Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation 

Working for peace, social justice and principled nonviolence since 1976

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TV Programs

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.

March 2015 “Clean Drinking Water: Global Problems and Local Solutions”

by Dennis Mills, an Olympia FOR member also very active with this topic

This month we’ll explore a problem that is very real but is largely hidden from most of us.  Half of the people in the world lack access to safe water or sanitation.  Every day, 2,000 children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.  That is the equivalent of 100 kindergarten classes every day!  Safe water is important for our world.  Past wars have often been fought over land and oil.  Many of tomorrow’s wars will be about control and access to clean water.
We’ll look at problems and solutions.  We’ll lift up the work of a local non-profit organization, Friendly Water for the World, www.friendlywater.net, which has projects in Kenya, India, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, and Burundi, Afghanistan, and Honduras.  The Mission of Friendly Water for the World is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation to people in need of them.
Friendly Water for the World began as a joint project between members of Olympic View Friends Church in Tacoma, Washington, and members of Olympia Friends Meeting, Olympia, Washington, through its Right Sharing of World Resources program.  This collaboration between members of two Quaker congregations began four years before the official founding of Friendly Water for the World in January 2010.

With the official launch of Friendly Water for the World, the organization retains its commitment to Quaker testimonies that are ‘SPICES’ -- Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship.  Friendly Water is non-denominational, actively seeking to work with individuals from other faiths and traditions.  They look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and other communities seeking ways to ensure safe and clean drinking water.
We begin the program by explaining what “expanding access to low-cost clean water” means.  Friendly Water for the World empowers people to take charge of their own water quality, not dependent on government agencies or NGOs.
Friendly Water for the World BioSand Water Filters offer an elegantly simple technology that can remove up to 95-99% of bacteria and viruses, amoebae, protozoa, and worms, as well as metals, providing clean water for the family.
The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST, www.cawst.org) is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  CAWST provided the training and consulting support to Friendly Water for the World.  We are one of CAWST’s 400 clients that together have implemented projects in 63 countries and reached 9.3 million people with better water or sanitation through installations in homes, schools, orphanages, hostels, and clinics.

Filters are inexpensive, durable, and made of locally available materials (sand, gravel, and cement).  A filter that provides clean water for a family costs approximately $50 and will work for up to 30 years with almost no maintenance needed.  Making and installing BioSand Water Filters is a proven local micro-business that can and does create local jobs and generates needed income.  Friendly Water for the World helps people help themselves.  They jokingly refer to themselves as the “Anti-Charity Charity.”

This program’s three knowledgeable, articulate guests explain how individuals – rather than governments – can be effective in providing their own safe, clean water:
Ginny Stern is a professional hydrogeologist with the Office of Drinking Water (Division of Environmental Health) in the Washington State Department of Health.  Ginny Stern is Friendly Water’s treasurer and a board member.  She also helps with local training.
Wayne Medrud is the chief technical advisor for Friendly Water for the World.  Wayne Medrud has taught BioSand water filter construction in India, Burundi, and Uganda.
Dennis Mills is a founding board member of Friendly Water for the World.  Dennis Mills provides web and video support and serves on the Education Committee.
We recommend several good sources of information and opportunities for positive action:


  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









October 2009:  Immigration Reform:  Create Fair Solutions

September 2009:  missing





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

Many Great Anti-War Films Worth Watching on Your Computer

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