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Austin’s picks – thoughts on Trayvon

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Gatheringforces.org has this:  Thanks to Austin for sending across the list serv

Just Us: There Can be No Justice for Trayvon Martin in America

2013 JULY 17
by HiFi

TrayvonOne night Trayvon Martin walked to the store. On the way back he was followed and harassed by racist vigilante George Zimmerman. The vigilante murdered him.

The police showed up, but they knew Zimmerman. His father was a judge. They took him to the station, questioned and let him go. Zimmerman became a hero for right wing, white supremacist forces. He told Sean Hannity it was God’s plan that he killed Trayvon and that he had no regrets. Only nation-wide protests forced the state’s hand to bring charges weeks later.

The facts of the case are well-known enough. No need to repeat them.

Over a year later Trayvon Martin was put on trial in front of a nearly all-white jury. Rachel Jeantel was put on trial. Black people were put on trial. A typical teenager, Trayvon was turned into his opposite: a black male preying on white America. No one should be surprised about the verdict, though liberals and progressive seem to be. The civil rights establishment is at a loss for words. They have nothing to say after no better an example of the fact that the law is not for black people, the oppressed, or the working class.

How could Trayvon, a typical teenager, and Zimmerman, a spiteful predator, be turned into opposites?

read the whole article here: http://gatheringforces.org/2013/07/17/just-us-no-justice-for-trayvon-in-america/

Olympia Solidarity Rally in Support of Keystone XL Pipeline DC Rally

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Open rally in Olympia, Washington in support of the Washington DC Keystone XL Pipeline Demonstration.

February 17, 2013 from 3 pm to 6 pm.  We will be at Heritage Park with PA, music, speakers, tabling and general merriment.  Come and join us.

 Want to sign the Credo Petition to Governor Inslee?  Please do.

 Why are we getting out in February in Western Washington?

    read’m and weep:

KUOW Radio January 31, 2013

Northwest on Verge of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, B.C. and on the lower Columbia River.

There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. The response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy…
To hear / read the rest of the story

We are also gathering signatures and sending letters to Governor Jay Inslee regarding global warming and the need for change.  Here is the letter that Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has drafted:

AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE

Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Call
360-902-4111
TTY/TDD users should contact the Washington Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-833-6388.

Fax
360-753-4110

Dear Governor Inslee:

          As citizens deeply concerned about the climate crisis, we were encouraged by the remarks you made in your inaugural address about the need to reduce the risk of climate change from carbon emissions. You specifically emphasized the need to “replace rhetoric with quantifiable results.” We hope this means that you will take immediate action to promote a progressive carbon tax, fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and divest state funds from fossil fuels.

          As you know, we have a narrow window of time in which to reduce Co2 emissions before runaway, irreversible climate change condemns us to a global temperature rise of 4 to 6 degrees C. Unless we act immediately and with sufficient determination, we risk civilization as we know it. The only way to produce the necessary level of greenhouse gas reductions is a full-scale, all-hands-on-deck mobilization, what William James called “the moral equivalent of war.” We are asking you to become a leader in this fight, to proclaim the urgency of the climate crisis, and to make our state an example of how much can be done to reduce greenhouse gases in a short period of time.

          On February 17, 2013, thousands of people will converge on Washington D.C. to urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline which would convey dirty tar sands oil to refineries and export ports in Gulf Coast. As climate scientist John Abraham, of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, said, “If we burn all the tar sand oil, the temperature rise, just from burning that tar sand will be half of what we’ve already seen.” James Hansen, probably the world’s pre-eminent climate scientist, is even more emphatic. Discussing the need to limit greenhouse gas emissions, he said, “If tar sands are thrown into the mix, it is game over for the planet.” In support of the action in Washington D.C., we are holding a No Keystone XL Pipeline rally in Olympia on Sunday, February 17th at 3:00 PM in Heritage Park. We invite you to join us and to use this protest to voice your opposition to the expansion of the Alberta tar sands.

          In the past you have recognized that the proposed coal export terminals for the Northwest, pose the “largest decision our state will be making from a carbon pollution standpoint, certainly in my lifetime, and nothing even comes close to it.” In an interview with Grist magazine, you said “I’m going to be giving some thought to this.” We hope that you have since recognized that the proposed coal exports from the Northwest are a carbon bomb, which could potentially produce enough Co2 to push the planet towards catastrophic climate chaos. We hope that you have since thought of significant ways that you, as Governor, can defuse the coal export carbon bomb and prevent the proposed coal export terminals and massive trains that would transport coal from the Powder River Basin through our state.

          Last year, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wrote to the Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corp of Engineers asking for a comprehensive environmental impact review of the proposed coal ports in the Northwest – a review that takes into account the cumulative environmental impacts of all the proposed ports and the trains that would transport the coal from Montana and Wyoming through Oregon and Washington. As the new Governor of Washington – a Governor who stated that he is seeking ways to reduce the risk of climate change in his inaugural address – you can do no less.  Indeed, we hope, or rather, we are confident that you will take additional significant actions to prevent coal export from Washington ports.

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Austin’s Picks: Impressions of the NA Anarchist Movement

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Impressions of the North American anarchist movement

Impressions of the North American anarchist movement

An interview with Andrew Flood about the impressions of the North American anarchist movement he formed during his 2007/2008 44 city tour of the US and Canada. The interviews ends with questions about the comparison of the movement in Ireland with that in Britian and the promotion of anarchism via the internet. This was submitted and published in Black Flag.

Q. Which places did you visit in your tour? Did any local anarchists groups host events? If so, which ones?

In total I spoke in 44 North American cities scattered across 2 Canadian provinces and 18 US states. These were on the east and west coasts and from the east coast across the mid-west as far as Minneapolis-St Paul’s.

There were lots of organizations, infoshops and organizations in formation involved on putting on the dates. Around one third were organized through the North East Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC) while some local groups just organized a meeting in the one city they were active in. In the vast majority of cases I’d never met any of the organizers, everything was done over email, the entire Florida tour for instance was initated by one student who was on the Crimthinc mailing list and saw an announcement for my tour which was apparently posted there. He contacted me and then proceeded to contact email addresses he found in Florida and managed to get four dates together that way.

Q. Were the meetings well attended? Does there seem to be much interest in libertarian ideas?

Attendance varied from around 60 to around a dozen, perhaps giving a total close to 1400 people who attended a meeting during the tour. In quite a few stops it was the first public anarchist meeting organized in quite a while so apart from city size and local politics there would have been a good deal of variation in how experienced the local organizers were at putting together and promoting events like these. The people who turned up certainly seemed to be interested but they were rather a small fraction of the local population.

Q. What was the theme of the meeting? Were they well received?

The theme was ‘Building a Popular Anarchism in Ireland.’ Basically I was telling the story of the growth of the Irish anarchist movement in the period from 1997-2007 and in doing so making an argument for an outward looking, organized movement capable of working in alliances. Generally there seemed to be a very high level of interest, it was a great help that the subject matter contained loads of interesting anecdotes that reflected a decade of positive anarchist organization in Ireland.

Q. What is the US movement like from a class-struggle perspective?

Better than I expected. I think on arrival in North America I shared any of the prejudices that you find in the British anarchist movement towards North America, prejudices that are often based on a failure to try and understand conditions there. I expected a lot of North American anarchists to be liberal idiots but the reality I found was huge numbers of people doing quite solid local organizing, in particular when you considered their weak numbers and relative lack of experience. And a good few of the positions that seem a little odd from Europe make a lot more sense when you can put them in the contest of local conditions and North American history.

Q. What are, if any, the tactical and political priorities/differences in the US compared to Ireland/UK?

read the whole piece?  Good idea!

 

CLIMATE ACTION GROUP November 13, 2012 Olympia Center

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The climate crisis is upon us – and it will get worse.

Now is the time for people to organize from the grassroots up!

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation invites you to join our new climate action group.

The first meeting will occur in two weeks – on Tuesday November 13.  (See below)

 

Confronting The Climate Crisis

The climate crisis is the overriding issue

  • of our times

The new Olympia FOR climate action group will work on a wide range of climate issues, including the coal train comments and hearings, 350.0rg’s divestment campaign, and maintaining constant pressure on our representatives. We will also be out on the streets with creative non-violent actions demanding an immediate massive economic push – comparable to World War II – to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

First meeting: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM

Olympia Center, Room 205

We will be showing the new documentary film,

Coal Crossroads

Join us!!

Grand Jury Resisters Need Your Support

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Friends are in jail. We don’t know how long they will be there. We don’t what criminal activity is being investigated that leads to these folks being jailed for refusing to answer Grand Jury questions.

Land of the Free. Home of the Brave.

Jump in, you can help. We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Committee Against Political Repression

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Compilation Album Created in Support of Grand Jury Resisters

Posted on October 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

Musical Impressions has created a compilation album called “Black Clothing, Anarchist Literature, Flags, Flag-Making Materials, Cell Phones, Address Books, & Hard Drives” in support of the Grand Jury Resisters.

You can buy it here. Proceeds go to support the legal and material needs of those resisting the FBI investigations of anarchists in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Austin’s Picks: Queer Marxist Feminism

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

http://propelledbyfire.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/i-am/

i am…

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i am the seven-year old girl wrapped tightly in her covers as she hears the drunken stumble of her father’s footsteps just before he opens the door to her room

i am the mother of four standing all day in the seemingly endless welfare line just so her babies can eat

i am the recently laid off sister waiting nine hours in the hospital for a five-minute doctor visit

i am the seventeen year old girl crying alone, bracing herself for the makeshift abortion in the dingy apartments behind the McDonald’s

i am the seventy year old womyn daydreaming of how retirement would feel as her arthritic hands fold the rich kids laundry

i am the sex worker walking the street in order to survive

i am the warrior raising her fist and organizing against the system

i am the wife in prison for poisoning her husband because that night was the last time he was ever going to touch her

i am the girlfriend infected with HIV because she didn’t know her man was creepin or closeted

i am the fourteen year old who tried to hang herself because she couldn’t stand the pain of remembering

i am the tranny constantly having to validate herself as a “real” womyn

i am the little girl who died from a cold because her mother didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford medicine

i am the two womyn whose love is either fetishized or condemned

i am the zoned-out junky in the alleyway, pookie-pipe in hand, because life threw her too many curve balls

i am the raped whom no one believes because he was a “friend” so she must have wanted it

i am

i am

i am

sister, i am you…just as you are me

womyn sharing the same beat

soulfully connected

hit by the same struggle

and yearning for the same liberation

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The ability to labor resides only in a human being, whose life is consumed in the process of producing. First it must be nine months in the womb; must be fed, clothed, and trained; then when it works its bed must be made; its floor is swept, its lunchbox prepared; its sexuality not gratified but quietened; its dinner ready when it gets home, even if this is eight in the morning from the night shift. This is how labor power is produced and reproduced when it is daily consumed in the factory or office. To describe its basic production and reproduction is to describe women’s Work.

–Selma James, “The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community” (1972)

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“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.”

— Coretta Scott King

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Austin’s Picks: Pre-figurative Politics? from Kloncke

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

I have been thinking about dual power, working for the political change that I want as one means of seizing power and living the daily politics of the world that I dream about as the second means of demonstrating the power of a different political vision.  Austin sent along a posting from Katie Loncke from March 2011 that is thinking on similar lines.  I like the term that Kloncke uses, pre-figurative politics, to identify the immediate implementation of a political system.

Here is the piece from Kloncke.  If you want to know more about her ideas, jump to her website.

 

Revolutionary and Pre-Figurative Politics

Katie Loncke MARCH 17, 2011

How do the two fit together?

This question’s been yelling itself in my face for the past couple of days. (Weeks?) Not only in theoretical terms, but in practical ways. Touched on by elders, peers, friends, strangers.

Roughly (and this is my own attempt, for which I’ll accept blame but not credit):

Some groups are great at building and exemplifying models of anti-oppressive ways of being. (Pre-figurative politics, as I understand it, means practicing now the kind of society you want to build in the future.) Enacting horizontal group dynamics, confronting white supremacist and racist behavior, challenging and transforming sexism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, ableism, etc. in myriad ways, and continually developing sophisticated, intersectional analyses of these lived oppressions. Honoring and valuing healing; promoting literacy around dealing with trauma and mental wellness. Developing healthy sex-positive cultures grounded in consent. Practicing conscientious methods for dealing with intimate violence and abuse. Giving and receiving criticism with humility, generosity, bravery, and kindness. Doing very practical things like organizing childcare collectives, artmaking groups, and food distribution programs; infusing them with liberatory values. Transforming estranged relationship with our bodies, the earth, and nature. Theorizing these and more practices, and sharing them.

At the same time, some groups are great at developing people’s revolutionary class consciousness. Examining the material processes of history with an eye toward figuring out the best ways to intervene in those historical processes, and change things for the better. Get rid of classes altogether. Put an end to imperialism. Employ practice and theory, in current conditions, to avoid the pitfall of reformism and move militantly and decisively toward a world of “freely associating producers” — a world where violent compulsion is no longer ambient, as it is under capitalism and has been under all forms of class society (to stake a claim against what I learned about Foucault, in college). I’m impressed and inspired by groups that maintain a keen focus on this goal, and whose work reflects the urgency of building the class power necessary for exploited people to liberate themselves/ourselves from the yoke (and rod) of capital.

Now. Is there overlap between these ‘types’ of groups?

Yes.

A lot?

In the Bay Area? In the US?

IIIIIIII dunno. What do you think? What are you finding?

That’s all for now; more questions than answers.

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).

 

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