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Books and reading and time on your hands

In December, Brenda Big Eagle contracted Mitigation Specialist for the Thurston County Public Defense and Athena Brown, Diversion/Reentry specialist for the Thurston County Jail, organized a group of dedicated volunteers to help collect and sort new books for the county jail. The collected books replaced severely damaged books currently being utilized at…

Solving Local Environmental Problems

The January 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” series (see below for info about watching it through your computer or TCTV channel 22) will help us understand and solve some environmental problems in the Olympia area...

106.5 KOWA FM Radio enlightens your ears

Founded by Media Island International, KOWA is a licensed non-profit radio station whose mission is to give voice to individuals, organizations and movements working for gender, racial and social justice, economic democracy, ecological sustainability, and environmental justice. Our goal is to help build the foundation which could enable actual peace.…

Rise of vegan businesses in Olympia: a concern for animals and the earth

Seattle and Portland have long been known as great places to live if you are a vegan. For those who abstain from consuming or using animal products, these two cities offer a vibrant array of restaurants and stores. Olympia is nestled between these two “vegan Meccas” and has many restaurants…

A meat-centered diet

Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels. A recent study shows that in an average American diet, beef consumption creates 1,984 pounds of CO2e annually. Replacing beef with plants would reduce that figure 96 percent, bringing it down to just 73 pounds…

Moving the needle

The Democratic candidate for US Senate in Mississippi lost a run-off vote, prompting one outsider to conclude voters are “still a bunch of hateful white people no matter how we try. We need to cut our losses and focus on the states that will make real change.” Here is a more resolute view