The Thunderbolt 160121 Rojava’s Secret Revolution

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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes




1) FYI Section:

1A) Beehives for Moms Grant and Fund

1B) Pacific Northwest Alternatives to Currency Services and Exchange

1C) Changes in Olympia FOR Newsletter Policies

1D) Hollow Earth Radio Nearing Goal!

1E) Information Sought on Joel Anthony Nelson

2) Fix Democracy First RALLY & Advocacy

3) Film Screening: Sufragette

4) Jill Stein in Seattle

5) Film Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale

6) PiPE Volunteer Social & Snack Lunch (Monthly)

7) ¡Alto a Las Deportaciones!: Immigrant and Refugee Solidarity

8) Lobby the Legislature to Abolish the Death Penalty

9) 2nd Monthly Anarchist Info Night: The ZAD

10) Free Play: The Exception and the Rule by Bertolt Brecht

11) Bonus Tip of the Day


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

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




Rojava’s Secret Revolution

TB 160121




A Plea to America from the Thunderbolt!


Dear America:
If you elect Hillary Clinton for president — thus forcing me to constantly listen to that voice of hers for at least four and possibly eight years — I will probably very soon thereafter end up curled into a ball screaming incoherently…




Dissociation for the Nation!


I am convinced that our constant non-stop wars and our constant non-stop oppression of Third World peoples has caused a dissociation between our view of our world and the actual world that we actually live in.


For instance: American foreign policy currently consists of the United States telling other countries what to do and then bombing them if they don’t do it.


The vast majority of Americans are good people — but at the same time they seem to be chill with this policy.



See what I mean?




Artificially Intelligent


Apple and the CIA both recently purchased companies that are developing artificial intelligence.


That can’t be good.




Toxic Banksters


Bernie Sanders ripped into Hillary Clinton about the large donations and speaking fees that are regularly showered upon Ms. Clinton’s corrupt little head by Goldman $achs. In addition, Republican ‘populist’ Tea Party favourite and presidential candidate Ted Cruz is in hot water for failing to report the fact that he received a large loan from Goldman $achs during his original senate campaign.


This is normal everyday business-as-usual in DC these days and the only unusual aspects to this are the facts that evidently Mr. Cruz is running his presidential campaign on a ‘populist’ platform whilst taking money from the ultimate insider clique — which is pretty bad even for a politician — and it is unusual in that Mr. Cruz got exposed — though he almost surely got exposed only because he happens to be running for president.



I mention the incident here only because this is evidence that the name of Goldman $achs has become so toxic that politicians are now trying to hide their connections to them.



See? We are making progress!




Reassessing Bernie


The first thing I always do when checking out a politician is look up who is giving them money. That is how I was able to predict that Barack Obama was going to be nothing more than another sold out corporate fascist in 2008 before he even won his first election.


(FYI: I tried to warn people back in 2008 but so many people got so seriously pissed off at me that I finally just shut my mouth about it — which is very unlike me.)


First of all, the link below will take you to a shocking story revealing that Bernie Sanders accepted a $300 campaign contribution from a 4th grade schoolteacher proving that rather than the ‘populist’ that he is portraying himself as he is instead in the pocket of those evil schoolteachers!


Seriously, though: When I leaned that Bernie Sanders was running as a Democrat I assumed he was ultimately working to elect Clinton since I figured that Bernie must know that the Democratic Party Machine would never let him anywhere near that nomination. Remember that they took Howard Dean down because he gave an enthusiastic yell right after winning a big election — absolutely nothing, in other words. All their machine needed to do was to have their media hit people play the ‘Dean Scream’ clip over and over and over and ask, ‘Does he look demented to you? ‘Do you really want someone like that running the country?’ That’s how easy it is. Thus, when Bernie ran as a Democrat I wrote him off as a sellout who was there to pump up the progressives to vote only so he could ultimately endorse Clinton when he lost the nomination. I’m still not sure that’s not what’s happening — but if he can get enough wind in his sails then their Machine might no be able to do anything about it — and even more importantly he is passing what is the ultimate test in political viability as measured by our modern American matrix i.e. he is raising serious cash. (And without a PAC.) He is starting to receive serious endorsements from serious players. I must confess that I might be starting to feel a small inkling of excitement — especially since if he wins the nomination he would probably win the election.


If he comes in on a big wave, then a large number of Congress critters will jump in and join the parade and pretend they had been with us all along.




The Enemy of our Friend


So — time to hurl some international Thunderbolts now!


(Thunderbolts are not generally noted for harbouring many nationalistic tendencies, after all!)


Concerning the alarming escalation of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Other than the fact that they are both nasty and brutal dictatorships, there are actually very few real comparisons to be made between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Completely disregarding the Sunni-Shia thing (which is mostly a problem because Westerners have been fanning the flames of sectarian violence in order to foster the proper ambiance of chaos and violent anarchy that assists them so much with their brutal economic and military oppression), other than religious differences Iran also has several times the population and much more wealth that Saudi Arabia does. The wealth is also distributed much more fairly in Iran. Iran also has a vibrant and in many ways progressive population containing large numbers of highly educated scientists and academics and — as long as they don’t engage in anything political — Iranians tend to enjoy a great deal of personal freedom. They have a large and educated middle class. They have a highly diverse and truly amazing culture.


Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has a large family of ‘royalty’ who enjoy spectacular wealth whilst simultaneously going to great lengths to make sure that its population remains poor, barefoot, and ignorant. They provide virtually no education to the general public, they have a stunted and oppressive culture, and they have no educated (or uneducated for that matter) middle class to speak of.



Another BIG difference: Iran has not sent its troops onto foreign soil for over 200 years.


Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is bombing the shite out of civilians in Yemen and Syria as you read this.




Rojava: The Secret Revolution


[Rojava] has managed to sustain its people on the basis of self-organization, religious tolerance, and mutual respect between genders. I don’t care if Rojava doesn’t fit your idea of anarchism, communalism or direct democracy; what matters is that it’s a unique sincere socio-political revolution, what matters is that Rojava is an ideal representation of the human spirit. Its people are unified, transcending deep-rooted cultural differences, and standing strong against all odds in the midst of war. It’s not about independence for a specific ethnicity; it’s about human independence from all power structures. This is rare.


—Brave the World



In pursuit of freedom, justice, dignity and democracy and led by principles of equality and environmental sustainability, the Charter proclaims a new social contract, based upon mutual and peaceful coexistence and understanding between all strands of society. It protects fundamental human rights and liberties and reaffirms the peoples’ right to self-determination.


Under the Charter, we, the people of the Autonomous Regions, unite in the spirit of reconciliation, pluralism and democratic participation so that all may express themselves freely in public life. In building a society free from authoritarianism, militarism, centralism and the intervention of religious authority in public affairs, the Charter recognizes Syria’s territorial integrity and aspires to maintain domestic and international peace.


In establishing this Charter, we declare a political system and civil administration founded upon a social contract that reconciles the rich mosaic of Syria through a transitional phase from dictatorship, civil war and destruction, to a new democratic society where civic life and social justice are preserved.


            Excerpted from the preamble to the Rojava Charter



There is a secret revolution happening right in the middle of the Syrian madness. A bunch of anarchists have seized control of a Syrian province called Rojava and they have established a government based upon a concept known as ‘democratic confederalism’, a form of grassroots democracy based on local assemblies and one that is highly respectful of human rights in general and women’s rights in particular. They practice a form of feminism known as ‘Jineology’ (the science of women) and in fact Jineology is central to their social revolution. Much of the focus of the revolution has been addressing the extreme levels of violence that women in the area have endured as well as increasing female leadership in all political institutions.


All fighting forces study Jineology as part of their training and it is also taught in the new community centers.


They have also done away with the standard ‘punitive’ approach to crime and criminals and have instead implemented the practices of ‘restorative justice’ that I have previously described at great length in the Thunderbolt.


Everyone (including women) are to receive military training and it is proposed that everyone will become part of the militia — thus eliminating the need for a police force.


This is exciting stuff.


ISIS, Al Nusra, and Turkish government forces all regularly attack Rojava (though Syrian government forces have largely withdrawn from the area).


They could use whatever support you are able to give.


Go here for further reading:



It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of January 21st thru January 27th, 2016




1) FYI Section:


1A) Beehives for Moms Grant and Fund


This is a program to connect low-income mothers with beehives.


This message came from Mary:




Mothers of all ages, and otherwise marginalized women, low income women, women from non-traditional households who want to keep bees, please apply to receive your natural style bee hive.


REQUIREMENTS: Agree to natural practices, and to an amount of community. Think about volunteering to teach others natural beekeeping.


20% of all orders December 2015- December 2016 will go into the first annual From Single Mom, to Living With Bees Beehive Grant & Fund.


All donations titled ‘Single Mom’ received between now, and forever, go toward empowering queen bees with the ultimate teaching tool- beehives.


(Funds go to building beehives for single moms, and mothers of non-traditional households).


*Donors please write a one page essay or letter that describes the value of your donation. Allow us to publish your essay, anonymous or otherwise.


*Natural keeping only- zero pesticides, zero smoke, and feral swarms only!


*All hives include mentoring, consultation, and community.


As many hives built as funds can accommodate.



1B) Pacific Northwest Alternatives to Currency Services and Exchange


This is a local group trying to get away from capitalism and back to barter. Check it out.




1C) Changes in Olympia FOR Newsletter Policies


This message came from Glen:


The Olympia FOR newsletter calendar includes events and activities of many other local organizations.  I am happy to include relevant items in our newsletter and occasional compilations of coming events that I send by e-mail.




For a long time I have been e-mailing a great many local organizers and non-profit groups in the middle of odd-numbered months, inviting you to send me your announcements and calendar items for listing in the next issue of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s newsletter.


Because only a few persons have been responding to my invitations, I have ended up telephoning some non-respondents or sending follow-up e-mails asking for these calendar items.  I’ve made these extra efforts because I take pride in publishing accurate information.  Sometimes an organization’s ongoing activities change (in date, time, location, or special emphasis), so I have spent a lot of time and effort following up in order to be sure our newsletter’s information about your activities is accurate.


I take pride in publishing accurate information and cannot assume that your information is the same in coming months as it had been previously.  But I no longer have the time or energy to do the follow-up phoning and e-mailing that I have been doing for a number of years.  Therefore, if you do not respond to the e-mail invitation I send in the early-to-mid parts of odd-numbered months, I will NOT list your organization’s activities in the next newsletter.


If you want your information in our FEBRUARY-MARCH issue, which I’ll mail on Friday January 31,you MUST send your announcements and calendar items BY FRIDAY JANUARY 22.  If I do  not receive your information by then, your activities will NOT appear in the newsletter.


I’ll check several of the local websites that offer many calendar items (e.g., TC Pro-Net, Interfaith Works, and Traditions Fair Trade & Café, but please provide any newer or more complete information than what you have posted there, and please notify me of additional activities.


You can reply to this e-mail address ( or phone me at (360) 491-9093.


If you don’t receive our newsletter but would like to, please contact me at You may choose to receive the print version and/or a .pdf version.  Also, you can see our current and recent newsletters at






1D) Hollow Earth Radio Nearing Goal!


Evidently Hollow Earth is getting close to raising enough cash to get their broadcast license! If you want another radical radio station on the air then check this out.


This message came from Sabrina:


Hi LPFM-ers,


Hollow Earth Radio is getting close to their goal of 25K–2#/


Very helpful that Seattle Weekly published this piece today – and highlighted Rainier Valley Radio and KXSU at Seattle University as well.


I’m excited that when journalists hear about one of you and reach out, you’re telling them about the others. This is how we raise all boats!




1E) Information Sought on Joel Anthony Nelson


This message came from Scott:


WORKS IN PROGRESS, (Oly’s. most Lefty-leaning, free newsrag!), is desperately HOPING to run an OBITUARY for Joel Anthony Nelson, who was shot (dead) by the Thurston County Sherrif’s deputy on 1/5/2016, in it’s upcoming FEBRUARY 2016-issue! …If ANYBODY in the “Oly. Homeless Solidarity” group can HELP US craft this, PLEASE send something to:


*(Preferably A.S.A.P., …our final Proofreading Mtg. for Feb’s. W.I.P. is happening next Saturday, 1/23!) -Thank you for your Interest & your HELP!



2) Fix Democracy First RALLY & Advocacy

Thursday January 21st at 11:45 am @ Sundial on State Capitol Campus


This message came from TC Pro Net:


Fix Democracy First RALLY & Advocacy on the 6th anniv. of “Citizens United”
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 11:45AM – 3:15PM
Short Description: NOON rally with speakers, afterward: meet with your legislators to lobby for democracy reforms including specific bills
Location: SUNDIAL on the State Capitol campus
Olympia, WA 98501
Contact Information: Olympia Move to Amend:
Jennifer Sprague: jbsprague[at]hotmail[dot]com


Please JOIN US for a RALLY on the 6th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous “Citizens United v. FEC” decision.


NOON, Thurs. Jan. 21

at the SUNDIAL on the WA State Capitol Campus, Olympia (See link to map in the comments below.)


Please: 1) BRING SIGNS (prep them–as well as yourself–for rain),

2) if you have a WAmend Volunteer Tee-shirt, wear it; and

3) plan to visit your legislators after the rally. We will distribute Talking Points on I-735 and other legislation being considered. You may not get to talk with your legislator, but meeting with the staff person is good for building a relationship and can help in getting your messages to your legislators. Leave a note asking your legislators to send I-735 to the November ballot. (Identify your legislators: )


We will Rally to CELEBRATE submitting over 337,000 signatures for I-735 and AWAKEN our legislators to our support for democracy reforms.


Let’s tell our elected leaders that we:

*Support I-735 and other measures to get BIG $$ OUT of politics.

*Want Government OF the people NOT corporations.

*Support passing a law to disclose “Dark Money” in this legislative session.


8Senator Andy Billig, 3rd District-Spokane, will encourage support for the disclosure bill he is sponsoring (SB 5153: Other legislators have been asked to participate and talking points on other legislation that will improve our democracy will be shared. Attendees will be encouraged to lobby their legislators following the rally.


See the most current WA State Capitol Campus map, which indicates a construction area to avoid, here (The Sundial area is in the lower-left corner of this map.):

Also, the construction removed one of the visitor parking lots, so be aware that parking could be even more challenging than normal.

Sponsored by Fix Democracy First! with allies WashPIRG, WAmend & others…



3) Film Screening: Sufragette

Friday January 22nd thru Thursday January 28th @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE


Activists activating! Yippee!


This came from the OFS website:



Dir: Sarah Gavron / 2015 / UK / 106 min / DCP


In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family, and lives for a just cause.


SCREENING: FRI 1/22 6:30; SAT 1/23 9PM; SUN 1/24 5:00; TUE 1/26 9:00; WED 1/27 6:30; THU 1/28 4:00; THU 1/28 9:00


Tickets for this film screening can be purchased at the box office 1/2 hour before showtime.



4) Jill Stein in Seattle

Saturday January 23rd from 9 am to 5 pm @ Duwamish Long House, Seattle


This is the Green Party of Washington’s annual meeting.


This message came from Janet:


The Green Party of Washington State is hosting

Jill Stein in Seattle

on January 23, 9 AM to 5 PM


in the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle

(shuttle transportation will be provided from the nearest bus stop)


Morning: Workshops focusing on the needs of local Green Parties

(Have you wished your local Green Party did

more of something-or-other and less of something else?)


Afternoon:  Keynote speaker Lawrence Brahm, from Jill Stein’s Shadow Cabinet

speaking on

Local Climate Solutions from Front Line Communities



Jill Stein herself

on what Green Party success would consist of


the prospects for such a success in 2016



5) Film Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale

Saturday January 23rd thru Thursday January 28th @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE


This is a documentary about the first African American ballerina to break into the big tent. It is supposed to be an intense story.


This came from the OFS website:



Dir: Nelson George / 2015 / US / 85 min / DCP


Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation. More than just a ballet success story, Copeland’s journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.


SCREENING: SAT 1/23 6:30; SUN 1/24 2:30; SUN 1/24 7:30; TUE 1/26 6:30; WED 1/27 9:00; THU 1/28 6:30


Tickets for this film screening can be purchased at the box office 1/2 hour before showtime.



6) PiPE Volunteer Social & Snack Lunch (Monthly)

Sunday January 24th from 2 to 4 pm @ Partners in Prevention Education [PiPE], 408 7th Ave SE


This message came from Renata:


You’re invited to PiPE’s monthly volunteer social & snack-luck! FREE! Let’s get to get to know each other, eat, change the world and have a good time doing it. Bring a friend–and a snack if you can, but no sweat, we always have plenty of food.


PiPE is a community center for homeless/LGBTQ/marginalized young people, and an organizing hub for youth and allies to build a stronger community and seed nonviolent culture through street outreach, (self)advocacy, and social change work.


If you share a vision for a culture based on equality, respect, compassion…and if you believe marginalized young people are equal partners in bringing about this world…there is a place for you at PiPE!


“Justice is what Love looks like in public.” — Cornell West



7) ¡Alto a Las Deportaciones!: Immigrant and Refugee Solidarity

Monday January 25th at 7 pm @ Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E


This message came from Matt:


¡Alto a Las Deportaciones!: Immigrant and Refugee Solidarity


Please join us for a discussion about the importance of supporting the worldwide struggles of immigrants and refugees. Just as the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee voices are making their hate-filled message heard, now is as crucial a time as ever to take a stand for people who have been forced to flee from their homes in extremely violent places such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The recent immigration raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are unjust and disgraceful. We will hear from speakers Maru Mora Villalpando, Therese Saliba and Miriam Padilla about the political and economic struggles faced by refugees, the current state of the local immigrant rights movement, Islamophobia and the parallels between refugees in Europe and refugees here in the United States. Presented by Economics for Everyone.


When: Monday January 25, 2016, 7-9pm


Where: Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA

FB Page:



8) Lobby the Legislature to Abolish the Death Penalty

Tuesday January 26th at 9 am @ Washington State Capitol, 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW


This came through TC Pro Net:


Lobby Legislature today to abolish death penalty
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Short Description: The state legislature will abolish the death penalty ONLY IF enough of us push hard enough. We lobby TODAY at the State Capitol.
Location: State Capitol
Olympia WA 98501
Contact Information: and locally


Tues Jan 26:  Lobby Washington State Legislature to abolish the death penalty:  Every year the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP, organizes a Lobby Day so ordinary Washingtonians can visit our state legislators and urge them to abolish this cruel, wasteful, ineffectual practice.  In 2016 the WCADP’s Lobby Day will be on TUES. JAN. 26.  Sign up now through this link:  



9) 2nd Monthly Anarchist Info Night: The ZAD

Wednesday January 27th at 7 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW


This message came from Rita:


The second info night will be on La ZAD (the zone to defend), an occupied and squatted space in Brittany, France, which aims to prevent the construction of an airport. The total squatted area is around 4,000 acres.


La ZAD has managed to exist under immense state repression and the constant threat of forced eviction using a wide diversity of tactics.


How should anarchists or other radicals in the United States respond to, support or join this effort? What can we learn from La ZAD? Lets discuss it!


This will be the second of a monthly series of informational presentations followed by discussions. There will be anarchist literature, snacks and general fun times to be had.


The presenters for these info nights are not experts but have researched a current event topic and will share what they know to start a discussion



10) Free Play: The Exception and the Rule by Bertolt Brecht

Wednesday January 27th at 7:30 pm @ Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE


Live political theater! (This is real theater, not the faux-theater that the actual politicians actually practice.)


This message came from Chris:


A FREE performance of Bertolt Brecht’s play “The Exception to [sic] the Rule” will be held at the downtown Oly library Wed Jan 27th at 7:30pm. The story is very relevant to today it portrays class, greed, the abuse of stand your ground laws & misguided court systems & so much more. The play will be performed as a puppet & live action by 5 strong active women in our community. Prior to the play will be a short very jazzy sax & powerful woman singing Mack the Knife. It will sear into you  & set the tone for what you are about to experience.



11) Bonus Tip of the Day:


Support your non-local revolutions too!








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