Joining Hands: Juntos Somos Un Volcan

Joining Hands: Juntos Somos Un Volcan An evening of revolutionary music & stories from Nicaragua presented by the Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister County Association

Join us for this gala event as three community organizers from Santo Tomas, Chontales, Nicaragua share music and stories of their lives.

Rosa Aura Guerrero, lead singer for the Nicaraguan band Nuevo Amanecer & coordinator of the Santo Tomas Children’s Free Lunch Program. Facunda Zeledon, teacher at Lincoln Elementary’s sister school, Ruben Dario. Doctora Maria Salvadora, People’s Clinic in Santo Tomas.

Lincoln Elementary students will perform Baile Folklorico (traditional Nicaraguan dances) and join in several songs.

The three women, the eighth delegation from Santo Tomas, will be visiting Olympia from April 19 – May 11 as we work together to strengthen our 17 year sister city relationship. TSTSCA is one of hundreds of sister city organizations which formed in direct response to undeclared US wars in Central America in the 1970’s & 80’s. These cross-border exchanges bring great benefit to both sides, as communities share resources, organizing tactics, hope and humanity, building bridges, not fences.

Doors open at 6 pm, Show starts at 6:30 Refreshments will be served following the performance.

$6 children under 12
$10 OFS, student & low-income
$12 - $30 (sliding scale) General

All funds go to projects in Santo Tomas!

Good question

From The Seattle Times:

Who is a terrorist?

After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, it was clean-cut Timothy McVeigh, a brooding loner — infused with hatred of the government — who was convicted and put to death for that crime.

After 9/11, which claimed the lives of more than 2,900 people, it was the bearded visage of Osama bin Laden.

This year, the Bush administration has touted the arrests of terrorists of a different kind — homegrown militants who have embarked on arson attacks to protest treatment of animals and the environment.

During the past three years alone, FBI counterterrorism agents have conducted at least 190 investigations into property crimes claimed by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). None of the crimes injured or killed people.

The salmon are running!

By special request:

From the comments:

Isn't it odd that a guy in a fish suit would raise the hackles of so many people? I guess in Olympia the guy in a salmon suit is the equivalent of roller skating transvestite nuns for the religious right in san francisco. Stand proud fishman, you are what is right about olympia. May your spawn be prolific, your fry hardy, and may you continue to return to our welcoming streams.

Whatever happened to ...

... Mike Gravel? He was a United States Senator representing Alaska from 1969-1981. He was famous for reading the text of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record in 1971, and also for filibustering against renewing the Vietnam War draft.

Sen. Gravel visited Evergroove during the 1972 campaign and stumped for McGovern. I attended his speech, and what I recall the most was that he would make a reference to himself as a "Superdove" about every other minute. I even had the opportunity to chat with him a little bit about Alaska politics since I had family connections in the Alaska Democratic Party, but it was the punch he gave to his self-description that sticks.

He had a thin political base in Alaska. In being elected to the Senate he defeated Ernest Gruening in the primary, it was a surprise upset, and many Democrats up there never quite forgave Gravel for it. To many far Left and antiwar Democrats, Sen. Gruening was admired for having the wisdom to be one of only two senators to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. And although Gravel's political views matched the far Left checklist, the perception was that Sen. Gravel was mostly concerned with the career of Sen. Gravel.

The ego-driven agenda isn't really all that unusual in the life of a senator, but in his case he eschewed the unwritten rule that if you are not modest, you should at least have the decency to pretend to be. For example, he nominated himself to be McGovern's running mate at the 1972 convention. In some ways, I sort of admire this unvarnished grandstanding.

Well, it looks like we'll get a chance to see more of it. Mike Gravel, who turns 76 on May 13, announced last month that he is running in the Democratic Party primaries for President. Yes, of the United States. He just came out of nowhere and I welcome his entrance into the race. The more, the merrier. A senior citizen ex-Senator with nothing to lose will hopefully rock the boat enough to force the mainstream guys to stop talking like moderate Republicans. It would be nice to have two parties again.

In a bit of ironic justice, Gravel was defeated in the 1980 primary election by Clark Gruening, grandson of Ernest.

Gravel's P2008 website:

City wants to cut its share for Lakefair

The Olympian:

With the cost of running the city climbing faster than revenue, budget cuts are becoming an annual event and officials say they cannot afford to spend as much on Lakefair.

In 2003, the festival lost its biggest sponsor when Miller brewery closed.

Read that last sentence and then think about the role of government. Living-wage jobs in Olympia? LOTT forced out about 400 of them, along with the money Miller was extremely generous with regarding community events.

Olympia Social Forum

Bringing Global Issues Home

Saturday May 20th 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

The Olympia Center 222 N Columbia Street Olympia

The Olympia Social Forum is being organized by students in the Global Citizenship program at The Evergreen State College to help foster discussions about the future of the South Sound region and its relation to the rest of the United States and the world.

Everyone with an interest in the local region -- and beyond -- is welcome! Please join us for presentations and community discussion.

The program will include informative panels and workshops covering a range of topics. Although the final program may change slightly, we are currently planning sessions 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 presentation by community leaders:

Explorations in Community Participation and Leadership: News and Views from Two Continents

For more information see Or send email to

The Olympia Social Forum is modeled on the World Social Forum that has been convened annually since 2001. A social forum provides a space where people who are concerned about the future of their communities can share concerns, ideas, information, and strategies for making another world possible.

Gregoire chooses quarter design

Governor Gregoire has announced her choice for the Washington state commemorative quarter. The design is know as Design Two, a leaping king salmon with Mount Rainier in the background along with the slogan "The Evergreen State". 


If the Litter Bunny hops back into Town

Ideally the bunny would bring us flowers and treats, but if it brings litter, we can dream up all sorts of innovative responses. If your neighborhood is littered, check in with your neighbors and make sure everyone is okay.

Some ideas:
  •  recycle everything possible
  • fold paper into paper airplanes and have a neighborhood paper airplane event
  • craft origami animals such as peace doves
  • collect up and send to their headquarters at National Socialist Movement, PO Box 580669 Minneapolis, MN 55458
  • write their Commander Jeff Schoep at
  • write here on OlyBlog about it
  • contact The Olympian, Works in Progress, KAOS radio, FRO, and other media
  •  hold a safe public bonfire with neighbors
  • set up a large trash can so as to properly circular file the litter material
  • remember to thank the police or any other city and state workers that assist you

Legitimate Government Functions

I'm writing this on the fly, so if I don't include everything I'll be sure to update.

A lot of people have put forth what they believe government should be funding (e.g. Procession, health care, education, etc.) but I haven't actually said what I think legitimate services are.

Feel free to disagree.

Law Enforcement

I think this is a legitimate state function. I'm not talking about the DEA or Homeland Security, though. I think local and state law enforcement agencies (Olympia Police Department, Lacey Police Department, Washington State Patrol, etc.) are a necessity and work with the idea that government should protect from force and coercion.

I try to separate the law enforcement agency (the officers themselves) from the lawmakers. Right now, and I'm sure Drew will disagree but, these are the only government employees I ever see in the news being held accountable for anything. Do we catch every rule or law an individual officer might break? No, we don't. But for a job where you must make your decision on the spot, I'd say they're held far more accountable than the state office worker who screws up an accounting sheet and ends up costing the taxpayers X-amount of dollars.

In fact in Washington state, errors that cost millions of dollars mean you too can become governor.

Fire Protection

I'm putting this here but it's an area where I'm pretty mixed. Both police and fire responsibilities could be carried out by a private agency but I don't think they should. Using a law enforcement example (but it could be applied to fire as well), I read an article about private companies paying for K-9's for local law enforcement. Now this is all fine and dandy, the police have a dog, the community is happy, etc., etc. The problem? As is obvious, conflict of interest.

Can I be guaranteed to get the same service?

Emergency Response

Basically, Medic One. If you're seriously injured and in need of immediate medical attention, the community should probably deal with it.

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