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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy Recent protests were a response to tensions that have been mounting through the entire academic year. Here is a summary of some of the events that lead to student action— September 21 Student Protest at Convocation Two student protesters took the stage during a question and answer session with the invited speaker holding a sign that said, “Evergreen cashes diversity checks but doesn’t care about blacks”. President George Bridges interrupted the students, thanked them for vocalizing their concerns, and said that they would have more time to speak on issues of race on campus after the Q & A ended, a promise that was never realized. November 18 Bret Weinstein Sends Email about Equity Action Plan In the first major email thread of the year, Weinstein sent an email criticizing the Equity Council’s Strategic Equity Plan to the entire Staff and Faculty email list saying, “From what I have read, I do no...

 
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Olympia Comics Festival Friday June 2-Saturday June 3 Timberland Library - 313 8th Ave SE // Olympia Center - 222 Columbia St NW // Capitol Theater - 206 Fifth Ave // Danger Room - 201 Fourth Ave. W. All events free except for the stage show ($6) The Northwest’s longest-running alternative comics event converges this weekend in Olympia where direct connection between comic creators and readers is cultivated through cartoonists’ expo, panel discussions, author and illustrator signings, and a stage show featuring comedy skits, interview, music, and slideshows. This year’s guests of honor include Emil Ferris, Simon Hanselmann and Peter Kuper. Emil Ferris is new to the comic scene with her first graphic novel at age 55, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, being hailed as a stylistic tour de force. Its protagonist is a 10 year old girl of Mexican, Irish, and Cherokee ancestry who obsesses over monsters to the extent of constantly pict...

 
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By Resident Assistants Fighting for Tomorrow On Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. a group of Resident Assistants of The Evergreen State College went on strike as the group RAFT (Resident Assistants Fighting for Tomorrow). On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 a group of Resident Assistants (RAs) submitted a list of demands as the group RAFT, just before noon to offices on the third floor of ‘A’ dorm. The demands were delivered to the Residential and Dining Professional staff (ProStaff) including Resident Directors (RDs), Associate Director (AD), and Director of RAD. The strike was initiated after the ProStaff of RAD did not meet the first deadline detailed in the list of demands. The first deadline stated that the RAFTies would need to receive “written and signed confirmation that all personnel listed in the preface to these demands have read and agree to have conversations regarding these issues.” The time was specified through an email exchange wit...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy Police, on or off campus, are positioned as protectors of the safety of all citizens, an illusion that comes in conflict with the reality of violence routinely committed against protesters, regardless of the tactics protesters choose to employ. Instances of police aggression against protestors in the form of pepper spray, flash bangs, and body to body violence is not just seen during so-called riots, but experienced during marches and peaceful occupations of space. Critiques of the institution of policing are often brushed off as extremist or fantastic exaggerations, but problems with the police are based in the very logic of policing. Police are commissioned to maintain order, the current order of the world, and thus always inherently work in favor of the status quo. Police are peace keepers, but the kind of peace they keep is not peace as an end to structural violence, but a peace based in non disruption o...

 
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May 31, 2017



By Sylvie Chace The sun is shining down on this beautiful Gemini season where we are being pulled quickly in a myriad of directions. Where life may feel overwhelming and exploring every angle of a situation may be a lot of work, it is necessary for growth and change to occur within us and outside of us all. Mercury, planet of communication, will shift from stable Taurus to analytical Gemini on June 6, on the same day Venus will move from powerful Aries and into grounded Taurus. Venus is at home in Taurus, a sign of beauty and all things connected to earth. And Mercury is in the sign it knows best in Gemini, thus initiating a sort of balance in our lives. Where there is order coming out of the chaos, with so many directions for us to go in now that a school year is coming to a close, the shining sun sheds light on what it is we know we want. Our true desires have room to develop and breathe. Aries 3/21 - 4/19 It may seem scary to...

 
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By Jacqueline Littleton Dr. Bret Weinstein of the Evergreen State College shared this headline on Twitter: “The Shrieking Mob of Students Confronted the Professor for Opposing Racism.” The mob of students in question were protesting what they see as problems with the culture of The Evergreen State College at large; administrators punitively targeting people of color, recent campus police brutality against people of color — especially black students — and changes to some of the school’s legal codes which would affect students’ right to demonstrate. The word racism has lost all meaning if those students were proponents of racism, protesting Weinstein’s opposition. Weinstein’s ability to center the narrative of student protest around himself is indicative of his power, and is another example of the historically proven tendency of white men in positions of power to victimize themselves. In recent days he has added the support of infamo...

 
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Photo by Ricky Osborne Multiple coalitions of POC students delivered demands to George Bridges and other members of the administration. We suspect they will cotinue to grow and change as this story progresses. Here are the current demands that came out of last week’s events— We demand that no changes to The Student Code of Conduct be made without democratic student consent. We demand consent as distinct and separate from input in the process of revising the codes that govern us. The coalition of black students and students of color that are submitting these demands will nominate 5 black students to inhabit a Student Code of Conduct Task Force by the end of Spring Quarter 2017. The Student Code of Conduct task force will be an autonomous body from the office of Student Affairs, will employ a consensus based decision making process, and will have ratifying and veto power over all revisions to the student code of conduct. The office o...

 
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By Felix Chrome Evergreen President George Bridges held a meeting on Friday, May 26 to respond to student demands addressing racism, anti-blackness, and police on campus. A series of protests that began Tuesday May 22 increased pressure on the administration, culminating in an occupation of the library building during which administrators were blockaded in a room to listen to concerns of students. A coalition of black students demanded the Evergreen Police be disarmed and expansions in their facilities or power be blocked; Evergreen Police Officer Tim O’Dell be suspended for his behavior toward protesters earlier this week; Weinstien be suspended without pay; Andrea Seabert Olsen, the Assistant to the VP of Student Conduct, be fired; sensitivity and cultural competency training for all faculty and staff; Changes to the student conduct code must have democratic student consent; the creation of an Equity Center; the coordinator of ...

 
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I’m George Bridges, I use he/him pronouns. I begin our time together today by acknowledging the indigenous people of the Medicine Creek Treaty, whose land was stolen and on which the college stands. I would like to acknowledge the Squaxin people who are the traditional custodians of this land and pay respect to elders past and present of the Squaxin Island Tribe. I extend that respect to other Native people present. In response to Native Student Alliance requests, we commit to opening every event with this acknowledgement. We also received requests from our Native students late yesterday. We discussed many issues they seek to have addressed. We are working on these requests, too. In our meeting, I committed that Native American students, staff, and faculty can sustainably collect, gather, and harvest the natural resources from any of The Evergreen State College’s lands for ceremonial purposes with legal impunity and asking n...

 
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By Georgie Hicks Months of protest and community dissatisfaction came to head this week with a student led protest, specifically about empowering student voices, formed by the group behind #exposeevergreen gathered the force of the student body, occupied the Daniel J. Evans Library Building, and brought a series of demands directly to several key members of the Administration. Following a series of unsuccessful conversations with different, divided portions of the Evergreen administration over the past several weeks and years, they gathered, personally escorted and held President George Bridges, all of the Deans, the Vice President of Student Affairs Wendy Endress, a Board of Trustees representative, and the full teacher union bargaining team all in President George Bridges office for about five hours. The administration stayed in the room until demands to address the problems of systemic racism and oppression faced by minority stud...