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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.
APRIL 2014 “Strengthen Democracy with a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO)”
by Glen Anderson, producer and host of this TV series
The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s April 2014 TV program takes a fresh look at democracy – specifically, how to make democracy more real and more vibrant by practicing it at the local level. We’ll examine the growing movement for vibrant grassroots democracy through local efforts called “Community Rights Ordinances” – CROs.
Our TV program’s three guests help us understand Community Rights Ordinances – and how we might adopt one locally, perhaps focusing on a specific concern such as sustainable local food. Kai Huschke came from Spokane to be a guest on this program. Kai has been very active with a nationwide non-profit organization that has been promoting the CRO movement. John Pearce also has a background in the CRO movement. John is a writer, facilitator, instructional designer, and consultant to businesses across North America. TJ Johnson is a former member of the Olympia City Council who worked before, during and since then to improve our local community in many ways. For several years he has worked very hard on local food sustainability.
People know that democracy in the US has been weakened and corrupted over the years. The problems go far beyond rich people and corporations buying elections. Lobbyists pressure Congress and state legislatures to write laws that protect big business at the expense of consumers, workers and the environment. The perceptive author William Greider wrote on page 309 of The Soul of Capitalism, “[B]oth political parties are now adept at enacting hollow laws that appear to serve large public purposes but are actually wired with special-interest traps that guarantee continued evasion and meager results.”
Lobbyists also pressure presidents, governors, and Executive Branch agencies to do the same with the regulations they write. As a result, the system is stacked against the broad public interest. When environmental groups or other public interest non-profit organizations challenge abuses, they are severely limited by the laws and regulations that only tinker around the edges but are designed to fail to protect the broad public interest.
Instead of playing a game that is stacked against us, the CRO movement begins with our fundamental rights and builds from there. Our nation’s founders affirmed that people create governments to protect our rights, so our fundamental rights include real and profound self-government, protection of the public good, sustainable ecosystems, and other widely recognized human rights. The CRO movement depends on “We the People” to practice grassroots democracy.
The CRO movement urges voters in local communities – or local government bodies – to pass clear and enforceable Community Rights Ordinances that articulate and claim these fundamental rights, and to protect them from encroachment or violation by businesses, especially those based outside of the community.
A number of communities have passed CROs to protect themselves from fracking, from giant livestock holding areas, and other abuses. People in the greater Olympia area are considering pushing for a county-level or city-level CRO to protect our fundamental rights in some food-related areas, such as protecting rights for local people to grow healthy food or the rights of consumers to access to healthful and sustainably grown food from local producers. In 1999 the United Nations passed the “International Bill of Human Rights,” which affirmed that every person in the world has the right to be free from hunger.
The best source of information nationwide is the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), www.celdf.org, which is based in Pennsylvania.
Local organizers in Thurston County are working on a local CRO and might arrange with CELDF to conduct a weekend “Democracy School” in the Olympia area. You can visit the local website, www.communityrightssouthsound.org or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis Brandeis, a very wise Supreme Court Justice from 1916 to 1939, said this: “We can have a democratic society or we can have the concentration of great wealth in the hands of the few. We cannot have both.”
Now is the time to reclaim our rights and build a more real democracy.
APRIL 2014 “Strengthen Democracy with a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO)”
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july 2014 a vietnam veteran now works for peace (pdf)
may 2014 The death penalty is unjust and is being abolished (pdf) (pdf short version) (Word)
September 2007: Military "Solutions" Are the Problem
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- 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
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