The port militarization resistance movement's challenge to the legality of the Iraq war and occupation now turns its focus from the Port of Tacoma to Olympia, where on Tues., Mar. 20, a final pretrial hearing will be held for the Olympia 22 — those charged in protests against the movement of Strykers through the Port of Olympia in May 2006.[1]  --  Information about how you can attend hearings, learn more about the case, or donate to the Legal Defense Fund is included....


By Mark Jensen

** Supporters urged to attend **

United for Peace of Pierce County (WA)
March 17, 2007

Just as Port of Tacoma arrestees are having charges dropped or are learning they will face prosecution, the Olympia 22 are facing criminal proceedings in the capital of Washington State stemming from arrests during the Port of Olympia demonstrations in May 2006.

The last pre-trial hearing for those arrested during the 2006 port militarization resistance protests in Olympia, WA, is scheduled for Tues., Mar. 20. The case is scheduled to go to trial on Mar. 26. This trial will take at least two days: there will be jury selection, expert testimony on the illegality of war, cross-examination of police officers, and much, much more.

Supporters of those charged for challenging the legality of the Iraq war and occupation are encouraged to come to the 3:00 p.m. hearing on Tues., Mar. 20, at Thurston County District Court. Supporters are encouraged to be well-behaved, quiet, and civil.

Proceedings will be held at Thurston County District Court, Building 3, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502-6045. Courtroom assignment is visible on the court's hallway bulletin board.

Information on the routes and schedules of buses to Olympia from Tacoma (601, 603, and 620) is available from Intercity Transit.

Names of those facing charges appear on the court docket.

Some protesters are represented by attorneys, some by Public Defenders, and others are either not represented or are representing themselves. For background, see articles in Works In Progress and at the web site of Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace.

To contribute to the Legal Defense Fund, you can donate via PayPal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send contributions (preferably with name, street address, phone, and e-mail) payable to Port of Olympia Legal Defense Fund to Port of Olympia Legal Defense Fund, P.O. Box 295 Olympia, WA 98507-0295. Contributions are not tax deductible and are non-refundable.