Army tries to silence Watada

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Military attempts to stop Lt. Watada from speaking against illegal war

PRESS ADVISORY (June 9, 2006) - On Thursday, June 8, 2006 U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada's commanding officer moved to prosecute Lt. Watada for protected speech. An official investigation into his public speech in opposition to the illegal war in Iraq is underway. Lt. Watada was read his rights and declined to make a statement without a lawyer present.

In response, Lt. Watada confirmed, “I have a legal and ethical obligation to speak out against, and refuse to fight, this patently illegal war in Iraq. This has not changed.

Eastside bike ride

I'm leading a bike ride as part of a grant that the Eastside Neighborhood Association got from the city.  I'll be kicking off at 10 am (probably rain or shine, unless it's pouring at 9:30) at Lions Park.  See the ENA site for a list of all the events, and for my route tomorrow.

Eastside Neighborhood Association board meeting

Regular monthly board meeting of the ENA.  All are welcome.  See the ENA Web site for a tentative agenda.

"Filthy Communist Scum"

Nazi Radio

Scroll down and listen to Rattle Those Pots and Pans, 6/8/06 Jim Ramm of the NSM talks over upcoming plans for the Olympia rally.

Mr. Ramm suggests that we bring ear plugs to the rally.


TODAY! Roving Street Party! 4 PM Heritage Park - Make Some Noise For Civil Liberties

Hello everyone! Please remember to join us at 4 PM at Heritage Park for a roving street party in defense of civil liberties. We will make some noise to "show the world that the voice of truth will not be silenced by fear"! (quote from Jeff "Free" Luers)

There will be dj's, speakers, and dance music! We will meet at the park but then take it to the streets! Bring signs and banners and help us kick of the International Weekend of Resistance Against the Green Scare in Olympia!

Olympia Civil Liberties Resource

I go out walking after midnight

Olympia is a different place after the sun goes down.  A time comes when many are a sleep, albiet some of them in the doorways and alleys of our downtown.  The quiet after midnight is an agent that changes our perceptions.  So I go out walking after midnight, sometimes, in our fair city.  Devoid of commerce and population the city becomes a place that can  instill hope and create dreams.  So go out walking after midnight and see if you can't have a new dream for or about Olympia

War with Iran

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Rick McKinnon - I picked up on the activists trying to block the Pomeroy. Those war supplies may be part of the logistics build-up to support Bush's preparations to attack Iran. See the below story for details. Keep track of CVN 74 USS John C Stennis homeported at Bremerton. If it "disappears" around the middle to late July, It will be enroute to the Arabian Sea to launch airstrikes.

Read Andrew Schoerke's statement here.

The tools of citizen journalism

As recent events at the port have brought to light, we need a more efficient system for distributing pictures and video so that more people can contribute and watch. Here are my suggestions:

  • For still pictures -- Flickr
    Some folks have already been posting their pics on Flickr, and sending me the link. This works really well (especially if the pictures are designated as a "set"); then I can post a link to a slide show on Flickr. This is a quick and easy way for folks to get a sense of what happened at a particular event.

  • For video -- YouTube
    I recommend that EVERYBODY with a video camera go set up an account at YouTube. YouTube allows you to upload your video very easily, which can then be embedded in the blog. (Try to set up a "Director's Account"; they're free and you can upload unlimited amounts of video.)

Think about the comprehensive coverage that we as a community could create with many people collecting footage from their own vantage point. I really think we could create something so interactive and powerful that conventional media would become virtually obsolete.

Double plus ungood

From The Nation:

Bowing to an intense lobbying campaign that spent tens of millions of dollars – and held out the promise of hefty campaign contributions for those members who did the bidding of interested firms – the House voted 321 to 101 for the disingenuously-named Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (COPE). That bill, which does not include meaningful network-neutrality protections creates an opening that powerful telephone and cable companies hope to exploit by expanding their reach while doing away with requirements that they maintain a level playing field for access to Internet sites.

The Olympian Wants You

The Olympian is seeking to fill its two community members positions on its Editorial Board for the next four-month service period beginning in July.

Self-nominations from all interested community members are now being accepted through 5pm on Friday, June 9th.

To learn more about the Editorial Board and these community positions, please go to

. Self-nominations should include why you want to serve on the Board and what you would bring to its deliberations. Letters should be sent before Friday’s deadline via snail mail, email or fax to: Editorial Board, The Olympian, P.O. Box 1219, Olympia WA 98507. The e-mail address is and the fax number is (360) 357-0202.

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