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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

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1) FYI Section:

1A) Community Rights Ordinance Killed by Washington Supreme Court

1B) Update from Yes on I-735

2) Speed Roommating & Monthly Housing Workshop

3) Leonard Peltier Mural Project at the Westside Olympia Food CoOp

4) Protest of PSE’s 20-year Plan

5) Colstrip Power Plant Hearing

6) Rhonda Hunter Speaks About the Climate Crisis

7) Black Against the Empire Reading Group

8) Film Screening: The Big Short

9) Film Screening: Son of Saul

10) Media Island Monthly Benefit Brunch: The National Organization for Women [NOW]

11) Public Hearing: What will Be the Fate of Capitol Lake?

12) Puerto Rico: The Political Economy of US Colonialism, Debt, and Crisis

13) EGYHOP Documentary + Panel Discussion: Solidarity, Not Charity

14) 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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Invisible Prisons

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Thunderbolts Online

 

Hey Kids!

 

First of all, the Internet went out at Media Island last night so it is quite possible that the Thunderbolt calendar will not be as complete as it normally is. (It is quite full nonetheless, though.)

 

I may need to make a 5 am trip to Starbucks in the morning to use their Internet to send this out.

 

Second, I have noted that all of my fancy fonts and colors and formatting for the Thunderbolt often do not translate through email programs onto other computers. Therefore, if you’d like to read the Thunderbolt in all its colourful glory just as it looks on my own computer then you can now go to Dropbox to read it in PDF format:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i6rno6ovkrdd9vf/AAA5A90fin4L42QYorv0e4Kla?dl=0

 

I will begin storing the last few weeks’ editions there as well in case you’ve missed any.

 

I am also going to start keeping the most current version of the Thunderbolt calendar here:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/soc2n1s883aj8v1/TB%20Clndr.png?dl=0

 

And — Dropbox is your one stop shop! You can also now listen to the radio show version of the Thunderbolt on Dropbox:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cwxy9ax2zy2zkr6/AADQNRP_zQnF7nt0QT5OznpFa?dl=0

 

I post each week’s radio show on Friday morning, both on www.radio4all.net and at the new Dropbox site.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Unicorn Captured in California

 

How is this for a headline: The California Highway Patrol in Madera California recently chased down and captured a unicorn.

 

 

Actually — it was a pony dressed up as a unicorn for a children’s birthday party.

 

The beast evidently didn’t care for the party and split.

 

The headline was just too good to pass up, though…

 

http://mynews4.com/news/offbeat/runaway-unicorn-gets-pulled-over-in-central-california

 

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Dangerous Minds

 

The fact that Donald Trump was not laughed out of town at the very idea of him running for president — much less that he actually stands poised to win the Republican nomination — is yet another example proving that the United States is like an insane idiot-child with nukes.

 

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Normalized Insanity

 

In our culture it is considered barbaric to cut off someone’s head but it is perfectly acceptable to strap them to a chair and zap them with electricity or to give them drugs that cause them to go into convulsions for several minutes before they die.

 

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They’ll Be Watching You!

 

I reported last week that the FBI wants Apple to build a back door into the iPhone so they can spy on everyone.

 

I have since learned that the FBI has several times asked Apple for access to private in-home webcams and baby monitors. It has been revealed that all of those online ‘smart’ appliances, such as thermostats and dishwashers, also send out personal information.

 

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They’ve Been Watching Her

 

As all loyal Thunderbolt readers know, politicians say whatever they think people want to hear and then do whatever their corporate paymasters tell them to do. The problem with career politicians is that what people want to hear changes over the years and so they must often explain things they said years before that are totally uncool now — especially when they also have lengthy voting records upon such issues.

 

Hillary Clinton has been called out because in XXX she said of black criminals that America needed to “bring them to heel”. Then, shortly after saying this, Mrs. Clinton’s husband passed most of the very policies that are directly responsible for the current mass-incarceration of black youth and for the fact that more black people are now in prison than were enslaved in 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

 

As almost everyone knows, the Emancipation Proclamation ended legal slavery in the United States.

 

What most people except Republicans don’t know is that there is a major — and in this case a very relevant — exception to the ‘no slave’ rule. The 13th Amendment states it quite explicitly, in fact: “…except for those duly convicted of a crime…”

 

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html

 

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Non-Racist Propaganda

 

And speaking of mass-imprisoning black people — it is a sad fact that Blacks are just as subject to the Machine’s media manipulations as anyone else. After she helped to pass the very laws that led to the mass incarceration of a generation of black youth, Blacks in South Carolina just voted for Mrs. Clinton over Bernie Sanders by a 6-1 margin.

 

Thus does the Machine fool people into participating in their own lynching.

 

 

I recently read a report that Bernie Sanders held a rally in Flint — a majority Black town — and that virtually no Blacks showed up. Then, I watched a clip of Bernie Sanders’ concession speech in South Carolina. The camera panned the crowd showing hundreds Bernie supporters — and I did not see one black face in the crowd.

 

That is a serious problem for Mr. Sanders.

 

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Annoying Liberals #237

 

While blacks people appear ready to help dig their own graves, white people, of course, are not immune to enthusiastically participating in their own self-destruction either. Liberals do so love their circular firing squads, for instance. It seems that with most liberals, if you don’t completely agree with them on every single issue then they take it as a personal insult and they start looking down their superior noses at you and they refuse to work with you or to have anything else to do with you anymore.

 

My experience has been that liberals tend to spend so much time shooting at each other that they don’t have any ammo left when the true enemy makes a move.

 

I mention this because I have a new example: For a long time I had a regular Real Change customer every week. I am now speaking in the past tense because when she invited me to an anti-gun rally and when I informed her that that was one issue wherein I was on the other side — she obviously freaked out about that and she hasn’t bought a paper or spoken a civil word ever since even though I still see her every week.

 

 

No wonder we’re losing.

 

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Invisible Prisons

 

And again speaking of mass-imprisoning black people — just as a lot of serious noise is finally being made about that issue, Donald Trump is starting to make hatred and racism cool again! Radical right-wingers have been organizing like mad ever since Barack Obama assumed office — but thanks to Trump, they are now truly coming out of the closet!

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been documenting these hate groups for decades. According to the SPLC there has been a massive increase in both the numbers and activities of such groups since a black man moved into the White House and they are going nuts now over Trump.

 

The SPLC spokesperson, Mark Potok, maintains that these hate groups are convinced that the American government has FEMA concentration camps standing all over the country ready to imprison good Americans and that the government wants to take all our guns and impose a police state.

 

The SPLC itself is not without critics. While I love their overall work and focus and while I consider the work of the SPLC to be absolutely vital — there are aspects of the organization of which I am critical myself, in fact.

 

 

Concerning these ‘FEMA camps’ — evidently the left-wing Propaganda Machine has convinced liberals that these FEMA camps are a bunch of paranoid right-wing hooey.

 

Actually, though, I thoroughly documented the existence of these camps many years ago in the Thunderbolt. I even printed the government’s response to questions about them — I seem to remember that it was something along the line of saying that these camps were built for ‘immigrants and various other groups’.

 

Why would the government respond to a question about something if that something didn’t even exist?

 

I also remember that they refused to define what they meant by ‘various other groups’.

 

The fact of the matter is that Halliburton received a contract to build 30,000 prison beds early in the Bush administration (I believe it was around 2003 or 2004) and the program continued under Obama. Many of these new prisons are now indeed being used to imprison immigrants — but there are many others that few know about that are standing empty all over the country.

 

And keep in mind: All of these shiny new prisons that Halliburton built are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security and not the Bureau of Prisons — meaning that all of these shiny new prisons were not built for regular ‘criminals’.

 

I can actually personally provide some direct evidence for the existence of these secret prisons: Eleven months of my stay at Club Fed was spent at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California. This was during the winter of 2003-2004.

 

On the same plot of land as FCI Lompoc there is also a minimum-security federal prison and a maximum-security federal prison. (FCI Lompoc is a low-security facility.) (FYI: The maximum-security facility has since been transformed into a medium-security facility.)

 

All three prisons are located directly adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where there are lots of nuclear missiles pointed at lots of people. It is occasionally possible from the grounds of the prisons to see rockets blasting off from Vandenberg.

 

FCI Lompoc has a capacity of 900 inmates but it housed almost 1,500 at the time. The minimum security FPC Lompoc facility houses 500, and the formerly maximum but now medium-security USP Lompoc houses just over 1,000.

 

During my stay a fairly powerful earthquake struck Lompoc. It was magnitude 6.6 and it lasted for almost a full minute. I was outside at the time and I had difficulty maintaining my balance and staying on my feet.

 

After the quake was over I heard one of the other inmates asked one of the CO’s what they would have done with the 3,000+ inmates on the premises had the prisons all fallen down.

 

The CO laughed and told us not to worry because there was plenty of room for all of us and many more in addition over on the Air Force base.

 

 

My main question for the SPLC would be this: Is Mr. Potok honestly trying to maintain that the government doesn’t have FEMA concentration camps standing ready all over the country? Is Mr. Potok trying to say that our government doesn’t want to take all our guns and impose a police state?

 

Just because the right-wingers are nuts doesn’t necessarily mean they are wrong…

 

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Protest Korean Style

 

It is illegal to protest in South Korea.

 

Therefore, Amnesty International projected a holographic protest onto a large building in Seoul.

 

South Korean officials are now trying to decide if a holographic protest violates the South Korean law against protesting — and if so, then who exactly should be held accountable. How can you arrest a holographic image, after all? Would it be possible to project cops into the picture?

 

Even if that were possible I somehow think that virtual arrests would provide minimal disincentive…

 

 

It’s time to get to work…

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of March 3rd thru March 9th, 2016

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1) FYI Section:

 

1A) Community Rights Ordinance Killed by Washington Supreme Court

 

The Washington Supreme Court just struck a blow for the totalitarians. They quashed a legally submitted initiative for a vote on a community rights bill in Spokane.

 

This message came from Janet:

 

Earlier this month the Washington State Supreme Court reversed the decision of the appeals court regarding Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights.

 

For those who have been tracking, the appeals court, in January 2015, reversed the trial court decision and ordered the Community Bill of Rights back onto the ballot. However, with the Supreme Court decision now undoing the appeals court ruling, that  (as it stands; there is little to zero believe the court will reverse itself based on the motion to reconsider) has permanently halted any vote on the Community Bill of Rights – this version or any in the future.

 

Even more importantly, that decision not only squashed the right to vote on the Community Bill of Rights – a duly qualified initiative – it also expanded the power of the judiciary to remove pretty much any local initiative from the ballot.

 

Please find attached the motion to reconsider filed with the Washington State Supreme Court. It was worth reading because the brief lays out how the court has violated the right of local community self-government of the people of Spokane.

 

Two things:

  1. Please feel free to send along any comments or questions
  2. If you are interested in having a Washington Community Rights Network call to discuss the decision of the court, what it means for Spokane and what it means for the rest of the state, please let me know, and if there is enough interest I will schedule a date for that call.

Cheers,

 

Kai

 

Kai Huschke

CELDF Northwest + Hawaii Organizer

kai@celdf.org

509-607-5034

 

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1B) Update from Yes on I-735

 

This message came from Yes on I-735:

 

On February 26th 1869, the U.S. Congress passed the 15th Amendment to the Constitution affirming the right to vote belongs to all citizens. While the political landscape looks much different than it did 147 years ago, the integrity of our democracy is still an issue today as it was then.

 

Yes I-735 urges Congress to pass a constitutional amendment declaring corporations are not people, money is not free speech and that we have the right to regulate money in elections and know who is spending it.

 

It’s time to get big money out of elections!

 

But we have challenges in achieving that goal – our cash on hand is dangerously low and we need your help to keep YES I-735 alive.  Our estimates show us falling short of our February fundraising goal of $10,000!  Please make a donation today to the YES I-735 campaign.  Your donation directly supports the resources needed to print pamphlets, flyers and get our message to the voters.

 

We are all enormously moved and grateful for the hard work and dedication that our volunteers and supporters have done for us.  Together we have created a true, genuine and inspiring democracy movement!

 

We can’t stop now – please donate today!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Oliver Thomassen

Fundraising & Outreach Director, YES I-735

 

Tel: 206-495-3650

E: oliverthomassen@wamend.org

 

www.wamend.org

/WAmend.org

@wamend_I735

 

I-735 is a statewide initiative that urges the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.  YES I-735 is directly supported by Washington Coalition to Amend the Constitution (WAmend).

 

YES I-735

http://www.wamend.org/

YES I-735 · 1314 NE 43rd St, 203, Seattle, WA 98105, United States

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2) Thursday March 3rd

Speed Roommating & Monthly Housing Workshop

3 to 5 pm @ First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St SE

 

This message came from Renata:

 

Each month we host a Housing event in 2 parts: a Workshop, followed by “Speed Roommating.”

 

The workshop is always about Housing: how to find it, how to keep it.

 

This month’s presenter is Leslie Owen, housing attorney with Northwest Justice Project, who will be presenting on landlord-tenant rights. What’s a 20-day notice? Is my eviction legal? What are my rights? Ask questions and learn from Leslie and your peers in the room. https://www.nwjustice.org/

 

Followed by Speed Roommating: the best kept secret for Oly folks looking for a room or roommate. Meet people quickly, get their vibe, learn about their house, connect. Or meet someone else without a room, combine forces (and incomes!) and find a place that works for both of you!

 

Knowledge is power. You got this.

 

Hosted by PATH (Capital Recovery Center), SideWalk and Interfaith Works (Thurston County, WA).

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/537103676493832/

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3) Friday March 4th

Leonard Peltier Mural Project at the Westside Olympia Food CoOp

March 4th at 10 AM thru Mar 6th at 6 PM @ Olympia Food CoOp, Westside Store, 921 N Rogers

 

This message came from Lala:

 

Appropriately on the day of March Fo(u)rth, the Westside Olympia Food Co-op will be embarking on a 3 day mural painting project based on paintings done by Imprisoned Native American Activist\Artist Leonard Peltier. This project is in itself an action to raise awarenes to Leonards innoncence and his case for freedom, while also helping build momentum for a reawakened movement in this country to pressure President Obama to grant Peltier executive clemency in this last year of his presidency. We are linking up with a world wide movement for his freedom and at the same time we will be creating a beautiful piece of artwork. Leonard is 71 years old and has been in prison for almost 40 years. This year is maybe our last good chance to do something to help get him free. Volunteers are welcome, most specifically those with painting skills who can dedicate the time. There will be people tabling and gathering signatures. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1685106685062445/

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4) Friday March 4th

Protest of PSE’s 20-year Plan

11 am to 5 pm @ 1300 Evergreen Park Drive SW

 

This message came from Glen:

 

Olympia Confront the Climate Crisis (Direct Action Committee of Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation) is sponsoring a PROTEST of Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) 20-Year Plan and DEMONSTRATION against fossil fuels. (See more detail below

 

11:30 AM: VIGIL at SE corner of Cooper Point and Evergreen Park Drive SW (next to the defunct ARCO gas station) (NOTE: Evergreen PARK DRIVE, NOT Evergreen

 

12:25 PM: Fossil Fuel FUNERAL PROCESSION down Evergreen Park Drive to the Utilities and Transportation Commission hearing and gather in the parking lot. (1300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502)
1 PM – 5 PM: PUBLIC HEARING will be held on PSE’s Plan with opportunity for public comment at Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Olympia (See more details about the hearing below.)

 

PSE’s 20-Year Plan would retain 2 Montana Coal plants from Colstrip and dramatically increases use of Natural Gas. The plan doesn’t acknowledge the climate crisis, doesn’t invest much in renewables, relies on new natural gas facilities that are dependent on building more gas pipelines through the state, and is basically a business-as-usual document. They can do better. Science, 195 national leaders at Paris UN Conference and world religious leaders have pointed out the need to end the fossil fuel era to reduce worst effects of Climate Change and have a livable planet. It is imperative that our electricity provider eliminate fossil fuel as an energy source and aggressively move to renewable energy sources. Science shows we cannot wait. As Puget Sound Energy customers, we have a moral responsibility to direct an aggressive change to sustainable, renewable energy and halt climate change and preserve a livable climate for our children and grandchildren.

 

Demonstrate in Opposition to PSE’s 20-year plan:

Meet at 11:30 am at the SE corner of Cooper Point and Evergreen Park Drive (next to the defunct ARCO gas station) on Friday, March 4. We’ll provide a 6 ft. lightweight coffin and some signs. FEEL FREE to BRING YOUR OWN SIGNS with phrases like: Close Colstrip; R.I.P. Coal (or Fossil Fuels); or End Dirty Energy, etc.

 

At 12:25 pm we’ll start our funeral procession down Evergreen Park Drive to the Utilities and Transportation Commission hearing and gather in the parking lot. At 1 pm the enviro panel will start and will be followed by public comment. You can go in and listen and comment if you wish or you could leave. The session is intended to go until 5 pm.

 

We’re looking for some horn players to play with the procession. We’d like to have New Orleans style dirge played for our procession. If you know anyone who plays the horn let us know.

 

For information on the protest and funeral procession: Contact Sue Gunn: 360-918-8012

 

RE: THE PUBLIC HEARING, 1-5pm (Try to arrive by 12:30pm.)

Utilities and Transportation Commission

1300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502

WEAR YELLOW! Please wear your yellow Beyond Coal t-shirt if you have one. We’ll also have a few extra at the hearing.

LUNCH: We’ll have plenty of snacks and beverages, but please pack a bag lunch. It’s going to be a long (but fun and exciting) day!

TESTIFYING: You can sign up to testify at the hearing. Plan for a two-minute cut off. Testifying isn’t required, but we want the Commission to hear from as many people as possible. Not sure what to say or where to start? Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions!

 

For information about the Public Hearing: Contact Jessica Koski, Associate Organizing Representative with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, at jessica.koski@sierraclub.org or 617.283.2043

 

To comment to the WA Utilities & Transportation Commission:

http://sierra.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0025385&id=70131000001Rcz7AAC&utm_medium=print&utm_source=sierra&utm_campaign=beyondcoal

 

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5) Friday March 4th

Colstrip Power Plant Hearing

1 to 4 pm @ Richard Hemstad Building, 2nd Floor, 1300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW

 

This message came from Glen:

 

Featured event:  PSE’s Colstrip Power Plant Hearing

 

Friday, March 4th, 1:00-4:00 pm
        WA Utilities and Transportation Commission
        Richard Hemstad Bldg, 2nd floor
        1300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA
The WA Utilities and Transportation Commission will hear public comments about whether the Colstrip Power Plant will be allowed continue to operate for another two decades.  The pending decision has failed to account for the full range of costs of operation and has undervalued clean and renewable energy options.  Come to the hearing to let state regulators know that it’s time for Colstrip – the single largest source of carbon pollution in the Northwest – to retire. Click here for more info.

 

Just showing up makes a difference!

Mary,  Update Editor

Cascadia Climate Action Team

mary@cascadiaclimateaction.org

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6) Friday March 4th

Rhonda Hunter Speaks About the Climate Crisis

7 pm @ 1335 Fern St. SW

 

This message came from Oly FOR:

 

Fri March 4:  Rhonda Hunter speaks about the climate crisis as part of the “First Friday” series from 7 to 8 pm at Unity Church of Olympia, 1335 Fern St SW, Olympia (west on 9th Ave SW from Black Lake Blvd SW).  Free admission, but a donation to Friendly Water for the World is suggested.  Info: (360) 943-5757 http://unityofolympia.org

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7) Saturday March 5th

Black Against the Empire Reading Group

1 pm @ KXXO Meeting Room, 119 Washington St NE

 

Come educate yourself about some largely unsung revolutionaries (at least amongst white people).

 

This came from Economics for Everyone:

 

Each month we read a book and then for each book we host a discussion of the reading and collaboratively decide what to do with our new insights: Whether to plan direct actions, give presentations, conduct local group research, or something else. The success of these reading groups depends upon active participation, so please come having read the book (or simply as much as you can) and ready to share comments, ideas, and questions!

 

If you can’t afford the books, we have you covered. Just message us with your name, primary email, and phone number and we will get you the reading.

 

February’s featured book is Black Against the Empire

 

“In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with offices in 68 U.S. cities and powerful allies around the world.

 

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power.”

 

http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520271852#desc

 

http://www.againstthegrain.org/program/813/tues-111213-panther-politics-and-context

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/172759839758643/

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8) Saturday March 5th thru Thursday March 10th

Film Screening: The Big Short

Various Times at the Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

 

This message came from Chris:

 

March 5 – 10

 

THE BIG SHORT

 

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

Dir: Adam McKay / 2015 / US / 130 min / DCP

In THE BIG SHORT, the 2007 housing crisis and subsequent financial meltdown are played for laughs. The action revolves around a small group of savvy insiders who spy impending doom due to the scheming practices utilized in the name of pure greed. Practically every character is an archetype meant to explain to the layman how the mess went down, immersing us in the grim reality of Wall Street and the real governors of the country at large. Hugely entertaining, star studded, and even educational, A.O. Scott of The New York Times says, “The Big Short will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood.” Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt.

 

SCREENING: SAT 3/5 9:00; SUN 3/6 5:00; TUE 3/8 6:30; WED 3/9 4:00; WED 3/9 9:00; THU 3/10 6:30

 

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/the-big-short/

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9) Saturday March 5th thru Thursday March 10th

Film Screening: Son of Saul

Various Times at the Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

 

 

This message came from Chris:

 

March 5 – 10

 

SON OF SAUL

 

Academy Award Nominee: Foreign Language Film

 

Dir: László Nemes / 2015 / Hungary, US, France, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian, Polish w/ English subtitles / 107 min / DCP

Auschwitz, 1944. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoria, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. Claude Lanzmann, director of the documentary Shoah, gave the film high praises, stating that “it’s a very new film, very original, very unusual. It’s a film that gives a very real sense of what it was like to be in the Sonderkommando. It’s not at all melodramatic. It’s done with a very great modesty.”

 

SCREENING: SAT 3/5 6:30; SUN 3/6 7:30; TUE 3/8 9:00; WED 3/9 6:30; THU 3/10 4:00; THU 3/10 9:00

 

http://olympiafilmsociety.org/son-of-saul/

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10) Sunday March 6th

Media Island Monthly Benefit Brunch: The National Organization for Women [NOW]

11 am to 2 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

 

Every month Media Island teams up with another social justice organization and hosts a benefit brunch so that we can learn about each other’s work and raise some cash. This month’s brunch will benefit the National Organization for Women [NOW].

 

This message came from Chris:

 

Join us for Media Island’s 1st Sunday Brunch with the National Organization for Women, Olympia chapter. March is the time to hohor women Internationally, locally, and everywhere. We will learn about NOW’s history, accomplishments, and concerns. We will also get a legislative update. Sliding scale. Brunch included.

 

www.mediaisland.org

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11) Wednesday March 9th

Public Hearing: What will Be the Fate of Capitol Lake?

4:30 pm @ the Department of Enterprise Services, 1500 Jefferson St SE

 

This message came from Media Island:

 

What will be the fate of Capital Lake? The public is invited to an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 9 at the state Department of Enterprise Services, 1500 Jefferson St. SE.

 

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article62804847.html…

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12) Wednesday March 9th

Puerto Rico: The Political Economy of US Colonialism, Debt, and Crisis

7 to 9 pm @ Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E

 

This message came from Matt:

 

Economics for Everyone presents:

 

“Puerto Rico: The Political Economy of U.S. Colonialism, Debt and Crisis”

 

When: Wednesday March 9th, 2016, 7-9pm

 

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

 

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765422073687128/

 

Puerto Rico, a U.S. Colony since 1898, is currently facing a severe economic downturn driven by overwhelming government debt, a stagnant economy and colonial policies. Unemployment has risen and thousands have left the island for the U.S. in search of jobs.

 

What are the causes of the crisis and the resulting human costs?

 

Presenters:

Eunice Santiago is a mental health counselor who works primarily with the Latin@ communities in Thurston County. She will share her personal perspective on what it means to Puerto Rican raised on the island and now living in the United States, and on the crisis as experienced by family members.

 

Tom Womeldorff is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College in economics and political economy. He will share his perspectives on the current crisis and how the colonial status of the island severely constrains its ability to resolve its debt crisis and boost employment.

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13) Thursday March 10th

EGYHOP Documentary + Panel Discussion: Solidarity, Not Charity

7:30 pm @ Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE

 

This message came from Oly FOR:

 

Thurs March 10:  Solidarity Not Charity:  An EGYHOP Documentary + Panel Discussion A documentary (short) screening and panel discussion about EGYHOP and their unapologetic punk rock approach to harm reduction, street therapy, and the unification of Olympia’s marginalized.  7:30 pm at Olympia Timberland Library, 8th Ave between Franklin and Adams.  Info:  www.trl.org

 

And this message came from Allison:

 

Date: Thurs, March 10

 

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

 

Location: Olympia Timberland Library — 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia.

 

The library will be screening a documentary short and holding a panel discussion about EGYHOP and their unapologetic punk rock approach to harm reduction, street therapy, and the unification of Olympia’s marginalized through direct action. EGYHOP members and filmmakers, Ian Wishart and Kevin Francis Burnett, will be on hand to answer questions about the organization, the making of the film, and the underlying social issues.

 

EGYHOP is a grassroots, all volunteer-run organization that provides emergency supplies, services, and resources to the homeless and low-income populations living on the streets of Olympia, Washington.

 

The film was shot on location in Olympia over five weeks in November and December. Burnett drew on his own experiences living on Olympia’s streets to establish credibility and ask relevant questions. Wishart and Burnett are both students at The Evergreen State College in the Media Arts Studio program. Evergreen’s media loan department provided the film equipment and access to its editing facility.

 

All Timberland Regional Library events are free and open to the public. This event occurs after hours and no other library services will be available. The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For information, contact the library at 360-352-0595.

 

Allison Mackey

Adult Services Librarian

Olympia Timberland Library

 

313 8th Ave SE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 352-0595

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14) Bonus Tip of the Day:

 

Don’t make your prisons invisible.

 

Peace.

 

Dana

 

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