Student-Run Cafe at The Evergreen State College Announces Boycott of Israeli Products

Student-Run Cafe at The Evergreen State College Announces Boycott of Israeli Products
The Flaming Eggplant Café joins the global movement for Palestinian Human Rights

Olympia, WA
-- On Monday June 4, 2012 The Flaming Eggplant Café, a student worker collective at The Evergreen State College (TESC), formally announced its decision to boycott Israeli goods, becoming the most recent business to join the growing international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

According to the Flaming Eggplant’s mission statement, one of the cafe’s goals is to “nourish the local food system by making delicious, healthy, ecologically and socially just food accessible to all.” In its statement of principles, the collective also expresses its commitment to “supporting political participation and direct action to create a just and egalitarian society.” Office Coordinator Cris Papaiacovou said, “We came to a consensus as a collective to support the Palestinian civil society call for BDS because it is directly in line with our mission and statement of principles.” He added, “We are proud to join this non-violent movement to pressure Israel until it ends its human rights violations against Palestinians.”

The BDS movement began in 2005, when over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations issued a call for widespread BDS campaigns against Israel until the country abides by international law and human rights standards. The BDS call has become an international movement, endorsed by renowned figures such as Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, and Angela Davis.

Oppose and Propose: Lessons from Movement for a New Society

Where do the strategies, tactics, and lifestyles of contemporary activists come from? Oppose and Propose, just out from AK Press, documents and examines the history of Movement for a New Society. MNS was a radical formation in the 70s and 80s that brought together many of the ideas and practices that are now commonplace among radical activists, such as consensus decisionmaking, spokescouncils, collective living, unlearning oppressive behavior, and nonviolent direct action. This book opens critical questions for activists today. Join us in welcoming author Andrew Cornell to Olympia! When: Tuesday May 12th, 20111 Noon-1:30 Where: Lobby of Library Building, Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505 Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213079755377398 Flyer at: http://olyblog.net/sites/default/files/flyer_1.jpg This event is open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by Olympia SDS and Decolonization in Communities: Thinking Globally, Reflecting Locally. For more information, contact olympiasds{at}riseup.net. To get texts about our upcoming events, text "follow olysds" (without quotes) to 40404. To get announcements in your email (low traffic) go to https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/olympiasdsannounce SDS on Twitter: twitter.com/olysds SDS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olympia-SDS/196900547019514 If other accommodation is required for this event, please contact Student Activities with reasonable advance notice by emailing studentactivities{at}evergreen.edu or by calling 360-867-6220 or 360-867-6834 (TTY).

Angela Davis & Antwi Akom Speak @ Evergreen College

Info Line 360-867-6220 Description The STUDENT OF COLOR UNION & SYNERGY @ The Evergreen State College PRESENT: ANGELA DAVIS (Birmingham, Alabama) & ANTWI AKOM. This Event is Co-sponsored by: The Presidents Diversity Fund & S&A Productions. SPECIAL NOTE ON BUYING TICKETS ONLINE: All tickets will be available for pickup at the box office on the day of the event at the will call window. Student/Staff/Faculty tickets will be validated with valid school ID at that time to qualify for the reduced price. Absence of valid ID will require an additional payment of $15.00 per ticket to authorize the tickets release. Notes ALL AGES, FREE PARKING info at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/110928

Ivy-pull at the Evergreen State College

Join us on Wednesday, April 7th at 1pm-5pm for an afternoon of ecological restoration! Help be a steward of the evergreen forest, learn about native plants and ecosystems, pull some ivy, meet cool people, and more!

We provide gloves, tools, snacks, tea, and plenty of ivy!

English ivy poses a serious threat to forests throughout the PNW. It kills trees and smothers everything in the understory, creating a monoculture of itself, thereby reducing wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and other important ecosystem functions. We have been working to remove english ivy from the campus grounds for two years and we could use your help!

Other dates for restoration at TESC are April 28th, May 2nd and May 12th.

contact nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com for details


Co-sponsered by RAD sustainability and native plant salvage project

Monday April 5th: Luce Givins of the RNC8 At Evergreen

Luce Givins of the RNC 8 will be leading a discussion about their case which has wide-ranging implications for anybody organizing for social change. She, along with seven other individuals, where charged with conspiracy for organizing food, housing, and support for protesters coming to voice their opposition at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Come support the RNC8 and learn about how you can fight against government repression.

April 5th 5:00PM
Lecture Hall One
The Evergreen State College

The RNC 8 are a group of Twin Cities residents facing felony charges related to their organizing against the 2008 Republican National Convention. They are charged with “Conspiracy to riot in the second degree in the furtherance of terrorism” in an attempt by the authorities to criminalize dissent and make open organizing against the status quo illegal. Indeed, the entire concept behind conspiracy charges is that the accused need not have actually taken any illegal actions, it is thoughts and relationships alone that could send these individuals to prison for years. Come support the RNC8! Flyer at: mynetblog.com/rnc8flyer.pdf

Rachel Carson Forum, Free Environmental Activism and Conservation Event

Contact: Melanie Kincaid, Student Coordinator Graduate Association for Environmental Action Student Organization The Evergreen State College Cell: 440-623-4114; Other: 360-918-8708 Email: kincaidm@evergreen.edu FREE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM & CONSERVATION EVENT • Evergreen Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Rachel Carson Forum • Evergreen Master of Environmental Studies Program Celebrates 25th Year • Environmental Educator & Advocate Estella Leopold speaks on “Becoming a Conservationist” Olympia, WA – The Graduate Association for Environmental Action at The Evergreen State College is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of the Rachel Carson Forum with free workshops and keynote speech dedicated to environmental conservation and activism on April 10th, 2010 from 9am – Noon at the Evergreen Longhouse. The first part of the morning, 9am – 11am, will be devoted to break-out sessions that host a range of facilitators presenting demonstrations on environmental issues. Event participants are able to choose three of the five breakout sessions that include: • “Being Frank” about the Environment, presented by Billy Frank of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission • Sparking Political Progress, presented by Fuse Washington • Ethnobotanical Garden Walk, presented by Teaching Gardens • Homemade Bike Panniers, presented by the Evergreen State College Bike Shop • DIY Composting, presented by the Evergreen Organic Farm The finale of the event will be a keynote speech entitled “Becoming a Conservationist” by long time environmental educator and advocate, Estella Leopold. Her families’ commitment to the environment starting with her father, Aldo Leopold, and onto herself and her other siblings has been a dramatic influence to environmental conservation throughout the United States.

Father Roy Bourgeoise of School of the Americas Watch is Speaking at Evergreen, Lecture Hall 1

In 1980 Father Roy, Maryknoll priest, became involved in issues surrounding US policy in El Salvador after four US churchwomen--two of them his friends--were raped and killed by Salvadoran soldiers. Roy became an outspoken critic of US foreign policy in Latin America. Since then, he has spent over four years in US federal prisons for nonviolent protests against the training of Latin American soldiers at Ft. Benning, Georgia. 

In 1990, Roy founded the School of Americas Watch, an organization that does research on the US Army School of the Americas (SOA), now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Each year the school trains hundreds of soldiers from Latin America in combat skills - all paid for by U.S. taxpayers. 

The School of the Americas Watch, located just outside the main entrance of Fort Benning and in Washington, DC, informs the general public, Congress and the media about the implications of this training on the people of Latin America. For the last 10 years there has been a peaceful protest with over 24,000 in attendance.

Jesse Freeston and the Real News Network

Jesse Freeston is a video-journalist with The Real News Network. He is originally from Ontario, Canada, but has spent most of the last two years reporting from El Salvador, Honduras, and the United States. His work has covered a variety of topics including: the military-industrial complex, economics & labor issues, Central American social movements, and resource rights.

This talk is about his amazing video journalism covering the coup in Honduras, specifically the elections where he uncovered overwhelming evidence of fraud while the majority of newspapers in the US were repeating the official story.

This is the beginning of the NW Latin American Solidarity Conference with only one earlier event. We've added the 2010 film, "Communa Under Construction," about the grassroots development of a profoundly participative society in Venezuela. This fascinating movie is playing 3-5PM, Friday, April 9th, in Seminar 2 E1107.

To register, volunteer or see what all the different workshops, speakers and hoopla is about, check out:

Invite your friends!

Accessing Public Records: How to Get Mad Paper from the Government Brown Bag March 17th

Accessing Public Records: How to Get Mad Paper from the Government

Are you interested in obtaining records from the city, the police,
   the county, state agencies, or even the school?

Do you want to know how you (or any other person) can request records
     from these agencies at minimal cost or even for free?

This hands-on workshop is free and will give you all the knowledge you need to start making public records requests. All participants will receive digital copies of the presentation including a number of records that you may find useful in making records requests. Donations are appreciated to help cover costs but certainly not required. You should bring something to take notes on. This workshop will cover the Washington State Public Records Act and the Washington State Open Meetings Act. We will also briefly discuss obtaining records from Federal Agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. It's worth noting that now-notorious military spy John Towery was discovered through the course of a public records request. Show up and bring your lunch!
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    Wed March 17th
      SEM2 A3107
The Evergreen State College
12:00 (noon) till 1:30 pm
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Potential uses for records:

* Personal interest
* Police/public official accountability
* Journalism
* To see if the government is spying on you
* What's that huge development next to my house?
* Who is that cop who pulled me over?
* What is the city working on/talking about
* Who called the cops on our party?
* How much does employee x make?
* Where is my government spending my money?

 Things you'll be able to request after taking this workshop (just
examples) (a few exemptions apply which you'll learn about):
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