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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.
APRIL 2015 “LBA Woods and Other Parks for Our Community”
by Glen Anderson, producer and host of this TV series
This month explores the need for local parks. We focus on a timely opportunity to devote a large amount of additional land to become a park that would serve the greater Thurston County area.
A community group formed a few years ago and has generated wide support throughout our community for a 150-acre “LBA Woods Park” next to the current “LBA Park” in SE Olympia, within the city limits. This non-profit organization, the LBA Woods Park Coalition (www.lbawoodspark.org), has been urging the City of Olympia to buy the available land now so it can become a park.
Three guests help us explore this topic:
Bonnie Jacobs is a longtime Olympia organizer for many efforts to improve our local quality of life.
Brian Faller is an attorney with special expertise regarding recreation areas.
Kris Norelius is an elementary school counselor who appreciates young people gaining access to experience the natural world.
Everybody wants to live in a local community that provides for a high quality of life. One important factor is having enough parks for the public to enjoy. The greater Olympia and Thurston County areas are expected to add about 20,000 more residents during the next 20 years. Houses for them will consume much open space, and it will increase the need for parks for the public to enjoy.
Economic justice is a factor, because people who are rich can fly to Hawaii or Europe or elsewhere for vacations, and people who have houses have back yards, but people who live in apartments do not. Everyone regardless of income level needs to be able to enjoy free outdoor spaces in our local communities.
More than a decade ago – in 2004 – 57% of Olympia’s voters voted to increase their utility tax to provide money for acquiring park land, based on the City’s 2002 parks plan. But since then the City of Olympia has actually acquired far less land than the 2002 Olympia parks plan had called for, and has spent some of the Voted Utility Tax for purposes other than park land acquisition, which is what the 2004 election required.
Later in this TV program we discuss a few other parks in the greater Olympia area, but we devote much of this program to exploring the possibility of adding a large amount of land in SE Olympia next to the existing LBA Park in SE Olympia, near the intersection of Boulevard Road and Morse-Merryman Road. This land has many trees, so the proposed new park is called “LBA Woods Park.”
Our guests show and explain an impressive and informative series of photos, maps and images to help the viewers understand the two large parcels of land – totaling about 150 acres – that would become “LBA Woods Park” if the City of Olympia would act on this proposal. These are the only two remaining large forested parcels within Olympia’s city limits.
The LBA Woods Park Coalition has an informative website, www.lbawoodspark.org, which shows maps, photos, and much other information. We showed some of this during the TV program.
Both of these large parcels of land are owned by real estate developers who are intending to cut down the trees and build houses and streets throughout these 150 acres of natural land, which now has many trees, native plants, wildlife, and 58 species of birds. People have been using it informally as a park, even though it is privately owned, and over the past decade people’s feet have made clear trails throughout these beautiful, natural 150 acres of woodland.
This land is very walkable, without any steep climbs. In contrast, both of the two large wooded parks in Olympia – Priest Point Park and Watershed Park – are located around ravines that make them difficult for many people to walk through. The proposed “LBA Woods Park” would provide recreational opportunities that current parks do not offer. Also, this would preserve natural ecosystems and habitats.
People of all ages and all physical abilities feel nourished by spending time in beautiful natural settings such as this. This opportunity has value far beyond the merely financial.
If the city were to acquire these lands now, a participatory public process could allow the community to decide what additional uses a park could serve. Suggestions already include a dog park, off-road bicycle trails, community gardens, birdwatching opportunities, and so forth.
Supporters of LBA Woods Park have been urging the City of Olympia to buy both parcels now to stop their “development” into houses and streets. The current owners would sell at reasonable prices before they get farther into the “development” process. The City has money from the Voted Utility Tax and can raise money from other sources.
The LBA Woods Coalition (www.lbawoodspark.org) has gathered more than 5,200 signatures from all over Thurston County and beyond to support this proposal. The Coalition continues to build community support from people of all ages to persuade the City. People from all over have been enjoying this natural area, so this is something that serve our larger region, not just Olympia.
Our local community has a great history of individuals and small numbers of people stepping forward to save special places for public use. Examples:
Sylvester Park: In the 1950s, many downtown businesses and city leaders wanted to turn Sylvester Park (Olympia’s town square at Legion & Capitol Way) into a parking garage. But some thoughtful local people organized to save it as a park.
Watershed Park, a natural area in SE Olympia near Henderson Blvd, was saved from being logged and turned into a housing development. Some of the local people who saved Sylvester Park were also leaders in creating Watershed Park.
West Central Park is a new spot for calm community gathering at the SE corner of Harrison and Division: Over the years, some local people organized and prevented a gas station and then a convenience store from being built there. Finally, a generous local person – Alicia Elliott – bought the land to prevent it from being abused in other ways and to instead convert it into a small park to serve the whole community. The West Central Park’s website is www.aparkforus.org
Isthmus – “Capitol Olympic Vista Park” For several years a growing number of local people have been urging the government to acquire the little strip of land between downtown Olympia and the West Side, removing the buildings, and turning it into a park. See www.capitolvistapark.org (The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation produced a TV program about this. See the September 2011 link on the “TV Programs” page at www.olympiafor.org
West Olympia Heronry: Herons nest in West Olympia downhill from Dickinson Avenue, down toward West Bay Drive. Some people are protecting this from a housing development. Info: www.olyecosystems.org and the January 2015 issue of Works in Progress, www.olywip.org
The community-based effort to create LBA Woods Park next to the current LBA Park would be another in this great tradition of local people organizing to protect natural ecosystems and serve the local quality of life.
Everybody wants to live in a community that feels pleasant. We in the Pacific Northwest especially value having natural areas nearby that we can walk through and see the trees and hear the birds. People of all ages like that. Older folks seem to find this a way to revive memories of our childhoods when we had more natural areas nearby.
Natural areas are disappearing quickly – being paved over and built upon. We need to preserve the few that remain so all of us – and future generations – can enjoy them and enjoy being part of the natural world.
It makes sense for the City of Olympia to buy the two large parcels we have been discussing and create the LBA Woods Park. I invite you to work with the LBA Woods Park Coalition and visit their attractive, informative website, www.lbawoodspark.org You can connect with their Facebook page there too.
I also invite you to connect with other local groups working for grassroots-based parks efforts, such as:
Capitol Olympic Vista Park on Olympia’s Isthmus – www.capitolvistapark.org
West Central Park – www.aparkforus.org
West Olympia Heronry www.olyecosystems.org
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- “Persistent Resistance: Women as Change Agents in Mesoamerica” Jose "Chencho " Alas has worked on peasant empowerment, peace, justice and environmental restoration efforts in El Salvador for 50 years. His positive approach that encourages a focus on small successes to build upon has produced some amazing results in rural El Salvador where peasants have restructured their society bottom-up. They eliminated post-war violence, and carried out reforestation and mangrove restoration projects and successful small organic farms. He is now expanding his efforts in Mesoamerica from Guatemala to Panama. His methods could have application for healing community and the earth in other area of war and conflict. (Mar. 27, 2015 St. Martin University (52:04 min) Recorded by Janet Jordan
- 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
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