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Calendar for June-July 2014
Events sponsored by FOR are preceded by the symbol FOR.
Phone numbers are in (360) unless otherwise noted.
Events outside of Thurston County have their locations underlined.
TCTV programs use cable channel 22 in Thurston County.

 

EVERY WEEK:

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” on KAOS 89.3 FM
FOR  Every Monday at 1:30 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.org after the program has debuted on TV:  JUNE: “Igniting a Grassroots Compassion Movement.”  JULY: “A Vietnam Veteran Now Works for Peace.”  See descriptions and watch programs on pages 12-14 of our June-July newsletter and at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.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 mills.dennis@comcast.net  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: glen@olympiafor.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  info@mamapower.org    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 after the program has debuted on TV:  JUNE: “Igniting a Grassroots Compassion Movement.”  JULY: “A Vietnam Veteran Now Works for Peace.”  See descriptions and watch programs on pages 12-14 of our June-July newsletter and at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm.   Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.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, parralleluniversity@yahoo.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 at 8:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@comcast.net  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 after the program has debuted on TV:  JUNE: “Igniting a Grassroots Compassion Movement.”  JULY: “A Vietnam Veteran Now Works for Peace.”  See descriptions and watch programs on pages 12-14 of our June-July newsletter and at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm.     Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org
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).
Text Box:  Thanks to Bob Zeigler for this photo.
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 glen@olympiafor.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 rosemary.b@comcast.net  
FOR  Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Peace Vigil in Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia.  Sponsor: Lewis County’s “Fire Mountain” FOR chapter. Info: June Butler 748-9658 or Larry Kerschner 880-4741 larry@peacepoet.me
Every Saturday at 2:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@comcast.net  and www.vfp109rcc.org
Every Sat and Sun:  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.  Info:  Leihla 888-0565  www.sseacenter.wordpress.com

SPECIFIC DATES:


Thursday, July 24: Gaza Day of Action: In this latest round of violence, over 600 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured. According to the UN, 72 percent of those are civilians, including over 80 children. One hundred thousand are displaced and living in makeshift shelters; electricity has been reduced to four hours a day for 80% of the population; water has been cut to hundreds of thousands; sewage is flowing into the sea; hospitals have been bombed and there are shortages of everything from food to medicines. Twenty-seven Israeli soldiers and two civilians have been killed. We must act now! Please join us this Thursday, July 24, to call for a ceasefire and an end to the siege of Gaza!

Banner Drop from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.: In the first of the day’s events, the Rachel Corrie Foundation will display a banner from the overpass across Capitol Way challenging U.S. support for the assault on Gaza.

Gaza Solidarity Theatrical Display from 11 am to 2 pm: Heritage Park, 330 5th Ave SW, across from Traditions Fair Trade - At a theatrical “die-in” volunteers will gather to lay in the grass, representing individuals who have been killed during recent violence. Join us as a participant or stop by to learn more about the current situation in Gaza and what has brought us to this point.

Petition Delivery to members of Congress from 4:00 to 5:00 pm: Congressman Denny Heck’s Thurston and Mason County Office, 420 College St SE, in Lacey (3rd floor of Lacey City Hall). Join community members to deliver a petition to Congressman Heck. We will demand action for a ceasefire, an end to the siege of Gaza, and accountability for Washington State tax dollars used to provide arms and support Israel’s occupation and recent assault on Gaza. Meet at 4:00 PM outside of the office. Help to end our complicity!

Info: Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, (360) 754-3998 www.rachelcorriefoundation.org

Thurs July 24 in Seattle: BP Cherry Point Oil Refinery EIS Rally and Hearing in South Seattle: Cascadia is facing an onslaught of oil traffic, from coal trains rolling through our cities to increasing numbers of oil tankers on our waters. Right now, we have the opportunity to speak out against dangerous oil transportation and in and support of strong, safe communities. The Army Corp of Engineers is asking for community input on an environmental impact statement (EIS) looking at oil transportation to and from the BP Cherry Point (Whatcom County) Refinery north pier. Join us in speaking up to tell the Army Corp that we don’t want oil companies putting our communities and environment at risk. Concerned community leaders, families, and organizations will hold a rally at 6:15pm and then attend the hearing afterwards from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Come learn about oil transportation in our region and help shift our economy off dirty, dangerous fuels to safe, clean energy. Speaking at the rally will be Earth Ministry's own Pastor Erik Wilson Weiberg of Ballard First Lutheran Church. Come help us raise the faith voice on behalf of healthy communities! Those in support of a fossil fuel free future will be wearing the color red - join us! If you are planning on publically testifying at the hearing, make sure to show up by 6:00 pm so you have time to sign up to speak before the start of the rally. A valid government-issued photo identification (for example, a driver's license) will be required for entrance to the building. Arrive by 6:00 pm if possible at the Federal Center South Galaxy Room, 735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle 98134. Please RSVP to Karin Frank at karin@earthministry.org or at (206) 632-2426 so we know to look for you there!

Sat July 26: 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 www.celdf.org/resources-ordinances 12:00 noon at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown. Info: Janet Jordan janetjordan@fastmail.fm and South Sound Community Rights (http://cr-southsound.org More info: www.celdf.org and www.readthedirt.org

Thurs July 31: GRuB Carnival will benefit Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB), featuring Carnival Games, a Bubble Booth, Vaudeville Entertainers, Raffles & Mini-Auctions, Face-Painting & Balloon Twisting, a Produce-Swap, Local Food Vendors, Local Artisans, a Dunk Tank, and more, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at 2016 Elliott Ave NW (just east of Division NW) on Olympia’s West Side. Suggested donation is $10 for the whole family. Also bring some cash for the vendors and raffle tickets. Please RSVP at their website. Parking at GRuB is limited, so please walk, bike, carpool, or us Intercity Transit bus #41. Info: 753-5522 and www.goodgrub.org

Thurs July 31 and Fri Aug 1: Interfaith walk for peace and opposing nuclear weapons comes through Olympia on their way to the Trident nuclear submarine base (See Aug 8-9 events below): People are invited to participate in any parts of the annual interfaith peace walk from Salem, Oregon, to the nuclear weapons base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA. See the schedule and other information from the website for the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (www.gzcenter.org). They’ll be in the Olympia area on Thursday July 31 and Friday August 1. www.gzcenter.org/event/interfaith-peace-walk

FOR Fri-Sun Aug 1-3: International FOR’s centennial celebration in Germany: In early August 1914 – just as World War I was starting – the FOR’s international level began with a handshake between a British Quaker and a German Lutheran who had met with other religious leaders from throughout Europe to work for peace. They vowed that they would not let their governments turn them into enemies, but instead would be a “fellowship of reconciliation” that would transcend nationalism. The International FOR will celebrate its Centennial in Konstanz (Constance), Germany. Info: www.ifor.org

Sun Aug 3: Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans others to their monthly meeting: Info: Dennis Mills (360) 867-1487 mills.dennis@comcast.net

FOR  Mon Aug 4:  The Olympia FOR’s August TV program debuts today at 1:30 this afternoon.  It will air three times a week this month on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers.  After it debuts on TCTV you’ll be able to watch it at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm.

Tues Aug 5: 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).  Info:  Chuck at 705-8520 chuckschultz3@msn.com

Tues-Mon Aug 5-11: REGISTER NOW for Backbone Campaign’s  6th annual “Localize This Action Camp” on Vashon Island:  This is the premier training camp for aggressive artistic activist theater.  Learn from Bill Moyer (NOT the Bill Moyers on TV), the master teacher of effective direct action.  This is where our movement builds grassroots power.  The challenges of our times demand we be better organized, more creative and strategic.  Get ready for one of the best weeks of your life!  Action-oriented organizers from across the country and among multiple movements are converging in the Northwest for a week of workshops, training, cross-pollination, and action.  This quick video will show what Action Camp is like:  http://youtu.be/Rpv3eMnsAgE   Learn more and REGISTER at http://LocalizeThis.org/   The cost is reasonable for the high quality of training, and scholarships are available for those who need them.  www.facebook.com/events/216397795221140/

Wed Aug 6: Update from Gaza: Get accurate new information at 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, downtown Olympia. The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP – www.omjp.net) organized tonight’s forum featuring Dr. Ron Smith, who spent the first part of June in Gaza and. Smith studies, teaches and writes on the subject. See info about the worldwide protests against the government of Israel’s attacks on Palestinians in Gaza Mondoweiss at http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html

Thurs Aug 7:  Get money out of politics, and reclaim democracy!  Olympia “Move to Amend” group meets the first and Third Thursdays of each month:  See calendar listing for Thursday June 5.

Thurs Aug 7: Blackberry Bushes open for Black Lillies benefit concert for United Way of Thurston County: The Black Lillies played in Olympia last year, and the audience will enjoy them again. All proceeds will help United Way improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Thurston County. Last month Rolling Stone Magazine called the Black Lillies one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know in 2014: “No independent band has played the Grand Ole Opry more often than the Black Lillies, a co-ed, ragtag group of Knoxville pickers whose songs bridge the gap between Appalachian folk, California folk-rock, bluegrass and jazz.” Check this rollicking, heartfelt band out at www.theblacklillies.com. Local alt-folk favorites the Blackberry Bushes are opening! Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. You can purchase tickets now at http://olympiafilmsociety.org/the-black-lillies-with-the-blackberry-bushes/ or at Rainy Day Records at 5th & Franklin SE in downtown Olympia. Info: Krosbie Carter, Development Coordinator, United Way of Thurston County, 1211 Fourth Ave E, Suite 101, Olympia. (360) 943-2773 x17 kcarter@unitedway-thurston.org

Fri-Sat Aug 8-9: Demonstration and Civil Disobedience at Trident Nuclear submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA (1 hour 15 minutes drive from Olympia): The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is hosting a nonviolent demonstration against nuclear weapons and a ceremony honoring those who perished in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the gate to the Bangor submarine base on Saturday, August 9. The noted local singer and guitarist, Jim Page, will be singing and playing as part of our action. Also from Juneau, Alaska, the singer and guitarist, John Palmes, will be performing with us and for us. Ground Zero is building a strong and growing movement of those opposed to nuclear weapons in our world. See our website, http://www.gzcenter.org/, for more information. See driving directions on the website by clicking About GZ and then Directions. To carpool from Olympia, text or call Alice Zillah at 360-489-2672.
Here is the schedule:
Friday afternoon, Aug. 8:
Campers arrive. Bring your own food (for dinner).
3:30 PM Peace walkers from Nipponzan Buddhist Temple arrive.
4:00 24-hour Vigil begins at Main Gate
6:00 Welcoming Ceremony at Stupa
6:30 Potluck Dinner
7:30 Welcome, schedule, pass hat, and clean up
8:00 Music—Chele’s Kitchen
9:30 Movie or social time
Overnight: camp out, 2 + vigilers at gate all night
Saturday, Aug. 9:
8:30 AM Registration opens—light breakfast
9:00 Welcome to Ground Zero Center
9:15 Orientation to Bangor
10:00 Letter-writing workshop to support defunding New Trident
11:00 Nonviolence training
12 noon (approximate) Lunch
1:30 PM Gather for march to Bangor Main Gate
2:15 Music at the Main Gate
2:30 Direct Action
3:30 Return to GZ; Closing Circle, pass hat
4:00 Return of final vigilers
4:30 Clean up & depart

Fri-Sat Aug 8-9: CODEPINK – Women for Peace – Summer peacebuilding event in Sonoma, California: Enjoy connecting with women from this bold and vigorous peace organization for a weekend of story-telling, skill-sharing, camping, singing and barn dancing under the stars at the beautiful and breathtaking Ocean Song retreat center (www.oceansong.org) in Sonoma County, California (north of San Francisco). Participants include Alice Walker, Diane Wilson, Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Nina Wise, Susan Griffin, Ann Wright. Enjoy music/ritual by Betsy Rose and special guests. Bring your tent or sleep in the barn. Friday is for women and woman-identified persons only, and all genders are welcome on Saturday. Friday’s check-in starts at 2:00 pm. Saturday’s check-in starts at 8:00 am, and checkout occurs at 7:00 pm. Registration prices include meals: $50 for full weekend, or $25 for either day only. Register at this link: https://codepink.salsalabs.com/o/424/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=7500 Information about CODEPINK is at www.codepink.org

Thurs-Sun Aug 14-17: Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (NGCJAC): This three day action camp will empower young people (ages 14-18) by providing age-appropriate training and mentoring to help them protect the climate from further abuse. The workshops, trainings, and activities provide the tools and underlying information needed for effectively engaging in systemic climate justice organizing with a cross-movement emphasis. Teens will come together to form alliances, learn from experienced mentors and frontline organizers, and gain skills in a dedicated setting. Camp Ireland in Hillsboro, Oregon. Info: http://cldc.org/2014/06/05/next-generation-climate-justice-action-camp/ This is a collaboration among the Backbone Campaign (based on Vashon Island WA) and the Civil Liberties Defense Center and the Ruckus Society.

FOR SUN SEPT 21: HOLD THE DATE, read the book I Am Troy Davis, and enjoy discussing it on SUN SEPT 21: On September 21, 2011, the State of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis, despite strong evidence of his innocence and protests by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, and 51 members of Congress all appealed for clemency. The book I Am Troy Davis was coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’ sister Martina Davis-Correia. This powerful book tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. Today – the third anniversary of his execution – people all over will be discussing the book. The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is organizing a discussion at 6:00 pm today at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia. We urge people to read the book in advance and come to discuss it. Copies are in Traditions’ lending library, or you may buy a copy from an independent bookstore (preferably, to avoid the big chain stores). Info about the book discussion: Alice Curtis (360) 943-4076 olyalice@gmail.com See much info about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm

Sun Sept 21 to Sat Sept 27:  Organize a week of nonviolent action in support of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit:  While 350.org (www.350.org) and other people are working on the climate-related aspects for this , Campaign Nonviolence (www.paceebene.org/campaign-nonviolence) is organizing hundreds of local actions nationwide related to the 2014 UN Climate Summit (www.un.org/climatechange/summit2014).   Contact persons in Washington State include Nick Mele mailto:cnvpnw@gmail.com  and ellen@wwfor.org

FOR Hold the date: SAT NOV 8: Western Washington FOR’s annual Fall Retreat in Lacey: The Olympia FOR is taking the lead on organizing WWFOR’s Fall Retreats, starting this year. Info: Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.og


Sat Oct 4 to Sat Oct 11:  Keep Space for Peace Week:  Should the world’s people timidly accept surveillance and domination by the US military and giant corporations?  The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is organizing an annual week to help people inform themselves and say “NO” to that.  This year’s theme is “Full Spectrum Resistance to Full Spectrum Dominance.”  Info:  www.space4peace.org  (207) 443-9502


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