Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

Jewish Voice for Peace event in OlyWA Dec 11th

Friday, November 29th, 2013
December 11, 2013
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Spread the word please. Brown bag lunch with Rebecca Vilkomerson of the Jewish Voice for Peace at TESC, Sem 2, Room 1107 from noon to about 2 pm on Wednesday, December 11th.

Want to think about peace in the holy lands?   Wonder where the holy lands are?  Look at your feet. Look to your heart.  Seek the peace in your soul.

As Black Elk said:

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.”

Black Elk – Oglala Sioux

come join us and pass the peace, share the peace, bring the peace that is within the souls of all of us.

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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Name                      Address                             E-mail address

Drone Wars? Good Idea?

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

I guess we can try to get the word out.

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

Scott Crow in Olympia for a few speaking events

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Activist, anarchist, writer, organizer – Scott Crow – is going to be in Olympia for a few speaking engagements over the next few days. He will be at South Puget Sound Community College on Oct 25th at noon, Room 102, Building 26

Then he will be at Last Word Books on Friday, Oct 26th at 7:30 pm. and one more time in Oly on Monday, Oct 29th at Lecture Hall 2, The Evergreen State College at noon.

Want to understand anarchism? Learn more about it. It’s not what you may think.

Want to continue to misunderstand and misrepresent anarchism? As Bobby Dylan said, “you are going to have to serve somebody…” Choose today, who will you serve? You are going to have to serve somebody.

Black Flags and Radical Relief Efforts in New Orleans: An Interview with scott crow

Author and activist scott crow

“Solidarity not Charity” is a way of feeding people while addressing the underlying problems that cause hunger. The way this manifested itself in Common Ground was to immediately deliver and render aid where the state had failed, and then to leave structures in place so communities can continue to rebuild themselves as they see fit.”

Interview by Stevie Peace & Kevin Van Meter

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina both federal and local authorities failed the population of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. As a result, relief efforts from various sectors of American society flowed south. One of the first and most spectacular and aggressive efforts was Common Ground Relief — formed by strands of the anti-globalization and anarchist movements. scott crow documents these struggles in “Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective”, recently released by PM Press. In this interview, Crow describes the process of becoming an author after being an organizer, reviews the history and myths of Common Ground and explores possible lessons for future progressive and radical organizing. Visit crow’s website at http://scottcrow.org/.

Can you speak to the writing process behind “Black Flags and Windmillsand your shift from an organizer to an author?

One word: difficult. I don’t consider myself a writer; and while I have written a few pieces over the years, it has mostly been out of necessity. From my arrival in New Orleans I took copious notes. Every time I would get moments to get away, I would take notes about organizing and creating an organization to deal with the disaster following Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, I wrote communiqués from just days after the storm and continued for three years. I went back to all of those writings and began turning them into chapters. On a personal level it was healing to write: I came back with post-traumatic stress, couldn’t function in society and felt like the ghost in the machine a lot. The writing actually helped me to relive those traumas in a different way, to really dissect them. It was almost a five-year process; I feel so much better now than I did when I started the book. This is not to say that “Black Flags and Windmills” is a sorrow-filled book. There are lots of beautiful stories along the way and lots of really engaging organizing that was going on. The book describes the anarchist heyday of Common Ground, when the most self-identified anarchists came; this was early September 2005 until 2008. Afterward, the organization became much more structured in a traditional nonprofit way. This is not to denigrate it — just to say that the book focuses on this initial period of “black flags” at Common Ground.

Since memory is a tricky thing, I did outside research and revisited with people. I went back to news articles from grassroots media, reports and blogs to look at specific events and the way things unfolded. Then, I would ask key organizers and New Orleans residents, “Do you remember when this thing happened?” Sometimes it was completely different from how I remembered it. I don’t claim to speak for Common Ground, as I think that would do a disservice to the thousands of people who participated and the hundreds of key organizers that were there.

When I tell a story I want people to understand it and create common bonds. I wrote this book for people who might not have any understanding about radical or anarchist concepts. I always ask myself, “What would my mom think about this?” While I wrote it for people like her, my target audience was those who were coming into movements and might be inspired by what Common Ground was building. I used the stories in the book to give a primer on the theoretical background of anarchism in practice. Another part of the book is telling my own personal narrative. It’s not because I think my story is important, but I wanted to show that I am a regular person that was just caught up in extraordinary circumstances.

Want to know more? Read the whole piece. Come sit in on one of the events.

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).

 

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.

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/

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