March 2011 LD22 Town Hall Meeting

Thurston County LD 22 Townhall at Garfield Elementary in Olympia, Saturday 12 March 2011
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Washington State Legislators: Representatives Sam Hunt and Chris Reykdahl, and Senator Karen Fraser, met for over two hours with constitituents from Washington State LD 22 at Garfield Elementary School on Saturday the 12th of March 2011.

Many people amongst the 150 or so in the audience rose to speak. People were given open mic, first come first served, for two minutes each.

Many concerns were raised, reflecting the widespread feeling that something is wrong.

Some of the statements ranged from encouraging the legislators to take a more assertive and vigorous stance against harmful federal policies like imperialism, and against the political/economic power of Wall Street; to protecting public interest; to protecting the right of labor unions to collective bargaining; to recommendations of a state income tax; to comments about capitol lake and estuary restoration.

Managers and Administrators of Volunteers Meeting

Join the Volunteer Center for the Managers & Administrators of Volunteers meeting this Thursday, May 13th from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity to brainstorm ideas and help each other become better leaders. There will be a representative from Dispute Resolution there to share some tips on Constructive Confrontation.

Basic Health Organizing Meeting at Coffee Strong this Sunday

From SOS:

Support/Join Sisters Organize for Survival,
a campaign of Radical Women,
in fighting to preserve and expand a health care program
that is urgently needed by Washington's working poor

Sunday, Jan. 31, 3pm, Lakewood

Tacoma-South Sound meeting on the fight to save Washington Basic Health!

SOS hosts an organizing meeting at Coffee Strong, a GI coffeehouse outside of Fort Lewis! Come to this open discussion and learn what steps have been taken to preserve Basic Health and other vital services. Bring your ideas and help plan what actions should be taken next.

Coffee Strong Café
, 15109 Union Ave. SW, Lakewood (next to Subway restaurant)

Sisters Organize for Survival (SOS) is a grassroots campaign of Radical Women

Contact SOS for more information, to get involved in community organizing, or attend legislative committee hearings! 206-722-6057 -

Washington State officials found “guilty of neglect” for cuts to Basic Health Plan

Organizers say campaign to save Washington Basic Health Plan is having an impact

Twenty-nine-year-old Helen Fowler has amassed $50,000 in medical bills for emergency hospitalization and surgery while on the waiting list for the Washington State Basic Health Plan. Now she's joined the Sisters Organize for Survival (SOS) campaign to save and expand the publicly subsidized insurance that currently serves 60,000 low-income residents.

PMR Meeting Today

Entering Peace Port Olympia Here's an announcement about the PMR meeting this afternoon. I grabbed this from the PMR list-service. Maybe see you at the meeting:

Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) is having a meeting this Sunday at 3:00PM at Mixx96 (right across from transit station downtown). We meet every Sunday at this time and if you've been looking to get involved or re-involved this would be a great time to do so.

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.

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