Round table Voting Discussion on October 26th

The Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition is planning a round table discussion on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-9 in our office in the Payne Room of the First Christian Church. We hope to pool our knowledge on issues that affect low income people when making our choices on local candidates and propositions. This election will determine who is on our city councils as well as laws on indoor smoking, medical malpractice, and gasoline taxes. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Bring ballots, voter guides opinions and questions to the:

Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition
701 Franklin Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Olympia's Historic Chinese Community

The Olympia's Historic Chinese Community site is thorough and fascinating, includes information on the Olympia Chinese Community Marker downtown in Heritage Park.

Evergroove trivia, pt. 4

Dogs became a big political issue when, according to legend, some legislators were visiting the new Evergreen campus and witnessed a dog doing his business on the library carpet. Included in the press coverage was an article in the Daily Olympian (Mar. 9, 1972, p. 8) that had a mention of a dog who would later become a very special part of Evergreen history. His name was Peanut Butter. He was a little terrier type of canine who was indeed the color of peanut butter and was a fixture on campus. Peanut Butter's owner was a student. The 1975 graduation ceremonies were noteworthy due to the fact that TESC was producing the first "pure" class, students who had attended the school for 4 years.

I recall two special features about that event. First, the only person wearing a cap and gown had a gorilla suit underneath it, and second, President McCann gave an honorary degree to Peanut Butter. Like many other TESC grads, Peanut Butter never left campus. Through the rest of the 1970s, I'd be walking across Red Square, getting headaches trying to understand some assignment, and this little dog would smugly trot by, nose in air, as if to say, "Ha! I have a degree and you DON'T. Chump!" Actually, seeing Peanut Butter always made me smile.

In 1983, I was saddened to see a lost dog poster in the Olympia Timberland Library neighborhood. It was for Peanut Butter, who must have been pretty old by then. He was an Evergreen grad that needs to be remembered.

The Contemporary Women's Presentations Series

The Women's Resource Center Presents:

"Say I do"

SAY I DO chronicles the stories of three “mail-order brides

How global warming affects Puget Sound


The Seattle Times has an article today on a new report out from Puget Sound Action Team and the UW about the effects of global warming in the Puget Sound area. Pretty scary stuff:

While average global temperatures rose 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit during the 20th century, Northwest winters have warmed 2.7 degrees since 1950, in part because of cycles in ocean conditions. Scientists don't know how much of that to attribute to global warming.

Meanwhile, water levels in south Puget Sound are expected to increase 1.3 feet by 2050, higher than in most areas of the world because changes in Pacific Ocean wind patterns drive more seawater into Puget Sound. The change will be compounded because geological factors are causing land in the Olympia and Tacoma areas to sink about an inch every 12 years.

Runoff from the 10,000 rivers and streams that spill into the Sound is already shifting, according to the report: About 13 percent less freshwater flows to Puget Sound now than in 1948, and snowmelt is coming an average of 12 days earlier.

Find the whole report here.

Organizing In and Against Sweatshops

Carmenciata “Chie

Self defence for queer folk

[via Olympia Men's Project]

The Gender Variant Health Care Project and Olympia Men's Project are hosting a free self defense work shop for all LGBT people. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the upstairs room of K-Records. K-Records is located at 802 Jefferson- next to the post office in down town Olympia. Topics include: Understanding violence, dealing with verbal harassment, practicing physical skills andexercising your intuition. For more information contact GVHP 360-352-0438 or or Olympia Men's Project at 360-352-2375 or Health care begins with Safety.

The Evergrowing State Crisis

At some point in the late 1970s, Evergreen's enrollment dipped to such a dangerously low level that some legislators were questioning whether or not the school was worth keeping open. That, coupled with several other political problems on the part of TESC administrators, made the students a but uneasy about the future of the school. There was a t-shirt that was popular then, copying the pretentious all-lowercase letters of the TESC logo. The shirt read: "the evergrowing state crisis." Well, maybe you had to be there.


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President Dixy?

Dixy Lee Ray, who served one term (1977-1981) as Governor and was known as "Dixy Lee Radiation" by her critics, was no fan of Evergreen. But, few people know she actively campaigned for the appointment as the first president of the college, a job eventually given to Charles McCann. In the Fall of 1967, before the college even had a name, she gave an address in Lacey, "Oceanography, the Role of a Four-Year College." The Seattle Times liked the idea of Dixy as President so much they ran an editorial, "A Woman Who Could Do a Man's Job" (10/6/67, p. 10). For those of you who were not around here during the Dixy years, you really missed quite a show. It boggles the mind to imagine what TESC would've been like under a Dixy regime.
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