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Six local punk bands played October 12 at Northern to raise awareness for a political issue that has hit close to home here in Washington’s capitol. Angry Music for Real ‘¢hange’ Around 200 young people gathered at the volunteer-run, all ages venue, art gallery, and community space on one of the first rainy nights of the school year. The concert raised money for three imprisoned anarchists who refused to testify at a grand jury hearing. The show raised $1,813 for the resisters’ legal fees, rent, and other necessities. The bands played short sets of Olympia’s quintessential punk sound, each of them voicing solidarity with the resisters. Soil opened the show, followed by Disparate, Margy Pepper, Dick Binge, Dogjaw and then Agatha. Along with music, the event offered zines and literature from activists. Many of the self-published pamphlets contained discussions on the grand jury and were handed out for suggested donations. This mo...

 
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In February of last year, the Washington State Legislator passed Senate Bill 6239, legalizing same-sex marriage. Shortly after the bill was passed, opponents of the bill gathered enough signatures to suspend the bill and demand a statewide vote on the issue. That’s where Referendum 74 comes into play. According to the Washington Secretary of State website, “This bill allows same-sex couples to marry, applies marriage laws without regard to gender, and specifies that laws using gender-specific terms like husband and wife include same-sex spouses. After 2014, existing domestic partnerships are converted to marriages, except for seniors. It preserves the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform or recognize any marriage or accommodate wedding ceremonies. The bill does not affect licensing of religious organizations providing adoption, foster-care, or child-placement.” As of 2009, Washington has had a Domesti...

 
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Finding solutions for the overabundance of plastic creeping into the nooks and crannies of sensitive ecosystems has risen to the forefront of many environmental discussions and efforts. With Bellingham, Mukilteo, Edmonds, Issaquah, Port Townsend, Bainbridge Island, and most recently Seattle leading the way in Washington state’s plastic bag ban, this may leave one wondering where Olympia stands in the process. Terri Thomas, Waste Reduction Supervisor for Thurston County Solid Waste, stated that “huge efforts are being made” to both educate and gauge the thoughts of the community on the topic of sustainable plastic reduction. She expanded further, explaining that “obviously the word ban comes to mind, but we want to see what efforts the community would support.” A local Safeway customer expressed her concern stating, “I would not be happy about banning plastic bags. I recycle them, and find them very useful in a number of differe...