OMJP 2005


Photos from September 24 march in Seattle

Olympia to Ft. Lewis Peace March Friday, September 23, 2005, Sylvester Park, Olympia, to Iafrati Park, Dupont.

Photos by David Lynn 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Photos by Dr. Zoltan Grossman
Speech by Pete Bohmer
Poem by David Lynn

Stop the War on Iraq!
Seattle ANSWER Rally and March
Saturday, September 24, 2005
12 noon
Westlake Plaza (4th & Pine), Seattle

OMJP Banner

From Iraq to New Orleans . . . Fund People's Needs, Not the War Machine!

OMJP strongly encourages participation in this national day of action opposing the war on Iraq. Mass demonstrations are scheduled for Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle. People from as far as Bellingham, Spokane, Bremerton, and Corvalis, Oregon, will march in Seattle. In fact, our friends in Portland have organized a Peace Train via Amtrak. Let's show a strong Olympia presence!

We will carpool from the parking lot at Harrison & Division (Rainy Day) in West Olympia at 10am. If you can offer transportation, please meet there. When you get to Westlake, look for the OMJP banner (above) to march with the Olympia contingent.

Seattle ANSWER | Flyers & Posters | Route, weather, parking, other logistics

This event is endosed by Code Pink (various chapters); El Centro de la Raza; Fellowship of Reconciliation, Eastside; Grandmothers for Peace International; Green Alliance WA State; IFCO/Pastors for Peace; King County Labor Council; Middle East Children's Alliance; National Lawyers Guild; Not In Our Name; Phil Berrigan Institute for Nonviolence; Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General; Ron Kovic, author and Vietnam veteran; Veterans for Peace (various chapters) ; Women in Black (Seattle); and more than 4,000 others.

Olympia to Ft. Lewis Peace March: End the Occupation in Iraq and Bring the Troops Home Now
Friday, September 23, 2005
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sylvester Park, Olympia, to Iafrati Park, Dupont

This OMJP-sponsored event coincides with a weekend of national actions opposing the illegal and immoral war on Iraq. We will walk for peace 10 miles from Sylvester Park in Olympia to the Martin Way and Steilcom Cut-off road. From there we will shuttle to Iafrati Park in Dupont via support vehicles. For updates and further information about the route, sign-making party, volunteer potluck, and how you can help, see OlyBlog, or contact Nikki Miller via email or at 360.273.9800. Everyone can do something!

Press Release | Flyer

Related events, Saturday, September 24:

  Support the Truth Benefit for Cindy Sheehan and Gold Star Families for Peace, Capital Theater in Olympia, 7:00 pm. Contact Dan Leahy 360.402.0441 or Jeanne Passarelli 360.455.0422 for further information.

International ANSWER march, Seattle, 12 noon, Westlake Plaza

United for Peace & Justice and International ANSWER march on Washington DC, which happens to coincide with the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

OMJP Forum: Olympia, a Nuclear Free Zone
Thursday, July 21, 2005
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia [Map]

This forum will discuss the proposed ordinance declaring Olympia a Nuclear Free Zone, in preparation for a public hearing by the Olympia City Council on August 09 at 7 PM. 900 Plum St. Please read the draft ordinance, the city staff's analysis and recommendations, and that document's appendix. Email the City Council!

Bringing It Home:
Organizing Local Resistance to the War in Iraq

A One-Day Participatory Conference
Saturday July 9
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church, 19th & Capitol Way, Olympia

Join us for a community day of learning and organizing, to withdraw our consent to and cooperation with the Iraq war. Please bring a brown-bag lunch.

Co-sponsored by Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Olympia Friends Meeting. For more information, contact Emily Lardner at or Tom Crawford at Conference Info

OMJP Forum: Militarization of Port of Olympia
Thursday, June 23, 2005
7:00 to 9:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church
Capitol Way S and 20th Ave SE Map | Directions

Speakers: Port Commissioner Bob VanSchoorl; Carrie Lybecker, OMJP; and Dennis Mills, Veterans for Peace

Last year, after a 17-year hiatus, the Port of Olympia resumed shipment of military equipment to and from Iraq, Afghanistan, Latin America and Haiti, and land transport between the port, Fort Lewis, and other locations. This forum will address port militarization, results of public disclosure requests, civic participation in decision-making, port economics, environmental concerns, and community moral values. Speaker presentations will be followed by discussion. For more information, contact Alice Zillah, or see OMJP's Web page, Port of Olympia.

Nasrallah Family to Visit Olympia
Saturday, June 18, 2005
7:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church
Capitol Way S and 20th Ave SE Map | Directions

Rachel Corrie died defending the Nasrallah home in Rafah, before it was bulldozed by the Israeli Defense Forces (story). Nasrallah family members will speak here as part of a three-week US tour to raise funds to rebuild their home, the inaugural project of The Rebuilding Alliance.

Co-sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice, Olympia Friends Meeting, Fellowship of Reconciliation. Olympia-Rafah Sister City Prtoject, Veterans for Peace Rachel Corrie Chapter, and St. John's Episcopal Church.

OMJP Forum: Potential War Against Iran
Friday, May 20, 2005
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Olympia Community Center [Map]
222 Columbia St. NW, Room B

Speakers: Larry Mosqueda, on Project for the New American Century; Michael Tempke, peak oil; and Alice Zillah, nuclear issues.

Film Clip: "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire," narrated by Julian Bond, Media Education Foundation, 2004. See summary and study guide.

The forum will cover the signs of a possible impending attack against Iran; why the Bush administration has developed these plans; why such plans are illegal under international law; and how these aims fit into the broader context of US policy in the Mid-East as developed by the Project for a New American Century in the late 1990’s. Speakers will also address the issues of peak oil and nuclear nonproliferation, followed by question-and-answer period. [Flyer] [Press Release]

TCTV: "Protect Social Security"
Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation

Throughout May, OlyFOR will broadcast a discussion on Social Secuity, featuring host Glen Anderson and three members of OMJP's Economics Sub-Group, Nathan Levans, Barry Cannon and economist Peter Bohmer. The show airs every Monday at 1:30 p.m. and every Thursday at 9:00 p.m, on Channel 22 or 29. [Info from OlyFOR]

Two Years Too Many—Bring the Troops Home!
Rally & March
Saturday, March 19, 2005

Olympia, March 2004
March 2004 OMJP rally and march of 1000+ Olympians
12:00 PM Rally at the Capitol, Tivoli Fountain
11th and Capitol [Map]
12:30 PM March Downtown
1:00 PM Rally & Music, Sylvester Park
On the second anniversary of the United States' illegal and immoral war on Iraq, we still say NO MORE WAR. This family-friendly event will feature: 1000 Drums for Peace; Dennis Mills, Veterans for Peace, Fellowship of Reconciliation; Jody Tiller, Veterans for Peace; Susan Livingston, Military Families Speak Out; Reverend David James, Veteran, Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church; Wes Hamilton, Veterans for Peace; Gary Galbreath, Native American drummer; Barry Cannon, Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace; Djuna Davidson, Olympia Code Pink; Clint Burelson, Progressive Roundtable, American Postal Workers Union; Rochelle Gause, Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project; Larry Mosqueda, Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace; Danny Kelly, Olympia folksinger. Co-sponsored by OMJP, Code Pink and the 100,000 & Counting Campaign. For more information, contact Alice Zillah, or 360-357-7705.

Wednesday, March 02, 7:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church, Capitol Way & 19th [Map]
Speaker: Rev. Labib Kobti

Co-sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, the Olympia - Rafah Sister City Project and Veterans for Peace - Rachel Corrie Chapter 109. [Announcement]

Forum: Save Social Security!
Tuesday, March 01, 2005 7 PM
Olympia Center
222 Columbia NW [Map]

This forum will prepare us to discuss Social Security with family, friends and associates, and to defeat Social Security privatization. Sponsored by OMJP Economics Sub-Group. Info: Renee Nelson 867-1777, or Pete Bohmer 867-6431. See announcement.

Text of talk by Peter Bohmer

What is Global Warming?
Sunday, Feb. 20th, 7 PM
Olympian Unitarian Universalist Church
Speaker: TJ Johnson

This is the first of five events on the topic of global warming, by the Social Justice Committee of OUUC. See Global Warming for more info.

Support the Truth! Stop the War on Iraq
Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, 7 PM
Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave

Speakers: Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, and Dahr Jamail, independent journalist, just back from Iraq; slide show on Falluja; music by the Infernal Noise Brigade. Sponsored by BRICK and Heroico Batallon de San Patricio. Endorsed by OMJP, Veterans for Peace, and the 100 Thousand & Counting campaign. For information, see Dan Leahy's article in Works in Progress. To volunteer, call 402-0441.

Nonviolent Resistance -- Video/Discussion Series
Six Sunday Afternoons: Feb 13 to March 2
Sponsored by OlyFOR & OMJP | Info

Nonviolent Resistance – Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement in India
Sun Feb 13, 2005
2:00-4:00 PM
Olympia Timberland Library, 8th & Adams SE

Watch and discuss a 30-minute documentary about this historical case study, and explore the implications for our own time and place – the power and practicality of active nonviolence for resisting oppression and creating positive social change. This is one of a 6-part series (above) sponsored by Olympia FOR and OMJP, focusing on the book and video series titled “A Force More Powerful.” Info: Alice Zillah 357-7705 or Glen Anderson 491-9093

Oly City Council: Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Feb 01, 2005
7 PM, 900 Plum St.

The city council will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting on a proposed resolution, "Placing the City of Olympia on Record in Support of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign and the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Resolution Calling for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons by the Year 2020." See resolution text and hearing announcement. Sign up to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes. City Council meetings are recorded and televised.

[Feb 01, 2005, Resolution passed unanimously!]
"Olympia seeks end to nukes," The Olympian, 02 February 2005, B1.

History & Political Struggles of Aceh and Aid for Tsunami Victims
Tues Feb 1, 2005
12:00 noon at TESC Library lobby
7:00 PM at Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water

Shadia Marhaban, a grassroots leader for human rights and independence from Aceh, will speak about the Indonesian military occupation of Aceh and how we can support the Acehnese people, both politically and with humanitarian aid. Info: Peter Bohmer 867-6431

Rally: Support Eastside Women's Health Clinic
Defend Women's Access to Reproductive Health Care

Mon January 31, 2005
12:00-1:30 PM and 4:30-6:00 PM
Eastside & 12th Ave SE, Olympia [Map]

The Eastside clinic is a federally-funded health care center that performs abortions. It was attacked by an arsonist on January 09, as reported by The Olympian, Washington Post, LA Times, MS Magazine, Feminist Majority Foundation, Mercury News (Kansas), St. Petersburg Times (Florida), The Washington Times, and internationally by The Guardian (UK). Join us to support the clinic and women's access to reproductive health care. Sponsored by Clinic Defense. All are welcome, including feminist men.

Asian Tsunami Disaster: Aceh
January 2005

The people of Aceh in Indonesia have been hardest hit with over 100,000 dead. But human rights activists and aid groups say the Indonesian military is withholding aid to the most needy in its long-standing war against the oil-rich province. To donate directly to the people of Aceh, see email from Pete Bohmer.

Further information: DemocracyNow! with Amy Goodman, current Aceh crisis and prevention of aid distribution by Indonesian military, and ExxonMobil's collusion with Indonesian military; Doctors Without Borders and Greenpeace Bring Urgent Medical Aid to Sumatra, Indonesia; Amnesty International, three decades of grave human rights abuses in Aceh

Inaugural Day 2005: STOP THE WAR!
Thursday, January 20, 2005
7:00 - 09:00 AM

OMJP March 2004

Join OMJP at intersections throughout Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater with STOP THE WAR and other signs about Bush's failed policies. On this day in particular, as Bush is sworn in for a second term, we will continue to be visible in our demands to end the war and bring the troops home now, and in support of a just, equitable, and peaceful society. To sign up for an intersection, contact Steven Kant at or (360) 943-7640 x131.

100Thousand&CountingDeath Tableau & Memorial
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Noon - 1 PM
Tivoli Fountain, Capitol Campus [Map]

Participants will create a dramatic visual representation of the more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians—mostly women and children—killed thus far in the US government war on Iraq. [See study published in Lancet by John Hopkins, Columbia, and Al-Mustansiriya university researchers, and Lancet editorial.]

100 Thousand & Counting is a non-partisan, educational outreach campaign created to memorialize and inform the US public about the significant and needless loss of innocent Iraqi lives, and to appeal to national and international leadership to end this senseless and unnecessary war. See Web site for further information.

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

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