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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.
“Restoring the Deschutes River to its Natural Flow”
by Glen Anderson, producer and host of this TV series
The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s December 2014 TV program examines an environmental problem that has hurt the greater Olympia and south Puget Sound areas for more than half a century – the problems in the waters near the west side of downtown Olympia where the 5th Avenue dam prevents the Deschutes River flow freely into Budd Inlet, the southernmost tip of Puget Sound.
Only in the past few years have people been organizing vigorously to solve the problems with this natural solution. Two knowledgeable and articulate guests help us explore this topic. Both are active with the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT):
Dave Peeler is President of DERT’s Board and has 40 years of professional scientific experience working on environmental issues, with special expertise in water quality.
Helen Wheatley is an historian who has extensively studied the history of the 5th Avenue dam and Capitol Lake. During this hour she will show photos – some historical and some recent – to illustrate the case for removing the 5th Avenue dam and letting the Deschutes River run freely through a natural estuary.
A basic environmental principle is that Mother Nature knows best, and we should avoid disrupting natural ecosystems, such as the estuaries where rivers flow into salt water. Another basic environmental principle is that Mother Nature is resilient. If we would remove the dam and stop causing the damage, Mother Nature could do a lot to restore and heal the natural ecosystem.
Throughout the program, Helen provides a number of historical photos and two videos that help viewers see the specific area and understand the problems and solutions. Dave explains what an estuary is and how an estuary works. Helen provides interesting history about the background that led to the 5th Avenue dam, and some misconceptions that occurred then and have persisted since.
Our guests explain the scientific issues about water flow and circulation, and how the dam impairs those and causes unhealthily low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water. They explain the algae that plagues the lake, and the interactions of water quality elsewhere in Puget Sound.
They explain the continual problems related to sediment that flows downstream in the Deschutes River and settles in Capitol Lake because the dam prevents it from flowing out. They discuss the dam’s hurtful implications for fish.
A local non-profit organization, the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) (see contact information below) has been working to solve the problems and has produced recommendations for removing the dam and restoring the Deschutes Estuary to a natural ebb and flow that would significantly improve water quality and the health and sustainability of local plants and animals.
Our guests also explain the governmental involvement in the issue. Many entities have a hand in this local area, so it’s hard to reach decisions, but progress is underway.
Yet another complexity is public opinion, which is mixed and sometimes misinformed. Often it is hard to let go of the artificial status quo and choose a more natural future. But if we do, we will find it more satisfying for us, besides being better for the environment. Indeed, Western Washington has two good recent examples of success stories:
At the Nisqually Delta, we removed the dikes and allowed the Nisqually River estuary to return to a more natural ecosystem. While some people were apprehensive about doing this, now the results are wildly popular besides being better for the environment.
On the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River, we removed the dam, and salmon runs have vastly increased beyond our wildest hopes.
For more information, contact the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT). You can e-mail them at email@example.com, visit their website, www.deschutesestuary.org, or write to them at DERT, PO Box 11093, Olympia WA 98508.
Our guests recommended two governmental sources of information about this:
The Washington State Dept. of Ecology has info about “Deschutes/Budd Inlet TMDL at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/tmdl/deschutes/index.html
The Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services has info about Capitol Lake athttp://des.wa.gov/about/pi/CapitolLake/Pages/default.aspx
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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- 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
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