June 2017

Support for Alternatives to Psychiatry

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting on here and I'm fairly new to Olympia. I moved here two years ago after living in San Francisco and Portland over the past 8 years.

In Portland I was involved in a group called Rethinking Psychiatry which provided education, community and resources for people seeking alternatives to psychiatry.

I also was the community organizer for the Mental Health Association of Portland and facilitated hearing Voices groups which were forums for people to discuss and depathologize the experience of hearing voices, regardless of diagnosis.

In Olympia I had started some community discussions, film screenings and gatherings around these topics last year when I had first moved here. There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest but some of the co-organizers moved away. I put the project on hold for awhile. 

You can read the blog I wrote about bringing this conversation to Olympia here. It includes a bit more of my story, which you can read more of on my website as well (the one linked).

We screened a few films including one called Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting Of The Minds, which is a documentary. The conversation afterward was passionate and there was clearly interest and need for more.

These discussions, by the way, did and do not exclude or stigmatize people who choose to take psychiatric drugs for any reason. They are more about informed consent and options, as well as how to create access for those options for more people.

they also exist to validate the very real harm and suffering that many experience from psychiatric drugs and withdrawal.

I've been thinking about creating some classes, events and workshops to share more of the work I've done nationwide and worldwide with the Olympia community.

Game On at the Library

Event: 
Sat, 07/22/2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Creature Teachers: Reptile Show

Event: 
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Creature Teachers brings an assortment of exotic animals to educate people on the wonders of nature and spark a passion for wildlife. This children and families event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Angel Ocasio, Comedy Show

Event: 
Wed, 07/12/2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Nationally recognized as a top physical comedian in the Pacific Northwest, Angel Ocasio combines physical comedy, magic, juggling, music, and his unique style of comedy. This event for children and families is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Steps for Small Business

Event: 
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Join the Washington Center for Women and Business, and the Center for Business & Innovation, for an informative introductory workshop on the basics of business planning. Coaches will teach the steps it takes to start a new business, including the business plans, feasibility, funding, and free/low-cost resources available to help you launch, grow, and succeed.

Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Jeff Evans Magic Show

Event: 
Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm

LOCATION: Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE, Tumwater. See magician Jeff Evans' spectacular magic at the Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show. Afterwards, Jeff will stroll among the masses performing magic tricks. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

Gardening with Native Plants Workshop -- Friday and Saturday June 16-17

Event: 
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:00pm - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 3:00pm

The Center for Natural Lands Management is hosting FREE summer classes at its Demonstration Native Prairie Garden.  Classes begin on Friday from 4-6pm and then continue on Saturday from 11am-3pm. Come to one class or all!  Friday classes will focus on seed collection methods, Saturday classes will teach techniques in hand seed cleaning.  It is not necessary to attend both days but those who attend both sessions will receive a sachet of native seeds to take home for their own garden!

 Please RSVP at ssvolunteers@cnlm.org.  More information about the South Sound Prairies and the Center for Natural Lands Management can be found at www.southsoundprairies.org

"Confront protofascists with mockery"

June 6, 2017:

The man who organized Sunday’s pro-Trump free speech rally in Portland has set his sights on The Evergreen State College in Olympia.

“Yes, Evergreen State College, you should start freaking out,” Joey Gibson told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “Have your meltdown. We are coming.


http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article154767469.html

Joey Gibson has not announced a date yet.

For some background concerning what Olympia has successfully done before to deal with assorted fascists: http://olyblog.net/nazis-come-olywa-history-so-far

Fight Fascists With Mockery, Not the Violence That Feeds Them, Dave Neiwert's post includes celebration of Oly tactics http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2017/02/fight-fascists-with-mockery-not.html

"confront protofascists with mockery"

http://www.salon.com/2017/05/02/alt-right-hopes-to-organize-street-fighting-goon-squad-is-it-more-than-macho-posturing/

These current fascists have an entirely different fashion aesthetic for us to mock. These are not the Hollywood Nazis of our past. These guys and gals mix Trumpian bling, motorcycle helmets, cosplay, street fighter ...... heavy on the flags, weak on fashion poetry.

I'm thinking some frivolous pageantry is in order. Prepare thy costumes and practice thy performances. If fascists come to town, give them what they don't want - which is mockery. Mock, laugh, jest, dance, sing, play, clown. Prance, moon them. Have a blast. Frivolous enjoyment is the best revenge.

 

 

New "Now Where Were We?" history videos

This is a new short video on Olympia area history available this month from the Now Where Were We? series by Deb Ross.  

Historic cherry treee on Chambers Prairie - Courtesy SW Archives Susan Parish Collection

This episode talks about the evolution of Panorama from its prairie days to homestead, golf course, and its current status as a retirement community in Lacey. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RbCj0ogxdU

 

Painting Workshop: The Giant Pacific Octopus

Event: 
Sat, 09/30/2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this free 1-3 pm workshop with an instructor from Olyphant Art & Media, you’ll learn how to use watercolor to create a painting of a Giant Pacific Octopus. These amazing creatures live right here in Puget Sound! Supplies provided and appropriate for ages 10 and older. Space is limited so you must pre-register at https://octopus-painting-workshop.eventbrite.com. Painting in the classroom all day at the Wet Center.