PORT OF OLYMPIA ANTI-WAR PROTESTS, November 2007

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”

– Dante (Italian poet, 1265-1321)

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters….Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

– Frederick Douglass (1857)

“When the vi’lence causes silence, We must be mistaken.”

The Cranberries (“Zombie”, 1994)

“Silence = Death”

ActUp (1980s)

Photos and Video Links

 by Zoltán Grossman 

Opening protest against arrival of USNS Brittin to offload Strykers and other military cargo from Iraq at the Port of Olympia, Nov. 6

 

Port protesters halt truck carrying Stryker armored vehicle from Iraq to be repaired at Fort Lewis, Tuesday morning, Nov. 13. The protester in fatigues at left is an Iraq War veteran.

YouTube video of Nov 13. truck blockade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM2tNL_roBY

 

Blockade of trucks carrying military cargo from port, Nov. 9

YouTube music video from earlier port protests: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlndgiBhNQQ

 

Army, police and port employees conferring about Stryker blockade, Nov. 9

Olympia police after arresting 2 protesters on sidewalk, Nov. 11

 

Anti-war protesters including Iraq War vet Josh Simpson (left), alongside pro-war counterprotester leader Jeff Brigham (far right) carrying a sign “God Bless Israeli Bulldozers” (endorsing the death of Evergreen student Rachel Corrie in 2003), Nov. 11

 

Women’s blockade of port begins, evening of Nov. 13

Police move in to arrest nonviolent women blockaders, Nov. 13

 

Police decide to stop arrests, push observers into intersection, and don gas masks in preparation for assault on nonviolent protesters, Nov. 13

YouTube video of Nov 13. police assault: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEmQDrKGXBA

Street medics aid victim of police pepper spray, in legal area on sidewalk, Nov. 13

 

Downtown march against hiding violence in Iraq and Olympia, Nov. 17

Closing rally at Percival Landing condemns police brutality and military use of port, Nov. 17