth—a truth that places settler-colonialism and genocide exactly where they belong: as foundational to the existence of the United States.”

Waziyatawin, PhD, activist and author of For Indigenous Minds Only

More background on the book at http://www.beacon.org/An-Indigenous-Peoples-History-of-the-United-States-P1041.aspx

About Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Married at eighteen, she left with her husband for San Francisco, California, where she has lived most of the years since, although the marriage ended. Her account of life up to leaving Oklahoma is recorded in Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. She has a daughter, Michelle.

Roxanne graduated, majoring in History, from San Francisco State College, a working class public institution, but was selected for History graduate school at University of California at Berkeley, transferring to University of California, Los Angeles to complete her doctorate in History. From 1967 to 1972, she was a full time activist living in various parts of the United States, traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. This time of her life and the aftermath, 1960-1975, is the story told in Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years.

Roxanne took a position teaching in a newly established Native American Studies program at California State University at Hayward, near San Francisco, and helped develop the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies. In 1974, she became active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights.

Her first published book, The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty, was published in 1977 and was presented as the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians of the Americas, held at United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. That book was followed by two others in the following years: Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, 1680-1980 and Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination.  In over a hundred trips to Nicaragua and Honduras from 1981 to 1989, she monitored what was called the Contra War. Her book, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War was published in 2005.

More background on the author at http://www.reddirtsite.com

Sponsors

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s visit is sponsored by the Evergreen program “Native Decolonization in the Pacific Rim: From the Northwest to New Zealand,” in collaboration with the TESC President’s Diversity Fund, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Native Programs at Evergreen, Olympia Timberland Library, Friends of the Library, Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, TESC Tacoma, & TESC programs “Current Economic & Social Issues,” “Reflecting on Activism,” and “Branching Out: Ethnobotanical Gardens.”For background on Native Programs at Evergreen: http://www.evergreen.edu/nativeprograms

Directions

 

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. The Evergreen State College is located at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW (the closest parking will be in the B Lot; turn to the left as you drive into campus, and walk the footpath to the Longhouse).

Please invite others and share on the facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1600612936891836/

Download and print the poster for the May 4 Library event:

http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/RoxanneLibrary.jpg

Download and print the poster for the May 5 Evergreen event:

http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/RoxannePoster.pdf

http://ravenredbone.com

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11) Oly VBC Events and Food Crew Meeting

Wednesday May 6th at 6:30 pm @ Fertile Grounds, 311 9th Avenue

This message is from Chris:

Come help us plan for 5 special evening events during the Olympia Village Building Convergence August 15-23. Also Love our Local Festival! We will help circle the community. Calling on project site folks, slow-food enthusiasts, VBC foodies, neighborhood folks and others to join in – GREAT PLACES HAPPEN when we feed people’s minds, spirits and bellies!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1123143867711087/

 

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12) Activist Therapy: Long Hair David’s Birthday Show & Benefit

Wednesday May 6th at 7 pm @ Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E

Long Hair David hasn’t been real active for a while now (and that is a long story in itself) but he is literally a legendary figure in local activist circles.

This message is from David:

Come celebrate long hair david’s big 5-9 with these fine Oly bands. Proceeds go to FSU (Fix Sh*t Up) …

– Broken Water

http://brokenwatermusic.bandcamp.com/

– Erica Freas

http://ericafreas.bandcamp.com/

 

– Hens Teeth

http://hensteeth.bandcamp.com/

 

– The Melissas

http://www.teenagehotdog.com/

 

… plus surprise special guests!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Obsidian

7 PM

$5 Suggested donation/NOTAFLOF (No one turned away for lack of funds)

21+

https://www.facebook.com/events/1621934174711007/

 

_______________________________________

 

13) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Prune a poison tree.

Peace.

Dana

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