Late December 2014 to Early January 2015

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

See our current newsletter (Dec 2014 + Jan 2015) at

· Events with FOR in the left margin are sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

· All phone numbers are in area code (360) unless specified otherwise.

· All addresses are in or near Olympia WA unless specified otherwise.

· The Olympia FOR’s website -- – includes the last several years’ worth of newsletters, including descriptions of our TV programs. You can watch our TV programs through our website’s TV Programs page.

· More information about some of the Olympia FOR’s sponsored activities are published in our newsletters. Our newsletters are posted at

· If you’d like to receive future issues of our newsletter on paper by postal mail – and/or electronic copies by e-mail – contact or (360) 491-9093.


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

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

FOR Every Monday at 1:30 pm: Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through DECEMBER: “Restoring the Deschutes River to its Natural Flow.” JANUARY: “Climate Change: From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!” See descriptions in our DEC-JAN newsletter on our website’s TV Programs page. Watch the programs on TCTV or through Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

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

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

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

Every Wednesday at 3:30 pm: Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER) holds volunteer meetings every week at the POWER office, 309 5th Ave, next door to Rainy Day Records. Children are welcome. Info: 352-9716

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 DECEMBER: “Restoring the Deschutes River to its Natural Flow.” JANUARY: “Climate Change: From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!” See descriptions in our DEC-JAN newsletter on our website’s TV Programs page. Watch the programs on TCTV or through Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

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

Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm: Contemplative Prayer Gathering: Join with others to explore prayer as the early Church practiced it. Deepen your relationship with God, quiet your mind, and open your heart. 3:30-5:00 pm in the Sacred Space at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin Ave SE, downtown Olympia. Sponsored by Emmaus Ecumenical Catholic Community

FOR Every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm: Hold banners over I-5 to oppose oil trains: The plan is to continue every Thursday as long as we have volunteers to help. Banners, we will be holding Rod Tharp’s latest no oil train banner with multicolor LED lights. We need four to five volunteers to help. Please contact them to verify. Info: Rod Tharp 951-1080 or Bourtai Hargrove 352-6327

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

FOR Every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm: Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through DECEMBER: “Restoring the Deschutes River to its Natural Flow.” JANUARY: “Climate Change: From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!” See descriptions in our DEC-JAN newsletter on our website’s TV Programs page. Watch the programs on TCTV or through Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093

Every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 am: The Housing Justice Project can help tenants and others: From 8:30 to 10:30 am Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services presents the Housing Justice Project at the Thurston County Superior Courthouse, Building 2 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia. They offer landlord/tenant advice for the tenants, unlawful detainer docket representation, and help for mobile home owners with complaints about rules violations, notices from landlords or park owners and mobile home eviction cases. Call 705-8194 for information or to schedule an appointment. For immediate legal information call 1-888-201-1041 (9:15 am to 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! Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 491-9093

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

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

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

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


Sat Dec 27: Fix Democracy First (formerly Washington Public Campaigns) meets in Tacoma from 10 am to 12 noon to get big money out of politics and fund election campaigns with clean public money: Recently Washington Public Campaigns changed their name to Fix Democracy First and changed their website from to They work for fair elections and government policies that reflect the will of the people and not the power of money. Although there is no Thurston County chapter, we can participate with Pierce County’s monthly chapter meeting from 10 am to 12 noon today (the last Saturday of the month) at The Bridge, 5601 S. Puget Sound Ave, Tacoma. (From I-5, go west on S. 56th Street until one block short of South Tacoma Way, and see The Bridge on this corner.) Info: The statewide office is: Fix Democracy First, PO Box 70452, Seattle WA 98127 (206) 890-0489

Sun Dec 28: Peace vigil on the day of the Holy Innocents: On this traditional day of concern for innocent children, join this witness against US wars (including drones) that continue to kill civilians, including children. It runs from 12 noon to 1 pm on 4th Ave W, downtown, west of Water Street, across from Oyster House Restaurant in downtown Olympia. Everyone is welcome! Dress warmly for the weather. The Gospel reading assigned for today, the Feast of Holy Innocents, is Matthew 2:16-18: “When Herod found out that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became furious. He gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its neighborhood who were two years old or under. This was done in line with what he had learned from the wise men about the time when the star appeared. In this way, what the prophet Jeremiah had said could be fully understood: ‘A cry is heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation: Rachel is crying for her children. She refuses to be comforted, for they are no more.’” Info: Bob Zeigler (360) 570-0848

FOR Thurs Jan 1: “Climate Change: From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!” The Olympia FOR’s January TV program debuts at 1:30 this afternoon and three times a week all month long on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers. Also, you can watch it at any time at, where you will soon be able to read a program description like the one published in our Dec. 2014 – Jan. 2015 newsletter.

Sun Jan 4: Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans others to their monthly meeting at 2:00 pm at Media Island International, 816 Adams SE (across the street west of the Olympia Timberland Library). Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 and

FOR Tues Jan 6: Olympia FOR’s monthly book discussion group: For January, read and discuss books about how to create the society we want when the government is not responsive: Read and discuss any book about the new month’s chosen topic. The discussions are rich and interesting. For tonight, please read a book about how to create the society we want when the government is not responsive. Enjoy a great discussion at 6:00 pm at Chuck Schultz’s home, 1621 Tullis NE (a little north of San Francisco Street Bakery). Info: Chuck at 705-8520

Wed Jan 7: Racial justice – “town-hall” meeting and legislative summit: Racial inequity is rising again as a problem that society must address. Racial justice – besides being important in its own right – is also part of other issues that we care about, such as criminal justice, immigration, economics, and health care. Several organizations invite people to join together to discuss race in Washington State. They will gather for a town hall style meeting at New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Avenue South, Seattle 98118) with community members and legislators for a discussion on race and how it relates to the upcoming legislative session. This town hall meeting will coincide with the release of the sponsors’ “2015 Facing Race Report.” This report is the collaborative effort of more than 50 faith, community, service, labor, and advocacy organizations and represents our statewide Racial Equity Agenda for 2015. The Facing Race Release and Legislative Summit will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please RSVP HERE. They look forward to seeing you!

Wed Jan 7: Deadline to apply for Healthy Homes volunteer training: Healthy Homes, a program of Thurston County Public Health, offers free, confidential, and voluntary Healthy Homes visits. Pairs of volunteers visit residents in their homes to share ways to reduce exposure to toxins, asthma triggers, mold, lead, and other housing-related risks. Apply by Wed Jan 7 for the hands-on training that will occur on Wednesdays, January 14 through March 25, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The training includes field trips and chances to practice what you learn. Info, flyer and applications are available from (360) 867-2674, from -mail, or at The Healthy Homes Coordinator is Jane Mountjoy-Venning. It operates through the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department,

Thurs Jan 8: Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking will meet NEXT Thursday instead of tonight. See the listing for Thurs Jan 15.

Fri Jan 9: Learn about everyday toxics and offer literature about toxics to the Legislature: The 2015 Washington State Legislative Session will start on Mon. Jan. 12. Before it starts, people statewide will gather in Olympia for a pre-session literature drop scheduled for 10:00 am at the Washington State Capitol. Join them in speaking with legislators about the need to eliminate toxic flame retardants in our home furniture and children’s products. Even if you don't know much about toxics, the organizers will provide enough information to get you up to speed on the issue. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jessica at the Earth Ministry office at (206) 632-2426 or

Fri Jan 9: Heartsparkle Players perform their amazingly good Playback Theatre. This month’s theme is “Audience Up!” featuring audience members even more than usual: Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisation in which audience members tell stories from their own experiences and watch them enacted on the spot. Sometimes Playback devotes a month’s program to “Audience Up!” featuring more than the usual amount of audience members on stage and much spontaneous creativity and collaboration. 7:30-9:00 pm at Traditions Café, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia. A $7-$12 donation will be requested but nobody will be turned away for lack of a donation. Info: Debe Edden –

Sat Jan 10: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): 12:00 noon at Mixx-96 meeting room downtown. See info at the Sat Dec 13 calendar listing above and

Mon Jan 12 to Sat Jan 17: Peace walk from Olympia to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action near the Trident nuclear weapons base in Kitsap County: Members of the Nipponzan Miyohoji Buddhist Temple from Bainbridge Island WA invite all peaceful people to join all or any part of their annual peace walk for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream 2015. Info: Senji Kanaeda (206) 780-6739 or cell phone (206) 724-7632 or or Gilberto Perez at (206) 419-7262 or More information and full walk schedule available at Also see

Mon Jan 12: Doctor/Author/Filmmaker Alice Rothchild discusses recent first-hand experience in Israel and Palestine: Alice Rothchild wrote her new book, On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion, after her previous book, Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience. On the Brink is a compelling collection of blog posts made during a fact-finding and solidarity visit to the West Bank and Israel encompassing the last three weeks of June 2014. Longtime activist Rothchild turns her powers of careful observation and her deep understanding of the consequences of racism and occupation into a lively, honest, heart breaking, collection of reports from the field. She documents the stories and lives that do not make the evening news, but are essential to understanding the context in which that news occurs. In 2014, Just World Books published her book: On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion. 7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave, Olympia. Info:

Tues Jan 13: FILM: “Inequality for All” about economic inequality features Robert Reich and got good reviews: The public is invited to watch it at 1:30 pm at the Panorama City Auditorium in Lacey. (From Pacific Ave, go south on Sleater-Kinney past 14th, enter Panorama near its low sign, and proceed around the roundabout and leftward around the next bend to the auditorium on the far east side of the campus.) Sponsor: Panorama’s Democratic Study Group. Info: Polly 438-5700

Tues Jan 13: Thurston County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. 5:30-7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. Info: Linda 357-7272

Tues Jan 13: Science Café of Olympia: The Science Café of Olympia meets at 7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, downtown Olympia. It is a free opportunity for the public to hear scientists discuss their work. This month’s topic will be confirmed soon. Info: 352-0123

Tues Jan 13: Filmmaker Alice Rothchild shows her film, “Voices Across the Divide,” about the Israel/Palestine Controversy: Alice Rothchild is a physician and writer, as well as a film-maker. Set in the context of Alice being raised in an American Jewish Zionist home, the focus of the film is interviews with Palestinian Americans, most of whom were expelled in 1948 and/or 1967 and became refugees, and several of whom are the children of refugees. The film gives a face (and a heart) to what happened to the non-Jews who already lived in Palestine when the state of Israel was formed. Rothchild, who is an OB/GYN and worked on the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves in the early 1970's, also recently wrote a book On the Brink, about what she witnessed in Israel during the build-up to the Gaza assault this past July (she just happened to be on a trip in Israel for 3 weeks in June), so during tonight’s Q&A after the film, we’ll hear a little about her time there. 7:15 pm at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave (north end of downtown), Tacoma 98402. Info: Sallie Shawl,

Wed Jan 14: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month to work on a variety of global and local issues, typically at the POWER office, 309 5th Ave, just east of Rainy Day Records, east of Franklin Street, in downtown Olympia. Info: Larry 951-4894

Thurs Jan 15: The Thurston Climate Action Team invites people to their monthly meeting: TCAT does good, practical work to protect the climate, especially interacting with governments and the Thurston Regional Planning Council. TCAT is also looking for ways to fund local climate efforts. TCAT meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1 Room 280, at 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW. Info: Tom Crawford, 280-0242.

Thurs Jan 15: Justice Not Jails: More and more people in Olympia are working together to reform various aspects of our criminal “justice” system in humane ways. Our local “Justice Not Jails” groups meets at 7:00 pm the third Thursday evening of each month at the Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End Street NW (north on Division, west on 20th, right on East End). Info: Steve Tilley

Thurs Jan 15: “Beneath the Looking Glass” – Stormwater pollution in Puget Sound: Laura James, a skilled underwater videographer, will teach us about stormwater pollution in Puget Sound. She will teach us about why Puget Sound is in trouble, what makes it a wonderful and unique place, and what we can do to help protect and improve it! This is part of the Discovery Speaker Series (third Thursday of each month except December) at LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE, Olympia. (WET stands for Water Education and Technology.) Doors open at 6:30 so you can enjoy LOTT’s Wet Science Center’s educational fresh water related exhibits and interactive displays and visit with SSEA friends before the 7:00–8:30 pm event. Info: (360) 528-5742

Thurs Jan 15: Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking works to prevent human trafficking: 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North Street, across from Olympia High School’s stadium, near Henderson Blvd. Info: Linda Malanchuk-Finnan, Core Leader 360-357-7272 More info:

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

"To develop the drop of compassion in our own heart is the only effective spiritual response to hatred and violence." - Thich Nhat Hanh

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093