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The Olympia Tribune Winter Donation Drive

The Olympia Tribune Winter Donation Drive

Summer Is Over Yesterday on my early morning walk, there was an unmistakable crispness in the air. As I sit here at my kitchen window, I look out at the neighborhood and see trees already starting to glow orange. The forecast for the coming week shows low temperatures dipping into the 40s. The switch has officially flipped to the autumn setting. When temperatures dip, it creates dangerous conditions for our neighbors who are stuck outside—even temperatures in the 40s can be rough. If you don't believe me, I challenge you to get up at 6 AM, put on shorts and…
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A Simple Donation Can Save A Life This Winter

A Simple Donation Can Save A Life This Winter

Socks! Tarps! Tents! Sleeping bags! Hygiene and First Aid supplies! The rainy season is upon us, and those living outside will face our cold, windy winter weather with fewer than ever options to get out of the elements.  Local officials say fewer than half of last year’s 400 overnight shelter beds will be regularly available this winter. With the closure of the Community Care Center, people have few options for places to dry off and get warm during the day.   You can help. Do you have a tent, tarp, sleeping bags, blankets, or other camping and survival supplies that…
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DemoBurger Demolition Derby

DemoBurger Demolition Derby

Demise of the Demoburger? In a lengthy “discussion” on Facebook, now removed, debate raged among Thurston County Democrats earlier this month about the fate of the Demoburger Booth … you know, that purveyor of grease-laden, onion-covered gut bombs the Dems served at festivals and fairs … pre-pandemic. Turns out the old chuckwagon needs a massive and expensive overhaul in order to meet state safety regulations, including a new range hood (who could have guessed that?). The fight centered on why the information was posted on Facebook, what the Dems had voted to do (pull the plug on the booth or…
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Be the Teacher Who Inspires the Next Generation

Be the Teacher Who Inspires the Next Generation

Social justice work asks us to rethink who we are, and the amount of space we take up. To hold ourselves accountable in ways that are deeply uncomfortable yet necessary.  Part of why white supremacy is so successful is because it uses excellent teaching methods. It reaches out and comforts white people, tells them it’s ok to have hurt feelings, that they are good and right. The white supremacy leverages how social justice educates to radicalize people by telling them that anyone who is challenging them to be better is just a snowflake. Part of what we need to recognize…
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Candlelight Vigil in Olympia

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Candlelight Vigil in Olympia

Editor's note: The Tribune's Tracey Carlos went to the Capitol yesterday evening to attend a candlelight vigil in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday, September 18th, 2020. Among the speakers were WA State Representative, and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 10th Congressional District, Beth Doglio. https://www.youtube.com/embed/UgluqwW9I8E Thurston County Commissioner candidate Carolina Mejia... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5hQEXkOt4 ...and Olympia Superior Court candidate Sharonda Amamilo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO7rO8to4WY Other speakers included Keoki Kauanoe, Vanessa Malapote, Krys Brown, and Kyrian McMichael who read statements from WA Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and Speaker of the…
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New Labels Same Bias

New Labels Same Bias

Our society is starting to commonly use a wider variety of labels for sexual and gender identities. It is wonderful. Yet, sometimes we hear a new label, and we want to show we are cool and inclusive, so we assume someone uses a label without asking. Unfortunately, this can lead to stereotyping based on sexist, racist, or classist bias. I will be speaking about my own life; my views don't represent anyone else's experience.  A fair number of people assume that I use the labels gender non conforming (GNC) and masc (masculine) to describe myself. When I ask why they…
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Mel Wilde

Mel Wilde

Hello! My name is Mel Wilde. I use she/her pronouns, and I am a white cis queer lesbian. I have lived in Olympia since I was ten years old, and I have watched Olympia grow and change as I have grown and changed. I love this town I am proud to call it home. Like any home, I hope that it gets remodeled every once in a while. I hope to shape this place into a more equitable home for us all; by writing, by protesting, and by being unwaveringly myself.  I grew up working-class, raised by a single mother…
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Welcome to the Olympia Tribune

Welcome to the Olympia Tribune

'We live in challenging times' is the understatement of the millennium. Four hundred years of white enslavement, subjugation, suppression, violence, and murder of Black Americans have come home to roost in the form of a long-overdue uprising of voices saying simply, "We Matter" and "Stop Killing Us." The call for an end to this brutality, and murder, of Black Americans is met by violence from a system that knows no other way to solve its problems. As I write this, our state burns, people's homes and livelihoods destroyed by a fire season we've never experienced before. Yet we still have…
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On Allyship

On Allyship

My name is Hillary Detamore, and I use she/her pronouns. I am the CEO/Executive Director at YWCA Olympia, and I want to talk about allyship in the fight for racial justice. I think it's important to first locate myself in this conversation, as someone who lives and works on the occupied land of the Nisqually, Coast Salish, Cowlitz, and Squaxin Peoples.  I have mixed-race heritage, who also carries white privilege and who grew up socialized as white. I have cis-privilege, able-bodied privilege, educational privilege, and positional privilege as a CEO, among other forms of social privilege. I came from a…
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