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Tribes rally to support Initiative 1631

Leaders from several tribes appeared at a rally in Lacey in support of Initiative 1631 last month—another instance of the people taking on the task of addressing climate change themselves. President Fawn Sharp (photo, right) of the Quinault Nation and other tribal leaders joined together to create the First American…

35th Annual Film Festival at OFS

Storytellers, movie makers, panels and workshops, oh my! The Olympia Film Society presents its 35th Annual Film Festival November 9-17, 2018. The theme this year revolves around “Inclusion, Independence, Discovery.” OFS has curated over 50 features and shorts created by a diverse range of filmmakers and artists, with fresh new…

“The Mob”

President Trump [how it pains me to use those two words in conjunction], Republican leaders in Congress—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell particularly–and sycophants in the media, have latched onto a concept that they believe, perhaps correctly, will energize Trump’s base: Democrats, and by implication the left in general, are an “angry mob.”…

Past, present and future all at once

Sing, Unburied, Sing (Charles Scribner & Sons, 2018), by Jessamyn Ward. Jesmyn Ward pens an account of the living and the dead in her latest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, set in the heart of what was once home to slavery, Jim Crow and sharecropping. The story takes place in the…