Evergreen soccer

The Evergreen women's soccer team -- 1-0 winners on the road Wednesday against the nation's #4 team, Concordia University -- returns home:

Friday afternoon, September 30, 4 p.m. vs. University of Great Falls. This is a non-conference game, but features an NAIA Region I opponent, making the match an important one!

Admission is FREE!

Israel & Palestine after the Gaza Withdrawal

[via omjp]

Simona Sharoni and Nadia Niva will share highlights from a recent trip to Israel and Palestine

Members of the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project (ORSCP) will outline their upcoming trip to Rafah, Palestine

You will have an opportunity to learn about and get involved in community projects designed to support justice and peace in Palestine and Israel


WHERE: TRADITIONS CAFÉ, 300 5th Avenue, Olympia, Tel: 360-705-2819


Read Simona and Nadia’s trip blog at: http://simonatravel.blogspot.com

For more information about ORSCP see: http://orscp.org/

Cheap things to do in Olympia

[via omjp]

Could folks help out?


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

We are compiling lists of free and cheap things to do in our areas. I've got a bunch of Seattle and Eastside fun things, but we wanted this to be a list for all our membership. Could you please take a few minutes and write down the cheap or free things to do in your area? That would be fabulous! The compiled list will then be handed out at our annual Membership Day on October 15th. Another little way to thank our members.


Jessica Lawson,
Membership Coordinator/Organizer,
Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition (WROC),
(206) 324 - 3063,
1820 E Pine St, Suite 324,
Seattle, WA 98122

Cool documentary

[via tesccrier]


last night I saw about an hour of the first part of a 4 hour documentary on Bob Dylan on Ch. 9. The second part runs tonight and the entire 4 hour program reruns on Ch. 9 Sat Oct 1 from 10 pm - 2 am. in case you want to time shift it. The film has Dylan talking about the influences on his music and it's crammed with archival footage of the early folk music scene of the 50s & 60s which documentation of The Clancy Bros and Tommy Makem, Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur, The New Lost City Ramblers, Pete Seeger, and lots of others.


Maria's Story

Olympia CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) and the Political Economy and Social Change program at TESC are showing:

Thursday, 9/29/05
6PM, Lecture Hall 5, TESC

We will discuss the history of the struggle in El salvador, the current struggle and the 25 year history of CISPES and what we can do about the present situation.

Produced by Pamela Cohen and Catherine M. Ryan Directed by Manona Wali and Pamela Cohen (52 minutes, 1990).

  • "... documentary at its most illumi-nating and succinct... confronts us with our country's responsibility in the ongoing ordeal of Maria and her people while taking us way beyond political rhetoric." - Los Angeles Times
  • "Through an extraordinary combi-nation of historical film, on-location footage and narrative, 'Maria's Story'...lets us understand why untold numbers of ordinary Salvadoreans, like Maria, have chosen to fight for a better life, if not for themselves, then for their children." - Tommie Sue Montgomery, Prof., Latin American Studies
Maria's Story is an intimate portrait of a thirty-nine-year old mother of three who is a leader in the guerrilla movement in El Salvador. Short and stocky, with ready wit and common sense, Maria Serrano is a down-to-earth woman whose passion for social justice dominates her life. Born into extreme rural poverty, she struggled for an education and, at fifteen, married her husband, Jose, who now shares her commitment to the disenfranchized. Maria represents a growing number of Latin American women on the forefront of social change.

The filmmakers spent seven weeks in Maria's temporary camp, under mortar fire and helicopter surveillance, to capture the story of the human side of this war.

Browser issues

It has been brought to my attention that OlyBlog is not being interpreted very well by Internet Explorer. How many folks are experiencing this problem? In any case, I'll work on sorting it out. One thing you could do is to download Firefox (something you should do anyway). There are three reasons: 1) the software is distributed under an open source license, 2) it is much less vulnerable to viruses, and 3) it is not a microsoft product (it actually is the same core software that was developed for Netscape).

Meeting scheduled on Downtown District

The Olympian says that the city council has scheduled a meeting to take input from the public on the idea of a downtown "parking and business improvement district":
The Olympia City Council scheduled the Oct. 18 public hearing after it started the process of forming a so-called "parking and business improvement area" Tuesday.

The decision doesn't form the district, but starts the process to create one.

"By starting the process, we will commit to a public hearing and then get into the decision-making after that," Mayor Mark Foutch explained.

The Olympia Downtown Association submitted a petition last month containing the signatures of supportive business owners who represent nearly 58 percent of the assessed value in the proposed district.

State law allows a city to initiate the process if property owners representing 60 percent of the proposed district's assessed value sign on or a city council passes a resolution.

The mission of the district has been somewhat unclear. Originally called the "business improvement district," it appeared to have many functions (discussed previously here). Beautification was to be one element, but then there was the parking issue. With the name change to "parking and business improvement area," it is becoming clear that an important function is to get downtown businesses to finance the research necessary to build a parking garage. Is it properly the responsibility of the businesses to finance city planning?

Juvenile arrests in Thurston County

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the arrest rate for juveniles has decreased statewide in 2004. The article references the website for the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, but I couldn't see the 2004 report on the site. I did find the 2003 annual report, however. Digging in the report a little reveals that last year Thurston County actually had higher than average juvenile arrests when compared with the rest of the state (including larger counties like King and Pierce):

In 2003, counties with juvenile populations age 10-17 over 5,000, with an arrest rate above the statewide average of 54.0 per 1,000 juveniles...include Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Cowlitz, Franklin, Grant, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Okanogan, Skagit, Thurston, Walla Walla, Whatcom, and Yakama.

Thurston County's rate was 60.1 for 2003. Rural counties seemed to be generally higher than urban counties. It will be interesting to see the breakdown for 2004, and whether Thurston County is still higher than the state average. Is the urban/rural difference due to meth? Anybody know?

[update 9/28/05]

I have it from a reliable source that the urban/rural difference is due to meth. Did you know that at its highest (1994), the arrest rate for juveniles was nearly 1 in 10 (95.4/1k)?

The public speaks

The Olympian runs an article today about the port commission meeting last night. It sounds like Olympians don't much like the idea of a sports arena:

"It (arena) is a pulsating business that would bring traffic," said Dave Dressel. He, too, frowned on the boom-or-bust contrast of more traffic and lack of activity when events weren't scheduled at an arena.

Many said they favored "holistic, mixed-use" developments such as a maritime museum, botanical garden, condos and nearby shops.

Then there's this from the commissioners:
The commissioners repeatedly assured the audience that they have not made up their minds on how East Bay should be developed.

"It's not likely that any decisions will happen until the spring of next year," commissioner Bob Van Schoorl said. He added that commissioners had not ruled out mixed-use development of the property.

This sounds a bit ominous. They haven't "ruled out mixed use"? It sounds to me that the public wants mixed use to be at the top of the list.

I still think a artist's market and college extension campus would be great.

A Cobain documentary?


This blog post seems to indicate that there may be a Kurt Cobain documentary in the works.

On Wednesday, we all loaded into a couple of vehicles and drove south to Olympia, where we wandered the downtown streets, shot a bit of test footage and generally tried to get our bearings.

Anyone know the scoop?
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