“This drives people away from my downtown business!” People who are homeless are not innately more dangerous or threatening than people who are housed. They simply don’t have a house to live in. When we begin to place blame on a specific demographic for any issue, including drops in sales, it is… Continue reading Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about OlySol’s Safe Sleep Campaign
Every Monday for the past two months, members of Just Housing, Olympia Assembly, Oly Sol, Olympia Community Medics, Olympia Industrial Workers of the World and residents of the downtown houseless community have been coming together to share hot food, coffee, winter clothing, medicine, hygiene and other survival supplies for the cold and wet months ahead.… Continue reading Mutual Aid Mondays
Olympia Solidarity Network (OlySol) has moved forward with its campaign against anti-homeless security contracts held between downtown Olympia businesses and the private security firm, Pacific Coast Security (PCS). A couple dozen business owners, property managers and building owners contract with Pacific Coast Security in a scheme facilitated by “business advocacy” group, Olympia Downtown Alliance (ODA),… Continue reading Protest, Zap, Disrupt! Campaign Against Displacement Expands
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- The Olympia Solidarity Network (OlySol) has initiated a campaign against downtown Olympia businesses that contract with the private security contract firm, Pacific Coast Security (PCS). PCS operates nightly security patrol services to contracting businesses in an effort to displace and criminalize homeless people using alcoves and alleys as living space. Approximately… Continue reading Campaign to End Anti-Homeless Security Contracts Launched by Olympia Solidarity Network
Olympia Assembly has been asked to present at the Fearless Cities municipalist summit in New York City (along with PNW municipalist groups Seattle NAC, Demand Utopia, the Portland Metro People's Coalition and Portland Assembly). We are sending two organizers to share our work and bring back resources for our community that will help us grow… Continue reading Help Oly Assembly go the Fearless Cities NYC!
May 27th was a sunny Sunday in Sylvester Park. Around 30 community members attended the Spring assembly, and more came in and out to grab things from the really free market. Our facilitators opened up the event with an explanation of Olympia Assembly, and gave a brief summary of our story over the past year… Continue reading Report from the Spring Assembly, May 27th 2018
Housing is the thing that is on everyone's mind lately. "Will I be able to stay in my house? What if the landlord raises the rent or finds a reason to evict us?" "What if my mortgage goes bad or I can't pay? What if the police/local business owners decide to evict my tent camp… Continue reading What is housing for?