January 2016

José Gomez Farmworker Justice Day

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Slow Food and Farmers' Markets

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

From today's Inbox:

Slow Food USA's Executive Director, Richard McCarthy, will be speaking at 7pm on Wednesday February 3rd at The Evergreen State College (Seminar II, lecture room C1105) about the connection between the Slow Food movement and farmers' markets.  The presentation is open to the public.  This event is co-sponsored by Slow Food Greater Olympia and two programs at The Evergreen State College - Practice of Organic Farming, and Ecological Agriculture: Healthy Soil, Healthy People.

Phyllis Bennis - Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror - at Evergreen February 4th at Noon

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Phyllis Bennis, American author, activist, and political commentator, will speak Thursday, February 4, at The Evergreen State College in Olympia about the origins of ISIS, U.S. military strategy, the refugee crisis, and what U.S. policy on ISIS and Syria should be. The free event is at noon in the Library Lobby, 2700 Evergreen Parkway.

A Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, Bennis is active with U.S. and global peace and Palestinian rights movements and speaks widely on U.S. wars, occupations, and foreign policy. The author of a dozen books, she has recently published Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror. Bennis is also a regular contributor to Democracy Now!, the PBS News Hour, NPR's Diane Rehm Show, BBC, al Jazeera, The Nation, and more.

The free event is sponsored by Evergreen programs ReInterpreting Liberation, A New Middle East?, and Culture & Violence, and by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.

Bennis speaks at venues throughout Western Washington February 2-4, including at Town Hall Seattle.  For information visit the Rachel Corrie Foundation website or call (360) 754-3998.  


The Face of Homelessness

Help Restore the Westside Heronry

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Berthold Brecht's "The Exception and the Rule"

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

Five women will read "The Exception and the Rule" by Bertolt Brecht (45 min) at The Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 pm. The play was performed at the Null Set coffee house in Olympia in 1967 as a puppet play, and this will be a remembrance of that event. The readers will be Llyn De Danaan, Susan Tuzzolino, Sarah Stockholm, Pat Holm and Laura Schleyer. Holm will also read briefly (3 min) from her new book, "The Null Set Remembered, a memoir of a coffee house 1964-67." The puppets will be on display at the library.

Susan Tuzzolino will sing "Mac the Knife" with John Shepard accompanying her on his saxophone at 7:30 pm as we seat ourselves. This popular Brecht/Weill song (from The Three Penny Opera) should add to the historical context of the play.

Written between 1929-30, "The Exception and the Rule" was designed as a short learning play to educate workers in schools and union halls about socialism and the necessity to change the economic system to something more just and humane. The situation Brecht places his characters in clearly shows the underbelly of unregulated capitalism. With Bernie Sanders, a known socialist, running for President, this play should add to our understanding of our current capitalist system.

Chinese Lion Dancers @ Olympia Timberland Library!

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE (360-352-0595)
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate with the Olympia Tai-Chi & Kung-Fu Club performing the traditional Lion Dance and Kung-Fu to ring in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey! The club's Kung-Fu style is the Hung-Gar Southern Style form. The group has performed at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and the Dragon Boat Festival.
This program occurs during library open hours and is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.


Digging Up George Bush’s Homestead

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Come join us at the Olympia library, where we will dig into some local history.

This summer The Evergreen State College opened its first ever archaeological
field school, excavating one of Washington state’s first homesteads where the
multi-racial Bush family settled in 1845. Come hear about it! Currently a Senior
at TESC, emphasizing in anthropology, linguistics and language, Lexi Walsh is
from Lacey, WA and a North Thurston High School alumna.

This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

As with all library programs, this event is free and open to the public.  Feel free to contact us with any questions!  360.352.0595

I made the Sunday paper

The Olympian published my letter to the editor!

Your recent coverage got the point of Initiative 732 – let's leave state revenue the same, but shift some of the tax burden off the sales tax and working families, and get that money for state programs by taxing carbon pollution instead. 

Unfortunately, it didn't really explain why Carbon Washington's economists calculate that I-732 would raise enough money from taxing pollution to make up for its tax cuts, and a legislative analyst thinks it wouldn't. 

That’s partly because utilities don't have to specify all their power sources now, and the state calculates emissions they report from "unspecified sources" as if that power came from our relatively clean grid. (Utilities use this gimmick to make their power look cleaner; now, for example, Pacific Power officially gets 39 percent of its power from coal, although 67.4 percent of its system power is coal-fired.)

Your reprinted Seattle Times article says the legislative analysis assumed I-732’s carbon tax wouldn't bring in enough revenue to make up for its tax cuts because utilities would itemize more power sources and that would "reduce their tax liability." 

In fact, Pacific Power would pay considerably more carbon taxes by reporting its coal pollution without this gimmick; I'd expect other utilities also already itemize any relatively clean power they can and lower their reported emissions by leaving their dirtier power "unspecified."

We'll know more about this and many other issues in the staff's assumptions when I-732 goes to the Legislature and there's a deeper analysis of I-732’s forecasts.


Olympia Area Alternative & Preschool Fair

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Learn about the amazing array of Olympia area alternative education opportunities! Visit over 20 alternative public and private school programs in one place!

Bring your family, talk with school representatives, and enjoy free activities for kids, preschool through high school ages.

At Olympia Community School, 1601 North Street SE, Olympia. 

Email olyaternativeschools@gmail.com or call 360-866-8047 for more info.