No matter our opinions about what Olympia is going through right now, we probably mostly all agree that these are intense times. So how do we keep our heads? How do we get ourselves to unwind? How do we debrief and relax?
Oly Blog is of great service with this, we can catch the latest report, we get a chance to share and discuss.
How do you manage your emotions and frustration level during this time?
There is no reason why Olympia can't do this, but yet we're not. Go figure.
Port Militarization Resistance
A statement from the newly-formed OMJP break-off committee - Port Militarization Resistance
In four years of the war in Iraq, over 2,000 US soldiers and over 150,000 Iraqis have died. Hundreds of billions of dollars later later, our troops are still fighting in Iraq. The declared mission has been proven false and now civil war rages on. This is an illegal war founded on lies told by the Bush administration and sustained by Congressional acquiescence, Republican and Democrat alike.
The discrepancy between public opinion and US policy both locally and nationally is evidence of a failure of representation in our electoral democracy. Nationally, numerous polls demonstrate diminishing support for the war. Locally, since the military shipments through Olympia's port began in 2004, the community has fully employed a broad spectrum of democracy's tools - including letter-writing and petitioning public officials in open forums - to oppose the occupation and the Port of Olympia profiting from it in any way. In large numbers, we have asked the port commissioners to withdraw support for the war and stop shipments to Iraq. Yet, just as the war, the killing, and corporate war-profiteering continue, so do the military shipments through Olympia.
[via email]Hello RIck, my name is James Hall and i am a life long resident of olympia! I have heard of this site before but never felt compelled to write. I am a resident of eastbay drive,where no doubt you already know all the protesting has been going down. I am all for first amendment rights but i believe there is a time and a place to protest. I strongly disagree to the people protesting at the port. Now correct me if I'm wrong but the people are protesting the use of the tax payers port to further war efforts in Iraq, they think we should not be wasting money..? But aren't they just wasting police dollars for hauling there asses out of there to begin with. and what is with the masks. i saw very few signs in protest of the war, I saw more people out there in masks riding there bikes in traffic just to slow down the convoy. maybe i just don't get what the point of it all is. I think they should protest at the capitol to the politicians not the fucken soldiers. PROTEST THE WAR NOT THE WARRIORS.
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO RICK.
ps. i like peacefull protest