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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 info@communityrightssouthsound.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)”

  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

Sometimes we produce special programs.  These air on TCTV at various dates and times.

We are posting our recent INTERVIEW and SPECIAL programs on the internet.  (Although we got broadcast rights for airing the “BIG PICTURE” films, we are not able to post them on the internet, although some might be posted under their own names.)  Also, our older programs are not available in this format.

To watch a program, simply click on a link below to watch that episode. 

Interview programs






December 2010 "Converting to a Peace Economy" (pdf info)

November 2010 international day of peace: OLYMPIA connects with the world (pdf info)

october 2010 honduras (pdf info)

september 2010 more information on the 9-11 attacks (pdf info)

August 2010 starting to understand africa (pdf info)

July 2010 understanding and protecting civil liberties (pdf info)

June 2010: “Pakistan:  What Are the Realities?”(pdf info)

May 2010: Empowering Ourselves for Profound Democracy (PDF INFO)

April 2010 Restorative Justice Restorative Practices (pdf info)

March 2010: Protect the Separation of Church and State (pdf)

February 2010:  Death Penalty:  New Progress Toward Abolition (PDF INFO)

January 2010:  Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (PDF INFO)


December 2009:  The “3-Strikes” Laws Are Unjust (pdf info)

November 2009:  Voter-Owned Elections:  Replace Special Interests’ Big Money Financing (pdf info)

October 2009:  Immigration Reform:  Create Fair Solutions

September 2009:  missing

August 2009:  Transition Initiatives for Resilient and Sustainable Communities

July 2009:  Health Care Reform:  Single-Payer is the Solution!

June 2009:  Folk music’s power for Peace and Justice

May 2009:  Nonviolence:  What It Is and How It Works

April 2009:  Nuclear Weapons

March 2009:  Re-Thinking the Whole Economy

February 2009:  A Tapestry of Faiths:  Interfaith Appreciation Through the Arts

January 2009:  A New Foreign Policy


December 2008:  Amnesty International Works for Human Rights

November 2008:  The Common Good:  Real Democracy vs. the Special Interests

October 2008:  The Death Penalty:  An Idea Whose Time Has Gone

September 2008:  9-11 Truth:  Is It OK to Ask Questions?

August 2008:  Citizen Diplomacy:  International People-to-People Exchanges

July 2008:  Elections:  Issues, Not Horse Race

June 2008:  Nonviolence:  What It Is and How It Works  (Repeat in May ’09)

May 2008:  Immigration:  Bridges, Not Walls

April 2008:  Creative Nonviolence and Iraq’s Human Face

March 2008:  From Palestine to Puget Sound:  The Olympia-Rafah Mural Project

February 2008:  Poverty, Housing, and the State Legislature

January 2008:  Venezuela Update


December 2007: Terrorism and the Challenge of asymmetrical War

November 2007: Korea: A history of u.s. intervention

October 2007: Restore America: Impeach Bush & Cheney

September 2007: Military "Solutions" Are the Problem (missing)

August 2007: Teenagers Work for Peace & Justice

July 2007: Homeless People Need Dignity and Real Solutions

June 2007: Resisting the Militarization of Our Ports

may 2007: The "Single-Payer" Solution to the Health Care Crisis

April 2007: Nuclear Weapons & Nonviolent Resistance at Ground Zero

March 2007: Public Financing of Electoral Campaigns

January 2007: Impeachment Protects the Constitution


December 2006: The Earth Charter and Caring for the Creation

November 2006: Iran: Fresh Insights (pdf info)

October 2006: Venezuela

September 2006: Immigration: Myths and Realties

JULY 2006: Affirming Diversity and Equality For All

april 2006 Instant Run-off Voting

MARCH 2006: Nonviolence Is Powerful And Practical

FEBRUARY 2006: A Conversation With Gandhi

JANUARY 2006: Religious Values and Public Policy


NOVEMBER 2005: Your Rights VS. Military Recruiters

OCTOBER 2005: Hunger In The Land Of Plenty

SEPTEMBER 2005: This War's True Cost

AUGUST 2005: East Timor

JULY 2005:  Nuclear Weapons

special programs:


Videos by Subject Matter with Short Descriptions

  1. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Conflict & Conflict Resolution
  2. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on the Cost of War
  3. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Nonviolence
  4. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on the Death Penalty
  5. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Economics
  6. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Food
  7. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Gaza
  8. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Health Care
  9. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Homelessness
  10. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Immigration
  11. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Iran
  12. Olympia FOR You Tube Videos on Militarization
  13. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Nuclear Weapons
  14. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Palestine & Israel
  15. Olympia FOR YouTube on Peace
  16. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Prison Reform & Sentencing
  17. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on Trauma & Trauma Healing
  18. Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on War

Videos by the Year with Short Descriptions

Teach Peace Foundation Presents

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