TB 210428 — Green is the New Green

The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

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1) FYI Section:

  1A) Fundraiser for POWER

  1B) Join Stonewall Youth’s Staff Collective

  1C) Election Analysis from POWER

  1D) When Will You Get the Child Tax Credit?

  1E) Nuclear Weapons Nowadays: What You Can Know and Do

  1F) Activist Organizing Workshops

  1G) OCEP Conserves Upland Site of Former Hardel Mutual Plywood

2) Forum: Working with Local Government

3) Plant Sale to Benefit the Thurston-Santo Tomás (Nicaragua) Sister Community Association

4) Online Nonviolence Training

5) Fundraiser to Support Efforts to Release immigrants from the Northwest Detention Center

6) 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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Green is the New Green

210428

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What Went Around Came Around!

Hey, People!

They say that crime doesn’t pay.

Actually crime not only does pay, but it pays better than anything else you can do — however, that is beside the point I want to make here…

They also say that no good deed ever goes unpunished.

That axiom does indeed seem to be more or less true…

However accurate or not these sayings may be, though, it would seem that both of them do occasionally apply to car thieves!

Shamari J. Reid and a friend were out cruising in a brand new Toyota RAV4 that they had just stolen when they spotted another young man named Tykel Wilson struggling with a flat tire on a Mitsubishi Lancer.  Mr. Reid decided to do his civic duty and pull over to assist Mr. Wilson — whereupon Mr. Wilson promptly attempted to steal the stolen RAV4 from Mr. Reid leaving behind the Lancer — which was, of course, also stolen.

https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/car-thief-pulls-over-to-help-teenager-with-flat-tire-has-his-car-stolen-both-get-arrested/735270

Mr. Wilson promptly wrecked the RAV4 before he even got away from the scene, though, whereupon Mr. Reid pulled a gun and began threatening Mr. Wilson for daring to steal his stolen RAV4 — but then the police showed up before things could escalate further.

I’m thinking that those police ended up having a lot of fun unraveling that one.

Who steals a frigging Lancer, anyway?

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He Came Around but Didn’t Go Around

Anti-Marxist speaker Jordan Peterson recently stated that no Marxist would ever dare to debate him.

Students at Boise State University had invited Mr. Peterson to speak at a forum, and after Mr. Peterson’s boast the students decided to inquire whether the noted Marxist economist Richard Wolff might be interested in debating Mr. Peterson — which challenge, contrary to Mr. Peterson’s prediction, Mr. Wolff gladly accepted.

However, Mr. Peterson declined to debate Mr. Wolff.  He backed out of the engagement.

His action so annoyed the students at Boise State that they invited Mr. Wolff to speak at their forum anyway, which he subsequently did.

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Evil Genius?

Everyone portrays China as some kind of evil genius that is fixing to take over the world.

On the one hand, that may very well be true.

On the other hand, though — this is the country that banned Winnie the Pooh because Pooh was being compared to Chinese president Xi Jinping on a twitter trend.

This is the country that just banned the Oscars from Chinese media because they don’t like it that the winning director award went to a Chinese expatriate named Chloé Zhao that has been critical of the Chinese regime in the past.

I’m sorry, but the Chinese seem to be rather stupid for being such alleged geniuses…

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Big Brother Is Here Now

The Internet is just chock full of ‘experts’ who are willing to tell you all about Covid 19 and all about the vaccines.  My news feed features a teenage girl named Ahsante the Artist who claims to have “Questions Answered about Covid”.

This is in spite of the fact that NO ONE knows what they’re talking about when it comes to Covid and the vaccines, including the so-called ‘experts’.  And you don’t know what they actually know anyway because they constantly lie through their teeth.

I’ve been getting a LOT of new evidence from a lot of different sources who are trying to come out with various aspects of the Covid thing and the vaccine thing — and I say this evidence is ‘trying’ to come out because full-on censorship concerning any and all criticisms of any kind about any vaccine and/or about government information about what is going on is now in a full lock-down mode.

Any time they start censoring things then that profoundly piques my curiosity for that very reason.  What do they have to hide?

If you say any of what is turning out to be a very large number and a very wide variety of things that the Machine doesn’t like then Fedbook and Twithead and Goggle and Too Yube and all of the other heavy duty cyber-hitters are immediately deleting any and all such information from their platforms.

These new vaccines were rushed through the pipeline much faster than normal and they bypassed a whole bunch of normal safety protocols that were put in place for a reason and all of the current vaccines are technically still considered to be ‘experimental’, meaning they haven’t yet been through all the trials necessary to be officially approved.  I am myself hesitant to allow the government to experiment on me.  In addition, all of this is being brought to you by Big Pharma, with their lengthy track record of dirty deeds.

I am hearing a lot of rumours that the vaccines don’t prevent you from getting the virus, but merely reduce the symptoms, meaning that it is possible for a vaccinated person to still be a non-symptomatic spreader — and in fact since the symptoms are reduced, it makes it even more likely that a vaccinated person will become a non-symptomatic spreader.

There are isolated reports coming in about various bizarre side effects from the vaccines but it is really hard to actually check any of these stories out because such posts are being wiped almost as soon as they appear.

Here is a report from Global Research upon eight different peer reviewed studies they found that all shed doubt upon the efficacy of facemasks in preventing either infection or in preventing transmission of much of anything, much less Covid:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/do-face-masks-work-8-peer-reviewed-studies/5723124

In addition, here’s a more recent report from Global Research on a new Stanford study:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/face-masks-dont-protect-risk-serious-harm-health/5743279

Global Research begins their report on these studies with the following statement:  “Strange though as it may seem, we feel nervous writing this report.  Nervous that Google, Twitter, Facebook etc. might deem our site ‘less trustworthy’ or something similar.  Nervous because we could very well become victims of Internet censorship perpetrated by the Tech giants like Google et al for touching such a hot button issue with a hint of skepticism.  We feel nervous because we fear imminent attacks by the so-called ‘fact checkers’.  Attacks on our good name because we refuse to tow the establishment line on this subject of acute public interest.

Indeed, we live in a strange time when open discussions on extremely important public health issues became taboo.  Authoritarian censorship became our New Normal.  While authorities around the world mandate face masks, we remain prohibited from discussing its pros and cons.

Therefore, in this article we refrain from interjecting any of our own ‘non-expert’ opinions into this debate.  We avoid opposing the so-called experts on mainstream media with any of our own viewpoints.

Instead, we simply present 8 peer reviewed academic studies on surgical & cloth masks published on PubMed.gov; and let you the reader draw your own conclusions.”

I wanted see what kind of search results I came up with when I searched for ‘Global Research News’, and sure enough the top search result was an article that totally trashes GRN as a propaganda outlet.

My friend SF keeps sending me information as well.  According to her, “Nursing women are reporting a drop in milk supply after receiving the vaccine.  This would make sense if their body is under duress but once milk supply dries up, it can be difficult to get it going again.  A new generation of formula babies?

“(A quick clarification on the herpes outbreaks mention in the video: they’re talking about shingles actually, which can be triggered by extreme duress in ANYONE who previously had Chicken Pox.  That recently circulating news bite erroneously implies that the vaccine is actually giving people herpes.  Not from what I can tell, nope; it’s just sending the cortisol in people’s bodies high enough to catapult them into shingles outbreaks.)

While reports are preliminary, this video is definitely worth 9 minutes of your life”:

https://odysee.com/@reallygraceful:3/milksupplydropsaftercovidvax:3

Since we’re on the topic of breasts, I need to bring to your attention an incredibly important new documentary unassumingly entitled ‘Boobs’.  (Trailer: https://boobsdoc.com

I don’t care if you’re a dude, if there is even ONE woman in your life whom you value, you will watch this movie.

It details one facet of the endemic corruption in the same medical system which has given rise to this scamdemic.

Have you ever wondered why women in affluent Marin County of California have a higher rate of breast cancer than almost anywhere else in the world?  I did.  This movie answered that question to my satisfaction.”

I don’t know if any of this is true — and that is the point.  They bemoan the public’s lack of trust in official information even as they utterly refuse to acknowledge that they have fully earned that lack of trust with their constant never-ending lies.  Ever since information has become digitized and weaponized, it’s getting really hard to figure out what is really going on in a dynamic situation such as this when there are so many balls in the air at once and where things are changing so fast and when there is so much at stake and where there are so many wheels within wheels constantly churning all over everything.

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Green is the New Green

All of this is also intimately intertwined with world politics and finance, of course…

The World Economic Forum calls itself “the international organization for public-private cooperation.”

Such is the vision articulated by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF, which held its 2021 summit on the theme of the ‘Great Reset’.

As Global Research points out, their use of the definite article ‘the’ in that statement is quite significant…

Even though the World Economic Forum claims by way of disclaimer to be “independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests”, the fact is that the WEF organization has become the central mouthpiece for global financial and corporate elites in the world today.

The Council on Foreign Relations determines policy — the WEF relays that policy — and in that role the WEF is like a spider sitting in the middle of a tightly-knit web of privately funded mega ‘non-profits’, ‘think tanks’ and assorted lobbying organizations through which the 0.1% seek to shape policies and events to their advantage — an activity at which they have proven quite effective.

However, do not mistake the WEF for just any industry-lobbying group as Davos transformed the WEF into a sort of de facto world government that, in elite circles anyway, eclipses even the UN in its influence.

In this context, Schwab’s book outlining his vision of this ‘Great Reset’ has been touted as “the first policy book on the Covid crisis globally.”

But Schwab’s book is not just about Covid.  According to reports, Schwab comprehensively deals with just about every aspect of governance and the economy — and it basically attempts to sell the same snake oil that Schwab and his ilk have been pushing for decades.  (Their formula is untold riches for them and austerity for everyone else.)

Of special interest among these is a 600-page report released as part of the WEF’s ‘Global Redesign Initiative,’ organized along with the United Nations in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and described as “the most comprehensive proposal for re-designing global governance since the formulation of the UN.”

All of the WEF’s proposals have more or less the same official line:  A radical transformation of global systems in line with new technological, political and environmental realities.

Ironically, I agree 100% with the WEF on those points — I just agree 100% in the opposite direction…

These people fail to mention the fact that they are themselves responsible for most of those technological, political and environmental realities.  The transformations humanity has endured lately were conceived of and promoted by the same elitist technocrats who brought us all of these technological, political and environmental realities in the first place — such as Schwab himself — and all of this is being fully backed by all of the usual suspects amongst the usual global financial powers whose interests, of course, the rest of us exist merely to serve.

What they mean when they refer to a ‘public-private partnership’ is a ‘partnership’ that completely ignores democratic norms and bypasses all legislative or parliamentary or any other type of public input or control.

What they mean when they refer to a ‘public-private partnership’ is that all such decisions are to be executed by the ‘private’ part of that partnership and that those decisions will come from the top-down.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/great-reset-follow-money/5740424

What they mean when they refer to a ‘public-private partnership’ is an authoritarian plutocracy where any and all ability to resist their top-down agendas is completely eliminated.

It’s time to get to work…

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The Olympia Action Alert

Week of April 28th thru May 4th, 2021

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1) FYI Section:

1A) Fundraiser for POWER

I got this message from POWER:

Hello POWER members!

The Peace Development Fund works to build the capacity of community-based organizations through grants, training and other resources as partners in human rights and social justice movements!  They have been supporting us in funding and capacity building for the last year and will continue for another year!  They always do some fundraising prior to giving us the grant to see if they can increase how much they give us.  They have created this fundraiser for us:

https://www.mightycause.com/story/Supportpower

Take a look.  Give a little or a lot if you can.  If you can’t, we totally understand, but forward it to people you know who might be to, with a little testimonial about why you think they should support our upcoming work this year.  

As a little teaser, our plans for 2021 include launching an online market website for Alchemilla Feminist Economic Collaborative members to sell their wares.  We plan to expand our outreach and are looking forward to the time when we can have in person meetings again.  We are mentoring and serving as the fiscal sponsor for two amazing nonprofits!  And of course, we continue to let people know their legal rights to public assistance, educate our communities about the realities of poverty and work to alleviate poverty. 

In other amazing news, how about that Child Tax Credit?!!  Thank you, President Biden.  We have included the details in #5 below, after the good news about the state legislative session.  Child Tax Credit Payments are scheduled to start in July, so get your tax info in order.  If you share custody, now is the time to decide who the credits will go to and update your tax info if needed.  Let us know if you have any questions about this and we’ll do our best to find out for you!

POWER

Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights

309 5th Avenue SE, Olympia WA 98506

http://m.mamapower.org/

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1B) Join Stonewall Youth’s Staff Collective

I got this message from POWER:

Join Stonewall Youth’s staff collective!

Stonewall Youth is a youth-led LGBTQ+ youth drop-in and advocacy center that is operated by a non-hierarchical staff collective of four youth and three adults. We all work part-time.

We’re hiring for two staff collective positions right now: Collective Wellbeing Director and Organizational Development Director. Both jobs provide lots of on-the-job training and collaborative learning. Really, you don’t need to know how to do everything when you start! 

Both jobs pay $21/hour for 20-25 hours/week. Paid time off and a personalized benefit stipend are included.

Super Important Things:

· All applicants need to provide a resume and a cover letter that includes info requested in the job notices on our website https://www.stonewallyouth.org/jobs  (links to the job notices are at the end of that page). 

· Applicants must be age 21 or under at time of application.

· We encourage QTBIPOC and folks with varying educational backgrounds to apply.

· Stonewall Youth is a “by and for” organization. We are an LGBTQ+ youth organization run by and for LGBTQ+ youth. Please consider this when applying.

· Applications due by April 26th, 2021 at 11:59 pm

· You may apply to both positions. Please follow the individual prompts and submit applications separately as outlined.

· Contact info@stonewallyouth.org with any questions related to hiring. Email is the best way to reach us. Please don’t leave messages on our main phone line.

If you are a current/former Stonewall Youth participant we would love for you to apply! Here are some things to consider when you apply. Working at Stonewall Youth is a very different experience from attending Stonewall Youth as a participant. You will be expected to make sure that Stonewall Youth group agreements are being upheld during all SY events and programs. This includes redirecting/de-escalating participants, interrupting inappropriate behaviors, and creating accountability processes.   

If you are a current/former participant, you should also be aware that your relationships with other Stonewall Youth participants both in and outside the space will change. We expect that staff are attentive, friendly, and supportive of participants but we have a strict policy that staff members are not to be friends or have outside relationships with participants. We understand this process can be difficult to navigate! If you have any questions before or during your application process please do not hesitate to reach out to info@stonewallyouth.org.

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1C) Election Analysis from POWER

I got this message from POWER:

Last night, legislators wrapped up one of the most productive and progressive sessions in state history. From tax reform and climate to voting access and police accountability, activists, advocacy groups, and legislators came together like never before to put Washington on the path to a more equitable recovery.  

Progressive leaders stepped up and delivered desperately-needed action for our communities, and that’s all thanks to you. Not only did you make your voice heard this legislative session, but your tireless efforts making phone calls, knocking on doors, and donating to candidates over the last decade helped elect legislators who were willing to pass these bold reforms. 

We couldn’t be more grateful for your support in making this possible. Here are just a few of the biggest wins from the 2021 legislative session: 

Balancing Our Tax Code and Investing in Washington 

Inspired by the pandemic that has laid bare the public health, racial justice, economic, and environmental crises we’ve been reckoning with for years, legislators began to re-balance Washington’s upside-down tax code this year by passing a tax on extraordinary profits from the sale of capital gains. Finally, the wealthiest 0.03% will begin to pay their share to support public education. Fuse members sent thousands of emails and made hundreds of phone calls to swing senators in support of this historic legislation.While many champions made this possible, we want to recognizeRep. Noel Frame and Sen. June Robinson in particular for their tireless efforts to push this over the finish line! This is a huge step towards re-imagining our upside-down tax code and building a more equitable future for Washington. 

Getting Cash Assistance to Those Who Need It Most 

After more than a decade of work by advocates, activists, and progressive champions in the legislature, the Working Families Tax Credit finally became a reality! By putting cash back in the pockets of the families who have been struggling since before the pandemic began, we will improve the lives of countless Washingtonians. 

Fuse members have been testifying, signing up to show support, and sending thousands of messages to legislators encouraging fully funding the WFTC for over a decade, and this year was no exception! Your involvement was critical in showing legislators how overwhelmingly people all around the state wanted to see our struggling families receive the financial assistance they need. A special thank you to sponsorsRep. My-Linh Thai and Sen. Joe Nguyen who were instrumental in finally securing this crucial cash assistance. 

Taking Bold Action To Fight Climate Change 

Big oil is finally going to have to clean up their act in Washington! Many legislators, especially environmental championRep. Joe Fitzgibbon, worked tirelessly throughout this session and in years past to get this legislation across the finish line. From now on, oil companies will have to invest in clean, low carbon energy choices like local, sustainable biofuels. 

Our organizers conducted outreach in key legislative districts targeting swing votes and led phone banks for volunteers who made hundreds of calls to share the importance of the CFS! In addition, we hosted Zoom town hall meetings so constituents could speak directly to their legislators about the importance of passing clean fuels and other priority issues. 

Beyond clean fuels, the legislature also passed the Climate Commitment Act, which creates the most comprehensive carbon pricing system in the country. These two bills represent historic progress on climate and clean air for all Washingtonians. 

Police Accountability 

We supported three bills backed by the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability that would begin to address the root causes of police violence. We’re thrilled that two of these bills will become law, along with several other community-supported bills. The first, HB 1054, bans the use of hyper-aggressive policing tactics and tools that escalate the risk of violence to members of the community. The other, HB 1310, creates a new statewide standard for the use of force and de-escalation. 

Both of these bills were sponsored by Rep. Jesse Johnson, who has quickly become a leader on police accountability in the legislature. We appreciate everything Johnson has done to advocate for these issues inside the Legislature and across the state. 

The third priority bill would have ended qualified immunity, a law that largely prohibits victims and families from suing officers. This legislation unfortunately failed to pass this year but we are committed to working with partners next year to bring it back and pass it. 

Among the other important police accountability bills is SB 5051, which will make it easier to decertify bad cops, and HB 1267, which will establish an Office of Independent Investigations to look into incidents involving the use of force by law enforcement. 

These reforms are critical first steps towards creating communities that not only hold officers accountable but keep all our neighbors safe and protect our Black, brown, and Indigenous community from police violence. 

Voting Rights Restoration 

Thanks to the tireless work of advocates and legislators including Rep. Tarra Simmons, 20,000 formerly incarcerated Washingtonians will soon have their voting rights restored! 

People who have been impacted by our legal system pay taxes, work, and contribute to society in countless ways and now, they will be able to cast their ballot alongside their neighbors. The Washington Voting Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Restoration Coalition have been working for years organizing supporters from around the state to testify and reaching out to legislators about the importance of this legislation. We are so grateful to everyone for their support of this amazing step towards voting justice for all!  

Even More Wins 

The legislation above would be enough to qualify as a historically productive legislative session, but lawmakers weren’t done yet. Here are a few other quick highlights:

· Lawmakers invested hundreds of millions of dollars into child care to increase wages for underpaid childcare providers while improving access and affordability for parents.

· Landlords must now have “just cause” before evicting a tenant, and low-income tenants now have a right to counsel during legal proceedings. 

· The legislature also passed a bill to allow agricultural and domestic workers to earn overtime.

· Thanks to the hard work of advocates across the state, legislators included $340 million in one-time federal grants for undocumented immigrants who wouldn’t otherwise qualify for unemployment or other benefits. 

· The new state budget adds $175 million for building and maintaining affordable housing. 

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1D) When Will You Get the Child Tax Credit?

I got this message from POWER:

When will you get the Child Tax Credit for $3,600? 

While third payments for up to $1,400 per eligible person are the most immediate way the government is sending direct relief, for many families the most money from the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill will actually come from changes to the 2021 Child Tax Credit.  With the new CTC expansion, parents can claim up to $3,600 for each child dependent — see more below for the exact amounts and qualifications. 

When will your Child Tax Credit payments arrive?

While the American Rescue Plan stipulates that the CTC payments will begin arriving in July, a specific date has yet to be released. The IRS will make additional information about the expanded Child Tax Credit available “as soon as possible,” the agency said in a statement March 12

Do you have to do anything to get the Child Tax Credit payments?

The IRS urged taxpayers not to file an amended return related to the new legislation and not to take any other “unnecessary steps,” it said March 12. 

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said that payments will be automatic for those who file their 2020 tax returns by May 17, the new tax deadline.

However, nonfilers will need to file a tax return to get the credit, even if they don’t usually submit tax returns. 

The idea is for the Child Tax Credit to be paid out “periodically,” according to the text of the stimulus bill, from July through December. However, the IRS is still working to determine how often it will be able to get the checks out — and if that could even hit a monthly distribution. 

When asked if the agency would be able to start making payments in July, Rettig said that “that time frame might change in some manner” but that the agency is committed to hitting the goal. “I think it might be a challenge to get into the monthly right out of the box,” he said.

The amount you’d receive would be half of what you’re owed for the year, under the new stimulus bill, and you’ll receive the other half of the payment with your 2021 tax refund.

If paid out monthly, the payments would break down to up to $300 per month for each qualifying child age 5 and under, and up to $250 per month for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. Note that this amount phases out for those with higher incomes — for single people earning more than $75,000 per year, heads of household earning more than $112,500 per year and married couples earning more than $150,000 a year.

2021 CHILD TAX CREDIT AMOUNT

AgeAmount you could get per child
Age 5 and underUp to $3,600, or $300 a month if monthly payouts occur
Ages 6-17Up to $3,000, or $250 a month if monthly payouts occur

 

Which payment method will the IRS use to send the Child Tax Credit money?

When the payments do start arriving, the Treasury and IRS could very well send out the payments the same way they do the stimulus checks, says Joanna Powell, managing director and CFP at CBIZ. 

It hasn’t been confirmed by the IRS yet, but if the agency does use the same method as stimulus checks, here’s how it would work: If you have direct deposit on file with the IRS, that’s how you’ll get your payment. If not, you’ll receive your money as a paper check.

The IRS said it will create an online portal for the advanced credit, Powell said. The goal is to have the portal launched by July 1, Rettig said during the subcommittee meeting, but the IRS won’t have the resources to build this until after tax filing season ends.

Once the CTC portal is available, recipients can log in to update their information if their circumstances have changed. For example, if you have a child in 2021, the IRS wouldn’t have that information on file yet, so updating those details could help you get a higher payment.

Would you have to return money to the IRS if you’re accidentally overpaid?

The CTC isn’t as flexible as the stimulus check rules. If you receive more money than you should have, you will have to pay it back. Powell explained that when you file your 2021 tax return (in 2022), if your tax situation isn’t what the IRS has in its system, and you weren’t entitled to as much as you received, you’ll have to give the overpayment back. 

To avoid this tax inconvenience, make sure all of your information is updated before the payments start arriving. Powell estimates the portal will be open ahead of time so you can make any necessary adjustments.

Could I get all my CTC money as a lump sum instead of as separate checks?

Absolutely, but not this year. If you thought you could cash in on all the CTC money in July, that’s not the case. Instead, you can opt out of getting the periodic advance payments and receive a lump sum in spring 2022 as a credit when you file your taxes. You’ll be able to use the online portal to opt out. Again, you wouldn’t receive any money until 2022.

What happens after the payments end in December?

The final payment of the Child Tax Credit is scheduled to end by Dec. 31, 2021. President Joe Biden, however, wants to make the higher payments permanent, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday: “We’re having those discussions with Congress.”

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1E) Nuclear Weapons Nowadays: What You Can Know and Do

I got this message from Glen:

“NUCLEAR WEAPONS NOWADAYS:

What You Can Know and Do”

This FREE 4-session course is informative and fascinating!

We’re offering the course in MAY 2021 and again in JULY 2021.

Sign up now to take the course on your choice of Tuesdays or Saturdays.

We use Zoom video, so people everywhere take our course.

The bipartisan Cold War ended three decades ago, but nuclear weapons remain a threat to the world, regardless of which party runs the Congress or the Executive Branch.  Many recent and current actions by the U.S. government have sharply increased the danger of nuclear war in the “new cold war,” so now the “Doomsday Clock” is the closest to midnight it has ever been, since it was devised in 1953.  Also, the U.S. is spending more on nuclear weapons than ever before – even more than at the peak of the Cold War!

However, most Americans do not want to think about nuclear weapons.  This course provides necessary information for people who are new to the issue – and people whose knowledge is out-of-date.  Much has changed recently, and dangers are increasing in several ways, but politicians and mainstream news media are failing to inform the public about what people need to know.  

This 4-session course presents the serious information in a supportive environment and also lifts up some positive ways people can solve the problems.  We go far beyond “doom and gloom” to actually empower people to support the solutions.

Four well informed people designed this course and trade off during the sessions so you’ll enjoy a mix of voices and areas of expertise.  We designed this course of four two-hour sessions to help people regardless of how much they have known about nuclear weapons.

Topics include:

  • The evolution of science that led to nuclear weapons
  • How nuclear weapons – and the policies for using them – have changed over the years
  • New dangers since the 2016 election – and continuing after the 2020 election
  • Impacts of nuclear weapons testing on innocent people
  • Decades of grassroots organizing to stop the arms race and abolish nuclear weapons
  • International efforts to prevent nuclear war, including the very exciting Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • Our own feelings and values related to nuclear weapons
  • Efforts in Congress to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war
  • The power of nonviolent resistance

Nuclear weapons are frightening, but ordinary people can learn what they need to know and can take smart actions to reduce the dangers.  Instead of feeling overwhelmed by hard, scary realities, this course helps people learn and also empower themselves to support the positive efforts that are happening at the global, national and local levels.

The course is presented by four well-informed persons from the Olympia WA area:

  • Glen Anderson is chair of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (OCANW)
  • Mark Fleming is the secretary of the Rachel Corrie Chapter #109 of the Veterans for Peace in  Olympia
  • James Manista is a peace activist who recently faced federal charges for resisting the Trident nuclear submarine
  • Joanne Dufour has extensive experience with nuclear weapons, international humanitarian law, and other issues

We are volunteers who offer this course for FREE.

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1F) Activist Organizing Workshops

I got this message from Glen:

How to Make More Progress on Issues YOU Care About

The series of 6 FREE workshops listed in the box below can improve your skills and effectiveness for organizing at the grassroots for any kind of issue YOU care about! These strategies and skills can strengthen your work for peace, climate, environment, economics, social justice, criminal justice system, and other issues.

I have conducted these many times. Participants have found them enjoyable, informative, and practical. Each 2-hour session includes time for discussion – and I’ll e-mail you many practical handouts.
These workshops are powerful and practical for novices and experienced organizers alike:

People without much experience in grassroots organing • Experienced organizers will deepen their insights and will raise their consciousness and gain knowledge, skills – and discover new practical tools and resources. skills, inspiration, practical tools and resources.

Six engaging sessions offer powerful insights, practical methods, and useful handouts:

#1 “The Power and Practicality of Nonviolence – What is Nonviolence?”
#2 “How to Strategize and Organize Effective Grassroots Movements”
#3 “Organizing 101: Basic Nuts & Bolts of Grassroots Organizing”
#4 “Using Three Models to Devise Strategies to Make Progress on an Issue You Care About” #5 “Empowering the Progressive Movement”

#6 “How to Get Your Message Out to the General Public”

We’ll use Zoom computer video. You may choose:

  • EITHER six SUNDAY AFTERNOONS (1:30-3:30 from May 16 through June 20)
  • OR six MONDAY EVENINGS (6:30-8:30 pm from May 17 through June 21).
If you have scheduling conflicts on any days, you may flex to the other day that week for that week’s workshop. 
SIGN UP NOW and I’ll e-mail you the Zoom link and the handouts for workshop session #1. 


Questions? Contact Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glenanderson@integra.net

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1G) OCEP Conserves Upland Site of Former Hardel Mutual Plywood

I got this message from Oly Ecosystems:

With new acquisition OCEP Creates Another Opportunity to Improve Water Quality in Budd Inlet

OCEP Conserves Upland Site of Former Hardel Mutual Plywood

OCEP is proud to announce the conservation of another 1.75 acres in West Olympia. Located at 1515 West Bay Drive, this site once hosted the offices of the Hardel Mutual Plywood Corporation and a Puget Sound Energy substation. It  has 420′ of frontage on West Bay Drive and represents a unique opportunity to conserve dwindling shoreline forest and to improve water quality through green infrastructure.

This acquisition was made possible by a $212K donation from an anonymous couple in the community and a matching donation from the Angela J. Bowen Conservancy Foundation.

Green Infrastructure

Plants, especially woody plants, are very good at removing nutrients (nitrates and phosphates) and contaminates (such as metals, pesticides, solvents, oils and hydrocarbons) from soil and water. This ability of plants and associated fungal networks to detoxify urban runoff underpins the concept of green infrastructure, defined an interconnected web of natural elements and spaces that provide services such as stormwater reduction, carbon storage, energy savings, public health benefits, and air quality improvements.

Stormwater toxicity and diminished shoreline habitat have been identified in the Puget Sound Partnership’s 2018-2022 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan as two primary sources of harm to the marine ecosystem.

Budd Inlet is the fourth most compromised waterway in all of Puget Sound in terms of low dissolved oxygen. Since all aquatic life depends on dissolved oxygen, it is no surprise that Budd Inlet’s native Coho salmon run has become functionally extinct. Low dissolved oxygen not only directly affects salmon and salmonid health, but also indirectly impacts these populations by reducing the availability of forage fish, on which the salmon and other species depend. In fact, Budd Inlet’s forage fish populations have plummeted and shorebird populations that depend on them (e.g., Scouters) have declined, in some cases, by more than 90% over the last 20 years.

The causes of low-dissolved oxygen in Budd Inlet include an interrupted Deschutes River, which leads to loss of estuary function, and irresponsible or outdated development and infrastructure, which generates prolific untreated stormwater that can destroy nearshore ecology.

Existing stormwater infrastructure in Olympia is currently inadequate, especially in the older neighborhoods that are located on or near the shoreline. This, along with increased stormwater pollution, has led to decreasing marine water quality for Budd Inlet over the last 20 years. Untreated or inadequately treated stormwater from urban environments increases levels of harmful pollutants, including nutrients, metals, hydrocarbons, bacteria and other toxins. These pollutants have a significant impact on marine organisms ranging from reduced productivity to mortality. Coho salmon are particularly sensitive to untreated stormwater. In fact, untreated stormwater can kill an adult Coho in under an hour.

Our new acquisition represents a unique opportunity to address untreated stormwater by providing the space and geography to treat the water coming from an adjacent stormwater pipe that drains the upland neighborhood. OCEP has previously partnered with the Olympia Public Works Department to address stormwater in West Bay and we expect to continue that partnership with tangible action at this site. In fact, this site is one of three major stormwater projects that OCEP is taking on along West Bay Drive from Brawne Ave NW to Smyth Landing.

The Importance of Shoreline Forests

The Alliance for a Healthy South Sound found that Budd Inlet had the smallest increase in forested land (0.2%) over the past 20 years out of all regional assessment units. In areas where forests are re-establishing, the understory is dominated by English ivy and Himalayan blackberry, limiting the ecological and cultural value of the emergent ecosystem.

OCEP has been addressing this situation practically and tangibly for over five years, and has now conserved over 22 acres of recovering shoreline forest in the West Bay Woods (shaded green in the above map).

Removing invasive species and restoring habitat and ecological function to this shoreline forest will provide resources for wildlife, recreation opportunities for people, and a visible link between shoreline habitat and nearshore water quality. Moreover, this project seeks to improve the connection between upland and marine habitats.

This site (directly across the street from the proposed West Bay Yards Development) has experienced significant disturbance over the past century and is currently dominated by invasive weeds. OCEP proposes to remediate, restore and reforest this area and to construct meaningful and artistic green infrastructure that the community can access and enjoy. This will significantly improve stormwater treatment of upland flows by increasing infiltration, storage capacity, and by reducing flow through the contaminated former Hardel shoreline parcels located across the street.

We are excited to continue this work with and for the community. We look forward to seeing you out in the Woods!

OlyEcosystems is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to protect, preserve and restore the diverse ecosystems of Olympia Washington that include freshwater, shoreline, tidal waters, and upland forests that are home to the Pacific Great Blue Heron, cutthroat trout, salmon, and companion species.  Completely volunteer run, 100% of donations support the work to steward this mission.

To learn more, visit http://www.olyecosystems.org or follow https://www.facebook.com/OlyEcosystems

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2) Forum: Working with Local Government

Wednesday April 28th

6:30 pm Online

I got this message through POWER:

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County will host a “Working with Local Government” forum on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.  At the on-line forum, local elected representatives will help us decode the confusing world of local decision-making. Officials from Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County will reveal how better public involvement results in better decisions, and how you can help create the community you want.  The virtual forum will be held as a town hall panel discussion with audience questions and answers. 

Register for this unique opportunity at https://www.lwvthurston.org/working_with_local_government 

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3) Plant Sale to Benefit the Thurston-Santo Tomás (Nicaragua) Sister Community Association

Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd

All Day Online

 

I got this message through Oly FOR:

Thursday April 29 launches the Saturday-Sunday May 1-2 Plant Sale to benefit the Thurston-Santo Tomás (Nicaragua) Sister Community Association:  This annual event will be held online instead of in front of Jean Eberhardt’s home on Olympia’s West Side.  Now you can buy perennials and some annuals to raise money for partial university scholarships for 16 youth in our sister town of Santo Tomás, Chontales, Nicaragua.  Masked volunteers have been digging, dividing and potting up the great selection of plants that local folks have been enjoying buying.  This year’s plan is different.  If you can volunteer, please phone 360-943-8642 (no texts) or write tstsca@gmail.com for how you might help (donating plants or volunteering in various ways.)  At 5:00 pm Thursday April 29 the online site for our Sat-Sun May 1-2 sale will be available:  https://thurston-santo-tomas-sister-county-organization.square.site/   On 4/29/21, be sure to check out the sale, whether you’re looking for spectacular red bee balm, a wide variety of fancy iris, native plants, everbearing raspberry canes, tomato plants, Peruvian lilies, asters, ground covers, vegetable starts, culinary herbs, strawberry plants, rhubarb plants, or a myriad of other great growing garden filling plants!  A $30 minimum purchase is required.  We will complete orders in the sequence received, select our best plants for you and box them up free curbside pickup at specific times.  You’ll also have the option of free delivery if (1) you purchase at least $50 in plants (or less with rounding up to $50 or more), and (2) you live within 5 miles of the Westside.  Order early to get the plants you want.  For more information about TSTSCA, visit https://oly-wa.us/tstsca/

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4) Online Nonviolence Training

Saturday May 1st

8 to 11 am on Your Computer

I got this message through Oly FOR:

Saturday May 1 and additional days:  Nonviolence training online from an excellent organization:  Join with Pax Christi USA members and friends from across the nation in our first virtual nonviolence training with trainers from the Meta Peace Team!  Pax Christi is a Catholic-based peace/nonviolence organization that includes many additional people.  They are partnering with the Meta Peace Team to offer “Active Nonviolence” trainings twice each year.  The first training is scheduled for Saturday May 1 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm (Eastern Time) or 8:00 to 11:00 am (Pacific Time).  It includes a 30-minute break for lunch). This virtual session will take place over Zoom and will focus on “Bystander Intervention Skills Training.”  Topics include:

  • What does it mean, how is it used, and how can good-hearted, well-intentioned individuals radically disagree yet still live in community together?
  • What is the difference between passivity and active nonviolence?
  • What is empowered peacemaking?
  • The emphasis in this training will be on “bystander intervention.”  Participants will discover how Jesus taught us to be creatively nonviolent, as well as specific skills, techniques, and tools that are useful both in conflict intervention situations and in daily life.

Read more about the training at this link: 

https://paxchristiusa.org/2021/04/14/register-for-a-virtual-nonviolence-training-specifically-designed-for-pax-christi-usa-members-on-may-1st/

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5) Fundraiser to Support Efforts to Release immigrants from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

Sunday May 2nd

6 pm Online

I got this message through Oly FOR:

Sunday May 2:  Fundraiser to support efforts to release immigrants from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma:  This event is organized by the Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) in order to benefit the Fair Fight Bond Fund.  It is supported also by the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT).  Created as a deportation defense tool, the Fair Fight Bond Fund is a revolving community bond fund that gives immigrants an estimated 70% increased chance of winning their case by bonding them out of detention.  The Fair Fight Bond Fund enables immigrants to pay bonds that range from $5,000-$35,000, so they can compile evidence to defend their cases and reunite with their families and community.  To date, the Fair Fight Bond Fund has bonded out 40 people from 17 countries.  This effort is more important than ever given the unsafe conditions for those who remain in detention during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Info about the fund:  https://fairfightbondfund.org/

The online event on Sunday May 2 starts at 6:00 pm Pacific Time.  The keynote speaker is Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.  The event also features Rabbi Seth Goldstein from Olympia and music.  (The NW Detention Center has been officially renamed the NW ICE Processing Center.)  Individual registration for this fundraiser starts at $36.  Register at www.bit.ly/ShareOurHarvest 

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6) Bonus Tip of the Day:

You can trust — but you should also verify.

Peace.

Dana

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LINKS:

To Donate:

https://www.patreon.com/TheThunderbolt

The Thunderbolt Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ThurstonActivists/?fref=ts

LocalMotive Online Events Calendar:

https://localmotive.org/events/

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