Update and a Call for Assistance

Update

You may have noticed that things have been quiet for the past week or more.  We have been focused on doing in depth research on the Nazi skinheads that came to Olympia.  Look for more revelations at some point in the not too distant future.

We are back in action today with an article with new information on Officer Ryan Donald and on the Olympia City Council’s response to the shooting of Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson.  Some of you may be thinking that this is a departure from our focus on Nazi skinheads and their racist supporters.  It has always been our intention to include police brutality and participation in systemic racism within our range of reporting.  The recent posting of fliers around town with some important new information provided the opportunity for our first move in this direction.

Call for Assistance

There are a few things olydocuments would very much like your help with.

1. We know that skinheads came to Olympia before their demo at City Hall on the 26th.  We think this is an important story to share with the community.  However, we don’t have enough information to put together a clear timeline.  If you encountered skinheads or other overt racists in Olympia between May 21 and 29 we’d very much like to hear your story.  Even better if you have pictures or video. The message that the skinheads came to Olympia on their own accord immediately after the shooting, as part of a cold-blooded calculation that it would help them recruit other racists, is an important one to get out.  Please help us out.

We understand that security culture and other concerns may make you reluctant to reach out to us.  Rest assured that we will do everything possible to protect the identity of our sources.

2. The fliers outing various Nazis and other racists that were posted around town contained some information that we don’t have at olydocuments.  If someone could supply us a set of the fliers, Twitter hashtags where they can be found, or photos it would be much appreciated.

Please understand that while we felt it necessary to make it clear we didn’t put out the fliers, that doesn’t mean we have a negative view about them.  The reality is that like much of the community, our affinity group includes members that have both positive and negative reactions to them.  We simply didn’t want to be accountable for content that we weren’t aware of, especially given that our site was referenced on the fliers.

3. We continue to value and seek any other information you may have about topics we have reported on including Nazi skinheads in our region, overt racists, the Olympia Police Department, Olympia City Council responses to the shooting, Officer Ryan Donald, and so on.

If you have information you’d like to share you can email us at olydocuments@gmail.com.

We DON’T do Posters- This Is What We DO:

We would like to clarify that olydocuments is not in any way involved with the posters being put up around Olympia with the identities of ‘Nazis’ on them. We don’t have a position as a group regarding the posters.

It looks like some of the posters may have cut-and-pasted information from our site, but nobody consulted with us before doing so.

Olydocs is focused on an internet presence. We stand behind the information we have chosen to publish on our site and that information alone. We make every effort to verify the information on our site from multiple sources before posting.

We are very aware that the Nazi skinheads have rolled into town to support the police against BlackLivesMatter protests in response to the shooting of Bryson and Andre. All of us involved with olydocuments feel that the underlying issues of overt, systemic, and structural racism that are being targeted by BlackLivesMatter and its supporters are the big issue we need to stay focused on. Over the next weeks we will be making an effort to bring these issues more into focus.

We have reached out to people of color (PoC) organizers in the community whom we are familiar with and sought their feedback on our activities. We welcome ANY suggestions and concerns about our content, strategy, and tactics from anyone in the community. You can reach out to us by email, Facebook, or by posting comments on the blog.

To reiterate our program here is the information from our website about what we are about-

Olydocuments is dedicated to combating fascism, white supremacy, and police violence by carefully documenting and exposing it online.  The site will serve as a clearing house for images and other information about the activities of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, in our community and the Pacific Northwest. We will expand this to include police connections and violence as information comes in.  We are very conscious of related issues of structural and systemic racism and will do what we can to highlight them where possible.

Olydocuments is an affinity group formed to support ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬, Olympia antifa, and related groups, in the face of the threat posed by white supremacists to our community.

What We Aren’t-

We aren’t the media presence for #BlackLivesMatter, Olympia antifa, or white allies in Olympia and we don’t claim to speak for anyone but our own group. We are an independent affinity group organized to have two tightly focused goals.

What We Do-

We seek to document the identity and activities of Nazis, racists, and police that have targeted people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and other targeted groups, and their supporters in our community. We want to put names on faces and collect as much information as we can about these fascists. We will make information about carefully confirmed fascists available on our site, so that targeted people can be aware who to look out for, and so people involved in anti-oppression work can know who the threat is, what their tactics are, how dangerous they might be, and so on.

We are, at least temporarily, trying to serve as a central location where people can go for real-time information about violent bigots, related, sightings and so on. But don’t solely rely on our site for up to minute info.

Understand that we appreciate people’s concerns about being photographically identified and will not under ANY circumstances put out images of people, or any other information, about those not carefully confirmed to be Nazis, fascists, or their supporters, under any circumstances, particularly images that might lead to the identification of people engaged in potentially unlawful acts during protests or actions (we hope others do the same).
Also understand that we will be very careful to only publish information on people who are active Nazis, white supremacists, commit police brutality, or are violent bigots. We don’t want innocent people to be targeted. That means that if we out somebody on the web site as a Nazi we have solid information that they are both white supremacist and actively organizing or participating in actions.