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News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes





1) FYI Section:

1A) Update on Community Rights Ordinance

1B) Update on West Central Park Project

1C) Update from the PEN

2) Ann Chaudhry Back in Court

3) Nepal Aid Festival at Traditions

4) Olympia Move to Amend/ WAmend Meeting

5) I-735 at Olympia Wooden Boat Fair Help Get Big $$ OUT Of Our Political System

6) Kayak Training for sHell No and People’s Fleet

7) Olympia, WA for Bernie Meetup

8) Film Screening: Paddle to Bella Bella

9) Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

10) Past Present and Future: Achievements and Challenges for Cuban Women

11) 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




Unassuming Hero



Secret Open Societies

Hey Kids!

Obama just budgeted $20 million to ‘secretly’ bring about an ‘open society’ in Cuba.

‘Open societies’ that need to be kept ‘secret’?

Do they even think about these kinds of things before they say them?


Run Bernie Run!

Bernie Sanders has announced his candidacy.

I would have been thrilled about this had he run as an independent — but he is running as a Democrat meaning that his job will be to pump up the enthusiasm amongst the liberal left so that when he loses the primary Bernie can then endorse whatever corporate shill that the Democrats pick — i.e. he is taking over Dennis Kucinich’s old job.

Maybe I’m wrong; they are going to be asking him if he plans to endorse Mrs. Clinton if he loses the primary and if he says ‘no’ then the Democratic Machine is going to shaft him — and if they shaft him and/or when he loses the primary then we’ll see how he reacts.

Bernie is not without sin. While he voted against the Iraq occupation, he voted in favour of every funding bill for the Iraq Occupation that later came up. Senator Sanders voted against the original PATRIOT Act and attempted to curtail its effect in subsequent votes but in 2006 he voted yea on legislation that made the remaining fourteen provisions of the PATRIOT Act permanent and extended the authority of the FBI to conduct ‘roving wiretaps’. Sanders also voted against the original legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security but in 2006 he voted to continue their funding also.

Still, overall this is awesome news because Senator Sanders will be right in their face and the truly important issues will actually get a true (if lame and incomplete) airing.


Breaking the Silence

I’m right on deadline so I don’t have time to go into it — but go to Democracy Now for Wednesday May 6th and listen to and/or read about Israeli soldiers describing the many and outrageous war crimes that they committed during the last Israeli assault upon Gaza.

Their ‘rules of engagement’, for instance, were to shoot at anything they liked and to kill anyone they saw.

One of the soldiers asked what to do if they saw innocent civilians?

His commander said: “There are no innocent civilians.”

Nasty stuff.


Unassuming Hero: Albert Goering

Being an anti-Nazi activist in Austria during the 1930’s was problematic enough without being also saddled with the name ‘Goering’ — the same name as Hitler’s infamous head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering — but such was Albert Goering’s cross to bear.

Actually, though, having the same last name as one of the most powerful and feared of Hitler’s henchmen could come in quite handy for an anti-Nazi activist, especially since the reason that Albert and Hermann Goering shared a last name was because they were brothers. Whenever Albert was arrested for helping Jews the Gestapo very quickly released him with apologies once they discovered who he was — and Albert had no qualms at all about using his brother’s infamy to advantage in doing his good works and in fact Albert wouldn’t have been able to do what he did without his brother’s name. Many Jews managed to escape Europe because the Gestapo found a letter in their pocket from Albert Goering stating, “Mr./ Mrs. So-and-so is my friend and if anyone should cause him/her harm then they will answer to my brother, the reichsmarschall”.

Such a letter was likely to cause a young storm trooper some concern.

The rub was the fact that Albert had to maintain good relations with his brother in order to get away with these kinds of things and so he walked a very fine line. Albert expressed his utter loathing for the Nazis and everything they stood for on many occasions — but in order to be effective there were definite hard lines that he could not cross.

Albert eventually moved to pre-war Italy where he began covertly assisting and financing anti-fascist resistance organizations. He eventually opened a Swiss bank account to finance an underground railroad for Jews through France and Lisbon.

Then Albert was appointed — by his brother — to run the Skoda factory in Czechoslovakia — a hotbed of anti-Nazi resistance. This was intentional: One of the Skoda officials had met Albert before and knew of Albert’s anti-Nazi sympathies and thus plotted with Albert to obtain the appointment. Albert used his name on several occasions to free concentration camp prisoners, once even personally pulling up in a truck and telling the commandant that he needed workers for the Skoda factory — only to release the ‘workers’ into the woods at the first occasion.

Albert later developed connections with the Rumanian resistance in Bucharest.

The Nazis — like all totalitarian police states — required an extensive and effective intelligence operation to stay in power and Albert’s activities had not gone unnoticed.   Eventually the Gestapo presented to Hermann Goering a file several inches thick detailing many of Albert’s illicit activities and asking, “How much longer is this gangster going to be allowed to continue like this?”

Ironically, after the war Albert was arrested for war crimes — though the only crime they could prove was that Herman was his brother — and it took two years in prison before he was able to demonstrate that he had actually been on their side.

I had lots of other stuff happen this week so that’s it for this week’s Thunderbolt — which means…

It’s time to get to work!




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of May 7th thru May 13th, 2015




1) FYI Section:


1A) Update on Community Rights Ordinance

Numerous people have been working on this.

This message is from Janet:

Please check out the website,,   We’ve summarized the work of the past two years, in order to move forward into neighborhoods for the next step.

There is a tab called “Ordinances Proposed for Us” that holds five of the ordinances we considered for the South Sound area, plus notes explaining the pros and cons of each.

These ordinances are the basis for presentations to neighborhood associations.  (See “The Plan for Now,” on the right-hand menu.) They are the possibilities we will bring to the neighborhoods, which, we hope, will find at least one of them worth signing on to.

Please get back to me if I’ve overlooked some proposal of merit (which I may have done), or misrepresented one of the ordinances.


Janet Jordan



1B) Update on West Central Park Project

This message is from Alicia:

Welcome Rodney of Barb’s Soul Cousine! The new food truck at the Park has been making a splash with the day time lunch crowd and has been at WCP since last Thursday.  Come sample some of the best BBQ in town Monday through Friday 11 am until 6. Glad you’re here Rodney!

The West Central Park still needs your plant donations for our hugelkulture veggie beds.  All of your extra non GMO starts are welcome and we are looking forward to building this years veggie beds on donations alone! Our Sunday work parties are the best time to bring your donations as there are always lots of tools on hand for digging and planting.

May 12th is approaching fast and the Opening Day of the West Oly Farmer’s Market is at hand!  Come on out and join us in welcoming the Market in their new home. The 15 vendors will be on site with fresh farm wares from 4-7 pm on May 12th.  Make it a part of your summer Tuesdays this year!

In order to get ready in advance for the opening Market Day, all hands will be needed at next weeks work party May 10th, where we will be setting up all of our 15 tents in readiness for the market’s farmers. Help us make their new home just right!

See you around the Park!



1C) Update from the PEN

Dear Friends and Activists,

We are having an amazing impact on defeating the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership, but only because tens of thousands of our own participants, and many others, continue to speak out against it every chance we get.

And we know we’re having an impact because John Boehner was on TV Sunday morning literally begging for Hillary Clinton to throw her support to it. Imagine that, begging for Democrats to help support this toxic turkey, so fewer Republicans have to suffer the inevitable blowback. Does this mean he would support Hillary Clinton for president in return?

If you need to know more about why this thing is so bad, please read the link in the petition text on the action page itself below about the ties to multi-national corporations.

So let’s keep submitting and keep the pressure on:

TPP Is Toxic Action Page:

And here is the petition text:

This last weekend the House Majority Leader said this on Meet The Press about the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership:

“We’ve got the majority here in the House and the Senate, but we can’t do this by ourselves.”

Since when did a party in total control of Congress not have the power to pass anything they want?

And the answer is, since someone tried to browbeat members of the House in particular into passing one of the most repulsive and deceptive measures ever, to abdicate all meaningful congressional authority over trade policy, and by top secret agreement to surrender the interests of the American people to the tender mercies of multi-national corporations.

This is one toxic hot potato. Drop it. And leave it dropped.


And after you submit the action page, feel free to request one of our “Expressway To Trade Hell TPP” bumper stickers. We will send you one for no charge, not even shipping. And you can request it directly from this page.

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You may forward this message to any friends who would find it important.

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2) Ann Chaudhry Back in Court

Thursday May 7th at 3 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW Building 3

The saga continues. Lacey continues to use official powers to persecute some local activists that they don’t like. She is being prosecuted for allegedly making an illegal cover for the wheelchair ramp at her home.

This message is from Ann:

Ann Chaudhry: back in court on Thursday, May 7th at 3 p.m. for failing to inform (ahead of time) City of Lacey (in need of revenue…) that she was thinking (thought-crime !) of the safety of her Disabled American Veteran husband by having a cover over the wheelchair ramp/s !

Please mark your calendars and give a strong people (the real 99%) showing in court.

Building 3 at Thurston County Courthouse.





3) Nepal Aid Festival at Traditions

Thursday May 7th at 6:30 pm @ Traditions, 300 5th Ave SW

This is a benefit for the Nepal earthquake survivors.

This message is from Danny:

Please join us for a vibrant evening of food, entertainment, and auctions to celebrate and raise funds for the beloved people of Nepal who are struggling to survive in the wake of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked their country last week.

TO DONATE ONLINE: Links to online donation pages are in the comments below this event description.

Our event will feature a buffet-style Nepali dinner showcasing fair-trade food products, a silent auction of goods and services donated by the local community, a dessert auction, and a fair trade fashion show and dessert tasting. Music provided by local musicians.

100% of the funds raised at this event will be donated directly to on-the-ground support in Nepal. We will be donating 70% of the proceeds to relief efforts in Baseri, 25 miles from the epicenter of the quake, where every home was leveled and the critical Baseri Health Clinic was destroyed. The remaining 30% will go directly to low-income Nepali families (in the Sherpa village of Khumjung and in Kathmandu valley) with local ties whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake.

Information on Baseri:



4) Olympia Move to Amend/ WAmend Meeting

Thursday May 7th at 7 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW Bldg #1

Come help get money out of politics!

This message is from Mike:

Olympia Move to Amend/WAmend Meeting: LET’S GET BIG $$ OUT NOW!
Date: Thursday, May 7, 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 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. (

“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.

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)



5) I-735 at Olympia Wooden Boat Fair Help Get Big $$ OUT Of Our Political System

Saturday May 9th from 10 am to 6 pm @ Percival Landing, 405 Columbia St NW

This message is from Mike:

I-735 at Olympia Wooden Boat Fair – Help get BIG $$ OUT of our political system
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Short Description: Join local volunteers at Percival Landing Park during the Olympia Wooden Boat Fair to gather signatures for I-735.
Location: Percival Landing Park

405 Columbia St NW

Olympia, WA 98501

Contact Information:

Jennifer at jbsprague[at]hotmail[dot]com

Join local volunteers at Percival Landing Park during the Olympia Wooden Boat Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, to gather signatures for I-735.

For more information about I-735:


Fair Hours:

Sat. May 9: 10am-6pm

Sun. May 10: 11am-5pm

Click here for more information about this event and to connect with the Olympia WAmend/Move to Amend group.



6) Kayak Training for sHell No and People’s Fleet

Saturday May 9th from 10 am to 2 pm @ West Bay Park, Elliot Ave

This is ‘kayaktivist’ training! Come learn to stop mighty tankers with cute little boats!

This message is from Olympia FOR:

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Climate Crisis Action Group will hold kayak training for all interested people for 3 hours on Saturday, May 9th, to prepare for safe kayaking at the ‘#YouShellNotPass Day of Mass Nonviolent Direct Action!’ (on May 18), and ‘THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE ACTION FLEET’ (on June 21), actions. (Also see those posted events to join in/sign up!)

**We will provide kayaks for those folks who cannot bring their own.**

**Experienced instructor/trainer doing the teaching.**


PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! We anticipate hundreds will participate in each action. Our goals are safety and big fun!

Kayak training hours are 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday! Be early because the outgoing tide will cause us to run out of water after 1 PM!



7) Olympia, WA for Bernie Meetup

Saturday May 9th at 3 pm @ Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E

This is for people who plan to support Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

This message came from Bev:

Bernie supporters! Let’s meet up and talk about how Olympians can support his campaign. We can choose a different day/time, I just wanted to start this so I would know who else in Olympia wants to see Sanders in the White House.

There may or may not be free beer!

Please RSVP here:



8) Film Screening: Paddle to Bella Bella

Tuesday May 12th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This is a film screening of the Tribal Canoe Journey some local natives took last summer.

This message is from Rod:

Last year’s  Tribal Canoe Journey was a long paddle to  Bella Bella In BC. The journey was documented by Hunting the Rez magazine.  The finished video will be shown at Traditions on Tuesday May 12 at 7. Nisqually cultural director and canoe journey leader Hanford McCloud will be there to talk about this adventure and the significance of these journeys.

Please join us for a relaxing and entertaining evening.




9) Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

Wednesday May 13th from 6 to 9 pm @ Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E

This message came from TC Pro Net:

Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description: Come learn about the effectiveness of boycott movements as a nonviolent tactic to end injustice & oppression at Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism!
Location: Obsidian

414 4th Ave. E

Olympia, WA 98501

Contact Information: or (360) 754-3998

Join us for opening night of Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism, a traveling poster exhibit of 58 posters highlighting diverse historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present, on May 13th at Obsidian! We will be joined by guest Speakers Edgar Franx, member of Community to Community Development, and Grace Cox from the Olympia Food Co-op.

The exhibit features more than twenty boycotts including the Montgomery bus boycott, United Farm Workers’ grape and lettuce boycott, divestment from Apartheid in South Africa, the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, and many others!

Activists and solidarity groups have often responded to injustices by implementing boycott and divestment campaigns targeting companies and governments that support and sustain these injustices—these posters have been a primary tool for educating around issues and inspiring people to action. These powerful posters serve as a platform for understanding the effectiveness of boycotts as a nonviolent tactic to end injustice and oppression.

The exhibit will be held from May 13th-30th.

All welcome!

Thanks to the American Friends Society Committee (AFSC) and Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) for making these posters available!



10) Past Present and Future: Achievements and Challenges for Cuban Women

Wednesday May 13th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This message is from Matt:

Join us and hear from Norma Vasallo of the Cuban Women’s Federation and professor of Women’s Studies at University of Havanna. She will discuss:

– Achievements and challenges of Cuban Women past and present.

– Impact of economic changes in Cuba for Cuban women and their families

Her new book is “Distant Sounds, Nearby Voices, Feminist Viewpoints.” This event will be in both Spanish and English with a translator.



11) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Take a chance for freedom.





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