the evergreen state college

Bah! HUMBUG! TESC has decided to play "Scrooge"

As recorded in the post below this one, I was recently fired from my custodial job at The Evergreen State College due to a trumped up racial discrimination charge filed by Gaylon Finley.  My crew was planning a Christmas party for tomorrow the 23rd at which Betsy Holt and I were scheduled to play holiday themed music at, but unfortunately, when I went down to TESC to set up the P.A., Police Services were notified and I was told that I was barred from campus during work hours until my administrative leave period ends (January 3rd, 2012).

This is really so unnecessary and mean-spirited I’m not even going to comment on it; I’ll let you decide for yourself whether my playing Christmas music for an hour is really such a threat to Gaylon Finley’s fragile emotions.  Betsy and I put a lot of hours into preparing for this show, and to pull the rug out from us and deny me the opportunity to play for friends and family (yes, many children are being denied live music here) well, you tell me.

If you are an old school graduate, alumni, or work at Evergreen, this should clue you in as to the third millennium management style under Purce/Hurley, Inc.  They are not going to dampen my Christmas spirit, however; I am driving down to the kissing statue right after this blog post to play the set that Betsy and I worked out, and I will be down there tomorrow as well.

All tips will be split between the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Thurston County Food Bank.  Today I’ll be playing from 2:30 to 4:00, and Friday the 23rd I will be down there from noon until 2:00 (or later if it’s not too cold).  I will also be coming down on Christmas Eve.  Betsy may be showing up at some of these free gigs, too.

"Evergreen has broken my heart" by Deb

Yesterday the parking representative told me that parking was a privilege, not a right. For a person who cannot walk the long distance from the parking lot to the studio, or walk from the bus stop parking to the studio, an accessible parking space is more than some random privilege or convenience.  They have made some accommodations, but change them often and have given me tickets and yesterday clamped my car while I was on the air.  They have ticketed my car previously despite having clearance to park. When I voiced my protest they advised me that I would have to go in person to their office to fight the tickets; an office that is not readily accessible. At one point the designated parking, with the “handicapped” sign was only accessible via six very steep concrete stairs; It would be funny, I even laughed out loud later, but cried real tears when at that time it might as well have been 500 stairs.

Legends & Lowlife

Respect for Student Vote at Evergreen

TESC Divest at The Evergreen State College. Respect the Student Vote to Divest from Companies that Profit from the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories.
Sunday 10 October 2010, Evergreen—The Evergreen Foundation had an event in the Library Building. Last school year, the Evergreen student body voted overwhelmingly (80%) to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories. Today, students with TESC Divest were on hand to ask that this student vote be respected.

Freedom Socialist Party National Convention

Recent discussion on OlyBlog got me to thinking about the problem of big business influence over politics and government. I have been to thinking about the lack of practical difference between Republicans and Democrats. For example, the failure of the Obama Administration to live up to the President's high-minded rhetoric, and promises (think about the promise to close the Guantanamo Bay torture center,) makes it possible to argue that the differences between the two parties are more often in the realm of rhetoric, rather than of material substance.

Freedom Socialist Party National Convention Flier

In America we don't have a political party that represents the interest of common people, nor the interests that all people have in common. What we have is a system that represents interests of the owning class. Both major parties, as well as some minor parties, represent the singular self-interest of some, at the expense of others. And it is important to remember that the wealth of some, including the wealth many of us in America enjoy, is dependent on the mistreatment of the planet, and of many people.

Maybe part of the answer toward successfully organizing against the unjust and destructive status quo is the development of new political parties—parties that go to the heart of the problems in order to radically challenge the unjust status quo. One example of a political party that is organizing to achieve a society that serves the common interests of life and of all people, and for liberation from the multitudinous oppressions of today's world, is the Freedom Socialist Party.

The FSP is holding its National Conference STARTING TOMORROW (FRIDAY JULY 9) AT THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE. I encourage you to check in, you're sure to meet organizers whom are very brilliant and talented, as well as kind and courteous! Following is more information about the conference, from the FSP website and from a press release. And there is also more information on the FSP website: ~Berd

TESC Commencement Today

2010 Graduation is today, rain or shine, in Red Square. more information:

I have word that the Artesian Rumble Arkestra will perform for the ceremony.

The Creative Community Festival -- the Culmination of Synergy -- Takes Place May 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evergreen

The Creative Community Festival brings together nonprofits, local businesses, and campus organizations presenting on the campus’s main square and is open to the Olympia community. During the day there will be a performance by musician Dana Lyons, followed by his lecture: “Youth Leading the Sustainability Movement.” Following the festival will be keynote speakers Angela Davis and Antwi Akom speaking on efforts to achieve social justice and sustainability. More information on purchasing tickets for these events is available at The Evergreen State College is located at 2700 Evergreen Parkway, NW, Olympia, WA 98505. Directions to campus are available here: About Synergy The Synergy conference, a local event organized by the students of The Evergreen State College, brings together the community to achieve a common goal of working to establish sustainable systems and build on sustainable ideas and practices for equity, ecology and economy. Events feature talks and presentations on earthen structures, biodiesel, bioenergy, sustainable food, wild food, alternative transportation and youth as essential advocates in the sustainability movement. For more on Synergy including complete event lists, times and locations for events, please visit: The Evergreen State College is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student/faculty engagement and emphasis on putting learning into action


TESC CHAPTER OF HIP HOP CONGRESS PRESENTS: 3 VS 3 CREW BATTLE this SATURDAY May 15 in the CRC (College Recreation Center).  Doors open at 5. $5 entrance fee at door. ALL AGES and open to the public (non-Evergreen students).

Seattle's own Circle of Fire judging the event, ABDC's Massive Monkees competing. $1200 GRAND PRIZE to the winner. 21 confirmed crews from all over Washington, Oregon, and California.

Backpacks and bags will be checked at the door, so no markers, etc. Facebook page for this event:!/event.php?eid=121895187825870&ref=ts

Fr. Roy Bourgeois Speaks at Evergreen

Fr. Roy Bourgeois April 11, 2010

Olympia, Washington — Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the organization School of Americas Watch (SOAW), spoke at The Evergreen State College.

Over the weekend Evergreen was also the site of the NW regional conference for the Latin American Solidarity Organization (LASO).

Participants came from far and wide. I heard that people came from 7 different states and Canada.

Fr. Bourgeois's talk (or at least segments of it) will be aired on KAOS on Thursday.

Fr. Roy Bourgeois

couple of more photos below

Evergreen HCC Occupation Post Script: Some Reflections & Explanations

HCC Occupation Post Script:

Some Reflections and Explanations

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