Oly Earth Day to May Day Radical Political Fest & Benefit Show!

MayDayPosterThis May Day, join local artists, groups, and community powered radio station KOWA 106.5 FM in a costumed celebration of past, present and future inter-sectional solidarity and the connecting of Earth Day to international Worker’s Day. Connect visions, liberate space, dress in costume, and dance in raucous radical togetherness! Proceeds will support community radio! Buy tickets in advance, or sliding scale donations at the door.

– SKRILL MEADOW & THE BLACKSTONES [https://skrillmeadow.bandcamp.com/]

– HIP HOP CONGRESS

– JOEY CASIO
[https://myspace.com/joeycasio]

– JOHN’S DAUGHTER
[https://soundcloud.com/johnsdaughtermusic]
– EVERGREEN CIRCUS RESURGENCE

– OLD GROWTH POETRY COLLECTIVE
[https://www.facebook.com/TheEvergreenStateCollegeHipHopCongress]

– PIGEON PARADE

– OH, ROSE
[https://ohrose.bandcamp.com/]

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Radical Political Circus means we’re inviting you all to explore tendencies of the left. Let’s use humor and exaggerated costume to remember breathe life into the history of radical political struggle and imagine our future together. Prizes for best costumes!

Dress up as your hero or your greatest enemy. Make larger than life masks, animistic, human and colorful costumes. Dress up as a Wobblie from 1886 or in Procession of the Species garb…come as cartoonish Anarchists complete with confetti black bombs, Communists outfitted with buttons and red star berets, Women Suffragists, Black Panthers, Brown Berets, the fat cat capitalists with the top hats and monocles, the pigs with bolo hats and clubs, the snitches in stitches, the spy versus spy and the two faced politicians, Students for a Democratic Society, SNCC, ACT UP, Earth First, Progressive Democrats of America, Green Party, Socialist Alternative…it’s up to you!

All local organizations are invited to have a table if they wish and actively engage in passionately pulling people’s support. Organize right then and there! Have a meeting on the side and take an action in the liberated moment of the Ballroom! Show respect for each other and invite other groups and people to help you in taking down the Fat Cat of capitalism! Teach people to know their rights when the pigs come around! Have an act on proper security culture interacting with the Snitches in Stitches! Put together an impromptu song and dance between the blue union and green environmentalists!

We encourage everyone who has time during the day to go to Seattle for any major marches but come home to the Earth Day to May Day celebration!

More than a benefit show, this is also part of the national Mother Earth Day to May Day mobilization which is a call to action to connect the struggles of “People, Planet and Peace over Profit.”

Friday, May 1, 2014
7pm @ the Olympia Ballroom,
116 Legion Way
$9 advanced/ $18 at the door, no one turned away, volunteers get in free!
Contact kowa@riseup.net to volunteer!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1506701089557654/

 

OLYMPIA MAY DAY POSTER MOB & CONTEST!

General Strike!KOWA 106.5 FM Community Powered Radio, is putting on a wild benefit show like no other… and we want your artistic genius! Submit your original poster for this event & day of international solidarity to join our ‘mob’ and enter the contest! Deadline is March 31st! E-mail nora(at)kowalp.org for necessary details.

Oly May Day! An Earth Day to May Day Celebration!

This May 1st, Olympia’s May Day is back as a community extravaganza! It’s a radical political circus celebrating “Earth Day to May Day!” We’ll have an interactive and improvised look at the history through song, theater, art and performance of all kinds! The atmosphere will be engaging, a liberated space, like the feeling of taking to the streets but held in the warmth of the Olympia Ballroom. There will be snacky foods and drinks with acts serving as interruptions to a mingling of the engaged and participating masses.

Radical Political Circus, means we’re inviting you all to explore tendencies of the left. We’re hoping you will use humor and exaggerated costume, in a good natured poking fun way, to remember the radical history of struggle. Imagine the costumes of the IWW Wobblies cartoonish Anarchists complete with confetti black bombs, Communists outfitted with buttons plus red star berets and the Women Suffragists from the old images. Of course feel free to come as the tendencies of more recent histories of struggles such as the Black Panthers, Brown Berets, Students for a Democratic Society, SNCC, ACT UP, Earth First, Progressive Democrats of America, Green Party, Socialist Alternative and so on.

Plus let’s be sure to poke fun at the bad guys while we are at it! Let’s make larger than life masks, animistic or human and colorful costumes. The fat cat capitalists with the top hats and monocles, the pigs with bolo hats and clubs, the snitches in stitches, the spy versus spy and the two faced politicians. Very real images to play with and humorous street theater interactions.

This is also the chance for real organizing. All local organizations are invited to have a table if they wish and actively engage in  passionately pulling people’s support. Organize right then and there! Have a meeting on the side and take an action in the liberated moment of the Ballroom as if the street were beckoning. Interact with the costumed villains theatrically to show your muster! Show respect for each other and invite other groups and people to help you in taking down the Fat Cat of capitalism! Teach people to know their rights when the pigs come around! Have an act on proper security culture interacting with the Snitches in Stitches! Put together an impromptu song and dance between the blue union and green environmentalists!

We encourage everyone who has time during the day to go to Seattle for any major marches but come home to the Earth Day to May Day celebration!

MAY DAY!Not all that long ago…
In a proclamation printed just before May 1, 1886, one publisher appealed to working people with this plea:
Workingmen to Arms!
War to the Palace, Peace to the Cottage, and Death to LUXURIOUS IDLENESS.
The wage system is the only cause of the World’s misery. It is supported by the rich classes, and to destroy it, they must be either made to work or DIE.
One pound of DYNAMITE is better than a bushel of BALLOTS!
MAKE YOUR DEMAND FOR EIGHT HOURS with weapons in your hands to meet the capitalistic bloodhounds, police, and militia in proper manner.

May 1, 2014 we are celebrating this history, that delivered the 8 hour work day amongst many of the other worker protections that we benefit from, by recreating that sense of liberation with costumes, music, organizing, art and theatrics. This is part the local action that is part of the national movement of Mother Earth Day to May Day which is a call to action to connect the struggles of “People, Planet and Peace over Profit.”

It’s a good time to dress up as a Wobblie or from 1886 or in Procession of the Species garb from the weekend before! We’re leaving it up to you to come and have fun in costumery that breathes life into the history of radical political struggle that goes from back then until today! Prizes for best costumes!

This event is also a benefit for the relaunch of KOWA 106.5 lp fm, please look up KOWA to find out more at http://kowalp.org.

Friday, May 1, 2014
7pm @ the Olympia Ballroom,
116 Legion Way
$9 advanced/ $18 at the door, volunteers get in free!

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Infrastructure Campaign: Raise the antennae!

Raising the antennae is the difference between KOWA becoming broadly known or not. All other goals hinge on this success. Currently KOWA is broadcasting excellent content but only to the downtown of Olympia and at legally low watts. With the antennae broadcasting at the strength and height it is allowed by license it could reach all of Olympia, most of Tumwater and some of Lacey. With the raise in broadcasting strength there will be a corresponding raise in the KOWA profile. The ability to gain audience and prestige, increases funding availability and stabilizes KOWA.

Why hasn’t this already happened? Analyzing the past 10 years we’ve seen an inability for KOWA to sustain itself directly linked to it’s lack of resources caused by broadcasting power. In the beginning KOWA’s focus was on infrastructure development, they began broadcasting fully but with a complicated set up and the group struggled with a few leaving. There wasn’t a team committed to fundraising. The newer people held onto the dream but eventually KOWA, by necessity, settled on a lower legal broadcasting power level and turned to a focus on programming and studio development.

This lead to a long period of success and setbacks. The studio was built but there were problems in maintaining the equipment and achieving studio success. Programming was developed and local DJs would come but eventually there was discouragement over the inability to reach a large audience and lack of basic training. However many successes were achieved cumulatively which allows us the opportunity today to recapture a focus on infrastructure.

Why is it going to succeed today? It seemed like a pipe-dream to get the antennae broadcasting from its proper location at full strength. We’ve always thought that the sticker price estimate of $56,328.00 made in 2003 for raising the antennae was too high to achieve. However several factors today make that much more achievable.

First, some of the costs have come down. The stripped down budget was $34,440.00. An adequate power system, originally quoted at $15k with possibly $10k more, is now closer to $3k. The studio link system, quoted at $7,100, can likely be replaced at least in the short term by a dedicated cellphone data plan paid month to month at $600/ year. That puts the stripped down budget closer to $15,940. There are efficiencies from there, like equipment we already have available and equipment that can be delayed in implementing, that brings costs even lower. We believe that with $7,000 we can start broadcasting again at full capacity.

Second, we have a team that is focused on achieving infrastructure goals because the programming is good enough right now. Good enough programming means excellent syndicated shows of content that is only found locally right here on KOWA, but very few local DJs and programs. Our one promise on programming this year is to tighten everything up. That means that we have great station IDs, a stable show calendar, volunteers ensuring the stream never goes off the air and that show changes are updated. With the de-emphasis on bringing on local shows we can re-emphasize the infrastructure and nuts and bolts work necessary to make sustaining local news programming a priority.

Third, we have people who are focusing on fundraising and technical work alone. In many similar all volunteer organizations, fundraising isn’t prioritized because volunteers like to do other things. In this group, we’ve limited the scope of things to development with a focus in technical work and fundraising work. It is our fundraising goal to first get the antennae on the hill and then quickly shift to sustaining funds with the goal of two part time positions being funded by the fall.

Finally, we have a bigger dream. We want to produce original news programming that is valuable to this community and beyond. We feel that we could fill a niche of covering state politics via radio with a news team of reporters supplemented by Evergreen interns at the capital. Next, we will do local news focused on the South Sound that is accessible to a wide audience. Finally we would like to syndicate nationally and internationally a show that takes a bigger look at things. We think that if we can get the antennae up on the hill we can start generating the work around these other crucial activities.

There is a five year goal of raising $56,328.00 for infrastructure to meet the original estimate with all money above what is needed for the antennae going towards the recording studio. The project gets off the ground for $3,000 by May 2015. We really need $7,000 by October 2015.

Together as a community we can make this happen.