OMJP 2004

Framing, Language & Democracy
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
2200 E End St Nw Olympia, West Olympia

The OUUC Social Justice Committee is hosting four study sessions exploring core values, and their articulation and application to community education and social activism, based on the analysis of George Lakoff in Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate--The Essential Guide for Progressives, 2004. Extra copies are available at Orca Books, or buy from other local independent bookstores, Fireside, Browsers, or Last Word. Study groups begin at 7 PM.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, "What's all This Noise about Lakoff and Framing?"
Monday, Jan. 10, "You Mean America's Politics Are Moral?"
Monday, Jan. 24, "The Facts Matter but Morals and Frames Matter More."
Monday, Jan. 31, "It's 2009 and Life Looks Good, Again. What Did We Do to Get Here?"

Announcement/Contacts | Article by Rev. Art Vaeni | Map | Directions

100 Thousand & Counting

"Moral Values" & Political Control Through Language
An OMJP Forum & Teach-In
Friday, December 10, 2004, 7-9 PM
Olympia Community Center, Rms 101/102
222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA

On November 02, twenty-two percent of voters cited "moral values" as their primary reason for choosing one presidential candidate over another, and 80% of those voted for George W. Bush. Eleven states approved constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. What does this mean?

How is it possible that 61 million Americans voted to continue destructive polices that are not even in their own interests? How did language and the use of conceptual frames influence public opinion and voting, and what are the strategic implications for the US left?

Speakers Carrie Lybecker, Phan Nguyen, and Matt Wolpe will explore these questions, and the analyses of George Lakoff, Thomas Frank, Herbert Brun and others, followed by community discussion.

map | flyer |

Military Shipments From Port of Olympia
14 November 2004

OMJP Announcement

Daily Vigil and Procession
Intersection Plum and State Streets, 4:00 PM, proceeding (4:45 PM) to port gates

Day of SS Cape Intrepid Arrival
Demonstration, 4:00 PM at Port Plaza

Port Commission meeting, 5:30 PM, Monday, November 22, LOTT Board Room, Market Centre Building, 111 Market Street NE

November 06: Successful Peace Summit!

Nov. 5 & 6: STOP THE WAR!

Friday, Nov. 05: Public Vigils

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, the Olympia peace & justice community will join nationwide actions to demonstrate our opposition to war, at strategic intersections throughout Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater. There will be a sign-making party Tuesday Nov. 02 at K Records/Dub Narcotic Studio, 508 Legion Way, between Jefferson and Cherry, upstairs, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

7:00-9:00 AM: Gather at morning rush hour locations with stop-the-war signs. See locations, flyer or Oly-FOR.

5:00-6:00 PM: Join Women in Black for weekly silent vigil at Percival Landing.

Saturday, Nov. 06: Post-Election Peace Summit

1:30-5:00 PM Participate in workshops, generate ideas and plan our next steps toward peace. First Christian Church.

Read the advance notice, and participate in planning for the above events at the OMJP meeting Wednesday Oct. 13, 7 PM, Olympia Community Center, Columbia & State, Downtown Olympia.

Stolen Elections

Arlington NW: 1075+ Crosses at Olympia Capitol
Saturday, October 16

Veterans for Peace OlympiaOn Saturday October 16, Veterans for Peace-Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 will sponsor Arlington NW. We will carry crosses representing each soldier who has died in Iraq, from Plenty! Restaurant to Tivoli Fountain on the State Capitol campus, where a 24-hour vigil will be maintained. This is a solemn procession and memorial, not a protest.

Participate in the procession and/or 24-hour vigil by contacting Dennis Mills. See his email for further information.

OMJP Forum & Teach-In: Genocide in Sudan
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2004
7:00-9:00 PM
Traditions Cafe
5th & Water St, Downtown Olympia

Sudanese Refugees

Complete event information

The September Project: 9/11 at the Olympia Timberland Library

Liberty Bell On September 11, libraries across the world will host community discussions about democracy, freedom, citizenship, truth, war and patriotism.

Saturday, September 11, 2004
1:00 - 4:30 p.m
The Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia
Contact: (360) 352-0595

Olympia's event will include a moderated forum with speakers Tom Rainey, Larry Mosqueda, Steve Niva, Carrie Lybecker and Nora Hallett; an advance, pre-release screening of the documentary film, Poetry in Wartime; and community discussion.

This event is part of the international September Project, a coalition "working to create a day of engagement, a day of conversation, a day of democracy," and is supported by OMJP.

Flyer | OMJP Announcement | Map

No War, No Torture, No Militarization of Our Port!
May 30, 2004

May 30, 2004
Olympians gathered today at Sylvester Park for an OMJP-sponsored rally and march through Olympia.

Army in Port of Olympia
Week of May 23
Photos by Drew Hendricks and Green Party of South Puget Sound

Unlawful Orders: What's Right, What's Wrong, What To Do When You're Not Sure
By William H. McMichael
May 24, 2004

The reporter interviewed OMJP member Larry Mosqueda for this article, published in the Navy Times and Army Times.

See a summary of A Duty to Disobey All Unlawful Orders by Larry Mosqueda, or the original complete article.

City Council Threatened re: USS Olympia Resolution
May 21, 2004

The City of Olympia and its councilmembers are receiving abusive, intimidating and even threatening emails and phone calls directed to the city and to individual councilmembers at home. This is apparently the result of a nationwide campaign. See report of tonight's emergency OMJP meeting. The city will proceed with a hearing to receive public comments on a proposed resolution declaring the city's opposition to the planned visit of the USS Olympia.


Email your support for the resolution and the city council to

Attend public hearing on proposed resolution, Tuesday May 25 8 PM at City Hall, 900 Plum St. Arrive early to sign up to speak. Doors open at 6:15.

Text of proposed resolution | Staff report | Email received by City | April 08 letter from Navy to Mayor Foutch | Doug Mah's counter resolution May 25

USS Olympia: Nuclear Reactor Coming to Port of Olympia
May 18, 2004

USS Olympia

The Olympia City Council voted 4:3 tonight to hold public hearings next week on a resolution, proposed by Councilmember TJ Johnson, to oppose the impending visit of the USS Olympia to the Port of Olympia. The USS Olympia is a "fast attack" submarine that carries a nuclear reactor as well as Tomahawk missles which also may be equipped with nuclear warheads. See a report on tonight's city council meeting.

OMJP opposes the presence of nuclear submarines in Olympia's harbor and calls for the city to declare Olympia a nuclear free zone.

Take Action: Contact the city council at or 360-753-8447, and attend city council hearing next Tuesday, May 25, 8PM, City Hall, 900 Plum St.

Letters from Palestine

May 18--Delegates from the Olympia Rafah Sister City Project are currently in Palestine/Israel. Since Oct 2000, Israel has demolished 1,309 homes in Rafah alone, leaving more than 12,000 people (of a population of 90,000) homeless. Over the past week, Israeli Defense Forces, using US-funded helicopters, missles and tanks, have attacked the Rafah civilian population, destroying 100 homes. Just today, the IDF killed at least 11 in Rafah and wounded 30. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called upon Israel to "stop this destruction, which is against international humanitarian law."

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24 May 2004 & 21 May photos
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March 20: Olympia Says NO TO WAR!

Olympia Says NO to War!

More than 1000 Olympians joined millions wordwide today to protest the war on Iraq. See story and photos beginning here.

March 20: Say No to War!

One year ago, tens of millions around the world protested the impending US war on Iraq and other US government acts of aggression. This year, concerned Olympians will again join the global day of protest on March 20:

Rome, February 15, 2003
12 noon:Tivoli Fountain, State Capitol; veterans speak!
12:45 pm:March
1:30 pm:Heritage Park, family-friendly rally

. . . Abroad, killing thousands of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq; overthrowing democratically elected governments (Venezuela and Haiti); incarcerating 650+ without legal recourse in Guantanamo; bullying and retaliating against governments that disagree; reneging on fundamental international treaties . . .

. . . At home, mass roundups; diminished access to jobs, healthcare, and education; unprecedented budget deficits; threats to Social Security and Medicare; characterizing anyone who disagrees—teachers and librarians—as terrorists and supporters of terrorism; destroying the environment; sending first our young people, and increasingly our mothers, fathers and grandparents (National Guard) to war, all while giving huge tax cuts to the rich and corporations, and subsidizing the likes of Halliburton and Eli Lilly with taxpayer dollars . . .

We say, ENOUGH.

Join us March 20!

News Release
Flyers, fact sheets, posters from International ANSWER
full page flyer, jpeg | half page flyer, jpeg | quarter page flyer, pdf

"Olympia and World Wide Protest Against War and For Justice on March 20th"
Sponsored by the Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace. Endorsed by: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; BRICK, Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge, South Puget Sound Community College; Evergreen Political Information Center; Fellowship of Reconciliation; First Christian Church Outreach Committee; Green Party of Puget Sound; International Solidarity Movement/Olympia; Last Word Books; Mason County Peace Matters; Masters in Public Administration students/faculty, The Evergreen State College: Joan Bantz, Cherie Berthow, Dave Finnell, Carrie Lybecker, Fletcher Ward; National Organization for Women Thurston County; Olympia FreeSkool; Olympia Jews Against the Occupation; Olympia Rafah Sister City Project; Olympia Zen Center; Olympians for Peace in the Middle East; Social Justice Committee of Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation; Social Justice Committee of St. Michael Catholic Church; SPEECH (South Puget Environmental Education Clearinghouse); Stonewall Youth; United for Peace and Justice Thurston County; Veterans for Peace Chapter 92 (Western Washington), Rachel Corrie Brigade; Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition. The national/international campaign is sponsored by ANSWER, and endorsed by 2000+ supporting organizations worldwide.

In Memory of Rachel Corrie
March 16, 2004
Rachel on cover of Yes! magazine On March 16 the Olympia community will gather to honor and celebrate Rachel's life:

Olympia Ballroom

Speakers, dove-making, penpal letter writing, Rachel's poetry and art, followed by a walking vigil and open mike.

Sponsored by the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project. See press release.
Photos of Rachel | Dennis Mills' collection | Official Web site

Remembering Rachel's Life
From left to right, Rachel as: a child; a student at Capitol High School, Olympia, WA; a dove in the Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA; and, confronting the Israeli military bulldozer that killed her shortly thereafter.

[Articles related to the anniversary of Rachel's death]

USA PATRIOT Act Forum & Teach-In
February 18, 2004

Join OMJP and speakers David Price, Carrie Lybecker, and Heather Francks to discuss the USA PATRIOT Act, its historical precedents, and how organizations and communities across the country are mobilizing opposition.

222 N. COLUMBIA (Downtown Olympia)
See map and flyer.

[See report on this successful forum and links to more information!]

Olympia and World Wide Protest Against War and For Justice on March 20th
Works in Progess, February 2004
by Larry Mosqueda

another world is possible . . .