Politics

White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality

Event: 
Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Sociology professor Teresa Ciabattari leads an interactive conversation that explores what white privilege is, discusses a variety of examples of privilege for individuals and institutions, and provides tools for learning how to address it. Participants will gain knowledge and resources to foster inclusion and racial justice in their own communities. This program is cosponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

Peace Works 2017: From Marches to Movements

Event: 
Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

The last year has seen an alarming rise in armed conflict, social bigotry, and political authoritarianism. At the same time, unprecedented numbers of people around the globe have rallied to resist the politics of hate. Many of us have felt fear and motivation, isolation and empowerment, disillusion and hope. Peace Works 2017 asks how we might harness these passionate feelings into effective social movements.

What tools do community groups need to better organize themselves and network with others to meet vital needs? How can individuals become engaged and empowered in the political process to affect public policy? How have successful movements and campaigns shifted public opinion and won elections? How might we reach out, build coalitions, and turn a passion for peace and justice into strategic victories? How can we envision and craft policies and institutions for a better world even as we fight to preserve the gains of recent decades against reactionary and regressive forces?

Saturday, October 14, 2007, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice will host its 11th Peace Works conference, From Marches to Movements, at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA. The day will be filled with workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities. People and organizations from Washington and beyond will come together to develop concrete strategies for justice, peace, and progressive social change.

 

Buy tickets: https://rachelcorriefoundation.networkforgood.com/events/3813-peace-works-2017-from-marches-to-movements

Monday night movies: "13th Amendment"

Event: 
Mon, 10/09/2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This documentary exposes the re-enslavement of Black people by prison captivity over the last 150 years; the greased slide leading from any contact with a police officer on the street, to full imprisonment; the political incentives for that slide, and the monetary incentives for keeping prisons full.
 
At the Obsidian, 414 Fourth Avenue East. 
 
This is a fund-raiser; entrance fee is $2.

"Charlie Vs Goliath" documentary and Q&A @OFS @6pm, Fri. Sept. 29th

Event: 
Fri, 09/29/2017 - 6:00pm - 8:15pm

Charlie vs Goliath

"Working Towards Health and Equity in Sierra Leone”

Event: 
Mon, 09/11/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

"Working Towards Health and Equity in Sierra Leone”
Monday, Sept 11, 2017, 7 pm
Traditions Fair Trade Café
300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia
No admission charge.
Contributions to PIH welcomed

Contact: Lin Nelson or Peter Kardas
Phone: 360-956-1358

This will be an opportunity to hear stories regarding the fight for better access to health care, and a more equitable world, from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Mara Kardas-Nelson is the Director of Community-Based Programs at Partners in Heath (PIH) in Sierra Leone. She will speak about PIH's work in the country, from its initial efforts in the fight against Ebola to its current work strengthening the country's health system. PIH's work is rooted in social justice, with the belief that the world's poorest also deserve the world's best healthcare. Mara will speak about the organization's community-based work with Ebola survivors, people living with HIV and TB, and the country's poorest and most marginalized. PIH’s project in Sierra Leone is part of the organization’s work in many different regions to support equitable health care at a time when international health care is being defunded and undermined.

There will be ample time for discussion. Snacks will be offered. There is no admission charge, but people wishing to contribute financially to PIH will be able to do so.

Shari'ah on Trial with Dr. Sarah Eltantawi at Orca Books

Event: 
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us for a very special presentation this Friday, May 19th, 6 PM at Orca Books in downtown Olympia. Evergreen's Dr. Sarah Eltantawi will be talking about her new book, Shari'ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria's Islamic Revolution. We are very excited for this event and hope all can join us!

I-873 - Washington for Good Policing

Event: 
Sun, 11/20/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

A gathering for those who want to make a change...

Washington state has the most regressive laws in the United States regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Under the current law, it is impossible to prosecute a law enforcement officer in a use of deadly force crime.

I-873 removes these eight words from current code: "without malice and with a good faith belief". It doesn't make it easy to prosecute an officer who shoots someone in a deadly force incident; it only makes it possible.

The deadline for signatures for this initiative is December 30 -- and it currently has very minimal presence in Thurston County. This is a place where we can make a difference.

Come learn about this initiative and how you can help gather signatures --perhaps at events you're already planning on attending.

The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia

I-873 website: http://www.w4gp.com/tags/i_873

For more information, contact rachelb33@msn.com or call 360.890.7813

Syrian War: Analysis & Discussion of the Conflict

Event: 
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Author and teacher Shon Meckfessel will lead a discussion about the situation in Syria and what can be done, and will present the film The White Helmets.  The event is Tuesday, October 25th, 7 PM, at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW, in downtown Olympia. Meckfessel is curator of SyriaSources.org and has lived in Syria. He recently returned from a trip to the region where he interviewed Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon. This event will feature a Skype call-in with a member of the White Helmets, a Syrian civil defense organization.
 
Sponsored by: 
Economics for Everyone,
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice,
Students for Justice in Palestine - TESC,
and GI Voice

Building Anti-Racism Skills

Event: 
Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Refusing to be Enemies ~ Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation - With Author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta

Event: 
Sat, 05/28/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Quaker Jew who lived in Jerusalem for seven years and has written widely on Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activism, will speak Saturday, May 28th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Olympia Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, in Olympia.  Kaufman-Lacusta will share reflections from her interview-based book that presents voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli.  The activists reflect on their personal involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives.  In their own words, the subjects share examples of effective nonviolent campaigns, discuss obstacles encountered, and also the changes required for their organizations to more successfully pursue the goal of a just peace.  Attention is devoted to the special challenges of joint struggle and to hopes and visions for a shared future in the region.

Copies of Refusing to be Enemies will be available for purchase and signing.

The free event is sponsored by Olympia Friends Meeting, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver and Canada, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.

For information call 360-754-3998 or email info@rachelcorriefoundation.org
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