Ralph's boycott draws crowd

Over one hundred protesters gathered at Ralph's Thriftway to express their support for women who need access to emergency contraception in the form of "Plan B". There were also 20-30 counter-protesters present. Nobody was quite sure what the counter-protesters wanted to say.

I had a conversation with the fellow above with the sign. I related to him that the particular pharmacist in question at Ralph's wanted to be able to offer Plan B, and thus, his choice was being limited by the Storeman's policy. He didn't seem to get that, however.

Olympia's Music in the Park

Olympia's Music in the Park Series starts next Wednesday, and occurs every Wednesday through August.  Bring the family, meet some friends. Come Dance.

July 5 Jude Bowerman (Funky Blues)

July 12 Olympia Symphony Orchestra (Classical)

July 19 Ian McFeron Band (Pop/funk) -- Port Plaza (new venue!)

July 26  DB & The Coupers (Funky Jazz)

August 2  JC Hyke & the Gambling Scarecrows (Country)

August 9  Ft. Lewis Concert Band (Americana)

August 16  Cold September (Pop/Rock)

August 23 Vicci Martinez & Band (Folk)

August 30 Gray Daisy (Rock)

"Kill 'em All: Let God Sort 'em Out"

I attended the Lt. Watada support demonstration yesterday.  There were many people there to express their appreciation for the lieutenant's brave act of refusal.

There were also a few "Operation Support our Troops" members.  They carried a couple of flags, one which read, "Kill 'em All: Let God Sort 'em Out."  Another one read, "Special Forces: Mess with the Best, Die like the Rest."

Is this type of mentality, or ethos, common or prevalent within the US military?

Is this type of thinking, or its extended behavior, acceptable in the USA?

I wish the Olympian would publish photos of these flags.

Flag Photos Listed Below:

Community to rally against NAZI hate group

Olympia, WA--On Monday, July 3rd 2006 in Olympia, concerned community members from the surrounding Puget Sound region will be rallying to oppose the presence of a neo-Nazi group called the National Socialist Movement in our community.

The rally will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Fountain on the capitol campus, with plans to conclude at sometime after 4:00 p.m.—the NSM has a permit to occupy the steps of the capitol from 2-4 p.m.

The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace has played a central role in spearheading the organizing necessary for conducting the rally and we strongly urge other organizations to join us in seizing this opportunity to demonstrate, with a fundamental goal of building a sustainable movement working for racial, economic, and social justice.

 A broad cross-section of communities, including members of diverse ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and political persuasions will confront this group peaceably, utilizing various non-violent tactics, demonstrating that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, especially in our town.  The counter-rally is one of numerous activities the Olympia community has participated in, including educational workshops, outreach, and community organizing that numerous individuals and organizations have played crucial roles in facilitating.  

The direction and objectives of our demonstrations, as briefly mentioned earlier, are intended to affirm and celebrate diversity.  We seek to use this unfortunate occurrence, the rallying of a neo-Nazi hate group in our town, to create a celebratory afternoon of community solidarity, drowning out the negative message promoted by the NSM, forming an atmosphere of unity and compassion.

Race, Poverty, and Prisons Panel Discussion

In an effort to build community awareness and forge a sustainable movement for racial, economic, and social justice, a panel discussion covering the intersection of race, poverty, and prisons will be held at Traditions Cafe beginning at 7pm.  This panel was organized by the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, with the foreknowledge that a neo-nazi hate group, the National Socialist Movement, will be rallying in our town on July 3rd.  We invite all to join us for the evening. 

Caught in the act

Update: I've been waiting for YouTube to post this all morning, but I have to be away from a computer for a bit, so I'm putting it up with the hope that the video will become available soon.

Second update: Well, I'm back and no progress. I heard a tease on the radio for a story on NPR about YouTube. I'm guessing that they were slammed with traffic this morning. Let's hope they get their systems moving again soon.

Third update: Finally, it works!

Olyblogger JanetB attempted to purchase Plan B at Ralph's Thriftway today and was refused despite the fact that she had a doctor's prescription. Witness:

Go to planboly.org for more information.

Lacey fills Olympia's Outdoor Cinema drought

While the Olympia Outdoor Cinema has seemingly died a quiet death, the Lacey Outdoor Cinema is up and running this year with a five evening, eight movie season.

Yes, it is true, they are showing the first three Harry Potter movies on August 5.
July 8     
King Kong (2005)
Pre-show Lacey Idol Auditions*

July 15    
Pre-show Lacey Idol Auditions*

July 22    
Three Amigos
Pre-show Lacey Idol Qualifier*

July 29    
Bad New Bears
Pre-show Lacey Idol Qualifier*

August 5    
Harry Potter:
Sorcerer's Stone,
Chamber of Secrets, &
Prisoner of Azkaban

Does anyone have photos from the Mud Races?

The 2006 mud races were quite a success with about 15-20 contestants, a good-sized audience, and no law-enforcement party-crashers. I noticed several people taking photos of our naked, mud-streaked bodies. I don't mind that no one asked permission, but if you were one of the photographers would you please send your photos to me at kawriver(at)gmail.com so I can share them with my relatives who couldn't be there? Thank you.
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