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“Who’s Who in the Nisqually” guest JZ Knight interviewed

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues


“Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed” interviewer Steve Craig with guest JZ Knight.
Photo courtesy: Rory Sagner Photography, Copyright © 2017. Used with permission.



Story Highlights
* ‘Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed’ guest was JZ Knight,
* Interview was open-to-the-public July 5th at Yelm’s Triad Theater.
* Interviewer Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar.
* Knight attracted the largest ‘Who’s Who’ audience to-date.
* JZ was asked about her life, her awareness, her vision for the world and our community.
* Best to hear about one’s life experiences directly from the source and Knight was stellar.
* Knight’s profound insights provide a glimpse into her truly great mind, truly grand life.
* Knight loves having her home here and added, “Like it or not, I am an artifact of Yelm.”
* JZ is proud of all who moved here, said Yelm will thrive if citizen diversity is embraced.
* Knight’s resounding message: “Anytime you worry, you are squandering your life. We are here ‘to make known the unknown,’ as dreamers, as creators adding to the whole of human continuity.”



- “JZ Knight Attracts Largest ‘Who’s Who’ Crowd”
“Channeler Enjoying Retirement: ‘Like It or Not, I’m an Artifact of This Place’”
By Cindy Teixeira Nisqually Valley News Correspondent
Click here for the full report.

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JZK, Inc. wins on all issues in Coverdale, et al. case – Court of Appeals sides with the trial court and JZK, Inc.

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues


JZ Knight
Photo Copyright © 2016 JZ Knight.

- JZK, Inc. wins against Virgina Coverdale on all grounds except one:
The Court of Appeals agreed with Thurston County Superior Court and JZK on all issues, except one [JZK, Inc is the parent company of Yelm-based Ramtha's School of Enlightenment (RSE)]:
A. upheld the summary judgment in JZK’s favor (including the attorney fee award to JZK),
B. strongly upheld the language of the school’s Conditions of Participation (CoP),
C. upheld the contempt finding against Coverdale for failing to get the court-ordered appraisal on her car,
D. awarded JZK the company’s reasonable attorneys’ fees under the CoP for opposing the appeal.
E. reversed the contempt order in part and remanded to the trial court to reconsider its contempt decision consistent with this opinion.


- JZ Knight, President of JZK, Inc. told this to the Yelm Community Blog:
I am elated the Appeals Court saw the merits of all points in our case, also siding with the determinations of the Trial Court.
Yes, this was a long process to reach the conclusion of this case, however I have always stood firm against anyone attempting to rewrite the history of our school.
In the final analysis, the facts and truth prevailed.
I want to acknowledge the Courts, the Justices and their staffs, JZK, Inc’s crack team of attorneys, my staff, and the students of RSE, who stood united with all of us and never wavered amid a torrent of negative publicity.



- Unpublished Opinion filed January 19, 2016:
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON DIVISION II
JZK, INC., a Washington corporation, Respondent,
v.
VIRGINIA COVERDALE; JOHN DOES 1-20 and JANE DOES 1-20, also known as ENLIGHTEN ME FREE, Appellant.
Click here for the complete filing.


- Quoting from the official filed document signed by Judge Worswick:
“JZK, Inc. obtained an injunction, a judgment for attorney fees, a writ of execution, and an order of contempt against Virginia Coverdale after Coverdale posted a video on the Internet in violation of a nondissemination agreement. Coverdale appeals several superior court orders arguing that the court erred by (1) granting JZK summary judgment and denying Coverdale summary judgment on the issue of the contract’s breach, (2) dismissing Coverdale’s affirmative defenses and counterclaims, (3) denying Coverdale’s motion to amend her answer to the complaint, (4) failing to strike JZK’s summary judgment rebuttal brief, and (5) finding Coverdale in contempt of two court orders. We affirm all the superior court’s orders except for the order finding Coverdale in contempt. Accordingly, we reverse the contempt order in part and remand for the court to reconsider its contempt decision consistent with this opinion.”

“A majority of the panel having determined that this opinion will not be printed in the Washington Appellate Reports, but will be filed for public record in accordance with RCW 2.06.040, it is so ordered.”
Click here for the complete filing.


- Statement from Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
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JZ Rose now on Google’s virtual tour

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Take the Google Inside Tour of our beautiful JZ Rose store!
Click here

JZ Rose – For All Things Beautiful
207 1ST Street South
Yelm, WA 98597
Telephone: 360-458-4618 or
Toll Free: 877-458-4618

Yelm Store Hours:
Mon – Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Click here for Directions

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“Freedom Foundation and JZK, Inc. Settle Lawsuit”

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

- “Controversial Video at Center of Copyright Dispute”

UPDATE from the story reported here May 16, 2014:
By Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News:

“The lawsuit between the Freedom Foundation and JZK, Inc. has been dismissed.

Last May, JZK, Inc. sued the Freedom Foundation, a right-leaning Olympia think-tank formerly known as the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, its employee Glen Morgan, and his wife, Lauren Morgan, in U.S. District court.

JZK, Inc. argued in court documents that Morgan and the Freedom Foundation violated Knight’s copyright when Morgan gave the Thurston County Board of Commissioners DVDs with excerpts of an event at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment that was streamed online.”

In April, the Freedom Foundation approached the company, owned by JZ Knight, about a settlement, and the company agreed, according to David Dewhirst of the Freedom Foundation.

Each party decided to pay its own attorney’s fees, Dewhirst said.”
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- “Glen Morgan was the Grassroots Director and the Property Rights Director at the Freedom Foundation.”
He now holds the position of Adjunct Fellow, according to the Freedom Foundation website.
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Knight’s 2008 Climate Change Byline as pertinent today as then

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues


Credit: Gary Walton, The Big Wobble Almanac

- The news today supports JZ’s 2008 Byline that included the science from over 6+ years ago.
“Disturbing! The Gulf Stream Now Stalling In Two Broken Areas!”
“Are we witnessing the Gulf Stream closing down? Is the cold November in the US just a precursor of what is to come?”

“New data from The Earth Wind Map and The NOAA Data Satellite both agree and are now showing the Gulf Stream is colder than average in not one area but two!” quoting Gary Walton, The Big Wobble Almanac.
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Click here for The Earth Wind Map.
Click here for The NOAA Data Satellite.
[NOAA is America’s National Weather Service]

- Excerpt from JZ’s 2008 Byline:
“Of recent concern is the momentum of the world’s ocean currents all linked together in a loop called the global ocean conveyor belt, in which the Gulf Stream of warm water flows to the East Coast of America and then merges with the deep cold-water currents from the northern Arctic waters. Scientists describe this belt as a giant “thermohaline pump” because it is driven by both temperature and salinity of the water. This pump powers up the continuous flow of the world’s ocean currents. At present, the effects of global warming have diminished the fragile balance of this pump to a low 49-percent capacity. What would happen to Europe if it ceased altogether? Would an ice sheet covering most of Northern America and Europe appear overnight? Would this be a new ice age? Scientists are worried because it has happened before. Research oceanographer, Dr. Ruth Curry, is very concerned because of the rapid ice melting in Greenland where the cold fresh water flows into the adjacent conveyor belt, essentially overwhelming its delicate balance. The recent decline of the belt’s momentum to 49-percent is due to Greenland’s meltdown. Scientists have determined that in the remote past this shut the system down, leading to an ice age. Are we ready for that to happen again?”
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“Tax-exempt status of Olympia-based think tank under challenge by channeler JZ Knight”

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

By Brad Shannon in The Olympian, Sunday, November 16, 2014:

“The tax-exempt status of conservative Freedom Foundation think tank has been called into question by lawyers for Yelm-based spirit channeler JZ Knight.

Knight, who has a long-running battle with the Olympia-based foundation over its use of her videotaped spiritual talks, contends the group is acting as a politically partisan organization.

As a result, Tacoma lawyer Brooke Johnson says it does not deserve its tax-exempt status as an educational organization, which is how it was set up in 1991 with a promise of ‘regular and bipartisan communication with elected officials’ and others.

‘There is nothing wrong with advocating your position, but what we are seeing is action on a political agenda and being aggressive,’ Johnson, who specializes in intellectual property rights and nonprofit organizations, said in an interview. ‘They are aggressively pursuing people they consider to be enemies.’”

“Johnson noted the foundation’s efforts since 2012 that slammed Democratic candidates and political parties over Knight’s campaign donations, and she cited state Public Disclosure Commission reports showing that Republican candidates and organizations, and not Democratic groups, have donated to the foundation over the years.

In sharp contrast, Johnson noted, the foundation has not acted against intemperate speech by those on the far right end of the political spectrum.”
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“Knight’s New Title:
President Emeritus”

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues


“JZ Knight relaxes with her dog at her pool inside her home on the grounds of the Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment. Knight, who says she channels the 35,000-year-old Ramtha, is turning over day-to-day operations of her business JZK Inc. to a board of directors.”
Photo credit: Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News

By Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News:
“Purported Channeler of Ramtha Stepping Down From Daily Responsibilities for JZK, Inc.”

“JZ Knight is stepping down from some of her duties as president of her company, JZK, Inc.

“Michael Wright, a spokesman for the company, said Knight — who claims to channel Ramtha, a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior turned spiritual guru — is stepping back from the day-to-day business management role she’s held for the past 10 years at the company. She’ll be stepping into a role as President Emeritus, Wright said.

Knight will remain the company’s “visionary” and continue to channel Ramtha, Wright said.

“She’s going to continue to be involved in molding the future of the school and the organization behind the school that supports it,” he said. “She’s just not going to be involved in the business management, day-in, day-out affairs.”

An executive team will take on Knight’s day-to-day business responsibilities, Wright said. Knight has been training the team over the past five years. The final makeup of the team will be announced after Jan. 1, Wright said.

Wright denied a rumor that Rebecca Capezio, a student of the Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, was planning to buy the company.

Ramtha introduced Capezio at a RSE event in Italy, and made reference to “the possibility that she might consider buying the school,” Wright said. “That’s not the first time he has acknowledged individuals with that possibility, nor will it be the last. Like any company, we’re always looking at continuity and change of control, and those opportunities are always being explored.”

Knight has committed to appearing with Ramtha at major events next year in February and July in Yelm, in May in South Korea, in August in Italy, and in September in South Africa, Wright said.

JZK, Inc. employs about 85 people, who all work in the South Sound area, Wright said. The company also works with about 40 coordinators who work as independent contractors in other countries.

Events at RSE are translated into eight to 10 languages, depending on the needs of registrants, Wright said.

About 5,000 people attended RSE’s world tour this year, according to the school. The tour ran from February to October.

Copyright © 2014 Lafromboise Communications, Inc.
Used with permission – can not be republished for commercial use/advertising.

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“Steven Nielson Encourages Voter Participation & Urges Reform

JZ Knight News, Upcoming Events, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

JZ reminds everyone in Washington to vote Nov. 4th & wanted you to see this letter from State Rep. candidate & RSE speaker:

“Steven Nielson Encourages Voter Participation & Urges Reform”

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“JZ Knight, Lawyer Question Think-Tank’s Tax-Exempt Status”

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

“Freedom Foundation Attorney Calls Complaint to IRS ‘Harassment’”
” A copy of the complaint JZK, Inc.’s attorney sent to the IRS questioning the Freedom Foundation’s nonprofit status is embedded below the story.”

By Steven Wyble,  Nisqually Valley News:
An attorney for JZ Knight has sent a complaint to the IRS alleging an Olympia think-tank has violated the conditions of its tax-exempt status.

The attorney claims the Freedom Foundation — a right-leaning think-tank currently embroiled in litigation with Knight’s company, JZK, Inc. — violated its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by supporting partisan candidates and causes. The Freedom Foundation denies the allegation.

Brooke Johnson, an attorney specializing in nonprofits and intellectual property who has been retained by Knight and JZK, Inc., filed the complaint with the IRS on Oct. 24, according to a press release from the company. The complaint alleges the foundation has engaged in “sharply partisan activities, which have included intervention in a number of political campaigns.” Those partisan activities, Johnson alleges, are outside the scope of a 501(c)(3) organization.
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Click here for the full report.

Click here for the Press Release issued by JZK, Inc.

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Freedom Foundation uses tactics of intimidation – TNT opinion pages

Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Tacoma News Tribune
By JZ Knight
Contributing writer
August 2, 2014

Many right-wing groups use it in their names, including Freedom Works, Faith and Freedom Institute, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Freedom Federation, Freedom March, Freedom Works, Freedom Watch and many others.

Here in Washington we have the Freedom Foundation. You may have heard of it. I certainly have. In 2012, I donated funds to Democratic candidates after which the Freedom Foundation became involved in the illegal recording and distribution of videos from Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment that were heavily edited and posted online.

Two people who illegally disseminated the pirated videos admitted to editing the originals in two separate courts of law. One of the two lost a lawsuit and was ordered to pay more than $600,000 in attorney’s fees and costs.

The Freedom Foundation still continues to petition the courts to post more of these videos online. It has certainly used its freedom to attack me. But I’m just one of many citizens in Thurston County and Washington state on its list of people it opposes.

I’m an easy target. I’m a public person who donates to Democrats like Mary Hall, the first Democratic auditor in Thurston County in 71 years. In the 2012 election, she defeated a Republican candidate backed by the Freedom Foundation.

There is a common thread that runs through the Freedom Foundation and similar ideological groups, including:

• Freedom from taxes for corporations and wealthy people.

• Freedom from regulations so industry can pollute our air and water.

• Freedom to oppose the minimum wage.

• Freedom to attack the voting rights of minorities.

• Freedom to misrepresent the Affordable Care Act.

This is nothing new. What we are seeing in Thurston County today echoes recent history. The book, “Dallas 1963,” examines right-wing groups that conspired to oppose President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. The New Yorker magazine noted that the same right-wing terms from 1963 are in use today:

“Now, as then, there is said to be a conspiracy in the highest places to end American Constitutional rule and replace it with a Marxist dictatorship, evidenced by a plan in which your family doctor will be replaced by a federal bureaucrat.… There is also the conviction, in both eras, that only a handful of Congressmen and polemicists (then mostly in newspapers; now on TV) stand between honest Americans and the apocalypse, and that the man presiding over that plan is not just a dupe but personally depraved, an active collaborator with our enemies, a secret something or other, and any necessary means to bring about the end of his reign are justified and appropriate.”

In the 1960s, Claire Conner’s parents were the leaders of the Chicago branch of the John Birch Society. In her book, “Wrapped in the Flag: What I Learned Growing Up in America’s Radical Right,” Conner writes that modern right-wingers promote the same agenda as those who revered Senator Joseph McCarthy and other right-wing stalwarts.

In a book review, the Tampa Bay Times noted “today’s tea party is the modern-day rebirth of the John Birch Society. They share a worldview, (Conner) says. The same paranoid distrust of government. The same desire to protect the rich. The same cruel streak that blames the poor for their poverty and seeks to deny government help on that basis. The same willingness to believe all manner of bizarre claims against political leaders they don’t like.”

If right-wing groups like the Freedom Foundation called themselves the John Birch Society II, it would be cause for alarm. By wrapping themselves in the American flag and shouting “Freedom!” they seek to soften their agenda by making it sound patriotic.

Here in Washington, the Freedom Foundation’s tactics of attempting to intimidate its enemies – opposing the SeaTac minimum wage, opposing working people who join labor unions, drowning the IRS in paperwork, promoting voter ID laws to make it harder for minorities to vote – isn’t patriotic; it is destructive.

Thurston County and Washington don’t need their brand of “freedom.”

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