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The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s TV program airs on Monday 1:30 pm, Wednesday 5 pm, Thursday 9 pm and will air twelve times through the month. You and other people everywhere can watch it on TV or through our website, www.olympiafor.org, soon after it has debuted on TCTV.
by Glen Anderson, producer and host of this TV series
For more than 27 years the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has produced one-hour TV programs on issues related to peace, social justice, economics, the environment, and nonviolence. The Olympia FOR’s program airs on Thurston Community Television (TCTV), channel 22 for Thurston County’s cable TV subscribers. Each program airs every Monday at 1:30 p.m. and every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. for a full month. This creates THREE OPPORTUNITIES EVERY WEEK to watch each program.
You can also watch the program described below (and about 100 of our previous interview programs and special programs at the Olympia FOR’s website, www.olympiafor.org, after they have debuted on TCTV. Simply click the TV programs link, scroll down, and click the program you want to watch. Many of our website’s monthly TV program listings also include a .pdf document describing the program.
FEBRUARY 2015 “Human Trafficking: Problems and Solutions”
by Glen Anderson, producer and host of this TV series
This month we’ll explore an issue that most of us do not see. The problem is largely hidden from most of us, but it is very real. This is the problem of human trafficking. Some people are trafficked as workers to be abused, and some people are trafficked to be exploited for sex.
We’ll look at problems and solutions.
We’ll lift up the work of several non-profit organizations, especially Washington Engage, www.waengage.com, which has local affiliates in Thurston County and other parts of Western Washington.
We begin the program by explaining what “human trafficking” means. It includes trafficking some persons to abuse them as workers and trafficking some persons to abuse them for sex. Within each kind, there are several varieties of exploitation.
This is not just a problem in other countries or big cities. It happens in local communities – including our own – and in various kinds of businesses beyond the ones that seem obvious.
Our three guests explain how individuals (especially young women and under-aged girls) are recruited and “groomed” for domination and exploitation. In some businesses that might appear legitimate on the surface, they are denied the rights that other employees have and are treated instead as “independent contractors” whose rights are not protected by labor laws.
Severe domination, brainwashing and violence make it hard for victims to speak out or escape.
Our guests explain some of the cultural factors that feed into the grooming and exploitation. These include the hyper-sexualization of various aspects of our culture, the pervasive advertising that treats women as mere objects for men’s gratification, and commercial and cultural pressures on younger and young girls to wear clothes and makeup that make them appear like older sexual persons, and to behave on those ways.
After we explore problems in the first half hour, we devote the second half hour to exploring solutions. Many of the solutions are designed to reduce the demand for commercial sexual exploitation.
Some of the solutions include changing the cultural factors mentioned two paragraphs above, in order to relieve the exploitative pressure on women and girls, and in order to allow men also to escape from sexual stereotypes.
Law enforcement has focused on arresting prostitutes, but this has not particularly reduced commercial sexual exploitation. Merely legalizing it (as a few European nations have done) has only increased prostitution and allowed organize crime to dominate it. Better results have come from arresting the men who pay prostitutes. Sweden took that approach in addition to decriminalizing the women who work as prostitutes. Sweden provides a variety of social services to help women heal from exploitations and work in better jobs.
Various regulatory agencies at state and local levels have failed dismally to use their full powers regarding worker rights, workplace safety, health regulations at food service facilities, business licensing, business taxation, and so forth.
All three of our guests have collaborated in studying the problems and working for solutions in a variety of ways. Our program highlights Washington Engage (www.waengage.com), a non-profit organization that has worked vigorously on problems and solutions. (See below)
Thurston County’s local part of Washington Engage is the Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking (TCCAT), which meets monthly.
They invite the public to learn more at a “Culturing Grooming Forum” scheduled for Thursday evening March 12, 2015, at a location on Carpenter Road SE in Lacey. Information will soon be posted at www.waengage.com.
This program’s three knowledgeable, articulate guests are:
· Rose Gundersen is the co-founder and Executive Director of Washington Engage, a non-profit organization that works on this issue. We’ll discuss Washington Engage’s work throughout this hour. Rose Gundersen has a law degree and much experience researching and working on human trafficking.
· Dr. Carolyn West has a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has done extensive professional and academic work on domestic violence and sexual violence and other forms of oppression. She teaches about these at the University of Washington.
· Linda Malanchuk-Finnan is the local leader of the Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking. She also has long experience working with the National Organization for Women and other progressive activities for peace and human rights.
We recommend several good sources of information and opportunities for positive action:
PO Box 4101
Olympia WA 98501
Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking (TCCAT)
Partners in Prevention Education
Truckers Against Trafficking
Emergency numbers for reporting these kinds of abuses
911 or 1-888-3737-888
This program will air on TCTV channel 22 for cable subscribers in Thurston County:
-- Every MONDAY at 1:30 pm
-- Every WEDNESDAY at 5:00 pm
-- Every THURSDAY at 9:00 pm
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March 2015 Clean Drinking Water: Global Problems and Local Solutions (Word) (pdf)
- 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.
- David Hartsough "Waging Peace” David Hartsough, a Quaker, has "waged peace" for decades in the Soviet Union, El Salvador, Mexico, and Kosovo. He has been arrested for civil disobedience more than 100 times during his long activist career. Sponsored by Olympia FOR and recorded in Olympia WA Oct 21, 2014 at Olympia Friends Meeting.(video by Dennis Mills) Also videotaped in Seattle by Todd Boyle.
- Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military "Veterans Hour," a monthly televised program by VFP109, hosted Sarah Blum, author of "Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military.” This hard-hitting program is one of the most important shows that need to be watched and action taken on behalf of women in the U.S. Military. Sadly under reported is 53% of males are also victims of sexual abuse in the military.
- Ruth Lipow's 92nd Birthday Party Ruth Lipow, an activist for more than 70 years, celebrated her 92nd birthday in grand style with friends and great music by Vince Brown and La Von Hardison in Olympia WA on December 21, 2013.
- Florence Ntakarutimana - "Women, Water, & Reconciliation" Glen Anderson, Anne Mills, and I had an awesome privilege of being on the TCTV crew for Friendly Water for the World when they taped an inspiring woman from Burundi, Florence Ntakarutimana. She is the Program Manager for "Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities" throughout Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya. She also coordinated the joint HROC/Friendly Water for the World clean water and reconciliation project. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXgSAmBaZR8&feature=youtu.be The program is 29:29 minutes long! The program is 29:29 minutes long!
- "Climate Change 911: The Health Effects of Climate Change"(video)
- Jobs, Not Wars Cut military spending. Use the savings to fund human needs and create jobs. Convert from a war economy to a peace economy. Zoltan Grossman: Excessive U.S. militarism around the world. Tony Lee: Shift federal budget priorities to fund human needs. Glen Anderson: Converting to a peace economy would create more jobs
- Bringing Warbuck$ Home Skit
Holly Gwinn Graham and others perform Holly’s timely and clever skit based on Little Orphan Annie.
- Juan Meléndez - an Innocent Survivor from Death Row (Sep 20, 2011) Juan Meléndez was an Innocent Survivor from Death Row for nearly 18 years! He shares his story of what living on death row is like and justice system that sentenced him even though the Prosecutor has the confession of the real killer.
- Alice Walker:Poet/Writer as Activist
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, shared her humor and wit to a sold-out performance at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts as the Keynote for the Peace Works 2011. Ms. Walker accompanied the Corries to Gaza and that inspired her to write Overcoming Speechlessness. This program will encourage and inspire you!
- malalai joya: a woman among warlords Malalai Joya, a former Afghanistan Parliament member, shared how she wants our war and our support for warlords to end. Peace Action of WA sponsored her presentation at TESC on April 5, 2011
- The True Cost of War - Rep. Dennis Kucinich Rep. Dennis Kucinich spoke on "The True Cost of War" on Presidents Day to a packed audience in Olympia WA. The event was sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation and Veterans for Peace - Rachel Corrie Chapter 109.
- Rep. Dennis Kucinich - Q & A "The True Cost of War" Rep. Dennis Kucinich shared his thoughts on "The True Cost of War" in a Q & A session on Presidents Day 2011 in Olympia WA. The event was sponsored by Olympia FOR and VFP109 February 2011.
- Children Under Occupation - Ziad Abbas Ziad Abbas, a Palestinian refugee and Associate Director of the Berkeley-based Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), gave an informative and moving presentation entitled Children Under Occupation: Human Rights, International Solidarity and Water in Palestine about the water situation and MECA's Maia Project that provides clean water to children in Gaza. ; Ziad delved into the reasons behind the water crisis and the personal impact of both the crisis and the Maia Project on people in Palestine.
- Drug War Roadshow The so-called “War on Drugs” is an expensive failure that has wasted billions of dollars and hurt many people in the US and other countries."
- “Religion in Wartime” (Part 1)Traditions play in wartime. Part One features James Yee, former U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo and Rabbai Seth Goldstein. The forum was a project of "Religion and Society Program" of The Evergreen State College.
(Part 2) "Religion in Wartime" explores the roles that clergy from multi-faith traditions play in wartime. Part Two features Fred LaMotte, Quaker minister at TESC's Common Ground and Cyndi Pollard, associate pastor with Evergreen Christian Community. The forum was a project of the "Religion and Society" program at The Evergreen State College.
Memorial to Life - Washington DC The Iraq Memorial to Life was recently held at Capitol Mall in Washington DC. This was a project endorsed by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
- "Poetic Justice" Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation
Committee for Alternatives to the death penalty Local poets and incarcerated poets share powerfully moving poems on the death penalty and incarceration. Presentation at Traditions Café on May 5, 2010
- Zawadi Nikuze -
trauma healing with victims of rape in the republic of the congo -
presentation at Olympia friends meeting may 25, 2010 Zawadi Nikuze, from Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities, works with rape survivors in The Democratic Republic of Congo. She spoke to a group of Friends at the Olympia Friend Meeting in Olympia Washington.
- Zawadi Nikuze – Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities in the DRC – 2013 Zawadi Nikuze, from Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities, works with rape survivors in The Democratic Republic of Congo. She was recently trained to build biosand water filters by Friendly Water for the World. She will train the rape survivors to make and market the filters as part of their healing.
- Gandhi's legacy and
presence viable today? -Bernie Meyer, called "The American Gandhi" by friends in India, spoke at Traditions Cafe in Olympia. Dressed as Gandhi, Bernie shared the thoughts of Gandhi and then shared as Bernie Meyer whose peace activism includes protesting against agent orange and nuclear weapons.
- Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Arab Racism - a Panel Discussion Martin Friedman, Therese Saliba, Jeff Siddique were panelists to help viewers better understand Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Arab Racism. The discussion was sponsored by TESC Divest (www.tescdivest.org) and Olympia BDS (www.olympiabds.org)
- Voices from Gaza Abedalhadi Basheer and Dr. Laura Harte presented "Voices from Gaza" at the Peace Works on April 8, 2011
- The Egypt Revolution: Implications for a New Middle East Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Senior Producer for Democracy Now, presented his views of the Egypt Revolution and its implications for the rest of the Middle East. Recorded at the Peace Works Conference for the Rachel Corrie Foundation.
- Combatting Misused Charges of Anti-Semitism
Rabbai Lynn Gottlieb (Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence) and Sara Kershnar (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network share their experiences of combatting the claims of Anti-Semitism or Jewish Privilege. Their presentation was at the 2011 Peace Works Conference of the Rachel Corrie Foundation.
- Confronting the Climate Crisis
January 14, 2013 Demonstration at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia WA
- How to Reform Prisons and Sentencing Carol Estes, representing University Beyond Bars, and Steven Aldrich with Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy discuss how to reform our prisons as well as changing sentencing laws.
- Human Rights and Strategies for Justice in Palestine and Israel Ron Smith, Ziad Abbas, and Amal Eqeiq are panelists at the 2011 Peace Works Conference. They discuss human rights issues as well as strategies for Palestine and Israel.
Videos by Subject Matter with Short Descriptions
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Conflict & Conflict Resolution
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on the Cost of War
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Nonviolence
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on the Death Penalty
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Economics
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Food
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Gaza
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Health Care
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Homelessness
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Immigration
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Iran
- Olympia FOR You Tube Videos on Militarization
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Nuclear Weapons
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Palestine & Israel
- Olympia FOR YouTube on Peace
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Prison Reform & Sentencing
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Trauma & Trauma Healing
- Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on War
Videos by the Year with Short Descriptions
Teach Peace Foundation Presents
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