Exploring Xenophobia: A Dialogue About Immigration, Race & Public Policy

Please join Lisa Seifert, nationally recognized expert on Immigration Law; Larry Mosqueda, Instructor in Political Economy and Social Change at The Evergreen State College; and Grace Chang, Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and author of “Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Workers in a Global Economy

San Diego contemplates Corrie play

There is an interesting piece in San Diego CityBEAT about whether or not to perform "My name is Rachel Corrie."

A tiny but vocal element in San Diego theater may soon be stepping up alongside that in New York, London and Seattle, three cities that figure critically in a real-life flap over self-censorship and freedom of expression. As its upshot reverberates, whoever coined the term “political theater

Ettrick: Music that might make your head explode -- cancelled

Click picture for video. Website here. Playing with Midwife.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the following show has been canceled.


The Importance of Local Economies

A panel discussion about local economies will take place on April 23rd, 2006 at 2pm at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Following a period of questions by a moderator, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members.

Members of the panel will include owners and operators of many of Olympia’s local businesses including Dick Meyer of Traditions Café and World Folk Art, Jeff Bean of the Olympia Supply Company, Linda Berentsen of Orca Books, Ann Vandeman of Left Foot Organics and Russ Fox, Academic Dean from the Evergreen State College.

We will discuss how the rise and dominance of global corporations over the past few decades has created a completely different business environment for small, locally-owned businesses. We will attempt to discover the hidden impacts of spending our dollars at “chain

Big Corporate Mailers Getting Nervous

Olympia Local
American Postal Workers Union
PO Box 1953, Olympia, WA 98507

Time Warner, Big Corporate Mailers Getting Nervous About Public Resistance to Mail Consolidation Plans

For Immediate Release 4/12/06 Contact Clint Burelson, President 360-970-2965

Statement by Clint Burelson, President

Union and community resistance to Postal Service consolidation plans are making big corporate mailers such as Time Warner nervous. Through informational pickets, press releases, and visits to government representatives, postal workers have been educating the public that mail consolidation plans will benefit the big advertising mailers at the expense of citizens. For Time Warner and other corporate media, the union contention that corporate media are not adequately covering the story because of their corporate interests is especially troublesome.

The Postal Service, urged on by big advertising mailers like Time Warner, plans to close or consolidate mail processing facilities or mail processing functions, usually the outgoing mail, into large regional hubs spread sparsely throughout the country. In some cases, the mail will travel over 100 miles before coming back to the original town for delivery. The Postal Service acknowledges that First Class mail will be delayed as a result of the consolidations, but argues that alleged savings justify the reduction in service. The union has used the USPS’s own documents to show that there will be little if any savings.


Olympia! Resist the Grand Jury and the Criminalization of Dissent!

Saturday April 15th at the ABC House
105 Sherman (4th and Sherman, west side)

6 PM PRESENTATION by an attorney from the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Lauren Regan is representing defendents in Oregon who have been arrested in the "green scare". 8 PM POTLUCK dinner and PARTY

*Learn your rights for if the FBI comes knocking at your door.
*Learn how to support people in our community who have been arrested in the "green scare" or are facing FBI harrassment.
*Join with others to break isolation and counter state scare tactics.

Email ishotfrick(at)yahoo.com with questions about the event.

For general info about the "Green Scare" and what you need to know: Olympia Civil Liberties Resource

Civil Liberties are under threat in Olympia and nationwide! You or anyone you know is a potential target in the FBI's "fishing expedition" for information about the Olympia activist community. (Click on "read more"!)

Learn more at the following websites:
Olympia Civil Liberties Resource: http://www.olycivlib.org
FBI Witch Hunt (great info): http://fbiwitchhunt.com
Civil Liberties Defense Center: http://www.cldc.org

IF YOU ARE CONTACTED BY THE FBI: Call 360-586-2888 ext. 110 for support and information on how to resist!

Muckraking turns 100 years old Friday!

This Friday, you have some celebrating to do, chummy. You must go out and take your favorite journalist to lunch, pat them on the back (or backside if you're into lawsuits) and buy them a libation. If you can find one, that is.... they are actually quite rare in the modern news business.

"The noble journalistic profession of muckraker emerged from the ooze on April 14, 1906, at the laying of the cornerstone for the House of Representatives Office Building, when President Theodore Roosevelt denounced it: "The men with the muck-rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society; but only if they know when to stop raking the muck, and to look upward to the celestial crown above them, to the crown of worthy endeavor. There are beautiful things above and round about them; and if they gradually grow to feel that the whole world is nothing but muck, their power of usefulness is gone."

Long Hair is Sentenced (finally)

"Long Hair" David Fawver was finally offered a plea bargain by the Thurston County Prosecutor, to which he pleaded Monday before Judge Paula Casey.

The case stems from a misunderstanding in Sylvester Park in February of 2004, which resulted in charges being laid against Long Hair for assaulting one of three Washington State Troopers who confronted him. The alleged victim is Sgt. Michael Dahl, who heads the WSP's Capitol Campus unit.

Long Hair plead to two misdemeanor charges; Obstructing an officer and possession of an apparent weapon. The 6" bundle of sage Long Hair was using in his religious observance was taken to be a flaming plank by the frightened professional police officers, who attacked Long Hair by kicking him so hard he flew backwards onto the ground, where he was handcuffed. He was held in jail for about 24 hours, and released on his own recognizance. Then he was charged with a third degree felony.

A virus killed my E. coli!!

Public Presentation Today (Weds April 12 12-1pm, Lecture Hall 3) by Dr. Larry Goodridge

"A virus killed my E. coli!! And other wonderful tales of controlling foodborne pathogens with bacteriophages."

Dr. Goodridge’s research group focuses on the development of verifiable on-farm Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) methods to control E. coli O157:H7 contamination in cattle, as a primary step in reducing the production of E. coli O157:H7 contaminated meat. Within this focus is a broad interest in the use of bacteriophages to control and detect bacterial pathogens in the animal environment. Specific projects include the use of phage therapy to reduce the amount of cattle that shed E. coli O157:H7 in their feces, and the development of rapid, reporter–bacteriophage, non-instrument based assays to detect cattle that actively shed E. coli O157:H7.

B.S., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
M.S., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Ph.D., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

All welcome

Rademacher show

Indie rock band rademacher will be touring the west coast during the month of April. Come out, have fun, meet some neat kids.

"Reminiscent of Pavement, Flaming Lips and The Palace Brothers, the band's sound is organic and alternately sparse and orchestral..."

-- Mesh Magazine

"...reminds me of when I first heard Pavement. It's fantasically beautiful..."

--mystery and misery

"...enjoyable sinisterness..."

--My Old Kentucky Blog

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