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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 ...

 
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Evergreen students working as legislative interns for the 2017 session take the floor of the Senate chamber for the annual mock session event on Fri., Mar. 10, 2017. The students debated bills on conservation, energy and business as 
Senator Hans Zeiger presided.
Evergreen students working as legislative interns for the 2017 session take the floor of the Senate chamber for the annual mock session event on Fri., Mar. 10, 2017. The students debated bills on conservation, energy and business as 
Senator Hans Zeiger presided.
Evergreen students working as legislative interns for the 2017 session take the floor of the Senate chamber for the annual mock session event on Fri., Mar. 10, 2017. The students debated bills on conservation, energy and business as 
Senator Hans Zeiger presided.

By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy On March 10 Senate Bill 5280 (SB 5280) passed in the Senate chamber with a 35–14 vote, allowing it to move forward into the House. SB 5280’s intended purpose is stated as “making crimes and threats against persons because of their occupation as a law enforcement officer a hate crime.” As it stands right now, Washington State Legislation RCW 9a.36.080 makes it a Class C felony if a person threatens or injures someone “maliciously and intentionally… because of his or her perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap.” SB 5280 would amend this list of classes covered by statute to include “occupation as a law enforcement officer.” On March 13 the Senate bill will go to the House, where a similar bill was introduced but did not receive a hearing. The Senate Bill received bipartisan support, although being sponsore...

 
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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, has been delayed again, with no new date set and no judge assigned. Thompson and Chaplin were shot by Officer Donald after being suspected of attempting to shoplift beer from a Safeway on the westside of Olympia. Both were unarmed at the time of the shooting but Officer Donald claims that he was assaulted and feared for his life. The brothers dispute this allegation and Donald was not severely injured in the incident. Both Thompson and Chaplin survived the shooting but Chaplin was left partially paralyzed. Thompson and Chaplin now face assault charges from an alleged attack on Donald, in which he claims they threatened him with a skateboard. At the time Prosecutor Jon Tunheim stated, “In my view, the way the skateboard was described as being used meet...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak Gilroy On February 10 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested and detained 23 year old Daniel Ramirez Medina, an immigrant and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who has been living in the United States since he was seven years old. Ramirez Medina was first taken to a processing center in Tukwila, Washington, and then moved to the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), a private immigration prison located in Tacoma, where he has been held ever since. Ramirez Medina and his lawyers maintain that his arrest and detainment were unlawful and unjustified and have filled two separate appeals for his release, both of which have been denied. DACA, an executive action initiated under the Obama administration, allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to apply for grants of deferred action from deportation or other related legal action, which also allows th...

 
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By Tari Gunstone On Wednesday February 8, the Seattle city council voted unanimously to divest the city’s annual funds of nearly four billion dollars from Wells Fargo over concerns of the bank’s funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in addition to questions regarding the bank’s transparency and integrity. The Ordinance of Socially Responsible Banking, that will divest the city’s funds from Wells Fargo when their contract is up in 2018, was proposed by Matt Remle of the Lakota Tribe, a member of the Defund DAPL coalition. Remle and Defund DAPL worked in close partnership with Seattle councilmember Kshama Sawant to bring the ordinance to vote. Remle and Sawant worked together previously when she sponsored Remle’s plan for an indigenous people’s day in Seattle. Sawant has been a consistent supporter for indigenous people’s rights, stating of this ordinance that, “This is the least that elected officials can do to put their mone...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester On January 30, 2017 Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, and Governor Jay Inslee filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, in his capacity as president, Homeland Security, The United States of America, and several high ranking members of the Trump administration, include acting Secretary of State, Tom Shannon. The lawsuit is regarding the executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, better known as the “immigration ban” or “the Muslim ban” signed by President Trump on January 28. The lawsuit claims that the executive order violates the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, specifically the due process clause, as well as the First Amendment’s Establishment clause. The lawsuit specifically states, “The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the federal government from officially preferring one religion over another. Sections 3 and 5 of the...

 
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by Tari Gunstone On Wednesday February 8 the Seattle city council voted unanimously to break partnership with Wells Fargo in handling their city’s annual funds of nearly 4 billion over concerns of the bank’s funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in addition to questions regarding the bank’s transparency and integrity. The Ordinance of Socially Responsible Banking that will divest the city’s funds from Wells Fargo when their contract is up in 2018 was proposed by Matt Remle of the Lakota Tribe, a member of the Defund DAPL coalition. Remle and Defund DAPL worked in close partnership with Socialist Seattle councilmember Kshama Sawant to bring the ordinance to vote. Remle and Sawant worked together previously when she sponsored Remle’s plan for an indigenous people’s day in Seattle. Sawant has been a consistent supporter for indigenous people’s rights, stating of this ordinance that, “This is the least that elected officials can ...

 
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By Jon Fitzgerald On January 21, people on every continent gathered in a series of women’s marches as a declaration of unity and power. The marches, spawning from the original event planned for Washington, D.C., gained massive momentum as over three million people worldwide participated in what is now being called the largest single-day protest in American history. One of the many so-called sister marches was organized in Olympia, attracting a crowd the Olympia police estimated as ten thousand people. The protests were largely in response to Trump’s inauguration and policy proposals, but also to promote unity against sexism, racism and hate. The Olympia march started at 10 a.m., with a massive crowd of people gathering in front of the legislative building on the capitol grounds. The march started down Columbia Street, turning at Legion Way, and coming back up Capitol Way to rally on the Capitol grounds. One marcher said that as the...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy On January 11, 2016, the new Evergreen chief of police, Stacy Brown, was set to be sworn in. Brown, who graduated from the college in 2006, was hired out of the Lewis County Deputy’s office where she had been working for 20 years, the last seven of which she spent as the chief deputy of Special Services. On the afternoon the administration planned to hold a welcome reception for Chief Brown, minutes before the program was set to begin, students took the microphone and created a loud disruption so the event could not go forward. Along with air horn like noise makers, students yelled “Fuck the Police!” and “Death to Pigs”. When it seemed clear that the students were not going to quiet down or surrender the microphone and podium, Evergreen president George Bridges, chief of police Stacy Brown, and the other members of the administration putting on the event left and the reception was effectively cancelled. In a...