The march for the one year anniversary of the shooting of Andre Chaplin Thompson and Bryson Chaplin

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Today at 130 am marked the one year anniversary of the shootings of Andre Chaplin Thompson and Bryson Chaplin by a lone Olympia police officer who pursued them over shoplifting.

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The community marched and showed their continued support.

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More must still be done to hold officers accountable, like a citizens review board, because #Blacklivesmatter and  #Nativelivesmatter 

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There were many speakers at the march after we circled at city hall.

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#stopmurderbypolice  #stopmassincarceration

Pat John from Puyallup came, along with people supporting Justice for Jackie, and spoke.  So many people  who have had a family member taken unjustly by police terror had words to share.  There were many families of the fallen together in solidarity.

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Teachers, students, kids, babies grandparents, able, disabled, LGBTQ the whole community was there to show support . #olyactivist #dropthecharges

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This next pictures, I’m super proud of, were  taken  with expired tabs driving up a one-way the wrong way during a protest while texting .  Epic activist achievement unlocked.

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#ftp #acab   #NojusticeNopeace No racist ass police! That’s how we protest in Olympia.

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Shout out to Crystal Chaplin, Caro Gonzales, Gutta Cain, Scott Yoos, and Kelly Miller who is Olympia’s reigning poetry grand slam champion and a bad ass activist  and baby communist.  I love her work.

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It was a great day to March. Last year Andre and Bryson were in the hospital. Now they’re at the front of the march. I’m sure there would’ve been a bigger turnout, had the march against Monsanto not been earlier that day.  I know I missed it to be here. The struggle is real.  We keep marching.

 

About the author

 

 

Lennée Reid is a geeky veganish universalist QPOC witch doctor mama bear poet activist survivor goddess on the spectrum who doesnt like labels that uses punctuation when she d@mn well pleases smile emoticon period Lennée has appeared in the UPS DIRT! project, Creative Colloquy, VONA, The Girl God, Tattoosday, and is forthcoming from Lost Tower. Her poems and photos are often in “Works In Progress”. Lennée repped Olympia Peoples Mic in NYC for WOWPS 2016, has featured and slammed across the country, and was heard on the KAOS 89.3 lit show “Tell It Slant”.

Find her @lenneereid mamamystic.wordpress.com

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Send Lennee to WOWPS

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Dear People of The Internet,

I have a favor to ask. You see, I recently won the Olympia People’s Mic Women Of The World Poetry Slam qualifier.
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Photo credit: Ryan Harris

That’s an actual picture of me crying when I won, and Rachel Greene being a supportive awesome person.

So now, I am asking for your support to get to WOWPS this March. I would love the opportunity to present my poetry on the national stage and compete representing my favorite town, Olympia, WA. I am a single mom and I’m a disabled, troubled artist poet so money is really really tight. Poetry is my passion. It has given me a voice and helps me heal to survive this rollercoaster called life. So if you enjoy my blog writing, I hope you do, and would love to support the arts, women, and moms in this way, please make a donation to “Send Lennee to WOWPS” on Indiegogo http://igg.me/at/ppniIyhgWyk/shre/8193110

So why should you give me money to go to WOWPS? What is that anyway? And will giving me your money change the world? Ill tell ya.
WOWPSis more than a poetry slam. Its a week where the most outspoken women come together to share and learn in sisterhood. Please help me get there. It will help me grow as a person. Its an experience I would love to share with.my daughter. I have worked hard to qualify to be a part of it. Sending us there would literally influence my life and my daughters chances of going to college. Yes you can change the world one dollar at a time. And for 25$ you even get a special edition handmade chapbook signed by me.
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Cover art “The Goddess of Woo” by Kay Shevon
How cool is that? I designed the cover and it has my best slam poems so it’s very cool. So cool it will be worth 300$ when im a famous poet. An investment shall we say?

Oh! And if you haven’t seen me perform before, heres some recent footage from Seattle Poetry Slam
http://https://youtu.be/2i_gho754a0

And some really old footage of from before I ever competed in a slam, because it’s always fun to look at old footage.

http://https://youtu.be/sfqV8zJf-Tk

That’s the poem that started this journey. One. It’s been said in more places than I could imagine already. How about New York?

Thanks for following reading supporting and listening. Thank you.

Thank you.

Lennée

Aka “The Queen”

Top ten reasons the family shelter on the Eastside of Olympia is better than the motel 6 on the Southside of Chicago

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Top ten reasons the family shelter on the Eastside of Olympia is better than the motel 6 on the south side of Chicago

#1 the shelter has a piano and a fireplace in the lobby it’s warm, inviting, and kinda classy you will find none  of that sh!t at the motel 6 on the south side of Chicago
#2 Free fuzzy blankets, lunch, and cupcakes delivered from the local oly social justice activists.
day old coffee and fruit loops is not my idea of edible
#3 can you say bunk beds? what kid doesn’t want their own mini loft to play monster high with a flash light? that’s way more fun than checking for bed bugs and you know what with a  black light
#4 there is better furniture at the shelter with plaques above from various business who donated them the suite at the motel was designed sometime in the late 70’s sofa complete with cigarette burns and duct tape
#5 Free laundry and clean bedding free and clean do not go together anywhere at all on southside
#6 all wood floors no wall to wall ground in ash and duct tape print rugs turning my socks black at the shelter
#7 no sex in the shelter explaining to my kid the people in the next room are jumping on the bed and wrestling and I do not know why they are not quiet at bedtime will not happen at the shelter
#8 there are many places within walking distance of the shelter parks Puget sound, farmers market, cupcake shops, the white castle on the south side does not have  gluten free vegan cupcakes.
#9 basic cable and Netflix what! yep no 5 weird local channels and ten porn stations in the shelter common areas. Way too family oriented for that.
#10 It’s quiet and no one at the front desk treats you like shit.
the complete opposite of the motel six on the south side of Chicago.

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My favorite thing to eat currently

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As soon as I sit down at Fajita grill on Pacific in Olympia delicious salsa verde and homemade chips are served.

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The enchiladas at Fajita Grill are the best ever. I am not sure what the secret ingredient is in the enchilada sauce that makes me want to lick the plate, but I suspect it’s love.

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I love Rosalinda. She’s always friendly, tolerates my broken Spanish, and knows my order. Chicken enchiladas, my favorite thing to eat currently.

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My favorite thing to eat currently

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Fresh rolls at Narai Thai Cuisine

The fresh rolls, or fresh spring rolls at Narai Thai in downtown Olympia are the best in town.  I have tried a dozen establishments fresh tolls and Narai is the only one that has my stamp of approval for this dish. They are consistently filled with the freshest leaf lettuces, carrots and tender chicken breast strips. The outer rice paper roll has a soft and firm substance that holds the roll beautifully. I really prefer every ingredient they use individually. The presentation with baby bock choy florette, shredded cabbage, carrots, and basil are always crisp and fresh. The two sauces, a warm peanut sauce and a sweet chilli sauce, come with chopped peanuts for that extra crunch. Sweet, spicy, warm, crunchy these taste like spring eaten in August or January.

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I love the wait staff!

The wait staff are friendly and prompt.  I’ve always been happy with my service. Which is rare. I was a waitress. I’m a fair tipper but I always leave more than 10-15% here because for around 4.50$ for two delicious, healthy hand made snacks and a smile I feel I’m getting a great deal an give an extra buck when I can.
I commend how they treat a regular who just comes in for a quick bite. I take in the ambiance. The beautiful art, listening to trickle of a fountain, dim lights, relaxing atmosphere.
Its a great place to stop for a bite.
My daughter orders the pad kee lew. When we eat together. I enjoy that as well. But I have occasionally skipped entree and had 3-4 fresh rolls. Because they are after all.
My favorite thing to eat out currently.

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Top 20 Reasons I Love Western Washington

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#20 Berries – – Blackberries, raspberries, salmon berries, huckleberries, Spooners strawberries, and the list goes on. You thought I was going to say apples didn’t you? Nope, the berries are better.
#19 Farmers markets with flying fish, bakeries that make soul cookies, urban farms with ancient vines, and other locally made organic goodness.
#18 You don’t have to shovel rain. True story.
#17 “It’s in the water” Best tap water this side of the Rockies.
#16 No plastic bags starting July 1st 2014 …you environment destroying single use menaces.
#15 Pow wows – Because thankfully there are many tribes out here that survived the holocaust of colonization historically disguised as manifest destiny.
#14 I have never been called a nigger in Washington. At least not to my face. Or any other slur of races I am not a part of in blood but seem to resemble enough that I catch their slurs in places like the Midwest. We are very politically correct out here in Washington for the most part. I love that!
#13 Festivals -The Cascadia Poetry Festival, The Spring Fairy Festival, Chinese new year celebrations, PRIDE, And the list goes on…
#12 Rainbow Valley in the 1990’s. I think I may have taken a trip there once and if I did it was not a bad one.
#11 A decent economy sprinkled with Boeing, Microsoft, and other global diabolical badassery such as….
#10 JBLM, Bremerton and Whidbey Naval bases. Just in case TSHTF Washingtonians will be pretty safe while soldiers kick Russian ass and the best drag queens north of San Francisco sing the star spangled banner with a fierceness unlike any other.
#9 TESC and Cascadia Now! They are such a cute young couple.
#8 Organic locally made lollipops with zero regrets.
#7 Seattle and Olympia – Both are culture hubs with beautiful backdrops of the forests and mountains found all over western Washington
#6 Canada is a very nice neighbor to the north eh?
#5 Religious tolerance with a heavy dose of eastern influence mixed in with a few hippies, vegans, yoga and a sitar.
#420 It’s a green state with MMJ, Cannacon and Hempfest. Or the right to be healthy and happy as I like to call it.
#3 There are many alternative educational opportunities and community building organizations such as GRuB who work real miracles
#2 No Hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning storms, poisonous snakes or gators. Sometimes it’s the things that aren’t there that you really appreciate.
#1 Sasquatch – She’s actually pretty cool once you get to know her.