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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 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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).
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Every Saturday at 2:00 pm: Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 firstname.lastname@example.org and www.vfp109rcc.org
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
Sun June 1: Brunch at Media Island International benefits Olympia’s chapter of Veterans for Peace: MII hosts a benefit brunch on the first Sunday of each month. June’s partner is the Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 of Veterans for Peace, a global organization whose mission is to build a culture of peace with an obligation to heal the wounds of war. VfP increases public awareness of the real costs of war, seeks justice for veterans and victims of war, and works to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. Suggested donation $5-10 for today’s benefit brunch from 11 am to 2 pm at Media Island International, 816 Adams SE (just east from Olympia’s library). Info: 867-1487 www.vfp109rcc.org
Sun June 1: Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans others to their monthly meeting at 2:00 pm at Media Island International, 816 Adams SE (across the street west of the Olympia Timberland Library). Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 email@example.com and www.vfp109rcc.org
Sun June 1: Olympia Repair Café: Learn how to fix things rather than throw them away: What do you do with a tool with a handle that has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or a leaky garden hose? Bring them to your local Repair Café. This free event brings together volunteers who like to fix things with people who have broken items that need fixing. Transition Olympia offers their first Repair Café from 1 to 5 pm at the new Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center, 2326 4th Ave E. You may bring items that need repair, such as knives, garden tools, bicycles, small appliances, garden hoses, etc. Thanks to the many volunteers who will be fixing things and teaching you how. Enjoy demonstrations of adjusting bike brakes and cables (1:30 pm), sharpening tools (2:00 pm), repairing tool handles (2:30 pm), small appliance diagnosis (3:00). Info: 972-2993 and Joseph Becker firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by Transition Olympia www.transitionolympia.org
FOR Mon June 2: “Igniting a Grassroots Compassion Movement” -- The Olympia FOR’s June TV program airs at 1:30 this afternoon and 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, where you can read the program’s description, which is also published on pages 12-13 of our June-July 2014 newsletter.
Mon June 2: FILM: “God’s Daughters” is a documentary focusing on three women from Olympia WA who are ordained Catholic priests or on the path toward ordination: “God’s Daughters” presents an intimate portrait of two ordained Roman Catholic women priests, part of a movement of active ordained women, who ask to be formally recognized by the Vatican and to be part of the institutional Roman Catholic Church. The filmmaker was granted complete access, resulting in a very human, unvarnished glimpse into the lives and struggles of these women. Through their movement, they promote their vision and goal of establishing a renewed and all-inclusive Roman Catholic Church. Their actions go beyond the apparent religious goal to encompass gender equality, race, acceptance of married priests, acceptance of same-sex marriage, and many contemporary topics that the Vatican ignores or represses. The film’s nationwide debut today includes a 6:30 pm showing tonight at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia. Doors open at 6:00 for 6:30 showing. Q&A after the film with Reverends Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice, Diane S. Whalen and Lisa Gosiaco. See Olympia Film Society’s current schedule at www.olympiafilmsociety.org Also see the trailer at http://tinyurl.com/l6k46af
Tues June 3: Urko Aiartza, a Basque Senator, will speak on the Basque Peace Process: The Basque country, which is the home of the Basque people, is divided between Spain and France. It has had an ongoing and major struggle for the right to self-determination. Urko Aiartza will discuss the historical conflict and the ongoing peace process. 5:00 pm at The Evergreen State College’s Seminar 2 Building, Room A 1107. Info: Peter Bohmer email@example.com
FOR Tues June 3: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Tues June 3: Exposing the truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity and the Rule of Law: The Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT) and the Western Washington FOR (WWFOR) co-sponsor this program featuring General David R. Irvine and several panelists explaining the US government’s (especially the CIA’s) brutal interrogations. General Irvine is a retired Army Reserve strategic intelligence officer, who taught prisoner interrogation and military law for 18 years. He is a member of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment, which issued a comprehensive report on US torture last year. The event’s MC will be UW Prof. Rob Crawford, a local expert on torture. 7:30 pm at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle 98105 (in the University District). Free admission! WSRCAT emphasizes that torture is illegal in both national and international law, is incompatible with American values, and is a core violation of human dignity which all religious traditions reject. The next step is to hold perpetrators accountable, while an ultimate goal of WSRCAT is the permanent abolition of torture by our country. The Obama administration has been in power for six years, yet not one high level official who authorized or facilitated torture has been held accountable. WWFOR participates actively in WSRCAT. Info: www.wsrcat.org and Info: Dick Blakney at email@example.com (206)-301-4413.
Thurs June 5: Get money out of politics, and reclaim democracy! Olympia “Move to Amend” group meets the first and Third Thursdays of each month: This grassroots movement group is helping to collect signatures for Washington State’s Initiative 1329 to overturn the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. 6:30-8:30 pm at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg. 1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, on Olympia’s west side. Info: Michael Savoca firstname.lastname@example.org and www.wamend.org
Thurs-Sat June 5-7: Family Mediation Training from the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Thurston County: Are you drawn to working with families? Only people who have taken the 40-Hour Professional Mediation Training are eligible to take this training, which builds on the basic 40-hour training and prepares people for the increased complexities and higher emotional climate present in family cases. It includes information on state and local laws that govern family meditations and addresses diversity in families, needs of children, domestic violence, ethical dilemmas and negotiating parenting plans. It runs from 5 to 9 pm on Thursday, and from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. For info and registration, call 956-1155 or download a registration form from www.mediatethurston.org
Fri June 6: Public presentation about a recent trip to Nepal and working with women and children victimized by human trafficking: Denver Lively-Hatcher will talk about her experiences working with women and children who were victims of human trafficking or at-risk for that. She’ll include insights about the larger scale of human trafficking in Nepal and elsewhere. 7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia. 352-0123
Sat June7: All Roads Lead to Jerusalem presentation by author Jenny L. Jones: Author Jenny L. Jones will present her book about a woman’s struggle to find a sense of inner peace after realizing that neither the restrictive Islamic culture she has chosen, nor the increasingly hostile North American society she was born into, seems to offer the acceptance she yearns for. 3 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia. 352-0123
Sun June 8: “A Rabbi and a Pastor Walk into a Bar...” Discuss Hope with people of various faiths and no faith: This is the last of a series of public conversations on faith and values for people of all faiths and no faith. Join Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh and The Rev. Elsa Peters of The United Churches for a pint and to talk about something your mother told you to never discuss in polite company. 5:00 pm at Fish Tale Brew Pub, 515 Jefferson Street SE, Olympia. Sponsored by www.bethhatfiloh.com and www.theunitedchurches.org
Sun June 8: Pete Seeger Tribute Concert at The Evergreen State College includes FOR activist Tom Rawson: The Evergreen Singers present a tribute to the late FOR member Pete Seeger, with special guests Tom Rawson, Sean Williams, and The Olympia Gay Men’s Chorus. June 8 is a perfect date for a tribute to Pete Seeger. It was on that date in 1963 that Pete performed what turned out to be one of his most famous concerts. Just four days before the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in Mississippi and 2 ½ months before Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Pete Seeger took the stage at Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall and enthusiastically led his audience in singing the songs that were the sound track of the South’s Civil Rights Movement. Soon afterward came the release of Pete Seeger’s record album, “We Shall Overcome,” which included tracks from this concert. This album effectively introduced these songs into the popular culture. Come celebrate with us exactly 51 years later as we joyfully lift our voices in song to honor the life of the man who said, “The right song at the right time can change history.” 7:30 pm at the Recital Hall at The Evergreen State College, Olympia. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/559918084126567/?context=create&source=49#
Tues June 10: Thurston County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. They 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 June 10: “An Overview of Air Quality in Washington” is the topic for this month’s Science Café: This month’s speaker is Dr. Ranil Dhammapala from the Washington State Dept of Ecology. While our air quality is better than that of some places, we still have problems. Smoke from wildfires, burning agricultural residues and wood for home heating, dust from windstorms and harvesting activities, industrial, traffic and even ozone pollution can be real problems. Effects on human health can vary, depending on atmospheric conditions and other factors. Tonight’s presentation will explain some of the most commonly monitored air pollutants in Washington, and the technical tools used to manage our air quality. 7:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia. 352-0123
Wed June 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, typically at the POWER office, 309 5th Ave, just east of Rainy Day Records, east of Franklin Street, in downtown Olympia. Info: Larry 951-4894 firstname.lastname@example.org www.omjp.net
FOR Wed June 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
Wednesday, June 11 – 6:00-8:00 pm No New Youth Jail Campaign Community Night 2100 Building in Seattle Did you know that a $210 million new youth jail is being built in Seattle? We need to shift the focus from "fixing broken youth" to fixing broken education and criminal justice systems. Youth incarceration should be Seattle's solution of last-resort! Meet powerful community organizers and participate in a debate with ...elected officials on Wednesday June 11th from 6-8pm at the 2100 building. Add your strength to this movement! Free food provided! Sponsored by YOUTH UNDOING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM, American Friends Service Committee, People's Institute Northwest, End the Prison Industrial Complex & European Dissent.
Thurs June 12: Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking works to prevent human trafficking: This month’s meeting includes a video made in the Tri-Cities about trafficking there. 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North Street, across from Olympia High School’s stadium, near Henderson Blvd. Info: Linda Malanchuk-Finnan, Core Leader firstname.lastname@example.org 360-357-7272
Fri June 13: Winona La Duke is the guest speaker for The Evergreen State College’s graduation ceremony: She is an American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer of Anishinaabe descent who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations. She is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth and the author of six books on Native American and environmental issues. 1:00 pm at Red Square on the TESC campus. KAOS 89.3 FM and Thurston Community Television (TCTV www.tctv.net) will broadcast part of this event.
Sat June 14: Love Puget Sound! Participate in the “PS I Love You” and Sea Cinema activities: The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) invites everyone to this family-friendly festival, sponsored by the Puget Sound Partnership and in collaboration with the Environmental Education Technical Advisory Committee. Start at 11:00 am at Percival Landing and the Olympia Center. Enjoy music, games and education all day. Visit the education booth during the day with the estuary float from the Procession of the Species for children to play on. In the evening, watch films starting with family-friendly films, and concluding with Return of a River, a documentary on the Elwha River dam removal and restoration. Schedule and info: www.psfestival.com and www.deschutesestuary.org
Sat June 14: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): Several CROs that have passed elsewhere are posted at http://celdf.org/resources-ordinances 12:00 noon at Mixx-96 meeting room at SW corner of State & Washington, downtown. Info: Mike Coday email@example.com and Janet Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org and South Sound Community Rights (http://cr-southsound.org) More info: www.celdf.org and www.Readthedirt.org
Sat June 14: Double Happiness: One Man's Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China: Tony Brasunas will speak of the adventure that changed him forever, that broke open his heart and awakened his mind. It began in a high school classroom in hot, coastal Guangzhou, China, and culminated on the plateaus of ancient Tibet. A journey across China and through the soul of a young American, Double Happiness combines travel writing with a groundbreaking story of spiritual awakening in the era of globalization. 3:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia. 352-0123
Sunday, June 15 – 4:00-6:00 pm Olympia FOR’s “Edible Art Party Capitol Coach House (behind the Capitol Museum near 21st Ave SW)
Anyone who enjoys artistic creativity and/or eats food? Join us for fun!
To celebrate the FOR’s 100th birthday from its origin in Europe, the Olympia FOR invites you to be brave, be daring, be artistic, be culinary, for a fine “Fun-Raiser” -- the first amazing Edible Art Party Competition, followed by the delightful devouring of the entries. Devise and prepare something tasty presented as art! Safe food preparation will, of course, be essential just as if you were bringing a dish to share for a potluck. Categories will include humor, beauty, originality, uniqueness, and the crowd favorite, judged by artists. The day is approaching! Put on your aprons, imagine and then create something. This is more than a potluck – it’s a chance to cook, share, be amazed, and feast! It’s fun for the whole family! Even if you don’t bring an entry, just come and enjoy others’ creativity! Admittance is on a donation basis.
All entries will be photographed to share on www.olympiafor.org. We look forward to enjoying this day with you, your family and friends!
Info: Holly Graham at 866-0257 email@example.com or Rozanne Rants at 705-8520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 15 – 6:30-8:30 pm Seattle FOR celebrates Peace Activist Trainee (PAT) Graduates & Long-Time Organizer Ellen Finkelstein
at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle (Near #5 bus line)
Several PAT graduates will talk about what the program meant to them and how they have put their training into action over the years since the program. We will be inspired by the work that young peace activists are doing at home and around the world, nurturing the seeds of peace and justice.
This will also be a time to recognize and celebrate the wonderful work that Ellen Finkelstein has done during her tenure at WWFOR. This will be a time to let Ellen know how much we appreciate her fine work. We will enjoy light refreshments with time set aside for fellowship. All are welcome! Free, an offering will be taken. Info 206-789-5565 or email@example.com
Sunday, June 15 – 3:15-6:15 pm Tacoma FOR program on Palestinian Art (Speaker TBA) Tacoma Friends Meeting House 2508 S 39th St in Tacoma Join Tacoma FOR for our business meeting at 3:15 pm, program at 4 pm, potluck at 5:15 pm More info David Lambert, 253-759-2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon-Fri June 16-20 and Mon-Fri June 23-27: 6th Annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding: Register now for your choice of several five-day courses for personal inspiration, professional development or for academic credit. The sixth annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), a program of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Info: email@example.com
Mon June 16 to Sat Aug 30: “Read it – Film it – Screen it” -- Kids 18 and younger who like books and want to make films: This contest is for all aspiring filmmakers and book lovers 18 years old and younger. This summer, make a trailer for a favorite book and be featured on the Teen Facebook page and the teen blog “TRL Teens” of the Timberland Regional Library system. Info: www.trl.org
Tues June 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 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 June 18: “Confronting the Climate Crisis”: Olympia FOR’s vigorous group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:40 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW. Info: Bourtai Hargrove 352-6327 climate @olympiafor.org www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html
Thurs June 19: Urge the Washington State Investment Board to divest from fossil fuel investments when it meets at 9:30 am today. The Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group is providing information to the WSIB. Info: Bourtai Hargrove 352-6327 email@example.com and the April 25, 2014, posting at www.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com
Thurs June 19: The Thurston Climate Action Team invites people to their monthly meeting: TCAT has been accomplishing good, practical work to protect the climate for a number of years, especially interacting with governments. TCAT is starting to work with Thurston Regional Planning Council for developing a regional climate action plan. TCAT is also looking for ways to fund local climate efforts for within Thurston County. The Olympia FOR’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group strategized the importance of collaborating among climate-related organizations and governments. 6:00 pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1 Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW. Info: www.thurstonclimateaction.org
Thurs June 19: FILM: DamNation: This film documents the growing movement to restore rivers by removing dams that can no longer be justified. It shows how far we’ve come in the last 50 years, from assuming that all dams are progress to taking out the first major dam on the Kennebec River in Maine. It celebrates successes on the Elwha and White Salmon River in Western Washington and looks at four lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington. This film is winning awards. It’s presented tonight by Save Our Wild Salmon and the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT www.deschutesestuary.org). Tickets are $8.50 or $5.50 for members of Olympia Film Society. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, downtown Olympia. Doors open at 6:00 pm for 6:30 screening. Stay after for the Q&A.
Thurs June 19: Get money out of politics, and reclaim democracy! Olympia “Move to Amend” group meets the first and Third Thursdays of each month: See the calendar item for Thursday June 5.
Thurs-Sat June 19-21: “The Dream of God: A World of Justice and Non-Violence” – Excellent series of speakers and panels at three churches in Seattle’s University District, featuring some of the nation’s top experts, such as Marcus Borg, Joan Chittister and John Dominic Crossan. They’ll discuss peace, nonviolence and justice as urged in the Bible and fully relevant for what God intends for Christians today. On Thursday and Friday daytimes it runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University Congregational, Seattle. On Friday evening it runs from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday it runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at University Temple Methodist, Seattle. Admission for the series is $175 ($65 students) for all 4 sessions . Individual tickets are also available. Groups can get discounts. Info: (206) 524-6255, ext. 3447 or firstname.lastname@example.org and www.ucucc.org/events/Lecture%20Series/lectureintro.html
FOR Sat June 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 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. 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 or Chuck Schultz 705-8520 email@example.com Listen anytime to the broadcast at this livestream link: http://tinyurl.com/nz7j77y
FOR Sat-Sun June 21-22: Visit Olympia FOR’s death penalty boot at the Capital City Pride festival in Sylvester Park from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. This year our death penalty game will be “Knock Down the Death Penalty’s Myths,” featuring beanbags! The parade starts at 12 noon at the Capitol Bldg, and the festival in the park is fun for straight folks as well as LGBTQ folks. Info: www.capitalcitypride.net
Sun June 22: Lewis County for Safe Rails meets in Chehalis to organize opposition to dangerously explosive oil trains: You know a movement has grown beyond “liberals” when grassroots organizing occurs in Lewis County! While the county is very conservative, people all across the political spectrum care about safety for their local community, so Lewis County for Safe Rails will educate the public about safety issues related to oil trains. Meetings will occur with some frequency, including 2:00 pm Sunday June 22, 2014, at the Matrix Coffeehouse, 434 NW Prindle Street, Chehalis. They plan to doorbell people who live or operate businesses within a half mile of the railroad tracks (the blast zone). Organizers invite members of all local political entities to attend and hope each entity to produce a resolution opposing the trains moving through their local community. Info: Larry Kerschner 880-4741 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon June 23 to Sun June 29: “Listening to Earth, Opening to God” retreat at the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Abiquiu NM: What are Earth’s voices saying to us? How do we listen? And how do we respond so as to celebrate life, embrace hope, and work together for Earth care and self-care on an endangered planet? Women’s experience and voices will be highlighted, including Native-American, African-American, Anglo-American, and Latina-American. Men’s voices will join. Presentations, conversations, contemplative practices, art, prayer and ritual come together in this workshop/retreat. Larry Rasmussen, author of Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key, will facilitate. 9 am to 2 pm each day at this nationally known retreat center. Cost $395. Info: http://ghostranch.org/earth-honoring-faith-listening-to-earth-opening-to-god/
Tues June 24: Community forum on policing in Olympia: Do you have a vision for how you would like policing to occur? What is your impression of how policing happens in Olympia? Have you had encounters (good or bad) that you would like to share? Would you like to listen to how others are affected? 6 to 8 pm at Traditions Cafe', 5th & Water SW, downtown. Info: Terrence Zander email@example.com
Tuesday, June 24: The Wolves of Washington: After a near absence of almost 70 years, wolves have returned to Washington. Learn more about them at 6:00 pm at the Tumwater Library, 7023 New Market Street (west of Capitol Blvd S), Tumwater.
FOR Tues June 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. Olympia FOR’s website has much information about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm
Wed June 25: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) meets twice a month. See the calendar listing for Wednesday June 11.
Thurs June 26: The Olympia Free Clinic Open House: The Olympia Free Clinic, which provides good quality health care for Thurston County’s low-income people without health insurance, is celebrating their third anniversary. Join the celebration and support their vision of a society where all people have accessible health care and the knowledge it takes to prevent illness, and their vision of a community that supports a holistic approach to health care encompassing the social, environmental, economic, and spiritual aspects of health. Join with them from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at 408 State Ave NE, Olympia. Info: 529-1937 firstname.lastname@example.org and www.facebook.com/OlympiaFreeClinic
Sun June 27: Bats About Our Town - A Talk & Walk with Bat Expert Greg Falxa: This unique evening starts with a talk at Traditions followed by a walk to observe bats at Capitol Lake. Learn about these creatures that are part of Puget Sound’s ecosystem. 7 pm at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia
Sat June 28: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): See the calendar listing for Sat June 14.
Sat June 28: Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered: Tod Davies provides information for omnivores and vegetarians alike about how to eat (and what to prepare in advance) to survive natural disasters, cross-country moves, bereavement, holidays-gone-wrong, and even a spontaneous picnic providing all the ingredients for daily feeding of mind, body, and soul. 3:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia.
Sun June 29: The Really-Really Free Market: Come to share and trade whatever you have to offer or pick up from other folks (books, clothes, your garden’s bounty, or whatever). 12 noon to 3 pm in Sylvester Park.
Tues July 1: No more single-use plastic bags in Thurston County: The ban on single-use carry-out plastic bags (2.25 ml or thinner) goes into effect today in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and unincorporated areas of Thurston County, but a few small towns have not yet acted. These environmentally destructive items waste natural resources and often end up as litter on the ground and in waterways. Exempt from the bans are in-store bags for things like bulk items, produce, and meat; plastic bags for dry cleaning or newspapers; and garbage bags sold in packages. Retailers can decide whether to charge customers for reusable bags or provide them for free. Also, vendors will need to charge at least five cents for each carry-out paper bag the size of a typical grocery bag. For details and a few exceptions, contact Thurston County’s truly excellent Solid Waste department, which vigorously protects the environments and serves the public very well. See www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/plastics or contact Terri Thomas at ThomasTe@co.thurston.wa.us or 867-2279.
FOR Tues July 1: 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 email@example.com
FOR Wed July 2: “A Vietnam Veteran Now Works for Peace.” The Olympia FOR’s July TV program airs at 5:00 this afternoon and three times a week this month on TCTV channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable subscribers. After it debuts on TCTV you can watch it at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm, where you can already read a program description similar to that published on pages 13-14 of our June-July newsletter.
Thurs July 3: Get money out of politics, and reclaim democracy! Olympia “Move to Amend” group meets the first and Third Thursdays of each month: See the calendar item for Thursday June 5.
FOR REGISTER NOW: Thurs-Sun July 3-6: FOR’s NW Regional Conference at the Seabeck Conference Center: “Take Back the 4th: Speak Truth to Power” -- 2014 keynote speakers include Peter Phillips (Project Censored), Michael Nagler (Metta Center for Nonviolence), and Rev. Kristin Stoneking (new Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, shown in photo). Talks, workshops, music, child & youth educational programs in a beautiful setting on the Hood Canal. Theme is "Take Back the 4th: Speak Truth to Power." Keynoters will be Rev. Kristin Stoneking (FOR-USA Executive Director), Peter Phillips (Project Censored), and Michael Nagler (Metta Center for Nonviolence). In addition, we will feature a four-workshop track on Freedom of Speech honoring Oregon's first Poet Laureate, William Stafford, and celebrating his 1914-2014 centennial. Stafford was a FOR member since the 1940's, and we are honored to have artists and literary scholars with us this year. Detailed information about this great long weekend event, keynote speakers, workshops, etc. – and an opportunity to register online – is available at www.forseabeck.org More info: (503) 244-7703. This is always a great event! You’ll be sure to enjoy it and be inspired! For carpooling from the Olympia area, contact Glen Anderson 360-491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun July 6: Veterans for Peace (Olympia’s chapter 109) invites veterans others to their monthly meeting at 2:00 pm at Media Island International, 816 Adams SE (across the street west of the Olympia Timberland Library). Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 email@example.com and www.vfp109rcc.org
Sun-Thurs July 6-10: Friendly Water for the World (biosand water filtration) training at Quaker Cove Camp, Anacortes (in Skagit County) WA: Learn how to train people in other countries how to build simple, low-tech filtration devices to produce clean, safe water. Info: www.friendlywater.net firstname.lastname@example.org ) 918-3642 or 352-0506
Tues July 8: Thurston County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) also serves adjacent Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. See the calendar listing for Tuesday June 10.
Wed July 9: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) meets twice a month. See the calendar listing for Wednesday June 11.
Thurs July 10: Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking works to prevent human trafficking: See the calendar listing for Thursday June 12.
Thurs July 10: RESULTS (a global poverty/hunger org) invites you to: “A Celebration of Everyday Heroes” from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Jacob Smith House, 4500 Intelco Loop SE, Lacey (near Yelm Highway). The Olympia and Tacoma RESULTS groups are collaborating to provide great speakers, food and empowerment to help people make a difference for a better world. This is a potluck and fundraiser to supports RESULTS’s excellent activities and their Educational Fund. Please RSVP by July 1: Nancy Curtiss email@example.com 463-3656
Fri-Sun July 11-13: Crisis Clinic Volunteer Training: The Crisis Clinic is a 24/7 crisis telephone hotline that relies upon volunteers. Volunteering with the Crisis Clinic offers opportunities for service to those in need, as well as personal growth. The training helps volunteers build effective active listening skills, increase their ability to empathize and relate well to the very diverse caller population, manage anxiety and stay calm in the face of extreme circumstances and pain, and become competent at offering useful referrals to callers. Training begins with this initial training weekend (substantive sessions on Fri, Sat, Sun), followed by a 6-week in-service period with a series of evening workshops and a 4 hour/week mentored training phone shift, for a total of 60 hours of training. To qualify for the training, you must have an interview and be able to commit to the entire weekend, the workshops, plus a 4 hour weekly phone room training shift. This training is free, but pre-registration is required: www.crisis-clinic.org/PDF/VolunteerApplication.pdf Info: Nanci 586-2888, ext 103 Nanci@crisis-clinic.org www.crisis-clinic.org
Sat July 12: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): See the calendar listing for Sat June 14.
FOR Sat July 12: Olympia FOR’s Pizza Fundraiser to kick of the FOR’s 100th Anniversary: The FOR began in August 1914 when – at the start of World War I – a German Lutheran and a British Quaker resolved to continue working for peace rather than let their governments turn them into enemies. We’ll be celebrating the FOR’s 100 years of working for peace through 1915, when the FOR’s U.S. branch began. Join us today starting at 6:00 pm for a pizza fundraiser at Fertile Ground Guesthouse, 311 9th Ave SE, just south of the Olympia Library. Info: 943-2375 or 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org See June-July newsletter article on page 1.
Sun July 13: TC Pro-Net’s annual summer potluck picnic and candidate forum: The Thurston County Progressive Network (TC Pro-Net, www.tcpronet.org) helps the progressive community in several ways, including this annual opportunity to connect local progressives with each other and with local candidates. It will start at 1:00 pm. Details are being planned now. RSVP to email@example.com. TC Pro-Net needs volunteers to help with set-up, check-in (on-site registration), food/kitchen activities, recycling, and cleanup. If you’d like to help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and say what you’d like to do.
Mon-Fri July 14-18: Interfaith Youth Camp: “Faith Explorations” – This summer day camp is for children of any faith going in to the 2nd to 5th grades. Kids will explore, share, and interact through art, drama, music and movement, learning about the traditions of their friends and community members. It runs from 9 am to 3 pm each day this week at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia 98501 (downtown near the library). Participation is free but donations are appreciated. Info and registration: Catherine 754-8519 email@example.com
Tues July 15: Americans United for the Separation of Church and State: See calendar listing for Tuesday June 17.
FOR Wed July 16: “Confronting the Climate Crisis”: Olympia FOR’s vigorous group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:40 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Info: 352-6327 climate@ olympiafor.org www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html
Thurs July 17: The Thurston Climate Action Team invites people to their monthly meeting: See the calendar listing for Thursday June 19.
Thurs July 17: Get money out of politics, and reclaim democracy! Olympia “Move to Amend” group meets the first and Third Thursdays of each month: See the calendar item for Thursday June 5.
FOR Sat July 19: Deadline for Olympia FOR’s Aug-Sept newsletter: Send news, announcements and calendar items by this date or very soon after. 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR Mon July 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 around the world. See info at the Saturday June 21 calendar listing.
Mon July 21: Thurston Diversity Council meets on the third Monday of almost every month to strengthen appreciation for diversity in our local community. 6:00 pm in Building One, Room 152 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge DR SW, Olympia. Info: Ruth Elder, 259-1124 email@example.com
FOR Tues July 22: 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. Olympia FOR’s website has much information about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm
Wed July 23: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) meets twice a month. See the calendar listing for Wednesday June 11.
Fri July 25: The Percival Plinth Project launches new sculptures to view near Olympia’s waterfront and vote for: See 2014’s sculptures on the waterfront boardwalk starting today and going through August. These new works have been submitted for public viewing. Vote for which piece you would like to become a permanent part of Olympia. Pick up a ballot from a box there and take your completed ballot to the Olympia Parks & Community Center, 222 Columbia St NW. What a great thing to do before or after the Olympia FOR’s Friday peace vigils at 4th & Water! The winner will be announced in September and purchased for a public installation in Olympia.
Sat July 26: Meeting to plan to strengthen democracy by passing a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO): See the calendar listing for Sat June 14.
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) meets at Media Island International, 816 Adams St. SE, Olympia, at 2:00 pm. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
FOR 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 email@example.com
Tues Aug 5 to Tues Aug 12: 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/
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.
Fri-Sat Aug 8-9: Activities near the Trident nuclear submarine base mark Hiroshima Day (Aug 6) and Nagasaki Day (Aug 9): Organizers are planning activities now. See them soon at www.gzcenter.org Info: 930-8697 from 9 am to 4 pm Pacific Time
Fri-Sat Aug 22-23: Statewide Strategy Summit on Oil Trains: Many people throughout Washington State are organizing at the grassroots to oppose oil trains. We can strengthen our effectiveness by collaborating for a statewide strategy. Gather both days at the Longhouse at The Evergreen State College to build a strategy for the growing statewide movement. Save these dates on your calendars and get more info from Dan Leahy firstname.lastname@example.org
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:email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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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