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) 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:
FBI Witch Hunt (great info):
Civil Liberties Defense Center:

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

Some good news about the Sound

From The Olympian:

It's really good to see a lot of herring, as they're an important food source for so many Puget Sound animals. If herring struggle, almost every other animal struggles as well.

Dimpling herring and other small fish are feeding on plankton -- which are tiny plants and animals that are part of the web of life for all water creatures.

I've lived in South Sound for almost 10 years now, and I've never seen so many seals and sea lions in Budd Inlet at this time of year. I know they eat herring, but I'm wondering if other food, such as squid, is hanging around as well.

Master Basketweaver

Nancy Jim Parsons: The Life and Legacy of a Master Cowlitz/Nisqually Indian Basketweaver – An illustrated presentation by historian Drew Crooks on a master basketmaker who lived in southern Puget Sound area from ca.1871 to 1918. Nancy Jim Parsons created wonderful baskets during a time of great cultural change. Program is free and open to the public. State Capital Museum 360-753-2580

Quilt raffle

[from the website]

Conceived and designed by Kathy Welsh, this absolutely gorgeous twin-size quilt is completely handmade and one of a kind! The individual blocks were created by well known Chow Chow artists from the U.S. and Canada.

This year's theme is "The Chinese Year Of The Dog" and honors the 100th anniversary of the Chow Chow Club, Inc., established 1906. Done in sumptious reds, golds, greens, and blues, it's a true celebration of needle arts with blocks done in cross stitch, applique, and both hand and machine embroidery. These pictures can't do justice to the richness of the fabrics and beautiful details like metallic thread and crystals.

The quilt will be raffled on April 28th at the 2006 Chow Chow Club, Inc.'s National Specialty Show in Olympia, Washington. You do not have to be present to win! If you're not at the show, we'll notify you and ship the quilt to you at our expense -- even if you live outside the U.S. Buy tickets here.

Who will stop these endless wars?

This discussion on Portland Indymedia got me to thinking: maybe the differences are really just too great between the remnants of the "New Left" and the Antiglobalization / Anti-imperialist resistance which grows in the Gen-X and younger folks.

I especially like what Citizen K said here:

"This returns us to the U.S. antiwar "movement," composed mainly of the aging remnants of whatever is left of the U.S. middle class. The median age of most rallies, meetings and vigils I have attended has been well into the fifties. You have to figure most people will only come out if they are already secure in their retirement; if they're still working, they won't come out because they have a boss to fear.

What must be recognized is that there is a leadership to the antiwar movement, despite what Scott Ritter says, and I am not referring to ANSWER or Not in Our Name, even though these folks have never received enough credit for organizing the really major events against the war. What I am referring to is the force or forces behind the much smaller, community-scaled events where like-minded individuals really have a chance to make contact with each other.

These groups include, but are not limited to, the various "Peace and Justice" centers, Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (remember them?), the Fellowship of Reconciliation, etc. All have this much in common: they are very much faith-based, operating with the support and cooperation of local churches, which in turn donate funds and meeting space. What we must do is follow the money trail and ask where this funding is really coming from."

So, if this is reality, what are we gonna DO about it?

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