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Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan visit Evergreen “Democracy is a messy thing, and it’s our job to capture it all,” said Amy Goodman on Friday, October 26, which might as well be her career’s tagline. In a benefit talk for KAOS Radio and Thurston County TV, The Evergreen State College hosted Denis Moynihan and Amy Goodman of the political radio/TV production DemocracyNow! on the last leg of their 100-city “Election 2012 Silenced Majority Book Tour” through the country’s swing states. Yet, Goodman elaborated beyond the sole topic of the two-party system. In a display of story-telling and fact-reporting, Goodman wove together her experiences reporting on seemingly unrelated news events into one enormous anecdote about the corruption of media and the presence and significance of the ‘media elite’ (major news networks who report “news” that is rarely accurate or in the best interest of the network’s viewership). “We need a media who broa...

 
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Local HIV/AIDS prevention organizers and concerned community members met on Monday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. for an emergency town hall meeting at the United Communities AIDS Network (UCAN) office to plan a response to proposed funding cuts at the state and federal level to all HIV prevention services in Thurston County. Executive Director of Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), Duane Wilkerson, kicked off the discussion by sharing how Dave Kern, Department of Health, met with him and Deputy Director Lori Bundrock for a meeting they believed was “about rearranging one of our social works.” When they arrived, Kern told them that the HIV Planning Group had decided to cut all funding for Thurston County HIV prevention efforts. The planning group proposed this funding cut to direct money towards counties statewide with higher numbers of HIV cases. While Thurston County receives budget cuts, Kitsap County, however, will be contin...

 
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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...