Looking for Translator for student documentary in South America

I am with a group of students at Evergreen State College in Olympia who are traveling to South America at the end of September for six months to film a documentary throughout South America. We are looking for a person who is fluent in both Spanish and English to help conduct interviews. Film experience a plus. We would prefer somebody who is going to school or would be working with us for school credit. Respond as soon as possible, as we would like to include you in our planning and fundraising.

Thurston County Blue

Is here, the community blog of the Thurston County Democrats. Some background here.

Four More Arrested at Port -- 10:30am

I just got a call from Maria Garner. At approximately 10:30am this morning, Nikki Miller, Holly Carter, Josh Elliott and Glen Anderson were arrested for being in the road in front of the Stryker brigade military convoy as it attempted to enter the Olympia port. They join Brendan Dunn, arrested yesterday, and Drew Hendricks, arrested this morning, in the growing number of Olympians who are taking a stand against our complicity with these military shipments, going to prolong an illegal and immoral war that everyday claims the lives of citizens and combatants. According to police at the scene, Nikki, Holly, Josh and Glen are going to be held at Olympia City Jail (on Plum Street). People can call the jail at 753-8417 for updates.

Why does the Olympian allow it?

Anyone who's read the comments made on the Olympian's website knows how violent, eliminationist and cruel they can be. The question is, why doesn't the Olympian have a comment policy? Why do they allow people to make statements about killing, torturing, and maiming others? How long with the Olympian continue to allow a small number of hateful and extremist nutjobs pollute the conversation on its website?

From the Olympian

A 37-year-old Olympia man who runs a local Web site that has played a watchdog role over law enforcement was arrested early Tuesday at the Port of Olympia after trespassing onto the property, said a county official.

Andrew C. Hendricks, known as Drew Hendricks both on his Web site, Olympia Cop Watch and the local blogging community OlyBlog, struggled with a guard at the front gate around 3:15 a.m. and then stepped into a 'no trespass' zone inside the facility when a deputy arrested him for second-degree burglary, Thurston County sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Dan Kimball said.

(Don't bother with the comments on the Olympian article. Evidently, the population that comments in the Olympian can't tell the difference between a symbolic action and a security threat.)


Two Olympians Arrested for Acts of Conscience at Port

Yesterday Brendan Dunn, 21, was arrested for stepping into the street to block the military convoy as it made its way to the port. The charge was pedestrian interference, and he has been released.

This morning Drew Hendricks (regular poster to Olyblog) was arrested for attempting to close and lock the gates of the port so that the military convoy could not enter. Surprisingly his charge was 2nd degree burglary, though it's obvious Drew was not attempting to steal anything. Drew will have a hearing this afternoon at 3:30 in Courtroom 3, Building 3. Supporters and observers are encouraged to attend.

More Military Cargo and Vehicles Tommorrow-Stop our Community's Participation in the War

Striker vehicles and cargo containers carried by semis from Ft. Lewis arrived in the port today. We were told by the Olympian that 300 vehicles will be brought in today and tommorrow, and that the ship is expected to arrive Wed, Thurs, Fri. Meet at the port, we will most likely be around marine drive. tomorrow from 9-evening, whenever you can

Some of the materials for the departing Ft. Lewis stryker brigade, vehicles and cargo containers arrived today. More are expected tomarrow. Some Olympians met the vehicles and utilized disruption tactics to slow down the shipments. The ship is expected to arrive sometime in the later part of the week.

Olympia: We cannot be complacent to our community's role in the war in Iraq and the American Empire. We have to end the militarization of our port. We need a massive and continuous response to do this.

People are meeting tomorrow morning at 9 am at the watchtower. After that people will be roaming along marine drive which is the road that vehicles are taking to get into the port. DIRECTIONS TO MARINE DRIVE: Coming up 4th from downtown, turn left on Plum. Go across on 4th on Plum which turns into Eastbay Drive. Take the first left, which is Marine drive. You will find people along there or at the port. Bring signs and noisemakers.


Eastside "potluck"

I'm going to start going over to Lions Park on Wednesday evening around 6:30 with some food, and an open invitation to hang out, meet people, etc.

I'm not a greener, and I don't work in Olympia, so it can be tricky to meet people. Plus I think it could be a nice base for neighborhood activism of one sort or another.

There's a picture of me on my site; if it's raining, I'll be under the shelter, otherwise, I'll be at one of the picnic tables.

Stryker Brigade Arriving Now in Port of Olympia

The Stryker Brigade has arrived, as promised, at the Port of Olympia. Convoys of the vehicles, escorted by law enforcement, were driving down Plum Street toward the main gate. The Rail gates are locked.

Port employees were putting extra nuts on the Port Plaza gate and one, Mick, was even taunting this observer about his weight this morning. He seemed to be especially agitated and eager to call me out for a fight. Poor fellow, his overalls must be chafing. (Never f*%# with a journalist, Mick. We always get the last word...)

No sign yet of the Coast Guard or the ship which will likely arrive soon, within 48 hours if past experience is a guide. The tides are favorable all week for large ships in port.

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