Mother's Day Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

On Sunday, May 14 and Monday, May 15 Sponsored by the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo

"Creating a Peaceful World for ALL Children" Mother's Day Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Action at Bangor Trident Nuclear Subase, home of what may be the largest concentration of nuclear weapons in the world on hair-trigger alert.

More information:
Anne Hall: 206-545-3562
Lynne Greenwald: 360-377-2465
Alice Zillah:

Word's out


The Tacoma and Olympia areas rank in the top 36 most affordable and livable cities in America, a ranking out Monday says.

Tacoma was 36th in “50 Smart Places to Live,” a ranking by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Olympia was 27th.

What the survey measures: Cities that combine affordability and livability – “places that are vibrant and fun, and where a dollar still goes a long way,” the magazine says in its June issue.

Specific areas: Housing prices and cost of living were top priorities, followed by quality health care and low crime rate. Other factors: weather, education, the local arts scene, transportation.

Tacoma’s attributes: Area attractive to singles, young couples, families and empty-nesters.

Olympia’s attributes: Attractive to families and retired people.

Who’s No. 1: Nashville, Tenn., followed by Minneapolis and Albuquerque.

Crime down in Olympia


Crime rose last year in the South Sound cities of Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Fife, DuPont, Federal Way and Kent and dropped in Lakewood, Ruston, Steilacoom and Olympia.

Tacoma saw a slight decrease in violent crime but an increase in property crimes, while the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department investigated more violent and property crimes.

Car thefts increased in a majority of the 32 law enforcement agencies in the South Sound.

Here's the press release.

Caiman Alert

Nutria Unite!

Cast off the dastardly Caiman Overlords and stand your furry selves tall!

In an effort to support the survival of smaller things, I'd like to point out that a caiman infiltrator has sneakily requested a salmon dinner in one of our very own OlyBlog conversations. What's next, nutria?!

No matter how hypnotized you are, no matter how much a caiman bats its scaly eyelids, do not succumb! Support small things, including swamp rats...errr.......nutria!


This alert has been brought to you by C.A.R.T. (Caiman Awareness Response Team)

Chocolate and wine

The annual fundraiser for the Disupute Resolution Center called "A toast to chocolate" was held yesterday at St. Martin's University. This is fundraising at its best: bring in a lot of people on a lazy Sunday afternoon, get them high on sugar, endorphins, and alcohol, and then ask them for money. Boy, what a set up! Who could resist?

The program was also very well done. Each speaker told heartfelt stories about the power and importance of alternative disupute resolution. As a mediator, it was not a tough sell for me. I've seen the process work significant change in the lives of people who are locked in conflict and miserable. It is peace work at the personal level, disseminating tools for improving communication one family at a time.

Now that's the idea

"Fighting Neo-Nazis: Against Foreign Fruit and Right Wingers," from SPIEGEL ONLINE:

A Leipzig performance artist has found an original way of disrupting neo-Nazi marches and demonstrations. When the skinheads come to town, the German Apple Front is there to meet them -- complete with its very own Führer of fruit.

It's shortly past midday on May 1 in Leipzig and 20 youths in black suits sit in an apartment south of Leipzig's city center, trading sunglasses and red-and-white armbands. The "Propaganda Minister" puts on a few records while the "Führer" rushes down to the gas station to buy batteries for his megaphone.

At first glance, the kids in their militaristic garb look like a group of right-wing radicals. But they're playing American rock music, and the symbol on their armbands is an apple, not a swastika. The "German Apple Front" is getting ready to perform -- because today, neo-Nazi Christian Worch of Hamburg is in town.

Bring the kids!

The Gleaners Coalition invites you to join us as we enter our second season of sharing the harvest with hungry people in our community. Plant, paint & play in our garden. No one too old or yount to help us feed the hungry.

Help Plant Lettuce at Kirsop Farm

This is how the gleaners work parties first got started last year, planting lettuce at Kirsop Farm.

We need 6 volunteers to work from 9am till noon planting lettuce. At noon we'll share a farm fresh meal prepared by the farm...

We will be doing this about every two weeks all spring and summer long! Call Barry to come along!


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.

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