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Community Spotlight – July 2020

Orca Books Solidarity Co-op 

Orca Books has converted from a commercial bookseller to a solidarity co-operative, in which different membership categories – worker, low-income consumer, and organizational member – have voting power. Solidarity indicates that members have the shared values of cooperation. The cooperative is in the process of finalizing its bylaws and looks forward to holding its first Membership Meeting and board election this fall. Currently, seven board members oversee the coop and eight staff members manage the coop operations, including online sales and organizing the move. Orca Books plans to open by International Coop Day on July 4. Previous owner, Linda Berensten, remains at Orca as a worker member and treasurer of the co-op. For more information, contact Clare Follman, Coop President, at

#BlackoutDay 2020

This movement is an awakening of the national consciousness of black people in America and abroad and it requires economic solidarity in America amongst all black people unequivocally. In order to break free from the chains of financial servility, we will organize days, weeks, months, and years if necessary when not one black person in America will spend a dollar outside of our community. Blackout Day’s mission is to create an international community of economic solidarity and national consciousness unified around our common experience and ancestry as Emancipated Peoples of America. If you must spend a dollar on the first blackout day, Wednesday July 7, spend it with a black business.

Students Stay Woke 

The River Ridge High School Black Student Union along with other local student-led organizations is planning demonstrations at schools throughout the summer. Tentative dates and locations are:   Saturday, July 11 at North Thurston High School, in preparation for the Tuesday, July 14, North Thurston School Board meeting. Please read the Black Student Union Black Lives Matter in Schools 4-Point Program (download at and email and ask for the students to be on the agenda of the board meeting.  Follow up event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 25 at Timberline High School. Check their website for continuing work.

Economics For Everyone, Rally and March to Defund the Police

Speakers will address the long history of  police racism; movements to defund the police locally and nationally; and building a movement against racial capitalism. Everyone who supports Black Lives Matter is welcome. Join Us! For more info check out Economics For Everyone website:

Wednesday, July 15, 5:30 pm, Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia

The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons 

The Coalition meets via online video during the Coronavirus pandemic, the third Thursday of each month. The July 16 meeting will be at 5:00 pm through a Zoom video conference. 

To participate, contact Glen Anderson at 360.491.9093 or email in advance to receive the meeting link.

Primary candidate forums on TCTV

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County, in association with Mason and Pierce County Leagues and Thurston Community Media have moderated virtual Zoom candidate forums with candidates of all political affiliations for the following primary races: WA State Legislative Districts 22, 2 and 35; Thurston County Board of County Commissioners; Thurston County Superior Court Judge. Links to all forums can be found at The airtime schedule for TCTV Channel 77 can be found at and videos are also available at TCMedia Video on Demand.

Primary voting for seats in Congress, the state legislature and more

In Washington state, register to vote or update your existing registration online, by mail, in a voter registration drive — it has to get to the Auditor by July 27. If you forget, you can register or update in person by going to the Auditor’s office or other designated location up to 8 pm on Election Day Aug. 4. If you’ve had a felony conviction your right to vote is automatically restored once you’re out of the criminal justice system (even if you still owe court ordered fines).  Excellent!  But you still have to register before you can vote.  Go to for specifics. Voter’s Pamphlets with info on all the candidates will be mailed July 8.  Ballots will go out July 15July 15-July 27 mark your ballot and send it in!!! No postage needed.

Rachel Corrie Foundation — Beyond Connecting the Dots

Co-sponsored by Eyewitness Palestine, this virtual summit will offer powerful analysis and an exploration of justice-based frameworks in the effort to build a united racial justice movement from the US to Palestine. Participants will have the opportunity to make connections with movement leaders and will also leave with a toolkit of actions that they can immediately use in their communities to work toward collective liberation.  July 18, 2020, 12 pm – 7:30 pm (EST)  Information on goals, speakers, registration costs and more at


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