Archive for October, 2012

News from Grand Jury Resistance

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Elliot Stoller sent along the following from the Seattle Times:

“Katherine Olejnik, a 23-year-old recent Evergreen College graduate living in Olympia, was among those jailed. Her father said his daughter has been an activist in social-justice causes since her youth. She is not suspected in the courthouse vandalism, court papers say. She was called in to testify Sept. 27 about someone she knows, according to her lawyer.

Even after Olejnik was given full immunity from prosecution by the judge, she declined to testify. U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones said he had no choice but to send her to jail for up to 18 months, or until she changes her mind.

“What (prosecutors) decided to do is choose people and punish them for their association,” said her attorney, Jenn Kaplan.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a general statement Sept. 13 about grand-jury proceedings, noting, “We do not investigate or seek to silence lawful free speech, or dissent. We do, however, investigate and enforce the law where speech crosses the line and becomes threats or acts of violence.”

Matthew Duran, a roommate of Olejnik’s who works in computer security, was jailed for civil contempt Sept. 13 after he, too, refused to testify before the grand jury. A longtime social-justice activist, he describes himself as an anarchist, according to his attorney, Kim Gordon. He is not suspected in the courthouse vandalism.

“One of our concerns was they were really targeting him because they perceived him to be associated with the anarchist community,” Gordon said. “It’s kind of a fishing expedition.”

Appeals of Olejnik’s and Duran’s case are pending.”

Read the article in the Seattle Times?

Peoples’ Movement Assembly(PMA) 2012 Program

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Paper copies  available at Lecture Hall 1 this evening and at  PMA

This evening = 6-9pm Michael Parenti event (Lecture Hall 1).

 

PEOPLES’ MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY October 19-20, 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012
PEOPLES’ MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY
AT THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012, 7PM, TALK BY MICHAEL PARENTI
“ECOLOGY WARS AND THE 1% PATHOLOGY”
LECTURE HALL 1-TESC
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012
WORKSHOPS AND CONVERSATIONS
VARIOUS LOCATIONS– LECTURE HALL 1 AND SEMINAR 2 BUILDING-TESC
PARENTS—>FREE CHILD CARE  all SATURDAY in SEMINAR II:  D3105

Several TESC programs and the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) are pleased to announce that this important event that will be held at The Evergreen State College on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th.

The Peoples’ Movement Assembly will bring together activists and scholars from the region to discuss not only what are some of the major social, economic, and human rights issues that we face, but also what can be done about them and what some people are actually doing now.

 

The program starts on Friday evening, October 19 at 7PM at Lecture Hall # 1 with a talk and discussion by Michael Parenti.  His website notes:

 

“Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.”

A few comments on his work:

 ”Michael Parenti is a towering prophetic voice in American life. We need him now more than ever.”  — Cornel West

“Parenti offers a valuable rebuttal to the drumbeat…from the right.”  — New York Times Book Review
This event is FREE and open to the public, especially the Evergreen community and the larger Olympia community.  For more information on Dr. Parenti see his website at http://www.michaelparenti.org/.
On Saturday, October 20, from 10AM-6PM, there will be a series of plenary discussions and many workshops that will cover a variety of issues such as the environment, prisoners, the economic crisis, Bringing our Billions Home, food security, the occupy movement, organizing, nuclear weapons, movement building, veterans, new methods of war, gender issues, healthcare, corporate personhood, Palestine, alternative media, Venezuela today, police accountability, and many other workshops.
A more detailed schedule is below.
On Saturday we will begin with an opening panel at 10AM on local, national, and international issues.  There will be three sets of workshops of about 90 minutes each that will begin at 11:30, 2PM, and 3:45 PM, and a closing plenary at 5:30 PM.
All are invited for all or any part of the program.  A more detailed program is below and a printed program will be available on the day of the event at Lecture Hall 1 and the Seminar 2 building.

 

Please tell all of those in the Evergreen community, especially students and also those in the greater community.
TESC programs that are helping to sponsor this event are Power in American Society, Gateways, Political Economy and Social Movements, Making Effective Change, and the Dean’s fund and the President’s Diversity Fund.
Community Groups who have help greatly are the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace and the Fellowship of Reconciliation.  For more information contact mosqueda@evergreen.edu or 360-867-6513.

Peoples’ Movement Assembly Schedule                 

@The Evergreen State College

October 19 and 20, 2012

Lecture Hall 1 and Seminar 2 Buildings

Schedule of Events                                                  (as of 10/14/12, subject to change)

 

Friday, October 19, 2012

 

Michael Parenti, “Ecology Wars and the 1% Pathology”-7PM-Lecture Hall 1

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

 

Gary Galbreath, Lecture Hall 1, 10AM, Welcome and Opening Prayer Song

 

Opening Panel, 10:15-11:15AM “State of the Struggle”

International –Michael Parenti

National- Savvina Chowdury

Local- Sarah Regan

 

First Set of Workshops 11:30AM-12:50PM

 

Lecture Hall 1, Gar Lipow and…, “Environmental Justice”

 

Seminar 2 Buildings

A2105- Tyler Henderson, Socialist Alternative, “What Caused the Financial Crisis and Why Capitalism Can’t Fix It”

E3107- Sidwalk (invited), “Foreclosure Resistance”

E3109- Gateways (Naomi Tachman-Kaplan and Miguel Rodriguez) and Jericho Project, “Prisons and Prisoners”

A2109- Glen Anderson, OlyFOR-“Bring Our Billions Home”

E3105- Steve Niva, TESC faculty and Tim Russell, Sociology Teacher, ”America’s New Way of War: From Drones to Special Operations”

D2107- Sarah LaGrange and Patricia Ridge, POWER, “Women’s Issues in State and National Politics”

D3107- Mary Hath Spokane, “Occupy Movement”

A3105- “Youth in the Movement”, unconfirmed moderator at this time

E3107- Peter Bohmer, “Current Economic Crisis: US and Globally

C3109- Activist Media Showcase

 

Lecture Hall 1-Brown Bag Lunch Hour with Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President of the U.S. at 1PM-2PM 

(Bring your own lunch, buy it on campus or partake in some limited snacks that will be provided.)

 

Second Set of Workshops 2:10-3:30PM

 

Lecture Hall 1- Alice Zillah, Leonard Eiger, “Abolish Nuclear Weapons”

 

Seminar 2, Buildings

A2105- Gar Lipow, “Cooling A Fevered Planet”

E3107- Glen Anderson, OlyFOR, “Empowering the Progressive Movement”

E3109- Skye @ Left Foot, Kim Chaplin, Pat Rasmussen, “Food Security”

A2109- Josh Simpson, IVAW, “Operation Recovery and Veterans Rights”

E3105- “Gender Justice”, unconfirmed moderator at this time

D2107- “Combating Racism,” unconfirmed moderator at this time

D3107- Teresa Mosqueda, Washington State Labor Council, “Healthcare Rights”

A3105- Molly Gibbs, MovetoAmendOlympia.org, “Corporate Personhood”

A3107- Jen Kaplan, Seattle Attorney, “Know Your Legal Rights”

C3109- Activist Media Showcase

 

Third  Set of Workshops, 3:45-5:15

 

Lecture Hall 1, Jill Stein and Kshama Sawant, “Alternative Politics”

 

Seminar 2 Buildings

A2105- TESC Divest, BDS/Palestine

E3109- Kelly Norman, Student Debt

A2109- Brendan Funtek (OMJP), Rick Fellows (Media Island), Deborah Vinsel, (TCTV), “Alternative Media”

E3105, Oscar The Wild,  “Anarchists Anonymous”

D2107- Returned Students from Venezuela, “Venezuela Today”

D3107- “Marriage Equality”

A3105- Mike Coday (OMJP) and Drew Hendricks (Copwatch), “Police Accountability”

A3107- Harry Branch, Susan Macomson, Laura Henderson, “Shoreline Protection”

E3107 – Stephanie Gottschalk from CIELO & Nellie Sollis, “Immigration”

C3109- Activist Media Showcase

 

Wrap Up and Summary at Lecture Hall 1, 5:30-6:15

Facilitators: Marylea Coday and Mary Hath Spokane, “Organizing opportunities, announcements and where do we go from here.”

 

N.B. The final schedule will be available at the FREE conference.

 

Please send this announcement to others especially any lists that you belong to and to Facebook pages and other social media.

 

PMA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/428624080488725/

Paper copies  available at Lecture Hall 1 this evening and at  PMA

This evening = 6-9pm Michael Parenti event (Lecture Hall 1).

 

Michael Parenti on the Pathology of Wealth

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Next Friday night, Oct 19th. Community potluck, meet and greet the author, book sales thanks to Last Word Books and free talk from Dr. Michael Parenti at 7 pm. Lecture Hall 1 at TESC.

For more details, go to the Facebook Event for the People’s Movement Assembly.

 

Austin’s Picks: Boots Riley on Black Bloc Tactics

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Boots Riley on Black Bloc Tactics in Bay Area

October 9, 2012

Boots Riley has played an important role in Occupy Oakland from its inception.

In the wake of mass arrests during a Black Bloc action on Saturday in San Francisco,Boots Riley, a revolutionary artist and Occupy activist, weighs in on the strategic wisdom of tactics being employed by Occupy Oakland and the use of Black Bloc tactics in the Bay Area particularly. The following comment by Boots were posted on facebook.

by Boots Riley
The use of the blac bloc tactic in all situations is not useful. As a matter of fact, in situations such as the one we have in Oakland, its repeated use has become counter-revolutionary.Yesterday in Oakland was a good illustration of this, in which the blac bloc kids- besides busting up bank windows- also busted windows of parked cars and threw stuff at another car- to which the Black driver of said vehicle got out looking to fight the crowd.Similarly, the crowd of folks at Somar were there for the end of Matthew Africa’s memorial- DJs and artists, and generally a group of folks who collectively probably know everybody in Oakland- I’m not exactly sure what or if anything happened before I saw the scene, but folks poured out of the club en masse to protect it, yelling at the march and telling folks to go home.If “the job of the revolutionary is to make the revolution seem irresistible”, the use of blac bloc has been making a revolutionary movement pretty damn resistible in Oakland, CA.When almost every conversation I have with folks from Oakland about Occupy Oakland, has the smashing of windows brought up as a reason people don’t like that grouping, scientifically it means the tactic is not working. It doesn’t matter that technically it’s only smashing corporate windows. It matters that people don’t want to join because of that. It’s not about violence/non-violence. The truth is that it’s not always corporate windows. I’m for certain tactics that would be classified as violent- even ones that have to do with fighting human beings. But what it’s about is a tactic that is detrimental in this situation. I would like to win, thank you. Not just lose with style. A style that the people around you don’t understand. Many folks bring up Greece when debating these things. I’ve been to Athens. What I witnessed there was that the movement was tied in with the people. Most of those involved grew up in Athens, they also are part of militant campaigns that happen throughout the year, which the people support, moreover, they just know the people of the city of Athens. And, perhaps due to this situation, there are way more of them.

It’s not due to lack of outreach that Saturday’s “West Coast Anti-Capitalist March”- meaning, one that not only reached out to the whole west coast- was only able to draw 150-300 people. It’s because it’s not what the people care about- not framed in that way- and because others are either bored with the tactic or scared of being arrested because some kid breaks the window of some used car that probably costs less than their own Honda Civic. But, that was in SF. Most of the folks doing this don’t know anyone from Oakland, and- I believe- don’t plan on doing any sort of base building to find out where the pulse of the people actually are.

If you ask most people in East or West Oakland what their problems are- they’ll say being broke is there number one problem. Campaigns that use militant mass movement tactics to achieve changes in that situation are ones that have a revolutionary potential.

I’ve talked to many a person in Occupy Oakland and even in some anarchist collectives who agree with me on this, but the idea is that to criticize this publicly is to make the movement look divided. But, the public non-critique of this has the effect of making the movement look monolithic, hegemonic and uninviting. Instead, people talk shit about each other behind their backs, split and divide into smaller and smaller affinity groups. All the while, not critiquing the counter-revolutionary bullshit that’s making them irrelevant in the minds of the people they ostensibly want to organize.

Let’s get this shit right and win.

Global Warming – are we going to wake up and smell the carbon dioxide?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Big deal. Slow moving disaster. We can see it coming, like a slow moving avalanche, but we don’t appear to have the capacity to respond to slow moving disaster.

McKibben has some thoughts on the situation:

Arab Fest in Olympia Ends Today OFS Film Festival

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Thanks to Austin for sending this along:

“Edward Said is the late world famous Palestinian intellectual and literature critic. He was a prominent member of the Palestinian parliament-in-exile for 14 years until he quietly stepped down in 1991. In 1948, Said and his family were dispossessed from Palestine and settled in Cairo. He came to the United States to attend college and lived in New York for many years. Because of his advocacy for Palestinian self-determination and his membership in the Palestine National Council, Said was not allowed to visit Palestine until several years ago and passed away in 2003.

The late Edward Said was a professor of English and comparative literature, known as both a scholar of modern literature and theory as well as a scholar of Middle East politics. He also authored the groundbreaking book Orientalism, a seminal evaluation of Western misperceptions of the East (Muslim Orient), which set the stage for post-colonial studies. Other works include the Question of Palestine, Culture and Imperialism and the Politics of Dispossession.”:

http://electronicintifada.net/

People’s Movement Assembly October 20, 2012

Thursday, September 27th, 2012
October 20, 2012
10:00 amto6:00 pm

A Day of Interactive Workshops  @ The Evergreen State College

Presented by Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace   & The Evergreen State College

Saturday October 20th    10:00am—6:00pm

Lecture Hall 1  &  Seminar 2  Classrooms
Network   Strategize   Plan   Organize   Act

TOPICS INCLUDE:
Alternative Politics,  Gender Justice,   Student Debt,  Organizing 101,  Local Food,  Capitalism & Corporate Personhood,   Erasing Racism,  Prisons & Prisoners,  Environmental Justice,  Police Accountability,  Venezuela Today,  The Wars,   Our Nuclear World,   Current Economic Crisis,  Alternative Media,  Anarchists Anonymous,   Cooling a Fevered Planet,  And more…
ALL ARE WELCOME.

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Dr. Michael Parenti, October 19, 2012

Thursday, September 27th, 2012
October 19, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace  and The Evergreen State College welcome Dr. Michael Parenti from Berkley,  to Olympia on October 19th as the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual People’s Movement Assembly.

Lecture Hall 1, The Evergreen State College

All Welcome.   No Charge.

6-7pm meet & greet.  

7-9pm lecture on  Ecology Wars and the 1% Pathology

Who is Dr. Parenti?  Why would you want to join us?

Check out:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelParentiOrg

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