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News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

 

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1) FYI Section:

1A) Register NOW for Localize This Action Camp

1B) Update from Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

1C) Legislative Update from POWER

2) Legal Hearing for Ann Chaudhry

3) It’s Too Hot: Cities in the Dust

4) 7th Annual 24-hour Zine Thing & Zine Reading Thing

5) Olympia FOR: Training to Become Better Anti-Racist Allies

6) Fun Ice Cream Social with Olympia Slow Food

7) Weekly Meeting of the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace

8) KOWA Core Meeting

9) 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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Right and Wrong

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The Revolution Starts Now?

Hey Kids!

When I was a child, the promise of technology — as it was sold to the public at that time on those new fangled Television things — was that machines would soon be doing all the work and creating all the wealth and humanity would have all the leisure and all the wealth we needed to do whatever we wanted to do with our lives and not have to worry about much of anything.

The irony is that the machines did indeed start doing all the work and creating all the wealth and we could indeed now have all the time and all the resources we need to start doing whatever we want to do with our lives — but that isn’t happening.

On that note, the Greek people just told the banksters where to shove it. They voted by a near super-majority to tell the German banksters that they could take their austerity and do something very un-austere with it.

This could be a BFD. This could be the start of a revolution.

Remember: There is more money in our world now than there ever has been before; it is just that this vast wealth has been super-concentrated into far fewer hands because the last 30 years have seen the most massive ‘redistribution of wealth’ in all human history. This redistribution was from the hands of the people who actually create all the wealth into the hands of a small handful of criminal sociopaths who murder children for a living.

Remember: Real ‘wealth’ comes from people doing things and making things. People who make nothing nor do anything except manipulate paper are not only not a necessary part of any economy but indeed, they are parasites that will consume their hosts unless they are seriously restrained constrained and if that fails detained.

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Obsidian Forever!

I thought of a couple of more things I wanted to say about Obsidian on 4th: I dissed them for not being like other coffee shops, but truth to tell they aren’t really technically a ‘coffee shop’ by the strictest definition of that term. For one thing they serve alcohol and their main business seems to be live shows at night. Obsidian is sort of like a fusion between a coffee shop and a bar with elements of both but it’s not really either.

In other words, Obsidian is one of those funky Olympia things that you can’t pigeonhole or categorize but that totally works.

They also seem to have a habit of hiring all my favourite people in Olympia to work there, meaning I have friends that wait me on nearly every time I go there.

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Behind the Headlines

This is what they don’t tell you: NATO was formed to let the Americans in, to keep the Germans down, and to keep the Russians out.

Two out of three isn’t bad, I guess.

This is what they don’t tell you: As far as Cuba is concerned, the official policy of the United States government has been the overthrow of the Castro regime pretty much ever since there’s been a Castro regime. I personally think that the Castro’s are crazy to let the Americans into their country after all this time — but I also acknowledge that Fidel Castro was probably the canniest politician of the 20th Century while I was not.

Still: Even with all the buddy-buddy backslapping that is going on between Cuba and the United States these days, no American official has said at any time that regime change in Cuba is no longer American policy. I don’t waste much time listening to Barack Obama spin his BS, but I personally think it notable that Mr. Obama has evidently said absolutely nothing to indicate that regime change in Cuba is no longer American policy else someone who does listen to him spin his BS would have noted it; Mr. Obama is evidently simply saying that our current strategy “hasn’t been working”. As far as I know he has not said he was changing the strategic ends — he just said they were changing the strategy for achieving those ends.

I am thinking that they are thinking that if they can dangle a bunch of American dollars and American drugs and American movies and American propaganda toward certain key elements of Cuban society then they can follow what has become their SOP in such situations and simply hire some corrupt locals to do their dirty work for them and replace the Castro Machine in this manner since everything else they have been so desperately trying for over 50 years now has been so spectacularly and embarrassingly failing.

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Traditional Values

I have spent a lot of my prodigious intellectual power studying various cultures both historical and contemporary with an eye toward discerning the kinds of things that help humans live with each other without burning or blowing everything up. Of all the cultures I have ever studied I have always considered traditional Native American culture to be the gold standard — that is, at least in nearly every area except music. (I’m afraid that native music drives me up a wall.)

Traditional Native Americans literally lived in a reality that was quite different from the one we now inhabit. One of the big differences was the virtually unlimited personal freedom enjoyed by the members of most of the tribes. To Native Americans, a person’s choices were what made them who they were — and were thus sacrosanct. The very idea of one human telling another human what to think about something or how to live their life would not even enter their minds. How could one person tell another person how to be?

Good question. The fact that white people did not seem to understand this most basic foundational fact of reality was a mind-blowing eye-opener for the original people of the Western Hemisphere.

There were various rules and taboos amongst the various tribes and different tribes had various cultural standards and/or religious practices that all were expected to respect, but the limitations were mostly limited to acts that would have negative impacts upon others or upon the tribe as a whole — otherwise, you were free to do pretty much whatever the hell you wanted to do with your time and your life.

Most native tribes considered transgender people to be a great advantage since transgender people could view reality from the point of view of both sexes. People with certain mental illnesses were assumed to always be talking to the gods and were thus revered. I read a story once of a mountain man who — aware of this aspect of native culture — feigned mental illness so that some natives wouldn’t kill him — and his continued existence provided evidence that this tactic worked.

Take note, though: The European imperialists colonized pretty much every continent except Antarctica — yet only in the Western Hemisphere and Australia did they so completely marginalize the native population that they were able to just completely take over and utterly dominate the place making the natives an almost completely insignificant factor politically, economically, and socially.

This did not happen in India. This did not happen anywhere in Africa. Even in our modern era with our ability to mete out terror and mass death on a mass scale, the Israelis are having a hard time doing this in Palestine.

Part of that was almost certainly the devastation wrought by our diseases: The Europeans had been living in filth for centuries and had thus developed a bunch of mutant bizarre diseases that the Native Americans, who lived clean and pure lives, had absolutely no resistance to. It is now estimated that over 90% of the entire human population of the Western Hemisphere died from European diseases within a hundred years of the arrival of the land developers from Hell in 1492. This is three times the death rate of the Plague that devastated Europe during the Middle Ages.

This left the Western Hemisphere pretty much wide open.

The vast majority of these deaths were people who died before ever having even heard of white people much less ever actually having any contact with them.

I am thinking that this means living all clean and pure might not be such a hot idea. If humanity is going to insist upon permeating the entire planet with our poisons then maybe we should do future generations a favour by intentionally exposing ourselves to these poisons so our bodies can start learning how to fight them and thus pass that knowledge onto our offspring.

Let’s start a campaign!

I already have our sound bite: “Mutate now! Avoid the rush later!”

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The Power of Right and the Power of Wrong

Doing the right thing is easy when doing the right thing is easy. (I sometimes state the obvious because that sometimes serves to make it more obvious.)

I also said that to emphasize the point that the true test of character comes when doing the right thing is hard to do.

This week I have a meditation upon the power that can be wielded by a single personality doing the right thing and upon the power that can be wielded by a single personality doing all the wrong things.

Back in the 90’s I spent a few winters living in a school bus that I parked around the University District in Seattle and I lived there full time from 1996-1999. The U District has a large population of underage kids living on the streets. These kids were usually referred to — including by themselves — as ‘Ave Rats’. Occasionally I would see potential in an ‘Ave Rat’ and I would sort of adopt them and take them into my bus for a while.

Jasmine was 16 years old. She was about 4’10” and weighed about 90 lbs. She constantly wore a hoody and the tiny little section of her face that was visible through the small opening in the hoody was mostly covered by a large face-tattoo and by five rings lined up along her lower lip. Upon first meeting her she seemed to be almost painfully shy and quiet. She maintained a very low public profile and she was usually flitting about in shadows. She had a very soft voice that she did not often use.

I tend to have good instincts that I have learned to trust and Jasmine immediately and powerfully set off my radar.

Jasmine turned out to be probably the most devastatingly intelligent human being I have ever met. (And yes, I very consciously placed those two words together.)

That intelligence was what drew me to her.

However: Jasmine had only been in town for a few weeks yet she already had a well-deserved reputation as a thief, a liar, and a serious stirrer of shite.

The thing about Jasmine, though, is that she was also an artist: This tiny nearly invisible little girl was a Grand Master at making serious shite happen.

Jasmine was a bringer of storms. Jasmine was a test of your conscience and your sanity. Jasmine was the turd in your punchbowl. She instinctively knew all the triggers and soft spots. She was like some savant who could enter into the souls of others — whereupon she would begin sucking them dry. Several times I saw Jasmine walk into a room full of people who were just peacefully hanging out together yet within ten minutes of Jasmine’s arrival everyone in the room would be angrily yelling at each other as Jasmine was slipping out the back door with this evil little grin on her face that she always wore whenever she had successfully orchestrated some kind of chaos and insanity.

My theory about Jasmine was that she hated pretty much everyone and since she was so much smarter than everyone she was able to express her hatred in highly innovative, truly imaginative, and elegantly artistic manners.

It took me awhile to figure this out. It also took me awhile to figure out that she especially hated altruistic and/or generous and/or selfless people and since I was being altruistic generous and selfless in letting her live on my bus then she also hated me — and before I figured it out I am pretty sure that she almost immediately made me the victim of one of her schemes: There was a long-time local in the U District that I will call RU (I’m not sure what actually happened so I don’t want to besmirch his name) who was an established and highly respected member of our community, and who was a good friend of mine. One morning I came into the coffee shop that was the center of everyone’s social life (The Last Exit on Brooklyn — which no longer exists except on Facebook) and I heard rumours of some kind of shite involving Jasmine and RU.

I saw Jasmine soon thereafter. She said that she had ended up falling asleep in RU’s van and that she had subsequently woken up with RU sexually molesting her.

Crap.

Since Jasmine was underage and living on my bus, then my view was that this gave me certain responsibilities toward her and so I very reluctantly tracked RU down to see what he had to say. He told me a very unlikely story about waking up and somehow his hand had found its way down Jasmine’s pants whilst he slept and then — when she seemed to like it — he subsequently began following through — only to have Jasmine suddenly turn and freak and begin yelling at him.

I wasn’t buying it. I didn’t understand how his hand could get down her pants without his knowing it. Even in the highly unlikely event that this did actually happen, I could not imagine Jasmine ‘liking’ something like that from RU (who was my age, i.e. mid-40’s) and while I wasn’t sure what had actually happened it seemed clear to me that RU had done something sexually inappropriate with Jasmine — and so I said so.

RU was a respected long-time member of the community while Jasmine was a newcomer that everyone already loathed. Everyone in the whole community unquestioningly took RU’s side and everyone in the whole community universally condemned me for my stance. RU’s ex-girlfriend seemed especially perturbed and personally insulted that I would think RU would want anything to do with “that creepy little girl”.

I stood by my stand. I stood by my stand even though it cost me several friends, including RU.

Anyway, this is one of the points I want to make here: This was the only thing I could do. I didn’t care who RU was nor who Jasmine was, this was not cool at all and I never even considered letting things slide in order to maintain the goodwill of my community or my friendship with RU. I would have felt that my position and my friendships were not real had I been forced to sell out my principles in order to maintain them. My principles are what set me apart from the animals and from the bankers.

It was the same when I had a decision over whether or not to snitch off my friends to the feds during my legal troubles: For someone with my psychological makeup, that was simply not an option. That was the first thing I told my lawyer: Me talking to cops was a complete non-starter and it wasn’t going to happen.

I have no idea why I am this way, but I think the world would be a much better place if more people were this way and I note that most people aren’t this way and that makes me wonder why most people aren’t that way.

As for the situation with Jasmine, I am no longer sure what happened and while normally any kind of sexual contact between a middle aged man and a teenage girl is deeply inappropriate — I don’t think Jasmine was ever really any kind of teenage girl except in in her age. Whatever RU did almost certainly wasn’t cool in any way shape or form but doing whatever he did with Jasmine wasn’t really like doing it with almost any other 16 year-old girl that I have ever known. I am now convinced that Jasmine — in fact — probably seduced RU into doing what he did order to subsequently do just what she did, i.e. destroy my friendship with RU by enticing him into doing something that she knew I would find reprehensible. She drove a wedge between us by using my principles and RU’s sexual weakness and I am convinced she did this consciously and with malice aforethought.

Jasmine ended up stealing me blind before she went her way — but it was almost worth it for the entertainment value in watching her in action.

The last time I saw her I was walking down the Ave and I saw her standing next to a police car — and I could tell by her body posture that she was in what I called her ‘hissing cat’ mode, i.e. she would stand with knees bent, shoulders and arms back whilst her hooded head was thrown forward as she hurled incredibly inventive vulgar and hilarious insults that would make Robin Williams envious — all the while wearing her evil little trademark grin, said grin being framed by the crazy face-tattoo and by the lip rings.

Two huge bicycle cops stood on each side of Jasmine on the sidewalk. They were towering over her with their arms folded and they were glaring down at her.

Jasmine was yelling through the window at one of the cops who was sitting inside the car. As I walked up, the cop in the car was asking Jasmine if she ever used her lip rings to sew her mouth shut.

Jasmine replied, “Actually your mama likes it when I go down on her with these.”

The cop just laughed.

Evidently, even the cops enjoyed Jasmine’s artistry.

The central point I want to make here is the pure force and power wielded by a tiny little penniless homeless teenage girl — a force and power she wielded strictly by the power of personality. I wonder how she would have used her power had not someone or something caused her to hate everyone so much?

Individual humans can kick serious ass when they really want to. Since there are numerous asses in our world that could use a serious kicking, and since there are so many humans available to kick them, then I wonder why these asses haven’t already been well kicked?

I didn’t think about it at the time — but I wonder if someone like Jasmine could be targeted at certain people…?

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of July 9th thru July 15th, 2015

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1) FYI Section:

1A) Register NOW for Localize This Action Camp

This is the country’s premiere activist training camp. Come spend a week in August learning how to shake up the world in a creative and hilarious manner. These are the people who made the 30-foot helium balloon of an ass hanging out of a pair of pants that floated over Lake Washington off the coast of Medina with a sign saying, “Shared Sacrifice My Ass!”

This message came from Bill:

Localize This!, 11-17th of August, is YOUR destination for Creative Direct Action Tactics and Effective Organizing Strategies.

>>> Register at http://LocalizeThis.org/

Lock arms with passionate action-oriented change agents from across the country.

Dive into a week of intensive training, strategizing, learning, and sharing of victory stories with some of the movements most effective organizers.

Take action before everything we value or hold as sacred is extracted, exploited, and extinguished.

What started out as training ground for a community’s fight to stop a transnational corporation’s environmental destruction and extraction has turned into an annual celebration of some of the best our movements for justice have to offer.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1073774092651378/

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1B) Update from Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

This message came from WLIHA:

This past Wednesday night was more than a good night. It was an astonishing testament that advocacy works. Since January, over a thousand of you took action again and again. You told lawmakers to not leave town until they had done everything possible to expand access to affordable housing and to end homelessness. They heard your message!

In the dramatic hours before the end of the state’s fiscal year, Washington lawmakers secured significant new state dollars for affordable homes. And they passed several bills that will create new funding sources for housing, services, and mental health facilities. Further, the final state operating budget, signed into law at 11:30 Tuesday night, includes full funding for the Housing & Essential Needs and the Aged Blind & Disabled programs. And it funds many other important priorities, including a 9% increase in the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) cash grant!

But wait, there’s more! Lawmakers also passed a capital budget that provides $75 million for affordable housing and $15 million for weatherization of homes owned by low-income homeowners. The $75 million for the Housing Trust Fund will create nearly 2,000 homes for seniors, homeless families, people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, veterans, homeless youth, and more. It will also create 500 new safe, healthy beds for farmworkers.

If you are not already jumping up and down, consider that lawmakers also passed HB 2263 late Wednesday night. This bill provides local communities the option of asking their voters to support a new tax for affordable housing and mental health facilities. Those funds could also be used for operations and maintenance needs as well as homeless services. A similar local taxing authority for mental health services brought in nearly $100 million across the state in 2014 alone.

And that’s not all! Lawmakers also passed SB 5987. This transportation package includes significant new dollars for affordable housing and services in the Puget Sound region. The bill requires that at least $20 million be provided for affordable housing near transit. It also establishes that 80% of the surplus properties in light rail stations must be made available for affordable housing. Additionally, an amendment by Representative Jessyn Farrell (46th LD) creates a funding source for the Puget Sound region of up to $518 million for services to improve educational outcomes in early learning, K-12, and higher education. This includes, but is not limited to low-income, homeless, or foster care youth.

These new dollars for the Puget Sound region are on top of the victory earlier in the session via Representative Larry Springer’s (45th LD) HB 1223. This bill secured at least $45 million for new affordable housing in transit areas.

 

In addition to all the great legislative news, the Housing Alliance recently received this info: the state’s Health Care Authority is submitting a federal waiver request to the feds that includes the ability for our state to use Medicaid funds to pay for the medically necessary services delivered in permanent supportive housing. This was a top legislative priority for the Housing Alliance this year! Even more, the federal government issued a bulletin late last week confirming that Medicaid dollars can be used for these services.

All of this great news means new resources are coming to our communities to create affordable homes and fight homelessness. And it couldn’t be at a more important time. You told your lawmakers to do more and they listened.

Thank you for your advocacy!

 

There is more to do, and we hope that you will continue to join us as we work to build on these victories in the 2016 legislative session.

Stay tuned. We’ll have an opportunity for you to thank lawmaker champions and please plan now for in-district advocacy opportunities this summer and fall. Consider inviting your lawmakers to your board meeting or to tour affordable homes built with state dollars. The Housing Alliance can assist you in your advocacy efforts, including with getting your board involved with advocacy! It works, let’s keep it going!

 

Thanks,

Michele

Michele Thomas, Director of Policy & Advocacy

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

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

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1C) Legislative Update from POWER

This message came from David:

This is from David Stillman at DSHS:

The Governor signed into law yesterday a new operating budget for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2015.  I want to provide you with the best information available at this time about provisions in the enacted budget that will impact the Economic Services Administration.

As you will see, the final budget contains some reductions that were in earlier budget proposals, such as the elimination of the Washington Telephone Assistance Program.  It also restores some benefits that were cut during the Great Recession.  For example, the Legislature has funded increases in TANF grants and in the state Food Assistance Program for legal immigrants.  As you will see, the budget also includes increased funding to improve access by low-income families to quality child care.

We appreciate the work done by the Legislature to craft a budget that preserves essential health and human services.

The attached document shows the differences in the budgets that were proposed by the Governor, House and Senate, as well as the final compromise budget (ESSB 6052) that passed.  The final budget includes these key provisions:

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • Increases TANF grants by 9 percent.
  • Eliminates funding for a 15% incentive payment to TANF clients who are participating at least 20 hours per week and meeting the requirements of their Individual Responsibility Plans.   The Department received funding for these payments in SFY 2014 and has not implemented these incentive payments.

 

Food Assistance for Legal Immigrants

 

  • Increases benefits for the state Food Assistance Program (FAP) from 75% to 100% of the benefit levels for the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), effective July 1, 2015.  This is the state-funded program for legal, documented immigrants who are not eligible for SNAP under federal law.  Due to the late passage of the operating budget, ESA will not be able to implement this change by July 1, 2015.

Washington Telephone Assistance Program

  • Ends the Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP), which provides low-income households with affordable telephone service.   Also ends funding for community voice mail and WIN 211 services.   Clients who received WTAP will be eligible for the federal Lifeline program, which provides similar assistance.

Helping People Apply for Medicaid

▪    Requires financial service specialists in the Community Services Division to help people apply for Medicaid through the Healthplanfinder by October 1, 2015.  The budget also reduces ESA staffing by 41.5 FTEs, based on assumed administrative efficiencies.

▪    Requires DSHS, in coordination with the Health Care Authority, to seek a federal waiver to use eligibility for SNAP to enroll eligible persons into Medicaid.

Child Care Subsidy Programs

  • Requires 12-month authorizations for Working Connections Child Care, regardless of any change in a family’s circumstances.
  • Provides funding for a 2% increase in the base subsidy rates for family home and center-based child care providers, effective July 1, 2016.   Also increases the non-standard hour bonus from $50 to $75 with a cap.

Information Technology Systems

▪    Provides funding for necessary changes and repairs to our Automated Client Eligibility System (ACES) associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

▪    Provides funding to replace the Client Receivable System used by the Office of Financial Recovery to record and collect client public assistance overpayments.  The current system is over 20 years old and based on a nearly obsolete program code.

 

Services for Homeless Families

 

▪    Includes $5 million for the Department of Commerce to help transition TANF families who are homeless into stable housing.

The final budget also provides salary increases for state employees of 3% in July 2015 and about 1.8% in July 2016.

To find out more information on the final budget, please visit: http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/default.asp.

 

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2) Legal Hearing for Ann Chaudhry

Thursday July 9th at 3 pm @ Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr

This is still happening. That is crazy. This message came from Don:

Hello All Fans for Rights & Justice !!!

JULY 9, 2015                      THURSDAY                         3 PM

Thurston County Courthouse    2000 Lakeridge Dr; Bldg 3, Olympia, WA

Yours, very truly, will be in Thurston County District Court for another session of bearing witness to … regarding making our wheelchair ramps (“driveways,” as our dear Rebecca says, and how true, as we DRIVE the wheelchair on them !) safe for all, Zahid & I and our guests.

I sincerely invite you, one and all, and invite all your family, friends, & neighbors to bear witness to this despicable, blatant extortion, coercion, provocation, threats & intimidation, on-going stalking and painful injustice.

There was a great turn-out the last hearing; and Wally video-taped it, too.

I look forward to your assistance in being witness Thursday too.  The more that are there, the harder it is for them to sweep us all through their oppression & gluttonous revenue generation.

Attached are 3 pertinent, interesting files concerning this portion of the case:

File 1: When attempting to access a permit application on-line, we got this “file not found” message – thereby forcing anyone who may want to look over, or get, an application to go into the Lacey City office for a hard copy !  (Read: they pry, snoop, spy, harass & intimidate from the get-go.)

File 2: A building permit application for our wheelchair ramps (“driveways”) and covers completed & submitted & City stamped.  Pay special attention to “Project Value,” “Construction Type,” and “Occupancy Type” sections in the upper portion of the application. NOTE: it took the woman 3 attempts to get the date stamp on clearly and she omitted to sign it.

File 3: City of Lacey’s letter dated Feb 23 outlining their outrageous requirements!  NOTE: under Jeff Cook’s signature & title is OUR parcel number !  Does it not seem like a strange location on a document for our parcel number?  Is this implication of their attempt (intent!) to take the property?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, text (360-5291109) or e mail!  Please send a text, call, e mail & let me know you’ve got our backs!  We stand together or individually we are divided and ground to dust.

For our (We the People !) RIGHTS & JUSTICE, Ann Chaudhry

NOT ON MY WATCH!

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”     Mark Twain

http://www.PeopleOfWashington.org

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3) It’s Too Hot: Cities in the Dust

A Benefit for the Cascadia Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp

Friday July 10th at 8 pm @ 2132 Grove Rd. NW

A dance party benefit!

This message came from Koyote:

A GOTH DANCE PARTY: BENEFIT FOR THE CASCADIA TRANS AND/OR WOMENS ACTION CAMP…

FEATURING: DJ SASS BAT AND SPECIAL GUEST

CASH BAR

PHOTOBOOTH

SOBER RIDES HOME

ALL PEOPLE SPACE’//DONT BE A JERK

M A K E I T R A I N

R A G E

2132 GROVE ROAD NW (OFF DIVISION AND ELLIOT//WORTH THE COMMUTE)

USEABILITY INFORMATION:

TWO STEPS IN THE HOUSE

ONE BATHROOM

LARGE UNEVEN TERRAIN YARD

SCENT FREE SPACE

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The Trans and/or Womens Action Camp is a week long camp in the backwoods of Western Washington July 27-Aug 4. TWAC is an intentional space for everyone but cismen to decompress, learn and share climbing, blockades and other direct action tactics while learning about regional social and environmental justice campaigns and topics. At the end of camp we take collective action to directly confront an issue local to our area.

This year, funds raised in Cities in Dust, will go toward offering participants gas stipends, making camp more useable and accessible, paying ASL interpreters and presenters.

for more information:

http://www.twac.wordpress.com

twaccascadia@riseup.net

see you in the woods

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4) 7th Annual 24-hour Zine Thing & Zine Reading Thing

Saturday July 11th at 2 pm @ Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE

Come learn how to create media!

This message is from Devin:

This is just a quick note to let you know about two great programs we have coming to the Olympia Timberland Library. On July 11, 2015 the library will host 7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing & Zine Reading Thing.

7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing

Event Type: Teen Program

Age Group(s): All ages, Teens middle & high school, Adults

Date: 7/11/2015

Start Time: 2:00 PM

End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

The challenge: Make a 24-page zine from idea to completion in 24 hours. Make your own zine about whatever suits you, or contribute to a collaborative zine on a theme that wins the popular vote. Drop in to the meeting room to use provided supplies, including typewriters, long-armed staplers, recycled magazines, Print Gocco, and copy machines. Feel free to bring interesting materials to use or share. All ages and levels welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

Library: Olympia Timberland Library    Map to the Olympia Library<http://www.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&q=olympia+timberland+library&near=olympia,+wa&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=47.044715,-122.899461&spn=0.013452,0.028925&om=1&iwloc=A>

Contact Number: 352-0595

Link: 24 Hour Zine Thing website<http://24hourzines.com/>

Zine Reading Thing

Event Type: Adult Program

Age Group(s): Adults, Teens middle & high school

Date: 7/11/2015

Start Time: 6:30 PM

End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

As part of the 7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing, there will be a Zine Reading Thing in the atrium after the library closes. Come hear special guest zinesters read their work, or share from your own 24-Hour Zine Thing creation! The featured readers for the night are Dreamboat Annie, Sage Adderley, Carrie Born, and Alice Wynne.

Library: Olympia Timberland Library    Map to the Olympia Library<http://www.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&q=olympia+timberland+library&near=olympia,+wa&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=47.044715,-122.899461&spn=0.013452,0.028925&om=1&iwloc=A>

If you would like a program poster or event bookmarks mailed to you please contact the event coordinator, Sara Peté, at spete@trl.org<mailto:spete@trl.org>.

Please feel free to print out and post the attached event poster and please consider forwarding this message to anyone you know that might be interested in this event.

Thank you for your time and please let us know if you have any questions!

Devin McCosh

Library Associate – Information Services

Olympia Timberland Library

313 8th Avenue Southeast

Olympia, WA 98501

360-352-0595

www.trl.org<http://www.trl.org/>

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5) Olympia FOR: Training to Become Better Anti-Racist Allies

Saturday July 11th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This message came from Sammy:

Training to become better anti-racist allies
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description: Introductory participatory workshop especially

for white folks who want to be better allies for

people of color and reduce racism in society.

Location: Traditions Café

5th & Water SW

Olympia 98501

Contact Information: Olympia FOR, (360) 491-9093 info@olympiafor.org

This workshop, geared specifically toward white people who wish to

become better anti-racist allies, is a 2 hour hands-on introductory

course on Anti-Oppression. We will examine how oppression manifests in

our daily lives, its impact on current events, and how race does still

matter in a “post racial” America. We will have activities that

highlight the different stages we might move through as people who

benefit from systems of oppression, and as people who suffer from them.

We will discuss anti-oppression theory and how to apply it towards our

goal of being anti-racist allies. We will lay out what allyship means,

and brainstorm ways we can take that theory and put it to practice in

our everyday lives.

Facilitated by Sammy Harvell—a transgender, mixed race, person of color

and post-professional crime victim advocate whose specialty is in

working with marginalized communities. He has facilitated

anti-oppression trainings and/or competency trainings for various

organizations including the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim

Advocates and the Crime Victim Advocacy Network.

Sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation

Our website shows some of our many issues, activities, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/events/843777429052161/

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6) Fun Ice Cream Social with Olympia Slow Food

Sunday July 12th at 2 pm @ 33rd Lane NE off East Bay/Boston Harbor and North of Priest Point Park

We need to take our food back from Monsanto.

Here’s how.

This message came from Ali:

Come join Slow Food Greater Olympia for a Family-Friendly event on a beautiful Picnic House by the water near Priest Point!

* Free ICE CREAM * Thank you to Olympic Mountain Ice Cream!

Bring $5 as a donation from you and your family OR just bring a dish to share!

When: Sunday, July 12. Stop by anytime between 2 and 5 pm.

What: Socializing, education, and play designed for the whole family.

Where: At Karen and George Bray’s Picnic House near the east side portion of Priest Point Park. The picnic house is on a private road: 33rd Lane NE off East Bay/Boston Harbor and north of Priest Point Park (the private road should not to be confused with 33rd Ave NE off of Gull Harbor Rd).

As always at a Slow Food event, there will be great local food including Olympic Mountain sorbet and ice cream plus home made options. If you’d like, bring cookies, crisps and pies to share. Dishware is provided.

For Kids: The picnic house is situated on a large acreage with plenty of room for kids to roam or set up croquet or bocce ball. Bring your badminton, Frisbee, etc. if you like.

Education at the event will include poster sessions from several students in the food program at Evergreen. Martha Rosemeyer, faculty member at Evergreen, will report back from her recent travels to visit two Urban Farm projects in the heart of Havana, Cuba.

Talk to members about Slow Food events, projects and education efforts in Olympia. We are a great group of folks interested in good, clean, fair food for all.

Cost: $5 per family. Free if you make and share a homemade ice cream, or make a dessert that begs for a scoop of ice cream. No RSVP Necessary. (…but if you can, let me know if you may attend so I know about how many compostable bowls to buy!)

Where: At Karen and George Bray’s Picnic House near the east side portion of Priest Point Park.
The picnic house is on a private road: 33rd Lane NE off East Bay/Boston Harbor and north of Priest Point Park (the private road should not to be confused with 33rd Ave NE off of Gull Harbor Rd).

Here is how to find it:

North of Priest Point Park from Olympia on East Bay Drive/Boston Harbor Rd, look for a private road – 33rd Lane – which is the first road on the right, north of Priest Pt. Park. The parking area for the event is about a block down that road on the right between two homes. The picnic house is behind one of the homes. Look for the Slow Food banner and signs directing you to the Picnic House.

For more information about summer Slow Food events, including Farm to Table Dinners, please visit:

http://slowfoodolympia.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/383919268471702/

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7) Weekly Meeting of the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace

Wednesday July 15th and Every Wednesday at 6 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

The OMJP will be meeting every week throughout the summer. This message came from Larry:

This is a notice that there will be a OMJP planning meeting this

Wednesday, July 8th at Traditions Cafe at 6:00 PM.

We normally have meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, but at our last meeting we decided to only meet once a month during the summer period.  We are therefore meeting this Wednesday.

We will get back to our regular schedule of planning meetings every second and fourth Wednesdayin September as will coordinate with other groups also.  These regular meetings keep our movement on track for better organizing.  Hope that you can make this planning meeting.  There is another event happening at Traditions at 7PM so we will be done by then.  Please let others know.

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8) KOWA Core Meeting

Wednesday July 15th at 7 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

This is a weekly meeting of the core KOWA volunteers. If you would like to get into radio, come plug in!

This message is from Bruce:

Every Wednesday at 7pm! Looking for more folks to become involved! We’ve just received grant money and are poised for growth and need your help!

https://www.facebook.com/events/982325405131166/

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9) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Have a code of honour and live by it.

Peace.

Dana

 

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