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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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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 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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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 Sylvie Chace The Black Cottonwood Collective is hosting the Rising Spring Convergence, an event spanning three days, from April 21 to the 23. The Rising SPRING (Stopping Pipelines and Resisting Infrastructure on Native Ground) Convergence is an event and opportunity to listen to and learn from indigenous water protectors. The experiences of those on the frontline of this struggle will be highlighted and shared in workshops, presentations, and discussions. Each day brings events and workshops that require no registry to attend. When asked about the significance of the convergence, The Black Cottonwood Collective stated, “Though the camps at Standing Rock may have been evicted, the struggle against fossil fuel infrastructure continues. Every day that passes is another day where pipeline planning and construction continues. There are multiple fossil fuel infrastructure projects slated for the Pacific Northwest and, as in Standing R...

 
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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 Georgie Hicks The last issue of this publication included an interview of Stacy Brown, the new Evergreen chief of police. Within that article Brown made several comments that I found unacceptable and in need of dissection. Brown says that in her time as a student at Evergreen–she graduated in 2006– she never saw anything like the protest that occurred at her swearing in, “I never would have imagined that would come from the Evergreen State College I mean we’re peaceful, right?’” Brown continued, “I didn’t see anything like this when I was here—heated discussions, sure, but they were always civil.” I find it concerning that the new chief of police seems to have no understanding of the current political atmosphere, on this campus or the nation at large, which has been quickly becoming more radicalized in response to police brutality, murder and enslavement in the prison system committed and perpetrated by this nation’s police for...

 
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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...