Monday, March 17, 2008

“From Palestine to Puget Sound: The Olympia-Rafah Mural Project”

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s TCTV program for March is described below. The program airs twice a week throughout March on Thurston Community Television (TCTV), cable channel 22 in Thurston County. You can watch it every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. and every Monday at 1:30 p.m. throughout the entire month.

For quite a few years Olympia’s peace community been building strong relationships of solidarity with Palestinians working for peace and justice there. Efforts increased after an Israeli military bulldozer murdered Olympia’s Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza, Palestine, five years ago while she was nonviolently protecting a Palestinian family’s home that the bulldozer was poised to destroy.

Now a new solidarity project is being organized: a mural in Olympia affirming the links between Olympia and Rafah.

Although the Olympia City Council shied away from ratifying a sister-city relationship with Rafah, the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project (, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
(, and other supporters of peace and justice are moving ahead with a variety of activities and projects, including a mural in downtown Olympia.

Dr. Susan Greene, a Jewish-American artist/psychologist/educator with the San Francisco Art Institute, has 20 years of experience with collaborative community-based mural projects, including many in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Since 2005 she has been working with the Rachel Corrie Foundation for a mural in Olympia.

Our TV guests are Cindy Corrie and Rochelle Gause.

"I've never been in jail, but I've been in the army, and that's close enough."

- A quote from my father, Ernie Anderson

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093

The Olympia FOR works for peace, social justice and nonviolence from a solid foundation in principled nonviolence. For information about the Olympia FOR, phone 491-9093 or visit

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