An Interview with Caitlin Esworthy of the Port Militarization Resistance of Olympia
Recently, a friend moved to the U.S. from China. She had never seen the Tiananmen Sq. demonstrations including that famous scene of the lone demonstrator standing in front of the Chinese tank. I thought how amazing that a billion people can be kept ignorant of something so important. Then, a week after the events described below I saw an amazing video about a peaceful demonstration in Tacoma, WA that turned violent when police opened fire with tear gas and firing rubber bullets at close range on the demonstrators.
You can see the video of the demonstrations and the police violence at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=q1_lmvhkv3c
The video, one of many, showed how extreme the militarism of the United States had become. It has also shown how the establishment media does not cover all the news; indeed, sometimes the most important news is not covered. As far as I know the video was never shown on CNN, MSNBC or any of the major networks – hundreds of millions of Americans were kept ignorant of what occurred. Would seeing the videos of the aggressive police action had enlightened Americans of the militarization of our country?
In an effort to expand knowledge about this event I interviewed, Caitlin Esworthy of resident of Olympia, WA, who participated in the demonstrations. She is a student at The Evergreen State College, a member of Port Militarization Resistance of Olympia and the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace. These are two of the four organizations involved in this project. The others were Students for a Democratic Society and United for Peace, Pierce County. Descriptions of the organizations and their contact information are at the end of the interview with Ms. Esworthy.
Kevin Zeese: “What was the purpose of the demonstrations at the Tacoma port?”