Civil Liberties Strategy Session May 18

Civil Liberties Strategy Session
at the Olympia Free School, 610 Columbia St. SE

Olympia Civil Liberties Resource will host an open Strategy Session at where we will strategize around raising awareness and educating the public about current threats to civil liberties, fundraising for potential legal costs, and organizing in solidarity with the International Weekend of Resistance Against the "Green Scare", June 9th - 11th. To learn more about the Weekend of Resistance please visit

If you are interested in attending this strategy session please let us know by email so that we have a general idea how many people are coming.

Also, there will be a benefit concert at Traditions on the evening of Thursday, May 25, featuring the Flying Folk Army from Seattle. 50% of the proceeds will benefit Olympia Civil Liberties Resource.


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Oly Spring

To do list:

  • Admire neighborhood cats that slink out to look you over
  • Bury your face in the first lilac bush you find
  • Stop and watch a crow chase a squirrel
  • Listen for red wing blackbirds down by the water
  • Watch a blue heron select breakfast
  • Keep an eye on the perch poles near the 4th Ave bridge for eagles
  • Marvel at how nature combines colors to wonderful effect: such as purple blooms against dark green leaves, pale pink cherry blossoms against blue sky
  • Read in Olympian about new falcon chicks
  • Appreciate the evening chorus of frogs
  • Change heavy coats for lighter ones
  • Sit in the sun and go "Ahhhhhh........".

Mother's Day Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

On Sunday, May 14 and Monday, May 15 Sponsored by the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo

"Creating a Peaceful World for ALL Children" Mother's Day Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Action at Bangor Trident Nuclear Subase, home of what may be the largest concentration of nuclear weapons in the world on hair-trigger alert.

More information:
Anne Hall: 206-545-3562
Lynne Greenwald: 360-377-2465
Alice Zillah:

Word's out


The Tacoma and Olympia areas rank in the top 36 most affordable and livable cities in America, a ranking out Monday says.

Tacoma was 36th in “50 Smart Places to Live,” a ranking by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Olympia was 27th.

What the survey measures: Cities that combine affordability and livability – “places that are vibrant and fun, and where a dollar still goes a long way,” the magazine says in its June issue.

Specific areas: Housing prices and cost of living were top priorities, followed by quality health care and low crime rate. Other factors: weather, education, the local arts scene, transportation.

Tacoma’s attributes: Area attractive to singles, young couples, families and empty-nesters.

Olympia’s attributes: Attractive to families and retired people.

Who’s No. 1: Nashville, Tenn., followed by Minneapolis and Albuquerque.

Crime down in Olympia


Crime rose last year in the South Sound cities of Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Fife, DuPont, Federal Way and Kent and dropped in Lakewood, Ruston, Steilacoom and Olympia.

Tacoma saw a slight decrease in violent crime but an increase in property crimes, while the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department investigated more violent and property crimes.

Car thefts increased in a majority of the 32 law enforcement agencies in the South Sound.

Here's the press release.

Caiman Alert

Nutria Unite!

Cast off the dastardly Caiman Overlords and stand your furry selves tall!

In an effort to support the survival of smaller things, I'd like to point out that a caiman infiltrator has sneakily requested a salmon dinner in one of our very own OlyBlog conversations. What's next, nutria?!

No matter how hypnotized you are, no matter how much a caiman bats its scaly eyelids, do not succumb! Support small things, including swamp rats...errr.......nutria!


This alert has been brought to you by C.A.R.T. (Caiman Awareness Response Team)

Chocolate and wine

The annual fundraiser for the Disupute Resolution Center called "A toast to chocolate" was held yesterday at St. Martin's University. This is fundraising at its best: bring in a lot of people on a lazy Sunday afternoon, get them high on sugar, endorphins, and alcohol, and then ask them for money. Boy, what a set up! Who could resist?

The program was also very well done. Each speaker told heartfelt stories about the power and importance of alternative disupute resolution. As a mediator, it was not a tough sell for me. I've seen the process work significant change in the lives of people who are locked in conflict and miserable. It is peace work at the personal level, disseminating tools for improving communication one family at a time.

Now that's the idea

"Fighting Neo-Nazis: Against Foreign Fruit and Right Wingers," from SPIEGEL ONLINE:

A Leipzig performance artist has found an original way of disrupting neo-Nazi marches and demonstrations. When the skinheads come to town, the German Apple Front is there to meet them -- complete with its very own Führer of fruit.

It's shortly past midday on May 1 in Leipzig and 20 youths in black suits sit in an apartment south of Leipzig's city center, trading sunglasses and red-and-white armbands. The "Propaganda Minister" puts on a few records while the "Führer" rushes down to the gas station to buy batteries for his megaphone.

At first glance, the kids in their militaristic garb look like a group of right-wing radicals. But they're playing American rock music, and the symbol on their armbands is an apple, not a swastika. The "German Apple Front" is getting ready to perform -- because today, neo-Nazi Christian Worch of Hamburg is in town.

Bring the kids!

The Gleaners Coalition invites you to join us as we enter our second season of sharing the harvest with hungry people in our community. Plant, paint & play in our garden. No one too old or yount to help us feed the hungry.

Help Plant Lettuce at Kirsop Farm

This is how the gleaners work parties first got started last year, planting lettuce at Kirsop Farm.

We need 6 volunteers to work from 9am till noon planting lettuce. At noon we'll share a farm fresh meal prepared by the farm...

We will be doing this about every two weeks all spring and summer long! Call Barry to come along!


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