Slide show of port protest


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Today's Events

My friendly neighborhood barber informed me that there were people meeting up to protest again today, so I went down to check it out. When I got to the corner of State and Plum there were about 30 people gathered on the four corners, most of them on the Shell Station corner. I was sporting my brand new - hot off the press " Drew for Port Commissioner" button, which was a big hit, even with Drew. Another notable on hand and taking part was City Councilperson T.J. Johnson. Now, I know this is only going to raise the ire of some in the OlyBlog community, but I can't describe how good it felt to see him there. Maybe I shouldn't be as surprised as I was, but it feels good to know that someone I voted for is willing to walk the walk. Too many politicians, some in Olympia even, have great election politics but don't follow through on their promises after they're elected.

A man in the passenger seat of a large white pick-up truck rolled down his window and began screaming at us. He was very angry and wasn't really making any sense at all. I was kind of embarrassed for him. T.J. actually responded to him, trying to explain what we where doing and why. The man screamed some more about war being the only way and demanded that we look into his eyes. Finally he rolled his window up and stared at T.J. intently until the light turned green.

All in all, it was nice. No one was hurt, no one's rights where violated while I was there and we got some great responses from the folks driving by. My biggest hope coming out of it is that next time 60 people show up.

Demonstration Against Vicente Fox in Seattle

Today! Wednesday May 24 at 6 PM At the Westin Hotel in Seattle (1900 5th Avenue downtown)

Join us to assure that there is justice for the people of Central America, the people of San Salvador de Atenco and the people of Mexico! President Vicente Fox will be appearing as a guest of Governor Gregoire. Vicente Fox is not welcome in the Northwest. We want to point out three very important issues why he is considered a person non-grata:

1. We understand that Fox is traveling to Seattle to talk about the issue of immigration. Fox's very aggressive application of US immigration policies to border control in Mexico has caused the abuse and mistreatment of thousands of workers in the southern border region of Mexico. (see http://www.worldpress.org/0901feature22.htm)

2. The atrocities committed by police against the people of San Salvador de Atenco this month were vicious. Two children were killed as a result of the brutal repression by the government forces against the people of Atenco. (Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Uprising_in_San_Salvador_Atenco)

3. The Mexican populace has been plunged into the worst economic crisis in years under the Fox administration, driving millions of Mexicanos to seek employment and a better life in the United States. Although there have been large investments by US companies under NAFTA, the people of Mexico are not benefiting from the "riches being made from trade". (please see http://www.globalpolicy.org/socecon/ffd/2003/0322mexico.htm)

Viva Mexico! Abajo con el Mal Gobierno!

TONIGHT--CounterPunch editor Jeffery St. Clair

Jeffery St. Clair

TONIGHT, May 24th, 7pm,

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for more info please go to

http://www.counterpunch.org/events.html

Interesting words from Doctor Claw

Protest the Government, not the Soldiers.
I will not say that I am for or against the war in Iraq. What I will say is that I shall soon find my boots on the desert sands of that far off place. I am a Medic. I joined the Army to heal. As we have trained for the Army often performs MEDCAP missions where we will go into a town and make sure all the children are current on their immunizations, treat any wounds, and generally provide on site medical care to these villages and towns. You have no idea how expensive of an undertaking that can be, or how dangerous it is for us, and our providers. They don't show this kind of stuff on the news. Pardon the horrible organization and spelling of this post as it’s late and I'm tired. I heart about your protest today at the port and it angered me. Not because you were protesting, or what you were protesting, but because the only thing you succeeded in was giving me and my fellow soldiers a hard time and making us have less time with our families. We are operators not policy makers. We volunteered to do a job. That job is handed down to us by a civilian government according to the constitution. What I think about the war in Iraq is totally irrelevant. What anyone in this Stryker Brigade, even its commander thinks about it is irrelevant. We are soldiers and we go where the civilian leadership needs us. If you want this to stop, talk to them, not us. AS I said, we are not policy makers... We are given a mission and we prosecute it to the best of our abilities. Don't hassle the soldiers, hassle Congress and the White House.

Account and Images of Manhandled Protesters

I was one of the people arrested at the port today. In fact I was the first one arrested, as I was crossing the cross walk. I was in motion moving toward the sidewalk as the officer snatched me. We were peacefully and lawfully protesting the military shipments by holding signs while crossing a crosswalk that had no pedestrian traffic signals on marine drive. We did not break any laws!

During our arrests, Holly and I were manhandled by officer Watkins of the Olympia Police Department, resulting in injury.

When I was being arrested, I sat down on the ground. Holly put her body over mine and held onto me. Instead of simply removing her hands, two police officers proceeded to use cruel and unusual tactics to remove her. A thurston county sherrif put his boot on Holly's back. Officer Watkins proceeded to pinch the underside of her arm. She has a massive bruise which is getting worse than what you will see in the picture.

I was drug to the car and thrown up against it by Officer Watkins to be searched. Once the back of me had been searched by a female police officer, she told him to roll me over. He slammed the other side of me onto the police car. He proceeded to do this one more time when the search was complete. I have a dull pain starting in my shoulder and continuing down into my elbow.

SEE attached photos for evidence

We believe we have to stop this war, we have to show our complete rejection of the American Empire, we have to show our support for the lives of U.S. troops by making it harder for them to be deployed to Iraq, where they will face death, and permanent mental and physical scars and at the same time commit crimes against humanity.


NOT IN OUR PORT ... NOT IN OUR NAME!

Attend a vigil in protest of the convoys of military vehicles - Strykers and other war machinery - using our town and our port as a launching point for the perpetuation of the illegal, immoral U.S. occupation of Iraq. The ship has not yet arrived and convoys are expected to continue through tomorrow. Stand with us as we make it clear that we do not consent to this war or the use of our port in its execution. We will gather at 11AM tomorrow ,Wed, at the intersection of Plum and State - which the convoys pass through on their way to the port. Bring signs and banners. See you there!

Support Drew Hendricks

Update on Drew's Case

Drew Hendricks appeared in Thurston County Court at 3:30 pm today. He was arrested at 3:15 this morning at the Port of Olympia and is still in custody as of this writing. He is expected to be released at 7 pm. Drew is charged with 2nd degree trespass. He will be released on his own recognizance after his attorney verified his address. He is not required to pay bail. The judge restricted Drew from entering Port of Olympia property, at the request of the state. The judge did not specify how long this restriction would be in place.

Drew Hendricks is a committed Olympia CopWatch activist and host of Seeking Justice/Olympia CopWatch on Free Radio Olympia 98.5 Tuesdays at 5 pm. Drew is committed to keeping track of police activities and police violence, and CopWatch is the only organization that does so in the absence of a citizen review board in Olympia. Drew has covered many people's cases and their interactions with police, and police abuses in Olympia. Olympia, please return the favor and stand in support with Drew Hendricks now.

Tonight!!! Meeting About Port Militarization 8 PM

There will be a meeting tonight regarding the military use of the Port of Olympia to transfer materiel to the war in Iraq.

The meeting is at 2506 Conger Court 8pm.

(from Conger St. go north on Corduroy St. and take a left onto Conger Court)

Stop the military shipments!!!

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