Proposition 1 Forum: Energy Issues in Thurston County

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Israeli Peace Activist Jeff Halper at Kitzel's Crazy Delicious Delicatessen

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

A Jewish Israeli, Jeff Halper has been a tireless advocate for justice and civil rights for all
Israelis and Palestinians. He spent ten years as a community worker in Jerusalem aiding low-
income Mizrahi families. In 1997, Halper co-founded ICAHD to challenge and resist the Israeli
policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories, and to organize Israelis,
Palestinians and international volunteers to jointly rebuild demolished Palestinian homes. He
has created a new mode of Israeli peace activity based on nonviolent direct action and civil
disobedience in the Occupied Territories. Halper was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by
the American Friends Service Committee for his work "to liberate both the Palestinian and the
Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence" and "to build equality between their people
by recognizing and celebrating their common humanity." He is the author of three books,
Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century,
An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel, and Obstacles to Peace:
A Reframing of the Palestinian – Israeli Conflict.

This event will be moderated by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg.

Kitzel's Crazy Delicious Delicatessen is located at 514 Capitol Way S, Olympia WA 98501.

You can RSVP on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/471783986174999/.

At Orca Books: Historian Michael Staudenmaier presents Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969-1986

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 6:00pm

An event on Saturday night at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, downtown Olympia:

Historian Michael Staudenmaier will read from Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969-1986.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the revolutionary left in the United States went through a series of profound political, demographic, and cultural transformations as it struggled to find its footing in a rapidly changing world. The unorthodox political agenda of the Sojourner Truth Organization represented a small but strong thread running through the politics of the left during these decades. Drawing on detailed archival research and oral interviews, Truth and Revolution skillfully combines social and intellectual history to shed light on both the theory and the practice of the STO. Perhaps most famous for its theoretical formulations of white skin privilege, the group also developed a novel analysis of class consciousness that reflected its commitment to an autonomist Marxism. In all the major areas of its work—which included factory organizing, anti-imperialist solidarity, anti-nuclear and anti-fascist struggles—STO combined a strategic assessment of the urgent tasks facing an activist left with a theoretical sophistication that merits sustained attention. Staudenmaier also includes a final chapter linking the legacy of STO directly to the challenges facing twenty-first century radicals.

Vigil & Courtroom Support for Scott Yoos

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 8:15am - 10:00am

Posted on behalf of Scott Yoos. Check out his new blog at:

Just a brief REMINDER to ALL of my dearest Friends & supporters:

My long-awaited "Omnibus Hearing"
will be a-happenin' this coming MONDAY, July the 2nd, @ 9am!

This big event is (again) being held @ the Thurston County Courthouse,
which is (still) located @ 2000 Lakeridge Drive in Olympia.

A civil flock of Us will descend upon the courtyard for a sign-holding Support VIGIL of sorts, beginning around 8:15 am. before entering the Courtroom,
which opens at 9 am.

Keep it Lit!

Come celebrate a real independence on July 4 at Traditions Cafe

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Pastors for Peace Caravan will come to Olympia on July 4 to give a free presentation in Traditions Cafe at 6 p.m. about their humanitarian aid drive to Cuba. The event will last two hours max and will provide a dialogue to all present to educate themselves about current U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Why does a Cold War-era U.S. foreign policy still exist against Cuba, negating their international trade and ability to travel to and from the United States? Has any of this changed under the Obama presidency? Why are you not allowed to travel to Cuba? Do you want to anyway? Who are the Cuban 5?

These are all questions that will be answered along with any others people have about Cuba from people who have visited there repeatedly over the recent years. Some people who live in Olympia and went on previous caravans will also be present to offer their perspective.

This year's feature caravan speaker is author Tamara Hansen, a Vancouver, B.C.-based high school teacher who is also the Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (vancubasolidarity.org). Hansen wrote "5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: the Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership," published by Battle of Ideas Press.

The Pastors for Peace Caravan is taking its 20th Cuban trip to deliver material aid and engage in civil disobedience of U.S. travel and trade policy toward Cuba. The caravan has engaged in hunger strikes, occupations and awareness campaigns across the U.S. to bring attention to our foreign policy with Cuba, along with providing material aid collected nationwide that is warmly accepted by a society known for its radical, progressive domestic policies toward healthcare, democracy and re-envisioning foreign aid.

Demonstration Re Health Care Decision

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 12:15pm - 1:15pm

From today's inbox:

This Thursday, the US Supreme Court is expected to rule on Washington Attorney General (and current Republican gubernatorial candidate) Rob McKenna’s partisan challenge to the Affordable Care Act - President Obama’s health care reform law. It’s perhaps the most anticipated Supreme Court ruling in our nation’s history.

Regardless of the outcome, we’ll be ready.

Thursday, June 28 outside the Attorney General's offices around the state


OLYMPIA - 12:15pm
1125 Washington St SE

Presumably, "regardless of the outcome" means you should be thinking about two or three signs - one blaming Attorney General McKenna for helping to kill the law (if the Supreme Court agrees with his lawsuit's arguments), one blaming him for trying to kill it (if the Court rejects them), and one or more signs for a messy decision upholding parts of the Act and throwing parts of it out...

I've received mail about this from several organizations - FUSE, Planned Parenthood, US Action/True Majority, and Washington CAN so far... (I don't know whether one of them is primarily responsible for organizing this.)

Satanic Prayer Vigil for Westboro Baptist Church

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Please join us in a Satanic Prayer Vigil for the Westboro Baptist Church at the State Capitol Building in Olympia.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church will be visiting Washington State to protest Gay Marriage on June 6 and 7.  We believe that the best response to this is to pray to Satan for them, and to possibly try to lure them away from their hateful ways by offering them cookies.

We may also make another attempt to lure them to the Dark Side on June 7, when they picket the King County Administration building in seattle at 10:15am

For more information, please see our blog:


Two Free Films at Olympia Film Society, May 31

Thu, 05/31/2012 - 6:00pm - 10:30pm

Chicago-based independent filmmaker and media activist Wendy Jo Carlton will present two free films at the Capitol Theater on Thursday, May 31. 

At 6:00 p.m., she’ll screen Hannah Free, a feature film starring Sharon Gless about the lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home.

At 9:30 p.m., she’ll screen Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, a romantic comedy (with musical numbers).   The film is is an irresistible romantic comedy about friendship and love, and what happens when the two intersect.  Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times calls Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together “a sweet and appealing musical comedy.”

The event is co-sponsored by The Evergreen State College’s Cal Anderson Memorial Lecture Series, SAGE Olympia, and Capital City Pride.

More information at:  http://www.evergreen.edu/events/calanderson/

Keep Zahid Home! Rally and Court Support

Thu, 05/24/2012 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Please Note - Gathering and carpool departure times have now been changed to half an hour earlier than the ones in the original post...

[Posted for WendyT - as an end-run around mysterious technical difficulties...]

Many of you know Ann and Zahid Chaudhry and appreciate their many contributions to our community. In spite of being a disabled -- and highly decorated -- veteran, and despite his having been married to an American citizen for eleven years, Zahid faces deportation. (Is it because of a post-9-11 environment in which people from certain countries are being scapegoated?)

On Thursday, May 24, Zahid will go before an immigration judge in Seattle who has the power to decide his fate. Please join us as we carpool from the Olympia/Lacey area for a vigil outside the building housing the court and to bear witness inside the courtroom. Meet at the Martin Way Park & Ride at 10:00 am for a 10:30 carpool/vanpool departure to Seattle. To see full details and other ways you can help, visit:  http://keepzahidhome.org/updates. You can also email keepzahidhome@gmail.com.

March Against Police, for Bradden W. Ferber

Sat, 05/12/2012 - 9:00pm - 11:15pm

On Friday, May 4th, Bradden W. Ferber was served foreclosure papers. Later that day, he got in a DUI car wreck. Reports say that Bradden began to run, but was confronted by Officer Hovda. He was shot in the stomach by Hovda while simultaneously shooting himself in the head.

Though the news stories have varied considerably, we are deeply concerned about this event. We know too well the violence of the pgs. We know that at any moment, we could also recieve foreclosure papers or an eviction notice. No matter what Bradden's autopsy reveals, we know that he was killed by two bullets: One from the madness of society, and one from those who enforce that madness.

Please join us in the streets on Saturday, May 12th at 9pm, at 4th and Washington. We are going to march in remembrance of Bradden W. Ferber and all victims of police violence, and the violence of this society.


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