Anti-homelessness protest in Olympia hotel
Members of Oly Housing Now, a direct action group advocating for homeless people, tried to occupy the Red Lion Inn & Suites in Olympia on Jan. 31. Eight people were detained, and three may face felony charges, the Associated Press reported.
Organizer Emma Deitz told The Olympian that the group had purchased 17 hotel rooms for one night and moved 33 people living outdoors into them, planning to stay indefinitely until Thurston County funds more permanent housing.
Read more in the Feb. 3-9, 2021 issue.