This is an exerpt from an open letter to Jim Nicola, Artistic Director, New York Theater Workshop from Warren Guykema. From Palestine Chronicle Who is Afraid of Rachel Corrie?:
Dear Mr. Nicola:
I write an open letter to encourage you to set a firm date for the opening of "My Name is Rachel Corrie" and to ask you to help me understand what is going on at the workshop that caused it to "postpone" the production that, while apparently not "announced" as firm, was deemed certain enough that its London-based authors booked flights to New York to see it, and tickets were advertised on the Internet.
I live in Olympia, Washington and am a friend and supporter of the Corrie family, and also a friend of Andrew Ford Lyons, with whom you recently corresponded. I also read widely, and notice a substantial difference in your very personal response to Mr. Lyons -- it was simply all about having enough time, though this is a one-actor play and the actor knows the play cold -- and the report in The New York Times that you polled "the Jewish community" and detected a lot of edginess about several factors that really have nothing to do with the magnificent life Rachel lived for 23 years which is enshrined in this award-winning play. Now I see on your web site the suggestion that you are simply waiting to hear from the Royal Court Theatre in London. Which is it, Jim?
In a lifetime of playgoing, journalism and public service, I can't recall a theatre company polling any particular community to determine whether or when a dramatic work should be presented. The fact that you have done this and, on the basis of the results, have "postponed" this drama to a time uncertain makes me extremely uncomfortable about whether the arts are to retain their traditional, vigorous freedom of subject and expression. I speak as one who has consistently opposed attempts by the National Endowment for the Arts or other groups to pressure or influence what artists do.
The City of Olympia is considering adopting new street design standards to apply to new subdivisions.
Generally, the new standards will be more pedestrian friendly, slow traffic, make intersections easier to cross, and significantly reduce stormwater runoff.
The new standards will also reduce speed limits on some high-speed city streets.
These were developed over the past year by a committee consisting of two city council members (TJ Johnson and Joe Hyer), two Planning Commissioners (Cary Retlin and Roger Wilson), and two Bike/Ped Committee members (Christopher Jennings and Joe Ward). They are a big improvement over the current standards.
The City is having a workshop and open house to discuss the standards. I strongly urge you to attend this workshop, Thursday, March 16, at City Hall.
I've attached the City's flyer on these new standards.
Please come to the open house, express your support for new street standards that encourage walking and slow traffic. It will only take a few minutes. We would prefer to NOT be outnumbered by the Master Builders (who probably SHOULD support these changes, as the narrower streets give them more land to sell in any given subdivision -- bigger lots or more lots -- but they don't always figure out what they should support).
Alernatively, an email to email@example.com expressing your support will also help.
Salmon are far more important to you, whoever you are, than the construction of new housing developments or box stores. They are far more important than oil-filled supertankers, the clearing of more forests or even the expansion of the freeway system. When salmon fill the rivers, the coastal waters and the Sound, they carry a message of sustainable prosperity, well-being and cultural strength—for everyone.
Iraqi journalist, translator, human rights activist Eman Ahmad Khamas will speak at two venues in Olympia on Friday, March 17:
"The occupation should end immediately. It’s something wrong. It’s wrong for the Iraqis, for the Americans, for the world, for peace, for international law -- everything. It’s wrong. It has to end now."
--Eman Khamas on Democracy Now!
Eman Khamas is a journalist, translator and human rights activist who lives in Baghdad with her husband and two daughters. She is a member of the Women's Will organization, which focuses on defining and defending women's rights outside of political party interests and opposing incarceration of women as hostages. Khamas regularly publishes articles on women's conditions in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, and has documented human rights violations committed by US and Iraqi forces. She is also involved in mobilizing emergency relief (medicines, food and clothing) for victims of the war, especially women and children living in refugee camps.
Khamas arrived in the US on March 5, as part of a delegation of Iraqi women who have taken great risks to come and tell you their stories. Find out what you aren't being told by the warmakers and their press stenographers.
For more information, contact the Evergreen Women's Resource Center, 867-6162
Melissa created this image to represent diversity and inclusiveness in the community. She needs help raising funds for printing signs and stickers. Contact her at melbobs2000 "at" yahoo.com to find out how to contribute to this project.
Waterbuster is a documentary work-in-progress that will challenge stereotypes, question the popular history of the Native American and open the door for debate on the issue of Indian identity and place in our country today.
Simply put, the Hidatsa, Mandan and Arikara people of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota had successfully managed their collective culture and identity well into the 20th century. They were self-sufficient, financially sound, hard-working and their homes and towns were like any other in the Midwest. Despite outward appearances, they continued to speak their languages, participate in ceremonies and adhere to their clan system of lineage, responsibilities and extended family associations. Sadly, this balanced community would cease to exist after the construction of the Garrison Dam. All told, 156,000 acres of fertile reservation bottomlands would be lost and 4,000 residents from seven towns would be scrambling for their lives.
One such person was Elizabeth Grinnell, my maternal grandmother.
Copyright 2005, Brave Boat Films
I'm thinking about starting a downtown chapter of Drinking Liberally. Drinking Liberally is an informal, inclusive progressive drinking club. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just a place to learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.
If you're interested, please take this poll. If you have an idea about a good venue, let me know in the comments.
If you live in Olympia, you are in Washington's 3rd Congressional District. Your congressional representative in Washington D.C. is Brian Baird. Rep. Baird has recently been involved with two issues that I thought you might like to know about.
The first resolution would require that all bills be available online for the public to read prior to passage. The second would stop the leaking of financially significant information out of legislative committies to Wall St., where lobbyists make big bucks, kicking some back to their source in congress. Both these issues would help make government work better.
Here's what the Olympian thinks about the 72 hr. Online Resolution.