PO Box 1293, Olympia Wa, 98507 Organize@OlympiaIWW.com 360-362-0112

Olympia, Wa – September 8th & 9th: IWW Organizer Training 101 “Building The Committee”

Education. Emancipation. Organization.

Interested in organizing your workplace? Interested in worker’s rights? Interested in a better world? Come to the Organizer Training 101 hosted by the Olympia IWW, and learn the basic skills for creating better working conditions. Food will be provided. It’s FREE and open to all workers! RSVP requested. Ask about child care.

The Organizer Training will be on September 8th & 9th, 2016. The cutoff to apply is August 31st to ensure we have enough food (light breakfast and lunch).

We are asking folks to register by August 31st, 2016 to insure that we have enough training materials, breakfast & lunch for everyone. Registration is FREE. The Training is completely FREE. The Union pays for it. All that we ask is that folks plan to attend the entire two days of the training. All workers are welcome. To sign up please fill out the form at-


About the Training:

The ‘Organizer Training 101: Building & Maintaining The Committee’ is one of the most comprehensive trainings of its kind aimed towards rank and file workers, union members, and worker organizers.

The two-days of content is more than most advanced training programs. It’s a great opportunity to inspire workers and provide the the basic tools needed to organize so we can live and practice the idea of “every worker a leader.”

More than anything, the training is about giving workers the confidence they need to begin organizing with their fellow workers.

Participants: 10 – 20 expected. 25 Max.
Questions: OlympiaIWW@riseup.net or call 360-362-0112

Thursday September 8th, 2016
Setup/Breakfast: 11:00am – Noon
Start Time: Noon
End Time: 7:00pm
Clean up

Friday September 9th, 2016
Setup/Breakfast: 10:00am – 11:00am
Start Time: 11:00am
End time: 6:00pm

Content of the Training:

First Day:
Introduction: What is a Union?
Stages of a Campaign
Gathering Contacts
Workplace Mapping & Social Charting
Identifying Leaders
Setting Up a First Meeting
AEIOU: Agitate and Educate

Second Day:
AEIOU: Inoculation
AEIOU: Organize
AEIOU: The Union Makes Us Strong
Asking Workers to Join The Union
Going Public: Knowing When and Possibilities for How
Labor Law in a Nutshell
Direct Action
Picking A Target: Strategic Organizing

Hope to see many of you there!


Esther Barnett Goffinet Talks in August

Esther Goffinet

Esther Barnett Goffinet, the daughter of fellow worker Eugene Barnett, will be speaking in Lewis County in August. Eugene Barnett witnessed the American Legion attack on and Wobbly defense of the IWW hall in Centralia, WA on 11 November 1919. Rather than allowing him to be a star witness for the defense, the prosecution attempted to judicially murder him by charging him with a key role in actions he took no personal part in- all because he refused to remain silent about the truth of what had happened. He was convicted of second-degree murder and did nearly 12 years in Walla Walla State Penitentiary as a class war prisoner.

Eugene Barnett, IWW, Centralia, Armistice Day 1919
FW Eugene Barnett, circa 1920

Esther has written an amazing book, Ripples of a Lie, detailing what happened to her father and how those events went on to impact her family and the families of the other men wrongly imprisoned in the aftermath of Armistice Day 1919. She will be speaking about her book and the Centralia Conspiracy at the Lewis County History Museum in Chehalis on August 12 at 6:00 p.m. and at the Centralia library at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13.

Esther Barnett Goffinett, IWW, Centralia 1919, Eugene Barnett
Ripples of a Lie

Esther is the daughter of a class war prisoner from the height of anti-IWW oppression of the Palmer Raid era. The rest of her father’s life and her life to this day were strongly impacted by those events and we owe her a strong Wobbly turnout. I hope all of us can be there.


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