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By Georgie Hicks On Sunday May 14 a student called the Evergreen Police on two Black students, after a May 10 post in the “The Evergreen State College Class of 2020” Facebook group sparked intense debate and allegations of racism, leading to an offline confrontation among involved students. The two Black students, Jamil and Timeko, were woken up by the  campus police and taken to police services to be questioned and remained there from around 11 p.m. til 2 a.m. on May 14-15. On Sunday May 14 a student called the Evergreen Police on two Black students, after a May 10 post in the “The Evergreen State College Class of 2020” Facebook group sparked intense debate and allegations of racism, leading to an offline confrontation among involved students. A student ended up calling the Evergreen Police, leading to two Black students, Timeko Williams Jr and Jamil, who prefers we do not use their last name, being woken up by the police and take...

 
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By Felix Chrome The trial for brothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, which began Monday, April 10, has finally drawn to a close. Closing arguments wrapped up Thursday, May 11, and jury deliberation began Friday morning. As of the morning of Tuesday, May 16, no verdict has been announced. Thompson and Chaplin are on trial after being shot by Olympia Police Department Officer Ryan Donald in May of 2015. The Thurston County Prosecutor did not pursue charges against Officer Donald and he was not fired or reprimanded by the OPD. Because Donald alleges that Thompson and Chaplin assaulted him and the shooting was in self defense the brothers are now facing multiple counts of second-degree assault, a Class B Felony. Although they survived the shooting, Chaplin is now partially paralyzed and must rely on a wheelchair. A verdict is still forthcoming– on Monday, May 15, the jury emerged from deliberation to request they be allowed to l...

 
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By Sylvie Chace The evening of May 1 brought with it broken glass and clashes with the police, a time-honored tradition in the Northwest. Nine were arrested after the march, which police dubbed ‘a riot’, snaked through downtown, blocking traffic and damaging some property. A little after 6 p.m. demonstrators, mostly wearing black and covering their faces, began to gather on Fourth and Capitol. They had a sound system playing pop music and passed out snacks, standing around and chatting, til the crowd began to get restless and around 7 p.m. with a gush of black smoke they took to the streets. The group marched down Fourth Avenue, carrying signs reading “Become Ungovernable,” “Fuck Nationalism,” and “Against the Port and its World” referring to the Port of Olympia which has recently come under fire for its shipment of fracking proppants to North Dakota. The crowd came to a stop at Fourth and Jefferson where the train tracks from...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy On April 15, the Tacoma News Tribune published an opinion piece by GEO Group vice president James Black regarding recent protests against the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in which he claimed, “The center has a longstanding record providing high quality, culturally responsive services in a safe, secure and humane environment.” The residents living in these “high quality” conditions seem to feel otherwise, as the hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center continues into its third week. As of April 28, the NWDC Resistance reports that 50 detainees are still refusing to eat, with 100 detainees also refusing to purchase goods from commissary. James Black attempted to dissuade criticism of the NWDC, saying that the detention center “is subject to routine and unannounced audits and inspections pursuant to national performance-based standards issued by the federal government.” A press release by the NWDC R...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester The trial for brothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, two young black men who were both shot by white Olympia Police Officer, Ryan Donald, in May 2015, finally began Monday, April 10, almost two years after they were shot. Both Thompson and Chaplin survived the shooting but Chaplin was left partially paralyzed. Now, Thompson and Chaplin are both on trial for second degree assault in relation to their altercation with the officer who shot them. The trial was delayed numerous times, because of a hospitalized judge with a toe injury, approaching holidays after he was released, and then the judge’s retirement. The trial is expected to continue multiple weeks, through the beginning of May, near the two year anniversary of the shooting. As of Monday April 16, Officer Donald has yet to testify. As stated in a previous issue of the Cooper Point Journal, Thompson and Chaplin now face assault charges from an a...

 
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By Felix Chrome On Monday, April 10, inmates at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington began a hunger strike in protest of what they consider to be inhumane conditions in the Detention Center and unjust long detainment periods prior to seeing a judge or being assigned a court date. Some inmates with jobs in the Detention Center, for which they are usually paid one dollar per day, refused to work along, and many are refusing to purchase items from commissary along with the hunger strike. The strike began with just over 100 inmates and by April 13, Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) Resistance stated that 750 inmates had joined the hunger strike, representing over half of the inmates estimated to be currently held in the Detention Center. At the beginning of the strike inmates circulated a list of demands in the Northwest Detention Center. These demands included higher quality food, lower commissary prices, improvements ...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Mayor Ed Murray announced, in a press conference on Wednesday, that the city of Seattle will be suing the Trump administration. This is following a Monday statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying that the Justice Department plans to withhold up to $4.1 billion in federal grant money from “sanctuary cities”—a general term for different municipalities that refuse to comply with requests from immigration agents, such as Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), to detain immigrants who currently lack legal documentation. ICE classifies at least 118 jurisdictions as sanctuaries. In his Monday statement, Sessions said that policies of sanctuary cities “Make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals on our streets.” The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in Seattle, citing concerns that the Executive Order signed by Trump in January creates uncertainty over the city’s budge...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak Gilroy Anne Buck, owner of Buck’s Fifth Avenue, was tired of being met each morning by folks sleeping in her doorway, and tired of cleaning up after them, so she built a wall around her doorway with a lock to keep people out. Soon after, the city responded with a public statement and a Notice of Violation requiring her to either take down the wall or get a permit to build something that fits the City’s guidelines. According to the statement, Buck’s wall has been deemed in violation because Buck did not go through the permitting and inspection process, the door on the wall does not feature the proper panic hardware needed to exit swiftly in case of emergency, and because the shop resides in a historic building and Buck did not submit the plans to the design review process prior to construction. In their own words, “The issue is not that Ms. Buck took action to stop the negative activity happening in her alcove. The ...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy and Felix Chrome On Saturday March 4 an estimated 200 Trump supporters gathered at Heritage Park, for the “Spirit of America” rally celebrating Trumps policies, as well as conservative and nationalist themes. They were joined by approximately 125 counter-protesters, denouncing Trump and what he stands for, and about 100 police officers, primarily Washington State Patrol dressed in riot gear, with Olympia Police Department Officers on bicycles for backup. Four people, one minor and three adults, all with the counter demonstration, were arrested at the beginning of the event. The details of the incident are unclear, but they were arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer, possibly after a scuffle between pro-Trump rally attendees and counter protesters. The police officer drove himself to the hospital and was not reported to have any serious injuries, but said someone threw an unknown substance on him...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester On Monday, March 6, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order updating previous ban on immigration and travel from six majority Muslim countries. On Thursday, March 9, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that Washington state would again take Trump to court to extend the restraining order issued in response to the original ban to this new ban in an effort to block the enforcement of the order. The new travel ban is largely the same as the original executive order, with many calling it the “Muslim ban 2.0.” One difference is that it did not immediately go into effect, so people in the air or just arriving at airports should not be affected, something the original order was widely criticized for. The new ban is set to go into effect March 16, ten days after Trump’s announcement of the new ban, and be in effect for 90 days. The previous ban was put into effect immediately after it ...