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By Chloe Marina Manchester Together, Day of Absence and Day of Presence make up an annual two day event for all members of the Evergreen community to explore issues of race, equality, allyship, inclusion, and privilege. This year’s theme is “Revolution is not a one-time event; your silence will not protect you”, inspired by Audre Lorde. The Evergreen Day of Absence began as a collective action organized by Evergreen faculty and staff of color in the early 1970s, when retired faculty and founder of the Tacoma campus Maxine Mimms saw a play by Douglas Turner Ward in which a town in the South awakens to find that all of the Black community members have disappeared, causing the remaining white townsfolk to face life without them. The play, performed as a “reverse minstrel show,” was cast entirely by Black actors wearing white face, satirizing the traditional racist minstrel shows, and commenting on the necessity of African American com...

 
Letters & Opinion
 

The drama on the staff and faculty DL is burning bright as ever and until it dies down we will be bringing you one email each and every issue. This week’s installment is brought to you by the Cooper Point Journal’s Man of the Year, one mister Bret Weinstein. Day of Absence, which has historically involved students, faculty, and staff of color leaving campus and congressing elsewhere, will instead this year involve requests that all white faculty and students remain absent from campus, leaving the space free for community members of color. Weinstein, and evolutionary biology professor here at Evergreen, is concerned with feeling unwelcome on campus, and instead offers to put together a public lecture concerning race from a “scientific/evolutionary lens.” He sent this email to Rashida Love, Director of First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services. Sent March 15 Dear Rashida, When you first described the new structure for Day of Abs...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester On April 6, Students, staff, and faculty celebrated the annual Evergreen Day of Absence event, followed two days later by its counterpart, Day of Presence. These events were created to address issues of race, inclusion, diversity, privilege, and allyship on the Evergreen campus and beyond. For Day of Absence faculty, staff, and students of color were invited to the Lacey Community Center to participate in a full day of educational programs and workshops designed to address social issues around race from the perspectives of people of color. The activities included a wide variety of offerings including a journaling workshop on the theme “the complexity of belonging,” a capoeira workshop, and small-group discussion titled “empowering ourselves and mentoring others.” The events in Lacey ended with a keynote address by Leticia Nieto, an artist and faculty member at St. Martin’s College. Nieto’s address focused...

 
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By Felix Chrome & Issac Scott “Whose lives matter? Black lives matter!” was the chant ringing out in downtown Olympia Thursday evening as hundreds of protesters took to the streets in response to the shooting of two unarmed black men, stepbrothers Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, by an Olympia police officer, drawing national media attention. The two men, Thompson, 24 and Chaplin, 21, remain in the hospital and are expected to survive, although Chaplin was still listed as in critical condition as of Thursday evening. Officer Ryan Donald shot the brothers around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, after responding to a call about alleged shoplifting from the Westside Safeway, not far from The Evergreen State College. Olympians awoke Thursday morning to news of the incident, and began organizing throughout the day, culminating in a march to city hall, where the Olympia Police Department is headquartered. The biggest protest beg...

 
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BY SERENA IMANI KORN [caption id="attachment_3286" align="alignleft" width="384"] Album art for "Waiting for 2042"[/caption] When comedian Hari Kondabolu performed at Evergreen in April of last year, there was a mad dash for tickets. They all sold out. But now, nobody has to fight for seats to Kondabolu’s shows. Kondabolu’s debut album, “Waiting for 2042,” brings his stand-up straight to your speakers. Kill Rock Stars, an independent record label that started in Olympia, released “Waiting for 2042” in March, and it was recorded during a show in Oakland. As an intersectional feminist who is dedicated to anti-racism, combating transphobia and homophobia, etc., it can be hard to find comedy artists who don’t constantly offend. There are many “comedians” who think that directly offensive “jokes” are the only way to be funny, including Anthony Jeselnik, who often opens shows with bits about rape and beating up his girlfriend. (Jesel...