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Tag: The Evergreen State College


Unfair to Evergreen?

A pleasant and faithful reader called me this morning to object to what she called a gratuitous shot at The Evergreen State College at the end of today’s editorial. She believed I had smeared the whole school; when I was writing it, I was thinking of a very small number of students.

Lesson for me: Write so readers understand, but also write so readers can’t misunderstand.

I’ve been watching people connected to Evergreen, including former students and “groupies” who are merely friends of friends of students, engage in malicious mischief and outright assaults for a long time now. I don’t like to call them “anarchists,” because some schools of anarchism have respectable pedigrees. I promised her links to stories and articles. Here’s our exchange:

Though we disagreed on the phone, I did appreciate your civil tone.

Some of the links below don’t report arrests but do illustrate connections with people who practice vandalism and what they call “direct action,” which includes smashing photography equipment. Note the connections with last year’s May Day events.

My experience has been that for every person arrested or convicted, there are quite a few others cheering him on or other otherwise encouraging him. As you noted, that would apply as much to drunken idiots at the UW and WSU as it would to politically motivated actions by students connected in some way to Evergreen.


Pat O’C

“Anarchist” “convergence” on TESC campus.

Former Evergreen student at last year’s May Day violence in Seattle.

Political graffiti reported (disapprovingly) on “anarchist” website.

2011 event on TESC campus to learn about Internet attacks to supplement “direct action” and “sabotage.”

Newspaper photographer roughed up after TESC professor tells “mainly students from The Evergreen State College” that the journalist shouldn’t be photographing protest. Afterward, The Olympian’s Tony Overman had his house and car vandalized.

Former Evergreen student convicted of arson at University of Washington. This is an old one; to me, it illustrates the persistence of this subculture.

Police pelted at anti-war protest.

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Westboro Baptists, meet May Day ‘anarchists’

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Organizers of Wednesday’s May Day marches in Seattle were hoping — really hoping — that the usual black-clad, rock-throwing morons wouldn’t steal the show from them this year as they did last year.

No such luck. As happened on May Day last year, thousands of people walked through the streets in peaceful demonstrations for immigration reform, same-sex marriage and other liberal causes.

Then came that sinking feeling. Late in the day, the masked punks crawled out from under their logs to assault police officers and smash things.

Sorry, law-abiding demonstrators. There’s only so much space in the newspaper and only so much time on the evening news. An attempted riot will upstage decent people carrying signs every time. The public would scream if the media downplayed orchestrated violence in the state’s largest city.

The street thugs claim to be anarchists. But they are best compared with the Westboro Baptist Church, another collection of vicious ranters who leverage their minuscule numbers by parasitizing high-profile events organized by serious people.

Say this for the actual Westboro Baptists, though: They don’t throw actual rocks at human beings.
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