A story from the weekly peace vigil at Percival Landing last Friday, 26 April 2013
I went to look at the fire that had broken out in the area of West Bay Marina, and struck up a conversation with an Army Ranger veteran who had toured Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was initially quite aggravated and offended by the sign I was carrying, but once I explained in my own words what I thought the sign meant, he was in complete agreement. He was in complete agreement that the wars were wrong and the foreign policy has been misguided. And that much of the wealth of America has been founded on violence, African and Asian slavery and extermination of Native People, decimations of Native Culture, and industrial activities that have come at the expense of environmental quality, sustainability, and public health. etc.
He said he heard that people in high levels of military and government are asking questions about imperialism and policies of dominance, and mentioned a JBLM Army Officer he knew.
The sign I was carrying read: "Militarism is choking our democracy."
Rachel Corrie Foundation presents 2012 Peace Works
Shuruq: Olympia's First Arab Festival, October 6, 2012
I heard this on 91.7FM today. It is about war and peace, healing and reconciliation, and the potential for transformation of enemies into friendship.
From Peace Talks Radio: Healing Journey's to Vietnam.
My letter to the editor of The Olympian was published yesterday. 250 words makes it difficult to add important details, like the effects of depleted uranium munitions. Or the fact that a very sizable proportion of homeless and indigent pupulations in this country are military veterans. You get the idea. Here's the letter, www.theolympian.com/2011/06/19/1692136/full-employment-is-possible.html:
The military provides opportunity for many people: travel, education, other experiences. In many ways, the military works pretty well as a low-barrier jobs program.
Jobs programs are good for many reasons. One is because people deserve to have jobs; in fact, people need jobs. And if all people had job security and economic stability, then life might be better for everyone.
For example, there would be less violence. One problem with the military as a jobs program is that much of the military efforts of the U.S.A. are violent and suited to serve policies of economic supremacy, to serve aggression. And in the military there is racism, and other oppression. For more information, please see www.coffeestrong.org/.
If only there was to be a jobs program capable of providing meaningful and dignified work for all seekers. If only there was a jobs program as inclusive and extensive that did not operate on a premise of nationalistic dominance. If only there was a jobs program that was not oppressive and not racist, and did not have an essential basis in the killing of human beings.
Such a program is possible, it must be. Cutting the military budget and re-directing military spending to suit peaceful purposes need not result in unemployment for current military personnel.
Pericval Landing peace vigil, Friday 17 June 2011, Olympia!
More information about Richard's travel to Gaza: lopeztogaza.wordpress.com/
Hey everyone! Come on out today to the Peace Vigil at 4th Ave. and Water St. to hold a sign for PEACE. It starts today at 4:30PM and goes to 6PM. This is my last request for you to stand with me for world peace before I leave for Gaza this Sunday AM. I might even play some cowbell today with the A.R.A. band. Please come and hold a PEACE sign for the world. See you there.
Speak truth to power!
Dear White House,
A foreign policy of aggression does not honor our military service personnel. We must bring troops home. We must end this international belligerence! Stop bullying!
[memorial day peace vigil video]
A couple photos and a video from the event. The Olympian also has a story, I'll put a link down below.
Sunday 22 May 2011—Members of the Olympia local and Western Washington chapters of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Veterans for Peace Rachel Corrie Chapter local 109, and many other community members built a wall out of cardboard boxes to represent the Military-Industrial Complex, and called to Turn the Budget Around—to re-direct military spending toward mutually uplifting peaceful alternatives, like schools, health care, environmental protection, and full employment.
The Wall of the Military Industrial Complex, dividing people from each other.
Artesian Rumble Arkestra adds to the festive atmosphere
The newly revived and under new (no)management Free Skool Olympia has come out with its February calendar of classes!
Free Skool Olympia is an autonomous, all ages, egalitarian, volunteer-run collective which works to offer a wide range of workshops, classes, trainings, and skill shares freely to the community. The Free Skool offers a direct challenge to educational, economic, and social systems that oppress and divide our communities by providing vibrant alternatives to those systems and safe places for them to thrive so that we may begin to imagine and build a truly free world.
This month features classes on:
As well as a Black History Reading Group, White Privilege Reading Group, film showings, a Stitch 'N' Knit circle, and a Theatre of the Oppressed troupe!
All classes are absolutely free. The whole month's calendar, which includes descriptions, times, and locations is attached to this post!
Child care will be provided at classes on request. If you have child care or accessibility needs, contact the facilitator of the class you'd like to attend.
To find out more about the Free Skool, you can come to our general meetings every Sunday, 2:00pm at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) or find us on Facebook. To contact us, e-mail olyfreeskool (at) riseup (dot) net