Eyewitness from Haiti: an unnatural disaster

7pm WED Jan 27

UW  Architecture Hall  Room 147
JESSE HAGOPIAN, a UW alumni and Seattle International Socialist Organization member, was in Port-au-Prince with his 1-year-old son to visit his wife when the earthquake hit.  His wife, an aid worker, works until the evening on most days, but by sheer luck, she came to the hotel where they were staying early on Tuesday–just minutes before the quake struck at 4:53 p.m. This spared Jesse and his family agonizing hours or days trying to find one another amid the chaos
Within hours, the hotel where they were staying became known as a place where some medical help was available, because another hotel guest happened to be an emergency medical technician. Jesse got a crash course in treating severe injuries–broken bones, head wounds and more–as people desperate for help kept arriving. After five days Jesse and his family were evacuated and have returned to Seattle.

Come hear first hand about the situation in Haiti from Jesse
Learn about what happened in the immediate aftermath of the quake, and why help hasn’t reached most of the victims of Haiti’s earthquake–because the priority of the U.S. government is on imposing its control. Most Haitians have seen little humanitarian aid so far. What they have seen is guns, and lots of them. Armored personnel carriers cruise the streets. UN soldiers aren’t there to help pull people out of the rubble. They’re there, they say, to enforce the law. Instead of sending ample food, water and rescue teams to help the victims of this devastating earth-quake, the Obama administration is essentially organizing an occupation of Haiti.
We will also be collecting donations for grassroots aid organizations in Haiti
Help get the word out! The Poster for the event can be downloaded here http://www.box.net/shared/b6m7b5my4k

An in depth reading packet can be download here NATURAL AND UNNATURAL DISASTERS: How U.S. policy has impoverished and devastated Haiti
News reports on Jesse in Haiti
can be found here  http://isoseattle.blogspot.com/2010/01/eyewitness-report-from-haiti.html

Sponsored by The Seattle International Socialist Organization
isouw@uw.edu or 206-612-6137

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World Habitat Day, Oct. 5

Go check out all the information including photos, video and press releases about World Habitat Day.

Event: Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend Oct. 10-11


Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend October 10 – 11, 2009

Seattle OUTProtest has brought together a grassroots coalition of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and straight people and organizations to organize a series of solidarity events to coincide with the National March for Equality this October.

March and Rally

Forty years after the Stonewall Rebellion, we march in solidarity with our brothers and sisters and allies in Washington, DC to demand equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states and to show our public support for the Approval of Referendum 71 here in Washington state.

Sunday, October 11

2:00 pm:  Volunteer Park, 10th Ave E & E Prospect

5:00 pm:  Rally, Federal Courthouse, 7th & Stewart

Thinking Queerly:  Community Workshops on LGBT Issues

Community organizers and activists will present a series of workshops on a range of issues affecting the lgbt community including Stonewall and lgbt movement history, homelessness, hate crimes and self defense, lgbt health, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, lgbt legal issues, Gay-Straight Alliances, marriage equality, and more.

Saturday, October 10

9:30 am to 5 pm

Piggot Auditorium, Seattle University


As the AIDS pandemic nears its fourth decade, we gather to educate and raise awareness about the continued struggles of people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, friends, and support networks as well as to demand all resources and all funding necessary for prevention, treatment, and a cure.

Saturday, October 10

Starting at 6 pm

Seattle Central Community College South Plaza, Broadway & E Pine

Generation Q Mega Mixer

Come mingle and mix with seasoned leaders and activists of the GLBTQ community at the Generation Q Mega Mixer.  Young leaders (25 and under please) will have the opportunity to socialize, learn from, and quite possibly have a dance off with some of the community’s most inspiring members in a relaxed social environment.

Sunday, October 11

6:30 pm

Sole Repair Shop, 1001 E Pike

Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend March & Rally


Get involved with one of our planning committees!  Contact for more time and details:

March/Rally Committee, March@seattleoutprotest.org

Workshops Committee, Workshops@seattleoutprotest.org
Outreach Committee, Outreach@seattleoutprotest.org

Mixer Committee, Mixer@seattleoutprotest.org

HIV/AIDS Vigil Committee, Vigil@seattleoutprotest.org

Biweekly General Organizing Meetings, please contact whitney@seattleoutprotest.org for time and location.

National Equality March:  Equality Across America


Approve Referendum 71

Keep the Domestic Partnership Law

We will wait no longer…There are no fractions of equality. Every compromise, every delay undermines our humanity. We seek nothing less than equal protection under the law, in all matters governed by civil law, in all 50 states.

-Cleve Jones, longtime friend and collaborator of Harvey Milk

Event: Wine Country Harvest Picnic, Oct. 3

From Cascade Harvest Coalition:

For immediate release

Brenda Vanderloop

Wine Country Harvest Picnic to Benefit 21 Acres Showcases Local Cuisine

Sammamish Valley, WA – 21 Acres, a non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate, demonstrate and advance systems supporting sustainable agriculture, presents Wine Country Harvest Picnic, Saturday, October 3. Bringing together farmers, chefs and winemakers, the Harvest Picnic kicks off the 21 Acres Harvesting Excellence Farm Meal Series with notable chefs presenting course selections with the freshest, local ingredients from 21 Acres and local area farms.

The picnic begins with A Taste of 21 Acres, including amuse bouche and wine tastes presented throughout the Farm during a tour of the grounds; followed by a three course, wine paired picnic lunch. Chef Emily Moore is recognized for her flavorful creations having received top reviews from local and regional food critics for her innovative local cuisine. The outdoor table setting showcases the new wood-fired brick oven.

The Harvest Picnic will benefit 21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living. 21 Acres is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization with land supporting an organic urban farm growing food for families, markets, schools and hunger relief.  A portion of each purchase may be tax deductible. Cost per person is $55 or $100 for two; 21 Acres members, $50 or $90 for two. RSVP required. To reserve your space or for more information visit 21acres.org, e-mail generalinfo@21acres.org or call 206-442-2061.

Brenda Vanderloop
PR & Communications Consultant
21 Acres
cell: 206-498-9731

Building Beyond Green – the 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living
Demonstrating Technologies for Long Term Energy Efficiency

Event: Peninsula Local Food Chef Showoff, Sept. 15

From Cascade Harvest Coalition

Peninsula Local Food Chef Showoff
Tuesday, September 15, 4-10 p.m.
President’s Hall, Kitsap Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Order on line www.LocalFoodChefShowoff.org

The Peninsula Local Food Chef Showoff will set another mark on the way to culinary heights,  especially for the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula. The hard work and generosity of so many chefs, farmers and volunteers will be displayed and enjoyed. Monica Downen has an amazing lineup of chefs. Harbour Pub is in charge of the local refreshments. Speakers Nash Huber and Kate Dean, acknowledged leaders in the developing area of farmland preservation and farm succession will supply the brain food for the evening and our bluegrass band, some of the fun. There will be plenty of time for networking, eating and exchanging contact information, something which our regular meetings always seem to blot out.

To see a summary of some of the local press coverage look here:


So, come on out and  join the local food network.

Event: Growing for Market Workshop, Sept. 22-25

From Cascade Harvest Coalition:

Foxglove Farm and the Centre for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture presents:

Growing for Market

With Michael Ableman & Josh Volk

September 22nd – 25th

The resurgence of interest and demand for regionally produced food has created a huge opportunity for those who want to become growers and has expanded possibilities for those who are already farming.

Join veteran farmers Michael Ableman and Josh Volk for a two-day intensive workshop on growing fruits and vegetables for market. Day one will focus on production, from soil fertility and preparation, to seed selection and propagation, through harvest and post-harvest. Day two will be devoted entirely to marketing, with sessions on region specific market planning, farmers’ markets, CSA, displays, and restaurant and wholesale sales. This is a nuts and bolts workshop which will cover a range of both perrenial and annual crops and enable participants to learn some of the specific techniques and strategies of a successful market farmer.

Michael Ableman has been farming for over thirty five years. His books, lectures and workshops have inspired people throughout North America. Ableman created Fairview Gardens, at its peak one of North America’s most successful models of local and urban agriculture, where he farmed for twenty five years. Michael currently farms at Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island.

Josh Volk has been immersed in the study and practice of vegetable farming in the Northeast, desert Southwest, California and the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years. He helped to develop and manage the very successful Sauvie Island Organics CSA, an intensive twenty-acre vegetable farm outside of Portland, Oregon where he trained over twenty apprentices. Along with farming, Josh has been working as a consultant, writer, and teacher assisting numerous small scale farmers and gardeners. More information can be found at about Josh at www.slowhandfarm.com.

Cascade Harvest Coalition
“We are your local food and farming resource center.”

Event:Party with Sierra Club Candidates! Sept. 20

From Sierra Club WA Chapter:

This November is the Sierra Club’s best opportunity yet to bring you true environmental leadership.  With two former leaders of the Cascade Chapter in the running for major City offices, and the threat of climate change on our doorstep, there has never been a better time to get involved with the Sierra Club to help us elect a slate of real environmental champions!

Please join us as for an election season kick-off party and fundraiser where you can meet our endorsed candidates and learn more about how the Sierra Club will get them elected. Confirmed guests include:

  • Dow Constantine – Executive, King County
  • Michael McGinn – Mayor, City of Seattle
  • Mike O’Brien – City Council #8, Seattle
  • Richard Conlin – City Council #2, Seattle
  • Nick Licata – City Council #6, Seattle
  • Rob Holland – Port Commission #3, King County

We suggest a donation of $25 at the door, but please, don’t let money keep you from coming.

6-9 p.m. Sunday, September 20th, Spitfire in Belltown, 2219 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

You can read all about our endorsed candidates here, or, come to our election season kick-off and speak to them face to face!

Can’t make the party, but still interested in learning more about how you can help us elect a slate of real environmental champions?  Just send us an email and we’ll fill you in on all of the fun things we have planned for the next two months.

Thanks a lot and I hope to see you at the party,

Craig M. Benjamin
Conservation Program Coordinator
Cascade Chapter, Sierra Club