Olympia Rafah Sister City Project

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Open House General Meeting

Join us to learn about our delegation leaving this autumn.

A dream more powerful than one person, To reach across 10,000 miles and touch another life.

In a very short time our friends and community members will be departing for the Gaza Strip. Our delgation will share why they are going and what they plan on accomplishing in country.

Please come and learn more about what we do, where we are headed, and help us send off our Olympia delegation to Rafah.

Colleges exploring downtown extensions

The Olympian is reporting that there are several colleges and universities interested in opening branch campuses or extensions downtown. The creation of educational opportunities in the evening seems like a good way to make downtown a vital place that doesn't close up at 5:00 pm.

[update 10/6/05]

Here's another article in the Olympian on the topic.

Rubber sidewalks come to Olympia

It seems that they don't crack when roots grow under them. From the PI:

Liz Ellis, an arborist with the city's [Seattle] transportation department, championed bringing rubber sidewalks to Seattle after she read they were being tested in Santa Monica, Calif., and other cities.

She was intrigued not by the novelty of it. Nor did she want to give Seattleites a little extra bounce in their step as the winter gloom sets in.

She pointed to a mound in the rubber sidewalk, raised by the roots growing from one of the red maple trees on the shady, lush street of small houses on Eighth Avenue South, between South Rose and South Thistle streets.

Across the street, where the sidewalk is concrete, the growing roots of another tree had already cracked it. "That (sidewalk) was just put in about a year ago," Ellis said.

The rubberized sidewalks are more elastic, so instead of cracking, they stretch, and have to be replaced less often and are cheaper to fix, Ellis said.


Dan Joyce, a principal at the Gardena, Calif.-based rubber sidewalk manufacturer Rubbersidewalks Inc., said 80 cities in eight states are trying rubberized sidewalks. Tacoma and Olympia are among them.

Check out what they look like here.

MARC My Words

On October 15, 2005, the short film "MARC My Words" will premiere at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - at the Cinerama (2100 4th Ave, Seattle) at 12:00 pm, as part of the "Local Shorts" program.

The 11-minute short documentary profiles the activities and attitudes of the group MARC - the Multifaith Alliance of Reconciling Communities, an association of multifaith GLBT clergy, as well as the growth of the Religious Coalition for Equality, an issues-based coalition of clergy of all stripes and sexualities working for GLBT rights.

The film contains unique footage of the Marriage Equality Rally in Olympia on February 14, 2005, when hundreds of clergy and supporters (including the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses) gathered on the steps of the Capitol in support of love and marriage for all. Since the press virtually ignored the rally, this is a rare opportunity for those who were not there to witness the full scope of the event, and for the rest of us to recall the beauty of the experience.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for Local Shorts through Three Dollar Bill Cinema (http://www.seattlequeerfilm.com).

Màori artist sought for Evergreen residency

Scoop reports:

Màori artist sought for Washington residency

Established Màori artists are invited to apply for a three month residency next year at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

The pilot residency, a new initiative from Te Waka Toi, the Màori arts board of Creative New Zealand, will have a strong focus on interaction with Native American artists and will be based at the college’s Longhouse Education and Cultural Center. A ‘longhouse’ is the Native American equivalent of a Màori wharenui.

A Soldier's View

"A Pictorial Reflection of the War in Iraq" offers an unvarnished photographic look at the war through the eyes of a young soldier from Olympia named Jeff de la Cruz. A portion of the proceeds from this show will raise money for the family of a murdered Iraqi interpreter. Reception: 6-8 p.m., Open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Call: 206-583-0497 for more infor.

Olympia Artswalk XXXI


Walk all over downtown and hear music for nothing as well as viewing visual art installations in many places of business. A very, very fun evening. Especially check out Susan Christian's sublime paintings at Otto's, near the corner of Fourth and State, and Joe Feddersen's and Marilyn Frasca's prints at Childhood's End, corner of Fourth and Water; and the Olympia Eagles Dance and Drill Team, Fourth at Plum, 6:30-6:45, and Fiddle Fest, Traditions Fair Trade, Fifth and Water, 6-9 p.m.

Film Available for showing

The title: “The Face of Family Planning.

Olympia resident tells of experience at Gitmo

ForGodJames Yee, who worked as a chaplain at Guantanamo, wrote a book about his experience at the camp. From a review of the book:

The book, "For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire," offers Mr. Yee’s first public comments on what occurred at the camp while he was there.

In the book, to be published this week by PublicAffairs, Mr. Yee writes that Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, the prison’s commanding officer - who would later become Mr. Yee’s chief antagonist in pressing suspicions of espionage against him - regularly incited anger toward the prisoners with emotional slogans delivered to the troops.

Mr. Yee writes that when General Miller visited the prison, he would tell the guards sternly, "The war is on." That remark and similar comments, Mr. Yee writes, were designed to let soldiers know they were operating in a combat environment where it was understood that rules protecting detainees were relaxed and instances of mistreatment would be overlooked.

The book was co-written by Aimee Molloy. Here's what she says about it:
I just finished co-writing For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire with Chaplain James Yee, which will be published in October by PublicAffairs. Chaplain Yee was the Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo who was arrested in September 2003 on suspicion of espionage. He spent 76 days in solitary confinement and was kept under very harsh conditions. In the end, he was never charged with espionage or related crimes, but with mishandling classified information, a far less serious offense. Even so, Chaplain Yee never mishandled classified documents and the government ultimately dropped all charges against him. His story is really fascinating and it's a frightening account of how the "war on terror" can get out of hand.

The publisher is Public Affairs.

See also this article.

City council candidate forum

Members of CLIP, the Coalition for Low Income Power, would like to invite you to a city council candidates forum on Saturday, October 15th from 1 - 3 pm at the First Christian Church at 701 Franklin Street SE.
Grace Cox will moderate our discussion about downtown, poverty and other issues. The panel will consist of representatives from the Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition, the Thurston County Tenants Union and Bread and Roses. There will also be time for individual questions from the audience.
I have attached a document with the agenda and some background information. Please call with any questions.
Monica Peabody

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

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