Anti-fracking activists and anarchists are blocking rail tracks in Olympia, Wash. They don’t plan on leaving.
There was little sleep the first night. Everyone was too wired with nerves and excitement. They expected the police to barrel in at any moment.
The encampment went up on Nov. 17, a guerrilla whirlwind of tents, tarps, wooden pallets and two-by-four studs. In just a few hours, the intersection at Jefferson Street SE and Seventh Avenue in downtown Olympia, Wash., was transformed from a drab piece of asphalt into a hulking structure, somewhere between a refugee camp and a carnival tent. Read the rest of this entry
For the last 10 days, an encampment has been blocking the train tracks
that lead out of the Port of Olympia, preventing fracking proppants from
being sent to North Dakota and Wyoming. In addition to standing in the
way of capitalism and environmental destruction, the blockade has
created an opening in which we can interact in new, liberated ways. We
have made many new friends, deepened existing relationships, and
experienced the joy in sharing our lives without regard for profit. Read the rest of this entry