I drifted their direction and eventually struck up a conversation. We created our own little bubble of focus. They told me they supported the president and that they were headed back soon to war. I listened to them, heard and witnessed their grief. We agreed to disagree on many matters. We did agree that war is hell and that their friends now dead were missed and mourned.
That conversation is still vivid in my memory, not the details, more how it felt to listen so intensely to two men in pain.
I hope they survived.
Very easy for anyone to join in.
We are a safe place to come get food, hang out, grab hygiene supplies, talk with youth advocates, use our computers, check email, play games, join in workshops and activities, and chill-out in a comfortable, friendly, safe youth space.
We can help with: food, shower vouchers, clothing, crisis intervention, shelter, family counseling, medical care, drug/alcohol treatment, hygiene supplies, job search and goal setting, legal support and advocacy, untangling school problems...and more! We follow your lead.
Rosie's Place is given credit in The Olympian for helping diminish problems at the downtown transit center.
Found a slideshow of photos from May Day 2002, but not yet exactly what I am looking for. I also need to sort out the exact year the westside event happened.
Update: The year is 2001, found this handy summary in the emergency management archives-
On May 1 approximately 300 protesters assembled near the south entrance of Black Lake and Harrison Avenue in Olympia Washington as part of the May Day Protest Activity. The protesters began moving toward downtown Olympia and the 5th Street Bridge around 4:35 PM but returned to a vacant lot on Black Lake Boulevard without major incident.
A digital collection of pamphlets, leaflets, and letters concerning the Centralia Massacre is available through the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections.
An Olympian article describes the kits as including......"large and small prints of the paintings, narratives, biographies of the people in the scenes, lesson ideas and more components....".
I love the Olympian title of this article:
"Squabble erupts over postmark, Effort to save Olympia symbol caught in capital machinations."