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The Political Significance of this Cannot be Understated

but it has entertainment value, so…

Thanks to Mary for passing this one on

My ISP has jumped to Word Press.  I don’t like it, but unless I want to do a lot of code work, I am now stuck with the look of Word Press.  I am not sure the old look was the Good, but I was used to it.  Not sure if Word Press is Bad or Ugly, you can help me decide.  Don’t like that changey thing, I guess.

This may be what the black bloc needs:  Ukes!  and Accordions.

February 17, 2013 at Heritage Park, 3 pm – Be There

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

We will be at Heritage Park with PA, music, speakers, tabling and general merriment.  Come and join us.

Want to help us send a message to Governor

Inslee?  Please sign on!   Want to sign the Credo Petition to Governor Inslee?  Please do.  It’s starts with a thought, it moves on to a click, can we move on to action and change?    We better.

Ok, working on the schedule:

  • John Prine – Paradise
  • 2:30 pm or maybe a little earlier we will have popup tents set up and music playing
  • somewhere around 2:30 or maybe a little later we have Crow Drummers  and we are off to dance and merriment.  Thanks to Oly Rhythm and Dance.  They can’t make it, but they helped us connect with Crow Drummers.  Thank you!
  • Around 3:10 our master of ceremonies Paul Pickett will speak and get us going
  • Schedule is firming up and looks like:
    • 3:20 We have a 30 second message from EXXON Hates Your Children.
    • 3:21  Beth Doglio with the No Coal Train campaign
    • 3:25  Chiara Dangelo -from the Coal Free PSE campaign.
    • 3:30  We will stream 4 minutes from RFK Jr. Let’s Go to the Barricades!
    • 3:35  County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela will speak
    • 3:42  Rhonda Hunter – will talk about climate change, what we can do about it
    • 3:47  Holly Gwinn Graham will sing and get us moving
    • 3:55  Gar Lipow will speak about Jobs and Green Energy
    • 4:02  Bourtai Hargrove will read her letter to Governor Inslee
    • 4:05  Lady Liberty and Olympia Raging Grannies will lead us in song and flash mob performance
    • 4:21  Zoltan Grossman on the Achilles Heel of the Fossil Fuel Industry
    • 4:25 We have invited President Carter to join by Skype, but no response yet, so we will have the The Hinges – Danny Kelly and Karen Hancock cover as we wait for phone call from Jimmy
    • 4:35  Glen Anderson on the moral dimensions of our struggle to prevent disastrous global warming
    • 4:38 Patricia Ridge will speak about climate change, how it impacts low income families and generational justice
    • 4:40 Greg Black takes over and plays some tunes for us

We will try to keep building and refining the schedule and answers to questions into this blog item and will update as often as possible.

More links:

Why are we getting out in February in Western Washington?

read’m and weep:

February 9, 2013 from the NYT:

Storm Leaves Northeast Reeling

 A gigantic midwinter storm buried the Northeast in snow on Saturday, leaving behind a debilitated and disoriented region digging through plump white drifts and reeling from gale-force winds.

Painting a white landscape from Maine to New York, the storm expressed itself much as weather forecasters had predicted. New York City eluded its worst bite, and muffled-up pedestrians trooped along slushy sidewalks as insouciantly as after any matter-of-fact winter snowfall. But points to the north and east were battered hard.

Read the whole piece?  No mention of global warming, but this is what global warming looks like.  More moisture in the atmosphere leads to heavier snow and rain.  We have to start connecting the dots and encouraging folks to understand that when they see a hundred year flood or snowstorm every two or three years – that is global warming.  It’s bad.  It’s going to get worse.   We have to start addressing it here and now.

here is a recent local story:

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

Eppo sings his Thurston Public Power song

M & I are working on two campaigns for the regular election.  The first is Thomas Bjorgen’s run for the Court of Appeals.  Tom would simply make a superb judge and I think it’s going to happen.

The second campaign we are pounding on is the Thurston Public Power Initiative.  This initiative will allow the existing Public Utility District to expand from water services to water and electricity.  Thurston is the only county in SW Washington that does not have a public power option.  We are going to fix that. This is a pretty simple matter of keeping electric rates low by allowing for competition.  A private banking company from Australia purchased Puget Sound Energy a few years ago.  PSE is not a local company and the Macquarie Group that owns PSE took 17 million dollars out of Thurston County last year in profits.  These profits were offset by the power outages that occurred in Thurston County last winter with the ice storm.  I am on PUD power in Lewis County, my power never blinked.  Some PSE customers in Thurston County were without power for a week or more.  Some advocates for the PSE power monopoly think the solution is that homeowners buy generator sets for back up power.  Lots of us think the solution is local jobs trimming the trees and maintaining the lines, local power generation through a PUD that is rooted in the local community and has a commitment to local, sustainable power generation, and local accountability.  The PUD commissioners get to face the voters on a regular basis.  When do we get to vote on the management of the Macquarie Group or Goldman Sachs or other private financial institutions?

Public power or private profits?  That is the choice.

Here is Jon Eppo Epstein sharing his thoughts on the matter:

Two Quotes for the Day – Friday the 13th Event

“It is as useless to argue with those
who have renounced the use and authority of reason
as to administer medication to the dead.”

— Thomas Jefferson

M and I are pretty busy preparing for the Friday the 13th Zombie Monster Mash Event in Olympia. Hope you can join us at Sylvester Park or at other locations where we will living it up, undead style on Friday.  To follow the planning come to the  site.   The question is whether the legislators have renounced the use and authority of reason.  The Undead Want to Know.

I. F. Stone– “The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing—for the sheer fun and joy of it—to go right ahead and fight, knowing you’re going to lose. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.”

There are folks who think it is not a great idea to mix zombies in this serious legislative lobbying battle.  I get that.  The struggle over the budget is dead serious.  But we have to spread the word and mobilize young folks.  So here we go, Facebook, Zombies, Twitter etc.  This is serious to students, college, high school, middle school and below because the push is on to gut the education budget, to dump teacher unions, to privatize education with profit as the first priority.  Plus, as Izzy notes above, we mustn’t feel like martyrs even if we lose, we have to keep rising like the undead.  We will not go away.

Hope to have some zombie lobbying footage up on Saturday, May 14th or maybe Sunday.  The video editing takes a long time.  See you there?