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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Earth Day to May Day 2014 Olympia

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
April 22, 2014 12:01 amtoMay 1, 2014 11:59 pm
Clearly the time for unified action is NOW.
April 18-20 OFS Environmental Film Fest Tuesday, Earth Day
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
12-2PM: Guerrilla Gardening Workshop(MII)
1:30PM: Port Plaza Earth Day Rally!
2-5PM: Bee at the Procession Studio!
5-6:30PM: Oly Community Media Convergence (MII)
6:45-7:15PM: Rally at City Hall for a Carfree City!
7:30PM: Kickoff Earth Day to May Day! (MII)
9PM: KOWA Earth Day Show! (MII)

23rd: Wednesday
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
12-5PM: Evergreen Earth Fest 2014
2:30-5:30PM: Non-Violent Direct Action & Blockades Training @ Earth Fest!
4-6PM: Banner Making (MII)
6:30-8PM: OMJP Meeting on Global Climate Convergence, (POWER)

24th: Thursday
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
4-6PM: Revolutionary Street Theater Rehearsal (MII)
6-9:30PM: Grand Strategies (MII)
5-8PM: Climate Solutions Annual Reception, The Heritage Room, next to Waterstreet Cafe in Olympia

25th: Friday: ARTSWALK
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
10 AM: Skype the three Sister-Cities: Madison-Wisconsin, Rafah-Gaza and Olympia to our partners in Oaxaca-Mexico (Rafah Mural)
3-10PM: Bil Fleming art opening (MII)
5:30PM: Critical Mass Biking, converge @ West Central Park
7PM: Revolutionary Street Theater and Spoken Word @ (Rafah Mural)
9:30PM: Luminary Procession

26th: Saturday: ARTSWALK
10:30-12:30: Solar Power 101, S. Sound Solar, Lacey Library
11-3:30PM: Anti-oppression workshops (MII)
1PM: Food Not Bombs (Library)
4:30PM: Procession of the Species
8PM: Potluck Celebration of the Species! (MII)

27th: Sunday
11-2PM: Global Climate Convergence Benefit Brunch/ Media Island Past, Present and Future (MII)
2-4PM: Green Party presents “Why we can’t have the Congress we want (and do something about climate chaos).” (MII)
4-6PM: Earth Day to May Day Mural Painting (MII)

28th: Monday
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
10AM: Energy healing (MII)
5:30PM: Port Commissioner Meeting, Tumwater
5-7PM: Womyns Tea Circle (MII)
7PM: 6th Extinction potluck, movie and discussion, (Traditions)

29th: Tuesday
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
3-5PM: Good Meetings Training (MII)
5-7PM: Banner Making (MII)
7PM: Reflections and Art on Occupy Olympia & OWS (Sylvester Park)

30th: Wednesday
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
Noon: Free DIY Yoga (MII)
4PM: Chalking Dissent, Bank of America
5-6PM: Anarchist Art Market: Zines, Buttons, Patches and More (MII)
7PM: “Fighting for a Living Wage,” (Traditions)

May 1st: MAY DAY
9-11AM: Coffee/ CommuniTEA (MII)
12-3PM: May Day Festival
3PM: Bus to Seattle (MII)
7PM: IWW Movie, potluck and discussion, (Traditions)
9PM: KOWA, IWW sing-along (MII)

May 7th: 6:30PM: OMJP, Wrap Up and Reflections, (POWER)

Locations & acronyms:
(MII) Media Island International, 816 Adams St. SE, 360-352-8526
(POWER) Parents Organizing for Welfare & Economic Rights, 309 5th Ave SE,
(OMJP) Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace, meeting 2nd and 4th Wed, 6:30PM POWER office,
(AFGJ) Alliance For Global Justice,
(Traditions) Cafe and Fairtrade, 300 5th Ave SW,
(Rafah Mural) 119-1/2 Capitol Way N

More info can be found at:

The Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring with “10 Days to Change Course” running from Earth Day to May Day.Together we can harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements for justice, rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace and democracy. The accelerating climate disaster, which threatens to unravel civilization as soon as 2050, intensifies all of these struggles and creates new urgency for collaboration.

Clearly the time for unified action is NOW.

The Convergence creates a unifying call for a solution as big as the crisis barreling down on us – an emergency Green Economic Transformation through a Global Green New Deal including universal jobs, health care, education, food and housing security, economic and political democracy, demilitarization, an end to deportations, and 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.



April 22 – May 1, 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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.

Rod recommends this video

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Saga City – Our communities facing climate change from SAGA CITÉ on Vimeo.

Rachel Corrie Art Dedication October 23, 5 p.m. followed by OMJP Meeting

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Here is a link to the video
Rachel Corrie Art Dedication October 23, 5 p.m. at The Evergreen State College.(Olympia, Wash.)  Former Evergreen student Rachel Corrie’s commitment to peace will be recognized in the dedication of an artwork on the third floor of the College Activities Building on the Olympia campus at 5 p.m. October 23.

The sculpture, by international artist and Evergreen graduate Ross Matteson, is a bronze and polished steel representation of a dove on the tip of a pyramid, entitled “Reflecting on Peace and Justice.”  It is a gift to the College from the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, with contributions from faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer while attempting to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in Gaza in March 2003.  She is recognized around the world for her writings, courage and ideals.

Evergreen Provost Michael Zimmerman will accept the artwork on behalf of the College in recognition of Corrie’s time as a student at Evergreen, and her dedication to peace.

→We normally have OMJP meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the POWER office.  Because of this dedication, at our last meeting, we decide to have this Wednesday’s meeting, October 23 at Evergreen on the third floor of the CAB Building.  The meeting will start at the regular time of 6:30, where we will discuss our most recent and future activities.  If you can’t come to the 5PM dedication, please come to the 6:30 meeting and you will still be able to see the sculpture.  If you take a bus to Evergreen, there will be enough of us with cars to get you home after the meeting.  Hope to see you at 5 or 6:30.

Film “War On Whistleblowers” July 31

Thursday, July 11th, 2013


WHEN:    Wednesday, July 31 at 7pm
WHERE:    Traditions Café and World Folk Art

300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
sponsored by: Media Island and Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace



Olympians Against Frackin the Bakken

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Oly Movement for Justice & Peace is organizing a global warming event at Traditions at 5th and Water Street on April 16th.  We will be gathering around 6:30 pm, setting up free food – potluck, bring your own utensils please, then will follow with Speakers, Music, and some Streaming Video. We are working on the lineup and will update as things are firmed up.

What’s the point?  Global warming.  It’s coming to get us.  Stop worrying about terrorists, the real threat is global warming.  It’s going to hurt us in a major way if we carry on with business as usual.

What have the smart folks done?  They have ok’d tax breaks for destructive energy systems that drive the problem.  They have exempted the fossil fuel industry from the Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air Acts. Click me to read more

President Obama is gearing up to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and arguing for his “all of the above” energy plan.  This smart guy, the best we are likely to get in the WH anytime soon, thinks driving the world over the climate cliff is a progressive idea.  So much for the Smart Folks.

We need OAFs to stop the madness and we are calling out for the OAFs – Olympians Against Fracking – to arise because the stupidity of the smart folks is going to do us in.  What part does Olympia play in the stupidity of the smart folks?  The Port of Olympia is turning a buck by allowing the import and transfer of ceramic proppants manufactured in China and shipping these materials out to the Bakken Formation in North Dakota.  The proppants are manufactured in China where labor and environmental laws are lax compared to our laws, so this import underwrites the loss of US jobs and increases global pollution.

When we hear fracking, we think of hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale on the East Coast.  This fracking claims to be the means to green energy – relatively clean-burning natural gas that can reduce our use of less clean coal, but the destruction and contamination of ground water and the air we breathe is part of the price we pay for fracking for clean fuels, right?

Well, WRONG, in the case of the ceramic proppants moving through the Port of Olympia.  These proppants are not being used to capture “clean” natural gas, they are heading to North Dakota to crack the ground open and allow the fossil fuel industry to turn a profit on oil in the Bakken Formation. The proppanst are injected into the ground where they will jam open cracks in the ground for up to thirty years.  These proppants are infrastructure for an unsustainable and catastrophic energy policy.  Is there natural gas in the Bakken Formation?  Could these proppants be part of the solution to global warming?  Well, yes, there is natural gas in the Bakken, but the fossil fuel industry can’t be bothered to capture this “green fuel” when there is more profitable oil to be had.  They are simply burning the natural gas from the fracking of the Bakken Formation as a waste gas, a nuisance material. The industry that brought the Exxon Valdez to Prince William Sound and the  Deepwater Horizon to the Gulf of Mexico is working day and night in North Dakota and they need the materials that are coming through the Port of Olympia.  Sounds like bad news, right?

Here is the good news:  We can stop this stupidity.  We can lead the way as Olympia often has.  Remember the Port Militarization Resistance that stopped the movement of war materials to Afghanistan, Pakistan and APO?   Mission Accomplished!

We can stop the shipment of ceramic proppants through the Port of Olympia, then we can rally other communities to follow our lead and stop this stupid and deadly economic activity.  Here is more good news:  Global warming is a jobs program.  The transition from a profit-driven fossil fuel energy grid to a clean and green, sustainable energy grid is a jobs program.  This is a change that we have to make.  The US should be leading the way.  The leaders are not going to lead, they are owned by the fossil fuel industry.   Banks that are too big to fail, destructive industries that are too big to jail.  That is what we are up against.

Stand Up, you OAFs!   See you at Traditions on April 16th.  Arrive hungry.  Eat and socialize with your neighbors, but remain hungry.  We need to be hungry for peace and justice.  We need to famished for environmental and social justice.  We are the ones we have been waiting for.  It is up to us to create the change that is needed.  Rise Up, Oafs!  This is our time.

Paul Cienfuegos on Community Rights Ordinances

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Five minutes and 20 seconds. Grab a cup of coffee and give Paul a listen.

Paul and I agree on a lot of things, but we both start from the point that single issue activism is not going to get the work done.

Paul is a TESC (The Evergreen State College) alum, here is Paul’s website. He has done trainings in Olympia and Shelton on community rights and helped Salish Sea activists shut down the biomass projects a couple of years ago.

Feb 17 Olympia Solidarity Rally in Support of the DC Keystone XL Pipeline Demonstration

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The pipelines run through the center of the country from north to south, but the coal trains and fracking trucks run across our rails, roads, and through our ports. Calling all earthlings who care about a sustainable planet to turn out and raise their voices for a just, peaceful and sustainable planet. And we start it here, now. Where we stand.

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