Peace Works 2015: Justice Rising!

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:00pm - 9:00pm

David Rovics, Brian McCracken & Meta Pigeon Parade

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TUE- JAN 27- 7PM- 816 Adams St. SE

David Rovics, the world renowned traveling protest radical singer songwriter and former student of Evergreen, is playing at Media Island, 816 Adams St. SE. Opening up for him will be Brian McCracken of Old Growth Poetry Collective and the local folk punk band Meta Pigeon Parade! This is open to all ages. Please donate to help those that create and spread radical music and poetry, pay what you can if you can and give more if able. Buy their music, zines and t-shirts. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Respect each other, the performers and the space.

Torture, Empire, and the CIA

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Takes place at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia 98501.  Free. 

This presentation will focus on the recent Congressional report on the extensive use of torture and other violent actions carried out by the CIA after 9/11.  
∙    What did we learn from the report, and was it really anything new? 
∙    When will the prosecutions come? 

We’ll also discuss the history of the CIA — its origins as a clandestine spy agency,  its role in the emergence of American global power after World War II. 

We’ll talk about what happened in 9/11.  First, what didn’t change – the use even before 9/11 of torture and assassination;  and then what did change – the CIA after 9/11 as a clandestine paramilitary force with black sites, drones and combat capabilities.  

Finally we’ll pose the question:  Is there a role for the CIA in which it contributes something important to our welfare as a nation and yet is firmly under democratic control?   How can we get to that point? 


Dr. David Price, Professor of Anthropology at St. Martin’s University   Author of Weaponizing Anthropology:  Social Science in the Service of the Militarized State and frequent commentator on counterinsurgency and the relationship between the military, CIA and academics.

Dr. Steve Niva, Professor of International Politics at The Evergreen State College   Writes and speaks about the new forms of warfare and violence in the post-9/11 world, including the rise of joint special operations warfare carried out by JSOC and the CIA.

Sponsored by the Green Party of South Puget Sound, contact person Janet Jordan, 360-232-6165

Robert Egger, founder of the DC Central Kitchen, at Evergreen

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Evening and Weekend Studies and the President’s Diversity Fund welcome Robert Egger, founder of the innovative social justice/food justice nonprofit, DC Central Kitchen, on February 3 and 4.

We invite faculty and staff to join a seminar from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, February 3, in Library 1005. We’ll discuss a chapter from Robert’s book, Begging for Change, and an article he wrote for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP and I will send you the articles.

Robert will be our featured speaker at the Evening and Weekend Liberal Arts Forum in the Longhouse, from 6-9 pm on Wednesday, February 4, on "The Power of Community." For the past 25 years, Egger has been challenging the way nonprofits think about their work, how Americans view the homeless and how food is used to help men and women escape poverty. Join us for a provocative, inspirational dialogue about the role you can play in changing your community.

Please join us. Guests are quite welcome.

Orca Books events: Alice Rothchild, author of "On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion"

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 7:00pm

Monday, January 12th, 7:00pm -- Alice Rothchild


Orca is pleased to welcome Alice Rothchildauthor of On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion, a compelling collection of blog posts made during a fact-finding and solidarity visit to the West Bank and Israel encompassing the last three weeks of June 2014.

Longtime activist Rothchild turns her powers of careful observation and her deep understanding of the consequences of racism and occupation into a lively, honest, heart breaking, collection of reports from the field. She documents the stories and lives that do not make the evening news, but are essential to understanding the context in which that news occurs. In 2014, Just World Books published her book: On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion.

This is a FREE event and all are welcome. Orca Books is at 509 E. 4th Ave in downtrown Olympia.

Pay 2 Play - A Movie and Conversation about Money and Democracy

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes, a documentary from John Ennis, details how deeply entrenched big money is in public policymaking and what these high stakes mean for the future of our country. Pay 2 Play follows Ennis in his investigations into elections in Ohio, in which politicians reward their donors with public treasury assets such as contracts, jobs, tax cuts, and regulation. Driven by the need to provide future generations a better world, Ennis’ film provides the public a study on how to find a way out from under the “Pay 2 Play” system of patronage. Pay 2 Play features Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, Marianne Williamson, Noam Chomsky, and many others.

Fix Democracy First! will be holding screenings of this documentary at venues across the state to engage the public in discussion of money in politics and what to do about it. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a lobby day on January 21, the 5th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision, which opened the floodgate of money being used to influence election outcomes.

Olympia, Thursday, January 8
Traditions Café (300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia WA 98501)
7:00 pm Screening

Following the screening: Discussion lead by Aquene Freechild (Co-director of the Democracy is for People Project for Public Citizen)
Sponsored by Fix Democracy First and Move On Olympia Council

Olympia, Monday, January 26
South Puget Sound Community College (room number TBD)
2:00 pm Screening followed by discussion
Sponsored by Fix Democracy First and BRICK 

Additional information:

Third Party Fanfare

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:00pm

In our Third Party Fanfare, four "minor" parties will flourish their ideas, resulting in some dissonance and some harmony.   Libertarians, Greens, Socialists and Anarchists will present their philosophies, and explain how they would respond to some real-life situations.  You may find you relate to one or another minor party, perhaps better than you relate to the D's or the R's.  Questions will be taken from the audience.  It will be a fun and informative free event, with potluck dessert bar.   Sponsored by the Green Party of South Puget Sound; call 360-232-6165 if questions. 

Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 Fifth Avenue SW, in downtown Olympia. 

Orca Books free event: Author Chris Dixon presents "Another Politics"

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 7:00pm

A FREE talk at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. Chris Dixon will be talking about his new book, "Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements".

Amidst war, economic meltdown, and ecological crisis, a “new spirit of radicalism is blooming” from New York to Cairo, according to Chris Dixon. In Another Politics, he examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. Drawing on voices of leading organizers across the United States and Canada, he delivers an engaging presentation of the histories and principles that shape many contemporary struggles.

Dixon outlines the work of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the lessons they are learning in their efforts to create social transformation. The book explores solutions to the key challenge for today’s activists, organizers, fighters, and dreamers: building a substantive link between the work of “against,” which fights ruling institutions, and the work of “beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives.

The Rise of ISIS and the New Iraq War

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

From today's inbox:


The Rise of ISIS and the New Iraq War

Threat, Myth and Blowback


Lecture and Discussion with Steve Niva

Member of Faculty in Middle East/International Politics

Lecture Hall 1

The Evergreen State College


You have probably all seen or heard about the gruesome beheadings and social media spectacle of the radical organization known as ISIS, ISIL or sometimes “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria.  But what do we really know about this group?  And why is the US sending forces back into Iraq, once again? 

Community Rights Forum POSTPONED

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

We are postponing our Community Rights Forum so people can go to the UU's Justice Summit.  We encourage everyone to go to the Summit and take notes on anything police related.  We can use all that background when we create our own Ordinance giving us the Community Right to Public Safety!

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