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Fun times prepping Meatloaf Monday... ...

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OlyMAP friends and volunteers: We have scheduled a camp clean-up at Deschutes Parkway encampment for this Saturday, Aug. 29 th, 9am-2pm. Just over a month ago, over a dozen community members joined us at the Deschutes Parkway tent encampment to assist the residents in removing garbage from the area. Since then, residents have continued cleaning up the site and have asked for the support of another community clean-up to help finish the job.
Click here to help: docs.google.com/document/d/1A2GUlDO97EwZ1glCcTjVa6YylAls_7xl_HRnTFOph40/edit
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Coming Thursday...Gather with us online for our annual Interfaith Pride service. Together we will honor the faith tradition of revolution for liberation, from Pharaoh to Stonewall to now, the work of liberation continues. Thursday, June 19, at 7 pm on Facebook Live.
www.facebook.com/events/321349642190368/
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Statement from area clergy on BLM and armed milia groups... ...

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Letter published today from elected officials on Vigilantism:

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We, elected leaders in Thurston County, oppose the presence of armed vigilantes patrolling our communities.

In recent weeks, organized armed groups have escalated an already tense situation, carrying both lethal and less-than-lethal weapons in an intimidating fashion.

These vigilantes, including groups known as American Wolf, Proud Boys and Three-Percenters, use the rhetoric of “peace keeping.” However, their actions do not align with their words. They have created a climate of fear for our residents, particularly residents of color, local businesses, and all who are nonviolently protesting against police brutality and centuries of racial injustice. Their presence has not contributed positively in any way to the protests.

We acknowledge the pattern of armed self-appointed “peace keepers” is historically how paramilitary forces gain control of local areas during times of national instability such as the times we are living through now.

We encourage residents to look beyond the surface rhetoric of “peace keeping” and research the actions and political ties of these organizations to understand their intentions for our community and country. In a time of multiple local, national and global crises, we know we are stronger together when we live our shared values of diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and community beauty.

We have heard concerns about law enforcement cooperation with non-permitted militia activity. We affirm this is unacceptable. Any appearance of indifference or camaraderie further erodes fragile relationships between the public and law enforcement, and jeopardizes the entire community’s safety.

The tactics of intimidation and fear have no place in Thurston County. We reject the presence of armed vigilantes, and find their actions contrary to our shared interest in keeping Thurston County a safe place to live, work and do business.

We call on business, faith, nonprofit and neighborhood leaders to do the same.

Signed,

Denny Heck, Congressman, 10th District
Sam Hunt, Senator, 22nd District
Beth Doglio, Representative, 22nd District
Laurie Dolan, Representative, 22nd District
Tye Menser, Thurston County Commissioner
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
Steven Drew, Thurston County Assessor
Jeff Gadman, Thurston County Treasurer

Joe Downing, Commissioner, Port of Olympia
EJ Zita, Commissioner, Port of Olympia
Cheryl Selby, Olympia Mayor
Jessica Bateman, Olympia Mayor Pro Tem
Jim Cooper, Olympia City Council
Clark Gilman, Olympia City Council
Dani Madrone, Olympia City Council
Lisa Parshley, Olympia City Council
Renata Rollins, Olympia City Council
Andy Ryder, Lacey Mayor
Cynthia Pratt, Lacey Deputy Mayor
Carolyn Cox, Lacey City Council
Malcolm Miller, Lacey City Council
Michael Steadman, Lacey City Council
David Watterson, Tenino City Council
Joan Cathey, Tumwater Mayor Pro Tem
Michael Althauser, Tumwater City Council
Leatta Dahlhoff, Tumwater City Council
Tom Oliva, Tumwater City Council
Eileen Swarthout, Tumwater City Council
Molly Carmody, Yelm City Council
Scott Clifthorne, Olympia School Board
Maria Flores, Olympia School Board
Hilary Seidel, Olympia School Board
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Video from the Interfaith Pride Service... ...

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Gather with us online for our annual Interfaith Pride service. Together we will honor the faith tradition of revolution for liberation, from Pharaoh to Stonewall to now. The work of liberation continues. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7 PM – 7:30 PM Please join this live video event by clicking on this Facebook Live link: www.facebook.com/events/321349642190368/ ...

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New from the Women's Ordination Conference (subtitled in English) ...

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Issued today by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA Western Region...

Statement Against Racial Violence:

We, the Roman Catholic Womenpriests and supporters of the Western Region of the USA, mourn the lives lost to racial violence and condemn systems of oppression. We grieve with George Floyd’s family, Ahmaud Arbery’s family, Breonna Taylor’s family, and all families who have lost loved ones to senseless and racist acts.

Our hearts are in solidarity with those who experience the continuing effects of widespread historical systemic racism. We condemn racism in the United States, and in particular, the escalation of racial violence we have recently witnessed. We affirm that Black Lives Matter. White Catholics must stand in solidarity with the black community so that not one more person is murdered because of the color of their skin.

With grieving, yet hopeful hearts, we renew our personal commitments in both prayer and action. We commit to the work that must be done to make the Gospel Justice a reality. We call on our local and national leaders to stand with the oppressed and assure justice for all people of color by changing the systems that allow racist structures to continue. We demand concrete actions to put an end to the deeply rooted and deadly sin of racism in this country.

Come Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth.
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A fire raged in downtown Olympia Thursday night, destroying the Quality Inn Hotel. Fourteen families from the Family Support Center were being housed there during the pandemic. No one was harmed, but everything they owned was lost. Here's how you can help...WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! As many of you probably know by now, there was a devastating fire at the Quality Inn last night. However, most of you probably do not know that Family Support Center was hosting 14 families at the Quality Inn as part of the agency’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. Last night 38 children and parents were awoken in the middle of the night with only moments to get to safety. Many of these families, who were already in crisis, have now lost everything. Thankfully, with the work of many, many people, everyone made it out safe and all our families were able to sleep in a safe, warm bed last night. However, now more than ever, THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

They have an immediate need for two things – electronic/digital gift cards and essential supplies. Electronic gift cards can be purchased at the locations listed below and emailed to natalies@fscss.org. Essential supplies include diapers, wipes, formula, non-perishable foods, and easily microwaveable foods (cup of soup, mac and cheese, cup of noodle, etc.). Donations can be dropped off at the main office (3545 7th AVE SW, Olympia WA 98502) M-W-F from 10am-2pm. .

We know that is was not only our families that were impacted, and our hearts go out to everyone else who was staying at the Quality Inn last night. We are extremely thankful to the staff at the Quality Inn for all they have done for our families, for the hard work of the of the fire departments that responded as well other first-responders in attendance, to Intercity Transit for sending buses at 2am, and for our strong partnership with the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services who helped ensure our families had somewhere to sleep last night.

Electronic/digital gifts cards can be purchased from the following locations. $50 and $25 increments work best. Please have them emailed to natalies@fscss.org.

Walmart – giftcards.walmart.com/ip/Basic-Blue-Walmart-eGift-Card/653984410
Target – www.giftcardmall.com/e-gift-cards/target-egift-card
Safeway – www.giftcards.com/safeway-gift-card
Fred Meyer – does not do e-gift cards but you can buy them online and have them sent to our office free of charge! - giftcards.kroger.com/our-store-cards/fred-meyer

Financial contributions are also welcome: portals.compass-360.org/Compass360WebUserServices08/org=fscss.org/request=campaignGeneralPortal/c...
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It's a new HW ministry! (Made by James and Diane.) ...

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Easter e-mass... ...

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Wednesday, March 25th marks the 26th annual World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination. This concerted, global action is celebrated on the Feast of the Annunciation and together we will honor Mary's "yes" to God to bear Christ for the world and celebrate the women who courageously say "yes, I am called" to priestly ministry. ...

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Wise words from the virus... ...

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More shots of the foot care crew in LA, courtesy of ace photographer Mike Wisniewski ...

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Some photos of the foot care crew from the recently concluded LA trip... ...

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HW COMMUNITY MEETING CANCELLED TONIGHT

If you have comments regarding the End-of-Life Sessions scheduled in February or the rewording of our Welcome/Who We Are Statement, please email Diane.
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Ho Ho Hobos will be outside Duck The Malls today, at the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th Ave. from 11-4:00! They’re also very close to having sales/sales updates up at hohohobos.com Roving sales crews are out, but as ever, they are hard to predict where they will be.

Every December since 2015, Ho-Ho-Hobos has provided jobs on the streets by employing homeless folks to make and sell Christmas wreaths (and now toys and ornaments!). Their model is to work with the street community to empower unhoused leadership. By engaging people not only making wreaths (paid), but also organizing and facilitating the project (unpaid), they’ve fostered a sense of ownership, self-worth, and pride.

What started one winter in a fireworks stand on loan from a Nisqually elder is now coming into their 5th season. Along the way, they’ve had a small impact in the lives of hundreds of wreath makers, and a much larger impact on a smaller handful of fully engaged participants.
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Check out this "mini sabbath" ...

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Statement from the bishops on policy priorities is here: docs.google.com/document/d/19D5AJpaLyZ1obG0fOXMbkTP0qdIoMITqO3_csK3Scpc/edit ...

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Centering prayer and mass will proceed as normal on Saturday but the potluck has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with St. B's. We will, however, be rolling beeswax Advent candles after mass as planned. The cost is $6 for a set of four candles. Multiple colors will be available. ...

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From the All Souls Liturgy Supper... ...

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First Christian Church is hosting a cold weather shelter in Koinonia Hall this week from 7 p.m.-7a.m. They are in need of blankets, healthy snacks and volunteers for the evening hours. Please drop off any donations during the evening hours at First Christian Church at 701 Franklin St. SE Olympia, or if you're available to help please call their office at 360-943-8025. This is a temporary shelter until November 1st when the county's cold weather shelters will begin. Thank you for your willingness to help those who are in need. ...

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The community kitchen crew! ...

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Photos from the community kitchen operation and crew... ...

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Photos by Bob Zeigler from the Peace Day Festival... ...

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Peace Festival TODAY! Please join us! ...

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Coming up Monday... ...

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Coming in October... ...

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Happening Monday... ...

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Hello members of Olympia-area faith communities, service providers, advocacy groups, and others,

We are forwarding you as an FYI our urgent appeal to the Olympia City Council for a pause on the sweep of the 4th Ave bridge camp presently scheduled to take place at 8 AM Wednesday, Sept 11. We invite you to consider sending your own appeal to the Council and to senior City staff using the recipient addresses in the letter below. (We have also attached a set of talking points for your consideration.)

We also encourage you to consider attending the City Council meeting at 7 PM this Tuesday, September 10, where the Council will be considering a motion to pause this sweep. If you wish to speak to the Council during the public comment period, you need to show up between 6:30 and 7 PM to sign up.

If the Council does not pause this sweep, we also invite you to show up at the 4th Ave bridge camp before 8 AM the following day, Sept 11, to be present as a witness or to assist camp residents in trying to save their belongings.

Thank you from Just Housing Olympia for all that you do for our community. For more information contact:
Tye Gundel 206-653-5739 tyegundel1994@gmail.com

Regon Unsoeld 360-349-1168 runsoeld@gmail.com
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