Organizing for Justice and Peace

DATE: Sunday, April 28, 2002
TIME: 9 A.M.- 6 P.M.
PLACE: The Longhouse, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) invites you to attend a Pacific Northwest regional conference aimed at building a stronger justice and peace movement on Sunday, April 28th, 2002 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. This conference is aimed at bringing together people from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, B.C., who are involved in working for social justice, who want to get involved or who want to learn more about major social problems such as poverty, the "U.S. War Against Terror", and repression of immigrants.

New Yorkers Oppose War on Palestinians. Photo from IMC NY.A major goal of this conference is to further organizing and networking in the Pacific Northwest against various wars, from the war against Afghanistan, to the war against Iraq, and the Israeli war against Palestinians. We also will be discussing how to effectively further social and economic justice in the U.S. and how to challenge current policies which are anti- poor and working people, anti women, anti immigrant, harm the environment, further police powers, erode the Constitution and threaten civil liberties.

The conference will emphasize workshops where participation will be encouraged. There will also be an opening plenary session that will include the following speakers:

Dalit woman at World Conference Against Racism. Photo by Francois L'Ecuyer, IMC South Africa
Stephanie Guilloud, community organizer and author of Voices from the WTO, "Social Liberties and the U.S. Economy, Post September 11."

Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, coauthor with his brother of We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, on political repression in the United States from the 1940's to the present, from McCarthyism to the Patriot Act.

Steve Niva, Professor of Middle East Studies at The Evergreen State College, on U.S. Foreign and Military Policy in Afghanistan, Palestine-Israel and Iraq.


The Conference will feature one hour workshops organized around the following themes, and will be facilitated by knowledgeable people who are involved in groups organizing with regards to the issues in question. A preliminary list of facilitators are listed together with the names of the workshops.

    Community and Labor Organizing: 1) Community organizing against poverty and for welfare rights, Olympia activists Pat Tassoni from Works in Progress and Monica Peabody from the Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition; 2) Denis Otterstetter, Labor Education and Research Center, the Evergreen State College; 3) Brian Frank of OlyNetwork, Local Community Organizing.

    Domestic Repression: 1) Doug Honig, Public Education Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU) on the Patriot Act and Civil Liberties; and 2) Knowing Your Rights from the Midnight Law Collective (2 hours).

    Anti-War Organizing: 1) Lori Blewett on Building Inter-Cultural Alliances for Peace in the Middle East; 2) Glen Anderson, Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Moving Mainstream Public Opinion Toward Peace; 3) Seattle Radical Women, Women and Militarization; and 4) Seattle Radical Women, Women & Militarization in Somalia.

    Alternative Media and Media Activism: 1) Austin Kelly, KAOS Listeners for Democracy Now; 2) Sheri Herndon, a founder of the Seattle Independent Media Center (IMC), Amoshaun Toft, and Thatcher Collins, Reclaiming the Media, an overview of the role of media in society and the growing media democracy movement; 3) From the IMC, Amoshaun, Thatcher, and Sheri, Redefining Journalism, hands-on skills-sharing and media resources for progressive organizations; and 4) Clint Burelson from the American Postal Workers Union and a media activist on Community Cable TV and the Importance of Alternate Media.

    Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy: 1) Simona Sharoni, director of COPRED-PSA and faculty in peace studies, the Evergreen State College on Confronting Militarization in the United States and Middle East after September 11th; 2) Tom Wright, director of the film Checkpoint: The Palestinians After Oslo, on the key issues in the Palestine-Israel conflict and the U.S. role; 3) Tom Wright, Organizing for Peace and Justice in the Middle East; and 4) David Price, cultural anthropologist at St. Martin's College, The War on Iraq.

    Globalization and Latin America: 1) Larry Mosqueda, faculty in political economy at the Evergreen State College, and member of Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), on CISPES and Latin American Solidarity, Stopping CAFTA; 2) Yul Rivera, Plan Colombia and U.S Intervention in Colombia; and 3) Pete Bohmer, faculty in political economy at the Evergreen State College and OMJP, ABC's of Globalization and Alternatives.


09:00am - 09:30am Registration 1:15pm - 2:15pm Workshops
09:30am - 10:00am Welcome 2:30pm - 3:30pm Workshops
10:00am - 11:45am Opening Plenary 3:45pm - 4:45pm Workshops
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch** 5:00pm - 6:00pm Reconvene & Closing

**Food will be available, or feel free to bring your own. During lunch, Robert Meeropol will speak in the Library Lobby. Cosponsored by the Prison Action Committee.

Workshops (preliminary schedule, subject to change):

Patriot Act & Civil Liberties, Doug Honig, ACLU Patriot Act & Civil Liberties, Doug Honig, ACLU Moving Mainstream Public Opinion Toward Peace, Glen Anderson, FOR
Community Organizing/Poverty & Welfare Rights, P. Tassoni, WIP and M. Peabody, WROC Local Community Organizing, Brain Frank, OlyNetwork Denis Otterstetter, TESC Labor Education and Research Center

Knowing Your Rights, Midnight Law Collective Knowing Your Rights, Midnight Law Collective-continued
Building Inter-Cultural Alliances, Lori Blewett Women and Militarization, Seattle Radical Women Women & Militarization in Somalia, Seattle Radical Women
Community Cable TV, Clint Burelson Reclaiming the Media, Sheri Herndon, Amoshaun Tote, Thatcher Collins Redefining Journalism, Sheri Herdon, Amoshaun Tote, Thatcher Collins

KAOS Listeners for Democracy Now, Austin Kelly The War on Iraq, David Price
Palestine-Israel and the U.S. Role, Tom Wright Organizing for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Tom Wright Confronting Militarization, US & the Middle East After 9/11, Simona Sharoni
ABC's of Globalization and Alternatives, Peter Bohmer CISPES and Latin American Solidarity, Stopping CAFTA, Larry Mosqueda Plan Colombia and U.S. Intervention in Latin America, Yul Rivera

Donations to cover costs are appreciated. If you would like to make a $5-10 donation, please make out check to: OMJP. No one will be turned away.

Free childcare will be provided. Please help us to make the appropriate arrangements by indicating that you'll need childcare on the registration form (below), or, contact Carrie at or OMJP at 877 881-1560.

Free parking will be available.

You may register in advance by
Phone 360-867-6513 or 877-881-1560 (toll free);
MS Word Form (mail or email); or
register online.

Directions & Maps:
Whether you are coming from the north or south, you can reach the campus by taking Interstate 5 into Olympia and then turning onto Highway 101 at Exit 104. Go west on 101 North for three miles to The Evergreen State College exit and go another two miles north on the Evergreen Parkway to the campus entrance (on the left).

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