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COMING EVENTS
Starting Now
(Mostly in Olympia WA, with some in Tacoma, Seattle, and elsewhere)

Also see thorough calendars in Olympia FOR’s newsletters at www.olympiafor.org

EVERY WEEK:

Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 am:  “Democracy Now!” with Amy Goodman on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  (For a number of years the Olympia FOR has provided financial support for TCTV’s airing of “Democracy Now.”)

Every Mon through Fri from 9:00 to 10:00 am:  Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” on KAOS 89.3 FM

FOR  Every Monday at 1:30 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.org:  DECEMBER:  “Healing from Political Blame, Shame, and Trauma.”  JANUARY:  “Nonviolent Grassroots Remedies for Our Current Crisis.”  See descriptions and watch the programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm  as well as on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org 

Every Monday through Friday from 4 to 5 pm:  “Democracy Now!” with Amy Goodman on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  (For many years the Olympia FOR has provided financial support for TCTV’s airing of “Democracy Now.”)

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

Every Mon through Fri from 8:00 to 9:00 pm:  Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” on KAOS 89.3 FM

Every Monday at 5:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.com  and www.vfp109rcc.org

FOR  Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way) has persisted since March 5, 1980.  Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence.  We provide plenty of signs.  Info: glen@olympiafor.org   491-9093  www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm

FOR  Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.org:  DECEMBER:  “Healing from Political Blame, Shame, and Trauma.”  JANUARY:  “Nonviolent Grassroots Remedies for Our Current Crisis.”  See descriptions and watch the programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm  as well as on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org 

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

Every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm:  Kim Dobson’s “Parallel University” on KAOS 89.3 FM interviews knowledgeable, interesting experts on peace, social justice, the environment, progressive politics, and other alternative viewpoints.  Info: Kim Dobson. 951-4382, parralleluniversity@yahoo.comhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Parallel-University-Radio-Show/1487 50248532028)  See list of current and past topics and guests.  Listen locally at 89.3 FM or at www.kaosradio.org  

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

Every Thursday at 8:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.com  and www.vfp109rcc.org

FOR  Every Thursday at 9:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.org:  DECEMBER:  “Healing from Political Blame, Shame, and Trauma.”  JANUARY:  “Nonviolent Grassroots Remedies for Our Current Crisis.”  See descriptions and watch the programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm  as well as on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org 

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

FOR  Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm:  Peace Vigil at Percival Landing’s south end, 4th & Water, downtown.  Please join us for whatever length of time you can.  We provide plenty of signs.  The Artesian Rumble Arkestra street band joins us at 5:00 with lively music to support our vigil!  The Olympia FOR has sponsored this since November 1998.  Info: 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org   www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm and www.oly-wa.us/artesianrumble

Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:  “Women in Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W 4th Ave near the fountain. Women only. Please wear black. They provide signs. Since 1988 “Women in Black” has been a loose network of women worldwide opposed to war and violence.  Info: Rosemary Barnhart 866-7589 rosemary.b@comcast.net  

FOR  Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia.  Sponsor: Lewis County’s “Fire Mountain” FOR chapter. Info: June Butler (360) 748-9658 or Larry Kerschner (360) 880-4741 peacepoet@gmail.com

Every Saturday from 1:00 to 3:30 pm:  Vigil for immigrants’ rights at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma:  Join with other concerned people for the weekly vigil at the Northwest Detention Center (1623 East J St.) from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.  This privately owned, profit-making prison for immigrants provides poor care and is part of the systemic injustice in U.S. immigration policy.  Participants bring coffee, sandwiches, juice and special snacks and toys for children.  Info:  Nancy Farrell nfarrellwa@gmail.com 

Every Saturday at 2:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.com  and www.vfp109rcc.org

SPECIFIC DATES

COMING EVENTS --Late March - Mid April 2017


MARCH 2017


Now through Friday March 31: Break Free Events oppose fossil fuels:  Events will occur throughout the month here and across the nation.  Break Free is a climate movement initiative to shut down the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects and support the most ambitious climate solutions.  People around the world are uniting forces in hundreds of activities to challenge the status quo and put people before profits this month.  Info: https://www.breakfree2017.org/?utm_medium=email  

Now through Friday April 28: Procession of the Species --  Community Art Studio is open for you to use to create your procession costumes for Saturday April 29:  It’s at 406 Water Street SW, downtown Olympia.  Info:  www.procession.org or (360)705-1087

Now through Sunday May 21:  The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is featuring “Filled with Grace,” a special exhibit highlighting prewar history of the Japanese American community in the South Sound and local resistance to discrimination prior to World War II:  It is at 1911 Pacific Avenue S, Tacoma.  Info:  www.washingtonhistory.org and www.washingtonhistory.org/visit/wshm/exhibits/featured/filledwithgrace/ and Susan Rohrer (360-586-0166 susan.rohrer@wshs.wa.gov

FOR  Young people apply now before the April 1 deadline for an amazing training opportunity with a modest stipend:  The Western Washington FOR invites people aged 14 to 23 to apply for a training program in which they would get (1) $600 to design and conduct their own social change project; (2) get free training for 9 days (June 23 to July 4, 2017, including at the FOR’s annual Seabeck conference) in the theory and skills of organizing nonviolent projects, campaigns and movements, including 2 days for “Core Training in Kingian Nonviolence”; and (3) get further support and training for 1 year as they execute their own project.  We are accepting applications from youth anywhere in the country.  Watch this brief video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqZ13fnLKi4&feature=youtu.be  Please forward this opportunity to anyone who might be interested in applying.  Info:  www.wwfor.org/mike-yarrow-peace-fellowship or (206) 466-2924.

Sign up now for an online course – “War Abolition 101:  How We Create a Peaceful World” – that will run from Monday April 10 to June 5, 2017:  How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace?  How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace?  Here’s a chance to learn from World Beyond War’s savvy experts as part of a study group and to do this at your own schedule.  Info:  www.WorldBeyondWar.org  The course will be taught from April 10 to June 5, 2017.  Info and sign-up opportunity:  http://tinyurl.com/gtfxvlv

Sign up now to participate in the Sunday May 7 CROP WALK and/or to donate through someone else who is walking:  See the calendar listing for Sunday May 7 below.

Monday March 20:  First Day of Spring – Annual Bubble Blow from 12 noon to 1 pm downtown:  Come wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow, high tides or sea-level rise, or maybe even sun, let’s welcome spring to the South Sound!  The 25th annual First Day of Spring Community Bubble Blow will be at “The Kiss” statue on Percival Landing, 4th & Water SW.  Bring your own bubbles and bubble wands or use ours! Sponsored by People-Who-Know-We-Live-In-A-Great-Place.  Info:  Janine Gates ja9gates@aol.com

Monday March 20:  How Can Faith Inform a Love for Nature?  Earth Ministry sponsors this at 6:30-8:00 pm at Fairhaven Library Auditorium, 1117 12th St, Bellingham, WA 98225.  This is a year-long series, Faith & Nature, hosted by the Whatcom Land Trust.  During each episode representatives from various faith traditions such as Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Native American spirituality, Judaism, Atheism, and Unitarianism, share an evening of dialogue.  Our facilitator is Rev. Charis Weathers, of Echoes Bellingham. The format is more talk show than lecture, with an opportunity for audience Q&A at the end. Light refreshments will be available.  For more information:  getinvolved@lists.earthministry.org

Tuesday March 21:  Discuss issues with League of Women Voters while enjoying coffee downtown this morning:  The League of Women Voters of Thurston County invites members and other folks to buy coffee at Bayview Thriftway, 516 4th Ave W, Olympia, and go upstairs to discuss issues from 10:00 to 11:00 am.  Issues include local, state and federal issues such as education, voting, criminal justice, and social equality.  They have resources about issues, postcards, etc., so you might want to bring a pen and some return address stickers. This might become a weekly event while the Washington Legislature is in session.  It’s a good opportunity to invite your friends to connect with the League of Women Voters.  Info:  Paula Holroyde hapapafarm@gmail.com and www.lwvthurston.org

Tuesday March 21:  Presentation and discussion on the Alt/Right [racist right wing]:  7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, downtown Olympia.

Tuesday March 21: Global Days of Listening now starts at 8:30 pm Pacific Time:  The three-hour conversation with peace supporters worldwide starts at 8:30 pm Pacific Time.  To sign-up to be on the call: globaldaysoflistening@yahoo.com

Wednesday March 22:  “Envisioning an Urban Ecosystem” from 6 to 8 pm at the Woman’s Club of Olympia, 1002 Washington St. SE.  The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation sponsors this presentation and conversation with the Deschutes Estuary Restoration team (DERT, www.deschutesestuary.org).  They will provide basic education, a little history and engage community members in creative thinking to gather ideas for a restored urban estuary at the mouth of the Deschutes River, which for more than half a century has been blocked by the 5th Avenue dam.  They welcome all ages and provide snacks, so bring your ideas and have a good time.  This will NOT debate the lake/estuary controversy.  They focus on the estuary only.  See flyer at http://tinyurl.com/l8ereed  This event will occur again on Thursday March 30 at a different location.  To learn why we need to replace the 5th Avenue dam with a free-flowing estuary, watch the Olympia FOR’s December 2014 TV program about this (“Restoring the Deschutes Estuary to its Natural Flow”) and/or read the thorough summary at www.olympiafor.org.  Click “TV Programs” link and scroll down to December 2014.Wednesday March 22:  League of Women Voters of Thurston County invites the public to their general meeting with this month’s topic the Port of Olympia:  6:00 pm at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown Olympia.  Tonight’s meeting topic is, “Port of Olympia: “Current Operations, Challenges and Strategic Directions.”  Info: www.lwvthurston.org

Wednesday March 22:  Meeting to plan Olympia’s local climate march in solidarity with the huge People’s Climate Movement march in Washington DC on Saturday April 29:  Meet from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Room 204 in the Olympia Center, 222.Columbia Street NW, downtown.  Help the organizing committee find speakers, musicians, photographers, signs, props, and a sound system; write flyers and press releases; and contact as many organizations and people as possible.  The organizers need your suggestions and advice. If you cannot make it to the meeting, please contact Bourtai Hargrove with your ideas and your offers to help with publicity, etc.  The organizers’ planning will reflect the fact that the Procession of the Species will occur the same afternoon.  Info:  Bourtai Hargrove bourtai31@gmail.com 352-6327

Thursday March 23:  Transition:  Shrinking Our Carbon Footprint While Leaving No One Behind:  Earth Ministry’s webinar from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Pacific Time:  Today’s webinar will focus on:  (1) How poor and vulnerable communities bear the biggest burden of the impacts and consequences of climate change;  (2) How we address the challenges of the transition to a clean energy economy and the rebuilding of communities left behind as we move away from a fossil-fuels based economy, and (3) What Catholic Social Teaching has to say about a just transition to a clean energy economy and the communities impacted by the transition?  Info:  www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EC59D886894A30 and getinvolved@lists.earthministry.org

Thursday March 23:  “Communicating to Connect” – Workshop on Nonviolent Communication:  Liv Monroe’s excellent workshop offers hope and practical communication tools to increase understanding, respect, honesty and fun.  You can change from furious to curious – and you can change from shame and blame to understanding and compassion.  Her workshops are based on Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” process, which helps people resolve conflicts with other people in our daily lives and in the larger community.  It also helps people resolve their own internal conflicts and increase personal happiness.  Tonight’s workshop is 6:45-9:00 pm in the cafeteria on the ground floor of Lincoln Elementary School, 21st Ave SE and SE Washington Street.  (Park and enter from around the south end on Washington Street.)  Free, but donations are appreciated.  Info:  Liv Monroe livmonroe@gmail.com 357-4503 and The Center for Nonviolent Communication 1-800-255-7696 www.cnvc.org and Northwest Compassionate Communication www.nwcompass.org 

Thursday March 23:  Race in Film Series: “The African Americans:  Many Rivers to Cross” – This series on the third Thursday of every month chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today.  6:30-9:30 pm in the sanctuary of Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St. NW; Olympia.  After watching the film, enjoy a discussion and refreshments.  It is free and open to everyone.  Sponsors:  The Black Alliance of Thurston County, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and The United Churches of Olympia.  Info:  www.ouuc.org and www.blackalliancethurston.org/courageous-conversations.html
Friday March 24:  FILM “In Pursuit of Peace” and Nonviolent Peaceforce’s Co-Founder Mel Duncan explain the work of Nonviolent Peaceforce to de-escalate violent conflicts in many countries:  3:00 pm at Anderson Hall, Horizon House, 900 University Street, Seattle.  See inspiring info at www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Saturday March 25:  A Whodunit performance exposes natural gas problems in this benefit for non-profit Radio Tacoma:  “Who killed Rock Cobin?”  His widow?  His rival?  The Maid?  Join us in the courtroom.  Hear the evidence and be the jury.  6:00 pm Tacoma Friends Meeting House at 2508 S. 39th, Tacoma WA 98409.  Light buffet will be available.  Seating is limited. Reserve now. Tickets $20 through Brown Paper Tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2899581

Saturday March 25:  South Sound Estuary Association’s “Songs for SSEA” -- Enjoy Pinniped’s lively music from Ireland and elsewhere, and enjoy Ken Bevis, a singer, songwriter, storyteller and scientist to benefit the South Sound Estuary Association (www.SSEAcenter.org) at 7:00 pm at the Elks Club of Olympia, 1818 4th Ave E., Olympia.

FOR Saturday March 25:  South Sound Climate Action Convention:  The second South Sound Climate Action Convention will bring together people in the Pacific Northwest who are already working in some capacity on climate change issues.  The common thread is building and projecting political power to win the changes in government policy, consumer habits, and business practices that are necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  Come to learn from experts and from your peers, to connect with your compatriots, and experience the scale and strength of our movement.  The 2016 event brought together 100+ local and regional activists to learn new skills, network, and make plans for taking action on climate change.  2017’s will be bigger with even more urgency.  2017’s event will offer seminars on tactics such as digital advertising and messaging, updates on state legislation, and in-depth discussions about local politics and direct action campaigns.  Keynote speaker David Roberts of Vox.com will get the day started, and US Representative Denny Heck will share his perspective at the post-convention reception.  It runs from 9:30 am to 5 pm at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW.  $20 per person.  The convention is not only about listening and learning, it is first and foremost about action.  Registration is open now: http://www. olyclimateconvention.com/ register?utm_campaign=midfeb_ std&utm_medium=email&utm_ source=olyclimateconvention  For more information – or to sign up for email updates -- visit http://www. olyclimateconvention.com   Info:  Paul Elwood (360) 789-5105 or Barb Scavezze at barb@scavezze.com   The event’s website has much information:  www.olyclimateconvention.com  The Olympia FOR is one of many co-sponsors.

Saturday-Sunday March 25-26 - Anti-Oppression and Collective Liberation training: Healing our Fragmentation from our community and place.  The Backbone Campaign presents this training at the Northwest Change Agent Training Center on Vashon Island.  Info: amy@backbonecampaign.org.  and http://www.backbonecampaign.org/spring_workshop_series_change_agent_tools

Sunday March 26: Blintzapalooza community fundraiser features delicious blintzes and bagels, and many books for sale:  This is the Temple’s beloved annual community fundraiser. Each year, thousands of people come through the temple doors to purchase bagels, blintzes, and books.  All of the proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofit organizations.  Blintzapalooza is one of the ways that TBH fulfills the Jewish value of tzedakah, or charitable giving.  Through tzedakah they work to create justice and fairness in our world and make Olympia a better place for all who live here.  10 am to 2 pm at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave. SE, downtown Olympia (8th & Washington).  360.754-8519

Sunday March 26: Christians’ and Muslims’ Understandings of Spiritual Practices: 1:30 to 3:00 pm at St. Placid Priory Multipurpose Room, 500 College St NE Lacey.  Sanaa Joy Carey, a Muslim, and Sister Lucy Wynkoop, a Benedictine, will facilitate the session.  Dr. Joy Carey has been a Muslim for 27 years, and has studied Islam and the Qur’an on a bi-weekly basis with a Qur’anic scholar since 1997.  She is a former president of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound Interfaith and Outreach Committee, and remains active in many kinds of interfaith efforts.  Sister Lucy Wynkoop has been a Benedictine Sister for 56 years. She has two Masters in Theology degrees, with a concentration in Scripture and Monastic Studies.  Info:  Lucy Wynkoop at the Priory Spirituality Center (360) 438-2595 lucywynkoop@gmail.com.  See the flyer and learn about the location at www.stplacid.org

Sunday March 26:  FILM:  “Ebb and Flow” is a documentary about the Yamashita family, their efforts to save the Pacific NW shellfish industry, and their experience in a U.S. government concentration camp after FDR signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942:  The Washington State Historical Society and the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association and Leaping Frog Films collaborate to present a screening of “Ebb and Flow” at 2:00 pm at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center. Tickets are $30 (adults), $25 (seniors and military members), or $20 (youth and students 21 and under).  Ticket includes film presentation and post screening reception featuring oysters, shellfish and small bite appetizers served with regional wines.  Info:  http://pcsga.org/event/ebb-flow-film-screening-and-reception/ and Susan Rohrer (360-586-0166 susan.rohrer@wshs.wa.gov

Monday March 27:  FairVote Washington Meeting featuring National FairVote Co-Founders Rob Richie and Cynthia Terrell:  Rob used to live in Olympia.  He has been doing an excellent job heading FairVote for a number of years.  Meet him and Cynthia Terrell tonight and hear them discuss electoral reform efforts all across the country, such as rank choice/instant run-off voting, gerrymandering, etc., and learn how we can apply those lessons here in Washington State.  7:00-9:00 pm at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98115  Info:  www.FairVote.org  and www.FixDemocracyFirst.org

Monday to Friday March 27–31:  Support Nuclear Ban Treaty Negotiations:  Governments from around the world gather at the United Nations in New York City to start negotiating a bold, historic new treaty banning nuclear weapons.  Peace advocates will be organizing inside and outside of the UN to put pressure on nuclear armed states and to support the majority of countries that genuinely seek the total abolition of nuclear weapons.  Keep up with events and list your own with Reaching Critical Will.  See info at these links too:  Support Nuclear Ban Treaty Negotiationsandnegotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons

Thursday March 30:  “Envisioning an Urban Ecosystem” (repeating the event from Wednesday March 22, but at a different and location):  Tonight’s event will occur from 6 to 8 pm at the Capitol Event Center at 6005 Tyee Dr. SW, Tumwater 98512.  The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation sponsors this presentation and conversation with the Deschutes Estuary Restoration team (DERT, www.deschutesestuary.org).  They will provide basic education, a little history and engage community members in creative thinking to gather ideas for a restored urban estuary at the mouth of the Deschutes River, which for more than half a century has been blocked by the 5th Avenue dam.  They welcome all ages and provide snacks, so bring your ideas and have a good time.  This will NOT debate the lake/estuary controversy.  They focus on the estuary only.  See flyer at http://tinyurl.com/l8ereed  To learn why we need to replace the 5th Avenue dam with a free-flowing estuary, watch the Olympia FOR’s December 2014 TV program about this (“Restoring the Deschutes Estuary to its Natural Flow”) and/or read the thorough summary at www.olympiafor.org.  Click “TV Programs” link and scroll down to December 2014.

Thursday March 30: Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA) Webinar series begins:  It will continue on Thursday April 27 and Thursday May 25.  This three-part series will support organizers, activists, facilitators, and movement-builders in deepening analysis of the current political moment and building strategies for strengthening our movements from local to national levels.  Sliding scale $0 to $100.  Request info from olympiasurj@gmail.com  

APRIL 2017

Saturday April 1:  “There is no such thing as a Free Lunch" – But today you do get a Free Lunch!  Enjoy amazing Middle Eastern food, silent auction, gifts from around the world, and much more at this fundraising event where you can learn how “Friendly Water for the World,” helps people in poor nations with unsafe drinking water build simple, low-tech bio-sand water filter to purify water:  Space is limited for this 12:30 pm event at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown Olympia, so you need a ticket in order to attend.  Get your ticket at www.friendlywater.net/events or e-mail info@friendlywater.net or call (206) 886-7474.  To make a reservation, please click here

Saturday April 1:  Discuss part of a book exposing the hoax of privatizing public schools:  The local Economics for Everyone group will read and discuss chapters 1-15 (pages 1-155) of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools by Diane Ravitz.  Meet and discuss from 1 to 3 pm at the Mixx-96 meeting room at the SW corner of State & Washington (kitty-corner from the IT bus terminal) in downtown Olympia.

Sunday April 2: South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship has revived itself and welcomes new people.  This afternoon join in some self-compassion meditation and meet members of the group to share passions/interests/pursuits.  Meet from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. at the home of Carolyn at 418 Percival NW in Olympia.  Join the SSBPF with the Crop Walk (See May 6.)  Info:  Robert Lovitt 357-2825 lovitthere@comcast.net and https://www.crophungerwalk.org/olympiawa/Team/View/36128/South-Sound-Buddhist-Peace-Fellowship

Tuesday April 4 is the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s famous speech denouncing U.S.’s violent foreign policy:  See these links: “Breaking the Silence”: 50th Anniversary of MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech, Launch of National Council of Elders campaign In confronting the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism of his home country, Dr. King described the United States as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Delivered to an overflow crowd at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, Dr. King’s challenge to engage in a radical revolution of values encountered ferocious opposition. Join or organize a reading of the “Beyond Vietnam” speech in your community to fuel your efforts for social justice.  If you have not read this powerful speech for a while, please read it again!  After 50 years, it still nails the U.S.’s violent, unjust foreign policy amazingly well.  It’s online at several places, including www.mlkonline.net/vietnam.html

FOR Tuesday April 4: Olympia FOR’s book group will discuss books about ISIS:  We choose a different topic for each month.  For tonight, read a book on ISIS and come prepared to summarize it.  At the end of tonight’s discussion we’ll choose the topic for books to read for Tuesday May 1.  6:00 pm at 1515 Tullis St. NE, Olympia.  Info: Jim Bellinger (360) 359-2212 jimabellinger@comcast.net  Good news:  Chris Carson arranged for Olympia FOR’s book discussion group to be registered at Orca Books.  People can buy a book on the next month’s topic, say it’s for our book group, and get a 10% discount on it.

Tuesday April 4:  FILM:  “1984” at Capitol Theater: The Olympia Film Society joins Indie Theaters nationwide in screening the film “1984”.  Today’s date was chosen because the story begins April 4, 1984.  The “1984” film feels unnervingly prescient, so 91 independent theaters throughout the US are showing this film to protest Donald Trump’s administration on today’s National Screening Day for Michael Radford’s adaptation of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece.  On April 4, 1984, the film’s protagonist begins his rebellion against Big Brother by writing a diary.  Today’s protest specifically targets Trump’s plan to cut the National Endowment for the Arts from the 2018 federal budget, an act the theater owners call “an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment.”  Olympia Film Society is at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.  Watch the film at 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm.  Buy tickets at the box office starting 30 minutes before showtime:  $9 general or $6 OFS members.  Info: 360-743-6670 www.olympiafilmsociety.org

Thursday April 6:  The Trident Three – Bernie Meyer, Gilberto Perez and Larry Kerschner – will discussion their arrest during the Mother’s Day 2016 nonviolent action at the Trident nuclear Submarine Base in Kitsap County.  They will discuss the implications of the current US nuclear weapons policy at 6:30 pm at Bill Bichsel Hall at St. Leo’s Church, 710 South 13th Street, Tacoma.

Friday to Sunday April 7-9:  Democracy Summit & Retreat – Register in advance to meet and work with people statewide to promote democracy in several ways:  Gather at a nice space in Cle Elum WA (just across the Cascade Mountains from Snoqualmie Pass) to join with citizens and organizations working on democracy issues throughout Washington State. This working retreat will include informative presentations, breakout sessions, planning next steps and a timeline for action steps, plus lots of time to network and socialize.  Topics will include the push for a 28th Amendment, voting rights, public financing of elections, alternative voting systems such as ranked choice voting, election integrity, automatic voter registration, etc.  It’s at the Huntley Lodge, 11721 SR 970, Cle Elum WA 9892.  Phone 509.649.3099  OPTIONS:
$150:  Entire Weekend w/ Lodging – includes two nights shared lodging & all meals
$100:  Saturday & Sunday w/ Lodging – includes one night shared lodging & all meals
$60:  Entire Weekend - No Lodging – includes all meals
$40:  Friday/Saturday or Saturday Only - No Lodging – include all meals & evening reception
Register soon:  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2878091
If you pay by check, mail check to Fix Democracy First, 1402 3rd Ave #201, Seattle, WA 98101
Carpooling:  www.groupcarpool.com/t/cwio3e
Sponsor:  Fix Democracy First is a statewide organization working on these issues.

Friday to Sunday April 7-9:  “Pivot Toward War:  U.S. Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space” – 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference and Protest in Huntsville, Alabama, sponsored by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear power in Space, www.space4peace.org

Saturday April 8: Citizens’ Climate Lobby – monthly meeting from 9:30 am to 12 noon at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW in downtown Olympia.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to relieve the climate crisis, especially by putting a price on carbon-based fuels.  They are making progress in Congress with Democrats and Republicans.  See the new resolution similar to 2015’s but with more co-sponsors:  http://citizensclimatelobby.org/climate-resolution/  Info:  www.citizensclimatelobby.org and dfoutch@blarg.net

FOR Sunday April 9: Tacoma FOR’s guest speaker Dawud al-Malik discusses his experience of spending 49+ years in Washington State’s prisons for murders he did not commit:  The public is invited to hear Dawud al-Malik, an innocent survivor of Washington State’s death row and prison system, speak to the Tacoma Fellowship of Reconciliation about his experience and insights.  Dawud al-Malik, an African-American man who grew up in Seattle, was totally innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted in Seattle.  He spent 49+ years in Washington State’s prison system, including some years on death row.  He also is the featured guest on the Olympia FOR’s February 2017 TV program.  You can watch the interview and/or read a summary of this at the “TV Programs” part of www.olympiafor.org.)  Hear him in person at 4:00 pm at Tacoma Friends Meeting House, 2508 S. 39th (off 38th Street, north of Tacoma Mall).  For information contact David Lambert (253) 759-2280 lambertdavid39@gmail.com.  Carpooling from Olympia:  Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org

Monday April 10 to June 5, 2017:  War Abolition 101:  How We Create a Peaceful World:  How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace?  How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace?  Here’s a chance to learn from World Beyond War’s savvy experts as part of a study group and to do this at your own schedule.  Info:  www.WorldBeyondWar.org    The course will be taught from April 10 to June 5, 2017.  Info and sign-up opportunity:  http://tinyurl.com/gtfxvlv

Tues April 11:  Thurston County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties:  5:30-7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia.  Visitors are welcome!  Info: Linda 357-7272 lryh@hotmail.com  

Wednesday April 12:  Black Alliance of Thurston County – Monthly meeting for members and other interested persons:  This is a great opportunity for new folks to join with people already active in working with BATC on criminal justice, restorative justice, and other issues to promote racial justice.  Children are welcome.  6:00 to 7:30 pm at Risen Faith Fellowship, 2129 4th Ave E, Olympia.  Info:  BlackAllianceThurstonCounty@gmail.com

Wednesday April 12: Support Rally for the “Trident Three” (Bernie Meyer, Gilberto Perez, and Larry Kerschner) who were arrested for trespassing at the Mother’s Day 2016 nonviolent action at the Trident nuclear Submarine Base in Kitsap County.  Navy prosecutors are pressing charges at today’s trial at the U.S. District Court, 1717 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402.  Support them at the rally from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, immediately before their 1:30 trial.  Please come and support them.  Look for updated info at the “Upcoming Events”" calendar at www.gzcenter.org

Thurs April 13:  Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking meets 6:00-7:30 pm at Family Support Center, 201 Capitol Way North, Olympia.  Connect with these local folks working to solve problems at local level and larger scale.  Share info about preventing human trafficking in Thurston County.  Help plan a Spring Awareness Run fundraiser and learn about the projects the proceeds will support.  Info:  Tammy TCCAT@WAengage.com  and www.waengage.com/tccat  and www.waengage.com/tccat

Thursday April 13:  Native Bees of the South Sound:  Learn about the lesser-known species of bees that are native to our local area.  Local expert Joe Dlugo will provide information, photos, and suggestions about how you can see them in their natural settings.  Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE (corner of Washington St. SE), downtown Olympia.  Arrive at7:00 for social time before the program begins promptly at 7:30 pm.   Info: www.wildbeephotography.com.  Sponsor:  Black Hills Audubon Society, www.blackhills-audubon.org

Friday April 14:  “Take Me Home” – in collaboration with SideWalk – is Heartsparkle Players’ topic for their monthly performance.  On the second Friday evening of most months (except summertime), Heartsparkle Players perform Playback Theatre, an original form of improvisation in which audience members tell stories from their own experiences and watch them enacted on the spot.  Typically they partner with a local organization.  This month’s partner is SideWalk, a local non-profit organization that aims to end homelessness by offering rapid access to housing.  7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia.  Suggested donation is $7-$12, but nobody is turned away for lack of money.  Info:  www.heartsparkle.org Debe Edden, debek@olywa.net 943-6772 

Saturday April 15:  Nationwide mobilization to pressure Trump to release his tax returns:  Other presidents and candidates have been doing this for decades, but Trump has refused this basic act of accountability to voters.  Many of the marches also demand many kinds of economic justice instead of many kinds of corruption from the Trump administration.  An event at the Washington State Capitol is planned:  www.facebook.com/events/1005299069613449/

Saturday April 15:  Olympia Democratic Socialists meet from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Room 280 on the second floor (the Commissioners’ meeting room).  The Olympia Democratic Socialist group meets the third Saturday of each month.  Info:  See their Facebook page (“DSA Olympia”) or email bourtai31@gmail.com

Saturday April 15 to Friday April 28:  Make Plans for Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)-- This Tax Day, April 15, join or host a demonstration in your community. Unite around new priorities, protest the war-economy, and promote policies based on peace, diplomacy, and funding human needs.  This year’s Global Days of Action Against Military Spending span U.S. tax day to the release of the annual world military expenditure figures by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).  Info:  United for Peace & Justice, www.unitedforpeace.org

Sunday April 16:  South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship has revived itself and welcomes new people.  This afternoon join in some self-compassion meditation and meet members of the group to share passions/interests/pursuits.  Meet from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. at the home of Carolyn at 418 Percival NW in Olympia.  Join the SSBPF with the Crop Walk (See May 6.)  Info:  Robert Lovitt 357-2825 lovitthere@comcast.net and https://www.crophungerwalk.org/olympiawa/Team/View/36128/South-Sound-Buddhist-Peace-Fellowship

Tuesday April 18:  FILM:  “30 Seconds to Midnight” blows the whistle on the imminent danger of nuclear war:  Many serious hawks from recent decades are urging the U.S. to pull back from nuclear brinksmanship.  For example, former US Secretary of Defense William Perry warns that the world is on the knife edge of nuclear catastrophe.  It could occur accidentally from computer glitches or electronic failures or from recklessly aggressive pressure against Russia or from psychologically unstable people in the White House.  See www.fpif.org/may-greater-risk-nuclear-catastrophe-cold-war and info on the “Nuclear Weapons” part of www.olympiafor.org and many other sources of info.  Watch this powerful film tonight at 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia. 

Wednesday April 19:  Climate Solutions – 19th Annual Reception:  This great local climate non-profit organization invites everyone to their 19th Annual Reception at the Heritage Room on Capitol Lake from 5 to 8 pm.  Mingling time starts at 5:00 with food and drinks.  The program begins at 6:15, and there will be time for additional conversations.  Guest speakers will be Representative Jessyn Farrell and Congressman Denny Heck.  Their MC will be Representative Beth Doglio.  Please register here or get more info from teresa@climatesolutions.org or (360) 352-8663

Thursday April 20:  “Iran: Reform or Retrenchment?  Understanding the Politics of Iranian Authoritarianism and the Prospects for Change” – The public is invited to hear Dr. Patrick H. O’Neil from the University of Puget Sound.  The Olympia World Affairs Council (www.olympiawac.org) presents this month’s featured speaker in a large meeting room at the Thurston Economic Development Council’s building, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey.  Admission is free.  Gather at 7:00 pm for social time.  Hear the speaker at 7:30, and continue with Q&A and discussion until 9:00 pm. 

Friday April 21:  Rally against nuclear weapons at a nonviolent Earth Day Action in Seattle:  Join with members and allies of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (www.gzcenter.org) for an Earth Day Action in Seattle.  Gather at Westlake Park at 11:00 am where prayer, drumming, singing, and speakers will engage us.  Process the Federal Building to continue the rally while a delegation meets with Senators Cantwell and Murray and/or their staffs to ask them to take leadership on supporting the United Nations efforts to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Congressional actions to reduce the risks of accidental or first strike capability.  We invite people to hold banners and be Peacekeepers.  Contact Michael Siptroth at flybill2@aol.com or call 360-275-8441 to offer help.  See details at the “Upcoming Events” calendar at www.gzcenter.org

FOR Saturday April 22:  Western Washington FOR’s annual Spring Assembly in West Seattle will bring people together region-wide to explore issues and connect with each other.  See article on Page 4 of Olympia FOR’s April-May newsletter (to be posted in very early April at www.olympiafor.org which already has the flyer posted.  The informative flyer is posted also at www.wwfor.org
Saturday April 22:  Earth Day AND worldwide Marches for Science.  March for Science is an international movement led by organizers distributed around the globe. This movement is taking place because of the simultaneous realization by thousands of people who value science in their lives that staying silent is no longer an option.  Marches are planned for Washington DC, Olympia WA, and more than 300 other places in the US and worldwide.  See  www.marchforscience.com  Olympia’s march will start at 11 am at the State Capitol steps and move down to Heritage Park for a rally featuring speakers and information booths.  “The March for Science is about supporting the public’s understanding of the scientific consensus and safeguarding the scientific community.” said Marco Rosaire Rossi, an organizer in Olympia. “The march will bring together members of our diverse communities who openly support the relationship between science and democracy.”  To volunteer your help contact MarchforScience.Olympia@gmail.com  See info on Facebook, Twitter and at www.olymarch.com  Also see this article -- http://grist.org/briefly/mark-your-calendars-the-march-for-science-is-happening-in-d-c-on-april-22/?utm_campaign=daily-static&utm_medium=email&utm_source=edit-daily and this article -- http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/science-march-earth-day-trnd/index.html because scientists chose Earth Day for their March for Science.

Wednesday April 26: League of Women Voters of Thurston County focus on local economic growth and welcomes the public.  This month’s general meeting at 6:30 pm at a location in Yelm that will be confirmed soon will focus on “Thurston County Growth:  How Big Will We Be?  What Are The Major Challenges??  They’ll deal with our county commissioners too.  http://www.lwvthurston.org/  

Wednesday April 26:  Internationally respected peace/nonviolence organizer/trainer/writer George Lakey speaks in Olympia about his new book Viking Economics, which explains how Scandinavian nations created progressive economic systems several decades ago:    See www.mhpbooks.com/books/viking-economics for info about the book.  Hear the author, George Lakey, summarize his main points from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at a locally owned bookstore, Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia, where you can also buy the book.  When George and Olympia FOR’s Glen Anderson were e-mailing about this event and the role of nonviolent grassroots organizing during this time in U.S. history, George affirmed that strategy.  He wrote, “Read your latest and appreciate your big emphasis on grassroots organizing and bottoms-up development of movements to take on the empire.  Happily, I'll be emphasizing that when I come to Olympia, and hope that you'll bring FOR to Orca Books for the event.  To me it's organic to my book events because the way the Norwegians and Swedes pulled off their nonviolent revolutions back in the 1920s and ‘30s was through exactly what you're talking about:  grassroots organizing to make their national movements really solid and resilient and able to take the violent repression that was visited upon them.  Even though my book describes how their economic model works now, it also (as you'd expect of me) lavishes attention on their nonviolent campaigning that got them to this point.”

FOR  Fri-Sun April 28-29 and beyond:  Children’s art for peace at Arts Walk:  Every spring and fall the Olympia FOR displays art work by local school children in the front window near the doorway to Buck’s Fifth Avenue (209 5th Ave SE, across from Capitol Theater), downtown Olympia.  We started doing this during the International Decade for Peace, and we’re still doing it, thanks to the persistence of Olympia FOR’s Kristen Dahle and Chris Carson.  This art will remain for a while after this weekend.  Info:  Kristen 357-3553 kjdahle@comcast.net   Arts Walk info:  www.olympiawa.gov/city-services/parks/community-events/artswalk 

Friday April 28:  Luminary Procession:  Tonight’s 9:30 pm Luminary Procession precedes tomorrow afternoon’s Procession of the Species:  For info about this downtown Olympia event see to www.procession.org or call (360)705-1087.

Saturday April 29:  Climate mobilization in local communities (including Olympia) and a major march in Washington DC: The great climate group 350.org (www.350.org) is planning a nationwide mobilization in local communities and a major march in Washington DC.  Besides saying “NO” to the bad stuff we must also say “YES” to positive alternatives.  Many hundreds of thousands of people will reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate – and we will push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.  Start organizing locally now.  Info and organizing here:  https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/?source=350&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

Saturday April 29:  Procession of the Species starts at 4:30 pm: The 22nd annual Procession of the Species will occur in downtown Olympia.  Info: www.procession.org (360)705-1087

MAY + LATER in 2017

Monday May 1:  International Workers’ Day: Look for local events.

Saturday May 6:  Perennial plant sale will benefit the Thurston – Santo Tomás (Nicaragua) Sister County Association:  It’s time for spring planting!  Enjoy an excellent selection more than 50 varieties)of native and non-native plants and shrubs, including some edibles from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at a convenient location on Olympia’s west side, 117 Thomas Street NW, just south of West Harrison.  You can donate plant starts too.  Info:  tstsca@gmail.com  943-8642

Saturday May 6, 2017:  Washington State’s National Organization for Women “Come to the Table for Justice: Act NOW” is a one-day conference:  Presentations on several topics from several interesting panels.  What next for women?  Find the intersection of issues, communities and experiences so we can take action together defending women’s and human rights.  It runs from 9 am to 4 pm at IBEW Hall Local 76, 3049 South 36th Street, Tacoma, WA.  Registration is $25 per person, lunch included.  No NOW member turned away for lack of funds.  Join NOW for $35 and get free conference registration.  Checks can be made out to WA State NOW and sent to WA State NOW Conference, c/o 3122 28th Avenue SE, Olympia WA 98501 by April 29th.  Registration is also welcome at the Conference.  Info: Linda lryh@hotmail.com

Sunday May 7:  The 37TH Annual CROP Walk raises money to fight hunger locally and worldwide:  Join people from every faith tradition and walk of life who are concerned about hunger.  Interfaith Works of Thurston County co-sponsors the Thurston County CROP HUNGER WALK each year on the first Sunday of May.  Sign up now to be a volunteer walker – or to sponsor one or more walkers – to raise funds for local hunger-relief organizations and to fund humanitarian projects around the world.  25 percent of money raised will go to local feeding programs.  Info:  http://www.crophungerwalk.org/olympiawa/ 

FOR Wednesday May 10 Olympia FOR Annual Gathering runs from 7 to 9 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water in downtown Olympia.  Join old friends and make new ones with a potluck dinner and gathering that will include electing members to our Steering Committee.  This year’s highlight will invite people to share their visions about where we would like Olympia FOR to be in 2020.  Free admission.  Everyone is welcome.  Info: marilynbdungan@gmail.com 360-701-5980.
Saturday May 13:  Oppose nuclear weapons at Trident submarine base on the day before Mother’s Day:  The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (www.gzcenter.org) will host its annual Mother’s Day weekend event today at the GZ Center (see schedule, address and driving directions at website).  The day will include a vigil, and some will participate in a nonviolent direct action, at the entrance gate to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S.  Join us as we celebrate the original intention of a Mother’s Day for Peace.  See details at the “Upcoming Events” calendar at www.gzcenter.org.

FOR SAVE THE DATES!  Saturday to Tuesday July 1-4, 2017:  “Building Powerful Communities:  Shattering Oppressive Systems with Love” -- FOR’S 59th annual NW regional conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County WA:  See information at www.forseabeck.org -- specifically at www.wwfor.org/3499-2  Keynote speakers will be:
--    Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, and anti-racist organizer. She is an attorney and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Washington as of March 2016 where she studied racial disproportionality and disparate impact in school exclusion.
--    Teressa Raiford is a leader in Portland’s police accountability movement; a long-time activist and former candidate for Portland City Council.


Mark your calendars now and plan to attend Wednesday-Sunday August 2-6 Peace and Democracy Conference in Minneapolis:  Peace and democracy are interconnected in many ways, so let’s learn and work together to promote both.  It’s sponsored by an excellent non-profit org, World Beyond War.  Their website www.worldbeyondwar.org has many good resources.  The event’s website is www.DemocracyConvention.org.  Pre-register now for a discount.

 

For events happening in the greater Olympia area see the Olympia FOR’s newsletters at www.olympiafor.org and calendar items posted at http://www.olympiafor.org/calendar_of_coming_events.htm

 

 

For events happening in the greater Olympia area see the Olympia FOR’s newsletters at www.olympiafor.org  and calendar items posted at http://www.olympiafor.org/calendar_of_coming_events.htm