With the academic year quickly approaching it seems appropriate to reevaluate the ways in which Evergreen has succeeded, or not succeeded, in employing practices that positively affect both those in the immediate college community as well as those in the greater Olympia region. Specifically, policies and practices regarding the campus food system.
The subject of a self-operated campus dining system is not a new topic to those within the Evergreen community. In the past decade there have been both student led and college organized efforts to initiate dialogue and begin actualizing a food structure more aligned to the college’s mission statement.
For many years, local environmentalists and veterans’ groups have wondered if depleted uranium has been used on the artillery firing range inside Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the largest military base on the West Coast. Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that the base used depleted uranium rounds, which contain a radioactive, toxic heavy metal, in the 1960s. Army officials deny links to confirmed radon contamination, and are unsure when cleanup procedures will begin.
Many of you enlisted in the military because you love your country, and you believed you were defending a democratic society. If so, then you will be bothered by the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which permits constitutional rights to the “voice” (money) of corporations. This granted multinational corporations control of our government and the American people. True democracy--your voice--has been silenced by lies and a never-ending paycheck to the 1%.
Fifteen months and a dozen+ trips into the courtroom later...
Scott Yoos Support Committee and Legal Defense Fund
Regrettably, there's precious little in the way of really new news to report about the still-pending case of "Washington State v. Yoos." Back in April (2012), it was thought that Scott's main Trial would be in full-swing by August of this year, but, due to multiple, unanticipated, out-of-state scheduling conflicts, official "continuances" were sought and granted.
NORMAL Thurston analyzed 10 years of marijuana arrests in the county
As a board member for the Thurston County chapter of the National Organiztion for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) I approach marijuana arrests with a bias. I have trouble explaining the necessity to ban a plant that, after centuries of use, has yet to be fatal. I find it difficult to negotiate that while the National Institute of Health observed marijuana dependency in 9% of users, compared to 30% of users of alcohol. I find it hard to support federal scheduling which says marijuana has no medical value after meeting Erv Rosenfeld, whom the feds have been supplying with medical pot for a quarter century. So yes, I’ve become biased against a policy that is biased against facts.
In Olympia, the Sixth Annual Arlington NW Memorial Display will be at Heritage Park at 5th Avenue and Water Street on the weekend of Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th 2012.
Arlington NW is a major travelling display dedicated to the 6,500 U.S military men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last decade of war and occupation. The impressive display consists of white tablet markers which are arranged in rows and columns to simulate what Arlington National cemetery would look like if a section were devoted entirely to the deceased of the two wars and occupations. Other recognition will be given to civilian deaths too.
This article aims to identify where support for those who are homeless comes from and analyze the relationship between communities of faith and communities of persons who are homeless. Camp Quixote, a tent community for the homeless in Olympia, Washington, began and has continued to exist with substantial aid from local faith-based organizations. The role of faith-based organizations in aiding this specific homeless community is given as an example of the strong ties between religious and homeless communities.
The Occupy movement in the United States is part of a global upsurge that began in Tunisia in late 2010, spread to Egypt and the Middle East, Wisconsin, Chile, Spain, Greece, Wall Street and the rest of the United States, and now Quebec. I focus on the United States, particularly the Pacific Northwest where I have been an active participant.
There is a saying, “All’s fair in love and war,” that takes on new meaning with the increasing use of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones.’ There is a fierce political and ethical debate surrounding the use of drones by the US military and in particular the deployment of this technology as an assassination weapon in the so-called “War on Terror.”
The United States is rapidly increasing its capability to fight high-tech warfare. Not only has space become littered with US satellites collecting information on other countries (friends as well as enemies) around the world, not only are the Americans preparing to fight cyber wars where their military can disable the computers of their enemies, the American drone program is now the highest priority of the US military.
Reward offered for WikiLeaks to publish Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiating text
The United States foreign policy reform organization, Just Foreign Policy, has issued a “crowdsourced” reward for WikiLeaks to publish the negotiating text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The organization issued an appeal online for pledges of donations toward the reward. As of August 27, the reward stands at $21,875.