Category Archives: Upcoming events

Fundraiser for Kshama Sawant, Friday, June 12th 6 P.M.

Please join Kshama Sawant at our fundraiser Friday, June 12th from 6-9 P.M. There will be food and drink. Kshama Sawant will give a talk at this social and community event and fundraiser which is at Patty and Larry Mosqueda’s house, 2725 Westwood Dr., Olympia, WA 98502

Since her election in 2013, Councilmember Sawant has led the opposition to the corporate agenda in Seattle. An unapologetic fighter for working people, she refuses all corporate donations and only accepts the average worker’s wage. She has tirelessly advocated for workers and the environment, risking arrest standing with workers in Sea-Tac AND stopping coal trains from running through Washington. She is anti-capitalist and an advocate for socialism.

Although Kshama Sawant does not represent Olympia directly, her election to the Seattle City Council and her outspoken support for key movements and issues has furthered activism here such as the movement for a $15 hour minimum wage . Opposition to her reelection will be funded by major corporations. So Kshama Sawant’s reelection is important far beyond Seattle. That is why we are organizing this fundraiser.

Join us in our urgent fight to defend a true champion of the working class and anti-corporate politics! We hope you can make it.

Even if you cannot make this fundraisert, please make a check out to “Vote Sawant’ and mail it to the Mosqueda address above, or go to

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Sponsoring Groups, list in formation
Economics for Everyone – Olympia
Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace – OMJP
Olympia for All

Workshop on $15 an Hour Wage for Olympia annd Beyond

What follows  is the Powerpoint presentation on the economics of $15 an hour of  the Economics for Everyone Workshop led by Peter Bohmer and Savvina Chowdhury on April 8, 2015 at Traditions Cafe at Fifth and Water Street in downtown Olympia. We followed powerful presentation by four low wage workers who are active in Working Washington,  a statewide group organizing low wage workers. Our next Economics of Everyone workshop is Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 7 P.M. at Traditi0ns on “The Anti-Austerity Struggle in Greece and Spain and Lessons for the United States”.

$15 an hour presentation

Dada Maheshvarananda to speak in Olympia, Tuesday, November 27; and Wednesday, November 28

Dada Maheshvaranada, monk, activist and author of “After Capitalism, Economic Democracy in Action” will speak Tuesday, November 27th in Meeting Room B at the Olympia Center, 222 NW Columbia at 7 P.M.; and also Wednesday, November 28th at Evergreen in Seminar 2, D1107 at Noon (see flyer for more info). He is the director of the PROUT Research Institute in Caracas, Venezuela.

David Barsamian to speak in Olympia, this Thursday, November 10th

Alternative Radio’s David Barsamian discusses


From Kashmir to Egypt to Wall Street


Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 pm

Washington State Labor Council

 (First Floor)  906 SW Columbia, Olympia, WA

David Barsamian will also be speaking at 4 P.M. at Occupy Olympia at Heritage Park, this Thursday, November 10th


 One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 25th year—and with his books, written with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is How the World Works (Aug. 2011).  Barsamian, who was recently deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts, discusses world affairs, the state of journalism, censorship, the economic crisis and global rebellions.  Free. Donations at the door, opens at 7 pm.

Sponsored by: Rachel Corrie Foundation, Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace,

KUOW and Alternative Radio

For information, Contact Becca at 360-754-3998 or


Andrej Grubacic Speaking in Olympia, Friday, December 10th

Andrej Grubacic, will be speaking this Friday, December 10th on his just released book, “Don’t Mourn, Balkanize:  Essays After Yugoslavia“. Andrej Grubacic is a radical sociologist, an anarchist, an activist and a refugee from the former Yugoslavia. He is also the co-author of the important and outstanding book, “Wobblies and Zapatistas:  Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History  “.

Friday, December 10th
3 P.M. Evergreen, Seminar. 2, A1105

7 P.M., Last Word Books, 211 E. 4th Ave., downtown Olympia

Outstanding Speaker from Nicaragua, Friday, November 5th

Peasant leader. Augusto Obregon of Esteli, Nicaragua will be speaking on Friday, November 5th from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. in Lecture Hall 1. He is part of the Fall Speakers tour, Migrating Towards Justice: Stories to Transform People and Policy, being organized by Witness for Peace Join us for a unique investigation into the root causes of migration and the impacts of free trade on Nicaragua.

Augusto Cesar Castillo Obregon is a campesino farmer from El Regadio, Esteli, Nicaragua. He has been a community leader in El Regadio for over thirty years and coordinator of the water committee, a community run organization which distributes potable water to the entire community. Three years ago, a tobacco factory designated as a free trade zone, was constructed in his community. While the factory has provided jobs to help mitigate the issue of migration, the increased cultivation of tobacco has threatened food security, the environment and the health of the community. Augusto works with the water committee to bring conservation projects to help protect El Regadio’s forests and water sources. Augusto is also the vice-president of the Federation for the Integral Development between Farmers or Federacion Para Desarrollo Integral entre Campesinos y Campesinas (FEDICAMP), a non-profit organization which works with small-scale farmers on sustainability.

“For me, free trade agreements, neoliberal policies and the conditions on the aid from the international financial institutions has brought our country to extreme poverty. And the people, the rural farmers, are desperate and don’t have any another alternative than to migrate to countries such as Costa Rica, Spain and the United States, with the only objective to work for their families. In my community, El Regadio, they installed a tobacco factory that is under the free trade zone, which generates employment, but the salaries are miserable and it is provoking a great contamination of our environment, principally to our water supply. It is also causing many diseases, of the skin and the organs of mainly women and children. The worst is that some farmers are selling their land to cultivate tobacco. This is causing less production of food, because the producers have dedicated their land to cultivating tobacco and this only serves to harm our health not to feed us.”- Augusto Obregon

Together with other outstanding speakers, Augusto Cesar Castilo Obregon, will  also be speaking on a panel Friday night, November 5th at 6:30 P.M. at the Fair Trade Sweat-Free conference at Traditions Cafe on the “Free Trade, Forced Migration and Sweatshops Panel”

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