15 Jan

Potluck lunch and screening of the film, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” followed by discussion

Saturday, February 4, 2017, noon to 3 p.m.

Olympia Friends Meetinghouse
3201 Boston Harbor Road NE
Olympia, WA  98506-2800

Bayard Rustin was raised by his Quaker grandmother. In high school he protested segregation at a hometown restaurant and was arrested for sitting in the whites only section of a theater. Rustin’s belief in nonviolent action as a means for social change gave him a guiding vision for the civil rights movement. He helped A. Philip Randolph plan a March on Washington in June, 1941. Abraham Muste, executive secretary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who had also been involved in planning that march, then appointed Rustin as FOR’s secretary for student and general affairs. Rustin met Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956 after traveling to Montgomery, Alabama, to assist with the boycott of the city’s segregated bus system, and is credited with helping to mold the younger King into an international symbol of nonviolence.

Bayard Rustin was the primary organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened and fired from leadership positions – sometimes because of his uncompromising political beliefs, but more often because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. BROTHER OUTSIDER reveals the price that Rustin paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.

This free event was sponsored by the Oympia Friends (Quakers) Meeting’s Peace and Social Justice Subcommittee on Institutional Racism.

The resource packet shared at this event which was put together by PFLAG Olympia is available here: Tapestry – PFLAG-Olympia’s 02-19-2010 Outreach Packet for African-American History Month (PDF format)

Questions? Contact Gabi Clayton, 360-888-5291
http://olympiafriends.org

Download this event flyer in a full 8.5″x11″ page and a 4-up on 8.5″x11″ page (both in PDF format) here by clicking on the links or on these images:

22 Aug

Quaker Lobbyist position – Help us provide a Quaker Voice in the Washington State Legislature

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Friends Committee on Washington (State) Public Policy* (FCWPP) is looking for a part-time Legislative Advocate and Policy Analyst (lobbyist) for the 2017 legislative session in Olympia.  This position will require approximately 20 hours a week during session and 10 hours a month before and after session (starting November 1, 2016).  Compensation is $20-30/hr., depending on experience.

Deadline for resume and letter of interest – September 15, 2016.

Download the full announcement with more details here in PDF format.

06 Jun

June 29, 2016: Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Advocacy Team Workshop in Thurston County – with Maiya Zwerling

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The Olympia Friends Meeting’s Peace and Social Justice Committee has joined Steven Aldrich, OFM, Doug Mackey, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Kim Dobson, Fellowship of Reconciliation, to host Maiya Zwerling, the national field organizer for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).

Our shared effort is to support an FCNL project structured to help break the gridlock in Congress.

Maiya Zwerling FCNL National Field Organizer

Maiya Zwerling, FCNL

With Maiya’s assistance we are launching an FCNL Advocacy Team in Thurston County.  You can help us coordinate with similar FCNL supported Teams across the country.

Maiya is coming to Olympia on Wednesday, June 29th to tell us more at the Olympia Friends Meetinghouse, 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

It’s no secret that Congress isn’t making enough progress on the issues that matter most. But the Quaker lobby that works through FCNL has an amazing track record of fostering Congressional champions for peace and justice — they take strategic steps every day to move Congress in the right direction.

Please join us.  RSVP with the form below to let us know you will attend.

Peace,
Thurston County FCNL Advocacy Team
Organizing Committee:
Steven Aldrich, OFM
Doug Mackey, OUU
Kim Dobson, FOR
Olympia Friends Meeting, Peace and Social Justice Committee
(Organizational names associated with individuals used for identification purposes only)

To RSVP to the invitation to participate in the FCNL Advocacy Team in Thurston County Training on Wednesday, June 29th, please fill out and submit this form:

* indicates required field
28 May

“Refusing to be Enemies” Book Event with Author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta – May 28, 2016

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Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Quaker Jewish activist and writer from Burnaby, B.C., Canada, will speak on nonviolence in Palestine and introduce her book, “Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation.”

 “An interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations.”

May 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm / 3201 Boston Harbor Rd. SE; Olympia, WA

Download the flyer for this event (PDF format): RefusingToBeEnemies–MaxineKaufman-Lacusta-OlympiaWA-May28-2016

More info at http://refusingtobeenemiesthebook.wordpress.com

Copies of “Refusing to be Enemies” will be available for purchase and signing

This event is sponsored/endorsed by the Peace & Social Justice Committee of Olympia Friends Meeting, the Canadian Friends Service Committee, and Independent Jewish Voices (IJV-Vancouver and IJV-Canada).

For more information, contact: Jack Zeiger, (360) 943-0965.

18 Apr

PeaceQuest2016 at Olympia Friends Meeting – Saturday, May 21

In May 2016 Olympia Monthly Meeting hosted the annual meeting of Friends Peace Teams, a Spirit-led organization working around the world to develop long-term relationships with communities in conflict to create programs for peacebuilding, healing and reconciliation. FPT’s programs build on extensive Quaker experience combining practical and spiritual aspects of conflict resolution.

Each year on the Saturday of their annual meeting , FPT organizes PeaceQuest, a day long celebration in peacemaking techniques for folks in the area of the hosting meeting, members and others interested in joining them. We are lucky that in 2016 that was us! We were joined by FPT peace activists from all over the world and the USA for learning and celebrating peacemaking techniques for a day in peace-action training for service and opportunities.

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Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Place: Olympia Friends Meeting, 3201 Boston Harbor Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98506
Time: 8 am to 4:30 pm

PeaceQuest2016 was proud to honor and support the work of Friends Peace Teams including African Great Lakes Initiative, FPT-Asia West Pacific, and Peacebuilding en las Américas.

The agenda was:

8:00 to 9:00 AM–Registration, coffee and bagels.
9:00 to 9:30 AM–Meeting for worship
9:30 to 10:45 AM–Keynote Speaker, Nancy Irving
10:45 to 11:00 AM–Break
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM–First series of workshops
12:30 to 1:30 PM–Simple lunch included in registration fee
1:30 to 3:00 PM–Second series of workshops
3:00 to 3:15 PM–Break
3:15 to 4:30 PM–Peacemaking panel/Closing

Listen to the keynote address: “Letting our Lives Speak–Near and Far” by Nancy Irving, former General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation–World Office:

Nancy has had three careers: with business trade associations, as a lawyer, and in management of Friends World Committee for Consultation. She is multi-lingual in Friends’ languages. Presently she lives in Lacey, Washington, is co-clerk of Olympia Monthly Meeting, a member of North Pacific Yearly Meeting, and serves as clerk of the 11th Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference [2016].

Interactive workshops ran in four tracks: Personal, Local, Global and Parent/Child.

The workshops were offered in two sessions – see the schedule below and much more information about each workshop attached to a flyer about this event here. (PDF format)

Workshop Schedule: Title. Facilitator(s)

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

1. Leadings/Ministry: Discerning, Supporting, Fulfilling and Laying Them Down When the Time Is Right–session I. Val Liveoak
2. Spiritual Hospitality and the Power of Visiting. Nadine Hoover
3. Water and Peacemaking: The Work of Friendly Water for the World. David Albert
4. Veterans For Peace–Exposing the True Costs of War and Militarism. Dennis Mills and Zahid Chaudhry
5. Harnessing the Power of Micro-Credit: Local and Global Connections. Lisa Smith

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

6. Leadings/Ministry: Discerning, Supporting, Fulfilling and Laying Them Down When the Time Is Right–session II. Val Liveoak
7. Power of Goodness. Nadine Hoover
8. Hands On–Building a BioSand Filter. David Albert and Wayne Medrud
9. Nonviolence and Jesus. David Bellefeuille-Rice
10. Listening–Prelude to Relationships, Negotiation, and Peace. Nancy Shippen

Registration:

The registration fee was $20.  No charge for children up to 16 years of age (and childcare was offered to those who per-register children). Scholarships for adults were available if needed.

Olympia Monthly Meeting found accommodations for visitors from out of town.

For more information on Friends Peace Teams, visit their website, http://www.friendspeaceteams.org or call the FPT office at 314-588-1122. You can also contact David Zarembka at dave@aglifpt.org

This was a very special event! Download the flyer and workshop schedule – click here or on the image below to download it. PeaceQuest2016-flyerworkshop-image

11 Aug

Come to Friendly Water for the World’s Ethiopian Food Lunch and Summer Gathering – Sunday, August 16th!

Abraham Bezabeh, Friendly Water for the World’s representative in Ethiopia, has arrived in Olympia. And he’s ready to cook!

Friendly Water for the World invites you to:

Lunch with Abraham Bezabeh

Sunday, August 16th
11:45 A.M.
Second Seating 1 P.M.
Olympia Friends Meeting
3201 Boston Harbor Road NE

Abraham Bezabeth is Friendly Water for the World’s Ethiopia Country Representative, doing extraordinary work with people who otherwise have no access to clean water.
He is also a **great** cook! He will be preparing a traditional Ethiopia meal, and will also share about his work.

AbrahamsFoodWhen we say we are having an Ethiopian Lunch on Sunday, we mean ETHIOPIAN. Abraham has brought all the bases for his sauces plus all the spices directly from Ethiopia. “My refrigerator is now filled with them!” says David Albert. Abraham says many of the ingredients are simply not available here – even in Ethiopian restaurants.

Lunch will be followed by Friendly Water’s Annual Summer Gathering! Make new friends, and greet the old, and find out what we have been up to, and plans for the coming year. Nice stuff from our travels for sale as well.

Lunch will be by donation to Friendly Water.  Please reserve (required!)

We’ve scheduled a “second seating” for Abraham’s delicious food at 1 p.m. because we know some of you can’t make it by 11:45. But you have to RSVP so we know how much food to prepare. Let us know if it is for the second seating.

E-mail david@friendlywater.net or call 360 918-3642.

Olympia Monthly Meeting has been a strong supporter of Friendly Water for the World, and many members and attenders have met Abraham before. So this is an opportunity to meet him, eat some GREAT food, leave a little money behind (or a lot!), and learn more about Friendly Water.

Please Join Us, and Bring Your Friends!

Download and print this poster to share:

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You can find more information about Friendly Water for the World …

FriendlyWater-logoon the website: http://friendlywater.net

and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FriendlyWaterForTheWorld

23 Jun

Regarding the May 21 Shooting of Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin

June 18, 2015 — We are still processing with shock and horror the police shooting of Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, two unarmed young Black men, on Thursday, May 21 on the West side of Olympia.

Shoplifting beer is not a felony. The effect of White privilege can be difficult for privileged people to perceive, but when White young men on skateboards are suspected of shoplifting beer at a grocery store at 1 a.m., police are unlikely to shoot them.

dove&branch-smWe believe it is not acceptable to say, “We don’t think race was a factor.” Race is always a factor in our race-conscious society. If we pretend that race does not influence us and others, those of us who are White not only lose the opportunity to recognize and counteract the effects of racism and oppression, we offend and lose credibility with our Black neighbors and friends who live knowing this truth because they live Black lives in Black skin.

While we are grateful for those who endeavor to serve and protect our community, who risk their own safety in order to increase the safety of others, the shooting of these young Black men ‘armed’ with skateboards by those acting in our name is intolerable and inexcusable.

Race colors everyone’s perceptions, both during and after such an event. Regardless of who is right about the facts being disputed at this time, we need to admit this was a failure, find out all the reasons it failed, and fix everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Anger, frustration, fear, and hostility are symptoms of the ongoing racial inequalities that continue to be a part of what forms our community and our society.

We have all been affected by this event, but Black residents of Olympia have been affected most of all. Accountability by our police department is critical.

Regardless of the outcome produced by the legal system in this case, we ask for a steadfast commitment to working for an end to race bias in our police department.

In the coming months we ask for full transparency about planned changes in police selection, training, technology, and tactics. We ask that Black citizens of Olympia be involved at every step so that, when faced with situations we cannot confidently handle alone, all of us — regardless of our skin color — can be confident that our police will serve and protect us with integrity.

We call upon the Olympia Police Department to stand up and stand for what is right and good and against bias and hate within their ranks — as we call upon ourselves to do so. This is in keeping with our faith and our Quaker testimonies regarding peace, equality, integrity, and community.

Finally, we are proud to live in a community that at the best of times seeks to uphold the highest human values. We pray and hope and work toward that.

As members of the Peace and Social Justice Committee of the Olympia Monthly Meeting (Quakers) with other concerned members of our faith community, we are: Gabi Clayton, Steven Aldrich, David Albert, Polly Boyajian, Dennis Mills, with Renee Binns, Judith Bouffiou, Susan Campbell, Kathy Cox, Dave Cundiff, Ward C. Miles, Anne M. Mills, Alan Mountjoy-Venning, Jane Mountjoy-Venning, Kathleen O’Shaunessy, Ellen Sawislak, Vince Schueler, Donna Schumann, Jane Sherman, Naki Stevens, Suzanne Simons, Evan Welkin, and Jack Zeiger.