Eagles & Unofficial Neighborhood Mayors

One of our neighborhood unofficial mayors asked me why I was standing in the middle of the street staring up, I pointed out the two bald eagles circling overhead. She told me that the eagles visit frequently and that they like to sit in -that- tree over there.

All this reminded me to remember to look up! from time to time, even when the sunlight is confusing, and that the unofficial mayors know way more than I do.

Recently I noticed one of the unofficial neighborhood mayors out deadheading some plants. Her back was supposedly turned to any activity, but the more I watched, the more I saw that she was keeping an eye on things even still. She was listening, her dog was paying attention, and I'd almost claim that she really does have eyes on the back of her head.

Logging trucks

I notice that there is much more awareness around logging trucks now, especially as they try to navigate roundabouts. Transit bus drivers give them lots and lots of room. Pedestrians step back further as logging trucks go by.

I have to wonder if there is some way to increase safety. Do logs need to be secured to the trucks differently? Do the trucks need to be redesigned? And what of our city streets, how will the possible increase in logging trucks moving through Olympia impact our streets?

A man with a plan

From Olympia Time:

The following is an outline of what I think it would take to pull off a "Since Sliced Bread" type project to develop a Washington State Netroots Legislative Agenda for the 2007 legislative session. Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested in any of the below points (especially number one) and comment.

Discussion over there.

Doable Acts

You are cordially invited to:
The Evergreen State College - Tacoma
11th Annual Showcase and Resource Fair
"Strategies for Renewing and Restoring Community"
Saturday, May 20, 2006
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

See poster.

Wise words

From The Crackhole:

I saw, a few years ago in Phoenix, a sign at an intersection that read "Red means Stop. That Means You."

Afterwards, I thought: Jeebus, is it really that bad?

Well, yes it is - Lacey drivers are just plain fucked and when the new Costco / Best Buy / Home Despot Megaidiotplex is up and running, just down the road, there'll be more of you red light running fuckers.

So slow down and live another day, and if you hit my car running a red light, and I can walk out of it - consider yourself truly fucked, for I will have no mercy on you.

Peacekeeper Training

Peacekeeper Training Near Olympia



(Note that the first two are Sundays and the third one is a Saturday. Also note that the Saturday time frame is different from the Sunday hours.)

Help Our Rallies, Marches, etc. Be More Effective: Learn Peacekeeper Skills

As we look ahead to future rallies, marches, and other nonviolent actions for peace, social justice and other issues, we want to prepare now so they will be more effective. Trained peacekeepers can help our events be satisfying and safe for participants and successful in achieving our goals.

  • § Peacekeepers help an event’s organizers facilitate the event by guiding the flow of marches and other activities so they will be safe and effective for everyone.
  • § Peacekeepers help maintain a climate of nonviolence by minimizing disruptions by people who disagree with us, by participants whose behavior becomes counter-productive, and by provocateurs planted by the government to discredit the peace movement.
  • § Peacekeepers also perform other useful functions, such as referring news reporters to our spokespersons and summoning first aid.

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (www.olyfor.org) invites you to attend this training and become a peacekeeper:

BASIC Peacekeeper Training: This training provides the basic orientation and skills so you can serve as a peacekeeper. This is also a great refresher for persons who have been trained before.


Arrive between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. so we can start on time! Training starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. Bring a brown-bag lunch for a late afternoon lunch break. Trainers are Erica Kay and Michael Siptroth.

ADVANCED Peacekeeper Training:

This TWO-DAY training deepens your knowledge and skills. It strengthens your abilities to deal with complex and stressful situations. It helps you plan peacekeeping services for a variety of activities and situations. You must have already attended at least 6 hours of BASIC peacekeeper training either on May 28 or on some other occasion. Please attend BOTH DAYS of this TWO-DAY training session. In case you are available for only one of these days, please attend the day you can, but we strongly encourage attending BOTH DAYS.

Capitol Chat: Homelessness

There is an interesting Capitol Chat on homelessness in the community of Olympia. Check it out here.

Here's an interesting question that someone submitted:

Eve, Centralia: In an earlier century, every locale operated a "poor farm" in which to house the unfortunate. Long regarded as a last resort, at least people made homeless by circumstances beyond their control were ensured a place for shelter and food. As we now seem determined to consign these people as street trash, couldn't we at least have the decency to operate "poor farms" again, allowing people some space in which to engage in helping themselves through gardens, communal livestock raising, etc.?

Is this a realistic possibility? It wouldn't have to be called a "poor farm," but it seems like there could be a better place to live than on the streets. Is anyone doing anything like this?


Please join us The Evergreen State College MPA Student Union…

“WHOSE AMERICAN DREAM?: A Dialogue About Immigration, Race & Public Policy

NOLA slide show

Evergreen Students who went down to New Orleans over Spring Break to work in solidarity will the victims of Hurricane Katrina at the Common Ground Collective will be showing slides and telling stories

TODAY (Wednesday) at 7 pm in the Recital Hall (COM BLDG)



Leading Indigenous filmmaker and Evergreen grad, Yolanda Cruz, from Oaxaca, Mexico will present and discuss her latest documentary: SUEÑOS BI-NACIONALES (BI-NATIONAL DREAMS) this Tuesday, May 23rd from 12:30 to 1:45 PM at SEM II, B1107.

Sueños Bi-nacionales (Bi-National dreams) is a documentary about the bi-national experience of indigenous immigrants from Mexico. Sueños Bi-nacionales tells the stories of the Mixtec people who have been immigrating to California for over 30 years and the more recent stories of the Chatinos who have been immigrating to North Carolina for the past 10 years.

Yolanda is a member of the Chatino community. She received a BA from The Evergreen State College in 1998 and a MFA from the UCLA Film School. Yolanda first student project at UCLA, “Entre Sueños

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