The Green Movement
The New Civil Rights Struggle
A panel discussion
Feb. 25, 7:30 PM, at The Evergreen State College, Lecture Hall 1
Iran remains in the headlines: Popular protests, human rights abuses, and threats from the West.
Confused? Intrigued? Frightened?
A panel of prominent Iranian and Iranian-American voices will help you sort it out:
HAMID DABASHI: Columbia professor and author of Iran: A People Interrupted will give a brief history of the Iranian civil rights movement.
SHADI MOKHTARI: Author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East, will speak on the state of human rights in Iran.
TRITA PARSI: President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States, will speak on US foreign policy toward Iran and how the civil rights movement will influence greater Middle East politics.
"Don't Get Tired When Working for Justice"
2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate, first African-American woman to represent Georgia in the House of Representatives, and relentless activist for social justice.
Cynthia McKinney has been active in the Free Gaza Movement and was the subject of the documentary American Blackout, on voter disenfranchisement. She was recently awarded the Peace Through Conscience Award by the Munich American Peace Committee.
Price: $5 general admission. FREE for all students, staff, and faculty of any high school, college, or university (just bring school ID).
Doors open at 4:30
(Panel on Iran's "Green Movement" immediately follows at 7:30 in Lecture Hall 1)
The Rachel Corrie Foundation and Break the Silence Mural Project co-present
Peace Works 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Event Schedule 11:00am – 5:30pm at United Churches (110-11th Ave SE, Olympia)
The Rachel Corrie Foundation and Indigenous Youth Delegations’ Report Back on their recent trips to the West Bank and Gaza plus Art & Activism workshop with lunch provided (tickets: $25/$15 students and low-income)
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Mural Walk to the Unveiling w/ Samba drummers (The Walk starts at the Procession of the Species Studio, 311.5 Capital Way North)
7:00 – 9:00pm at the corners of Capitol & State streets, Olympia: Unveiling the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project ~ A Celebration of our progress. This is a free event with live musical entertainment.
more information: Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
(360) 754-3998 and
I think it's an important article because it breaks up some of the prevailing and problematic thinking about how to get out of this economic/ecological/environmental/sociological mess that we are in. Instead of laying the blame at the feet of individuals (for not bicycling, or growing their own food, for example), Jensen lays the blame squarely where it is due - at the feet of decision-makers.
So, here's a link and a couple of excerpts from this lucid, rational, and well-written article. Thanks to Jerry for passing it on.
Forget the Shorter Shower | by Derrick Jensen | Orion Magazine
WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Come see a Great movie during the Olympia Film Festival, "Great Speeches From A Dying World", AND help support EGYHOP, a shoe-string-budget, direct-service-providing, all-volunteer-run, non-profit group serving homeless and low-income populations in downtown Olympia.
First, about the movie (quoted from the festival guide):
And, then, a short description of EGYHOP:
Join author and actor Mike Farrell (of TV's M*A*S*H and Providence) for a reading, Q&A and book signing of his bestselling title, "Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist." Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Pick up free tickets at the library's information desk beginning Monday, September 8. Questions? Call 360-352-0595
One of the things that is evident from all the discussions on this blog about the Port Militarization Resistance group and their activities in Olympia and Tacoma is that there is a huge difference in the underlying assumptions that people hold. Folks within the PMR use words like "empire" and "militarization," and I think that many who read this blog don't have the same context for understanding the meaning they are intended to convey. I wonder if would be possible to bring to the surface some of the context surrounding the meanings of those words through a shared set of documents, videos, podcasts, maps, etc. So, if you know of a good article, interview, analysis, or graphic, please put a link in the comments. After we've collected some material, we may be able to ground our discussion a bit more, and perhaps achieve a better understanding of the arguments, if not agreement on the positions.