Quality Health Care is a central human necessity and should be available to all-nationally and globally.
I urge everyone to honor the Tuesday, May 28th 2013 strike of the Student Staff Support Services Union. These Evergreen workers have bargained for more than 16 months for a just contract, where they would be treated with respect. They are requesting a small increase in pay and that they cannot be fired at the will of their supervisors but only for just cause. Not having this basic right makes people less willing to speak and challenge injustices as there might be retaliation.
This is an important struggle to support. I will be picketing the campus tomorrow and urge you to do so. I wish the Evergreen administration had already accepted the contract and settled and still hope they do but more pressure is needed on them.
When Judge Wilcox asked me what happened on March 5th, I said the following:
1) Housing and shelter is a basic human right.
2) Olympia and Thurston County criminalize the poor and homeless.
3) That in response to this increased criminalization of homeless people and as someone who has organized to end homelessness, and in order to take action in solidarity with homeless people, I went onto the parking lot of the abandoned Fish and Wildlife Building on North Washington St. in Olympia on March 5th at about 6:15 P.M.
4) I saw the State Police on the property and heard their order to leave but decided to remain on the property to show my support for the on-site temporary shelter and the people there.
I think it is really important that we demand the U.S. government accept the victory of Maduro. His margin in the recent election was almost as big a margin as Obama in voting percentages in 2012.
He was a great man who has profoundly improved the lives of most Venezuelans, of millions and millions of Latin Americans in the present, and I am quite sure in the in the future for the better. Chávez totally connected with the popular classes of Venezuela …
I strongly oppose the proposed No Camping ordinances. There is a shortage of low-cost and affordable housing in Olympia. Banning camping near City Hall and on all city property will create further hardships for homeless people. It criminalizes people for being homeless rather than making available more affordable housing and other social services. …
PETER BOHMER AND THE OLYMPIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCE:
A Benefit Screening of Anarchist History, Film Festival Hit “No God, No Master”
To Support the Imprisoned Olympia Grand Jury Resistors: Katherine “KteeO” Olejnik and Matt Duran.
With Director Terry Green doing a Q and A via skype moderated by T.E.S.C. Faculty: Peter Bohmer
Sunday December 9th, 2012, screening at 7:30 on beautiful 35mm! at the Historic Capitol Theater, home of the Olympia Film Society: 206 5th AVE. SE in Downtown Olympia, WA. Admission: Suggested Donation $5-15
Why the U.S. Government Deficit is Not a Problem! Balancing the Budget Will Worsen the Economy. Challenging Austerity in Greece and Spain. Talk, October 20, 2012. People’s Movement Assembly, Olympia WAOctober 21, 2012
Challenging the Myths About the Burden of the Government Debt. The U.S., State and Local Government Should Increase Government Spending. States and Local Government should raise taxes, the Federal Government Doesn’t have to.
Talk given, October 7, 2012, on the 11 Year U.S War against Afghanistan and One Year Anniversary of Occupy OlympiaOctober 8, 2012
I remember exactly one year ago today being at Sylvester Park on a Friday evening. It was the beginning of Occupy Olympia Movement. There was an open mike and I mentioned that the war against the Afghani people had begun 10 years ago and that we should continue to oppose it as part of Occupy Olympia and our activism. There was little reaction to my comment. There are protests against this continuing war, small, but happening all over the United States today. We are part of movements in the U.S. and beyond that are standing up, that are saying that we will not let this war in Afghanistan be invisible. Not in our name!
What kind of society do the U.S. soldiers come back to? One that you would not know about if you watched the Obama- Romney Presidential debate last Wednesday, one where over 100 million people are poor or near-poor, and where almost ½ of all Black and Latino children are below the official poverty line, where more than 50 million people don’t have any health insurance, over 2 million people are in prison, ½ of whom are African-American, and millions have lost their homes. Most soldiers are from working class families, many who enlisted had the alternative of unemployment; and face unemployment when they leave the military. …
We are living in a period of increased surveillance, especially electronic, and the use of police at the local, State, and national level to limit protest and resistance to an economic and social system that is broken and needs to be revolutionized, transformed. … Grand Juries, especially Federal Grand Juries, have been continually used as tools […]