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Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation

April/May 2008 Issue #215

OLYMPIA FOR’S ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION


MONDAY MAY 19 FROM 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Each year the Olympia FOR‘s Annual Meeting is a celebration as well as a meeting. This year we‘ll enjoy
ourselves again, and YOU are invited! We‘ll gather on Monday May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tradi-
tions Café, 5th & Water downtown. You might want to arrive early and order food long before the kitchen
closes at 6:00, and enjoy social time before the meeting. We promise to end on time by 8:30 p.m.!
We‘ll celebrate a year of rich and varied accomplishments since last May and elect several members to our
Steering Committee.
We‘ll also devote some time to small group discussions of creative ways to make progress. The small (3-5-person) groups will
allow for maximum participation. How can we challenge the status quo? What is the potential for small clusters of people to
bond into affinity groups and set their own paths toward promoting peace and social justice?
The Olympia FOR‘s Guidelines provide for a maximum of 16 persons on the Steering Committee. We have enough nomi-
nees to fill all positions. Thanks to Steering Committee incumbents Cheryl Crist, Chris Carson, Jody Tiller, Dan Ryan, and
Monica Hoover, who are willing to run for new two-year terms (through May 31, 2010), and Kim Dobson who also accepted
a nomination for a two year term. Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor. Thanks also to Audrey Daye,
Dennis Mills, Kristen Dahle, Glen Anderson, Jamie Martin, Jerry Smith, Paula Allison, Paulette Frisina, Vale Core, and Rob
Whitlock, who have served their first year of their two-year terms.
Dan Ryan has one more year left as Co-Chair, and the Nominating Committee has invited Jody Tiller to serve another two-
year term in the other Co-Chair position. Monica Hoover accepted the Nominating Committee‘s invitation for another two-
year term as Secretary. Vale Core has completed one year of her two-year term as Treasurer.
For information about our Annual Meeting contact Glen Anderson at 491-9093 or glen@olywa.net.

“LIVING AND WORKING COOPERATIVELY” WESTERN WASH. F.O.R.


SPRING ASSEMBLY - SAT. APRIL 26 IN WEST SEATTLE
Each year the Western Washington FOR‘s Spring Assembly
brings together grassroots folks from throughout Western
Washington to explore issues, share information, network
with other peace & justice folks, stimulate local organizing,
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2 IMPEACHMENT: WHAT IS HAPPENING?
and lift our spirits. The 2008 Spring Assembly offers new
ways to stimulate grassroots participation and to ex- 3 APRIL: CREATIVE NONVIOLENCE & IRAQ’S HUMAN FACE
TCTV MAY: IMMIGRATION: BRIDGES NOT WALLS
plore practical aspects of cooperation.
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Besides offering three workshops in the morning and three 5-7 BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE PEACE MOVEMENT
in the afternoon, we invite you to propose your own ―issue 8 “BIG PICTURE” TCTV DOCUMENTARY SERIES
group‖ in either the morning or afternoon. If you‘re eager
8 MOTHERS DAY TRIBUTE
to discuss a hot issue with other folks (universal health care,
9 IMMIGRATION AND BORDER DIALOGUES CONFERENCE
Iran, drug laws, or whatever), you can write the topic on a
10-16 LOCAL CALENDAR
sign-up list and post it on the easels where the morning and
afternoon workshops are posted. (cont. pg. 7)
17-19 OUT-OF-TOWN CALENDAR

Our Mission Statement: The Olympia Chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation seeks to replace violence, war, racism, in-
tolerance, and economic and social injustice with nonviolence, peace and justice. We are an organization of many faiths com-
mitted to active nonviolence as a transformative way of life and as a means of profound social change. We model these princi-
ples by personal example. We collaborate and dialogue with the larger community to educate
and to engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions.

Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation 5015 15th Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503 (360) 491-9093 www.olyfor.org
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IMPEACHING BUSH & CHENEY: WHAT’S HAPPENING?
The local Citizens Movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney (CMIB/C) continues to meet at 7:00 p.m. on
alternating Monday evenings in downtown Olympia. For more information contact 491-9093 or
glen@olywa.net. The December 28th Impeachment Party succeeded in generating new volunteers
and new energy. Here are some recent updates:
 The website www.CitizensImpeach.org has a new webmaster and new information posted.
 CMIB/C wrote and distributed resolutions for people of either party to introduce at their precinct caucuses on Satur-
day February 9, and a great many were introduced.
 Many good letters supporting impeachment have been published in the Olympian.
 The two pieces of state legislation – HJM 4027 and SJM 8016 – both failed. State Representative Sam Hunt (D-22nd
Leg. Dist.) refused to hold hearings in the committee he chaired, so HJM 4027 died on Feb. 8. SJM 8016 was passed
by its senate committee but died in the Senate Rules Committee, which refused to move it to the floor for a vote.
Impeachment supporters worked hard, but the power structure frustrated the will of the people who support im-
peachment.
 On Feb. 25 the Thurston County Democratic Party Central Committee passed a resolution calling for the impeach-
ment of Bush and Cheney. Thurston County‘s Central Committee joins several other local party entities in the Puget
Sound area that have passed such resolutions.
 Several times a week during February and March volunteers have gathered at busy intersections to hold signs for im-
peachment. Responses from people driving past have been very positive. For upcoming dates, times and places con-
tact Janet Jordan at 352-0779 jordanjanet@hotmail.com
 In late January Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) was preparing to submit articles to impeach Bush, as he has
done regarding Cheney (H.Res.799). Kucinich stopped short because Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), who chairs
the House Judiciary Committee, gave Kucinich the impression that Conyers was getting ready to act. Nothing formal
has come from the House Judiciary Committee since, but committee member Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL)
has continued to push for impeachment. The Democratic House leadership continues to frustrate impeachment sup-
porters. A great way to track any progress is through www.AfterDowningStreet.org
 CMIB/C has a big inventory of printed handouts, postcards, DVDs, bumper stickers, 11‖x7‖ signs suitable for win-
dows of your car or house or office, etc., and seeks opportunities for distributing them. CMIB/C is also looking for
opportunities to set up information tables, provide speakers to audiences, and perform other outreach. Contact 491-
9093 or glen@olywa.net.
 What‘s the potential for using Law Day (May 1) as an opportunity to call for impeachment because of Bush‘s and
Cheney‘s massive and repeated violations of the rule of law?
 On Sat. March 22 volunteers distributed postcards addressed to Congressman Brian Baird (3 rd Cong.Dist.) during the
morning peace event on W. 4th Ave, and postcards addressed to Congressman Adam Smith (9 th Cong.Dist.) during
that afternoon‘s peace events near Lakewood and Fort Lewis.
CMIB/C meetings have included thoughtful discussions of overall strategies too. For example, they have tried to figure out
how to use the concept of ―tipping point‖ to build a movement that tips over into a society-wide consciousness that im-
peachment is necessary.
CMIB/C also recognizes that the problem is not just the Bush/Cheney regime. Nixon committed many crimes, and almost
all of his people got away with them, and many more simply did not get caught. Reagan committed even more crimes – and
more serious crimes – than Nixon did, and Reagan and his people got away with their crimes! Crimes have escalated further
under Bush and Cheney. We need to stop this dangerous trend! Impeachment is a way to hold Bush and Cheney accountable
so the next people don‘t simply pick up where they left off. Impeachment is an institutional firewall! Impeachment is not
a partisan matter. It‘s all about protecting the Constitution and democracy.

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For 21 years the Olympia FOR has produced one-hour TV programs on issues related to peace, social jus-
tice, economics, the environment, and nonviolence. The Olympia FOR‘s program airs on Thurston Com-
munity Television (TCTV), channel 22 for Thurston County‘s cable TV subscribers. Each program airs
EVERY Monday at 1:30 p.m. and EVERY Thursday at 9:00 p.m. for a full month. This creates many
opportunities to watch each program.
APRIL: “CREATIVE NONVIOLENCE MAY: “IMMIGRATION:
AND IRAQ’S HUMAN FACE” BRIDGES NOT WALLS”

The realities in Iraq go far beyond what we hear in the Immigrants – especially
news. The Olympia FOR‘s April TCTV program helps us: those without documenta-
 See Iraq‘s human face – real people and real experi- tion – are being exploited by
ences; opportunistic politicians
who pander to racist and
 Confront the realities and atrocities of what the U.S. xenophobic elements within
has been doing to Iraq – not just since March 2003, but our society. Rarely do we
since January 1991 and even before; and hear the personal stories,
 Understand nonviolence and nonviolent action more experiences and perspectives of the immigrants them-
deeply and more profoundly in the context of Iraq. selves.
Our guests are uniquely qualified to discuss Iraq and non- The Olympia FOR‘s TCTV program for May seeks to
violence. They share solid information, fascinating stories, shift the anti-immigrant public debate, to build solidarity
and their wise and compassionate insights: with immigrant communities, to challenge current immi-
Bert Sacks has been a guest on our TV program several gration policies, and to support human rights in light of
times. Bert has gone to Iraq a number of times to work increasingly inhumane raids by the federal agency Immi-
for peace and human well-being. After the U.S. govern- gration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which replaced
ment fined him for bringing humanitarian supplies to the old INS. Let us recognize that immigrant rights are
Iraq in violation of economic sanctions, he turned around human rights.
and sued the U.S. government about the illegal war. He We‘ll highlight a new local organization, Bridges Not
brings a vast knowledge of Iraq and a compassionate per- Walls, through which a growing number of compassion-
spective that we sorely need. (BertOnIraq.blogspot.com) ate advocates of social justice are organizing and provid-
Kathy Kelly has extensive first-hand experience performing ing solidarity.
peaceful and humanitarian work in Iraq and the Middle For more opportunities to learn about immigration and
East, for which she is respected around the world. Kathy immigrants, see this newsletter‘s Local Calendar events
co-founded Voices for Creative Nonviolence for April 8, May 1, and May 15-18, and our Out-of-Town
(www.vcnv.org). Recently she has been coordinating the Calendar events for April 10-11, April 12, and May 10.
Season of Discontent: a Presidential Occupation Project More information is at (360) 280-6480 and (360) 539-
(SoDaPOP), a civil disobedience campaign that calls 4825 and at http://oly-wa.us/bridges
upon presidential candidates to commit to withdrawing
all US troops from Iraq within 100 days of taking office.

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NEWS - RESOURCES - OPPORTUNITIES
Olympia FOR
Impeach Bush and Cheney: Hold impeachment signs at street corners: Passing motorists show tremendous support! Dates, loca-
tions, and times may vary, so contact Janet Jordan 352-0779 jordanjanet@hotmail.com Sponsor: Citizens Movement to Impeach
Bush/Cheney, www.citizensimpeach.org
Voter-Owned Elections: On March 17 Governor Gregoire signed the Local Option bill recently passed by the Legislature. This
law restores the opportunity for a city, town or county to offer public financing for campaigns for local office if its voters choose
to create such a program. Rich special interests have been exercising too much power over elections. Under a program of Voter-
Owned Elections, public financing levels the financial playing field. A candidate who demonstrates support from a minimum num-
ber of voters in their district can qualify for public funds to run a primary campaign. In exchange, they agree to campaign spending
ceilings, running their campaign only on the public funds provided, and accepting no private funds. This system works well to elect
state legislators in Maine and Arizona, supreme court judges in North Carolina, and city council members in Portland, Oregon.
Voters and candidates alike find these ―Clean Election‖ or ―Voter-Owned Election‖ programs to be very workable and satisfying.
More states and localities are considering them. They are affordable to the public, and they stop the spiraling costs of campaigns.
They are nonpartisan in design and result. They favor neither incumbents nor challengers. Instead, public financing means election
outcomes are determined by issues and voters, not by who can raise the most money. More information in our state is available at
Washington Public Campaigns, www.washclean.org.
Legislative victories for four environmental priorities: The Olympia FOR‘s December-January issue (page 5) highlighted
―Priorities for a Healthy Washington,‖ four pieces of legislation that many environmental and other progressive groups were sup-
porting. All of them passed! Climate Action & Green Jobs (HB2815) sets responsible limits on climate pollution, sets a path for
creating a ―green jobs‖ economy, and reduces miles traveled – which is a key step given the fact that half of our global warming
pollution comes from cars and trucks. Local Solutions to Global Warming (SB6580) will help local governments make land use
and zoning decisions that reduce driving and meet the growing demand for green, walkable communities. Evergreen Cities
(HB2844) helps retain and replant trees in urban areas to reduce storm water flooding and pollution. The trees also will absorb
CO2 and protect our quality of life. Local Farms - Healthy Kids (SB6483) will make Washington a national leader in the local
food movement by getting more Washington grown produce into our schools and food banks, thus improving children‘s health
and creating new and thriving markets for our farmers. These four successes show the power of involving many nonprofit organi-
zations in setting priorities and the power of focusing efforts on the top priorities.
Tues April 15: Income Tax Day: Do you want your money spent for war? All across the nation people use April 15 as an oppor-
tunity to inform the public about how much of our tax money goes to war – and what the government should be doing instead.
Will there be a Tax Day event in Olympia? Yes, if you would organize it. What could you and your friends do? Information and
resources are at www.nwtrcc.org and www.wartaxboycott.org/tools.html and www.warresisters.org/flyers The National
War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee can be phoned toll-free at (800) 269-7464
Iraq Moratorium – Ideas and tools: On the third Friday of each month people across the nation are encouraged to organize local
participation in a nationwide Iraq Moratorium. People can find ways to stop business as usual and devote special time and attention
to stopping the occupation of Iraq. The website www.IraqMoratorium.org offers a pledge signup sheet, postcards related to the
4,000th US troop death, a sample news release, and other resources. Don‘t expect people in big cities to carry the load for us, be-
cause grassroots people live everywhere, and each of us is powerful. Info: (512) 772-4557
Cuba: Now what? Now that Fidel Castro has announced his retirement, it‘s time for the
United States to retire its Cold War-era Cuba Policy! A variety of peace and solidarity organiza-
tions urge people to contact our U.S. House and Senate members and urge them to replace
our policies of sanctions and isolating Cuba with a new approach. We need to join the rest of
the world and engage with Cuba. We want our rights to travel to Cuba restored. We look for-
ward to the day when we can have normal relations with the government of Cuba and the Cuban people.
Volunteers are needed for TCTV crews – and TCTV provides the training: The Olympia FOR relies on volunteer labor to pro-
duce our TCTV programs. Sometimes we are short on crew members. Can you help? TCTV provides training, and you can receive
this through the Olympia FOR‘s organizational membership. If you go through the training please notify the Olympia FOR (491-
9093 info@olyfor.org) when you are certified for camera, audio, editing, or other functions. Many programs need volunteers to
direct from the control room. Info: 956-3100 www.tctv.net If you‘d like to learn to direct TCTV programs (not necessarily the
Olympia FOR‘s, but any program), Carol Burns offers to mentor you to help you develop the skills at directing. Carol is at 866-
7645 carolburns98@comcast.net

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BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE PEACE MOVEMENT


This is the third of a series of articles exploring various ways the peace movement can strengthen itself and become more
effective. These articles recognize that: (1) The way to win peace and social justice is through grassroots organizing to build
an ever-larger movement of the general public; (2) To win public opinion, nonviolence is both necessary and powerful; (3)
We need to strategize carefully to build this movement through a variety of smart campaigns and activities; and (4) Details
that might seem small can mean the difference between success and failure. Each issue of the Olympia FOR newsletter in-
cludes an article related to one of these topics, although not necessarily in this 1-2-3-4 order. Previous articles will soon be
posted on our website, www.olyfor.org

EFFECTIVE NONVIOLENT ACTION REQUIRES EMPOWERING


OURSELVES AND REJECTING FEAR AND DESPAIR BY GLEN ANDERSON

In every aspect of our society – foreign policy, domestic harness that prevented it from jumping over the low divid-
policy, economics, environment, human rights, global cli- ing wall. After doing this for a while Dr. Seligman removed
mate disruption, peak oil, electoral processes – even democ- the harness and shocked the dog again, but now the dog
racy itself – our society is in a severe crisis. We‘d be in even would not jump to other side. The dog just cowered in the
worse crisis if the peace & justice & nonviolence move- corner. The dog had learned to become helpless.
ments had not been working hard over the decades to pre- This can happen to us. Terrible things happen in the
vent and solve the problems that confront us now. world (wars, injustices, environmental catastrophes,
massive layoffs, etc.), but the governments and other
PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOW THAT MOST powerful entities allow them to continue. When people
AMERICANS THINK OUR COUNTRY IS try to solve the problems, the governments and other pow-
HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION: erful entities stifle our attempts to solve them. Repeated
shocks to us with no way to escape the problems train
 People want peace but are frustrated that Bush and us to become helpless – to cower in the corner – to be-
Congress just keep giving us more war. come cynical about democracy – to stop trying – to become
 People worry about a variety of environmental and cli- clinically depressed – to become passive consumers and TV
mate problems. viewers. These fatalistic responses make it easier for oppres-
 People fear that we‘re headed for an economic collapse. sors to grab more power and oppress us further.
 People know that big corporations and an arrogant fed- People have discovered that Bush, Cheney, Karl Rove, and
eral government are undermining democracy. others have deliberately tried to make people feel afraid and
powerless. Public feelings of powerlessness have allowed
The list is endless. What serious crises would you add? manipulative politicians to do whatever they want because
the public felt too powerless to stop them.
How much of the general public carries these fears below
the level of conscious awareness? How much of the public At the end of the experiment, Martin Seligman had to actu-
is in denial about how serious these problems are? How ally train the dog how to escape the shocks. Likewise, we
many people feel powerless to solve these problems? need train the public – and our fellow political activists -
that we do have power to counteract the political repres-
An old saying asserts that “power corrupts,” but we
sion. We need to help the public discover and under-
must also recognize that powerlessness is even more
stand how to empower ourselves and how to devise
corrosive, because people who feel powerless lose the abil-
smart, nonviolent strategies so we can turn things
ity to act – and lose the ability to solve the problems con-
around.
fronting them.
This might be a long and difficult struggle - perhaps requir-
LEARNED HELPLESSNESS ing great sacrifices. Many people who want peace and other
Psychologist Martin Seligman was experimenting with con- progressive political goals have become discouraged and
ditioning dogs and got unexpected results. He placed a dog have stopped believing that success is possible. As a result,
in a box with side-by-side compartments divided by a low some parts of the peace and progressive movements now
wall. When he ran an electric shock through the floor on exude pessimism and cynicism. Who would want to join a
one side, the dog jumped to other side. Then he ran the movement so glum, depressed and pessimistic? No wonder
electricity again, but this time with the dog restrained by a the peace and progressive movements are not growing as

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rapidly as we should. Some activists are shooting ourselves A lot of people feel powerless already, even if they don‘t use
in the feet with pessimism and cynicism - or with antagonis- that term, and even if they don‘t consciously recognize their
tic tactics that ―turn off‖ the very public we need to reach. feelings of powerlessness. We can help them understand
why - and point to the actual political and economic reasons
REJECT FEAR AND DESPAIR for their feelings of powerlessness But we must be sensitive
Fear is closer to the bottom of animal instincts rather than a to their feelings, or else we‘ll push them away.
higher-level cognitive or spiritual quality. Fear demands sim- Do we really think we can turn things around, or do we just
plistic responses to complex situations. go through the motions with a defeatist attitude in the backs
Make a conscious choice to reject living of our minds? Sometimes the peace movement seems to
in fear. All of the forces that seek to domi- exude pessimism – as if we really don‘t believe we can suc-
nate us try to provoke and manipulate fear - ceed. Some elements of the movement lash out at the gen-
fear of communism, fear of terrorists, fear of eral public with anger and contempt. When we speak dis-
foreigners, fear of criminals, fear of poverty, paragingly of the middle class and the mainstream public,
fear of losing our jobs, fear of racial minori- we push away the very people we need to recruit as allies in
ties, fear of young people, fear of unconven- the movement. Who would want to join a movement
tional ideas, fear of being different, fear of that is angry, glum, pessimistic and depressed?
being out of style, and fear of our own inner wisdom. We can‘t afford such negativity! We have a choice! Our fu-
They want us to be afraid so we will be easy to ma- ture is teetering and could tip either way. The choice is up
nipulate - to support a huge military, to give up our civil to us.
liberties, to help the powerful suppress the powerless, to let During the 1980s the risk of nuclear war was very high. Of-
industries destroy our environment, to be obedient employ- ten someone would ask me whether we thought we‘d de-
ees, to be mindless consumers, to stop asking the serious stroy the planet or whether we‘d figure out a way to survive.
questions, to stop making waves. And on and on. I always responded by asking the questioner, ―What do you
People who are afraid are more likely to do what the au- think?‖ My question for the questioner would produce a
thorities tell them to do. Rejecting fear is a revolutionary self-fulfilling prophecy. If that person said we were
act. Rejecting fear is a big step toward liberation. doomed, then we would be doomed, because a hopeless
person does not take smart and effective action. But if that
When we were little kids, most of us were taught, ―Don‘t person said we‘d stop the nuclear arms, then I knew we
talk to strangers.‖ This is what causes people to be afraid of would be able to survive, because a person committed to
homeless people downtown. One of the Olympia FOR‘s solving a problem creates hope and opportunities. This is
peace vigil signs boldly urges, ―Talk with strangers.‖ An- our situation now regarding our foreign policy, the global
other sign says, ―Make friends across races, religions, na- climate crisis, Bush‘s steps toward dictatorship, and the
tionalities ...‖ other big problems facing us. You decide! Whatever you
If more Americans had Arab friends, Muslim friends, Iraqi decide will become the next reality. The good changes in
friends, and Palestinian friends, we would not have the for- society and politics come only from the bottom up!
eign policy we do now. During the 1980s people-to-people Consider these two systems. One occurs commonly. The
exchanges between Americans and Russians helped to end other is an effective alternative:
the Cold War without animosity toward the Russian people.
If during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, more Ameri- System #1: Violence causes fear, which causes the fearful
cans had close friendships with people in Vietnam, we person to retaliate violently. Current examples include Israel
would not have killed two million Vietnamese people and & Palestine, the US & ―Islamic terrorists,‖ and Olympia‘s
destroyed their environment during that war. discomfort with homeless people leading to more repres-
sion of poor people and a wider gap between ―us‖ and
To help the two journalists investigate Watergate, Deep ―them.‖ This cycle of violence becomes a self-fulfilling
Throat advised them to ―Follow the money.‖ In our case, prophecy, and the problem gets worse.
the peace and progressive movements should ―Follow the
fear.‖ Who is promoting fear? What fears are they promot- System #2: Violence and fear are recognized as revealing
ing? How could we put those fears in perspective and coun- gaps that exist between groups of people. We sense that the
teract them? What positive messages could we substitute? remedy for healing these gaps would be to generate more

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compassion and understanding in order to bridge the gaps. This cycle too would become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and
the problem gets solved.
How can we start to connect with people? We typically start by throwing a lot of facts at people. But many people are not
yet ready to hear and absorb facts. Perhaps we‘d find people more able to deal with the hard realities if we were to begin by
asking them what they feel about the world situation. We might acknowledge our own worry about some issues and ask
whether they worry about them too. After they feel OK about acknowledging their fears, frustrations, despair, or other feel-
ings, perhaps they'd be better able to hear and absorb facts - and join us in working to solve the problem.
CONCLUSION
Our community, nation and world do face serious problems. Everybody knows that.
Nonviolence does not sugarcoat the problems that exist. The theory and practice of nonviolence do give us some ground-
ing, some confidence, and some methods for dealing with the problems effectively. First steps must include understanding
the problems and rejecting the feelings of fear, powerlessness and despair that paralyze our society.
So rather than begin by assuming that people are apathetic and just don‘t care, let‘s assume that people are feeling pain for
the world‘s problems. Our job is to help people become aware of their feelings, to graciously allow them to express their
feelings, and to help them empower themselves to act constructively - even in small ways - toward solving the problems.
Throughout this process we need to treat the other person with compassion rather than in a self-righteous or elitist way.
Each of us learns from the other.
Nonviolent action has a tremendous track record of success, as the next installment of this series will show.

WESTERN WASHINGTON F.O.R. SPRING ASSEMBLY- CONT FROM PAGE 1.


People will be able to choose your ―issue group‖ topic or one of the workshops we have already planned.
The 2008 Spring Assembly will offer many more tables where you can bring informational handouts, petitions, and other
display materials. Please bring information to share! It‘s a great way to organize and network around issues you care about!
Instead of oral announcements of upcoming events, please bring information to can post on our new ―Announcement
Wall.‖ You can post information directly or write the basic facts on paper we‘ll provide.
Does your FOR chapter have a banner, literature items, or news clippings of your activities? Bring them and let other people
see and celebrate!
We‘ll hold our 10th Annual Spring Assembly on Saturday April 26 at the Fauntleroy UCC Church at 9260 California SW in
West Seattle (almost to the Fauntleroy ferry dock).
We’ll start gathering at 9:00 a.m. so you’ll have time to post any information, browse the information tables, enjoy
refreshments, and propose an “issue group” before 9:45. The assembly will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp.
We keep costs low and ask registrants to pay $15 or a sliding scale above or below. We invite people who can afford to give
more to offset the donations of people who can afford less. (The WWFOR can break even by averaging $15 a person.) This
includes lunch. What a bargain!
Please fill out and mail the enclosed pre-registration form now. Pre-registering by April 18 will
help us plan, but please come even if you don‘t pre-register. Please mark your calendars now for
Saturday April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It‘s fun to carpool to this kind of event! Carpooling gives people opportunities to connect with peo-
ple before and after the event, in addition to saving gas. Carpools to the WWFOR Spring Assembly
are organized through the WWFOR office at 206-789-5565 wwfor@wwfor.org and the Olympia
FOR at (360) 491-9093 info@olyfor.org

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OLYMPIA FOR’S “BIG PICTURE” DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON TCTV


In addition to the Olympia FOR‘s TV series of locally produced interview programs (see page 3), we also air thought-provoking docu-
mentaries that you‘re not likely to see elsewhere on TV. Under the series title ―The Big Picture,‖ Carol Burns finds suitable documenta-
ries and arranges to show them on Thurston Community Television (TCTV channel 22) for cable subscribers in Thurston County.
Thanks to Carol for continuing to inform the people! You can watch these programs at 10 p.m. every Sunday evening and 3:30 a.m.
every Wednesday and Friday morning for a full month. Info: Carol 866-7645 carolburns98@comcast.net

APRIL: “KNOW OUR PEOPLE - MAY: THE SOLDIER’S TALE,


CONOCER A NUESTRO PUEBLO” A FILM BY PENNY ALLEN
The 9th Community Delegation This film documents an en-
from Santo Tomas, Nicaragua, to counter between an anti-war
Olympia will be in town from April American woman and a trau-
23 to May 13. The Thurston Santo matized American soldier on
Tomas Sister County Association leave from Iraq. Horrified at
(TSTSCA) has been remarkably what he has seen and done in
strong and successful since its roots in 1986. ―Know Our Iraq, the soldier talks non-stop
People‖ tells the history of this people-to-people connec- and later sends the woman
tion. The documentary was made by Carol Burns and photos and videos made by himself and his fellow combat
TSTSCA in 2003. (One hour, in English and Spanish with soldiers. (52 Minutes)
English subtitles)

FOR ALL OF OUR MOTHERS: A DAY TO PROCLAIM PEACE

Mothers’ Day began as a day when women called for


peace. Here is an excerpt from Julia Ward Howe’s
‘Mother’s Day Proclamation’ on the first Mothers’ Day:

Arise, then, women of this day!


Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions answered by
irrelevant agencies.
Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage,
for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn
all that we have been able to teach them
of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country,


will be too tender of those of another country
to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
Whose Mommy this is?
From the bosom of the devastated earth
Layout Editor Robert’s
a voice goes up with our own.
It says “Disarm, Disarm!”

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IMMIGRATION AND BORDER DIALOGUES CONFERENCE


THURSDAY-SUNDAY MAY 15-18 IN OLYMPIA!
Please mark your calendars now for Thursday May 15 through Sunday May 18 for the Immigration and Border Dialogues Conference,
which will be held at the Evergreen State College in Olympia. The conference will bring together speakers from human rights organiza-
tions working both in our region and along the US/Mexico border. Presenters and performers join to offer panel discussions, workshops,
theater, art and seminars.
Through this conference, we will examine barriers, real or perceived, that divide our communities. Topics will include political and socio-
economic status, culture and ethnic heritage, and current immigration policy. Together we will examine current realities faced by undocu-
mented migrant workers and refugees. We will discuss inclusive immigration approaches, and encourage the emergence of a more just
and humane future.
The conference allows time for participants to build specific strategies to reclaim our common humanity. Using shared values, we will
build multicultural alliances across class, race, age, gender, national origin and legal status.
Panel Discussion topics include:
 Border News, Militarization of the Border, How Border Communities are Building Solidarity, and Why Immigration is a Human
Rights Issue
 Detention Center Response, The Experiences of Detainees, Dehumanization of Detainees and Immigrants
 Framework of the politics of faith-based groups working in the new Sanctuary movement in the NW and SW, migration policy, sus-
tainability, bi-national relationships between Mexico and the USA, border crossers from Central America, Death in the Arizona De-
sert, Border Art.
Workshops include:
 Arab-Muslim Detentions and Community Activism, Potential for Arab-Latino Alliances
 Collaborative Workshop with Rosalinda Guillen and Maria Cuevas - Women Organizing and Moving Towards Leadership Develop-
ment (this workshop will be presented in Spanish)
Performances Include:
 The Mamalogues—Local performance about migration and matrilineal legacies
 Pablo Peregrina—Singer/Songwriter from the Tucson/Nogales border
 Rodrigo Duarte Clark—Chicano playwright: La Victima

Participants from the Southwest include Jennifer Allen, Executive Director, Border Action Network. www.borderaction.org. The
Border Action Network (BAN) works with immigrant and border communities in southern Arizona to ensure that rights are respected,
with human dignity upheld. BAN has a long-term goal of building a human rights movement nationally.
Participants from the Northwest include Rosalinda Guillen and Maria Cuevas Community to Community (C2C) –Comunidad a Comu-
nidad, Bellingham, WA. www.foodjustice.org. C2C is a women-led, place based, grassroots organization working for a just society and
healthy communities. C2C is committed to systemic change and to creating strategic alliances that strengthen local and global social jus-
tice.
A new community group, Bridges Not Walls, is organizing the Conference. We are community members from the South Sound area and
beyond, united in solidarity to build a human rights movement that supports a sustainable future for all.
Please join us in the dialogue. Invite neighbors, church members, and local politicians. These issues (human rights, environmental, eco-
nomic) affect us all. Each presence will contribute to the content and outcome of this conference, leading South Sound to action.
For information contact (360) 280-6480 or (360) 539-4825 or http://oly-wa.us/bridges/ or bridgesnotwalls@riseup.net

Brown leather glove found after Sat. Dec. 15 Holiday Peace Vigil: Contact the Olympia
FOR (360-491-9093 or info@olyfor.org) to claim it.
Women’s black sweaters and women’s black leather gloves found after Fri. Dec. 28 Im-
peachment Party: Contact the Citizens Movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney (360-491-9093
or glen@olywa.net) to claim them.

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LOCAL CALENDAR Every Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm and every
Within Thurston County Thursday at 9:30 am: Veterans for Peace airs a locally
produced program on TCTV. Info: Robert Poteat (360)
FOR-sponsored events have a  880-4226 rpoteat@hotmail.com
before them.
Every Thursday from 12 to 1
These TCTV programs use cable pm: “Parallel University” on
channel 22 in Thurston County. KAOS 89.3 FM features inter-
The events on this page occur every week . esting, informative programs
about peace, social justice, the
The Every Every Every Every Department: ▼▼▼ environment, progressive poli-
tics, and other alternative view-
Every Sunday evening at 10 pm and every Monday points. Info: parralleluniversity@yahoo.com
and Wednesday morning at 3:30 am: “Big Picture”
Videos on TCTV: The Olympia FOR airs interesting L Every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm: Olympia
documentaries on TCTV at 10 pm every Sunday during O
FOR’s TCTV Program: Olympia FOR’s TCTV Pro-
the month. APRIL: “Know Our People / Conocer a gram: APRIL: “Creative Nonviolence and Iraq’s Hu-
C man Face.” MAY:“Immigration: Bridges Not Walls.”
Nuestro Pueblo.” MAY: “The Soldier’s Tale, a Film
A See article on page 3.
by Penny Allen” See article on page 8. Info: Carol 866-
7645 carolburns98@comcast.net L
Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm: Peace Vigil at
Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 am south end of Percival Landing near W 4th Ave. We need
AND from 4:00 to 5:00 pm: “Democracy Now” with more participants! Please join us for whatever length of
Amy Goodman on TCTV time you can. We provide plenty of signs, or you may
bring your own. Sponsor: Olympia FOR. Info: 491-9093
Every Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 am: info@olyfor.org
“Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman on KAOS
89.3 FM Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm: “Women in
Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W. 4th
Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 5:30 pm: Ave. near the fountain. Women only. Please wear black.
Free Speech Radio News on KAOS 89.3 FM Some signs are provided. ―Women in Black‖ is a loose
Every Monday from 6:00 to 7:30 am: “Reclaiming De- network of women worldwide committed to peace with
mocracy,” a locally produced program on TCTV, ad- justice and actively opposed to war and violence since
dresses issues related to big business, public policy, de- 1988. Info: Karin Kraft 754-5352 kraftkf@comcast.net
mocratic values, etc. Info: www.sounddemocracy.org Every Friday from 6:00 to 6:30 pm:
or Rus Geh 705-0862 rusgeh@yahoo.com “Reclaiming Democracy,” a locally pro-
Every Monday from 1:30 duced program on TCTV, cable channel
to 2:30 pm: Olympia FOR’s 22, addresses issues related to big business,
TCTV Program: APRIL: public policy, democratic values, etc. Info:
“Creative Nonviolence and www.sounddemocracy.org or Rus Geh
L 705-0862 rusgeh@yahoo.com
Iraq’s Human Face.” MAY: O
“Immigration: Bridges Not The Every Every Every Every Department: ▲▲▲
C
Walls.” See article on page 3.
A
Every Wednesday from
L
12:00 to 1:00 pm: Peace
Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (corner of Legion &
Capitol Way). Please come for all or part of the hour to
witness in a very friendly way for peace and nonviolence.
We provide plenty of signs, or you may bring your own.
Info: 491-9093 info@olyfor.org

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Now through April 4: “The Wed April 2: “Plan Colombia:
Ground Truth: After the Killing Cashing in on the Drug War Fail-
Ends” This powerful documentary ure” – Watch and discuss this film
film reveals the hardships that some and the current Colombia-Venezuela
military people are facing when they conflict, 7 pm at Media Island, 816
return home from war. The govern- Adams SE, Olympia. Info: 352-8526
ment does not really ―support the
Thurs April 3: “Creative Nonvio-
troops.‖ Sun. March 30 at 2:30 and
lence and Iraq’s Human Face” –
7:30, Mon. March 31 at 6:30, Tues
Olympia FOR’s April TV program
April 1 at 9:00, Wed April 2 at 6:30,
featuring Kathy Kelly and Bert
Thurs April 3 at 9:00, and Fri April 4 at 6:30. Capitol Thea-
Sacks debuts today and runs every
ter, 206 5th Ave SE. Olympia Film Society 754-3635
Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm and
www.olyfilm.org
L every Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 pm
Mon March 31: Citizens Movement to Impeach Bush/ O through April 28 on TCTV cable
Cheney: Meet with other local folks to plan ambitious ac- C channel 22 within Thurston County. Info: Glen 491-9093
tivities to protect our Constitution and democracy from www.olyfor.org
A
Executive Branch abuse! 7:00 pm. in the Mixx-96 meeting
Sat April 5: Glaciers, Bulldozers and Dredgers: Mov-
room on the SW corner of State & Washington. Info: 491- L
ing and Making Land in Olympia: 10,000 years ago
9093 glen@olywa.net www.CitizensImpeach.org
Budd Inlet was under a glacier. 100 years ago dredging be-
Statewide info: www.WashingtonforImpeachment.org.
gan to make a deeper harbor there. Each situation dramati-
The most comprehensive site is www.AfterDowningStreet.org
cally changed the land. Experts explain and show visuals
Tues April 1: Learn about about what happened. This is the first in a 4-part series,
Flag of Bhutan the small Himalayan king- ―What‘s Up with Budd?‖ Doors open 1 pm for 2 pm event.
dom of Bhutan, which FREE. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE. Info: Patricia Pyle
measures “Gross National 570-5841 or www.ci.olympia.wa.us
Happiness,” not just Gross
Sat April 5: Thomas Merton and the Contemplative
National Product: The Capi-
Arts: Come enjoy this one-day workshop led by Victoria
tal City Round Table wel-
Scarlett and Joseph Anderson exploring Merton‘s relation-
comes Chuck Gibilisco, who
ship with traditional sacred arts (icons and monastic chant),
will use songs, stories and colorful photos of its people and
and his own creative work in poetry and the visual arts -
vast biological diversity. He has traveled to Bhutan several
especially photography and brush painting. You‘ll look
times. 1:00 pm at Olympia Timberland Library. Info: Bob
at how his art reflects his spirituality, contemplative vision,
Marugg 786-8602
and aesthetic sensitivity. 9:45 am to 3:00 pm at the Priory
Wed April 2: "Better Neighbors: A New Way Forward Spirituality Center, 500 College Street NE, Lacey. $65. Bring
for North America: A Critical Look at the Security and sack lunch. Register through the Priory Spirituality Center,
Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America" If you L www.stplacid.org/spirit.html
think NAFTA is bad, watch out! The SPP is even worse! O
Sat April 5: Support universal, single-payer health care
Global Exchange‘s experts are on a speaking tour, hosted C
with the Health Care Coalition of Thurston County:
here by the Alliance for Democracy. 7:00-9:00 pm at Tradi-
A Find out what happened during the 2008 legislative session
tions, 5th & Water SW, in downtown Olympia. They‘ll dis-
and discuss the future of health care reform at the local and
cuss NAFTA‘s failure as it approaches 15 years, and its L
statewide levels. Buy your own lunch and enjoy this gather-
worsening evolution into the Security and Prosperity Part-
ing in the side meeting room at Plenty! Restaurant, 4th &
nership of North America (SPP). Giant corporations and
Columbia SW, from 1 to 3 pm. Info: Linda Sternhill Davis
the executive officials of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are
legislative@wahealthsecurity.org
meeting behind closed doors to devise a radical and dan-
gerous plan that links economic and security policies. (The Sun April 6: Discuss Vandana Shiva's initiative for
SPP is not a treaty, so Congress is kept out of the loop – "Earth Democracy" - 7 pm at Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water.
this is Bush & the elites making decisions for us.) Tonight‘s Tues April 8: “Restoring America” - Glen Anderson
presentation also details the links between bad trade and speaks at 1:30 pm to the Democratic Study Group at Pano-
economic polices and the accelerated Mexican migration to
rama City‘s Quinault basement auditorium in Lacey. Info:
the U.S. A $3 donation is suggested.
491-9093 glen@olywa.net

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Tues April 8: Father Roy Bourgeois talks about the occur on Wed. May 14. Info: 357-7224 www.Interfaith-
U.S. Army School of the Americas, which trains Latin Works.org
American militaries to oppress their populations. He Wed April 9: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace
founded the School of the Americas Watch, which works (OMJP) meets from 7 to 9 pm to plan a variety of activities
nonviolently to close it down. 7 pm at Traditions Cafe, 5 th to work for justice and peace everywhere. Olympia Com-
& Water. Info: www.soaw.org and 705-2819 munity Free School, 610 Columbia SW. Everyone is wel-
Tues April 8: Karma Cafe – open come. Info: Larry Mosqueda 867-6513 www.omjp.org
forum explores life as seen Wed April 9: Vigil in Support of Tibetan Rights. Corre-
through Buddhist/Taoist perspec- sponding to the arrival of the Olympic Torch in San Fran-
tive: This round-table discussion is cisco. For details: robertssaunders@comcast.net
casual and allows everyone to share
personal viewpoints in an open and Fri April 11: Heartsparkle Players: “Stories of Missed
nonjudgmental setting. 6-8 pm on the L Connection”- Playback Theatre is a spontaneous collabora-
second Tuesday of each month at the Mud Bay Coffee O tion between performers and the audience. People tell mo-
Meeting Room (1600 Cooper Pt Rd SW, west of Black Lake C
ments from their lives, and then watch them re-created with
Blvd SW, Olympia). Info: 867-9316 korodo@msn.com movement, music and dialogue. Heartsparkle Players is an
A
outstanding local troupe with a loyal following. This
Tues April 8: The Roots of Migration: Free Trade, L month‘s performance is in collaboration with Hearing Loss
Debt and Survival in Nicaragua: The second most im- Association of Washington (HLA-WA), a nonprofit organi-
poverished country in the Western Hemisphere, Nicaragua zation that opens the world of communication to people
has struggled for years under the burden of internal and with hearing loss by providing information, education, sup-
external debt. Take a deeper look into the effects of free port and advocacy. 7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water.
trade, debt and immigration on the Nicaraguan people. A $5-$10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned
Hear the story of one remarkable Nicaraguan woman who away. Info: Debe Edden 943-6772 debek@olywa.net
lives, works, and organizes in a barrio near the Managua city www.heartsparkle.org
dump. Yamileth Perez, a Nicaraguan community leader who
works with Esperanza en Accion, will share the first-hand Sat April 12: Impeach Bush and Cheney: Info table at
impact of free trade and debt and the resulting increase of Olympia Farmers Market: The Citizens Movement to
migration and poverty on the people of Nicaragua. Witness Impeach Bush/Cheney will staff an info table with printed
for Peace Northwest and the Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister materials, bumper stickers, DVDs, and other resources at
County Association (TSTSCA) invite the public to this pres- the Olympia Farmers Market at the very north end of Capi-
entation/discussion.7:00 p.m. at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, tol Way, from 10 am to 3 pm. Info: 491-9093
5th and Water, Olympia. Professional interpretation glen@olywa.net and www.CitizensImpeach.org
(Spanish-English) will be provided. Info: Jean Eberhardt, Sat April 12: What Are We Doing to Budd? The Story of
TSTSCA, 943-8642 eberhardtjl@yahoo.com People and Fish: People have lived
Wed April 9: Interfaith Earth Stew- on the shorelines of Budd Inlet for
ardship committee meets 12:00 noon L thousands of years, using the water-
in the library of First Christian Church, O way for transportation and the
7 & Franklin on the second Wednes-
th
C
abundance of fish and shellfish for
day of each month. Info: Les- survival. In the last 100 years major changes to the land
A
lieHR@aol.com have impacted the water quality. Mindy Roberts, Ph.D., En-
L gineering, Wash. State Dept. of Ecology, explains and
Wed April 9: Olympia FOR Steer- shows visuals about what happened. This is the second in a
ing Committee meets to provide overall guidance and 4-part series, ―What‘s Up with Budd?‖ Doors open 1 pm
decision-making. 7:00 pm at Dennis Mills‘ home in NW for 2 pm event. FREE. Capitol Theater, 206 5 th Ave SE.
Olympia. Everyone is welcome to attend. Info: 491-9093 Info: Patricia Pyle 570-5841 or www.ci.olympia.wa.us
info@olyfor.org
Sat April 12: Social event & music to benefit local anti-
Wed April 9: “Climate Change: Past, Present, Future” sweatshop group: For several years the South Sound Clean
presentation by Dr. Patrick Pringle is co-sponsored by In- Clothes Campaign (SSCCC) has been organizing and in-
terfaith Works‘ Earth Stewardship Committee and Earth forming our community about sweatshops. They have been
Care Catholics of Olympia. 7-9 pm at Traditions Cafe, 300 helping the City of Olympia find non-sweatshop alterna-
5th Ave SW. Another event in the Earth Care Series will tives for some clothing the city buys its employees. Valerie

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Orth, a Global Exchange worker, got San Francisco to Tues April 15: Income Tax Day: Do
pass a comprehensive sweat-free purchasing law. She is you want your money spent for war?
also a touring musician and - with her band - will perform Will there be a Tax Day event in Olympia?
an energetic benefit for SSCCC at Traditions Cafe, 5 th & Yes, if you would organize it. See page 4.
Water, at 8 pm. Each song has its own unique twist of
Tues April 15: Interfaith Works - Cele-
folk, reggae, funk, heavy rock, or even a little trip-hop.
brate 35 years of good work! Enjoy an-
Her singing has been described as ―soulful, genuine and
nual meeting of members: For 35 years Interfaith
edgy.‖ She will also talk some about anti-sweatshop orga-
Works has helped people of different religious faiths un-
nizing. Contribute on a sliding-scale basis: you decide how
derstand and appreciate each other – and work together
much to donate. Info: Dick Meyer, 705-2819
dick@traditionsfairtrade.com
for social justice and community service. Celebrate IW‘s
anniversary, meet old and new friends, enjoy refresh-
Sat April 12: Jim Hightower ments, entertainment, and the brief annual meeting. Visit-
- “Swim Against The Cur- L ing and light refreshments start at 6:45. Introductions and
rent: Even A Dead Fish O brief business start at 7:15, and the celebration and enter-
Can Go With The Flow” -- tainment start at 7:45. The United Churches, 11th & Wash-
Jim Hightower, national C
ington SE. The Olympia FOR is a member of IW. Info:
radio commentator, writer, A 357-7224 www.interfaith-works.org
public speaker, and author of L
a forthcoming book (title Tues April 15: Protect the separation of church and
above), will speak at the Capi- state: The local chapter of Americans United for Separa-
tol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE. tion of Church and State meets on the third Tuesday of
He has spent three decades each month from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Olympia Unitarian
battling the Powers That Be on Church, 2200 East End Street NW. Go north on Division,
behalf of the Powers That Ought left on 20th, and right on East End St. Info: Dennis Man-
To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, sker 786-9584 dmansker@comcast.net
small businesses, and just-plain folks. Hightower believes Thurs April 17: Army Colonel Ann Wright (ret.),
that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top speaks about dissent and conscience
to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for vs. the Iraq war: This former US army
the 80 percent of the public who no longer find them- colonel and diplomat resigned her com-
selves within shouting distance of the Washington and mission and her diplomatic job to pro-
Wall Street powers at the top. Doors open at 7:00 pm for test the U.S. attack on Iraq. She has cou-
this 8:30 pm event (with Q&A following) to benefit rageously supported Lt. Ehren Watada
KAOS 89.3 FM Community Radio and the Olympia Film and other military personnel who have
Society (OFS). $20 general admission ($15 for OFS). Ad- protested the war. She will tell stories
vance tickets available at Traditions Cafe, Phantom City from her new book Dissent: Voices of
Records, or online at www.buyolympia.com. Tickets Conscience, which will be available for purchase. The book
also at the box office on the night of show. Another op- L highlights stories from Agustin Aguayo, Camilo Meija,
tion: Attend the preshow reception at Plenty Restaurant O Katherine Jashinski, and Brandon Hughey. 12 noon and 7
(4th & Columbia SW) beginning at 6:00 pm. Limited tick- pm in Building 26, Room 105 of South Puget Sound
C
ets for this special event are $40.00 and only available on Community College. Free admission. Presented by
line at www.buyolympia.com or at Traditions Cafe. A SPSCC‘s progressive student group BRICK and by the
Ticket price for the pre-show reception include, admission L Peace Action Network.
to the evening event, VIP seating, a copy of Jim
Hightower's new book, and delicious snacks provided by Thurs April 17: Sound Alliance Leadership Institute
(Session 1 of 3) helps people organize for the com-
Plenty!
mon good: Tonight and on two more Thursday evenings
Mon April 14: Impeach Bush and Cheney: The Citi- you can learn to strengthen your organization and help
zens Movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney meets in Room your members engage in public action for the common
101 of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia NW, down- good. The Institute‘s 10½ hour of training (session 2 on
town. Info: 491-9093 glen@olywa.net and the 24th and session 3 on May 1) use the philosophy and
www.CitizensImpeach.org Statewide info: practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation
www.WashingtonforImpeachment.org. The most (IAF) in over 65 years of organizing experience. Cost is
comprehensive site is www.AfterDowningStreet.org modest. 5:30-9:00 pm at St. John‘s Episcopal Church, 114

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20th Avenue SE. Info & registration: Rachel da Silva at 206- Olympia area engaged in activities relevant to their pro-
200-8192 or rachel@soundorganizing.org fessional and community activist lives in Nicaragua. Info
Fri April 18: Iraq Moratorium occurs on 3 rd Friday of and involvement: Call TSTSCA at 480-8720. Specific
each month: The Iraq Moratorium will be an escalating events are listed throughout this calendar. Also see the
monthly series of actions demanding an end to the war. enclosure that came with this newsletter.
Devote a significant part of today to build the peace move- Fri-Sat April 25-26: Kids’ peace-related art at Arts
ment and show the U.S. government that our troops must Walk: Every year Kristen Dahle, an Olympia FOR Steer-
be brought home, now! Take this pledge: ―On the third Fri- ing Committee member and local school teacher, arranges
day of every month, I will break my daily routine and take for a local elementary school class to create art on some
some action, by myself or with others, to end the War in peace-related theme for display during Arts Walk. This
Iraq.‖ Info and ―tools‖ are at: www.iraqmoratorium.org year 5th graders at Olympic View Elementary School
Sun April 20: Veterans for Peace: All veterans and others painted self-portraits that will be displayed with perspec-
are invited to connect and work for peace. 1:30 social time. L tive paintings. The art will be displayed in the windows of
2:00 pm meeting. Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water. Info: Jody O Buck‘s Fifth Avenue, 209 5 Ave SE.
th

Tiller 915-6757 hungryforpeace@gmail.com C Sat April 26: Procession of the Species: Enjoy this
Sun April 20: South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship A amazing parade at 4:30 pm in downtown Olympia.
hosts an open meeting. SSBPF includes members of the L www.procession.org
local Buddhist community engaging in the Buddhist path of Sat April 26: The Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister
right action in regard to working for peace, justice and so- County Association and four guests from our sister
cial change. 3:30-5:00 pm. Location & more info: Robert at community in Nicaragua will watch the Procession of
357-2825 ssbpf@comcast.net or www.ssbpf.org the Species from 4:30 to 6 pm from the NW corner of
Mon April 21: “Communicating to Connect” – A Free Capitol and Legion. Come meet the tomasinos as we en-
Introduction to Nonviolent Communication: Would joy Olympia's signature parade.
you like to fill your world with more respect, hope and love Sat April 26: Meera Shanti’s Classical Piano Recital
– and reduce the criticism, misunderstanding and violence? to benefit the Rachel Corrie Youth and Cultural Cen-
Liv Monroe offers her popular introduction to Nonviolent ter in Rafah, Palestine: Enjoy the music of Bach, Al-
Communication, providing specific, immediately usable beniz, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Granados, & Schubert –
tools to promote honesty and compassion. Nonviolent and support a very worthy cause at the same time! With a
Communication (NVC), Marshall Rosenberg‘s radical suggested donation of $10 (but nobody turned away), all
process, helps resolve conflicts and reduce criticism, defen- funds will go to the Rachel Corrie Youth and Cultural
siveness, blame, shame, misunderstandings and violence Center in Rafah, Palestine. The Center provides creative
between and within individuals. Join us to see if this fits for and educational opportunities for the children of Rafah
you as a way to increase the world‘s supply of respect, integ- City and Rafah refugee camps, and it helps Rafah‘s iso-
rity, trust, cooperation, and love. Mark your calendar now. lated young people
6:45 to 9:00 pm at Lincoln Elementary School on the corner build relationships
of 21st and Washington SE, Olympia. Info: Liv Monroe L with their peers
357-4503 www.psncc.org O from other coun-
Tues April 22: Earth Day: Do something meaningful to C tries. Meera Shanti,
protect the earth from the violence being done to it. A 17, has been playing
L the piano since the
Wed April 23: Olympia Movement for Justice and age of two. 7:30 pm,
Peace (OMJP) meets from 7 to 9 pm to plan a variety of The United Churches,
activities to work for justice and peace everywhere. Olympia 11th & Capitol Way
Community Free School, 610 Columbia SW. Everyone is Info: 352-0506 shantinik@earthlink.net
welcome. Info: Larry Mosqueda 867-6513 www.omjp.org
Sun April 27 (weather permitting): Join with TSTSCA
Wed April 23 through Tues May 13: Nicaraguan guests and four guests from Nicaragua for a day of wonder,
are in town! Welcome and interact with four guests from snow and sledding on Mount Rainier: Leave Olympia
Santo Tomas, Chontales, Nicaragua, who are brought here at 8:30 am. Call 943-8642 by Sunday the 20th to reserve
by the Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister County Association space or to offer your car for riders.
(TSTSCA). This is the 9th delegation to come here since

1990. Four tomasinos will spend almost three weeks in the
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Tues April 29: Death penalty abolition committee of some amount per mile walked. To volunteer, walk or
Olympia FOR meets at 7 pm at a new location: the Mixx pledge, call 352-9703 or 357-7224.
-96 meeting room on the first floor at the SW corner of
Mon May 5: “Poets Look South” - Enjoy poetry, art, soli-
State and Washington in downtown Olympia. Come and
darity and community, 7-9 pm at the Mixx-96 meeting room
strengthen the movement to abolish the death penalty.
at the SW corner of State & Washington. Spoken word and
Info : Chuck or Rozanne, 705-8520
poetry in the Artists Look South exhibit space, especially
Thurs May 1: “Immigration: Bridges Not Walls” – celebrating the work of Nicaraguan poet/delegate Wilfredo
Olympia FOR’s May TV program debuts today and runs from the 9th delegation from our sister community, Santo
every Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm and every Thursday L Tomas, Chontales, Nicaragua. Organized by Bridges Not
from 9:00 to 10:00 pm through May 29 on TCTV cable O Walls and the Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister Community
channel 22 within Thurston County. Info: Glen 491-9093 C Association. Info: 753-0942 artistslooksouth@mac.com
www.olyfor.org
A Thurs May 8: Carbon Footprints: Olympia and Santo
Thurs May 1 (May Day): Artists Look South: L Tomas, Nicaragua: Explore climate
“Neighbors and Inmigrantes” – Enjoy this exhibit hon- change and sustainability issues with
oring our relationships around borders – and in spite of delegates from Nicaragua. Join the
borders. It‘s an evening of solidarity, art, photography and Mother's Day 1Sky call for bold solu-
community, 7-9 pm at the Mixx-96 meeting room at the SW tions to combat climate change.
corner of State & Washington. This event and the May 5 Great family event! 6:00 pm at Tradi-
event are part of the activities of Bridges Not Walls and the tions Café, 300 5th Ave SW Olympia.
Thurston-Santo Tomas Sister Community Association‘s 9 th Info: Beth Doglio 570-8804.
delegation to our community from Santo Tomas, Chontales,
Fri May 9: Heartsparkle Players: Playback Theatre is a
Nicaragua. Info: 753-0942 artistslooksouth@mac.com
spontaneous collaboration between performers and the au-
Fri May 2: Annual May Day Hoe Down for progres- dience. People tell moments from their lives, and then
sives: South Puget Sound Community College‘s progressive watch them re-created with movement, music and dialogue.
student organization BRICK (Building Revolution by In- Heartsparkle Players is an outstanding local troupe with a
creasing Community Knowledge) is hosting its annual May loyal following. 7:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5 th & Water. A
Day Hoe Down. Hundreds of people - especially progres- $5-$10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned
sives - from SPSCC and the larger community come to away. Info: Debe Edden 943-6772 debek@olywa.net
share information and networking - and to enjoy live blue- www.heartsparkle.org
grass music, square dancing, free food, and other fun activi-
Sat May 10: Dance with our Nicaraguan guests and
ties. 7 pm at SPSCC‘s Student Union Building. Info: Sascha
others: Join D.J. Bernys from Nicaragua & Oly‘s own D.J.
Fischel-Freeman saschaf@riseup.net
Dalya for "Baile Los Dos Pueblos: salsa, merengue, reggaeton y
Sat May 3: “Cuando Venga La Paz” - “When the Peace pop." Join TSTSCA at 7:30 for salsa and merengue lessons,
Comes” Potluck dinner with our four visitors from followed at 9:00 by the dance you won't want to miss! In
Santo Tomas at St. John‘s Episcopal Church, 20th & Capi- the old K-Records 2nd floor space across from Fish Brew
tol Way. Hear perspectives from our sister towns and sister Pub in downtown Olympia. Enter at 525 Cherry Street. $10
schools in Nicaragua. The dinner begins at 6:00 pm, with a with lessons, $7 from 9:00 on. Info: 943-8642.
suggested donation of $15/plate, $7.50 for kids under 12. L
Info: Jean 943-8642. O Tues May 13: Karma Cafe – open forum explores life as
C
seen through Buddhist/Taoist perspective: This round-
Sat May 3: Jim Page & Citizens Band: Long-time activ- table discussion is casual and allows everyone to share per-
ists, street singers, and community supporters Jim Page of A sonal viewpoints in an open and nonjudgmental setting. 6-8
Seattle and Citizens Band of Olympia are here to get us riled L pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Mud Bay
up. They will give us a full evening of social and personal Coffee Meeting Room (1600 Cooper Pt Rd SW, west of
commentary that zings to the gut as well as to the funny Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia). Info: 867-9316
bone. 8:00 pm at Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water SW. $12 ($8 korodo@msn.com
if student or low-income). Info: 705-2819
Wed May 14: Interfaith Earth Stewardship committee
Sun May 4: CROP Walk to raise money meets 12:00 noon in the library of First Christian Church,
to stop hunger: In 2007 local walkers 7th & Franklin on the second Wednesday of each month.
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Wed May 14: ACLU of Thurston County meets in room Mon May 19: Deadline for Olympia FOR’s June-July
206 of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia NW, downtown. Newsletter: Mail or e-mail articles, news, calendar items,
Special presentation by Andy Ko, an expert on the abuses etc., before this date if possible, or slightly past this date for
of drug laws, and a viewing of the new video about mari- late-breaking news. Contact Glen 491-9093 info@olyfor.org
juana. Info: Heather Francks, HCF@stokeslaw.com
Tues May 20: Protect the separation of church and
Wed May 14: “The Global Brain” state: The local chapter of Americans United for Separation
video examines inner spiritual devel- of Church and State meets on the third Tuesday of each
opment possibly leading to a major month from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Olympia Unitarian Church,
leap in evolution. Co-sponsored by L 2200 East End Street NW. Go north on Division, left on
Interfaith Works‘ Earth Stewardship O 20th, and right on East End St. Info: Dennis Mansker 786-
Committee and Earth Care Catholics C 9584 dmansker@comcast.net
of Olympia. 7-9 pm at Traditions Cafe,
A Tues May 27: Death penalty abolition committee of
300 5th Ave SW. Info: 357-7224
L Olympia FOR meets at 7 pm at a new location: the Mixx-
www.Interfaith-Works.org
96 meeting room on the first floor at the SW corner of State
Wed May 14: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace and Washington in downtown Olympia. Come and
(OMJP) meets from 7 to 9 pm to plan a variety of activities strengthen the movement to abolish the death penalty. Info
to work for justice and peace everywhere. Olympia Com- and location: Chuck or Rozanne, 705-8520
munity Free School, 610 Columbia SW. Everyone is wel-
Wed May 28: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace
come. Info: Larry Mosqueda 867-6513 www.omjp.org
(OMJP) meets from 7 to 9 pm to plan a variety of activities
Thurs-Sun May 15-18: "Immigration and Border Dia- to work for justice and peace everywhere. Olympia Com-
logues Conference" will examine barriers (real or per- munity Free School, 610 Columbia SW. Everyone is wel-
ceived) that divide our communities. Topics will include come. Info: Larry Mosqueda 867-6513 www.omjp.org
political and socioeconomic status, culture and ethnic heri-
tage, and current immigration policy. Participants will exam-
ine current realities faced by migrants and refugees and cre-
ate space for a more just and humane future. Enjoy panels,
workshops, and performances. See page 9. The conference
is organized and sponsored by a new local group, Bridges
Not Walls. It will be held at The Evergreen State College in
Olympia. Childcare is provided with pre-registration. Infor-
mation and forms are at http://oly-wa.us/bridges Info:
280-6480 or bridgesnotwalls@riseup.net
Fri May 16: Iraq Moratorium occurs on 3 rd Friday of
each month: The Iraq Moratorium will be an escalating
monthly series of actions demanding an end to the war.
Devote a significant part of today to build the peace move-
ment and show the U.S. government that our troops must
be brought home, now! Take this pledge: ―On the third Fri-
day of every month, I will break my daily routine and take
some action, by myself or with others, to end the War in
Iraq.‖ Info: www.iraqmoratorium.org
Sun May 18: Veterans for Peace: All veterans and others
are invited to connect and work for peace. 1:30 social time.
2:00 pm meeting. Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water. Info: Jody
Tiller 915-6757 hungryforpeace@gmail.com
Mon May 19: Olympia FOR’s Annual Meeting &
Election: Gather at Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water. If you
want to eat, please place your dinner and drink orders long
before the kitchen closes at 6 pm. Enjoy social time until
6:30. Meeting 6:30-8:30. See page 1. Info: Glen 491-9093
info@olyfor.org
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OUT-OF-TOWN CALENDAR Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle. Info: University Bookstore, 206-
Outside Thurston County 634-3400
Tues April 8: “Hope in the Midst of
FOR-sponsored events have a  Hopelessness” seminar led by Mar-
before them garet Wheatley: How do we main-
tain our courage, conviction, and clar-
ity as the darkness deepens around us?
How do we learn from others who
Hundreds of events and activities (mostly in the Seattle area) are confronted dark times and found
listed at Jean Buskin‘s calendar at www.scn.org/activism/ meaning and purpose? Participants in
calendar. She‘ll e-mail it to you regularly if you request it at this seminar will consider these ques-
bb369@scn.org and specify text and/or RTF format. tions in honest inquiry. Dr. Margaret
Wheatley (global citizen, consultant, author) will lead the
Every Saturday: Peace Vigil in Centralia: 12 noon to 1 seminar and invite participants to attend to the quality of
pm on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in their relationships and the strength of their community.
downtown Centralia. Sponsor: Fire Mountain FOR. Info: Sponsor: Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) of
Karen Kirkwood 360-767-0161 or June Butler 360-748- Puget Sound, a sponsored ministry of the Oregon Province
9658 of Jesuits. 7-9 pm at Piggott Auditorium, Seattle University.
Cost: $40. Register online at www.seelpugetsound.org
Every Saturday: People for Peace Justice and Healing (limited tickets at the door).
(PPJH) meets 10 am to 12 noon at Associated Ministries,
1224 S. I St., Tacoma to plan local peace activities. Tues April 8: “Strip the Rich Right Down to their
www.associatedministries.org/pages/directions.htm Shirts: St. John the Almsgiver and the Transformation
of the City” - public lecture by Brenda Ihssen, professor
Every Saturday: Peace Vigil in Tacoma: 12:30-1:30 pm of religion, 7:30 p.m. in Xavier Hall Room 201, Pacific Lu-
in front of Borders Books at 38th & Steele. Sponsor: United theran University, at south end of Tacoma. www.plu.edu
for Peace of Pierce County, www.ufppc.org
O Wed April 9: Washington State Nonprofit Conference:
U For the past 13 years this one-day conference has gathered
Thurs April 3: Hans von nonprofit community leaders, supporters, and board mem-
T
Sponeck: “A Peace Plan for bers to explore how to strengthen the nonprofit sector.
Iraq” – Hans von Sponeck, for- Connect with more than 500 nonprofit and community
mer Assistant Secretary General O leaders from a wide variety of organizations and positions
of the United Nations, served the F statewide. Enjoy 21 cutting edge sessions led by respected
UN for over 30 years. In 2000, in community leaders; open space room; nationally renowned
protest of the economic sanctions, T keynote speakers; more exhibitors and vendors; and the
he resigned his post as UN Hu- ever-famous free latte cart! 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Mey-
manitarian Coordinator in Iraq.
O
W denbauer Center, near I-405 in downtown Bellevue. Several
Since that time, he has worked prominent sponsors. $175. Info: conference@exec-alliance.org,
continuously to bring peace and N or 206-328-3836
justice to the Iraqi people. He comes to Seattle to present
the Plan for Peace that has been circulating in Europe and Thurs-Fri April 10-11: “He Loves Me, He Loves Me
will now be told in the Northwest. Sponsored by many high Not: Men's Role In Ending Violence Against Women”
quality sponsoring groups, including Seattle‘s United Na- – a conference sponsored by Pacific Lutheran University
tions Association and the Western Washington FOR. Eve- Women's Center & Men Against Violence. This conference
ryone welcome! Free admission, but a free-will offering will will showcase best practice models for effectively engaging
be collected to cover costs. 7:00 pm at University Temple communities in addressing violence against women. One of
United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle. few conferences like it in the nation, professionals, college
Info: 425-488-9965 and university staff, faculty and students from all over the
country will attend. PLU is at the south end of Tacoma.
Mon April 7: “Let Me Stand Alone” - The Journals of Info: Bobbi Hughes, Director of PLU‘s Women's Center,
Rachel Corrie: Reading, Q&A, book signing with Cindy 253-535-8759 hughesbr@plu.edu
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Fri-Sat April 11-12: Immigration/labor/human rights meeting. Info: Karen Kirkwood 360-767-0161 kirk-
conference at The Evergreen State College‘s Tacoma cam- woodweaver@gmail.com
pus (1210 6th Ave) will bring a variety of workers together
Sat April 12 (and every 2nd Saturday): Vigil for Hu-
to explore issues and empowerment. The Assembly is for
man Rights at the NW Immigrant Detention Cen-
workers to talk to one another about immigration, how it
ter: Community to Community Development invites
affects working families in all of our communities, and what
all social justice, faith, labor and community groups to
we can do to stop exploitation on the job and in the streets.
vigil peacefully from 11 am to 4 pm on the second Sat-
―How can immigrant communities and their supporters
urday of each month at the privately-run Northwest
respond to ICE raids?‖ ―How can we overcome stereotypes
Detention Center in the industrial area near Tacoma‘s
and myths about each others‘ communities to create a
tide flats. As the US government‘s Immigration and
stronger power base and solidarity?‖ Friday 4:30-8:00 pm
Customs Enforcement (ICE) clamps down on immi-
and Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Sponsor: TESC’s
grants, people are coming together protect their human
Labor Center. Info: Juan José Bocanegra 360-867-5524 or
rights. Come with signs that show support for immi-
360-650-2106 bocanegj@evergreen.edu
grant workers inside and outside this modern day con-
Fri-Sun April 11-13: Veterans for Peace Northwest Con- centration camp. Consider bringing coffee, water and
ference: 4 pm Friday to 2 pm Sunday at First Unitarian baked goods or sandwiches for families visiting their
Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR Meals will be detained relatives inside. Stay and learn how to get in-
included in conference fee. Info: www.vfpchapter72.org/ volved with the growing immigrant rights network the
regional08.htm region! (From Olympia, go north on I-5 to Tacoma,
Fri-Sat April 11-12: Healing Our Planet Earth: Singing take the right-lane I-705 exit north, take the left lane
A New Song of Hope: This national conference focuses exit toward City Center and Tacoma Dome. Take the E
on the web of relationships between faith, justice and the 26th St. exit, turn right onto E 26th, turn left onto E D
environment. People from all faith and spiritual traditions St., which becomes E. 15th St. Turn right onto E. J St.
and environmental communities will come together to and end at 1623 E. J St.) Info: 360-381-0293 decomu-
learn, share, inspire and seed plans for sustainable action, nidad@qwest.net
and a global sustainable future. Hear speakers. Explore hot O
issues and activities. Discover how to help your church, U
place of ministry, or work, integrate eco-justice into your T
mission and ministry. St. Margaret‘s Episcopal Church,
4228 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue. The $80 registration cov-
ers lunch, snacks, and materials to take home. Info & regis- O Sat-Sun April 12-13: Seattle Green Festival: Cele-
tration: www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=151535. F brate what’s working in your community at this
Scholarship assistance is available at hopeinfo@ecww.org first annual event! Enjoy 150 visionary speakers and
April 11-15: The Dalai Lama speaks in Seattle several T 300 green exhibits on a great variety of topics - from
times during the Seeds of Compassion gathering, which O sustainable food and strong local economies to green
building and youth in action. Speakers include Billy
seeks to nurture kindness and compassion in the world, W
starting with children and all those who touch their lives. Frank, Jr., Frances Moore Lappé, John Perkins, David
N Korten, Kevin Danaher, Medea Benjamin, Gifford Pin-
The Seeds of Compassion gathering will connect scien-
tists, educators, governments, businesses and schools with chot III, Riane Eisler, Thom Hartman, Vicki Robin,
the scientific research, evidence-based programs, tools and John DeGraaf and many more. Washington State Con-
strategies to build the foundations of learning and compas- vention Center 800 Convention Place, Level 4, in
sion in children and youth. It will create a community of downtown Seattle. www.greenfestivals.org All-
activists from many sectors who will work together to build inclusive entry: $15 ($10 at the door for seniors, bus
a compassion movement that will extend far into the future. and bike riders, union members and students. Children
Several events in several places - typically with free admis- under 12 and volunteers are free. Register at
sion, but tickets are needed. Tickets and info: www.greenfestivals.org
www.seedsofcompassion.org Mon-Wed April 14-16: The unMoney Convergence
Sat April 12: Fire Mountain FOR meets 10:00 am to an interactive (un)conference (www.unconference.net)
12:00 noon at Centralia Public Library, just before their 12 in Seattle on the systemic transformation of money and
noon peace vigil. Please bring finger food to share at the its connection to the social transformation of the
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present. (The format will be 80% open space technol- enclosure with this newsletter and with the March-April
ogy - (http://unmoney.wik.is) The convergence will issue of the WWFOR‘s Pacific Call newsletter. It is
support an inclusive conversation and will explore po- posted at www.scn.org/wwfor or www.wwfor.org Info
tential for collaboration among people engaged in dif- and carpooling: 491-9093 in Olympia or 206-789-5565 in
ferent efforts from the edge of the ‗conventional‘ to Seattle.
very experimental. This includes social venture and Sat May 10 (and every 2nd Saturday): Vigil for Human
entrepreneurship, micro-credit, slow money, comple- Rights at the NW Immigrant Detention Center in
mentary currencies, open money, ecological account- O Tacoma: (See description for Sat. April 12.)
ing, monetary systems theory, value network mapping, U
Sat May 10: Fire Mountain FOR meets 10:00 am
barter networks etc. Hazel Henderson will speak. Info: T
http://unmoney.wik.is & unmoneyconvergence@gmail.com to 12:00 noon at Centralia Public Library, just before Bye
their 12 noon peace vigil. Please bring finger food to Bye
Sun April 20: Tacoma FOR enjoys a 3:00 business O share at the meeting. Info: Karen Kirkwood 360-767- Subs!
meeting, 4:00 program, and 5:00 potluck at the Tacoma F 0161 kirkwoodweaver@gmail.com
Friends Meeting House (Hillside Community Church),
2508 S 39th St., Tacoma. Info: David Lambert 253-759 Sat May 10: “A World Without
-2280 or Vivi Bartron 253-572-4912 T Trident Creates Hope for the
O Children” - Nonviolent gather-
Sun April 20: Seattle FOR: Join the Seattle FOR‘s
W ing & action at Trident nu-
monthly gathering (5 pm finger-food potluck, 6 pm clear submarine base
announcements, 6:30 - 8 pm program) at Woodland N
in Kitsap County.
Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th (on Phinney Gather 8:30 am. Info will be posted at
Ridge near Greenwood Ave N), Seattle. Free, but do- www.gzcenter.org
nations will support peace activism. Info: 206-789-5565
Sun May 18: Tacoma FOR enjoys a 3:00 pm business
Fri April 25: Joanna Macy & David Korten: meeting, 4:00 pm program, and 5:00 pm potluck. Tacoma
“Finding Our Power in Friends Meeting House (Hillside Community Church),
the Great Turning” - Jo- 2508 S. 39th St., Tacoma, just west of Borders Bookstore
anna Macy and David on 38th St. near the Tacoma Mall. Info: David Lambert
Korten will engage in a con- 253-759-2280 or Vivi Bartron 253-572-4912
versation about their sense O
of where we are in time and Sun May 18: Seattle FOR: Join the Seattle FOR‘s
U monthly gathering (5 pm finger-food potluck, 6 pm an-
what they see happening.
(NOTE: This is not an in- T nouncements, 6:30 - 8 pm program) at Woodland Park
troductory event to David Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th (on Phinney Ridge near
Korten‘s work; participants are encouraged to be famil- O Greenwood Ave N), Seattle. Free, but donations will sup-
iar with David‘s book The Great Turning.). Music F port peace activism. Info: 206-789-5565
program begins at 7 pm. Seattle Unity Church, 288 8 th Tues April 22: Earth Day: Do some-
Ave N (near Denny, off Mercer exit), Seattle. Direc- T thing meaningful to protect the earth
tions at www.SeattleUnity.org Tickets $10 advance at from the violence being done to it.
Brown Paper Tickets O
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(www.brownpapertickets.com/event/26825) or $15
N Thurs-Sun July 3-6: Fellowship of Reconciliation’s
at the door.
50th Annual Regional Conference at Seabeck in Kitsap
Sat April 26: “Living and Working Coopera- County: Mark your calendars now to reserve Thursday
tively” - the Western Washington FOR Spring As- afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Look for informa-
sembly: Join with FOR folks and others in our region tion in April. Info: 491-9093 in Olympia
to explore issues and activism based on nonviolence
and cooperation. A great opportunity for issue-based
networking, information-sharing, and movement-
building! Arrive 9:00-10:00 am. The Spring Assembly
starts promptly at 10:00 am and ends at or before 4:00
pm in West Seattle. Sliding scale around $15 includes
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