traditions cafe

Gaza Update Informational Meeting

What: Informational Meeting to learn about the current situation in Gaza: conflict, hostility, violence — what's happening and why.

Analysis, discussion, and ideas for action... Jen Marlowe, filmmaker and activist, talks about the facts on the ground, Steve Niva, Evergreen State College Professor, gives context and analysis, and others as well.

When: Sunday, January 4, 2009 from 4PM until 6PM

Where: Traditions Café and World Folk Art

Why: Hostility and recent outbreak of full-blown violence between Palestine and Israel. Israel is waging a large-scale bombing campaign against the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

How: Show up—attend the meeting. Bring your thinking cap, listen and share ideas for confronting the problem, learn what you can do to make a difference.

Who: You and your friends and neighbors, this event is public and open, it's free, and all are welcome.

Sponsored and organized by The Olympia Rafah Sister City Project, and The Rachel Corrie Foundation.

Better Neighbors: A New Way Forward for North America

Alliance for Democracy hosts
the Global Exchange Speaking Tour

"Better Neighbors: A New Way Forward for North America
A Critical Look at the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP)"

April 2, 2008
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Traditions Cafe and World Art

Please join us to hear Global Exchange experts on NAFTA discuss its failure, as it approaches fifteen years, and its evolution behind closed doors as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP).

The Global Exchange team takes a critical look at the SPP (aka Super-NAFTA or NAFTA-Plus). The team provides an incisive overview of the economic and security policy being negotiated behind closed doors between elite corporations and the executive officials of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The team also details the links between bad trade and economic polices and the accelerated Mexican migration to the the U.S.

Tom Rawson’s Folk Music Concert

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An Olympia FOR Benefit

Tom Rawson – a banjo-playing, crowd-delighting folksinger – performs songs of peace, social justice and just plain fun on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Traditions Café at the corner of 5th and Water SW in downtown Olympia. (Note change of location from previous years.)

Rawson has charmed and invigorated audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest with his infectious wit, energy and songs that you just can’t resist singing along with.

As Steve Durfee wrote in the Victory Review, “Tom Rawson-Pete Seeger. These two run together in my mind. We gladly follow his lead and sing with the chorus from the very first song… First timer or old fan, old song or new, it always seems we are singing our favorites with an old friend.”

Admission to Rawson’s performance, a benefit for the Olympia chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), is based on a self-determined sliding scale donation of $10-$25.

Olympia FOR encourages buying tickets in advance either from Traditions Fair Trade, 5th & Water SW, Olympia, or from the Olympia FOR. To buy tickets by mail, please send checks payable to Olympia FOR to 5015 15th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503-2723.

The Olympia FOR ( has been active since 1976. It is the local chapter of a 92-year-old nationwide ( and international ( pacifist organization that has opposed every war since World War I. While working for peace in foreign relations, the FOR has simultaneously worked for nonviolence and social justice throughout society.

For more information contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 or

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