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Community Events Spotlight — January 2020

Nominations Sought for 2020 Peacemaker Award

The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County (DRC) is seeking nominations for the 2020 Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award. This annual award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in promoting peaceful dispute resolution and civility. The DRC welcomes and encourages members of the community to submit nominations for this award.

Established in honor of Founding Executive Director Evan Ferber, the award will be presented at The Toast, the DRC’s annual fundraiser, on Sunday, April 5th, 2020.

Deadline for nominations: February 21st. The nomination form is available at Mediate Thurston. For more information, call 360/956-1155 or e-mail

Thurston Conservation District Board of Supervisors has announced the seat formerly held by Richard Mankamyer is up for a permanent election. Noted conservationist, David Iyall of the Nisqually People, is running for the seat. Voting is Tuesday, January 14 , 10 am – 8 pm at the Thurston Conservation District offices, 2918 Ferguson St. SW, Suite A, Tumwater, WA 98512.

Eligible voters are registered voters who reside within the boundaries of the Conservation District. Contact the Election Supervisor if you need clarification about your eligibility.

Ballot voting may also be accomplished via absentee ballot.

The last day and time that voters can request absentee ballots to be mailed to their mailing address for this election is January 9th, 2020 at 4:30 pm.  Request may be made by phone to (360) 754-3588 ext. 121, or via email to

Return postage is prepaid.

The last day and time that voters can request absentee ballots in person at the District offices is Monday January 13th, 2020 at 4:30pm.

Questions or concerns may be sent to

2020 WAISN Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day

February 5, 2020

8 am – 5 pm

Washington State Capitol, Olympia, WA

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) is hosting the third Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day for the 2020 Washington legislative session. Join hundreds of organizations and individuals on February 5th to advocate for pro-immigrant policies to support ALL Washington residents. Last year, with the passage of Keep Washington Working, we got to see all the power we have when we come together. The proposed bills and conversations with elected officials are essential to our organizing in 2020.

The day’s schedule will include:

Welcome & Orientation, Advocacy Training, Community Rally, Wrap-up and Debriefing

Details on transportation, meals, childcare and language interpretation available at

Día de Cabildeo de Inmigrantes y Refugiados

El 5 de Febrero, 2020

de 8am a 5pm

Olympia, Washington  

La Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes de Washington (WAISN) auspiciará el tercer año del día de cabildeo de Inmigrantes y Refugiados para la sesión legislativa de 2020 en Washington. Únase a cientos de organizaciones e individuos el 5 de Febrero para cabildear en favor de políticas pro-inmigrantes para apoyar a TODOS los residentes de Washington. El año pasado, con la confirmación de “Keep Washington Working Act” tuvimos la oportunidad de ver todo el poder que tenemos cuando trabajamos juntos. Las propuestas de ley y conversaciones con los oficiales elegidos son esenciales para la organización de proyectos en 2020.

Por favor únase a nosotro/as! Haga clic para registrarse aqui.

El horario del día incluirá:

Bienvenida Y Orientación, Accion Comunitaria, Cabildear, finalización e informe, Cierre

Otros detalles transporte, comidas, interpretacion, accesibilidad, Cuidado de niños disponible, contacte

Community Resources, Education & Volunteer Opportunities

YWCA Olympia has announced open registration for the agency’s new Intercultural Foundations Community Institute, an opportunity for community members to go deeper in social justice education and practice through the Intercultural Foundations Program. IF equips organizations, businesses, groups

and individuals with skills, tools, and knowledge to shift culture towards true equity and inclusion through Intersectional Race Equity, Healing in Community, and Cultural Humility.

Learn more at YWCA of Olympia or contact the Intercultural Foundations team at  or 360-352-0593.

Uprisings: Chile and Colombia

2019 was year of uprisings against authoritarianism, austerity and corruption across the world. Two major struggles are taking place in Chile and Colombia. In Chile, millions are part of a campaign that began by opposing a fare increase but spread far beyond. The people are challenging economic inequality, and fights for reproductive rights, self-determination of the Mapuche people and a new constitution written from the bottom up. In Colombia, November and December saw massive strikes against tax hikes and repression.

You’ll hear from Chileans returning from that country as well as a solidarity activist from Columbia. Francisca Gomez-Baeza is a Ph.D. student at the Univ.of Washington. Felipe Lagos Rojas is a researcher at the Int’l. Institute for Philosophy and Social Studies and instructor at Seattle Central College. Speaking on Colombia is Yul Gamboa, a Colombian-American, and international solidarity activist.

7-9 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Avenue, SW

No Charge

For more information, contact Peter Bohmer at

State of the Community

Jan 8, 11:30 – 1.  Hotel RL.

Find out what local movers and shakers (officials from Thurston County, Tumwater, Yelm, Lacey and Olympia) say when they’re talking to one another – in public.  $35 for non-members of the Chamber.

PiPE winter formal benefit

Jan. 9 at 7:00 pm.

DJ Carefree with comedians Chocolate the Entertainer and Khadija Hassan. Comedic talent at 7:30.

Brave in the attempt

Jan. 10, 7:30 – 9 pm, Traditions, 300 5th Avenue, SW.

Playback Theater presents stories of striving. $7- $12 at the door.

Thurston Conservation District Election

Jan 14, 10-8 pm. 

Vote for a new board supervisor.  See Spotlight for details of how to participate.

Olympia Mutual Aid Partnership

Jan 16, 1-6 pm.  Drop off supplies at 115 Legion.

Food, blankets, etc. to be distributed to houseless camps by the Partnership on Mutual Aid Mondays. We strive to build community and eliminate boundaries between our neighbors and community neighbors.

Classic movies with a message

Jan 16, 6:30 pm, OUUU, 2315 Division St NW. 

Visit Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation for the specific film.  Free

Homeless Housing Hub meets

Jan 20, 12:30-1:30, 701 4th Avenue.

Combination of several groups working on housing and homeless issues, Thurston Asset Building Coalition.

Igniting Engagement with your Union

Jan 25, 9am – noon.  Washington State Labor Council, 906 Columbia. 

Unions offer a unique opportunity to act with fellow workers and shift the focus of economic policy.  Workshop with union members and allies.

From forest commons to carbon commodities

Jan 28, 6:30-8:30

A talk on Lessons from REDD+ in Nepal, by Shangrila Joshi, Member of Evergreen Faculty

Uprisings: Chile and Colombia

Jan 29, Wed., 7-9 pm, Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Avenue, SW.

Speakers from those countries explain the political activities and outlook.  No charge. See Spotlight for more details.

Global Days of Listening

Feb 21. 

A monthly online conversation with people engaged in peace efforts living in war-torn countries. Participants will include peace activists in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Check time and how to listen via livestream at Global Days of Listening.

For a fuller listing of October events go to  Check the WIP facebook page for other events that arrived after deadline.

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