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Calendar for June - July 2017

 

COMING EVENTS

(Mostly in Olympia WA, with some in Tacoma, Seattle, and elsewhere)

For longer stretches of time, see the extensive calendars in Olympia FOR’s
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Calendar for June-July 2017
Events sponsored by FOR are preceded by the symbol FOR.
Phone numbers are in (360) unless otherwise noted.
Events outside of Thurston County have their locations underlined.
TCTV programs use cable channel 22 in Thurston County.

EVERY WEEK:

Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 am:  “Democracy Now!” with Amy Goodman on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  (For many years Olympia FOR has provided financial support for TCTV’s airing of “Democracy Now.”)
Every Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 am:  Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” on KAOS 89.3 FM
FOR Every Monday at 1:30 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.org:  JUNE:  “Confronting the New Nuclear Arms Race.”  JULY:  “Reform Elections!  Restore Democracy!”  Read summaries and watch programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm as well as on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org
Every Monday through Friday from 4 to 5 pm:  “Democracy Now!” with Amy Goodman on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  (For many years the Olympia FOR has provided financial support for TCTV’s airing of “Democracy Now.”)
Every Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 pm:  Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” on KAOS 89.3 FM
Every Monday at 5:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.com and www.vfp109rcc.org
Every Tuesday through October 10 from 4 to 7 pm:  West Olympia Farmers’ Market in West Central Park (corner of Harrison & Black Lake Blvd). Info: www.aparkforus.org
FOR  Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in NW corner of Sylvester Park (at Legion & Capitol Way) has persisted since March 5, 1980.  Please come for all or part of the hour to witness in a friendly way for peace and nonviolence.  We provide plenty of signs.  Info: glen@olympiafor.org491-9093 www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htm
FOR  Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on TCTV, cable channel 22 in Thurston County – or watch it at any time on your computer through www.olympiafor.org:  JUNE:  “Confronting the New Nuclear Arms Race.”  JULY:  “Reform Elections!  Restore Democracy!”  Read summaries and watch programs at www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm as well as on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org
Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm:  Hear “Talk Nation Radio” on KAOS-FM 89.3:  This 29-minute radio program offers politically progressive programs through the Pacifica Network.  Info: http://davidswanson.org/talknationradio 
Every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm:  Kim Dobson’s “Parallel University” on KAOS 89.3 FM interviews knowledgeable, interesting experts on peace, social justice, the environment, progressive politics, and other alternative viewpoints.  Info: Kim Dobson. 951-4382, parralleluniversity@yahoo.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Parallel-University-Radio-Show/1487 50248532028).  See list of current and past topics and guests.  Listen locally at 89.3 FM or at www.kaosradio.org
Every Thursday from 4 to 5 pm:  Cop Watch volunteers invite you to connect with local efforts to monitor police behavior:  Cop Watch’s concerned citizens are available to hear your stories and strengthen local efforts.  Come to Traditions Café, 5th & Water, Olympia.
Every Thursday at 8:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.comand www.vfp109rcc.org
FOR  Every Thursday at 9:00 pm:  Olympia FOR’s program on Thurston County’s TCTV cable channel 22 – or watch it anytime on your computer through www.olympiafor.org:  JUNE:  “Confronting the New Nuclear Arms Race.”  JULY:  “Reform Elections!  Restore Democracy!”  Read summaries and watch programs through www.olympiafor.org/tv_programs.htm as well as on TCTV.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org
Every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 am:  The Housing Justice Project can help low-income tenants:  From 8:30 to 10:30 am Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services presents the Housing Justice Project at the Thurston County Superior Courthouse, Bldg. 2, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.  They offer landlord/tenant advice for the tenants, unlawful detainer docket representation, and help for mobile home owners with complaints about rules violations, notices from landlords or park owners and mobile home eviction cases.  Call 705-8194 for information or to schedule an appointment.  For immediate legal information call toll-free (888) 201-1014 from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm Mon. through Fri.
FOR  Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm:  Peace Vigil at Percival Landing’s south end, 4th & Water, downtown.  Please join us for whatever length of time you can.  We provide plenty of signs.  The Artesian Rumble Arkestra street band joins us at 5:00 with lively music to support our vigil!  The Olympia FOR has sponsored this since November 1998.  Info: 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.organd www.olympiafor.org/vigils.htmand www.oly-wa.us/artesianrumble
Every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:  “Women in Black” Silent Vigil for Peace on the south side of W 4th Ave near the fountain. Women only. Please wear black. They provide signs. Since 1988 “Women in Black” has been a loose network of women worldwide opposed to war and violence.  Info: Rosemary Barnhart 866-7589 rosemary.b@comcast.net 
FOR  Every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm:  Peace Vigil in Centralia on the edge of Washington Park at Locust & Pearl in downtown Centralia.  Sponsor: Lewis County’s “Fire Mountain” FOR chapter. Info: June Butler (360) 748-9658 or Larry Kerschner (360) 880-4741 peacepoet@gmail.com
Every Saturday from 1:00 to 3:30 pm:  Vigil for immigrants’ rights at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma:  Join with other concerned people for the weekly vigil at the Northwest Detention Center (1623 East J St.) from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.  This privately owned, profit-making prison for immigrants provides poor care and is part of the systemic injustice in U.S. immigration policy.  Participants bring coffee, sandwiches, juice and special snacks and toys for children.  Info:  Nancy Farrell nfarrellwa@gmail.com 
Every Saturday at 2:00 pm:  Veterans for Peace airs a locally produced program on TCTV. Info: Dennis Mills 867-1487 mills.dennis@gmail.com and www.vfp109rcc.org

SPECIFIC DATES

Now through 10 a.m. Saturday June 3:  Houseless Bill of Rights Convention on the Washington State Capitol Campus (corner of Capitol Way & 14th Ave) is a permitted space 24/7 from 12 noon Wednesday May 31 to 10 a.m. Saturday June 3 to create the first draft of a Houseless Bill of Rights.  It will include workshops and discussions.  Instead of sleeping there, locations for sleeping and napping will be arranged.  Sponsor + info:  Just Housing justhousingoly@gmail.com


FOR REGISTER NOW!  Saturday to Tuesday July 1-4, 2017:  “Building Powerful Communities:  Shattering Oppressive Systems with Love” -- FOR’S 59th annual NW regional conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County WA:  See calendar listing for July 1-4 a few pages below and more at www.forseabeck.org – specifically at www.wwfor.org/3499-2

Register now for the Wednesday-Sunday August 2-6 Peace and Democracy Conference in Minneapolis:  Peace and democracy are interconnected in many ways, so let’s learn and work together to promote both.  It’s sponsored by an excellent non-profit org, World Beyond War.  Their website www.worldbeyondwar.org has many good resources.  The event’s website is www.DemocracyConvention.org.  Pre-register now for a discount.
Start planning now for local nonviolent actions during Campaign Nonviolence’s Week of Nonviolent Actions from Mon. Sept. 18 through Sun. Sept. 24, 2017.  See that calendar listing at the end of this calendar.
FOR  Thursday June 1:  “Confronting the New Nuclear Arms Race.” -- Olympia FOR’s June TV program debuts at 9:00 pm this evening on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  ALSO you can watch it through the “TV Programs” part of www.olympiafor.org.  See article on pages 10-11 of our June-July 2017 newsletter.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org 
Friday June 2 to Thursday June 8:  Documentary film about Jane Jacobs, a bold urban planner:  Jane Jacobs worked in New York City decades ago with a radical vision for making the city better.  See her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and see the 2-page article in the July 4/11, 2016, issue of The Nation.  Now there is a documentary film about her and her work:  “Citizen Jane:  Battle for the City.”  Olympia Film Society will show this 7 times at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia.  See info about Jane Jacobs and the film at www.olympiafilmsociety.org.
Saturday June 3:  Run at Millersylvania Park to support the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter:  Today’s 50k/30k/10k run benefits the Emergency Overnight Shelter sponsored by Interfaith Works of Thurston County (www.interfaith-works.org) 357-7224.  Gather at Millersylvania State Park, 12245 Tilley Rd SW, 98512.  Runners have 3 options:  donate $30 for 10k, $45 for the 30k or $60 for the 50k.  The fee includes food and drinks after the race for you and your friends or family.  100% of your entry fees will be donated by the race to the shelter.  Today’s event goes from 7 am to 4 pm.  Info: www.interfaith-works.org/event/millersylvania-50k30k10k-2017 and www.outdoorartsandrec.org /m10k-race-info  Register at www.ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=47676 
Saturday June 3:  Learn about Washington State’s Growth Management Act and how it might affect our local community:  An attorney from Futurewise (www.futurewise.org) will present at 10 am, with Q&A after in the Tumwater Library meeting room, 415 Tumwater Blvd. SW, Tumwater 98501.  Info:  Lisa (360) 956-0254.
Text Box:  Saturday June 3:  Gather in Mosier, Oregon, to protect Columbia River and climate from further
train wrecks and climate damage:  Mark the one-year anniversary of the frightening, nearly catastrophic oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon.  Gather in Mosier to make a statement against additional oil trains coming through the Columbia River Gorge.  Gather at Mosier Community School, located at 1204 Historic Columbia River Highway, Mosier, Oregon, at 12:00 noon.  Bring yourself and friends, a snack, a hat, and good walking shoes.  It’s sponsored by Columbia Riverkeeper www.columbiariverkeeper.org (541) 387 3030
Saturday June 3:  Garden Party celebration and fundraiser for Interfaith Works:  Honor volunteers and contributors from 6 to 9 pm at the Heritage Room, 604 Water Street SW, Olympia 98501.  $75/person.  Reserve your seat at www.interfaith-works.org or call 360-357-7224.
Sunday June 4:  The New Jim Crow Book Club:  The Black Alliance of Thurston County and Orca Books invite you to join them from 2 to 4 p.m. at Orca Books (509 4th Avenue E, Olympia) to discuss Chapters 5 and 6 of Michelle Alexander’s New York Times bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  Enjoy great refreshments.  Get a 10% discount if you purchase your book at Orca.  Info:  blackalliancethurstoncounty@gmail.com 352-0123 www.orcabooks.com
Sunday June 4:  South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship has revived itself and welcomes new people.  Meet from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. at the home of Carolyn at 418 Percival NW in Olympia.  Info:  Robert Lovitt 357-2825 lovitthere@comcast.net www.ssbpf.net
Sunday June 4:  Hear David Korten speak at fundraiser in Seattle for “Fix Democracy First,” a great statewide non-profit org working to solve problems in our democracy and our electoral systems:  This event’s theme is “Deep Democracy and the Path to Ecological Civilization.”  It runs from 4 to 8 pm at the Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle 98144.  This event will benefit the pro-democracy movement in Washington State and celebrate the merger of WAmend and Fix Democracy First. Enjoy a delicious Mexican food buffet with wine, beer, Margaritas and soft drinks.  Tickets:  $75 in advance from www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2943975or $85 at the door.  Mail checks to: Fix Democracy First, 1402 3rd Ave #201, Seattle WA 98101.  Info:  Cindy Black (206) 552-3287 cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org  Cindy will be a guest on Olympia FOR’s July TV program, and we’ll feature the work of Fix Democracy First and other non-partisan efforts to reform elections.
Monday June 5:  Hands-on opportunity to survey local beach ecosystems:  Forage fish are a vital part of our ecosystem.  You can help local Stream Team folks survey local beaches for surf smelt and sand lance eggs.  Gather at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot at Flora Vista Road NE near Priest Point Park.  After beach samples are collected, travel to their lab, 2200 Boulevard Road SE, to process the samples and look for eggs.  Info:  www.streamteam.info
Monday June 5:  Watch “Race to Nowhere” film with grassroots anti-poverty group POWER:  On the first Monday of each month, connect with Parents Organizing For Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER) for their “POWER Outage” at 309 5th Avenue SE, Olympia.  POWER is an organization of low-income parents and allies advocating for a strong social safety net while working toward a world where children and care giving are truly valued, and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated.  Tonight is movie night.  The “Race to Nowhere” film challenges current thinking about problems with America’s schools.  POWER Outage starts with a potluck at 5:30 pm, so you might bring something to share.  Bring the kids for onsite childcare.  Info: (360) 352-9716 toll free (866) 343-9716 info@mamapower.org www.mamapower.org
Monday June 5:  Connect with Olympia Indivisible to organize progressive public pressure on Congress:  For several months the “Indivisible” movement (www.indivisible.us) has been growing to help people organize practical people-based pressure to move Congress toward more politically progressive action.  Their “Indivisible Guide” (www.indivisibleguide.com) provides practical ways to push Congress in better directions.  Local “Indivisible” groups have formed in local communities nationwide, including here.  Olympia Indivisible invites everyone to an All-Members Meeting from 7:00 to 8:45 pm at the Thurston County Court House Bldg1, Room152, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.  They’ll be taking stock, looking forward, taking action as a group and individuals on health care reform, getting your suggestions for upcoming speakers and issues, and more.  Come and share good energy.  RSVP to olyindirsvp@gmail.com.  Space will be limited, so sign up today.
Monday-Saturday June 5-10:  Week of Action for Palestinian Rights:  The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights is organizing this to mark the 50-year anniversary of Israel’s brutal military occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem.  Groups worldwide are planning actions to demand an end to Israel's apartheid and ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.  See www.uscpr.org
FOR Tuesday June 6: Olympia FOR’s book group will discuss books written by Malcolm Gladwell:  We choose a different topic for each month.  For tonight, read a book by Malcolm Gladwell and come prepared to summarize it.  (Several are available through Timberland Regional Library.)  At the end of tonight’s discussion we’ll choose the topic for books to read for our July gathering, which we might schedule for a different date instead of Tuesday July 4.  6:00 pm at 1515 Tullis St. NE, Olympia.  Info: Jim Bellinger (360) 359-2212 jimabellinger@comcast.net  Good news:  Chris Carson arranged for Olympia FOR’s book discussion group to be registered at Orca Books.  People can buy a book on the next month’s topic, say it’s for our book group, and get a 10% discount on it.


FOR  Wednesday June 7:  Olympia FOR’s Nuclear Weapons Committee holds our second meeting – including a “postcard blitz” to Congress about hot nuclear issues and organizing our local grassroots efforts – at 7:00 pm at Traditions Café, 5th& Water, downtown Olympia.  Tonight we’ll send a “postcard blitz” to Congress about hot nuclear issues, and we’ll start organizing our local grassroots efforts.  See page 2 of our June-July 2017 newsletter.  Info:  Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 nuclearweapons@olympiafor.org

Wednesday, June 7:  Health Care for All:  Resistance and Alternatives to Trumpcare:  Teresa Mosqueda, longtime healthcare organizer and advocate, and candidate for Seattle City Council, and Dr. David McLanahan, Coordinator for the Western Washington Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org) will be explaining the limitations of the existing Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the significantly worse proposals of the Trump Administration and the U.S. Congress.  Learn about how universal single-payer health care (often called “Medicare for All”) can solve our nation’s health care crisis, and the strategy to achieve it nationwide, statewide and locally.  There will be plenty of time for discussion at this informative program.  Free admission.  Health Care is a basic human right!  7:00 pm in Rooms 101-102 of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, downtown Olympia.
Thursday June 8:  Food System Equity: Pathfinding for Social & Ecological Change:  This is all-day event features three important leaders presenting on decolonizing food systems, social permaculture, patterns in justice and resistance, and much more.  It runs from 9 am to 5 pm at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia 98505.  Free admission for TESC students, staff and faculty, or $25 for the general public at http://bit.ly/foodsystemequity  Some scholarships are available.  Buy lunch on-site.  Facebook event:  www.tinyurl.com//yb535tmk
Friday June 9:  Nationwide day to phone Congress members to urge a nationwide fee on carbon fuels:  The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a savvy organization working hard for this strategically useful way to reduce our climate crisis.  CCL organized this for a few days before their in-person National Lobby Day on Tuesday June 13.  You may use CCL’s online method for calling Congress: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/call-congress-to-act-on-climate/#/38/  It includes a suggested script and we can count the number of calls.  Info:  www.citizensclimatelobby.org
Friday June 9:  Janis Ian performs in Olympia: “We’re Still Singing: Songs of Peace, Protest and Social Justice” –  7:30 pm at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts  at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia 98512.  Highly respected folk singer Janis Ian is persisting long past the 1960s.  The show will open with the SPSCC College Chorus and SPSCC Chamber Choir performing a varied array of powerful songs by Janis Ian, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and more. The second half will feature a solo set by Janis Ian and will conclude as the combined choirs accompany Ian for a shared performance.  Tickets $30.  Info:  www.thurstontalk.com/event/were-still-singing/?instance_id=33059
Friday-Sunday June 9-11:  People's Summit in Chicago:  Many people participated in 2016’s People’s Summit, and this year’s event could be bigger.  Major speakers include Bernie Sanders, Naomi Klein, Glenn Greenwald, and Bill McKibben.  Info:  www.ThePeoplesSummit.org
Friday-Monday June 9-12:  Cascadia Convergence at Elbe (Mt. Rainier Family Farm) is an opportunity to gather, share, and learn about bioregionalism:  Info + register:  https://www.cascadianow.org/articles/announcing-our-2017-cascadia-convergence
Saturday June 10:  Nisqually Land Trust Free Bird Walk @ Red Salmon Creek near DuPont:  Everyone is invited to a bird walk at Red Salmon Creek with Donna LaCasse of Tahoma Audubon and Land Trust Outreach Coordinator, Cris Peck, from 8:00 to 10:00 am.  These early morning hours are perfect to watch for song birds, birds of prey, and many more species in the reforested pastures and young forest.  It is free, but registration is required.  Info:  Nisqually Land Trust www.nisquallylandtrust.org (360) 489-3400
Saturday June 10: Citizens’ Climate Lobby – monthly meeting from 9:30 am to 12 noon at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW in downtown Olympia.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to relieve the climate crisis, especially by putting a price on carbon-based fuels.  They are making progress in Congress with Democrats and Republicans.  See the new resolution similar to 2015’s but with more co-sponsors:  http://citizensclimatelobby.org/climate-resolution/  Info:  www.citizensclimatelobby.organd dfoutch@blarg.net
Saturday June 10:  Heartsparkle Playback Theatre workshop:  Join the Heartsparkle Players for an afternoon of stories, spontaneity and connection.  Practice deep listening and playing wholeheartedly.  It will run from 1:00 to 4:30 pm at the Bandha Room, 119 ½ Capitol Way, downtown Olympia.  (South from State Ave in the Labor Temple’s 3rd floor Room #1).  A $35.00 donation is requested, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.  Pre-registration is required – Contact Debe at debek@olywa.net or (360) 943-6772.
Sunday June 11:  Olympia’s part of a worldwide Equality March for Unity & Pride:  A national organizing group (InterPride, www.interpride.org) is calling for a national LGBTQ March on Washington with solidarity marches in local U.S. communities and worldwide.  Olympia’s organizers chose today, the weekend before next Saturday’s Capital City Pride events (www.capitalcitypride.net)  Gather at Olympia’s Sylvester Park, Legion & Capitol Way, at 11:00 am.
Wednesday June 14:  Sierra Club South Sound Meeting at Mekong Restaurant, 125 Columbia Street (corner of State Ave) in downtown Olympia.  Order food at 5:30 pm for meeting at 6:00 pm. Sierra Club South Sound serves members in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Lewis counties.  Tonight’s meeting features reports on Mt Rainier, Thurston gopher-water-growth management issues, Sierra Club South Sound outings and much more!.  Info:  Joel Carlson fox7799@gmail.comand Phyllis Farrell, Chair phyllisfarrell681@hotmail.comand www.sierraclub.org/washington/south-sound-group 
Tuesday June 13:  Free Documentary Film:  “Kindness is Contagious” -- 6:30-8:30 pm at Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE, 98501.  Info on the film:  www.kindness-is-contagious.com
Wednesday June 14:  Nationwide boycott of Trump-related businesses:  www.bringhimdown.org
FOR  Wednesday June 14:  Olympia FOR’s Steering Committee meets at 7:00 pm in NE Olympia.  Info:  Kerri Griffis kerrigriffis@yahoo.com or Chris Carson 943-2375 or info@olympiafor.org
FOR  Thursday June 15:  Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race meets from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in Seattle, but they invite people to participate by telephone from elsewhere in Washington State.  Olympia FOR and several other of our local FOR chapters belong.  See info on page 2 of this newsletter.  Local info:  Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org
Thursday June 15:  Watch and discuss Part 6 of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s PBS acclaimed documentary, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC) sanctuary, 2315 Division St NW in Olympia. Free refreshments and parking.
Thursday June 15 to Friday July 7:  United Nations negotiations on the ban of nuclear weapons:  See page 4 of Olympia FOR’s June-July 2017 newsletter.  More info:  www.icanw.org/campaign-news/negotiations
Saturday June 17:  Capital City Pride festival at Heritage Park near 7th & Water Streets, downtown from 1 to 6 pm.  The parade comes down Capitol Way before then and ends in the park.  Look for Olympia FOR’s booth focusing on abolishing the death penalty, featuring our popular “Wheel of Misfortune” game, which highlights many of the reasons why innocent people are convicted and sentenced to death.  Info:  www.capitalcitypride.net  If you can arrange other outreach opportunities for us to present our death penalty information (including our “Wheel of Misfortune” and other informative games), contact Glen Anderson (360) 491 9093 glen@olympiafor.org
Saturday June 17:  “Friendly Waterfest” with Friendly Water for the World runs from 1 to 5 pm at Olympia Friends Meetinghouse, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia (just past Priest Point Park and to the left).  Enjoy water games, a BioSand Filter demonstration, live music, yummy food, choreographic dance, art sale and face painting.  Friendly Water for the World provides resources and training so poor people elsewhere in the world who lack safe drinking water can purify their water with low-tech but very efficient BioSand water filters.  $10 for adults, free for kids under 13.  Tickets:  www.friendlywater.net/events or call (360) 918-3642.  Info:  www.friendlywater.net
Saturday June 17:  Labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum speaks about issues related to his new book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor MovementHe has been a labor, community, and faith organizer for more than thirty years, playing key roles including SeaTac Airport campaign director.  Rosenblum says this book and its contents is an “examination of power in our society today – how it got so imbalanced, the devastation this imbalance has wrecked, and what working people can do and must do to reclaim power and voice in our society.”  This battle between labor and big business inspired similar $15/hour fights around the country.  Hear him at 6:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, Olympia.  (360) 352-0123 www.orcabooks.com
Sunday June 18:  South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship has revived itself and welcomes new people.  Meet from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. at the home of Carolyn at 418 Percival NW in Olympia.  Info:  Robert Lovitt 357-2825 lovitthere@comcast.net www.ssbpf.net
Thursday April 20:  Race in Film Series:  “Race and Its Depiction in Popular Films” – This series on the third Thursday of every month chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today.  6:30-9:30 pm in the sanctuary of Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St. NW; Olympia.  OUUC’s Standing Up to Racism, in collaboration with the Black Alliance of Thurston County and The United Churches of Olympia sponsor a monthly film series that explores race and the depiction of race in popular culture. Enjoy a discussion and refreshments.  It is free and open to everyone.  Info:  www.ouuc.org and www.blackalliancethurston.org/courageous-conversations.html 
FOR Wednesday June 21: Global Days of Listening now starts at 8:30 pm Pacific Time:  The three-hour conversation with peace supporters worldwide starts at 8:30 pm Pacific Time.  Sign-up to speak: globaldaysoflistening@yahoo.com The opportunity in Olympia is at the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants.  The call originating in Kabul, Afghanistan, occurs on the 21st of each month (their time), and the new starting time means that people in our Pacific time zone participate from 8:30 to 11:30 pm.  Info:  Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757 dougwmackey@yahoo.com   Chuck Schultz (360) 705-8520 chuckschultz3@msn.com and www.globaldaysoflisteningorg 
Thursday June 22:  Watch John Pilger's powerful new documentary film, “The Coming War on China.”  Many people who wanted to watch it were not available for a recent screening, so now it is back by popular demand.  This gripping film documents the U.S.’s largely unreported military mobilization to threaten China and plan for war.  Discussion with Bernie Meyer and other folks will follow.  Free admission!  7:00-9:30 pm at Traditions Café, 5th Ave SW & Water Street SW, downtown Olympia.  Info:  Bernie 570-0975 berniemeyer2001@yahoo.com
Friday June 23:  Learn about bats – and watch them tonight:  Local bat expert Greg Falxa will hold a fun, fact-filled bat talk at 7 pm at Traditions Café, 5th & Water, downtown Olympia, and lead a Bat Walk at Capitol Lake at 9 pm.
FOR Friday-Sunday June 23-25:  Special Training in “Kingian Nonviolence” by Kazu Haga in Seattle:  The Western Washington FOR (www.wwfor.org) arranged for an intensive Core Training in “Kingian Nonviolence,” led by Kazu Haga (www.wagingnonviolence.org/author/kazuhaga) and Seattle FOR member Mary Lou Finley, both Senior Level Trainers who have been trained by, and are associates of, Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette (www.kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_lafayette_bernard_1940.1.html), who was a part of Martin Luther King’s “inner circle” and the main organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign.  This training is mostly intended for young people participating in WWFOR’s Mike Yarrow Peace Fellows program, but – even though space is quite limited – other people of other ages might be able to sign up by contacting Janis Pruitt-Hamm at 206-466-2924.  Read a recent article that Kazu Haga published in “Waging Nonviolence,” the online magazine for nonviolent social activists, available at https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/moral-nonviolence-healing-king
Saturday June 24:  Learn about the 12 species of Sharks live in our Salish Sea:  You may be surprised that Puget Sound is home to twelve shark species, from common sharks like the spiny dogfish, to elusive deep-water sharks like the basking shark.  Enjoy an engaging 2 pm presentation and all-day art projects.  10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the WET Science Center, 500 Adams Street NE, near the Hands-On Children’s Museum.  Info:  www.wetsciencecenter.org  (360) 528-5731
Saturday June 24:  “Hidden Figures” film about black women scientists at NASA leading to John Glenn’s orbit:  Three brilliant African-American women at NASA were the mathematical brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.  This 2016 feature film will show at 6:30 (doors open 6:00) with Q&A afterward, at Olympia Film Society, Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, downtown Olympia.  $9 General Admission / $6 OFS Members.  Watch the trailer at www.olympiafilmsociety.org
FOR  Tuesday June 27 (tentative):  Olympia FOR’s Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is likely to meet at 7:00 pm at a location to be determined.  We’ll know a few weeks in advance.  Info:  Emily Hammargren 352-0695 deathpenalty@olympiafor.orgor Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org.  See much information about the death penalty at www.olympiafor.org/death_penalty.htm 
Monday-Friday June 26-30:  Holly Gwinn Graham offers Art Day Camp for people aged 6 and up:  Other opportunities are Mon-Fri Aug 7-11 and Mon-Fri Aug 21-25.  These camps feature many art forms, including clay, acrylic painting, mosaic, spirit houses, windletters, watercolors, tissue art, collage, oil and chalk pastels, book making, poems, songs, stories and theatre with performances at the end of the week for family and friends.  These happen from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm weekdays at Fertile Ground Gardens, 311 9th Ave SE (south across 9th from the Olympia Timberland Library).  Field trips on Tuesday and Thursday will visit Heritage Fountain, downtown.  Artist and teacher Holly Gwinn Graham guides these workshops.  The $220 per week cost includes materials.  Camps are limited to six persons ages 6 and up, so please register early at www.fertileground.org
Monday July 3 is the last day to register by mail or online for voting in the August 1 primary election, but you can register in person at the county auditor’s office until 4 pm Monday July 24.
FOR  Monday July 3:  “Reform Elections!  Restore Democracy” – Olympia FOR’s July TV program debuts at 1:30 pm this afternoon on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  ALSO starting in late June you can watch it through the “TV Programs” part of www.olympiafor.org.  See article on pages 10-11 of our June-July 2017 newsletter.  Info: Glen Anderson 491-9093 glen@olympiafor.org 
FOR REGISTER NOW!  Saturday to Tuesday July 1-4, 2017:  “Building Powerful Communities:  Shattering Oppressive Systems with Love” -- FOR’S 59th annual NW regional conference at Seabeck in Kitsap County WA:  Enjoy two keynote speakers, many workshops and other activities related to our theme, creating community, working toward racial justice, understanding white privilege, achieving housing for all, supporting immigrants in the community and in detention, honoring indigenous values, fighting climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, defending LGBTQ rights,; opposing the new populist militarism, taking care of our activist selves, and more.  Enjoy good company, music, boating, swimming, hiking, meals together, talent show, and special programming.  Information:  (206) 789-5565 or wwfor@wwfor.org  and websites:  www.wwfor.org  www.forseabeck.organd www.wwfor.org/3499-2  Keynote speakers will be:
-- Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, and anti-racist organizer. She is an attorney and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Washington, where she studied racial disproportionality and disparate impact in school exclusion.
-- Teressa Raiford is a leader in Portland’s police accountability movement, a long-time activist and a former candidate for Portland City Council.
FOR  Tuesday July 4 (perhaps rescheduled because of the holiday, so phone Jim to confirm):  Olympia FOR’s book discussion group meets at 6:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, but tThe first Tuesday of July is the 4th, so we might need to reschedule that.  Each month we read and discuss books on a different topic.  For tonight, read and be ready to summarize any book on whatever topic we chose for tonight at the end of our June 6 discussion.  At the end of tonight’s discussion we’ll choose a book for Tuesday August 1.    Meet at 6:00 pm at the home of Jim Bellinger, 1515 Tullis St NE, just a bit north of San Francisco Street NE.  Information: (360) 359-2212, jimabellinger@comcast.net  Chris Carson arranged for Olympia FOR’s book discussion group to be registered at Orca Books.  People can buy a book on the next month’s topic, say it’s for our book group, and get a 10% discount on it.
Thursday July 6 (and the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month):  Native Plant Walks at McLane Creek Nature Trail:  Enjoy an educational stroll along Olympia’s McLane Creek Nature Trail, guided by plant experts from the Native Plant Salvage Foundation.  All ages and levels of experience are welcome, so come learn the names of our beautiful northwest native plants, and their ecological and ethnobotanical roles.  These Native Plant Walks are a great way to learn plants, botanize with friends, and enjoy an evening outdoors.  Plant walks occur on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the McLane Creek Nature Trail, 5044 Delphi Road SW (several miles south of Mud Bay Road), Olympia, WA 98512.  Info:  867-2157 www.nativeplantsalvage.org
Thursday July 13:  Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) invites the public to hear Sameer Ranade from the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy at TCAT’s forum:  7:00 pm at Traditions Fair Trade Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia.  Info:  www.thurstonclimateaction.org and graeme.sackrison@gmail.com
Monday-Tuesday July 17-18:  Learn skills to design and lead productive meetings:  Take the “Facilitating Effective Meetings” course offered by the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County:  Are you tired of leading or attending unproductive or dysfunctional meetings?  This two-day (8:30 am to 5:30 pm) training is for anyone who runs or attends meetings in government agencies, businesses, schools, non-profits, civic groups, faith communities or other organizations.   This highly-interactive training provides participants with a foundation in the concepts, processes, and skills for designing and facilitating meetings.  Info and registration:  (360) 956-1155 jmiller@mediatethurston.org  www.mediatethurston.org
FOR  Friday July 21: Global Days of Listening now starts at 8:30 pm Pacific Time:  The three-hour conversation with peace supporters worldwide starts at 8:30 pm Pacific Time.  To sign-up to be on the call: globaldaysoflistening@yahoo.com  The opportunity in Olympia is at the home of Chuck Schultz and Rozanne Rants.  The call originating in Kabul, Afghanistan, occurs on the 21st of each month (their time), and the new starting time means that people in our Pacific time zone participate from 8:30 to 11:30 pm.  Info:  Doug Mackey (360) 915-6757 dougwmackey@yahoo.com   Chuck Schultz (360) 705-8520 chuckschultz3@msn.comand www.globaldaysoflisteningorg 
Monday July 24 at 4 pm is the deadline to register in person for voting in the August 1 primary election.
Tuesday July 25 to Tuesday August 1:  “Localize This!  Action Camp” – Powerful and creative nonviolent training through the Backbone Campaign on Vashon Island WA:  These savvy folks invite people to come for an exciting, useful week.  They say:  “As we resist oppression, as we fight for progressive values to win out, we must also raise our collective aspirations.  We want camp participants to design actions that not only earn media attention, but also pressure decision-makers, and invite new people into the movement.  Upon returning to their communities we hope they create actions that reclaim our humanity. We hope their organizing affirms the sacredness of existence in a world where nearly everything has become commodified.”  Info:  www.backbonecampaign.org.  Apply here:  www.backbonecampaign.org/2017actioncamp
Friday-Saturday July 28-29:  “Blessed Are the Peacemakers” -- Nonviolence conference and training in Huntington, Indiana, will feature John Dear, Ken Butigan and Kit Evans-Ford:  This event will focus on the Gospel Nonviolence call to be peacemakers.  Explore how nonviolence is calling us to action in today’s world.  Explore alternative methods of engagement and how to use them.  Info:  www.paceebene.org/event/blessed-are-the-peacemakers-conference  Register: www.victorynollcenter .org/conferenceonnonviolence
FOR Tuesday August 1:  Olympia FOR’s book discussion group meets at 6:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, with a different topic each month.  For tonight, read and be ready to summarize a book about whatever topic we chose in early July to read for tonight.  Meet at 6:00 pm at the home of Jim Bellinger, 1515 Tullis St NE, just a bit north of San Francisco Street NE.  Info: (360) 359-2212, jimabellinger@comcast.net  Chris Carson arranged for Olympia FOR’s book discussion group to be registered at Orca Books.  People can buy a book on the next month’s topic, say it’s for our book group, and get a 10% discount on it.
Mark your calendars now and plan to attend Wednesday-Sunday August 2-6 Peace and Democracy Conference in Minneapolis:  Peace and democracy are interconnected in many ways, so let’s learn and work together to promote both.  It’s sponsored by an excellent non-profit org, World Beyond War.  Their website www.worldbeyondwar.org has many good resources.  The event’s website is www.DemocracyConvention.org.  Pre-register now for a discount.
Monday through Friday August 7-11 and 21-25:  Holly Gwinn Graham offers Art Day Camp for people aged 6 and up:  Same as the calendar listing for Monday-Friday June 26-30.


FOR  Wednesday August 9 (Nagasaki Day):  Olympia FOR’s potluck picnic + jazz concert featuring the Joe Mailhot Quartet playing John Coltrane’s peace-related music:  Our annual potluck picnic at Priest Point Park’s Rose Garden starts at 5:30 pm.  Please bring food to share and friends who would enjoy the food and the music and connecting with Olympia FOR.  For the concert you might want to bring a blanket or lawn chair.  From State & Plum, go north on East Bay Drive to Priest Point Park.  Parking is limited, and we expect a good turnout, so please carpool if possible.

Today is Nagasaki Day, so we have arranged for a concert of some of John Coltrane’s music by the Joe Mailhot Quartet.  Coltrane had joined the Navy to avoid the draft and was stationed at Pearl Harbor.  He turned against war and bombing and later visited Nagasaki, prayed there, and performed a special work he had created (“Peace on Earth”).  He said, “I think that music, being an expression of the human heart, or of the human, of being itself, does express what is happening.”  He also composed music in Alabama in response to the 1963 bombings in Birmingham.  Join us for this evening of music and reflection, along with Olympia FOR’s potluck picnic.  Find out about Olympia FOR’s new committee working against nuclear weapons and how you can help abolish them.  You are welcome to stay for the Steering Committee meeting.  Thanks to Chris Carson for organizing this special jazz feature for Olympia FOR’s annual picnic!

Monday September 18 to Sunday September 24:  Plan one or more activities for the 2017 Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions:  Since 2014, Campaign Nonviolence (www.paceebene.org and www.paceebene.org/ programs/campaign-nonviolence) has organized an annual action week in September, where marches and rallies calling for a culture of peace and nonviolence have taken place in all 50 states and a growing number of countries.  The organizers urge:

 

 

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