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Jewish Voice for Peace Event In Oly WA Dec 11th

Spread the word please. Brown bag lunch with Rebecca Vilkomerson of the Jewish Voice for Peace at TESC, Sem 2, Room 1107 from noon to about 2 pm on Wednesday, December 11th.

Want to think about peace in the holy lands?   Wonder where the holy lands are?  Look at your feet. Look to your heart.  Seek the peace in your soul.

As Black Elk said:

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men."

Black Elk - Oglala Sioux

Come join us and pass the peace, share the peace, bring the peace that is within the souls of all of us.

Noon to about 2 pm on Wednesday, December 11th.

 

Dear Friend, Harold Carson, Passed Yesterday

It may not make the papers or the tv news, but a truly wonderful person died in Olympia yesterday.

My friend, Harold Carson, died peacefully, as he had always lived, at the convalescent center at Panorama City. I don't know where to start or what to say about Harold except that I loved and respected this gentle man. Harold, you are missed. You lived well. You touched so many people, and you touched them deeply, kindly, with fierce and loving intention. Well done, my dear friend. A life well lived.

Common Dreams carried a quote from Howard Zinn yesterday that spoke my mind and heart:

Howard Zinn photo“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction."

"And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

I believe that Harold Carson lived as he thought human beings should live. Harold's life was a marvelous victory.

Ferguson v. Port of Olympia, Part II

Logs Oly port 2011July1 (3)Ok, jumping back in on the Ferguson v. Port of Olympia story. If you want to start at the beginning, go here for Part I.

If you want to start with Part II and not look back, the story is that former finance director Kevin Ferguson has sued the Port of Olympia and Edward Galligan for wrongful discharge, violation of whistleblower law and other tortious conduct.

So, working from the lawsuit Ferguson v. Port of Olympia again, I note/quote from the lawsuit:

  • "In approximately late June/early July, 2011, plaintiff (Ferguson) met with two Commissioners to alert them to what plaintiff considered to be some of the serious issues that he had reported to Galligan (Port Executive Director Edward Galligan) , and advised them that Galligan had failed to take any remedial action. The issues that plaintiff reported at that time included the failure of Galligan to follow Port personnel policies, and the apparent nepotism and increased technology expenses in a potentially unlawful awarding of a technology contract."

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Ferguson v. Port of Olympia, Part I

What is going on at the Port of Olympia?

proppant ship

The Daily Olympian carried a story on May 21, 2013 about a lawsuit filed by the Port's former finance director, Kevin Ferguson, against the Port and the Port's Exec Director, Edward Galligan.

Among other things, Ferguson's lawsuit alleges that the Port's contract for IT services is not quite right.

That's an interesting allegation and one that might be easy to sort out.

Here are specific passages and allegations from the Ferguson lawsuit:

  • "In approximately January, 2011, Galligan directed plaintiff (Ferguson) to write a leter or recommendation to the Port Commissioners in support of a pay raise for Galligan. Although he was not comfortable with this directive, plaintiff was compelled to follow Galligan's instruction. Plaintiff wrote the letter, but only after informing two commissioners in advance as to the directive he had been given."

A little bit of context for this bit: Galligan was Ferguson's direct supervisor at the time and the commissioners are charged with supervising the executive director. Is there a cause of action here? Probably not, but I think lots of us understand that this type of request from a direct supervisor would feel coercive and manipulative.

Earth Day with the Olympia Port Commissioners

The Port of Olympia continues to move fracking materials from China to the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. I think that makes the Port an accessory to murder of the planet.

We have some work to do with the Port of Olympia Commissioners. We continue to talk to the three commissioners. The next opportunity to speak to them is April 22nd at 5:30 pm at the LOTT Building. If you want to sign a petition to ask the Commissoners to stop importing fracking materials, click on this link.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore.

Hey, Toto. 2 big blizzards in a couple of weeks. One of the complications of global warming is that the warmed atmosphere holds more water vapor and guess what? More water vapor means heavier snowfalls. Thanks to KansasCity.com I scanned this piece quickly and did not see any mention of global warming or climate change. Same thing last week in the mainstream coverage of the snowstorm. Is it irresponsible not to give readers the background information? Last week was Storm Q (I like the Blizzard of Oz name better). This week is Storm R. I did spot some coverage that referenced the fact that the last 100 year snowstorm was two years ago when I was scanning the news for mainstream connections to the largest global story - global warming, but I think that coverage did not mention global warming either. Here is what Yahoo News is running on the second storm in two weeks:

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Blizzard conditions slammed parts of the central Plains Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after a massive storm blanketed the region with snow.

Grand Jury Resisters Need Your Help

Friends are in jail. We don't know how long they will be there. We don't what criminal activity is being investigated that leads to these folks being jailed for refusing to answer Grand Jury questions.

Land of the Free. Home of the Brave.

Jump in, you can help. We are the ones we have been waiting for.

 

 

 

Climate Congress 2014 - The Contract with Climate

The election season is in full hysterical mode. The dems are beating on progressives who are fleeing to Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson, the repubs are beating on the dems with all the corporate money and psycho-linguistic technology they can muster and behind the scenes somewhere we have a bunch of faceless (poor things, they don't have faces) IT folks who are gearing up to do whatever they are supposed to do with the vote-counting technology to tabulate votes on November 6th.

Michael Connell will not be available to help with the information technology tasks in this election cycle. His private plane crashed and he was killed before he was available to testify about the 2004 Ohio vote-counting, "man in the middle" controversy.

There is lots to worry about in this election cycle even with the tragedy of Michael Connell's death in 2008. But let's get real, this election is in the can. Yes, we should all work on getting out the votes for progressive candidates, for local initiatives that might produce change, but the change is not coming by defeating Romney, the change is not coming in this election cycle. Our best progressive shot happens with the mid term election of 2014.

Scott Crow in in Olympia for a few events

Activist, anarchist, writer, organizer - Scott Crow - is going to be in Olympia for a few speaking engagements over the next few days. He will be at South Puget Sound Community College on Oct 25th at noon, Room 102, Building 26 Then he will be at Last Word Books on Friday, Oct 26th at 7:30 pm. and one more time in Oly on Monday, Oct 29th at Lecture Hall 2, The Evergreen State College at noon.

Want to understand anarchism? Learn more about it. It's not what you may think.

Want to continue to misunderstand and misrepresent anarchism? As Bobby Dylan said, "you are going to have to serve somebody..." Choose today, who will you serve? You are going to have to serve somebody.

Black Flags and Radical Relief Efforts in New Orleans: An Interview with scott crow

Parenti and the Pathology of Wealth

Next Friday night, Oct 19th. Community potluck, meet and greet the author, book sales thanks to Last Word Books and free talk from Dr. Michael Parenti at 7 pm. Lecture Hall 1 at TESC.

For more details, go to the Facebook Event for the People's Movement Assembly.

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