Local organizing against occupation of Iraq

Gathering: Bringing IT Home: Organizing Local Resistance to the Occupation of Iraq

Saturday, August 20, 10-3, Olympia Community Center

About fifty people gathered on July 9 in Olympia to develop ways to say, through local actions, we don't support the U.S. military actions in Iraq. Six working groups formed and have been meeting, in these six areas: changing budget priorities at local, state and federal level; people-to-people campaign to talk more openly about the costs of this war; "know all you can"--an alternative to military recruitment; opposing racism within our community; organzing boycotts of companies that are benefiting from the war; organizing conversations with local churches.

Groups are going to meet again on Saturday, August 20, to share their progress, their ideas, and to engage in a workshop together to learn more about how to organize within a community. Everyone is welcome to join us as we learn together how to work for a community that affirms the lives of all.

More info or questions? Emily Lardner, 705-3678

Traffic circles

traffic circle What's the feeling among Olympians about the proliferation of traffic circles around town. There is now one in Lacey, two at the top of the 4th St. Bridge, and one at the main entrance to The Evergreen State College. Are there any more?
There is a cute animation program here that lets you see how they work (since it seems that some folks may need a little instruction). It's been a few months, now. What's the verdict?


There is an article up at The Olympian website about a survey that was done last fall (why so long to publish, by the way?). The survey asked a series of questions about how people felt about downtown Olympia. Note the following passage:
Street people

When asked what they liked least about downtown, the largest number of those responding, 44 percent, cited the homeless, panhandling, and antisocial behavior by teens and young adults. That far exceeded the second biggest concern -- parking -- which was cited by 19 percent.

Even so, 62 percent of the people responding said they felt safe downtown, although some avoid areas where street people and the homeless hang out.

Nearly a quarter of those responding said they almost never go downtown.

Of those, 60 percent said they don't visit because of panhandlers and homeless people, rude behavior and people who sprawl on the sidewalks and prevent others from passing.

Now, to my ear, the implication is that homelessness is a problem-- but mostly a problem for people other than the homeless themselves. Read it and let me know if you get the same sense.
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