Day of Indigenous Solidarity

Join the Native Student Alliance in celebrating a Day of Indigenous Solidarity, Monday, October 10th. There will be a march from Woodruff Park located at the intersection of Harrison St. and Thomas to Silvester Park, downtown. All those interested in joining the NSA are asked to assemble in Woodruff Park at 4 pm, the march will begin at 4:40 and the rally and celebration in Silvester will take place from 5 - 7 pm and will include a performance by Aztec dancers and speakers, including yours truly.

As you know, our government still observes "Columbus Day" as a federal holiday. Many of us feel that the time has come for American Society to move on from a celebration of colonialism and 500 years of oppression of the native peoples of this hemisphere. Rather, we wish to focus on the survival and revival of many rich and enduring indigenous cultures, the contributions that have been made to the benefit of all civilized peoples by indigenous peoples and our hope for a future society that will respect and honor the sacred in the natural world around us. I hope to see you there.

Oly Nanowrimo, or writing a novel in 30 days

Probably one of the better ideas I've ever heard of, that I would really love to do, but would take some real convincing to get me off my duff to do, is Nanowimo, or National Novel Writing Month.

Its way more than a month really (I heard about it a few years ago from a friend that was seriously considering jumping into it). It is a great examle of how the internet works to bring people together and... well, I'd let the Nanowrimo folks explain details themselves:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

A thrice deployed Olympian

From the Seattle PI:
HADITHA, Iraq -- They stormed the insurgent-ridden city of Fallujah, returned home, and now are back in Iraq's most troubled province - all in 10 months time. Some prefer this hectic pace.

"I didn't join the Marine Corps just to stand around," said Lance Cpl. Giovanni Perez of Los Angeles.

But for others, the demands of the overstretched U.S. military are just too much, regardless of the bonuses being dangled before them to re-enlist.

"I get out of the Marine Corps in seven months and I can't wait," Cpl. Daniel Trigg of Olympia, Wash., said while guarding a mosque where a large cache of insurgent weapons was being removed.

Trigg is on his third tour in Iraq in three years. His last tour had him in the southern city of Najaf, where U.S. troops fought fierce battles with Shiite Muslim militiamen last year.

Plan for improvements to Percival Landing

orcaThe Olympian is running a piece about planned improvements to Percival Landing.

The popular boardwalk will be rebuilt during the next 10 to 20 years.

A study found that some of the wood pilings that support the 30-year-old landing from below are deteriorating and must be replaced.

Barker Landscape Architects of Seattle and Elizabeth Conner, an artist from Vashon Island, have been hired to lead a $125,000 public process for the redesign. The city will hunt for state grants and other construction money next year.

The existing landing and public art cost $4.1 million, said David Hanna, parks services manager. It will cost $6 million to rebuild it, with the price rising to $9 million if part of the landing is redesigned so it doesn't hang over the water.

In the meantime, the city will spend about $125,000 making annual inspections and repairs to keep the boardwalk open while it plans for the replacement.

The draft plan does not say what materials will be used when the landing is rebuilt. Residents have said they prefer a wood or rustic look. Johnson said the city will keep that in mind as they look for materials that can withstand the marine environment better than the wood pilings.

Don't wood pilings last longer if they are properly taken care of?

Public comment will be accepted until Oct. 20th. Check out the plans here.

WP Review of "For God and Country"

The Washington Post released an extended piece on Chalpain Yee's book:

Much of the government's case is still a mystery to Yee. It was dropped before his lawyers received any evidentiary material from prosecutors. Much of that material remains classified. His writing draws on material published in the media about the origins and collapse of the case. But the book does fill in some of the blanks.

Of the classified sketch of the base he was allegedly caught with, he says it was a diagram of the human anatomy he had drawn in a small green notepad during a combat stress lecture. Of the six foreign bank accounts he allegedly held, which a military judge ruled made him a flight risk, he says he had only one active account outside the country -- his military account in Guantanamo.

Yee left the military on Jan. 7 of this year, an honorable discharge in hand but deep in debt from legal bills. He continues to live with his wife and daughter -- who is now in kindergarten -- in Olympia. He is a course away from completing his master's degree in international relations. The family has been living off a small advance from his publisher, he says.

He is still hopeful that someday the military will apologize to him and his family. He's frequently reminded, though, of why that may never happen. In March, FBI agents visited his landlord and asked about him. And just two months ago, he was stopped trying to board a plane and told he was on the government's no-fly list.

He is still an object of suspicion.

Previous posts about Yee here and here.

Symposium, "Democracy---Rhetoric, or Reason?"

Evergreen Symposium, "Democracy---Rhetoric, or Reason?"

The MPA program at The Evergreen State College, along with Evergreen's Extended Education Program and the Evergreen Chapter of ASPA, are sponsoring a symposium on the theme, "Democracy--Rhetoric, or Reason?" This event is free and open to the public.

Recent local and international events suggest that there is little real dialogue between citizens, public officials, and public administrators on many critical issues. Citizens believe the government doesn't listen to them, and government officials bemoan the lack of citizen understanding of complex issues and the poor mechanisms for obtaining input into important decisions. This one-day event will provide tools for citizens and public administrators to enhance their dialogue over key issues and improve governance.

A Fools Guide to Democracy: A Night of Improv With A Political Bent

Fools Play Improv will present “Fools Guide to Democracy,

New state building proposed

Let's hope that money comes through for the new Hands On Children's Museum, because the state has its eye on the present location:

A multimillion- dollar project that might include executive offices, combine the state's historical resources into one spot and draw tourists to town could take shape at the north end of the Capitol Campus.


The two blocks being eyed include the GA building, a 270-space parking lot and the Hands On Children's Museum. Any plan would include replacing lost parking, Valandra said.

The proposal would also have big implications for the State Library:
The Washington State Library and Archives -- now housed in separate buildings in separate cities -- have outgrown their spaces. Officials want to combine them and add a history museum to create a heritage center that could draw busloads of schoolchildren and tourists who want to discover Washington's roots.

Workshop on Danish noble fir boughs

Workshop scheduled on Danish noble fir boughs For the past 60 years, the Danes have incorporated genetic research, marketing and the silvicultural techniques to produce the most productive and highest quality bough plantations in the world. Danish bough plantation managers have shared their management techniques as interest has grown in the Pacific Northwest.

The Department of Natural Resources will present a program Oct. 12 describing Danish noble fir bough management. Pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7. The topics will include:

• Overview of bough quality, harvesting and values.
• Technical aspects of Danish bough management and marketing.
• Production and financial spreadsheets shared by Danish forest managers.

Mark Savage is special forest products manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Previously, he was with the Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers and worked as a forest consultant. He has also been active in the Puget Sound Christmas Tree Growers Association, is a graduate of the Washington Agricultural and Forestry Leadership Program and is a life-long member of Society of American Foresters.

Yee to give lecture

Army Captain James Yee, Author of "For God and Country," West Point graduate, Army Chaplain, accused of espionage, will speak at St. Martin's University. With additional guest speakers, followed by a Q&A Monday, October 17, 7 to 9 pm.

Free to the public

Donations to the James Yee defense fund are accepted Sponsored by the ACLU of Washington and Thurston County.

See previous post about Yee's book here.

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