Politics

LEONARD PELTIER CLEMENCY GATHERING (Tacoma)

Event: 
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

The primary organizer of this event is recovering from a serious health concern and has asked for help with generating turn-out for this annual event: 

LEONARD PELTIER CLEMENCY GATHERING

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012, 12 NOON TO 3 PM (we must leave at 3 pm so we will start at 12 noon, please get there early)

TACOMA, WA, St. Leo Church, 710 South 13th St (Yakima Ave. and South 13th, from I-5 take I-705, exit downtown and go up 13th St).

  For the last year and a half the Leonard Peltier Clemency Campaign has been building support for Clemency for Leonard Peltier with marches, rallies, video showings and other educational work. We knew that the best opportunity for clemency being granted would be after the election. In order for this to happen great public support must be built and maintained.
This event is for Leonard Peltier supporters to give a strong post-election push for clemency. We ask all Leonard Peltier supporters to please join us at this event. Please make phone calls and/or send e-mails to the White House in support of clemency: White House Comments Line - 202-456-1111; 202-456-1112, E-mail:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Public Sector Unionism Today: Strategies that work for the 99%

Event: 
Wed, 11/07/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
**This event is happening at Evergreen in Seminar Building 2, Room A1107**

 Steve Edwards, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2858 in Chicago will bring his many years of front line union organizing experience to bear on the state of today's public sector unions. He'll explore the ways AFSCME has been affected by the political climate of recent years, the showdown in Wisconsin with Governor Scott Walker, and the union's uncritical support of its Democrat "allies." He's also a supporter of the Chicago Teachers Union which recently waged a successful strike to fight back against Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel's cuts to education funding, and an associate member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE). As the public sector workforce continues to age, it's vital that young union members learn the lessons of the past so they can win the struggles of tomorrow.

Public Power Election Party

Event: 
Tue, 11/06/2012 - 8:30pm - 10:00pm

Via Facebook:

Celebrate the victory of Public Power in Thurston County, and of Steve Fossum's campaign for PUD Commissioner, at that bastion of collective ownership of the means of recreation, the Olympia Eagles!

The Eagles' clubroom is a private venue, open to members and their guests only. Many of our campaign activists are members, and we'll be glad to sign you in as our guests. This is a non-smoking venue, with a charming new smokers' lounge available. Minors are welcome until 11:00pm.

Bring snacks!

[The times shown are just my guess...]

PS - Note Berd's comment below - it's a party for people who have helped with the campaign and their friends...

Sean Arce Speaking on the Struggle to Preserve Ethnic Studies in Arizona

Event: 
Thu, 11/15/2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sean Arce, former head of the Tucson school district’s Mexican American Studies Program, is the featured speaker at this year's Latino Youth Summit (a seperate event for high school students). See www.evergreen.edu or http://hispanicroundtable.org/ for details on the Latino Youth Summit. Arce's program has helped to significantly improve performance by Latino students in standardized tests, retention and college placement rates, but is now deemed illegal under Arizona law. Arce and several of his fellow teachers formed saveethnicstudies.org to fight the law and retain these programs. Sean Arce's public presentation will take place at Olympia’s Timberland Library, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., November 15. This event is free and open to the public.

What Caused the Financial Crisis and Why Capitalism Can't Fix it

Event: 
Sat, 10/20/2012 - 11:30am - 12:45pm

This panel discussion will be held at Evergreen in Sem II, room A2105.

Speakers John Finnan and Tyler Henderson will explain why the US is in the financial mess that it is and why merely tweaking the system will not turn it around for the 99%.

Jill Stein and Kshama Sawant: No More Politics as Usual

Event: 
Sat, 10/20/2012 - 3:45pm - 5:15pm

This talk will be held at Evergreen in Lecture Hall 1

Tired of budget cuts, debt, and a lack of good jobs? Concerned about discrimination, climate change, or corporations spending millions of dollars corrupting the Republican and Democratic politicians? Should we keep voting for candidates serving the richest 1%? Or has the time come for the 99% to stand up and start running our own independent candidates?

Come hear the Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein who the corporate media doesn't want you to know ab

out. Join a discussion with the trailblazing
Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant who has been all over the media challenging the State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp. Come consider getting involved with campaigns that are seriously challenging corporate politics right here in this legislative district and nationally!

SPEAKERS
Jill Stein
Green Party candidate for U.S. President
* Physician
* Pioneering environmental-health advocate

Kshama Sawant
Socialist Alternative candidate for State House, 43rd District
* Occupy Wall Street activist
* Seattle Central Community College economics teacher 2011-2012

 

People's Movement Assembly

Event: 
Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Want to get involved but don't know where to begin? Attend the PMA to hear about a wide range of issues and what local individuals and groups are doing to help change their community. (To read more about what workshops will focus on, read here: omjp.net )

The PMA will also feature national speakers: author Michael Parenti and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

There are no attendance fees, everyone is invited and childcare will be provided throughout the day-long event.

Evergreen to Host Debate on Marriage Equality

Event: 
Fri, 10/19/2012 - 7:00pm

The Evergreen State College will host a debate on marriage equality on Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Longhouse.

 The event is free and open to the public and is offered to the campus and local community as a public service. A live web stream of the event will make the debate available to people across Washington State.

Debating the issue are Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University, and Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and the author of four books on marriage, including (with John Corvino) Debating Same-Sex Marriage.

Member of the Faculty Jose Gomez will moderate. Hosting a debate on marriage equality is timely. This issue will be on the ballot on November 6. Those interested in this topic can find out more about Referendum 74 through the on-line voter’s guide provided by the Secretary of State.

For directions to Evergreen, visit this page: http://www.evergreen.edu/tour/gethere.htm The college is hosting the event with support from the Cal Anderson Memorial Endowment.

Veterans for Peace display at Timberland library

Event: 
Mon, 10/01/2012 (All day) - Wed, 10/31/2012 (All day)

   Just inside the entry door of the downtown Oly Timberland Library is a diplay case. The month of October will be dedicated to Veterans for Peace, which really means we dedicate this to everyone.  We stand for eliminating war as a strategy of foreign policy. We support all victims of war, which means everyone on this planet. We stand for the abolishment of nuclear weapons. We stand for peace.   Stop as you pass through the entryway and check out our display.

Veterans for Peace - Rachel Corrie chapter 109, Olympia, WA

Capitalism in Crisis and the Socialist Alternative

Event: 
Wed, 10/03/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This event is happening at Evergreen in Seminar Building II, Room A1107.

 

International speaker Sebastian Kugler of Socialist Alternative's sister organization in Austria (Sozialistische Linkspartei) will be speaking about his work as an organizer of student strikes in Europe.

Global Capitalism is in its worst crisis since the Great Depression. Banks are throwing families out of homes, Republicans and Democrats are slashing budgets of social services, and police are attacking people of color and protesters.

But working class people and young people are fighting back--from Occupy Wall Street to the general strikes in Greece and Spain, and from the student movements in Quebec and Mexico to the Arab revolutions.

What is the most effective way to change society? Is it sufficient to regulate corporations and reform capitalism? Is democratic socialism a realistic alternative? Come listen to this discussion, and consider joining the struggle for a new socialist world.

 

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