To our dear Olympia Community,
In the wake of mass movements across the country which aim to dismantle systemic racism, even our small city has a role to play. As Olympia strives toward a safe, peaceful, and just world for all, we have found ourselves embedded in turmoil over how this better world can become reality.
In recent weeks, armed militias which have identified themselves with groups including American Wolf, Proud Boys, and Three-Percenters have appointed themselves as a paramilitary force to control Black Lives Matter protests. Rather than keeping us safe, these groups are bringing a large armory of guns (some of them carrying at least four per person) and other weapons into our downtown core as well as the commercial west side. These groups belong to the conservative far-right/“alt-right” and are not aligned with our town’s commitment to diversity and equality. They are using their guns and military aesthetics to intimidate Olympia into silence.
The more we find out about these militias, the more we realize that they are crafting a narrative that allows them to exploit the Black Lives Matter movement to meet their own goals of harnessing power. We in Olympia are proud to be a community of creative, critical thinkers who won’t be fooled by this right-wing trap. We know that peace and justice cannot be achieved by parading guns and threatening those who are brave enough to speak out against systemic racism.
We as a community are signing this letter in support of transformative justice and a peaceful world. We do not want armed militias patrolling our streets. We are strong enough without them. We are honored to rise to the challenge of healing the wounds of the world together.
With hearts wide open,
Call your representatives to voice concerns about militia presence in Olympia:
City Council: 360.753.8447
City Manager, Jay Burney: 360.753.8447