It's been a while since I have posted on OlyBlog any videos from the peace vigil... Here's one recent video, the vigil/celebration/protest is still happening, every Friday, from 4:30pm to 6, at Percival Landing. And you're invited! If you don't like the signs, bring your own. Be the peace! Be there! And thanks to the Artesian Rumble Arkestra for the music!
Rachel Corrie Foundation presents 2012 Peace Works
Shuruq: Olympia's First Arab Festival, October 6, 2012
[text updated 21 September 2011] Here in Olympia, Washington, we had a festival to celebrate the International Day of Peace. It was sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation. We set up a couple of tents and a path of peace. In the tents we had information, and we also listened to a singing bowl concert. The path of peace was constructed out of 12 pieces of bamboo poles ranging in length from about 7 feet to about 20 feet. We used twine to secure the poles, and to string up about a hundred or so pieces of cloth with "peace" written in as many different languages.
The idea with peace written in so many different languages is to suggest that we all have something in common. We may look different, or speak different languages, but we are all still part of one human family. On the most basic level, we are all one, interconnected beings. Interconnected energetically, spiritually. Our actions affect each other. And if we want a world that is peaceful for ourselves, and for our children, for our friends and family and neighbors, then it makes sense to be kind to everyone, regardless of whatever differences there might be between us.
After people had a chance to walk through the "Path of Peace", and listen to the concert of singing bowls, we were led on a meditative peace walk (in the style of Thich Nhat Han,) by Miles, who is a local Zen Buddhist Priest.
Many people showed up at Heritage Park over the past couple days for the International Day of Peace festivities. It was quite a celebration. There was music, conversations with different peace groups and activists from various locations including Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine, a planet Earth ball, the major continental land masses were outlined in a huge map on the lawn, and there were many banners with the word peace written on them in different languages.
After the People's Summit and March on the Capitol to End Poverty, I went to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Washington Center for Performing Arts. The program's main sponsors were the City of Olympia, Evergreen State College, and Oly Federal Savings. I think that the main organizing group was the Bahá'í Faith Community. Here are some photos from the event.
This beautiful purple quilt was on display at the Washington Center.
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
Everyone's invited to a party celebrating EGYHOP (the Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project), in honor of the project's "eleventeeth" birthday.
When: Friday, Sept 25th, 3-7 pm
Where: Sylvester Park, in downtown Oly
What: enjoy some scrum-diddly-umptious grub (bringing along a potluck dish or consumable goodies to share would also be much appreciated); stomp it out to the music of local bands and performers (starting at 4 pm); meet, mingle, and make merry (surprise party games and activities are on tap).
Why: well, we felt that it was time for some fun, not just another fundraiser or benefit show... although we've never turned down $ or a camping/cold-wet-weather-gear donation (just saying). Plus, it's a great chance to meet past/present EGYHOP folks, talk, and find out more about EGYHOP. Did I mention having fun...? Plus, we tend to agree with Emma's (apocryphal) quip: "If I can not dance, I want no part in your revolution"
Who: all past and present EGYHOP folks are encouraged to stop by, as well as the many new and old friends of EGYHOP, any and all of the folks we serve, and, well, everyone.
There are many upcoming Procession related events. Check out the website for the latest information!
From the Procession of the Species Website:
Art Studio Open House & Volunteer Meeting###
Procession Organizing and Call for Volunteers Meeting Saturday, March 7th, 11:00 am to Noon Procession Art Studio, 311 Capitol Way North
Procession Community Art Studio Open House Saturday, March 7th, Noon to 3:00 PM* Procession Art Studio, 311 Capitol Way North
Procession Community Art Studio Open seven days a week as of Sunday, March 8th 2:00pm to 9:00pm Weekdays Noon to 10:00pm Weekends