Continued Resistance to Port Militarization, Olympia, Tacoma & Beyond

The goal of Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (OlyPMR) is to end our community’s participation in the illegal occupation of Iraq by stopping the US military’s use of the Port of Olympia. OlyPMR works in solidarity to support similar efforts in Tacoma and elsewhere.

Directions to Port of Olympia
Map of Olympia
Map of Port of Olympia
Map of Port of Tacoma
Map of UW Tacoma, across the street from Federal Courthouse
Media Contacts
PMR Citizen's Injunction
PMR Code of Non-Violence
Why We Resist, PMR

11 November 07, Sunday

Emergency Community Forum on Police Response to Port Demonstrations
Tonight (Sunday, November 11)
6:30 pm
Traditions Cafe

Arrests today

"Three arrested today at port protest," The Olympian, November 11, 2007.

Veteran Wes Hamilton invites other vets to port

"Tempers cool at site of Olympia war protest" by Heather Woodward, The Olympian, November 12, 2007.

10 November 07, Saturday

Olympia Police Department officers brutally attacked—shoving, throwing, pepper-spraying directly in the face, striking with batons, dragging—peaceful demonstrators today at the Port of Olympia. At least 12 activists were arrested.

Videos by The Olympian, King 5, Komo 4, Jenolywa. Graphic video of police repeatedly pepper-spraying non-violent resisters directly in the face, by Tacoma SDS.

Photos by Rob Whitlock. More photos.

"Protests spread beyond port into downtown Olympia" by Jeremy Pawloski and Diane Huber, The Olympian, November 11, 2007. "Chaos erupted Saturday in multiple areas of Olympia...[OPD Cmdr.] Bjornstad said officers tried to talk to the protesters to get them to move. The use of pepper spray and batons was 'based on what we get from the crowd. We gave them lots of warnings and lots of time, but there comes a point where that's our only option.'"

Press Release, Olympia Port Militarization Resistance.

"At least 12 arrested as protests move to downtown, I-5 entrance" by Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian, November 10, 2007.

"Protesters arrested trying to block military gear in Olympia, WA," Seattle Post Intelligencer (Associated Press), November 10, 2007.

09 November 07, Friday

Oly PMR Shuts Down Port Military Shipments

Oly PMR Stops Military Shipments

Press Release, Oly PMR

Video by Aaron Hartwell

"Protesters stop military transport, delay work" by Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian, November 10, 2007.

08 November 07, Thursday

Press Release, Oly PMR

Photos by Rob Whitlock

"Continuing protests cost city" by Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian, November 09, 2007.

"Two arrested in protest scuffles; convoys roll on" by Christian Hill and Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian, November 08, 2007.

07 November 07, Wednesday

"Movement of military gear starts today" by Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian, November 07, 2007.

Video by Aaron Wednesday night—Thursday am

06 November 07, Tuesday

Video by Nancy of speech by OLYPMR member Phan Nguyen

Video at Port by Aaron

"Demonstrators protest military ship unloading in Olympia," The Olympian (Associated Press), November 06, 2007.

05 November 07, Monday

The USNS Brittin arrived at the Port of Olympia with equipment belonging to the 3rd Stryker Brigade that returned to Fort Lewis from Iraq about 2 weeks ago, minus 48 of their fellow soldiers who died in the war. Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (Oly PMR) moblilized.

01 April 07

"Demonstrations cost $500,000, police estimate," by Stacey Mulick, The News Tribune, April 01, 2007.

"Police conduct at port will get citizen review," by Kris Sherman, The News Tribune, April 01, 2007.

31 March 07

Video interview of Oly22 defendent Brendan Dunn, "Infiltration of Confidential Email List Causes Mistrial!" by Nancy B of Port Townsend.

30 March 07

Port of Olympia Case Ends in Mistrial as Homeland Security Intervenes, Press Release, Port Militarization Resistance, March 30, 2007.

"Port protest case ends in mistrial after data breach," by Christian Hill, The Olympian, March 30, 2007. [trial regarding arrests at Port of Olympia, May 2006]

Videos of trial and rally in support of defendants.

Video, "Demonstrating Against Tactics Used By Prosecution 3-30-07" by Nancy B, Port Townsend.

27 March 07

"Judge rebuffs defense in port trial," by Christian Hill, The Olympian, March 27, 2007.

26 March 07

"Prosecutor’s comment prompts mistrial review," by Christian Hill, The Olympian, March 26, 2007.

"Trial starts today in ’06 port protest," by Christian Hill, The Olympian, March 26, 2007.

17 March 07

"Charges still possible in Johnson's arrest," by Matt Batcheldor, The Olympian, March 17, 2007.

16 March 07

"Councilman not charged in Tacoma port protest," by Matt Batcheldor, The Olympian, A1, March 16, 2007.

"Prosecuters charge some, drop others in Tacoma protest," The Olympian, March 16, 2007. [List of who was charged and who wasn't.]

14 March 07

"Dozens show to support activist councilman," by Matt Batcheldor, The Olympian, March 14, 2007.

13 March 07

"Five arrested for refusing to leave during overnight protest at port," by Stacey Mulick, The News Tribune, March 13, 2007.

12 March 07

Interview with TJ Johnson on The Conversation,, March 12, 2007. (Real Player)

"Protest speaks through arrests," by Paul Sand, The News Tribune, March 12, 2007.

"Dozens arrested at Port of Tacoma during anti-war demonstration," Associated Press,, March 12, 2007.

"Police arrest protesters; Olympia council member among 23 detained at Tacoma port," by Venice Buhain, The Olympian, March 12, 2007.

11 March 07

This afternoon, more than 100 peace activists demonstated their opposition to the occupation of/war on Iraq at the Port of Tacoma. Twenty-three were arrested, fifteen after crossing a barricade to deliver a Citizen's Injunction to police. Olympia City Councilman TJ Johnson was among those arrested. Eight activists were arrested after refusing to comply with police orders to give up their backpacks or purses before entering the area designated by police as the protest area.


Video "Peaceful Protesters Arrested at the Port Of Tacoma 3-11-07," by Nancy B of Port Townsend.

Video of comments by Larry Mosqueda and Wally Cuddeford directed to Tacoma and other law enforcement officers at Port of Tacoma, 3/11, by Nancy B of Port Townsend.

"Olympia Councilman T.J. Johnson arrested at port protest," by Venice Buhain, The Olympian, March 11, 2007.

10 March 07

Videos of Port actions March 10 and King5 reporting, by University of Puget Sound student Joseph La Sac.

Video, "Give Peace A Chance---Tacoma Police Riot," March 09, 2:30 AM.

Video, "Riot officers assault nonviolent protesters," by Triprc, March 10, 2007.

"Tacoma port protest turns violent," The Olympian, March 10, 2007.

"Video camera rolls as war protesters clash with Tacoma Police," Bernard Choi, King5 News, March 10, 2007.

"Three arrested at Port of Tacoma during anti-war demonstration," Seattle Post-Intelligencer (AP), March 10, 2007.

Call For Support: Tacoma/Olympia Port Militarization request your presence Sunday, March 11.

Press Release, "As Resistance to Stryker Shipment Grows, Police Turn Violent on Peaceful Protesters," Tacoma and Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, March 10, 2007.

Email from TJ Johnson requesting community support for non-violent direct actions opposing military shipments from the Port of Tacoma Sunday, March 11. We need your presence as an observer and witness.

Events in Tacoma Saturday March 10.

"Potential arrest no deterrent for dozens in Tacoma," by Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian, March 10, 2007.

09 March 07

Video, "Street medics denied access to Tacoma protest" by Nancy B of Port Townsend, about midnight March 09.

Wally Cuddeford interview on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, March 09, 2007 (Real Player).

"Police investigate run-in with videographer," by Adam Lynn, The News Tribune, March 9th, 2007. See Film Is Not A Crime by University of Puget Sound junior Joseph La Sac.

"‘Hokey Pokey’ new anthem for protesters?" The Nose, The News Tribune, March 09, 2007.

"Port may get bill for police presence," by Matt Batcheldor, The Olympian, March 09, 2007.

08 March 07

Video of Stryker deployment protest Wed March 07 by Doug Nielson.

Press Release, "Stop the Surge, Keep the 4th Brigade Home," Tacoma & Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, March 08, 2007.

Video, "Anti-war Protestors Target Supply Units," FOX News, Hannity & Colmes interview with Caitlin Esworthy and Jeff Berryhill, March 08, 2007. Partial transcript.

"Tacoma prosecutors may charge activists," The Olympian, March 08, 2007.

"Support the Troops...Evergreen style," by Don Ward, Sound Politics, March 08, 2007.

07 March 07

Letter from City of Olympia Councilman TJ Johnson to the city council of Tacoma, March 07, 2007. Reply from Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma.

"Felony assault charges dropped against Tacoma Port demonstrators," by Tacoma Port Militarization Resistance, Wednesday March 7th, 2007, 12:56 AM.

"Olympia residents won’t be charged in Tacoma protest, prosecutor says," by Christian Hill, The Olympian, A4 March 07, 2007.

06 March 07

At Port, police arrest Karen Weill, a legal observer who is part of the legal team representing Wally, Caitlin and Jeff, as well as the Oly 22, after she attempted to ask a question of the commanding officer. Felony assault charges against Wally, Caitlin and Jeff immediately dismissed by Superior Court judge. Wally re-arrested at Tacoma City Council meeting.

City of Tacoma contacts

Press Release, "Felony Assault Charges Dropped Against Three Demonstrators at the Port of Tacoma," Tacoma and Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, March 07, 2007.

Account of Tacoma City Council meeting at which Wally was re-arrested. To view video, go to link and scroll down to Citizen's Forum.

"Anti-war activist arrested again, this time at city council meeting," by Paul Sand, The News Tribune, March 6th, 2007.

"Activists bring war protest to Port of Tacoma," The News Tribune, March 6th, 2007 01:08 AM.

"Fourth arrest in Iraq war protest at Port of Tacoma," Associated Press, The Olympian, March 06, 2007.

"War protesters move from Port to downtown, City Hall," Tacoma Daily Index, March 07, 2007.

05 March 07

Tacoma Port Militarization Resistance, Students for a Democratic Society, and Iraq Veterans Against the War stage port protests; Caitlin Esworthy, Wally Cuddeford and Jeff Berryhill arrested while peacefully protesting military shipments through the Port of Tacoma; Berryhill shot by police at close range, possibly with rubber bullet; all three charged with 3rd degree felony assault; bail for each set at $10,000.

Press Release, "Port Militarization Group Successful in Olympia, Sets Sights on Tacoma," Port Militarization Resistance (OlyPMR), 05 March 07.

Video of Tacoma police refusing to identify themselves or provide badge numbers.

Eyewitness report by Wes Hamilton, Veterans for Peace; Active-duty soldier in tonight's convoy thanks protestors.
    "This is not a Tacoma thing or an Olympia thing, it is a regional thing. Our ports all along the coast are staging areas for the deployment of troops to the illegal and immoral occupation.

    "I was one of the soldiers tonight who rolled into Port of Tacoma. We were told to expect protesters and frankly, I was glad you were there."
"War Protesters Arrested at Wash. Port," Associated Press, Washington Post, Monday, March 5, 2007; 2:40 PM.

"Three arrested protesting Iraq shipments through Port of Tacoma," Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 05 Mar 07.

"Three anti-war protesters arrested at Port of Tacoma," Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 05 March 07.

Tacoma Protesters Arrested & Shot With Rubber Bullets, Larry Mosqueda, Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace.

Why We Resist, OlyPMR position restated by TJ Johnson.

Video, Tacoma Police arrest nonviolent protesters against Strykers

04 March 07

"Training gets activists ready to protest at port," by Venice Buhain, The Olympian, March 04, 2007.

Feb 07

Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (OlyPMR) Code of Non-Violence

"Next time, we'll be ready for them: Port Militarization Resistance returns to defend the Port of Olympia," by Sandy Mayes, Works in Progress, February 2007.

"War activists plan new round of port protests," by Christian Hill, The Olympian, February 26, 2007.

another world is possible . . .
Olympia by Edouard Manet is regarded as one of the finest impressionist paintings. Manet painted Olympia back in 1863 at the same time that he produced another notable work Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, The Luncheon on the Grass. This article discusses Olympia and the rest of the career of French impressionist Edouard Manet.

Olympia's success is due to the role of the woman portrayed in the painting who was not of the typical standing of someone considered suitable for a portrait and her role within society was underlined by Manet's careful selection of objects which were placed on and around the subject. Manet sought in Olympia an honesty and accuracy to social life that other artists and academics were not prepared for at that time. Manet consistently offered raw life with women serving the roles that society has granted them rather than trying to make reality look better than it was for the sake of the viewer who perhaps was only willing to see a painting that offered a classic portrait. Artists like Manet are essential for moving traditional thinking onwards and challenging existing ideas in the hope that their own work and that of similar but younger artists would flourish in later years once their own careers had laid down a great legacy.

Edouard Manet was an artist respected by many close friends in the art world including Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot but his finest works such as Olympia and Le déjeuner sur l'herbe struggled for academic acceptance at that time because of the traditional attitudes of many members of artistic institutions who were not open to the idea of progression and innovation which Manet unquestionably offered.

From a long career of exceptional achievement which is now fully understood and respected, Manet's best paintings included Olympia, The Luncheon on the Grass, The Fifer, Bar at the Folies-Bergère, The Railway and The Grand Canal in Venice.

We can conclude that Olympia was a crucial painting within the career of Edouard Manet who himself left a great legacy as a member of the French impressionist movement which remains one of the most important group of artists over the past few centuries within European art. Manet's role within impressionist was crucial, as was his self-confidence and desire to challenge the artistic norms of that period. Without this sort of bravery the impressionists would not have achieved such great success and changes with what academics of that time considered good art.
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