EVERYONE TO THE STREETS
***OLYMPIA THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH
MEET: at the corner of the shopping center on Harrison and Division.
WEAR: Black, or whatever you want, to honor the dead.
DEMONSTRATE: YOUR CONCERNS.
ALL OUT FOR A MARCH AND DEMONSTRATION IN OLYMPIA AGAINST THE VIOLENCE OF THE POLICE, IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR PORTLAND AND BAY AREA FRIENDS AND ALL OF WEST COAST RESISTANCE TO THE BRUTALITY OF THE STATE.
MURDER IS STILL MURDER, EVEN WHEN IT IS PRECEDED BY THE WORD "POLICE." THE TIME FOR WAITING IS OVER. DON'T TURN A BLIND EYE. DON'T IGNORE FRIENDS IN NEED. PLEASE MEET US IN THE STREET.
You are invited to participate in Days of Action on April 8th and 9th in response to the recent murders of Jack Dale Collins and Aaron Campbell. These murders are the latest perpetrated by the Portland police, which follow the murder of Oscar Grant months ago in the Bay Area.
AND LEST WE FORGET: the Olympia Police Department has blood on its hands as well, of course. It is the blood of Jose Ramirez-Jimenez who was shot and killed by Olympia officers Paul Bakala, Mike Hovda, and Chuck Gassett
and Stephen Edwards, murdered by Olympia police officers Paul Bakala and Jeff Jordan who were rewarded by their masters with a paid vacation after the killings and praised by the local newspaper The Olympian.
***Aside from these more sound-bite worthy and spectacular instances, it is furthermore the blood and repression suffered by individuals of the un-housed population who are steamrolled by sidewalk ordinances and "quality-of-life" policing to make smoother operations for the exploiters of downtown business (the preparations for Artswalk will surely bring more of the same, if not opposed). It is the terror of having one's home slashed to ribbons in the evictions of tent cities in the surrounding area. It is the fear of harassment suffered by any of us who do not fit their image of tame consumers, clean-cut citizens, obedient wage-workers; straight and starched white-collars willing to keep our heads down and keep shopping. It is the fear experienced by those of us who risk jail and humiliation simply because our needs of survival run up against what the law allows.***
The police of these seemingly separate cities and situations are actually part of the same apparatus and accordingly they demonstrate solidarity with one another and share resources and information in order to further the interests that they serve. They cover up their function in order to present a clean public face. Against this coordination and deception we must oppose our own forms of solidarity. Namely, and most urgently at this moment, SOLIDARITY WITH THE MARCH 29TH ACTIONS IN PORTLAND and with the PLANNED ACTIONS OF THE 8TH AND 9TH UP AND DOWN THE WEST COAST. Solidarity is not merely a banner to be waved or a statement to be made, but continuing our struggles against the projects of capital and the state, and remembering our dead.