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September + October 2013 Activities of Olympia FOR (.pdf)
Many more items will listed in our newsletter calendar are posted in early October at http://www.olympiafor.org/calendar_of_coming_events.htm
· 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 -- www.olympiafor.org – 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 www.olympiafor.org
· If you’d like to receive future issues of our newsletter on paper by postal mail – and/or electronic copies by e-mail – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 491-9093.
FOR Twice a week, every week: Participate in the Olympia FOR’s two peace vigils every week: every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in the NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way), and every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the south end of Percival Landing (at 4th & Water). Please come for all or part of these times to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence. We provide plenty of signs. The Artesian Rumble Arkestra jazz band joins us every Friday at 5:00 to support our vigil! Info: 491-9093 email@example.com www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm
FOR 3 times a week throughout November: Watch “TPP: A ‘Free Trade’ Scam Much Worse than NAFTA” on TV in Thurston County or on your home computer at any time, anywhere: TCTV cable channel 22 air dates are every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. Also, you can watch it anytime from anywhere through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm Read a description at that part of our website. Info: 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR 3 times a week throughout December: Watch “How to Resolve Conflicts” on TV in Thurston County or on your home computer at any time, anywhere: TCTV cable channel 22 air dates are every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. Soon after it debuts on Monday December 2, you’ll be able to watch it anytime from anywhere through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm Read a description at that part of our website. Info: 491-9093 email@example.com
Every Sat and Sun through December: The South Sound Estuarium, a marine life discovery center, is open at 608 Washington Street NE, one block south of the Olympia Farmers’ Market, from 10 am to 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday. It is possible to schedule group visits during the week by appointment only. The center will open for groups. Info: Leihla (360) 888-0565 http://sseacenter.wordpress.com/
FOR Every Monday at 1:30 pm: Olympia FOR’s interview program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or on your computer through www.olympiafor.org after the program has debuted on TV: NOVEMBER: “TPP: A ‘Free Trade’ Scam Much Worse than NAFTA.” DECEMBER: “How to Resolve Conflicts.” See descriptions and watch programs at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (corner of Legion & Capitol Way). Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a very friendly way for peace and nonviolence. We provide plenty of signs. Info: 491-9093 email@example.com www.olympiafor.org
FOR Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm: Olympia FOR’s interview program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or on your computer through www.olympiafor.org after the program has debuted on TV: NOVEMBER: “TPP: A ‘Free Trade’ Scam Much Worse than NAFTA.” DECEMBER: “How to Resolve Conflicts.” See descriptions and watch programs at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm: Olympia FOR’s interview program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or on your computer through www.olympiafor.org after the program has debuted on TV: NOVEMBER: “TPP: A ‘Free Trade’ Scam Much Worse than NAFTA.” DECEMBER: “How to Resolve Conflicts.” See descriptions and watch programs at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 email@example.com
FOR Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm: Peace Vigil at south end of Percival Landing at 4th & Water downtown. Please join us for whatever length of time you can. We provide plenty of signs. Also enjoy the Artesian Rumble Arkestra jazz band that joins us at 5:00 to support our vigil! Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 360-491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org www.olympiafor.org
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 email@example.com
FOR Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in downtown Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia. On some Saturdays gather afterward nearby at a nearby coffee house. Sponsor: Fire Mountain FOR. Info: June Butler 360-748-9658 firstname.lastname@example.org or Larry Kerschner 360-880-4741 email@example.com
Mon Nov 25: “We have to consume less” – informal potluck and free-flowing conversation at 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia. Mike and Marylea Coday invite people to participate in a free-flowing conversation about whether and how we could live well and sustainably, even with moderate or low incomes. Plenty of problems and impediments obstruct us, but what are the solutions? How can we live according to our values with less materialism? The potluck is very low-pressure, so don’t worry if you can’t bring any food. There will be some vegan food and tortillas so that folks who show up and want a low impact burrito can eat without the need for utensils, clean up etc. Bring a spoon and cup or bowl if you can, so we don’t impose additional work for Traditions’ employees. The discussion will be open and free-flowing. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/581609755225592/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar Info: Mike Coday firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Tues Nov 26: Attend the Olympia FOR’s death penalty abolition committee meeting at a convenient Tumwater location to educate ourselves and plan future activities toward abolishing this atrocity. Info: Emily Hammargren 352-0695 email@example.com or Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org. Olympia FOR’s website has much information about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm
FOR Tues Nov 26: The Olympia FOR’s death penalty abolition committee meets at a convenient Tumwater location to plan future activities toward abolish this atrocity. Info: Emily Hammargren 352-0695 email@example.com or Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org. Olympia FOR’s website has much information about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm
Tues Nov 26 and several later dates: Watch TCTV cable channel 22 to see the three episodes of the Community Forum on Climate Change that occurred on Sat. Oct 5 at the State Capitol: Robert Whitlock arranged for this informative event to be videotaped and scheduled to air on TCTV channel 22 as separate episodes. Watch Episode 3 at 12 noon today, Episode 1 at 2:30 pm Tuesday the 26th, Episode 2 at 7:30 pm Tuesday the 26th, Episode 3 at 1:00 pm Wednesday the 27th, Episode 1 at 8:00 pm Saturday the 30th, Episode 2 at 12:30 pm on Sunday December 1st, Episode 3 at 2:00 pm Sunday the 1st, Episode 1 at 11:30 am Monday the 2nd, Episode 2 at 3:00 pm Monday the 2nd, and Episode 3 at 12:00 noon Tuesday the 3rd.
FOR Wed Nov 27: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a “Free Trade” scam much worse than NAFTA: Watch the Olympia FOR’s TV program about the TPP on cable channel 22 if you’re a cable TV subscriber in Thurston county at 5:00 pm TODAY or at 9:00 pm THURS NOV 28 ------
or watch it on the TV Programs section of our website www.olympiafor.org. The TPP would include 12 countries that border the Pacific, making it the largest free trade deal ever considered by the U.S., and also probably the biggest corporate power grab in history. Not only would this trade deal threaten everything we fight for, but Obama wants to approve this plan himself — without the input of the American public or Congress. If Congress approves Obama’s TPP proposal, we would see even more reckless fracking in the U.S., more reckless imports of foods from countries with terrible safety standards and barely any inspections at the borders, no labeling of genetically modified foods, worse wages for American workers and more jobs shipped overseas, and a sharp attack on democracy in the U.S., because foreign corporations would be able to overrule federal, state and local laws in the interest of “free trade. Obama wants Congress to pass “fast-track” to prohibit Congress from seriously debating the TPP before passing it on a simple up-or-down vote. Many members of Congress – including those from Washington State – are open to this reckless scheme. See a thorough description of this TV program (including several good information sources) at http://www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm
Wed Nov 27: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) will likely reschedule or cancel this meeting, because Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow. Info: Larry 951-4894 email@example.com www.omjp.net
Fri Nov 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: The people of Palestine (including those away from their traditional land) and the people of Israel need peace with justice. This day is a special opportunity to urge our government and to help in other ways. Info: www.rachelcorriefoundation.org
FOR Fri Nov 29: At 7:00 pm tonight TCTV airs excellent old Olympia FOR TV programs about nonviolence and “Star Wars” missile defense scam: As you know, the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has been producing and airing TV programs on Thurston Community Television (TCTV www.tctv.net) for 27 years. TCTV is running some of the old programs on a special “TCTV Time Machine” series on channel 77 (for cable TV subscribers in Thurston County), instead of on channel 22, where they air our current programs on the usual schedule (every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9;00 pm). In late November TCTV is airing the two programs described below , and they will air two more programs many times in the second half of December and two more programs many times in the second half of January. At 3:00 pm this afternoon watch our September 1995 program titled, “The Power of Non-Violence,” with very special guest Richard Deats from the national FOR staff. This program clearly explains the roots and the practicality of nonviolence. Nonviolence really works! This program’s guest has worked through the FOR nationally and worldwide for many years organizing and training people for nonviolence, even against difficult odds. This program is both informative and inspiring. It expresses the Olympia FOR’s values and positive attitude, which pervade the TV programs the Olympia FOR has been producing for decades. Immediately following this program, stay tuned to watch our April 1987 program, “Star Wars – A Search for Security,” with a very informative and still accurate documentary and more information from three local guests, John Finnan, Dr. Lisa Johnson, Cyrus Appell. This was the Olympia FOR’s third TV program, taped in someone’s home because TCTV did not yet have a studio. In 1983 President Reagan foolishly let the father of the hydrogen bomb, Edward Teller, talk him into developing weapons for use in space, and Reagan announced the program in a nationwide speech without even consulting his scientific advisors. He called this scheme the “Strategic Defense Initiative,” but many people spoke of it derisively as “Star Wars.” The scheme was to use missiles to shoot down incoming missiles. From the outset, critics explained why this would not work and why it could actually provoke nuclear war. The criticisms are still valid! Nowadays the best organization working on this is at www.space4peace.org
FOR Sat Nov 30: At 2:00 pm this afternoon you can watch the special TCTV program described immediately above, nonviolence and “Star Wars” missile defense scam.
Sun Dec 1: “Stuff Bazaar” to benefit Friendly Water for the World: Do you have too much stuff? Set a price, put your name on it, and bring it down for other people who might like it, or want to give it as gifts! Or donate your services. Tax deductible! This “Stuff Bazaar” raises money to benefit an Olympia-based worldwide non-profit organization that helps people in poor countries build and use very low-tech bio-sand water filtration devices to provide clean water and vastly improve health. 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at Olympia Friends Meeting, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia (just past Priest Point park, on the left). Info: firstname.lastname@example.org www.friendlywater.net
Sun Dec 1: Sustainable South Sound Celebration & Coupon Book Kickoff Event: Sustainable South Sound will be in the lobby of the Olympian Hotel, across Legion Way from Sylvester Park, during “Downtown for the Holidays” on Sun. Dec. 1 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Stop by to pick up your coupon book just in time for holiday shopping – and BUY LOCAL! www.sustainablesouthsound.org/programs/buy-local
Sun Dec 1: Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) now meets jointly with Tacoma’s VfP chapter 134 at 1:30 on the first Sunday afternoon of each month at Coffee Strong, 15107 Union Ave SW (west of I-5 at Exit 122), Lakewood WA 98496. Info: Dennis Mills (360) 867-1487 email@example.com
FOR Mon Dec 2: “How to Resolve Conflicts” The Olympia FOR’s December TV program debuts at 1:30 pm on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers and airs three times a week through Dec. 30. It features the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County (www.mediatethurston.org) and its excellent methodology. Soon after it debuts you can watch it at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm, where you can already read a .pdf description of this program.
FOR Tues Dec 3: Olympia FOR newsletter mailing party: The Olympia FOR relies on volunteers for all of our accomplishments. Today at 10:00 a.m. we’ll spend an hour and a half folding and addressing our December-January newsletter at a convenient location downtown. If you can help, contact Glen at 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org If you are not yet on our mailing list and want to receive our newsletter, contact Glen and ask for the paper version to be mailed to you or the .pdf version attached to an e-mail.
Tues Dec 3: Worldwide actions will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The World Trade Organization (WTO) will meet from Tuesday to Friday December 3-6 in Bali, Indonesia, and the next round of TPP negotiations will run from Saturday to Monday December 7-9 in Singapore. When more people learn about the TPP, opposition grows! (Watch the Olympia FOR’s November 2013 TV program about the TPP anytime through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm) Recently TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter was released through Wikileaks (http://wikileaks.org/tpp/). People all over the world are taking actions to inform more people and to oppose the TPP, a similar one for Atlantic nations (US, Canada, Europe, etc.), and related “free trade” scams. Add your community to the international movement today! A local action can be anything from a rally for fair wages to a letter-writing session for Members of Congress, and as Tues. Dec. 3 approaches, organizers will make a map of all the local resistance set to happen across the U.S. To put your action on the map, see www.flushthetpp.org/actions/. More info: www.flushthetpp.org See “Flush the TPP” on Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/FlushTheTpp?fref=ts -- and Twitter -- https://twitter.com/FlushtheTPP
Tues Dec 3: Open house for possible volunteers to help with Amahoro House, a new hospice program: Amahoro House, a project of Hospice Without Borders, will provide compassionate end-of-life care for the homeless in Olympia. The non-profit organization seeks volunteers who are physically able and comfortable providing intimate physical care to the dying. Volunteers will be asked to commit to two four-hour shifts a week when Amahoro House has a guest. The House will take only one guest at a time and will have intervals between guests. Caregiving volunteers, willing to practice compassion without judgment, will be a part of a community team that includes volunteer doctors, nurses, chaplains, medical social workers and certified nurses’ assistants. Caregiving volunteers will receive about 30 hours of training. Learn more at today’s 6:30 pm open house at 1618 East 4th Ave (behind the Nalanda Buddhist Institute at 1620 East 4th Ave -- please enter through the alley. Info: (360) 338-0107 or Debe Edden (360) 943-6772 (Volunteer Co-Coordinator) email@example.com
FOR Tues Dec 3: Olympia FOR’s book discussion group about moving from war to peace: 7:00 pm at Chuck Schultz’s home, 1621 Tullis NE (a little north of San Francisco Street Bakery). Info: Chuck at 705-8520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed Dec 4: “Building the Political Will for Affordable Homes” -- Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s Annual Member Meeting & Reception: This great organization does good work for affordable housing and ending homelessness. Learn what they have accomplished and how you can help. Enjoy a panel of speakers and light refreshments. 5:00-7:00 pm at the offices of Summit Law Group, 315 5th Ave South, Suite 1000, in southern downtown Seattle. RSVP to Kate McMullen at email@example.com or call 206-442-9455, ext. 201. See info at this link: View it on the web here.
FOR Wed Dec 4: Watch DVD with a great speech about active nonviolence: On July 5, 2013, the young activist Kazu Haga delivered a powerful and well received keynote address about applying Martin Luther King’s nonviolence to struggles we work on nowadays. This was at the FOR’s NW 55th annual regional conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County. Susan Watkins, an Oregon FOR member and skilled videographer, produced a DVD of Kazu Haga’s powerful keynote. Watch it at 6:30 pm tonight at Glen Anderson’s house in Lacey with light refreshments. Please RSVP so Glen will know how many people to expect: (360) 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org This repeats at 7:00 pm SAT DEC 14 and 6:30 pm TUES DEC 17.
Wed Dec 4: Introduction to Nonviolent Communication: Liv Monroe’s excellent workshops (“Communicating to Connect”) offer hope and practical communication tools to increase understanding, respect, honesty & 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 large community – and helps people resolve their own internal conflicts and increase personal happiness. Tonight’s workshop runs from 6:45 to 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.) It’s free, but donations are appreciated. Info: Liv Monroe 357-4503 email@example.com
Fri Dec 6: “Nonprofit Board Service 101 – Things You Should Know” – Washington State’s Secretary of State’s office offers this training especially for current and prospective members of nonprofit boards. This training will occur from 10 am to 3 pm in Tumwater for $10, including lunch (vegetarian and gluten-free options available). RSVP now because space is limited. Info and registration: www.sos.wa.gov/charities/training This class is full, but the website includes a way to be added to the waiting list. Perhaps they can notify you when it is offered again.
Fri Dec 6: “Fridays at the First” – Concert #1: A Capella Belles: Enjoy “Songs Old and New and Christmas TOO!” From Jubilee in Lacey, their repertoire includes jazz, gospel, classical, liturgical, folk, pop, and seasonal music. It’s free, but they’ll accept donations for the musicians. 12:00 noon at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin Street SE in downtown Olympia. www.firstchristianolympia.org
Fri Dec 6: Help Shape the Future of our Community! Gather with others to explore Subarea Planning: A Framework for New Civic Engagement: Regional and City plans put forth a bold vision to guide our region toward a prosperous, healthy future. Subarea planning takes it to the street — a framework for improved civic engagement with tools to work through divisive issues and implement great ideas. Learn from inspiring local examples moving from vision to action! Come together with neighbors and community leaders in a lively discussion about the civic infrastructure we need to build a brighter future together. Keynote speaker John Owen is an urban designer. This “vision2action community symposium” will run from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm in the Olympia City Council chambers, 601 4th Ave E, downtown. A light and healthy lunch will be served. The program begins at 12:30 pm. $10 per person with volunteer work-trade and cost-offset available. Info: www.Vision2Action.us or call (360) 789-9669. Click Here to Register
Sat Dec 7: Homeless Connect Event (Yes, they need volunteers!): Hot meals, coffee, referrals for services and housing, medical services, haircuts, survival commodities, etc.: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia Street downtown. To volunteer, please contact Krosbie Carter 753-8062 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Dec 7: Learn about the Deschutes Estuary and connect with others at the Conversation Café: The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) is working to restore the urban estuary in downtown Olympia by reconnecting the river to Puget Sound (“the Salish Sea). DERT is an advocacy group representing the interests of the natural environment and a community that values wildlife, water quality, ecosystem services, economic opportunities and natural beauty. Read DERT’s most recent newsletter here. DERT invites people to join as members at modest rates, including a low-income option: http://www.deschutesestuary.org/memberships/ Today’s Conversation Café workshop is designed for those with curiosity and mutual interest in restoring the Deschutes Estuary. Attendees will participate in an open and creative process called a World Café to share and hear many perspectives. The ideas gleaned from this conversation will inform the development of our Imagine the Estuary project and help us design activities and projects for volunteer participation. You will meet people with similar interests and passions, and engage in conversation that will generate action. Space is limited at today’s event, so pre-register at this link by Tues Dec 3: www.deschutesestuary.org/volunteer/community-conversation/ Info: Dani Madrone, DERT’s Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com See DERT’s website, www.deschutesestuary.org
Sun Dec 8: “Beyond Violence: A Time for Peace” is this year’s theme for the Annual Dinner of the Faith Action Network (FAN): FAN is a statewide faith-based non-profit organization that resulted from merging the Washington Association of Churches and the Lutheran Public Policy Office. FAN works for social justice and nonviolence throughout Washington State, through legislative advocacy, congregation-based efforts, and in other ways. The keynote speaker for today’s annual dinner is Nick Hanauer, co-founder of Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Registration opens at 4:30 pm, and the dinner/program starts at 5:30 pm at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E Pike Street, Seattle (east of downtown). RSVP at (206) 625-9790 or by clicking on the Dove at www.fanwa.org
Sun Dec 8: International Trauma Treatment Program (ITTP) invites you to its yearly celebration: ITTP provides amazingly thorough and useful help and training in the Olympia area for practitioners from violence-plagued nations who serve people in their home countries who have been traumatized by the violence. Every December ITTP holds an event to celebrate its accomplishments. Since ITTP was not able to obtain visas for the practitioners they had hoped to help this year, there will be no graduation. But we did save money, so this event will not work hard to raise funds. For only $20 admission you can enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks while you meet old and new friends, hear about ITTP’s excellent work, and add your voices and ideas to help chart ITTP’s course for the future. RSVP to Juliet at (360) 870-0628. Info: The Rev. Dr. John R. Van Eenwyk, Clinical Director, The International Trauma Treatment Program, 1026 State Ave NE, Olympia WA 98506 www.ittp.org www.johnvaneenwyk.com
Mon Dec 9: Jody Mackey shows and discusses “Marching To Waziristan” about her very own travel to Waziristan, 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. Info: (360) 705-2819 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues Oct 10: Thurston County NOW chapter also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. We welcome new members and visitors to these monthly meetings! Come this evening and bring questions comments about whatever concerns you facing women’s rights. 5:30-7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. Info: Linda 357-7272 email@example.com
Tues Dec 10: Learn about Tidal Energy Research from an expert: Olympia’s Science Café invites the public to learn about the current status of marine renewable energy research. Tidal energy shows promise as a resource for sustainable, renewable power generation. Research is underway on the technical, environmental and social challenges to its deployment. The speaker, Dr. Brian Polagye, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. 7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, downtown Olympia. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues Dec 10: Celebrate Human Rights Day with the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice: Join them for a joyous evening celebration as we mark International Human Rights Day with drinks and hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, guest speaker Linda Bevis, and dancing to the music of Bevy! Linda Bevis is an attorney who has done human rights work in Northern Ireland, Central America, Palestine and the former Soviet Union. In 2002, Linda and her husband jointly received the annual human rights award of the United Nations Association of Seattle. Tonight is the first annual benefit Community Celebration of Human Rights for the Rachel Corrie Foundation, a very worthy cause! It runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Abigail Stuart House (location of the Woman’s Club), 1002 Washington Street SE, Olympia. RSVP and buy your $30 ticket BY TUES DEC 3 by calling (360) 754-3998 or online at www.RachelCorrieFoundation.org.
FOR Wed Dec 11: Olympia FOR’s Steering Committee meets at 7:00 pm at Kim Dobson’s home in NE Olympia. All Olympia FOR people are welcome. Info: 491-9093 email@example.com
Wed Dec 11: 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. Tonight’s meeting will occur at Traditions Café, 5th & Water. The OMJP meeting will be brief (6:30-7:00), and then Cindy and Josh will share their thoughts about the Mural Park plans. Info: Larry 951-4894 firstname.lastname@example.org www.omjp.net
Wed Dec 11: David Coombs, attorney for US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, will speak at 7:00 pm University Temple United Methodist Church (Fireplace Room), 1415 NE 43rd Street, in the University District of Seattle. Find out what’s being done to support Chelsea following her recent 35-year military prison sentence. This exclusive Northwest event includes Q&A with Mr. Coombs and is a benefit for the Private Manning Support Network. Presented by Courage To Resist (www.couragetoresist.org) and co-sponsored by Common Good Cafe, Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace (VFP 92), G.I. Voice / Coffee Strong, and the Seattle chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Info: Alex Bacon email@example.com
Thurs Dec 12: National call-in day to urge Congress to stop the sequester and protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid: Several organizations are collaborating to pull Congress away from recurring budget “cliffs” and back to sanity and serving the broad public interest. Today a coalition of organizations representing millions of Americans will flood Congress with phone calls demanding that they stop the self-inflicted “sequester” crisis and protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and start passing budgets that will invest wisely in a better future. Info: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/november-18-online-federal-budget-day-of-action?referrer=michael-phelan-social-security-works&source=direct_link
Thurs Dec 12: FILM: “Wounds of Waziristan” is about drones: -- It is very recent and highly acclaimed. It’s a great opportunity to learn about militarized drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles -- UAVs). Tell your friends and share this news on your lists. Free admission. 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water. Info: (360) 705-2819 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri Dec 13: “Fridays at the First” – Concert #2: John Croarkin & Neil Slifka: Enjoy “Songs Old and New and Christmas TOO!” From Jubilee in Lacey, their repertoire includes jazz, gospel, classical, liturgical, folk, pop, and seasonal music. It’s free, but they’ll accept donations for the musicians. 12:00 noon at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin Street SE in downtown Olympia. www.firstchristianolympia.org
Fri Dec 13: An important public hearing on the climate sponsored by Governor Inslee: His Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (www.governor.wa.gov/issues/economy/climateWorkgroup) is identifying specific policies and actions to meet the state’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the past two months, they have held two successful public hearings in Seattle and Spokane demonstrating that citizens want and expect climate action. The final hearing scheduled for Fri Dec 6 was postponed one week to Friday December 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in House Hearing Room A, south of the State Capitol building. Information will be posted soon at the website. You can RSVP here. More info: Jason Merges email@example.com
Fri Dec 13: Heartsparkle Players – Playback Theatre – “Stories of Pushing Boundaries” –Playback Theatre is a spontaneous collaboration between performers and audience. People tell moments from their lives, then watch them re-created with movement, music and dialogue. Tonight Heartsparkle collaborates with RADCo, a dance/movement collective that welcomes all levels. 7:30 pm at Traditions Fair Trade & Café, 5th & Water Street in downtown Olympia. A donation of $5-$10 is suggested, but nobody will be turned away for not donating. Info: www.heartsparkle.org
Sat Dec 14: An anti-gun event to remember the 1-year Anniversary of the Sandy Hook school massacre: An event is being planned for Olympia, but the details are not yet confirmed. It will be organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Organizing for Action, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and other groups to commemorate the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Contact the Washington State chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
Sat Dec 14: Alternative Gift Fair & Holiday Cookie Sale: Make a donation to a great local, national or global cause in a loved one’s name. Fair Trade gifts available, with gift wrapping! No time to bake? Buy delicious home-baked treats here! 10 am to 3 pm at lacey Community Church, 4501 19th Ave SE (west of College Street SE), Lacey. www.laceycommunitychurch.com Info: Dianna Ullery firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Dec 14: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): Several kinds of organizing and work are underway now. Several CROs that have passed elsewhere are posted at http://celdf.org/resources-ordinances 2:00 pm at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown. Info: Mary 360-400-2844 email@example.com and South Sound Community Rights (http://cr-southsound.org) More info: www.celdf.org and www.Readthedirt.org
Sat Dec 14: CURE potluck and meeting to reform the criminal justice system: A new local chapter of CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) is active now. CURE is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972 and became a national organization in 1985. CURE believes that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated – and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around. CURE also believes that human rights documents provide a sound basis for ensuring that criminal justice systems meet these goals. CURE’s local chapter will meet regularly. Today’s meeting includes a potluck. Info: Ruth Elder & Kathy Wilkinson at Washington State CURE, firstname.lastname@example.org, Olympia phone (360) 259-1124
FOR Sat Dec 14: Watch DVD with a great speech about active nonviolence: On July 5, 2013, the young activist Kazu Haga delivered a powerful and well received keynote address about applying Martin Luther King’s nonviolence to struggles we work on nowadays. This was at the FOR’s NW 55th annual regional conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County. Susan Watkins, an Oregon FOR member and skilled videographer, produced a DVD of Kazu Haga’s powerful keynote. Watch it at 7:00 pm tonight at Glen Anderson’s house in Lacey with light refreshments. Please RSVP so Glen will know how many people to expect: (360) 491-9093 email@example.com This occurs also at 6:30 pm WED DEC 4 and 6:30 pm TUES DEC 17.
Sat-Sun Dec 14-15: Learn the basics of G.I. Rights counseling at Coffee Strong, 15107 Union Ave SW, Lakewood, SW of Tacoma. Learn how to support military personnel in seeking discharge, filing grievances and standing up for their rights. It is co-led by one of the nation’s best experts on this, Kathy Gilberd, Executive Director of the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild, and by David Miner, former Army JAG. Pre-registration is required. Info: Andrew (253) 581-1565 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon Dec 16: Learn the basics of how to upgrade military discharges at Coffee Strong, 15107 Union Ave SW, Lakewood, SW of Tacoma. Learn how to support veterans in seeking redress who were given “bad discharges” for opposing war, coming out or being outed, having serious medical problems, or for other reasons It is co-led by one of the nation’s best experts on this, Kathy Gilberd, Executive Director of the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild, and by David Miner, former Army JAG. Pre-registration is required. Info: Andrew (253) 581-1565 email@example.com
Mon Dec 16: Bernie Meyer’s trial for the Mother's Day action at the Trident nuclear submarine base in Kitsap County (Sub Base Bangor) will occur at 1:30 in the Federal Court House, 1717 Pacific Ave in downtown Tacoma. You will appreciate hearing Bernie’s defense, in which he will plead passionately for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Info: Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action www.gzcenter.org
FOR Tues Dec 17: Watch DVD with a great speech about active nonviolence: On July 5, 2013, the young activist Kazu Haga delivered a powerful and well received keynote address about applying Martin Luther King’s nonviolence to struggles we work on nowadays. This was at the FOR’s NW 55th annual regional conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County. Susan Watkins, an Oregon FOR member and skilled videographer, produced a DVD of Kazu Haga’s powerful keynote. Watch it at 6:30 pm tonight at Glen Anderson’s house in Lacey with light refreshments. Please RSVP so Glen will know how many people to expect: (360) 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org This occurs also at 6:30 pm WED DEC 4 and 7:00 pm SAT DEC 14.
FOR Sat Dec 21: Global Days of Listening: On the 21st day of each month, you can connect by telephone and/or computer (through Skype software) with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other peacemakers of all ages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and many other countries around the world. In the US’s Pacific Time Zone it runs from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. You can listen to the live broadcast at http://globaldaysoflistening.org/pages/livestream or visit the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants to listen or help. Info: www.globaldaysoflistening.org Local info: Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757 DougWMackey@gmail.com or Chuck Schultz (360) 705-8520 email@example.com Listen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link: LiveStream. This month it starts at 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time and continues for 24 hours.
FOR Sat Dec 21: Olympia FOR’s 38th Annual Holiday Peace Vigil: The public is invited to participate in Olympia’s 38th Annual Holiday Peace Vigil on Saturday December 21 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. along West Fourth Avenue, along the south side of Percival Landing and in front of Heritage Fountain. The annual vigil is an Olympia tradition. Signs are provided, but participants may bring their own. Children are welcome. Members of the Artesian Rumble Arkestra will perform. Participants may enjoy free refreshments nearby after the vigil. “During this holiday season of joy and good will, let us set aside all violence and militarism, which are the opposites of joy and good will,” said Glen Anderson, vigil organizer. “The vigil gives participants and passersby an opportunity to pause and consider choosing peace instead of violence. Peace is so much more consistent with the holiday spirit.” The vigil is sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). The Olympia FOR has worked nonviolently since 1976 on a variety of peace and social justice issues. It is the local affiliate of a very broadly interfaith, international pacifist organization founded in 1914. The Olympia FOR has also sponsored a weekly peace vigil in Sylvester Park at the corner of Legion and Capitol Way, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday since March 5, 1980, and another vigil at the south end of Percival Landing from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. every Friday since November 1998. The vigil is free, but the Olympia FOR will gratefully accept donations to support its persistent work for nonviolence, social justice and peace. For information contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Olympia FOR’s website, www.olympiafor.org
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