Mindy Chambers

“We are about peace and love”

“We are about peace and love”

Pastor Tammy Stampfli was assaulted last weekend at her church by Trump supporters enraged over a Black Lives Matter sign. Last Saturday, Tammy Stampfli planned to make just a quick stop at Olympia’s United Churches, where she’s one of the pastors.  But when she and a friend arrived about 12:30 p.m., instead of what they and others typically find there, they encountered a violent clash between supporters of President Donald Trump and counter-protestors. After looking around for police and finding none and enduring a string of obscenities spewed by the pro-Trump crowd, Stampfli decided she’d had enough.  “I asked the…
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Gunfire At MAGA Protest In Olympia Saturday, Local Pastor Assaulted

Gunfire At MAGA Protest In Olympia Saturday, Local Pastor Assaulted

What began as a gathering of Trump supporters ended in chaos, one person shot, and a local church pastor assaulted. https://twitter.com/MAGADownfall/status/1335403963252940803?s=20 United Churches Pastor Tammy Leiter Stampfli was shoved to the ground during the altercation, much of which took place on church property. As she began preparing for church services Sunday morning, she explained what happened in a Facebook post: "Yesterday I was knocked down in the church parking lot by Trump supporter. This was after being screamed at for being a pastor of "such a Church." I had stopped with another member to use the bathroom. There had been…
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Giving Tuesday Spotlight: Partners In Prevention Education

Giving Tuesday Spotlight: Partners In Prevention Education

Today is Giving Tuesday! This worldwide opportunity to support those who support others comes at a time of pandemic-driven woes for many of us unused to hardship.  This hardship is nothing new to our neighbors who are unhoused and living outdoors in the wind, cold, and rain. What is new is the growing number of people in these circumstances. (Photo credit: Mindy Chambers) What you can do today, if you are able, is celebrate The Tribune’s alliance with Partners in Prevention Education by making a donation of warm socks. It’s so easy. Our winter donation drive continues and our focus…
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Ho-Ho-Hobos Spreads Holiday Cheer And Empowerment

Ho-Ho-Hobos Spreads Holiday Cheer And Empowerment

In its sixth year of operation, "Ho-Ho-Hobos creates jobs on the streets and connections in our community during the darkest days of the year." So far, it’s been a great season for Ho-Ho-Hobos. “Ho-ho-hobos off to a blazing start, making 96 fresh, handcrafted wreaths in our first 4 days! Wow!,” read a post to its Facebook page on November 22. By early afternoon Sunday, that number had risen to just shy of 150 and the wreaths were selling as fast as folks could make them. Moving around downtown, the Hobos employ homeless folks to make and sell the decorative greenery,…
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Lene`e Reid, Poet For The People

Lene`e Reid, Poet For The People

“So I'm gonna make just phenomenal multidimensional truthful inclusive tolerant diverse eclectic spiritual meditative historical environmental black indigenous feminist neurodivergent queer disabled powerful meditative art anyway without punctuation but with percussion and vocals.” ©Lene`e Reid Among her many talents, Lene`e Reid, is an award-winning poet. She’ll be sharing her work with you on our pages in the months to come.  Recently, she applied to be the City of Olympia’s poet laureate, but the city put the program on hold when hers was the only application received.  “(I was) the only one in town who even cared to raise others' voices…
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New Interfaith Works Shelter to Open in February

New Interfaith Works Shelter to Open in February

A new, 38-bed shelter for highly vulnerable people experiencing homelessness is beginning to take shape on Olympia’s eastern edge. The shelter, at 3444 Martin Way, is scheduled to open by early February 2021, says Interfaith Works Executive Director Meg Martin. The 5,250-square-foot “Sprung Structure” is a heavy-duty modular building similar to those used in a number of American and Canadian cities to shelter unhoused people.  Meg Martin, Executive Director, Interfaith Works Martin praised the Interfaith Works Board and funding partners. “At a time when the COVID-19 crisis has made all of our lives harder, this community has come together with…
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City Offers Olive Branch to Just Housing; Seeks Collaboration, Will Not Ticket RVs on Ensign Road

City Offers Olive Branch to Just Housing; Seeks Collaboration, Will Not Ticket RVs on Ensign Road

Ty Gundel and Micky Nelson, a resident, discuss the pending move. The city of Olympia is acknowledging missteps it made on Tuesday when it barricaded Ensign Road south of St. Peter Hospital to put up no-parking signs while it encouraged individuals living in vehicles along the roadway to pack up and move.  The morning was fraught with stress and confusion among residents and those who advocate alongside them. A letter from Just Housing sharply criticized the city’s actions, including the lack of communication about what was to occur and the city’s decision to temporarily bar access to the site. In…
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County Commission Commits Cash to Campers

County Commission Commits Cash to Campers

The City of Olympia has identified its firing range parking lot at Carpenter Road and Martin Way as a possible short-term, safe parking location for people currently living in their vehicles. The effort got a boost Tuesday when Thurston County Commissioners, in a 2-1 vote, approved $530,000 in one-time funding to help set up the safe parking site. The money comes from state fees people pay when recording documents with the county; a state emergency housing grant; and federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act money. The city requested the funding from the county late last week. Primarily,…
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City Conducts Pre-Dawn Soft Raid On Ensign Road RV Community; Won’t Evict, Will Ticket Residents Who Remain

City Conducts Pre-Dawn Soft Raid On Ensign Road RV Community; Won’t Evict, Will Ticket Residents Who Remain

Before dawn this morning, City of Olympia Public Works employees and their vehicles, including two bulldozers, and multiple Olympia Police Department officers rolled onto Ensign Road south of St. Peter Hospital, lights flashing, and barricaded it from Martin Way to the hospital entrance. City employees then went door-to-door to tell the residents of vehicles parked along the roadway that while they didn’t have to move today, if they didn’t, they would be ticketed. “This is just pure intimidation,” said Tyler Gundel, of Just Housing, which advocates alongside the residents of vehicles parked along Ensign Road. “They are very clearly trying…
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BREAKING: City Calls Off Sweep after Attorney General Weighs In

BREAKING: City Calls Off Sweep after Attorney General Weighs In

Ty Gundel and Micky Nelson, a resident, discuss the pending move. The move is off.After receiving a letter from the state Attorney General’s Office Monday saying the city’s plan to evict residents living in vehicles along Ensign Road is a likely violation of the state’s eviction moratorium, the city changed its mind.Residents will not have to relocate or have their vehicles towed.“We will continue to work towards a voluntary cleanup along Ensign, but will not be compelling any of the campers to move tomorrow,” Assistant City Manager Keith Stahley said in an email to council members obtained by The Tribune…
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