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Community Spotlight — October 2020

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Haki Farmers Collective

Join a Facebook livestream launch party for Haki Farmers Collective, a benefit show hosted by Mazigazi Band,  Roxy’s Rock’N’Rocks Productions, and  CapCity Presents..  More information on the event can be found at Haki Farmers Benefit Show event page By Mazigazi.  Or contact them at  hakifarmerscollective@gmail.com.

October 3rd, 2020 at 7 pm.

 Stream Team turns 30!

We’re the same age!  WIP sends its congratulations to the Stream Team, another amazingly enduring volunteer-driven program.  They’re offering a webinar celebrating 30 years of camaraderie, education, restoration and all around fun.  You’ll meet Stream Team coordinators, play trivia, watch Samba Olywa live streamed, slide shows and of course:  More!

Friday, October 9, 6:30 pm.  Register at streamteam.info/events.  Or contact Michelle at mstevie@ci.olympia.wa.us

Dispute Resolution Center Seeking Volunteers

October is Conflict Resolution Month.

The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County is seeking volunteers to help resolve conflict, promote civility and create peace in our community.  Volunteers can be trained as mediators and work with people in conflict, both in-person, over the phone and through our new Online Dispute Resolution Services. For more about volunteer opportunities and  trainings, call 360/956-1155, email info@mediatethurston.org or visit MediateThurston.org. DRC is a community-based, volunteer-powered non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and resolving conflicts.

SHRUQ 4.5 –  A Digital Festival of Arab Culture

Since 2012, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice has provided a biennial Arab Festival coinciding with Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk. This year, it’s a free online festival showcasing culture, food, music, art, dance, poetry, stories and social analysis through celebration of voices from 22 Arab countries. Viewers will be able to select, enjoy, and be inspired by an array of events ranging from cooking classes and dance tutorials to stories and discussions of topics arising from life in Arab regions. www.rachelcorriefoundation.org/events

Throughout the month of October

October 5 – October 30

 Apply For Your Free GRuB Backyard Garden!

Due to increased food insecurity within our community tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, GRuB is expanding its regular backyard garden-build capacity from 50 free gardens to AT LEAST 100! We are now accepting applications for our second round of 50 garden installations! 50 gardens are available for 2020 and you can apply until filled. Gardeners applications will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Review our free garden application materials, and follow the link to apply.  Questions?  Email: backyardgardens@goodgrub.org or call (360) 522-3476. 2020 GRuB Garden Applications are available here

True crime virtual reading with Olympia author

Orca Books Cooperative will host a virtual reading of the new true crime book Every Hill a Burial Place by Peter Reid. The story scrutinizes the investigation into the 1966 death of a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania whose husband was tried for murder. The incident had the potential to be disastrous for both the Peace Corps and the newly independent nation of Tanzania. Reid, who served in Tanzania at the time of the murder, draws on considerable legal experience to expose inconsistencies and biases in the case through the lens of culture and politics.

Orca Books Co-op serves as Olympia’s community bookstore from their new location at 5th Avenue. The cooperative is proud to foster community education through the support of authors and artists, creating a friendly, open, and safe space for all—as well as allowing access to a diverse collection of fiction and non-fiction books.

Every Hill a Burial Place with Peter Reid, Wednesday October 7, 2020.  www.meet.jit.si/OrcaBooksEvents. For more information www.facebook.com/orcabooks

Democratic Socialists of America New Member Orientation

Are you new to Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) or new to our Olympia chapter? Come to our New Member Orientation via Zoom  to learn more about DSA, the work we’re doing in the South Sound, and how you can get involved!

Fri, October 16, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Register through Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfu-gpzkoGNO6IzsQxsCVyum2dGdHaiZs. Where–https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfu-gpzkoGNO6IzsQxsCVyum2dGdHaiZs (map)

 Steering Committee on Defunding the OPD

Olympia DSA has created a Steering Committee on Defunding the Olympia Police Department that meets regularly.  If interested, please email committee chair, Huntress, Stansel at witchuntress@gmail.com for an onboarding call before attending your first meeting. Register here

Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tickets for YWCA womxn of achievement dinner NOV 6, 2020

The YWCA Womxn of Achievement awards celebrate contributions of incredible leaders in our community, who are not only making a huge difference, but who don’t get honored and celebrated nearly as much as they should. Womxn of Achievement is a platform for centering Womxn of Color who have always led change at the intersections of race and gender justice. Ticket information is available online at www.ywcaofolympia.org, under Events (2020 Womxn of Achievement). All proceeds from ticket sales benefit YWCA Olympia. For more information contact Hillary Detamore, CEO at hdetamore@ywcaofolympia.org .

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