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 email@example.com or call 360.890.7813
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.
Economics for Everyone,
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice,
Students for Justice in Palestine - TESC,
and GI Voice
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.
Evergreen is hosting a series of lectures on thinking about the Anthropocene - the idea that our effects on the planet are changing it so profoundly that we're entering a new geological era. The next one is this Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the Communications Building at Evergreen. (Earlier talks in the series, and other recent talks at the college , are now available on YouTube.)
Stick Your Neck Out to Create Change—Why and How, John Graham
”The main reason why important challenges such as climate change don’t get met as they should is not that people lack ideas or ideals. There are plenty of smart people with fine ideals. But becoming an agent of change can be scary and too many people hesitate to put the ideas and ideals they have into action. ” So says John Graham, a Director of the Giraffe Heroes Project, a global NGO that for more than 30 years has been inspiring and training people to stick their necks out to help solve tough public problems, from climate change to inner city violence to crimes against women. He’ll share with you what he’s learned about sticking your own neck out for what you believe in–lessons from the more than 1300 brave activists honored by the Giraffe Heroes Project so far–and from his own lifetime as a risk-taking adventurer, helping people the world over take on the problems that test our times.”
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We’ve got a fantastic lineup of speakers and workshops at the Olympia Climate Activists Convention. Spend a day building your skills, networking with colleagues new and old, and planning your future successes. Hear the latest updates from various campaigns and help us build better systems for collaborating across organizational boundaries.
We’re sure you don’t want to miss it, so if you haven’t already, register today!
Olympia Climate Activists Convention
March 19, 2016
9:30 am - 5 pm Olympia Center
222 Columbia St NW in Downtown Olympia
Register online before March 16 to get the early bird rate, and we’ll be sure to have plenty of refreshments for you when you arrive between 8:45 and 9:30 am. And with your preprinted name tag ready for you, you’ll save time and money.