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1) FYI Section:

1A) Update from Save the LBA Woods

1B) Message from Judy Bardin, Olympia City Council Candidate

1C) Update from Flush the TPP

1D) AVAAZ Needs New Equipment

2) Safe Place Community Service Center Grand Opening

3) Olympia Hempfest

4) POWER Sidewalk Sale

5) KOWA Volunteer Core Meeting

6) Coordinating Meeting for Climate Change Activists

7) Olympia FOR Calendar

8) 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







RIP: E.L. Doctorow

Hey Kids!

I had no idea that E.L. Doctorow was still alive until I just learned that he just died.

RIP, bro.




I once heard a right wing talk show host who was describing going into a public restroom and he said, “There were these three really scary guys I mean, they were white but they were still really scary…

Well, I am going to suggest you watch/ listen to/ read this Democracy Now’s interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

He’s a very non-scary person — I mean, he’s black — but he’s still not scary!



Tax Deductible Crimes

Perchance Mr. Doctorow got out of here just in time — for I think it might be time to get back to the Mother Ship; this planet seems ready to both implode and explode.

For years the Thunderbolt has outraged you and wrought profound angst over the outrageously outrageous behaviour displayed by our beloved banksters. With clockwork regularity the Thunderbolt has epically consternated you with stories of how they collapsed our economy. They shoveled out loans by the truckload even though they knew these loans would never be repaid because they were immediately bundling and reselling them so that someone else would end up the loser when the chips were eventually called in. These people finance wars and strip mines and they throw families out onto the streets. These busy little beavers take actions that cause hundreds of thousands of gruesome deaths annually and drive millions from their homes all over the planet and they are hoarding our planet’s wealth to the point wherein there is nothing much left for much of anyone else while they have more than a million people could possibly use in a million lifetimes.

Well, never fear my loyal fans — have I got a brand new bombshell for you this week! I’ve got another outrage that is stone guaranteed to raise the hackles of even the most jaded and cynical political observer! I have just discovered something that provides the perfect icing for this virulent and nasty slice of cake!

Get this: Concerning the token fines that the banksters pay in the isolated incidents wherein they are ‘prosecuted’ for their perfidy? (And keep in mind that these are fines that represent pocket change to them, they are fines that represent a small fraction of the money they stole, and they are fines that are paid by the innocent shareholders (mostly, anyway) rather than by the criminals that actually stole the money.)

Well guess what: I just learned that these fines are tax deductible.

Destroying our world is tax deductible.

Really. I could not get away with making this stuff up.

If anyone has any leads on how to get off this planet — it might be time to begin considering drastic measures…



Too Big to Jail

You have heard of banks that are ‘too big to fail’?

What we need is a movement that is ‘too big to jail’.



Living Death

One of the most powerful experiences during my stay in the federal prison system came when I asked a gentleman when he was getting out of prison — and he replied that he was never getting out and that he was going to die there.

Personally, if that were my situation then I would rather be dead sooner than later.

The federal prison system is known mostly for cutting no slack and having no mercy. Their favourite phrase is, “You’ve got nothing coming.” They go to great lengths to make the lives of inmates as miserable as they can legally get away with — or whatever they can illegally get away with for that matter. They are gratuitously cruel and they will bend and break every rule in order to keep you under in cold steel grasp for as long as possible. You can count on being shaken down and urinalysis-ized just before your release in the hope they can catch you at something and take away your good time.

Also: If you are doing life without, then it is not even questioned that you are absolutely positively without the slightest doubt going to die in prison. That is the harsh reality that many thousands have been facing for many years. I have met several of them.

At least — that was the unquestioned reality until now.

I don’t say too many positive things about Barack Obama, but his release of over 40 non-violent drug offenders who had been doing life without — and every one of which had for many years and in some cases for many decades made the unquestioned assumption that they were absolutely positively without the slightest doubt going to die in prison — this is almost literally a miracle.

Stuff like that just doesn’t happen in the Federal Bureau of Prisons — except it did.

(I can absolutely assure you, though, that Mr. Obama did this over the very strenuous objections of the BOP…)



Constructive Failure

I just heard the Occupy Movement described as a ‘constructive failure’ i.e. it ultimately failed, but in failing we learned a lot and in failing we built a lot of networks that are still networking.

Occupy Sandy is still kicking ass, too.

Activism requires constant innovation and change. Back in the 1840’s the French people came upon the tactic of barricading the streets and taking over their own towns — and this proved to be spectacularly successful. They brought the monarchy to its knees and the French king eventually abdicated. The tactic then spread across Europe — but the Machine eventually figured out how to counter it.

The same with the Occupy Movement: It worked for a while, and we completely changed the entire national narrative as we kicked some serious ass — but they eventually figured out how to neutralize us.

Does anyone have any ideas for the next tactic?



Wasted Resources

The vast majority of people on this planet want nothing more than to raise their families, live meaningful lives, and not get blown up. This is true of Americans, Iranians, and even North Koreans. Oppressing people requires massive effort whilst not being oppressed requires no effort at all as long as no one is trying to oppress you. That is the burn though: We spend so much of our time either being oppressed or trying not to be oppressed that we don’t have time to raise our families or live meaningful lives — unless you find meaning in constantly fighting fascists — and while I am actually having a grand old time these days doing just that, think of what I could do if I didn’t feel such need and compulsion to spend all my creative energy battling with these people?



Euro Chains

The stated purpose for the creation of the Euro Zone was to dismantle the European welfare state. That is what is happening in Greece and events have now proven that the banksters are very serious about this agenda.

This is happening in spite of the fact that the European model of mixing socialism with capitalism — the same model we had in the United States for over 30 years (and — coincidently — the only 30 years in American history when our economy was not defined by boom-bust cycles) this model has been PROVEN to be the best model for running a large industrial country of any that have ever actually been tried. Barring outside influences, combining socialism with capitalism has overall proven to provide relatively steady and stable societies wherein everyone gets along relatively well — because everyone more or less gets a fairer share of the pie.

As far as practicality goes, that is the point: The mental and even economic health of a country is NOT defined by how rich it is, but by how fairly whatever income that does come in is distributed. I am forgetting who or what but I remember that there was a major study done on this subject not too long ago wherein the results were clear even taking into account all other possible influences.

All in all, a government is only as good as the people who are running it and I don’t think the form that government takes is all that important as long as you have an efficient manner of selecting effective people to run it. A dictatorship is actually by far the most efficient way to run a government — as long as your dictator is benevolent and wise.

The problem is that people who are benevolent and wise generally want absolutely nothing to do with the job, so some kind of draft might be a consideration…

Yes, I am promoting a form of government even though I am a stated anarchist — but one difference between myself and many other anarchists is that I am convinced we need to evolve into anarchy whilst others think that it can be imposed — and as far as us common folk go, Democratic Socialism has so far proven to work better than any other form of running things until we get there.

This is not about deficits or economies anyway.

This is about ideology.

This is about the ideology of the 1% taking complete and total control of our world.



Debt Chains

Debt allows the violent oppression of the many by the few under circumstances wherein the few can turn the tables and blame the victim for their own oppression.



Refugee Chains

And here is the result of that ideology: They recently found a bunch of mass graves in Texas. These were the final resting places of hundreds of immigrants and refugees who didn’t make it. There were some that were buried in coffins but there were others who were evidently wrapped in trash bags and buried in between the coffins, which evidently greatly complicated the disinterment. By law Texas officials were supposed to try to identify dead immigrants and asylum seekers and then try to locate and notify next of kin — but evidently they didn’t feel it was worth the bother.

A couple of facts about immigrants: First, only the most ambitious even make the attempt to get here. Of these, only the most resourceful make it through the insane gauntlet they must run in order to get here. This means we are getting the best of the best. The vast majority of these immigrants are friendly hard working family oriented people with really good food and good music.

Recently Donald Trump said of these people, “Some are good and some are rapists and some are killers. We don’t even know what we’re getting”.

Actually, crime rates amongst immigrant populations are far lower than those amongst the general public. The number one priority of most undocumented people is to avoid contact with the police. The acts of raping and killing people tend to have an inimical effect upon this strategy.

Also, keep in mind that most of the people coming through south Texas are not economic immigrants but asylum seekers. They’re fleeing insane violence and economic depression in their own countries. Most of them are from Central America and they are coming to the United States in order to seek asylum, which is not only completely legal but it’s the preferred method that the United States asks asylum seekers to use when seeking asylum, i.e. they ask them to come to the border to make their claim.

And by the way, the State of Texas launched an investigation when these graves were uncovered. This investigation recently concluded that there is “no evidence” of wrongdoing concerning the mass grave.

Like I said, I couldn’t make this stuff up.



Revolving Doors

While people continue to learn grow and evolve throughout their lives, a lot of very important stuff gets hardwired into our brains when we are still children and we have nothing to do with it, and recent research shows that a lot of that wiring happens even before birth. If that hard wiring is problematic then that person is likely to become problematic — and I would ask whose fault that is?

I have even (admittedly with tongue firmly planted in cheek) suggested we consider this when considering rich people. Perhaps that war profiteer who just sold those flamethrowers to someone knowing that person will use those flamethrowers on children — perhaps this poor arms dealer is suffering from PTSD because his mother didn’t breast-feed him or something!

This excuse does not apply to Barack Obama, though. He was not born on third base thinking he hit a triple. He came up through the community activist circles of Chicago. Barack Obama is an ex activist who used our movement to make himself famous and then he sold us and our movement down the river and became one of the most effective lackeys for Wall Street in our history.

For example…

Eric Holder, until recently Obama’s attorney general, just returned to his Wall Street legal firm of Covington & Burling. Covington & Burling is one of the biggest white-collar defense firms in America. Holder worked at Covington & Burling for eight years before joining Obama’s Justice Department — and surprise, surprise! Covington & Burling’s client list has included many of the very same institutions that Holder so steadfastly refused to criminally prosecute as attorney general! This list contains such financial luminaries as the Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup! What a coincidence! The client list of Covington & Burling also includes UBS and Chiquita Fruit — formerly known as United Fruit.

This is America, after all! Even fascists have a right to a good attorney!

Covington & Burling also played a very important role in helping to create the subprime mortgage crisis since it represented a company called MERS, which was the electronic mortgage registry system that helped create a lot of the confusion and chaos in the paperwork area of the mortgage system. Do you remember all of those people who were trying to find out who owned their homes but were unable to find the notes? You can credit that confusion to the work that MERS did in eliminating paper mortgages.

And our good president — Barack Obama — responded to all this corruption by appointing their lawyers to ‘regulate’ their activity.

A representative from Covington & Burling said that they had kept Mr. Holder’s office open for his return whilst he has been so busy not prosecuting their clients over at the Justice Department.

I’ll bet they did.

Holder also did a number of other amazing things. My hero Matt Taibbi best describes some of them:

“Holder, in general, pioneered a number of different ways that essentially a lot of these too-big-to-fail companies were allowed to buy their way out of trouble. And one of the most notorious, I think, was that he concluded a number of the biggest settlement deals with banks like JPMorgan Chase in ways that were not reviewed by a judge. Because we did have some instances during this time period where pesky judges — I think one of the most infamous, in the eyes of Wall Street, was Jed Rakoff, who threw out a settlement with Citigroup because he thought it wasn’t harsh enough — well, to fix that problem, Holder just started striking deals and not submitting them for judicial review. So he did a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase where no judge signed off on the deal. The whole thing was done in secret. He essentially institutionalized the back room. This was just a deal where a bunch of bankers got together with a bunch of Justice Department officials, money changed hands, and that was it. The whole — all of their criminal problems went away. This is a very different way of doing business than what we’ve ever seen before, and it’s very dangerous, I think.”

Yeah, I think too.

Mr. Taibbi also describes how Holder changed the makeup of the permanent staff and the bureaucrats in the Justice Department:

“A certain kind of person who used to work in the regulatory agencies, you know, who was a kind of a career civil servant, particularly the law enforcement types, the people who grew up through the ranks, you know, just trying to get the criminal at all costs — they’re primarily motivated by trying to extract justice from wrongdoers — that kind of person is gradually disappearing from the ranks of the regulatory bodies, and they are being replaced, increasingly, particularly at the higher levels, by people from the corporate defense community. And Holder was very profoundly a symbol of that kind of person.

“And the difference was, when you have people who come from the corporate defense world, like Holder, like Lanny Breuer, they tend to approach these settlements not to get a pound of flesh out of the wrongdoers, but instead they want to emerge with a settlement that leaves everybody happy when they walk out of the room.”

This is such a classic case of foxes guarding henhouses that I would be amazed they get away with it if this were some isolated incident. Unfortunately, under Bush and especially under Obama, this has now become the new normal. Under Obama, Covington & Burling has essentially become a shadow Justice Department — and since virtually no one is saying anything about it then it just continues unabated. In addition to Holder himself, there are six other Covington & Burling alums that recently returned to the firm from the Justice Department — and now Obama has appointed yet another Covington & Burling hit man named Keir Gumbs to occupy a very high-ranking seat at the SEC.

Mr. Gumbs’ loyalties can probably be revealed by the fact that he represents American Petroleum.

Mr. Gumbs and some of his colleagues over at Covington & Burling are currently writing a guide advising corporations on how to avoid disclosing their political spending to their own shareholders.

What business is it of theirs, after all?

All of this represents a very serious problem and neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are going to do anything whatsoever to fix it.

Once again, it’s up to us.

It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of July 23rd thru July 29th, 2015




1) FYI Section:

1A) Update from Save the LBA Woods

This came from Save the LBA Woods:



Date of Release: July 16, 2015

Olympia City Council Considers an Option to Purchase 74 Acre Portion of the Property Commonly Referred to as the “LBA Woods” (Olympia WA).  The Olympia City Council will consider approval of an option to purchase real estate owned by DR Horton, consisting of approximately 74 acres adjacent to LBA Park, at its regular business meeting on July 21. This parcel, located at 3355 Morse-Merryman Road, is the site of the proposed Ashton Woods Development, formerly known as Trillium. As a condition of the option agreement, DR Horton is preserving their ability to move forward with Preliminary Plat Process to protect their ability to develop the property, in the event the City does not fully exercise the option to purchase.

Acquisition of “LBA Woods” was the top priority identified by the community during a public process the City recently conducted as part of its update of the Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan. The option to purchase would preserve the City’s ability to acquire the 74-acre property if voters approve the proposed Olympia Metropolitan Park District (MPD).  The City Council has taken initial action to place an MPD ballot measure before the voters in the coming months.


If purchased, this parcel would be the largest property acquired by the City since Grass Lake Nature Park in 1990.  LBA Park would also become Olympia’s fourth largest park behind Priest Point Park, Grass Lake Nature Park, and Watershed Park. 

The full LBA Woods have not been saved yet.  Please come to the City Council meeting July 21 (Tuesday), 7 pm (at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave E, Olympia) to:

  1. Encourage the City Council to approve this purchase option for Trillium/Ashton Woods
  2. Encourage the City Council to approve putting the Metropolitan Parks District (MPD) on the November ballot to provide stable and sustainable funding for parks maintenance and purchase of open space before it’s lost.

The LBA Woods Park Leadership Team has determined that the passage of the MPD is crucial to being able to provide stable and sustainable funding for parks and also possibly acquire some or all of the LBA Woods and other properties within the City of Olympia that are important to many Olympia parks advocates.

Without the MPD passing in November, it is unlikely that any of LBA Woods will be purchased in the foreseeable future.

PLEASE come to the July 21 City Council meeting, 7 pm, to show your support for the MPD.  Location:  Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave E, Olympia

Bring your signs in support of LBA Woods and the MPD!

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

If you submit comments in support of saving the LBA Woods, City Council members indicate that heartfelt and thoughtful comments, emails, and letters are the most persuasive.  Please write the City Council at

For more information or support documents, go to



1B) Message from Judy Bardin, Olympia City Council Candidate

This message came from Judy Bardin:

Friend and supporter,

You may have seen a recent Olympian article that reports that I have refused to release public records to the city. I have in fact released all the public records they asked for as described in the attached statement. I refused to release any personal records. At present, I am planning to ask for a correction from the Olympian for the many inaccuracies in the article. Here is more information.

My Personal Records Are Not the Story

The Olympian has published an article that suggests I have withheld public records from the City. I did not withhold any public records; I provided more than 140 records to the City in response to a public records request in March of 2014 directed to all planning commissioners from Matthew Green.

A second public records request was made nearly a year later in early 2015 only to me for records and other documents. Developer point person Jeanette (Hawkins) Dickison (whom many of you will recall served in that capacity for now bankrupt developer Tri Vo in the rezoning of the isthmus for high rise condominiums) made the 2015 request.

In response to the second request (which was different from the 2014 request), I determined I had several public records that were responsive to the differently worded new request. The City then asked me to provide personal records. I informed the City that I would not provide personal records. I refuse to set a precedent that, in the future, all city councilmembers, staff, and volunteer advisors could be forced to release their personal records in response to a public records request.

Because the Olympian article is inaccurate in some respects, and sloppy in others, it mixes up “public” records and “personal” records. Whether purposeful or just sloppy, the Olympian article suggests what is not true—that I did not cooperate with the City in fulfilling its obligations with respect to a public records disclosure. I did cooperate. The article is a political attack, like so many undertaken by the Olympian in the past.

One example tells all: The first headline for the story stated “Olympia candidate refuses to release ‘personal’ records to city,” but the one published later removes the qualifier ‘personal’ so that the implication is that I refused to release public records.

This article came out at the same time that ballots were delivered and seems politically motivated. I have been expecting these kinds of tactics. There are a number of people who don’t want to see me in office. One of the reasons that I am running for office, is to ensure that the public gets to participate in land use decisions. Most developers play by the rules and shouldn’t be put at a competitive disadvantage by those who try to go around them. I believe that land use issues should be done in open public meetings and not in back rooms. When I’m elected to city council, things will be different.

My personal records are not the story. The real story starts when I forced the leadership of the Olympia Planning Commission to report on secret meetings that a majority of planning commissioners had with a select group of developers. Because I brought the secret meetings to light, I became a focus of resentment from those in City Hall and others who prefer secrecy to transparency.

The two-part article and editorial about this in Olympia Power & Light can be found at the following links:

Thank you for your ongoing support.

If you have any questions, please contact me at


Judy Bardin



1C) Update from Flush the TPP

This message came from Flush the TPP:

Hey Rigged Trade Resisters,

The next round of TPP negotiations is scheduled for the end of July in Maui, HI. Activists there are planning some exciting and unique actions to protest the meetings including going for the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people blowing conch shells (puu) at once. Nomi Carmona of Babes Against Biotech will be on the next TPP Resistance Call this Wednesday to describe the plans. We will also discuss solidarity actions.

Click here to register for the call.

It is important that the negotiators do not succeed in finalizing the TPP because the administration wants to sign the treaty by the end of this year. This only gives us a few months to build the resistance necessary to stop it.

The good news is that the energy of the movement to stop the TPP is high. The Action Escalation Proposal is close to being finalized and working groups are forming. You can read the current draft here.

We hope you’ll get involved! There is something for everyone to do.

You can help with media, education, outreach, become a local coordinator and more! Join the next National TPP Resistance call on Wednesday, July 22 at 9 pm Eastern/ 6 pm Pacific. Click here to register.

If you have questions about getting involved, contact

Invite others to take the action pledge and join the calls by forwarding this email to your friends.

To learn more about the triple treaty threat, follow updates on our website! You will also find organizing and action resources at our tool page.

To make a donation to support this work, please click here.

For some fun, we hope you enjoy this video of our disruption of Congressman John Delaney’s recent forum.

With thanks for all you do,

The Flush the TPP Team


TPP Occucards

Flush the TPP on the web

Flush the TPP on Facebook

Flush the TPP on Twitter, @FlushTheTPP

Our mailing address is:

402 East Lake Ave. Baltimore MD, 21212



1D) AVAAZ Needs New Equipment

This is from one of the largest activist networks in the country.

I have some tough news: the backbone of our community, the technology that connects us to each other in every campaign of hope and change, is buckling.

When our engineers first built Avaaz technology, we never dreamed we’d get this big. The largest activist email list in the world at that time was 3 million, a tiny fraction of the 42 million we are today. The unprecedented success of Avaaz has strained our technology to the breaking point, with 5 site-wide outages in 4 months, and our team has been forced to admit that we have only one option:

We need to rebuild, from scratch. 


This could be a real crisis for us, or a great opportunity to build the most powerful technology for social change the world has ever seen, tech that can carry our movement to heights we have yet to dream of. But our existing team has its hands full just keeping this massive machine running, and we need to hire new experts to build the next Avaaz. This is expensive, and if we want to keep campaigning all-out on climate change, conservation and human rights, we don’t have the money. But if just a few of us chip in the cost of a drink or a meal out each, we’ll have enough to meet this great challenge.

Click to pledge to help rebuild Avaaz stronger than ever, we’ll only process pledges if we hit our goal: (if you’ve saved your payment details with Avaaz, your pledge will go through with just one click)











To pledge another amount, click here.

Avaaz is much more than a website — our tech is an unsung hero of our movement. We’re on our way to having taken half a BILLION actions online!! Just look at what it enables us to do together:

  • send 42 million emailsin a few hours (who else does this?!)
  • allow millions of us to sign, donate, share, message, call, post, and lobby our targets.
  • create thousands of offline eventsto bring us together, like the climate march.
  • allow any of us to start our own campaign
  • provide rich interactivitylike our stories map and live chats
  • keep all our information and data, as well as our campaigners, safe and secure(this is huge)
  • …do all of this, and MUCH more, in 17 languages!

We’re all used to seeing huge websites like Facebook and Google function seamlessly. But they have *thousands* of engineers. Avaaz has 15. Our tiny team does incredible things, but we can’t ask them to both do their jobs and this new one. We need a new team of top-notch tech-architects.

Pledge to rebuild Avaaz stronger than ever, we’ll only process them if we get enough.

Avaaz is a unique and precious people-powered force in the world — we’re 100% member-funded and driven. We don’t take money from governments, corporations, foundations or large donors. And the decisions about what we campaign on are made by our community. Avaaz is all of ours, and you, the community, are my and our team’s boss. So as our boss, I’m coming to you with this recommendation — let’s raise the funds to build back stronger for our future.

In many ways, we’re realising the promise of what the internet should be, a force to allow citizens to come together without the mediation of big corporations or powerful interests. Let’s keep this precious, genuinely people-powered part of the world and the internet alive and well, with the best technology on the planet to help us all to change the world.

With hope and gratitude,

Ricken and the whole Avaaz team.

PS – if you’re an outstanding technologist or know one, and would like to use your skills to contribute to, pound for pound, one of highest value pieces of technology in the world for social change, Avaaz is recruiting for a Chief Technology Officer and a Director of Engineering as well a Senior Developer. We’d love to hear from you! Just let us know you’re interested at this LINK.


Guardian Observer Profile on Avaaz:

New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands (Yahoo)

Profile: Global Campaign Group Avaaz (BBC)

The man behind Avaaz (Economist Magazine Intelligent Life)



2) Safe Place Community Service Center Grand Opening

Friday July 24th from 5 to 11 pm @ Safe Place, 521 Legion Way SE

Safe Place has a new place!

This message came from Safe Place:

SafePlace is excited to announce the grand opening of our new Community Service Center located at 521 Legion Way SE in downtown Olympia. The outdoor celebration will begin at 5PM, followed by the ribbon cutting at 6:00pm, and tours of the new facility. With live musical performances by The Julie Ruin, DBST, The Righteous Mothers, Samba Olywa, and Bevy, this celebration will showcase our new facility as we expand our services and improve the community response to sexual and domestic violence. This event is open to everyone with a suggested donation of $20.00.

Kathleen Hanna, former SafePlace volunteer and former Olympia resident, is a New York City-based artist, best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the 90’s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her multimedia group, Le Tigre. The Punk Singer, a documentary about her life, premiered at festivals and saw a nationwide theatrical release. She is currently giving lectures and performing with her new band, ‘‘The Julie Ruin’.

SafePlace would like to celebrate this grand opening with the community to not only look back on over 34 years of providing services in Thurston County, but to honor survivors, staff and volunteers as well as those who have made this possible from the very beginning.



3) Olympia Hempfest

All Day Saturday July 25th and Sunday July 26th @ Heritage Park

Come celebrate the magic herb!

This message is from Galen:

The Buddha Magoo @



4) POWER Sidewalk Sale

Sunday July 26th All Day @ POWER Office, 5th Ave Next to Rainy Day Records

This message came from Monica:

POWER Sidewalk Sale!

Want to get some good deals?  Have some things to sell?  We’re having a garage sale with our other building neighbors, Rainy Day, Primal Ink Tattoos, and Little General on Sunday, July 26th.  We hope to end with a barbecue and some music, maybe a square dance!  Come join the fun!

Help POWER make some cash by bringing down your goods to sell.  You can donate the proceeds or just half the proceeds to the POWER.  Feel free to drop stuff off before hand, we have someone in the office most days.



5) KOWA Volunteer Core Meeting

Wednesday July 29th 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!



6) Coordinating Meeting for Climate Change Activists

Thursday July 30th at 5 pm @ Priest Point Park, Shelter #3

This is an effort to network all the climate change activists so everyone can coordinate their efforts. If you are working on this issue you should attend this meeting.

This message came from Peggy:

There are many like-minded groups in Thurston County all trying to reverse the severe damage being caused by fossil fuel global warming. To be more effective we all need to meet, socialize and coordinate our efforts. Sierra Club South Sound invites you to a green gathering July 30th 5-8 pm Priest Point Park Shelter 3.

If you have any questions please contact Lois at: . It’s time to sit down with all the other hard working environmental groups in Olympia and have some fun. We will provide drinks, hot dogs, burgers, garden burgers,and all that goes on them. You bring a side dish.

Guest Speaker: Harry Chichester, Environmental Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology

Peggy Bruton



7) Olympia FOR Calendar

You should sign up for the Oly FOR newsletter if you haven’t already.

Here is their calendar:

Please see the attachment for MANY, MANY events and activities with live links for more info.


Use this list now and save for future reference:

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Mid-July to Early August 2015

(Mostly in Olympia WA, with some in Tacoma, Seattle, and elsewhere)


For longer stretches of time, see the extensive calendars in Olympia FOR’s newsletters, which are posted at


  • Events with FOR in the left margin are sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
  • All phone numbers are in area code (360) unless specified otherwise.
  • All addresses are in or near Olympia WA unless specified otherwise.
  • The Olympia FOR’s website — – includes the last several years’ worth of newsletters, including descriptions of our TV programs.  You can watch our TV programs through our website’s TV Programs page.
  • More information about some of the Olympia FOR’s sponsored activities are published in our newsletters.  Our newsletters are posted at
  • If you’d like to receive future issues of our newsletter on paper by postal mail – and/or electronic copies by e-mail – contact  or (360) 491-9093.



Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 am AND from 4 to 5 pm:  “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County

Every Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 am:  Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now,” KAOS 89.3 FM

FOR  Every Monday at 1:30 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through  JULY:  “The U.S. Is Risking Nuclear War with Russia over Ukraine.”  AUGUST:  “Racial Justice Insights for White Folks.” — See descriptions and watch the programs through and watch programs on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 5:30 pm:  Free Speech Radio News on KAOS 89.3 FM

Every Monday at 5:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487

FOR  Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way).  Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence.  We provide plenty of signs.  Info:  491-9093

FOR  Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through  JULY:  “The U.S. Is Risking Nuclear War with Russia over Ukraine.”  AUGUST:  “Racial Justice Insights for White Folks.” — See descriptions and watch the programs through and watch programs on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm:  Hear “Talk Nation Radio” on KAOS-FM 89.3:  This 29-minute radio program offers politically progressive programs through the Pacifica Network.  Info:

Every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm:  Kim Dobson’s “Parallel University” on KAOS 89.3 FM features interesting, informative programs about peace, social justice, the environment, progressive politics, and other alternative viewpoints.  The producer and host is Kim Dobson. 951-4382, parralleluniversity@yahoo.com  See list of current and past topics and guests.  Listen locally or

Every Thursday from 4 to 5 pm:  Cop Watch volunteers invite you to connect with local efforts to monitor police behavior:  Cop Watch’s concerned citizens are available to hear your stories and strengthen local efforts.  Come to Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.

Every Thursday at 8:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487

FOR  Every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through  JULY:  “The U.S. Is Risking Nuclear War with Russia over Ukraine.”  AUGUST:  “Racial Justice Insights for White Folks.” — See descriptions and watch the programs through and watch programs on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

Every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 am:  The Housing Justice Project can help low-income tenants:  From 8:30 to 10:30 am Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services presents the Housing Justice Project at the Thurston County Superior Courthouse, Building 2 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.  They offer landlord/tenant advice for the tenants, unlawful detainer docket representation, and help for mobile home owners with complaints about rules violations, notices from landlords or park owners and mobile home eviction cases.  Call 705-8194 for information or to schedule an appointment.  For immediate legal information call 1-888-201-1014 (9:15 am to 12:15 pm Monday through Friday).

Every Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm:  Active duty troops and veterans get help and advocacy for VA benefits and related matters:  Dennis Mills and Mark Fleming provide this free and effective services at Coffee Strong, 15107 Union Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98498.  Info:

FOR  Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm:  Peace Vigil at Percival Landing’s south end, 4th & Water, downtown.  Please join us for whatever length of time you can.  We provide plenty of signs.  The Artesian Rumble Arkestra street band ( joins us at 5:00 with lively music to support our vigil!  Sponsor: Olympia FOR.  Info: 491-9093

Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:  “Women in Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W 4th Ave near the fountain. Women only. Please wear black. Some signs are provided. Since 1988 “Women in Black” has been a loose network of women worldwide committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to war and violence. Info: Rosemary Barnhart 866-7589 

FOR  Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia.  Sponsor: Lewis County’s “Fire Mountain” FOR chapter. Info: June Butler 748-9658 or Larry Kerschner 880-4741

Every Saturday at 2:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487

Every Sat and Sun:  The South Sound Estuarium, a marine life discovery center, is open at its new, larger location, 309 State Ave NE, Olympia, from  11 am to 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday.  It is possible to schedule group visits during the week by appointment only.  Regular admission $5 for a family, $3 per individual adult, $1 for children 17 and younger, and free for association members.  Info:  Leihla 888-0565




Tuesday, July 21:  Teamsters and Turtles Together at Last – An evening with Anne Feeney and Dana Lyons:  This is a benefit concert to help get the new Radio Tacoma onto the air!  The late Utah Phillips once said, “Anne Feeney is the best labor singer in North America.”  This is the Dana Lyons of “Cows With Guns” fame.  Capt. Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said, “Every movement has its minstrel.  The unions had Woody Guthrie.  The peace movement had Phil Ochs.  The environmental movement has Dana Lyons.”  7:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402  Info:  and Marilyn Kimmerling: (253) 590-6543

Wed July 22 AND Wed July 29 (both evenings):  Social Media Marketing-Beginning Workshop:  This social media workshop will introduce you to the essential tools to help you start marketing small businesses via these networks.  It’s good for people of low or modest incomes who are starting or running small businesses.  5:00 to 9:00 each day.  $100 for Enterprise for Equity graduates.  $150 for general public.  Info:  (360) 704-3375 ext 3 and

Thurs July 23:  Planning meeting in Seattle for public engagement on coal and oil in Washington:   Think globally and act locally. While leaders negotiate an international plan in Paris to address climate change, let’s make sure the Northwest is ready to lead the way to a cleaner, climate-friendly future.  This summer and fall we’ll keep working to stop the Longview coal export proposal, the Tesoro oil proposal in Vancouver, support the Lummi Tribe in their fight to protect their treaty rights, thank the EPA for efforts to cut emissions for power plants, and engage in efforts for an international agreement on Climate in Paris. Tonight’s planning meeting can help us move ahead.  6:30 to 8:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 6512 23rd Ave NW, Seattle WA 98117  Info:  Robin Everett at

Sat-Sun July 25-26:  Olympia Hempfest 2015:  Olympia Hempfest is an annual free speech festival that brings together local bands, vendors and industry speakers to continue the education and promotion of hemp and cannabis in Washington State.  It runs from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm at Heritage Park, 5th & Water SW, Olympia.  Enjoy 17 different performing acts, vendor booths, and much more.  Info:

Sat-Wed July 25-29:  Learn how to build and install BioSand Water Filters:  This simple, low-tech, low-cost way for poor communities to get clean water is saving lives in a number of countries.  Get training at beautiful Quaker Cove Camp, Anacortes WA (about 140 miles north of Olympia).  Cost: $395.  Partial scholarships available. They need cook(s) for this event.  Call (360) 918-3642.  Much more info is at

Sun July 26 through Thurs July 30 at various times:  FILM:  “The Yes Men Are Revolting” — For the past 20 years, notorious activists The Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment.  Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world.  In their third cinematic outing mid-life crises threaten to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change.  More than the first two films, “The Yes Men Are Revolting” is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions.  Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.  This 2014 film (91 minutes) was directed by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, and Laura Nix / 2014.  Watch it at the Olympia Film Society, Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, downtown Olympia on Sunday the 26th at 2:30 and 7:30 pm, Tuesday the 28th at 9:00 pm, Wednesday the 29th at 6:30 pm, and Thursday the 30th at 4:00 and 9:00 pm. Info:

Tues July 28:  Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ):  The SURJ Basebuilding team invites people to their next monthly conference call to strengthen the movement: This relatively new organization especially unites white folks to work as good allies for racial justice.  On the 4th Tuesday of each month (5:00 pm Pacific Time) SURJ’s Basebuilding series builds people’s skills and strengthens SURJ’s local work. Info:  Using campaigns to broaden your base, on Tuesday, July 28th at 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET.  Register here for your call-in code:  Make sure to register here for your call-in code.  Info:

FOR  Tues July 28:  Attend the monthly meeting of the Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at 7:00 pm at a new easy-to-find location in West Olympia.  We educate ourselves andplan activities toward abolishing this atrocity.  Info:  Emily Hammargren 352-0695 or Glen Anderson 491-9093  Our website has much info about the death penalty at

Wed July 29:  14th Annual PEACE FLEET sails into Seattle’s Elliott Bay (near Pier 66) to confront the US Navy during the Seafair event and say NO to militarism: For the fourteenth year, peace activists will address the public display of warships and warplanes in our community.  There will be a demonstration on land at Piers 62-63 at 1:00 pm.  For more information, including a fact sheet, click here.  Info:  Glen Milner (206) 365-7865 or Mary Gleysteen (360) 265-1589 before the event, or (206) 979-8319 on the actual day of the event.  You can also email questions to

Thurs July 30:  Clean Power Plan — Day of Action:  Power plants are responsible for 40% of the US carbon pollution that is disrupting our climate.  The EPA is proposing national standards to limit these emissions, but powerful forces are pushing back against strong national standards.  Today is a nationwide day of action.  Contact the Climate Reality Project ( at this link to participate in today’s national day of action:  Join us on July 30 for a national day of action calling for the EPA to act on climate and finalize the Clean Power Plan.

Thurs July 30:  Sierra Club South Sound potluck picnic welcomes everyone and features a guest speaker:  There are many like-minded groups in Thurston County all trying to reverse the severe damage being caused by fossil fuel global warming.  To be more effective we all need to meet, socialize and coordinate our efforts.  Sierra Club South Sound invites you to a green gathering from 5:00 to 8:00 8 pm Priest Point Park Shelter #3.  Info: Lois at:  It’s time to sit down with all the other hard working environmental groups in Olympia and have some fun.  The hosts provide drinks, hot dogs, burgers, garden burgers, and all that goes on them.  You bring a side dish.  Guest Speaker: Harry Chichester, Environmental Specialist at Washington State Department of Ecology

Sun Aug 2:  Brunch to benefit a local non-profit org:  On the first Sunday each month Media Island International (MII) hosts a benefit brunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to raise visibility and funds for a local non-profit organization.  (August’s beneficiary will be confirmed soon.)  Enjoy a simple, tasty brunch for a worthy cause each month, and donate a voluntary amount rather than a fixed price.  Media Island is at 816 Adams Street SE (just east across Adams Street from Olympia’s downtown library).  If you need a handicap entrance, use the alley behind it, accessible from 9th Ave SE.

Sun Aug 2:  Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans and others to their monthly meeting at 2:00 pm at Media Island International, 816 Adams SE (across the street west of the Olympia Timberland Library).  Info:  Dennis Mills 867-1487 and 

FOR  Mon Aug 3:  “Racial Justice Insights for White Folks.” — The Olympia FOR’s August TV program debuts at 1:30 this afternoon and airs three times a week all month long on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers.  Also, starting by late July you will be able to read a more thorough description of this program than appears in the Olympia FOR’s Aug-Sept newsletter – and actually watch it at

FOR  Tues Aug 4:  Olympia FOR’s book discussion group has been meeting on the first Tuesday of each month for several years.  The host, Chuck Schultz, is retiring from that role.  If someone wants to continue the group by hosting and/or facilitating, please talk with Chuck (705-8520 chuckschultz3@msn.comfor good information about either function.  Also, please notify Glen Anderson (491-9093, so we can announce the new location in our newsletters.  UPDATE:  Jim Bellinger, (360) 359-2212) has expressed interest in hosting this starting tonight.

Tues Aug 4:  Sierra Club South Sound’s monthly meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mekong Restaurant, 125 Columbia Street Northwest (SW corner of State Ave), downtown Olympia.  Enjoy a full agenda and delicious food.  Info:  Phyllis Farrell, and

AUG 5-9:  Veterans for Peace invites you to their national convention in San Diego CA:  Info:

Wed Aug 5:  August 5: “Practices for Recovering Knowers” – This is part of the “First Wednesday Conversation” series:  The series to increase and nurture systems intelligence in our community, to help our work become more effective and sustainable.  “Systems intelligence” is the ability to apply systems thinking to complex challenges. These challenges are different from merely technical problems.  We need to learn in order to understand the problem and address the emergent challenge, so we can take wise action.  Today’s conversation will draw on Brian Hinken’s thinking and his wonderful book The Learner’s Path – Practices for Recovering Knowers.  These First Wednesday Conversations take place on the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in the lobby of the Olympia Senior Center.  It’s fine to bring coffee, tea or a snack.  The facilitator is Steve Byers.  Info:

Wed Aug 5:  Experience the Peaceful Muslims of Sudan:  Sudan is home to the Blue Nile and White Nile, and has pyramids as old as those in Egypt.  Yet, we know little about the culture of Sudan because Sudan has closed its doors to the West for years.  Anila Goldie will share surprising, heart-felt insights and observations about the peace-loving Sudanese Muslims.  Her 45-minute PowerPoint presentation includes rare photographs, watercolors and oil paintings by Sudanese artists.  There will be time for questions and answers about Sudan.  Her book and audio CD, The Problem is Not Available, 364 Days in Sudan, will be available for purchase.  A portion of the proceeds are given to organizations promoting world peace.  Anila Prineveau Goldie, M.Ed., is a retired teacher with 30 years of teaching experience both in the USA and abroad.  She lived and taught in Khartoum, Sudan.  7:00-8:30 p.m. Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia.   You can discover more information about the author and about Sudan at Info:  (425) 242-1239

Thurs Aug 6:  Get big money out of politics!  Local organizing meeting tonight:  Olympia’s Move to Amend group invites everyone to join them for a monthly meeting (first Thursday of each month) at 7:00 pm in Room 280 of Bldg 1 at the Thurston County Courthouse.  Info:  Michael Savoca at or Jennifer Sprague866-8906

Thurs-Sun Aug 6-9:  Campaign Nonviolence holds its first national gathering in Santa Fe NM with presentations, workshops, vigils, and more.  Info:


Fri Aug 7 and other dates:  FILM:  Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war, and remembrance, based on Britsh FOR member Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view.  This is a searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again.  Vera Brittain was an early member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in England.  Her writings about World War I and the early FOR are classics.  This film, Testament of Youth, is about young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.  This 129-minuted 2015 film from the UK was directed by James Kent.  It will be shown at Olympia Film Society, Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, at 6:30 pm Friday the 7th, 6:30 pm Saturday the 8th, 2:30 and 7:30 pm Sunday the 9th, 9:00 pm Tuesday the 11th, 6:30 pm Wednesday the 12th, and 4:00 and 9:00 pm Thursday the 13th.

Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon Aug 7-8-9-10:  Commemorate the 70th anniversary of the US’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and say, “NEVER AGAIN!!!”  Plan now to participate in a rich weekend of fellowship, education, nonviolence training, music, a vigil at the Kitsap Mall, and a nonviolent direct action at the Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County early Monday morning.  Friday August 7:  Welcome campers!  Potluck, campfire, movies, social time.  Saturday Aug 8:  Welcome everyone and peacewalkers from Nipponzan Myhoji Buddhist Temple.  Nonviolence training, leafleting at four corners, evening concert by Tom Rawson.  Sunday Aug 9: Remembrances, memorial, letter-writing and e-mail sessions.  Bernie Meyer and Mary Hanson provide crucial information about the crisis in Ukraine.  (See July’s Olympia FOR TV program still available at  Overnight vigil at gate of Bangor’s nuclear submarine base.  Monday Aug 10:  Nonviolent direct action at Bangor sub base gate.  Gather at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo WA.  More info and driving directions are at

ALSO:     More information about freeing our region from nuclear weapons will be posted at the Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Local Events Calendar at

ALSO:     Participate in the “Global Wave,” a simple but important gesture that any number of people can do.  Just get some people together, Wave Goodbye to Nuclear Weapons, and photograph yourselves.  See complete info at of your event. All the information on where to send it is at


Sun Aug 9:  Annual Justice and Peace Community Potluck Picnic sponsored by United for Peace of Pierce County at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park:  Our neighbors to the north – United for Peace of Pierce County ( – invite everyone to its annual potluck picnic from 2:00 pm to dusk in Point Defiance Park at the Gig Harbor View area (approximately 2.5 miles in on the 5-Mile Drive).  Their wide-ranging invitation includes “all who think of themselves as progressive on justice, peace, social, environmental, etc., issues” and their like-minded friends.  This is a POTLUCK, with charcoal, hot dogs, meat and veggie burgers, condiments and buns provided (assuming that the park’s ban on outdoor cooking will be lifted by then).  Bring outdoor games (badminton, whiffle ball, Frisbee, croquet, earthball, etc.) if you have them.  Pets with manners are welcome if their humans control them appropriately.  You may bake a pie to be entered into the Peaceful Pie Contest.  Also, they’ll give away some door prizes.  Come and enjoy meeting these nice folks.

Mon-Fri Aug 10-14:  Interfaith Summer Day Camp for children going into 2nd through 5th grades:  Interfaith Works of Thurston County organizes a great variety of ways for people all faiths to get to know and appreciate each other.  IW’s Faith Explorations 4th annual summer day camp will run from 9 am to 3 pm each day from Monday August 10 through Friday August 14, based at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 8th & Washington, downtown.  Volunteers from several faiths will staff this FREE opportunity for children going into 2nd through 5th grades.  It creates a safe and fun way to explore various religions.  It includes free time and field trips to several local enjoyable sites and a community service project.  Info and registration:  Catherine at 754- 8519 or

Tues Aug 11 to Mon Aug 11:  Backbone Campaign’s “Localize This! Action Camp” offers amazing training in cross-movement strategies, organizing, artful activism, and creative tactics:  This annual training significantly helps grassroots organizing and creative nonviolent actions for peace, environment, climate, social justice, and other progressive goals.  It happens on Vashon Island WA, a beautiful and rural island in Puget Sound near Tacoma and Seattle.  Find out more: 

For events happening in the greater Olympia area see the Olympia FOR’s newsletters at  and calendar items posted at

“For the evils of racism, poverty and militarism to die, a new set of values must be born.  Our economy must become more person-centered than property- and profit-centered.  our government must depend more on its moral power than on its military power.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr., on p. 133 of his 1967 book, Where Do We Go from Here:  Chaos or Community?

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093



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