VETERANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST WAR AND MILITARY OCCUPATION

Monday, May 22, 7 PM
at the Olympia Center
222 Columbia St NW
(Downtown Olympia)

Featuring...

JOSEPH HATCHER, Iraq War veteran

DANIEL TSAHOR, Israeli refusenik

JOE HATCHER served in the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq from February 2004 until March 2005. During this time, he and his fellow soldiers set up the anti-war blog, Fight To Survive (http://ftssoldier.blogspot.com), to convey their experiences in Iraq and their opposition to their roles as soldiers. Joe is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

DAN TSAHOR is a former Israeli soldier in the "Nahal" infantry regiment. He was imprisoned in 2003 for refusing to serve in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Dan has been active in the Israeli refuser movement through Courage to Refuse, as well as Combatants for Peace (http://www.combatantsforpeace.org), a new organization of former Israeli and Palestinian combatants who have joined together to work nonviolently against Israel's military occupation.

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You can view an excellent BBC documentary (22 minutes) about an anti-war march led by Iraq war veterans from Alabama to New Orleans. Joe Hatcher participated in the march and is interviewed in the film:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12552.htm

And here is an article on the joint Israeli-Palestinian group Combatants for Peace, a group which only recently went public:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0406/p13s02-wome.html

Evergreen students plan forum to ‘Bring Global Issues Home’

The Olympia Social Forum organized by students in the academic program ‘Global Citizenship’ at The Evergreen State College plan to help foster discussions about the future of the South Sound region and its relation to the broader United States and world. The forum is Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 N. Columbia St. It is free and open to the public. The program will include informative panels and workshops covering a range of topics. Sessions are planned related to Fair Trade, Education and Global Issues, Activism and Citizen Skills, Health and Welfare, Sustainability, War and Peace and several others. Attendees also will have the opportunity to learn more about local organizations. Keynote speakers include Jim Diers, former director of the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods and Gilson Schwartz, the director of the City of Knowledge at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Olympia Social Forum is modeled on the World Social Forum that has been convened annually since 2001. For more information, go to www.olysocialforum.org.

Tonight! Anarchist Movie Night (aka Anarchists After Hours)

Anarchist Movie Night! Mondays at Media Island 9 PM
Its about time Olympia has our own anarchist social gathering! Anarchist Movie Night (aka Anarchists After Hours) will be at Media Island, 816 Adams St. Monday nights at 9 PM. Bring your own movies and anything else you would like to share. Anarchist Movie Night is an informal social event in a comfortable, loungy atmosphere where you do not have to spend money to have a good time!

The first Anarchist Movie Night is Monday, May 15 at 9 PM!

Is email a meeting?

From TheNewsTribune.com:

If you have a conversation about public business in cyberspace, it might be considered a meeting. And firing off a quick note could be a violation of the state Open Public Meetings Act.

An official from the state Attorney General’s Office says recent e-mail traffic between Lakewood City Council members appeared to cross the line.

It happened earlier this month when Lakewood Councilman Ron Cronk sent an e-mail to City Manager Andrew Neiditz and the other six council members with a question about the loss of parking spaces at City Hall.

The city manager responded to Cronk and included the rest of the council. Councilman Pad Finnigan responded and copied in the rest of the council.

Neiditz then cautioned Finnigan:

“You need to be more careful, Pad, in not responding ‘to all’ in your e-mails, because it could quickly become a violation of open meeting rules,” Neiditz said in an e-mail sent only to Finnigan, which Neiditz later provided to The News Tribune.

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three Lakewood council members said the e-mail discussion should have taken place in public.

“This is a meeting,” said Councilwoman Helen McGovern. “We’ve been told this is wrong.”

Councilmen Neary and Doug Richardson agreed, though neither believes the mistake was intentional. Neary said it was driven by council members’ desire to get information for constituents, a good trait.

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The City of Olympia archives all council e-mails and makes them available to the public, said spokeswoman Cathie Butler.

“This is an issue cities all over the state are grappling with,” Neiditz said, “because open public meetings laws were written long before e-mail was around.”

Update on Green Scare in Olympia: FBI Knocking Campaign Continues

[abstract] from Olympia Civil Liberties Resource May 15: The FBI is investigating the Olympia community for information regarding the 2001 alleged arson at a UW horticulture lab and and the 1998 alleged arsons at two Olympia area APHIS-ADC facilities. The federal government has until this Sunday, May 21st to issue any more indictments regarding the UW arson.

Moho at the Broho

If you think about it, there are not too many ways to get your mom to go into the Brotherhood Tavern, but Mother's Day and the WROC fundraiser did the trick. We saw lots of music, dancing, poetry and stories. Much fun was had by all, even those of us who are not mothers. It was great to see everyone's mom (although some of them looked a bit out of context). Oh, and there was a raffle -- didn't win it. I hope this becomes an annual event, 'cause it was a hoot!


local potlucks?

I'm thinking of going over to Lions Park one day a week with food and just see if anybody else wants to come and eat and chat. Nothing formal. :) Maybe Wednesdays. Anybody interested? [crossposted at the Eastside Neighborhood Association forum.]

Brushes With Fame

Many years ago I had a comic book series called "Brushes With Fame." One rule is that it had to be convoluted. For example: I had a girlfriend long ago who had once puked on Adlai Stevenson in 1956 when he lifted her up (she was an infant at the time). Or, I had a housemate who had a grandmother who worked as a maid in the Governor's Mansion in Maine when Muskie was Governor, and according to him the Muskies used cloth toilet paper. Or, I knew someone who once served in the Peace Corps with a guy who advertised the fact that he was "the nephew of the Three Stooges."

Wooden Boat Fair

Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
The Water Rat, Wind in the Willows
I spent a couple of hours on Percival Landing at the Wooden Boat Fair this afternoon. For several reasons, I don’t get down there very often, so I was glad to have the chance this weekend – and that the weather was as nice as it was. (It isn’t always nice at all, this time of year.)

I have to admit a weakness for small boats, though I’ve managed to avoid getting sucked into owning one very often. For a long time, I was able to mooch a boat fix off of friends and acquaintances, but that hasn’t worked well at all for a long time. It’s a big step, in terms of time commitment, to go from an occasional day-sail to being responsible for a boat.

Most of the boats on display at the Fair are medicine far too powerful for the paltry boat-weakness that I’m infected with. Still, they are often very beautiful and the people who keep them looking that way are candidates for a certain kind of sainthood in my book.

There were two highlights for me. The first is the Sand Man, which just gets to looking better and better. The last time I saw it was on blocks over at Swantown Marina, with its deckhouse sitting on the pavement. Now, it’s floating and looking pretty. They had the engine running while I was on it and it sounded very good: smooth, relaxed, and powerful. The Sand Man Foundation has done a wonderful job with this relic of an older Olympia.

The other is that the Grapeview Point Boat Works had an array of small, wooden boats in classic designs. There was a beautiful Caledonia yawl, a cute little peapod-type with a lug sail, and a Shellback dinghy. I was pleased that a local builder had brought some new work to show off, in amongst the classic Monks and Gearys.

Almost enough to get me on the water again. Here are a couple of other interesting little boats. The first is a little sailing dinghy. I hope I look as good at its age; it was built in 1937.
Wooden Sailing Dinghy
The second is the cutest tug I've ever seen. It's only 14 feet long.
Mini-tug 'Smitty J'
Cross-posted at Peregrinate.

Real Estate stats for April

From Ziprealty:

Olympia, WA April 2006 Market Update

Here are recent real estate statistics* for Olympia, WA. These numbers represent single family (SFR) homes and condos. Percentage of homes on the market where the price has been *reduced* as of 5/05/2006: 21.3%


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