Palestine, Blackness, and Solidarity in Settler Democracy

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Keith P. Feldman, Assistant Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss the history and resurgence of Black-Palestinian solidarity at this public event Thursday, October 22, 12-1 p.m., in The Evergreen State College Library Lobby, at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia.

His lecture, Palestine, Blackness, and Solidarity in Settler Democracywill sketch a history of Black-Palestinian connections, arguing that this work renders important ways of framing the contemporary violence of settler democracy in general.  In the last few years, activists contesting anti-Black police violence in the United States have drawn conscious links to Palestinian struggles against Israeli state violence. While this flurry of activity may seem novel or surprising, it renews long-standing questions about decolonization, anti-racism, and solidarity. This presentation sketches a history of Black-Palestinian connections, arguing that this work renders important ways of framing the violence of settler democracy today.

Local Candidates Forum @ Olympia Library

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Come hear candidates for Mayor and City Council (Position #1) discuss the issues. Ask questions of the candidates with a facilitated Q&A. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

This program is free and open to the public.  Feel free to contact the library with any questions.  360-352-0595.

Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave SE

Town Hall on Police Accountability

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Help us decide on a plan to make the Olympia police officers/department more accountable.  All are invited -- every idea will be considered.  We'll end with an action plan!  To be held at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW.  Contact Terren Zander, (360) 943-6109. 

City Council Candidates Forum

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hear the candidates for Olympia City Council discuss the important land-use questions they will have to decide in the coming year.  Q and A at the end.  This will be a lively event.  Contact:  Janet Jordan, 360-232-6165. 

Boogie 4 Barner!

Sat, 09/26/2015 (All day)

Come dance and raise funds for George Barner, your now and future Port Commissioner!  Hamburgers and hot dogs at 6:00, live music by the Oly Mountain Boys at 7:00.  Hear George's vision for the Port.  A fun evening.   Venue is McLane Grange, 931 Delphi Road SW.   Contact Tom Nogler, 360-250-6905.

Oil Train Forum

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Running the Risk: Washington’s Fight Against Oil by Rail

Thursday, September 3rd, 6:30-9:00 pm

Olympia Center 222 Columbia St, Olympia


Join us for a free community forum and discussion on the oil industry’s plan to build five new processing facilities in our state, and how oil transport threatens our community, our waterways, and our livelihoods.

Yoram Bauman returns! (Another Carbon Thurston I-732 event)

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Environmental economist, author, and stand-up comedian Dr. Yoram Bauman - the principal organizer of Carbon Washington's Initiative 732, which would help slow global warming without raising taxes - will be back in Olympia Wednesday, August 19th, for a 7:00 PM event at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 8th Ave SE. (Please come - and even better, see if you can get somebody who might be interested and isn’t already part of the choir to come with you… It will be very entertaining, as well as educational.)


Yoram is the author (with illustrator Grady Kline) of The Cartoon Introduction to Microeconomics (now translated into 14 languages), The Cartoon Introduction to Macroeconomics (now translated into 10) and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change (just out!). The YouTube videos from his shows have now had over a million views.

There will be refreshing beverages - and new jokes.

Thurston Co for Bernie Sanders Meet & Greet

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Bernie Sanders is generating a lot of grassroots exciement.  We invite all Thurston County folks to get involved.

You can get more information and rsvp here:



Obsidian 414 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 890-4425

Enjoy a great discussion about the Bernie Sanders campaign, the possibility of a future visit from Senator Sanders, what we need to do to make that happen, and our fight to make our country a more progressive place for all.

Come join the community, bring your friends, bring your family, meet some new faces, exchange niceties, get down to business, and have some fun.


Elaine Scarry / Cornel West at Evergreen - on the same night...

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

One week from today we have a unique opportunity to hear from two of the leading public intellectuals working on issues of justice and equality in this country. Elaine Scarry speaks in LH 1 from 5:30-7:00. Cornel West speaks in the CRC at 7:00. My own preference: both/and rather than either/or. 

Professor Scarry's talk is free and open to the public, and is entitled "Beauty and Social Justice." Her 1999 book on this topic was hailed by J.M. Coetzee as "A brave and timely book"; Jamaica Kincaid said of the book that "after truly reading it, the reader cannot help but be changed."

Next Monday's talk provides an opportunity for us to see another face of Professor Scarry's work, which over a long career has brought the public humanities into searching dialog with pressing issues of the day, including human rights, war, peace, and democratic governance.

The event is co-sponsored by the Mentor Council and the Critical and Cultural Theory lecture series.

Tickets for Cornel West's talk and a bio are here.

Olympia $15 Minimum Wage Campaign

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:45pm - 2:30pm

From today's inbox (a little late to really be useful... but at least you know it's happening.)

Olympia workers and community supporters
launching campaign for citywide $15 minimum wage

TODAY, low-wage workers from Olympia will gather at Sylvester Park, march to Olympia City Hall and call on their local government to pass a citywide $15 minimum wage law and advance workers rights in the city of Olympia.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 in the City of Olympia

Low-wage workers from Olympia, joined by local community supporters, launch a campaign for a citywide $15 minimum wage law.

- 1:45 pm: Gather at Sylvester Park: 600 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501

- 2:00 pm: March to Olympia City Hall and then rally for $15: 601 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501

Workers and supporters will carry signs and banners reading “Olympia: it’s the wages” and “$15 for Olympia”. Follow along online at #oly15.

Supporters of the Olympia $15 campaign include Working Washington, SEIU 775NW, WFSE/AFSCME Local 443, SEIU 1199NW, and UFCW 21.

More information:

33% of Olympia’s workers are paid less than $15/hour, according to an analysis of Census data.

Eight of the ten fastest-growing jobs in our economy pay poverty wages of less than $15/hour — jobs like food service, retail, and homecare.

Half of the population of Olympia are renters, and median rent in Olympia is $904/month. It takes a full-time paying $17.38/hour to afford that rent level at standard affordability calculations.

Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington: 206-227-6014, sage@workingwa.org

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