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(Mostly in Olympia WA, with some in Tacoma, Seattle, and elsewhere)
For February and beyond, see our next newsletter (February-March 2015, which will be posted in early February at www.olympiafor.org
· 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 email@example.com 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 www.olympiafor.org: JANUARY: “Climate Change: From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!” FEBRUARY: “Human Trafficking: Problems and Solutions.” See descriptions on our website’s TV Programs page. Watch the programs on TCTV or through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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). 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 491-9093 www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm
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 email@example.com www.mamapower.org
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: JANUARY: “Climate Change: From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!” FEBRUARY: “Human Trafficking: Problems and Solutions.” See descriptions on our website’s TV Programs page. Watch the programs on TCTV or through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parallel-University-Radio-Show/148750248532028) See list of current and past topics and guests. Listen locally or at www.kaosradio.org
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 www.emmaus-ecc.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Bourtai Hargrove 352-6327 email@example.com
Every Thursday at 8:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 firstname.lastname@example.org and www.vfp109rcc.org
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 www.olympiafor.org: JANUARY: “Climate Change: From Despair + Denial to Courage + Action!” FEBRUARY: “Human Trafficking: Problems and Solutions.” See descriptions on our website’s TV Programs page. Watch the programs on TCTV or through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm. Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 email@example.com
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 (www.oly-wa.us/artesianrumble) joins us at 5:00 with lively music to support our vigil! Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Saturday at 2:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 email@example.com and www.vfp109rcc.org
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 www.sseacenter.wordpress.com
Mon March 16: Remember Rachel Corrie with our friends – Celebrate peace and justice, and DANCE! Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation and friends in commemorating Rachel Corrie and the 12th anniversary of her stand for human rights in Gaza! We will remember her life, work, and visions with a communal potluck, poetry, contra dancing -- for Rachel loved to dance! -- and guest speaker, Ronnie Barkan! We are honored to welcome Ronnie Barkan to Olympia as he tours throughout the US and Canada. He will lend his voice in commemorating Rachel Corrie by enlivening the conversation in our community on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions organizing. Ronnie Barkan is an Israeli activist, a conscientious objector and co-founder of Boycott From Within – a group of conscientious Israelis who support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). The evening music will be by Yodelady! Find them on the web or visit their Facebook! This event is FREE and everyone is welcome! Please bring a potluck dish to share. 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE - Second Floor (with elevator access) Sponsored by The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, 203 East Fourth Ave., Suite 402, Olympia (360) 754-3998 www.rachelcorriefoundation.org
The Olympia Planning Commission is hosting tonight’s 1-hour public meeting to explore transportation issues in downtown Olympia. It will run from 6:30 to 7:30 at City Hall on 4th Ave E. Discussion will include history, problems, and solutions.
Mon March 16: Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC): “Communicating to Connect” workshop with Liv Monroe: -- Join us if you would like to learn the basic intentions of NVC and some immediately usable tools for resolving conflicts, reducing criticism and misunderstanding, and for increasing respect and hope in your everyday life and in the world. 6:45-9:00 pm at Lincoln School, 21st & Washington SE, Olympia. Often these workshops are held in the cafeteria, around the west side, and downstairs. Info: Liv Monroe firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues March 17: Learn about “Economic Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions in Washington State.” -- The Olympia Economic Club invites people to hear two economists -- Dr. Fanny Roberts and Toby Patterson report on this topic. They work in the research and forecasting division of the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM). These OFM economists have completed recent economic impact research on the Governor’s carbon tax and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions’ economic impact in Washington state. They will share their research techniques utilizing the state REMI model and conclusions from this complex research and public policy issue. This opportunity will occur from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Spangler Hall Conference Area at St. Martin’s University. It is free, and parking is free in the lot behind Spangler Hall. Parking fees exist in most other parts of the campus. Location and driving directions: https://www.stmartin.edu/about/drivinghere.aspx You may bring your own lunch, and also any questions you have about carbon taxes and emission reduction economic impact modeling for our speakers. Info: Lizbeth Martin-Mahar, Assistant Director – Economic Analysis, (360) 705-7942, email@example.com
Tues March 17: Americans United for the Separation of Church and State: You are invited to their monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian church, 2300 East End Street NW (north on Division, left on 20th, right on East End). Sometimes after convening the meeting decides to move itself to Pints & Quarts at Capital Mall. Info: Dennis Mansker firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Wed March 18: “Confronting the Climate Crisis”: Olympia FOR’s vigorous group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Our group is active in many ways, so you are sure to find something that interests you and some ways you can help. Info: 352-6327 climate@ olympiafor.org www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html
Wed-Sat March 18-21: Spring Rising: An Anti-War Intervention in Washington DC: The 12-year-long U.S. war in Iraq was supposed to be over, but now it has been restarted in a new form. The US government needs a nonviolent intervention to help it kick its addition to war. A great many respected nationwide peace organizations are supporting this event. Wednesday March 18 will focus on a peace gathering and fellowship. Thursday March 19 will focus on lobbying on Capitol Hill, followed by a tour of the war machine: homes and offices of war criminals. Friday March 20 will feature an afternoon and evening teach-in about Ending Current Wars and Ending the Institution of War. Saturday March 21 will feature a protest at the White House, followed by a march. This nonviolent intervention has been endorsed and will be supported by a tremendous number of respected nationwide peace organizations. Info: www.SpringRising.org Info: email@example.com Join and share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/430232700485435 Many other smart, nonviolent peace activities around the US and elsewhere are listed at www.davidswanson.org, www.warisacrime.org, and www.worldbeyondwar.org
FOR Thurs March 19: Deadline for Olympia FOR’s April-May newsletter: Send news, announcements and calendar items by this date or very soon after. 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs March 19: 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, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW. Info: Tom Crawford, email@example.com 280-0242.
Thurs March 19: Free film screening of “Resistance” documentary exposing the emerging pandemic of antibiotic-resistant infections: Olympia FOR signed on to the local campaign about this. The sponsoring organization -- Food& Water Watch (www.foodandwaterwatch.org) – is proceeding with its Save Antibiotics campaign here in Thurston County and elsewhere. Tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 pm they’re hosting a FREE showing of the documentary “Resistance” about this at the Eagles Ballroom at the SE corner of 4th Ave E and Plum Street SE. The film explores what is causing the emerging pandemic of antibiotic-resistant infections and what’s being done to combat it. After watching the film, enjoy a panel discussion with speakers including Mayor Buxbaum, TJ Johnson, former City Councilor and food policy professor at Evergreen, and Steven Standaert, a local infectious disease physician. You can RSVP here! Here is also the Facebook link.Info: Victoria Leistman, Field Organizer for Food & Water Watch, (516) 650-7530 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs March 19: Shorebirds of Puget Sound: Joe Evenson from the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife will teach about Puget Sound’s shorebird populations, changing trends, and relationships with forage fish populations. This is part of the Discovery Speaker Series of the South Sound Estuary Association at the WET Science Center, 500 Adams Street NE, north of downtown. Doors open at 6:30 pm for this 7:00-8:30 pm event. Info: (360) 528-5742 www.wetsciencecenter.org
Thurs March 19: 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). Confirm tonight’s meeting and get info: Steve Tilley email@example.com
Thurs March 19: Ebola and the Threat of International Epidemics: Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases, will present a program on Ebola and the Threat of International Epidemics, sponsored by the Olympia World Affairs Council, in Room 101 of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia NW. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for socializing before the presentation begins at 7:30. This lecture and Q&A are free to the public.
Thurs-Fri-Sat March 19-20-21 and Thurs-Fri-Sat March 26-27-28: Take the Dispute Resolution Center’s 40-Hour Mediation Training. This fun and highly interactive course will acquaint you with the philosophy, model and skills needed for a working knowledge of the role of a neutral mediator. You can take this training without actually volunteering to serve as a DRC mediator! The concepts and skills taught in this training are easily transferable and are designed to improve communication and enhance relationships at home, at work and beyond. It runs from 5 to 9 pm each Thursday and from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on both Fridays and Saturdays. It costs $675, but teenagers get a significant discount. Watch Olympia FOR’s December 2013 TV program at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm for good background and inspiration. Info: Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, (360) 956-1155 www.mediatethurston.org
Fri March 20: First Day of Spring Bubble Blow at 12 noon at Percival Landing: Come wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow or maybe sun, let’s welcome Spring to the South Sound! The 23nd annual First Day of Spring Community Bubble Blow will be at “The Kiss” on Percival Landing today from 12 noon to 1 pm. Bring your own bubbles and bubble wands or use ours! Sponsored by People-Who-Know-We-Live-In-A-Great-Place. Info: Janine Unsoeld, 791-7736; Ja9unsoeld@aol.com
Fri-Sat March 20-21: Let’s Do Democracy! “Citizen University 2015” -- This annual national conference will bring together hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains – from immigrant rights to voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to Hollywood and tech. They are you! Nowadays people are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. This movement can revive democracy in the US. Join them at the Seattle Center NW of downtown. Info: www.citizenuniversity.us/conference
FOR Sat March 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 6:30 to 9:30 am (yes, morning!), Pacific Time. 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 915-6757 DougWMackey@gmail.com Listen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link: http://tinyurl.com/nz7j77y
Sat March 21: One-Day Meditation Retreat: This retreat begins at 7:00 a.m. and includes breakfast and lunch plus something for the teacher – all for $35, at the Olympia Zen Center in NE Olympia. Info: (360) 357-2835 director@OlympiaZenCenter.org and www.OlympiaZenCenter.org
Sat March 21: “The Future of Rail: Safety, Workers, Community & the Environment” – This great event in Olympia will be good for workers, environment, climate, and quality of life: We need railroads to be part of a modern, environmentally sensitive transportation system, rather than dependent on shipping fossil fuels. Several major events around the country will bring together experts, build alliances (including with railroad workers), and engage stakeholders. It will run from 8:30 am to 9 pm at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia 98505. Your $30 registration includes meals. Register at www.tinyurl.com/mnpm6rp Get background information to help you understand and prepare for this great day: www.railroadconference.org, where various pages on the top blue banner will prove useful, especially Articles, Materials, and Conference Packets. It is organized by the Solutionary Rail team (www.solutionaryrail.org) and the Backbone Campaign (www.backbonecampaign.org) and co-sponsored by the New Economy Working Group of the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org). Some additional background information is at www.FutureOfRail.org Also see www.tinyurl.com/lf7vojy Registration is required. Details and registration online at: http://www.railroadconference.org/ More info: Alex Ramel, Extreme Oil Field Director at ForestEthics. Cell phone (360) 305-5079 360.305.5079 Alex@ForestEthics.org
Sat March 21: A Dinner at the Well: Break Bread, Build Community, Transform Downtown: There’s a lot of talk about improving downtown, but any way you slice it, the best solutions usually involve food. Join Partners in Prevention Education, Interfaith Works Overnight Shelter, Dillinger’s Cocktails & Kitchen and MIXX96 for “A Dinner at the Well” this afternoon in downtown Olympia. Good solutions are founded on good relationships, so come break bread and build friendships with folks from all walks of life at downtown Olympia’s beloved Artesian Well. Your $50 ticket buys one gourmet artisanal meal for yourself and one for someone living on the streets downtown. Enjoy either the 12 noon seating or the 3 pm seating in a heated catering tent. Tickets available online at www.dinneratthewell.brownpapertickets.com Info: http://www.huntcal.com/cal/eventview/tcpronet/tcpronet?vm=-h&yr=2015&cs=c&tw=983&id=425938411&d=21&m=3
Mon March 23: South Puget Environmental Education Clearinghouse (SPEECH) celebrates 25 years at its 25th Anniversary Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia. Enjoy cake, share oral history of this great local organization, and find out how you can help other folks promote environmental information and caretaking. Info: www.oly-wa.us/greenpages
FOR Tues March 24: Attend the monthly meeting of the Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at 7:00 pm at a convenient location in Tumwater. We educate ourselves and plan future activities toward abolishing this atrocity. Info: Emily Hammargren 352-0695 firstname.lastname@example.org or Glen Anderson 491-9093 email@example.com. Our website has much info about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm
Wed March 25: 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 meet at Traditions Café, 5th & Water downtown. Info: Larry 951-4894 firstname.lastname@example.org www.omjp.net
Thurs March 26: “Cap + Trade” and “Carbon Tax” are topics for the public to explore with the League of Women Voters of Thurston County: The League of Women Voters of Thurston County invites the public to attend their March meeting, which will focus on several ways to reduce atmospheric CO2 by putting a price on carbon. Governor Inslee’s proposal would generate much revenue for the state, but it would exempt the Centralia coal plant from further regulation and taxation until it closes by 2025, as required by previously passed legislation. The 2015 legislature’s partisan division makes passage of Inslee’s proposal unlikely. A creative alternative is a revenue-neutral carbon tax, much like the highly successful and popular one that British Columbia has enjoyed for several years. Economist Yoram Bauman is organizing an initiative (www.CarbonWA.org) to the Jan. 2016 Legislature and then to the Nov. 2016 election ballot. Tonight’s speaker, Jay Manning, was Director of the Dept of Ecology and now is director of the Washington Environmental Council. Social time starts at 6:00 pm, and the speaker begins at 6:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water downtown. Info: 352-8220 www.lwvthurston.org
FOR Thurs March 26: Speak to Lacey City Council. Urge them to divest from fossil fuels: The Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group is urging state and local governments, colleges, and other entities to sell their investments in fossil fuels. There are several good reasons for doing this. At 7:00 tonight at some of us will speak to the Lacey City Council, 420 College Street SE, Lacey, urging them to divest their share of their employee's pension funds from fossil fuels. Last night, we picked dates for our presentations. (We’ll do the same at 7:00 pm Tuesday April 7 at the Tumwater City Council.) Both cities allow time for brief public comments on their regular agendas. (If you have longer statements, give paper copies to them.) Info: Bourtai Hargrove 352-6327 email@example.com If you want to coordinate with others, meet at 6:00 or 6:15 at Glen Anderson’s home in Lacey, 5015 15th Ave SE (second house east of Ruddell Road SE). 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs March 26: FILM: “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” with Q&A: How can the many military veterans returning to our communities adjust to civilian life, heal, and find useful jobs? Small farming activities could help. This film showing is sponsored by GRuB, Growing Veterans, and Enterprise for Equity. The “Ground Operations” film (2013, 41 minutes) and Q&A can help veterans with their transition and support food security for our region. Doors open at 6:00 pm for the 6:30 film. Tickets are $9 general admission or $6 for members of Olympia Film Society. 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia. Info: www.olympiafilmsociety.org
Sat March 28: Sea Changes: Ocean Acidification Lab: Carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air helps insulate our planet and keep it warm, but too much CO2 is bad. Our oceans absorb very much CO2 every day, and this makes oceans more acidic. Today’s hands-on chemistry lab gives an introduction to pH (the amount of acid), the effects of CO2 on water, and the effects on local shellfish. This workshop is appropriate for 5th grade and older, and a great opportunity for parents (or grandparents) to explore science together with kids. It is part of the South Sound Estuary Association’s Discovery Speaker Series at the WET Science Center, 500 Adams St NE, north of downtown, starting at 2:00 pm. Info: (360) 528-5742 www.wetsciencecenter.org
Sat March 28: FILM: “Return of the River” with Q&A: The largest dam removal project in US history involved removing the dam on the Elwha River in NW Washington State to restore an ecosystem and set a river free. Just like the tenacious salmon who were determined to go upstream to spawn, local people were determined to remove the dam and restore the natural salmon run. This was a great victory with strong salmon runs, empowerment of tribal members and other environmentalists, and this beautiful, compelling documentary film. Doors open at 6:00 pm for the 6:30 film. Tickets are $9 general admission or $6 for members of Olympia Film Society. 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia. Info: www.olympiafilmsociety.org
Sat March 28: El Salvador’s Jose Chencho Alas – an effective and inspiring activist for peace, justice, environment – speaks in Olympia: Chencho is the director of the Mesoamerica Peace Project (Guatemala to Panama), which sponsors workshops for peacemakers focusing on values and principles that encourage bottom-up organizing and training for economic self-sufficiency and empowerment. They have projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama that include alternatives to youth gangs, defending the rights of women, environmental restoration and organic agriculture. Chencho is an historic figure in El Salvador’s history, a close friend of slain Archbishop Oscar Romer, and a worker in Base Communities in Suchitoto, El Salvador, in the 1970s before El Salvador’s military forced him into exile. He has been doing this work for 50 years. Come, learn, and get inspired! Chencho will explain his Mesoamerica Peace Project the approach he uses for moving from seemingly hopeless situations to empowerment by focusing on the positive and building on small successes. Other war zones and areas of conflict could benefit from the kinds of opportunities he creates. His NW speaking tour will raise funds for this amazing work, so please consider donating when a basket is passed for free-will offerings. You’ll be glad you attended this great event from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia. Info: Bob Zeigler (360) 570-0848 ZeiglerBob@msn.com
Sat March 28: Observe “Earth Hour” and turn your lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 pm tonight: This annual event occurs tonight. Be mindful during this hour of darkness (8:30-9:30 pm local time) that we must fight climate change. Several organizations are promoting this.
Tues March 31: “How Do I Go About Shedding Investments in Coal, Oil, and Gas” – Many large institutions are divesting from fossil fuel investments. How can individual investors reduce their exposure to the risks – financial climatic and moral – of investments in fossil fuels? The Green Sanctuary Committee of Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation (OUUC) has invited Alex Young, Senior Financial Advisor from Merill Lynch’s local office to speak. This event runs from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at OUUC in NW Olympia. Info: Frank Turner 878-8182 email@example.com
FOR Wed April 1: “LBA Woods and Other Parks for Our Community” -- The Olympia FOR’s April TV program debuts at 5:00 this afternoon and airs three times a week this month on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers. Also – sometime in mid-March – you will be able to watch it at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htmand read the program’s description similar to the description that will appear in our April-May 2015 newsletter.
Thurs April 2: Get big money out of politics! Meet at State Capitol today: Fix Democracy First (formerly Washington Public Campaigns), Public Citizen, Move to Amend, and other allies will gather at 12 noon at the Sundial south of the State Capitol building to “Shine a Light.” Bring your flashlight and paper money cause we'll be shining a light on the dark money in our elections. The purpose of the action will be threefold: (1) calling on President Obama to issue an executive order to require disclosure by corporations bidding on government contracts, (2) thanking supporters of SB 5153, especially Prime Sponsor, Senator Andy Billig, Spokane for calling for a stronger disclosure law on dark money contributed to Washington State campaigns and (3) we will thank our legislators who have supported HJM 4004 and/or signed the letter calling for an amendment to overturn Citizens United, and we'll shine a light on those who want to stay in the dark. Info: Jennifer Sprague firstname.lastname@example.org 866-8906 locally and www.fixdemocracyfirst.org
Thurs April 2: Get big money out of politics! Local organizing meeting tonight: Olympia’s Move to Amend group invites everyone to join them for tonight’s monthly meeting (first Thursday of each month) at 7:00 pm in Room 280 of Bldg 1 at the Thurston County Courthouse. Info: Michael Savoca at email@example.com or Jennifer Sprague firstname.lastname@example.org 866-8906
Fri April 3: Know Your Rights when interacting with the police: Training by Lauren Regan, lawyer, founder + director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at CAB 301 at The Evergreen State College. Sponsored by the Black Cottonwood Collective. http://cldc.org/2015/03/10/know-your-rights-interacting-with-the-police/
Sat April 4: Basic Nonviolence Training: The Washington Peace Team Presents Nonviolence Training. Whether or not you’ve already had basic nonviolence training, this is the opportunity to learn, review, and enhance skills useful in everyday interactions. Learn de-escalation techniques and communication skills. Increase awareness of personal triggers. Feel more confident handling difficult situations. Enjoy this fun challenging day of learning and practice. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle 98105. Please bring lunch and snacks to share. A sliding scale donation of $5 to $50 will cover costs, but no one turned away for lack of funds. RSVP: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat April 4: Gala to benefit Procession of the Species: For 20 years Olympia’s Procession of the Species has engaged many tens of thousands of people’s hearts and minds. Support this great event! 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Red Lion Hotel on the Courthouse hill bluff in SW Olympia. Buy tickets at this link: http://procession.org/GalaOnline.php Info: www.procession.org
Sun April 5: Brunch to benefit KOWA-FM 106.5: On the first Sunday each month Media Island International (MII) hosts a benefit brunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to raise visibility and funds for a local non-profit organization. Enjoy a simple, tasty brunch for a worthy cause each month, and donate a voluntary amount rather than a fixed price. It runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at MII, 816 Adams Street SE (just east across Adams Street from Olympia's downtown library). If you need a handicap entrance, use the alley behind it, accessible from 9th Ave SE. The Sunday March 1 brunch will benefit April's a Waffle Wonder - Brunch will be to raise awareness and to benefit KOWA 106.5 FM Media Island’s station that is packed with great progressive programming and lots more. KOWA is a low power station, so if you are outside the terrestrial cast, it is also streamed at www.KOWALP.com
Sun April 5: Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans and 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 email@example.com and www.vfp109rcc.org
FOR Tues April 7: Olympia FOR’s book discussion group about moving from war to peace: 6:00 pm at Chuck Schultz’s home, 1621 Tullis NE (a little north of San Francisco Street Bakery). This month’s book topic is about why people obey (or disobey) laws. The topic for Book Group discussion for April is "Why do People Obey the Law". People disobey speed limits (and many other laws) with impunity. Peace and Justice groups try to get people (or the government) to “do the right thing” whether it is obeying a law or disobeying and unjust law. What factors affect why people “do the right thing.” How can peace and justice groups be effective? For other info contact Chuck at 705-8520 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Tues April 7: Speak to Tumwater City Council. Urge them to divest from fossil fuels: The Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group is urging state and local governments, colleges, and other entities to sell their investments in fossil fuels. There are several good reasons for doing this. At 7:00 tonight at some of us will speak to the Tumwater City Council, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, urging them to divest their share of their employee's pension funds from fossil fuels. Last night, we picked dates for our presentations. (We’re doing the same at 7:00 pm Tuesday March 26 at the Lacey City Council.) Both cities allow time for brief public comments on their regular agendas. (If you have longer statements, give paper copies to them.) Info: Bourtai Hargrove 352-6327 email@example.com
Wed April 8: Toward a Natural Forest: an Evening with Jim Furnish and Dylan Fischer: Jim Furnish will introduce the documentary "Seeing the Forest" and read from his just-published book Toward a Natural Forest. The film and reading will be followed by a community forum with Evergreen’s Dylan Fischer about the future of our national forests. Copies of Toward a National Forest will be available for purchase. This program is approximately 90 minutes long. 7:30 pm at Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St SE, Lacey. More info is on the Lacey Library Facebook page.
Fri April 10: “Stories of the Environment” 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 the South Puget Environmental Education Clearinghouse (SPEECH), our 25-year-old environmental network, which publishes Green Pages. 7:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.heartsparkle.org and www.oly-wa.us/greenpages
REGISTER NOW for Wed-Fri April 8-10 “Collaborative Negotiations” training sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County. This 20-hour training provides a foundation in the concepts, processes and skills of collaborative negotiations. It is highly interactive and enjoyable. It’s presented by Oriana Noël Lewis and Michael Fraidenburg. It costs $315 per person ($155 per current DRC volunteer). Register now through (360) 956-1155 or www.mediatethurston.org
REGISTER NOW: FOR Sat April 11: “Nonviolent Solutions to Structural Oppression” -- Western Washington FOR’s 17th Annual Spring Assembly: This great annual event will be very much more participatory than in any of our past years, and it will be profoundly multi-issue. It will also generate solutions rather than merely obsess about problems. Look for information and an exciting and attractive flyer now at www.wwfor.org/projects/spring-assembly/ Our flyer/pre-registration form also is posted at www.wwfor.org Also, see the home page of www.olympiafor.org (after the description of our Sat. Jan. 31 climate forum) for a link to the Spring Assembly flyer. We’ll follow up by late February with an even more informative flyer that includes workshops, a registration form, etc. WWFOR’s Spring Assembly will start with social time and light refreshments at 9:00 a.m. The program will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 pm. Enjoy our catered lunch. We’ll organize carpooling from Olympia, Tacoma, and other places. Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 email@example.com
Mon April 13: Global Day of Action on Military Spending: Info: Global Campaign on Military Spending www.demilitarize.org
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW – LOOK FOR REGISTRATION INFO IN APRIL:
FOR Thurs-Sun July 2-5: “Peace, Justice and Sustainability: Strengthening the Links” – Enjoy FOR’s 57th annual NW regional conference at Seabeck: All of the issues we care about are interconnected! Join with 200 activists of all ages in enjoying great speakers, many workshops, much music (with song leader Tom Rawson), child & youth educational programs.
One keynote speaker will be Jacqueline Patterson, an African-American woman who works as Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She can connect the dots across a number of issues and will present a workshop on the climate crisis.
Our other keynote speaker is another African American, the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, who works very closely with the national FOR and has done much work on racial justice activities, including much involvement in Ferguson, Missouri. Besides keynoting, he will present a workshop related to the Black Lives Matter movement.
We meet in a beautiful, historic setting on Hood Canal at Seabeck Conference Center in Kitsap County for three days and nights of work and fun, renewal and reinvigoration! Mark your calendar now and look for more specific publicity in early 2015 from Western Washington FOR, www.wwfor.org (206) 789-5565 Click for Flyer or more info.
FOR Mark your calendars now for Sat April 11: “Nonviolent Solutions to Structural Oppression” -- Western Washington FOR’s 17th Annual Spring Assembly: This great annual event will be very much more participatory than in any of our past years, and it will be profoundly multi-issue. It will also generate solutions rather than merely obsess about problems. Look for information and an exciting and attractive flyer now at www.wwfor.org/projects/spring-assembly/ It might move to another part of www.wwfor.org, so if you don’t see it there, look for a more conspicuous location. Also, see the home page of www.olympiafor.org (after the description of our Sat. Jan. 31 climate forum) for a link to the Spring Assembly flyer. We’ll follow up by late February with an even more informative flyer that includes workshops, a registration form, etc. WWFOR’s Spring Assembly will run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. We’ll organize carpooling from Olympia, Tacoma, and other places. Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Thurs-Sun July 2-5: “Peace, Justice and Sustainability: Strengthening the Links” – Enjoy FOR’s 57th annual NW regional conference at Seabeck: All of the issues we care about are interconnected! Join with 200 activists of all ages in enjoying great speakers, many workshops, much music (with song leader Tom Rawson), child & youth educational programs. Our keynote speaker will be Jacqueline Patterson, an African-American woman who works as Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She can connect the dots across a number of issues. We meet in a beautiful, historic setting on Hood Canal at Seabeck Conference Center in Kitsap County for three days and nights of work and fun, renewal and reinvigoration! Mark your calendar now and look for more specific publicity in early 2015 from Western Washington FOR, www.wwfor.org (206) 789-5565For 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
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