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Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation: November 10, 2012 Retreat

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

We See a Train a’Coming: The Climate Crisis, the Coal Train & Beyond

The Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s (WWFOR) Fall Retreat is for everyone who cares about the climate crisis, environmental justice, and jobs, in the context of the dangers of moving millions of tons of dirty coal through our communities. This is for everyone who supports a better energy future and grassroots democracy.

People in the Puget Sound and along the Pacific coast are organizing vigorous campaigns to stop this. Western Washington FOR’s 2012 Fall Retreat will inform and activate us.

Giant coal companies are pushing their plans to extract massive quantities of coal from Montana and Wyoming and ship it on exposed rail cars to West Coast ports, spewing dangerous coal dust all along the way.They want Washington’s and Oregon’s ports to export if to China and other countries that will burn it, seriously polluting the world’s air, and hurt our climate.

$15 conference fee (or what you are able to pay). Bring your own lunch. Check out the registration form at www.wwfor.org

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.

 

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:

New Economics? Is there another way?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

I like some aspects of free markets. As a craftsman who has made a living at times in my life building and remodeling houses, I like the idea that I can trade my time and skills in a relatively free manner for money or other goods that I want or need. More and more I find I don’t really want too much stuff. I have a houseful of stuff. It comes and goes. I don’t buy much in the way of new stuff. We are awash in consumer goods in the US and if you turn off regular television and cable and stop reading the newspaper, your consumer programming falls away pretty fast in my experience, so I just am not all that familiar with the stuff that the consumer culture thinks I should be craving.

I think consumer culture and rampant capitalism is the downside of the free market. I like Medicare. I like Social Security. I like public education. I think it should be free and include higher education. I think that means I like socialism.

But try to sell socialism to the US electorate with the consumer capitalists in charge of the media. It’s going to be a tough sell.

I am throwing up this piece by Gar Alperovitz. I will watch it in a day or two. Maybe he has some thoughts about new economic systems that I will find appealing. Maybe you will find something here also. Hope so.

Gar Alperovitz – Our Time in History: The Possibility of Fundamental System Change from New Economics Institute on Vimeo.

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

Ocean Report

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A couple of items on things oceanic came to my attention this week.

NYT had a story on collapse of the cod fishery:

The Shocking News About Cod

The ideal fish for human consumption would mature quickly and reproduce in staggering numbers.

Courtesy Wiki Commons NOAA

This does not describe the Atlantic cod. Cod mature late — at 4 to 6 years old — and they can live as long as 25 years. Female cod do, in fact, produce astonishing numbers of eggs. But older cod lay two or three times as many eggs as younger cod. This means that a healthy cod population must include relatively large numbers of older fish.

For Op-Ed, follow @nytopinion and to hear from the editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, follow @andyrNYT.

A recent survey of cod catches in Northern Europe shows exactly the opposite. Extrapolating from survey numbers, scientists at a British government fisheries agency estimate that there are nearly 200 million 1-year-old cod in the North Sea but only 18 million 3-year-olds. As for older cod, the numbers are shocking. The survey team estimates that in 2011 there were only 600 12- to 13-year-old cod, a third of which were caught, and not a single fish older than 13 has been caught in the past year.

Read the whole article? Important stuff.

Paul Pickett in Oly shared this new NOAA app that shows sea level rise and coastal impacts. We have been talking in Oly about actions by the Washington State Department of Ecology. DOE has blocked a shoreline plan in Jefferson County that prohibited pen fish farming. This is the industrial practice of raising fish such as Atlantic salmon in pens. We don’t healthy fisheries if we can raise fish to eat in pens. Ecology is also stepping in on the the Olympia shoreline plan in ways that may help the Port of Olympia and thwart environmental action that has wide public support. We are talking in Olympia about how regulatory agencies can be captured by the industries they regulate and what we can do about it.

I think we have to ask the right question and that question is “why would regulatory agencies thwart reasonable environmental actions?” The answer is profit, capitalism; economic interests are in control and dictate to us all. Disaster capitalism. Disaster, capitalism. Disaster. Capitalism.

Here is the sea level rise app. NOAA is not a regulatory agency per ser, more of a pure science agency. It’s harder to capture science agencies than it is to capture regulatory agencies who are able to weigh science against economic interests.

It’s kind of tragic and ironic that we are both depleting the ocean and increasing the ocean’s coverage of the planet at the same time. The Greenland ice cap is melting. Start looking hard at the sea level rise application and plan accordingly. There are going to be some opportunities for profit in the coming troubles.

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

NOAA Coastal Services Center

Features

  • Displays potential future sea levels
  • Provides simulations of sea level rise at local landmarks
  • Communicates the spatial uncertainty of mapped sea levels
  • Models potential marsh migration due to sea level rise
  • Overlays social and economic data onto potential sea level rise
  • Examines how tidal flooding will become more frequent with sea level rise

Overview

View the current status of the tool.

Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise is a powerful teaching and planning tool, and the Sea Level Rise Viewer brings this capability to coastal communities. A slider bar is used to show how various levels of sea level rise will impact coastal communities. Completed areas include Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida, and Georgia, with additional coastal counties to be added in the near future. Visuals and the accompanying data and information cover sea level rise inundation, uncertainty, flood frequency, marsh impacts, and socioeconomics.

Launch Now

Acknowledgements

The NOAA Coastal Services Center would like to acknowledge those organizations that provided direct content used in this tool or feedback, ideas, and reviews over the course of the tool’s development. Specifically the Center would like to acknowledge the following groups.

Here is the link to the main page for this NOAA app.

Austin’s Picks: Happy Labor Day to the Working Clas

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

 

From Recomposition

“Just and peaceful labor relations”: Why the U.S. government supported collective bargaining

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This post gives a brief account of some of the history of the capitalist state’s sponsorship of contracts for unions in the United States, with an emphasis on the reasoning that politicians and judges gave for their support of collective bargaining. The piece argues that what the U.S. government wanted out of introducing state support for collective bargaining was, in the words of the National Labor Relations Act, to ‘Promote the flow of commerce’ through ‘friendly adjustment of industrial disputes.’ 

“Just and peaceful labor relations”: Why the U.S. government supported collective bargaining
by Nate Hawthorne

The U.S. government increasingly promoted collective bargaining in the early part of the 20th century. To take one important example: In 1919, economically disruptive disputes escalated between the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and capitalists in the textile industry. In response, the New York governor appointed a state commission aimed at preventing “industrial war” which created “distrust and hostility” between classes. This commission recommended collective bargaining in order to reconcile the union and the employers. As the commission wrote, a “collective bargaining agreement calls for the utmost good faith on both sides to perform (…) every term and condition thereof; whether it refers to shop strikes on the part of the worker, lock-outs on the part of the employers, or the maintenance of its terms as to wages and hours. This Board desires to emphasize this point as fundamental in any contractual relationship.” Contracts require such good faith and, from the point of view of the capitalist state, contracts helped create such good faith.

With state help, the ILGWU won an industry-wide collective bargaining agreement, which the industry association soon violated in 1921. The ILGWU sued and won an injunction against the employers. The New York Supreme Court said it issued this injunction to prevent “the continuance of an industrial impasse.” The Court said that no matter who won the dispute, “such industrial struggles lead to lockouts, strikes and acts of violence” and in the end “the employer and employee, instead of co-operating to promote the success of the industry, become permanently divided into hostile groups, each resentful and suspicious of the other.” Therefore, “it is the duty of the court to (…) compel both parties to await an orderly judicial determination of the controversy.” In other words, the capitalist state began to believe that promoting collective bargaining agreements would help create industrial peace. The role of law is not simply to protect individual capitalists but to bring greater stability to the capitalist system as a whole. (On this point, I encourage fellow workers to read the discussion of the English Factory Acts in chapter 10 of Karl Marx’s “Capital.”)

The state’s role and strategy of promoting stability in the capitalist system by promoting collective bargaining explains U.S. labor legislation created in the 1930s. The 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act (hereafter, “Recovery Act”) said “disorganization of industry (…) burdens interstate and foreign commerce, affects the public welfare, and undermines the standards of living of the American people.” The Act argued that one key tool for more efficiently organizing industry under capitalism was to promote collective bargaining agreements. Thus Congress should “remove obstructions to the free flow of interstate and foreign commerce” by “induc[ing] and maintain[ing] united action of labor and management under adequate governmental sanctions and supervision.” The Recovery Act added that contracts would raise wages for workers, “increas[ing] the consumption of industrial and agricultural products by increasing purchasing power” of workers. More money in the pockets of more workers would help stabilize the American economy by providing a larger base of consumers.

Read the whole article at Recomposition?  Hey, you have a day off, take a minute to read and think about labor.

Austin’s Picks: Is Class Struggle Anarchism?

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Austin K sent this link along in an email this morning. It’s a couple of years old, but it’s still worth sharing and reading. The links go to interesting websites if you have an open mind about politics, which is to say, that you can imagine or entertain valid political positions that are broader than the republican and democratic party talking points. I am only posting two of the points that Nate pulls from Tom’s article. Nate uses his What in the Hell …? website the way I use smallblueplanet.org as a staging area to gather ideas, to store links and info, then to compose from that website for publication elsewhere. For me, that makes Nate’s What in the Hell… ? particularly interesting.

What in the Hell is Class Struggle Anarchism?

July 24, 2009

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Hat tip to Tom Wetzel for this fine article. Check it out. Full disclosure and a little bragging, I know Tom, we’re both involved in the Workers Solidarity Alliance, so I’m biased. Anyhow, read his piece.

My favorite three bits are quoted below. With these bits I was reading it and I was like “yeah, this is what I try to do in this kind
of work but I haven’t put it this clearly before,” which is a cool feeling, like the article put clearly into words what had been more of a gut feeling for me or stuff I’d fumbled and put badly before.

1. “Dual organizational anarchists often say that the role of the anarchist political organization is to “win the battle of ideas,” that
is, to gain influence within movements and among the mass of the population by countering authoritarian or liberal or conservative ideas. Bakunin had said that the role of anarchist activists was a “leadership of ideas.”

But disseminating ideas isn’t the only form of influence. Working with others of diverse views in mass organizations and struggles, exhibiting a genuine commitment, and being a personable and supportive person in this context also builds personal connections, and makes it more likely one’s ideas will be taken seriously.”

2. “mass struggles and mass organizing as the process for changing society…because it is through the active participation of growing numbers of ordinary people, building and controlling their own movements, that they develop the capacity and aspirations for changing society.

From the point of view of “organized anarchism with a class struggle perspective,” two kinds of organization are needed: (1) forms of mass organization through which ordinary people can grow and develop their collective strength, and (2) political organizations of the anarchist or libertarian socialist minority, to have a more effective means to coordinate our activities, gain influence in working class communities, and disseminate our ideas. In the World War 1 era Italian anarchists coined the term “dual organization” for this perspective.

Read the whole piece if you have a couple of minutes.

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