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activist sentenced in Oly

Active Olympia Community member and friend Forest Student was sentenced today for events alleged to have happened on May Day 2008 in Oly Washington.
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Active Community member and friend Forest Student was sentenced today for events alleged to have happened on May Day 2008 in Oly Washington.


Forest took a Alfred plea bargain (saying he didn't do it but is pleading guilty because there is a chance he would loose in court and he couldn't take that chance.) Pleading a Felony and a gross misdemeanor down to two gross misdemeanors. Forest's plea does not implicate anyone else


The court said that Forest ran along side someone who stole a cops cell phone and then tried to traded cloths with this person.

Forest denies this.

Forest maintains that he was running away from a cop who had pointed a gun at him.


At the sentencing Forest told the judged that he was a stable person, married and has a lease on a house. He talked about the work he does for his communities, including but not limited to sexual assault prevention.

Forest lawyer asked the judge not to sentence Forest harder because he was protesting when the arrest happened and asked that the judge not silence and sentence political dissent.

Which is what the judge did.

For two gross misdemeanors Forest Student of Olympia WA was sentenced to 60 Days in jail.

Forest was arrested for political reasons, charged for political reasons, convicted for political reasons, and sentenced for political reasons.

Forest will be serving the time via work release which means he has to sleep at the jail every night for 60 consecutive days and will only be allowed out during the day to go to work.

Forest has 30 days to start his jail time.


Forest is an active community member in Oly WA. He works in support of anti-imperialist struggles, sexual assault prevention/destroying rape culture, is active in port militarization resistance, organizes against police and police violence and is an active member of the NW queer and trans community. Forest is also a trained street medic, a lover, a friend, a housemate, kind to children and animals, a great cook, a good neighbor and an all around good person to be around.

Forest has court fees (totaling $700) to cover and rent while he is in jail. If you can at all support monetarily it would be greatly appreciated. If you can not your kind words and thoughts will be cherished just as much.

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