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Posts published in “Issue: February 2020

Reflections on the fate of the 4th Avenue Bridge project

I’ve been working closely with the 4th Ave bridge camp as a member of Just Housing Olympia. The City recently decided to halt progress toward moving the encampment to another piece of City property, and instead to proceed with sweeping the encampment.

Thomas Wilson Nogler

April 12, 1953 – January 4, 2020 Tom was a beloved member of the Olympia community, helping start the Olympia Food Coop, the Crisis Clinic, Heartsparkle Players, and the Community Sustaining Fund, among many other projects and activities.  Tom was a tireless activist for many other political movements, including mental…

Looking back to look ahead to 2020

When we look ahead to 2020 and beyond we see struggle, promise, hope, and victory for self determination, from Gaza to Santiago to Hong Kong to Kafranbel to Baghdad. Resisting authoritarianism When you zoom out over the past decade, you notice how more people in more places around the world…

Green Cove Park developer Mahan “declines” the City’s requirements

In his latest effort to implant a housing project in Green Cove Basin, developer Jerry Mahan is refusing to provide information that the City needs to review his application. In a letter from his attorney Heather Burgess to the City, Mahan said he would not do any more environmental testing and demanded that the City complete its review without further information.

Cleaning up contaminated soils in Grays Harbor

Many toxic sites are the legacy from heavy industry of the past including mining, milling, boat building and manufacturing. Much of this toxic pollution was left in our midst years ago, before we knew the impact and before laws were passed that prohibited dumping chemicals on our land, water, or in unlined landfills.

Fort Discovery – The back story

The Pacific Northwest Inlander publishes a story reporting that Fort Discovery’s attorney, Greg Overstreet, wrote a series of 10 dystopian novels called 299 Days using the pen name Glenn Tate. The novels depict the degeneration of the democratically elected government, its violent overthrow by “Patriots,” and its replacement with a libertarian state.

2019: The year of derailments

“Every possible asset trimmed to the bone” The railroad industry is largely “self-regulated” which means that there is no outside agency that monitors safety or anything else, including collecting accident data. Recently the Railroad Workers United (RWU) made a list of “major” derailments on Class One railroads—not including passenger trains—and…


How much poison are you willing to eat for the success of the free market and global trade?

A strategy to reshape the future

Beginning with this issue, Dave Jette will share his view of possibilities for urgent collective action to confront the threat of fascism and the collapse of human habitat.

“Our Revolution” opens a heaquarters in Olympia

Our Revolution Thurston has a new volunteer headquarters at Lamplighters, 211 4th Avenue East in downtown Olympia (the White Building). The Democratic Primary starts February 21, when ballots will be mailed, and ORT is hosting phone banking events there Tuesday through Sunday in support of Bernie Sanders, whom they have…

An enduring drama about the wages of war

An Iliad is an up-to the-minute retelling of Homer’s Iliad. With poetry and poignancy, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide. Brilliantly adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare from Robert Fagles’s acclaimed translation of Homer’s Trojan War epic, An Iliad telescopes the story into…

What’s missing is transparency and public dialogue

The national housing shortage affects millions in the US who can’t afford to rent, let alone buy, a home. The epidemic has rightly sparked a national conversation over racial and economic inequality...

Vets look to sustainable farming for sustenance

The Sustainable Farms and Fields Program, SB 5947, is a grant-based program that would allow farmers to invest in efficient and effective practices designed to address climate change...

Letters to WIP

Dear WIP, The bankruptcy rate today is 3 times what it was in 1991 for people 65 and over.


Irritated conservative legislator to intense young activist:  “Every college socialist should be encouraged to live under a Marxist regime for six months.” Intense young activist to legislator:  “Okay, then every elected capitalist should be required to live on the $7.25 federal minimum wage for six months.”

Special Events — February 2020

Celebrate Tom Nogler • Orca Recovery • Strengthening Sanctuary • Clean Energy Thurston • Thurston Public Power • Workplace Organizing • Jacobin Reading Group • The Iliad—A retelling • Susan B Anthony • Planned Parenthood • Native American Art Exhibition • Nuclear Weapons Nowadays • The Vote

Community Events Spotlight — February 2020

5G Apocalypse Film • Parallax Perspectives • Civil Survival Events and Game Changer Workshops • Solidarity in Tough Times • 2020 Labor Notes Conference