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By Chloe Marina Manchester On October 11 and 12, an anti-abortion group known as the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) was on Red Square mounting a display they call “The Genocide Awareness Project”. There were signs set up around Red Square by the group alerting students to the graphic imagery of genocide, as well as a “post abortion crisis line” supported by the group.  Members of the group stood behind a fence surrounding the large display and wore GoPro cameras filming students on Red Square and those interacting with the GAP volunteers. The display at Evergreen was made up of seven 12x15 foot panels that depict aborted fetuses, Holocaust victims, a confederate flag, and images of other historic genocides. These images were juxtaposed with other signs saying “All Black Lives Matter” refering to the belief that abortions saught by black women are a form of genocide against African Americans. Students received an email from Je...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy 2017 was a historic year for The Evergreen State College, blasting us into the public discourse and bringing with it unprecedented media attention. The quick succession of events and over saturation of outside media sources has created confusion over causality and what, exactly, went down last spring. This timeline, created with input from students, staff, and faculty, serves to chronicle the months leading up to, and following, the now infamous protests. 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 conc erns, 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. Equity E...

 
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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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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...

 
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By Felix Chrome On Wednesday, May 24, students occupied the Library building for nearly five hours to protest racism, anti-blackness, and mistreatment of students of color on campus. Students escorted college administrators into President George Bridges office where they were kept until they heard the group’s concerns. Some students agreed upon demands and delivered them to the faculty and administrators present. Students’ demands included— Changes to the student conduct code must have democratic student consent Students AR and Lawrence, who are facing disciplinary measures from other protests, have all charges against them dropped Evergreen Police Officer Tim O’Dell be suspended for his behaviour toward protesters earlier this week The immediate Firing of Andrea Seabert Olsen, the Assistant to the VP of Student Conduct Disarming Evergreen Police, with no expansions of police facilities or powers on campus Sen...

 
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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...