Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation 

Working for peace, social justice and principled nonviolence since 1976

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What is The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation?

Since 1976 the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) has been working in the greater Thurston County area and beyond to create peace, social justice and nonviolence locally and worldwide.  We organize at the grassroots and carry out a variety of activities to inform and activate people.  Specifically, the Olympia FOR produces newsletters and TV programs, conducts weekly peace vigils, and sponsors speakers, workshops and other events.  We are part of the Western Washington FOR (a regional FOR network), the national FOR, and the International FOR. Nationally and internationally, FOR was founded when World War I began and has opposed all wars since then.  More information is posted in the menu below.


What's New?

Saturday January 31

A very informative brief forum about this will occur on Saturday January 31 from 1:15 to 3:30 pm in Multi-Purpose Room B near the SE corner of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, in downtown Olympia.

The forum will feature four expert speakers explaining this topic, the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act that Gov. Inslee has proposed, and the carbon tax proposal developed by economist Yoram Bauman and Carbon Washington (www.carbonwa.org). The forum will include opportunities for questions and answers and some light refreshments.

The four panel members are:

· Thad Curtz (an active volunteer working with Yoram Bauman and Carbon Washington for a carbon tax)

· Akua Asare-Kanadu (Univ. of Wash. student working with Carbon Washington, www.carbonwa.org)

· Ben Serrurier (analyst for Climate Solutions (www.climatesolutions.org) regarding economic matters)

· Jeff Johnson (President of the Washington State Labor Council, www.wslc.org)

Also, Dusty Rhodes, a beloved long-time folk singer from Olympia, will sing his new song about the climate. It is “The Climate on Earth Is a-Changin’” to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” – and it deserves wide exposure. Enjoy it on Sat. Jan. 31, and also enjoy it now at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBZme_xEhhU

The forum is co-sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group (www.olympiafor.org (360) 352-6327 climate@olympiafor.org) and also by Climate Solutions (www.climatesolutions.org).

The Olympia FOR’s climate group supports both Gov. Inslee’s proposal for the 2015 legislative session and Yoram Bauman’s proposal for gathering signatures during most of 2015 for a climate tax initiative to the 2016 Legislature.

Carbon Washington (www.carbonwa.org) is organizing for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Yoram Bauman, its founder, has spoken in Olympia several times.


100th Anniversary Commemoration - History of The Fellowship of Reconciliation http://youtu.be/SdfdvB4x1_s Bruce Pruitt-Hamm shared the 100-Year history of The Fellowship of Reconciliation that began at the end of WWI. The presentation was part of the “1914 Christmas Truce 100th Anniversary Commemoration” in Seattle, Washington on December 18, 2014.

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group is gathering signatures to deliver a petition to Governor Inslee, directing the State to: (1) Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels; (2) Divest from direct owner ship and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years; (3) Have the State of Washington’s retirement plans offer fossil-free investment fund options for state employees.

Please sign the petition and ask others to sign it.
It’s at: http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/divest-from-fossil-fuels-17

For more information about the Olympia FOR’s vigorously active climate group, see http://www.olympiafor.org/Climate_Crisis.html, look for new information to be added to the Climate Crisis portion of www.olympiafor.org in early June, and see climate information in recent newsletters and our upcoming June-July 2014 issue. (We post our newsletters on our website.)

We invite other FOR chapters and members to collaborate with us. Many of our activities are regional for Wash/Ore, and some are statewide regarding our state government. We invite you to collaborate with us by contacting the chair of our climate committee, Bourtai Hargrove, at (360) 352-6327 climate@olympiafor.org

Bakken BombOlympia FOR member Beverly Bassett took this photo of the exploding oil train bomb designed and built by Olympia FOR member Rod Tharp. We displayed it at Heritage Park Fountain near Capitol Lake in Olympia WA on Friday May 23, 2014 immediately before the 7 pm performance & speaking engagement of Dana Lyons (“Cows with Guns”) and Matt Krogh (www.forestethics.org) on their "Crude Awakening Oil Train Tour" at Traditions Café in downtown Olympia, Washington



Syria:  Public Opinion Prevented a War for Now. We Must Change the Underlying Violent U.S. Foreign Policy. (Word) (pdf)

Guidelines for a Climate Change Effort (pdf) This printed resource can help small groups discuss and act on climate change. More info from John Conner at grassroots1@pa.net

April - May 2014 Newsleter (pdf)

February - March 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Guns - Problems and Solutions

The Olympia FOR’s website – www.olympiafor.org – has added a Climate Crisis page to provide you with more information to inform and activate you.

Special Events


39th Annual Holiday Peace Vigil
SATURDAY DECEMBER 20 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Along West 4th Avenue at Percival Landing, Olympia

Recent Accomplishments

May 2013 to April 2014 Accomplishments


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December 2014 Appeal Letter & Form (pdf) If you like what the Olympia FOR is doing, we warmly encourage you to support our work.

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