We are about Love & Justice for Yvonne McDonald. We need support from the community, we still cant access autopsy records. The individual who said he found her has a history of lying to his supervisor, he has been reprimanded for negligence, incompetence and failing to report accidents.
He is still employed with the city of Olympia. justice4yvonne.com
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It is pretty simple. The money spent by city's defending killer cops and others who are clearly guilty of murder is money that could be spent on improving the quality of our communities. The $50,000 spent by Jay Burney ( olympia city mgr) and the city council to bring on a high profile attorney to protect the interest of OPD in the murder case of Yvonne McDonald is another example of how funds could've been spent on housing, cultural education, training, crisis response, etc.
Jay Burney lied to the public and said the city was conducting an INDEPENDENT investigation AND the members of the current city council showed no opposition to the city manager selecting a law firm to " investigate" the murder of a black woman and telling the public that this firm would be investigating all individuals involved in the case including the street sweeper who has an extensive history of negligence, incompetence, wreckless driving, failure to report accidents caused by him while driving city vehicles, for lying to supervisors, and also was never considered a suspect in the murder of Yvonne McDonald- because that is what we demanded!
First of all the demand was made clear and ignored by city leaders.
And second, lets hold them accountable for all of their neglect, for not ensuring that we are safe, for not responding to the housing crisis that they played a huge role in creating by prioritizing developers and their own personal interests instead of the community, which is true affordable housing and not 450 square foot units starting at 1800 plus a month per unit. Keeping in mind this complex is directly facing a truly uninhabitable homeless encampment. We have it thrown in our faces everytime they undermine the people and try and make moves like the West Bay Yards Agreements without US. By voting for Talauna Reed for City Council- A Vote for the People and others who will not stop fighting for the People is a great start to making Olympia a great capitol city. Just voting current members out of office is not enough!!!
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Action Hour is a gathering over Zoom where we’ll provide concrete steps you can take as actions, including using both phone and email to contact city and state officials. Scripts are provided through a Google document.
We demand an end to police violence against Black people and other communities of color and make donations to organizations that are most impacted by white supremacy, police violence, or other forms of oppression. Every action counts!
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It should never be acceptable that the Chief of police selects the investigator for an independent investigation against his officers. And a private law firm should not be a source either. Jay BURNEY said that the investigator would not be in contact with anyone but him.
City Manager-Hey you over there? I have $ 50,000 will you write a report in the manila interest of OPD in the Yvonne McDonald case?
Law firm that specializes in protecting cops? Of course I will l, it's gonna take me 10 months though
City Manager- Make sure you only use info provided by OPD and if anybody asks don't talk to them
Olympia City Council Member- Jay BURNEY we need talking points for the Yvonne McDonald case
City Manager- we will just tell them the sisters agreed to the investigation no matter what is asked
COMMUNITY- THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!! WE DEMAND JUSTICE 4 YVONNE MCDONALD
GOVERNOR INSLEES NUMBER
360 902 4111
This was so powerful I had to repost. Shout out to this young man for the powerful words he let come out of his mouth. #imtired
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UPDATE ON THE YVONNE MCDONALD CASE:
CITY MANAGER JAY BURNEY CLAIMS THAT HE SOUGHT THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OF AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR IN RESPONSE TO THE PUSH BY J4YM FOR AN OUTSIDE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF YVONNE AND THE ACTIONS OF OPD, CITY EMPLOYEES AND MEDIC ONE MEDICS AND THAT YVONNES THREE SISTERS OKAYED HIM MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS LAWFIRM.
1. IT CANT BE INDEPENDENT IF THE CITY MANAGER AND CHIEF OF POLICE SELECT THE INVESTIGATOR
2. THIS IS A LAW FIRM THAT SPECIALIZES IN AND IS FAMOUS FOR REPRESENTING VARIOUS CITIES AN POLICE DEPARTMENTS WHOS ONLY OBJECTIVE IS PREVENTING THEM FROM PAYING FAMILIES AND PROTECTING COPS.
3. THE CHIEF OF POLICE IS IN DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH THE ATTORNEY. WHY? BECAUSE THE ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THE ACTIONS OF ALL OF THOSE INVOLVED AND DISGUISING IT AS AN INVESTIGATION.
3. IT CLEARLY STATES THEY WERE HIRED BY THE CITY OF OLYMPIA FOR THE BENEFIT OF OPD AND THE CITY EMPLOYEE WHO INJURED YVONNE MCDONALD AND LEFT HER FOR DEAD.
4. THE ENTIRE COUNCIL IS AWARE OF THIS ATTEMPT TO COVER HER DEATH UP EVEN FURTHER AND THEY ARE ALL SITTING IN SILENCE.
5. SILENCE IS VIOLENCE, WE NEED THE WHITE VOICES OF THIS COMMUNITY TO STOP THIS ANTI BLACK RACIST POLICING AND TO HELP MAKE THESE STREETS A SAFER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!
CALL Governor Jay Inslee 360 902 4111 AND DEMAND THAT HE INTERVENE AND CALL JAY BURNEY 360 753 8447 AND DEMAND THAT HE RESIGN IMMEDIATELY FOR LAUNCHING THIS COVER UP.
First and foremost, how many people have you spoken to in my family? Of course my mother and her sisters agreed to an independent investigation, but did the City of Olympia/ Olympia City Council agree? Are they conducting an independent investigation?The answers are NO and NO! Regarding the outside investigator that you refer to; They ( mom and her sisters)were told that it would be an unbiased investigative agency. How on earth will it be unbiased your city manager, who says there was no wrongdoing paid $ 50,000 for a lawyer to review the file? It is a law firm and the scope of the contract has nothing to do with a criminal investigation and an investigation into the conduct and actions of OPD, Medic One Medics and City of Olympia employee Henry Morales.
City leaders are notorious for pacifying the public. This instance is no different. Jay Burney also contacted me to get me to buy into this smokescreen, I did not and will not. I can share that conversation with you as a matter of fact i will play it for the public. You will hear your city manager give me an ultimatum that says that unless I turn the evidence over to him and agree to utilize the company that he personally chose , the " investigator will be instructed not to interview me and will not have access to to any of the evidence I have collected or hear any concerns I have regarding the case. Since when do law firms conduct investigations regarding corruption, obstruction of justice and murder? We both know they do not. I am advocating for my aunt and my family and no matter how much strife and division Jay Burney or anyone else tries to cause I will not stop.
My mom and two aunts are vulnerable and grieving and my aunts have been manipulated by Steve Hall and Jay Burney. This is sick behavior and for you to publicly co sign something so important and essentially mislead the public, is disturbing.
I have never expected for any one to talk to me regarding the investigation and not Yvonne's three sisters. For 2 1/2 years MY MOTHER who is Yvonne's oldest sister has been along my side as I campaign for justice, what is your excuse for her and my aunts being ignored as well? As a tax paying member of this city and as a blood relative and only person within my family that has the capacity to do the work I am doing I will not accept anything less than accountability and transparency by public employees and elected officials.
Those in this community fed up with racism and discrimination and the devaluing of Black Lives will agree that the racist practices of folks in power and the unchecked white supremacy are leading factors in my family's unanswered call for justice. This case was closed on August 7, 2018 and everyone knows it.
The questions I have posed in addition to questioning her death investigation that are of legitimate concern to the public regarding policies and protocol and you all don't feel obligated to answer those either. Questions regarding rendering aid, regarding protocol, employee conduct, etc. have all been ignored Cut the crap, Black Lives do not matter to this city's leadership.
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We are not having a monthly general meeting in January. INSTEAD... please attend this event!
D.R.E.A.M. Dismantling Racism through Equity and Accountability to those most Impacted
Honoring the Life, Work, and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday January 18, 2021 2-4pm
Heritage Park Fountain
Squaxin Island land
Please join us on Monday, January 18th for a community event honoring the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More details to come!
Wear Red and Black
Bring flowers & care package items for Black leaders & families.
We will have de-escalators/peacekeepers.
If you join us, please respect the requests of the organizers or you will be asked to leave.
***Requests for white folks***
Please show up ready to listen to Black, Indigenous & People of Color. Help form a circle with BIPOC at the center. Beyond this action, white folks need to support organizing more white folks against white supremacy. We ask you to commit to organizing other white people off the fence and into action with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and People of Color-led movements & strategies.
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In loving memory of Yvonne McDonald. RAIN is hosting a raffle to support the Joy and Justice Toy and Book drive for Black and Indigenous families.
WA RAIN (Rural AntiRacism Interdepemdence Network) is raffling off three amazing baskets.$20=1 raffle entry. To enter take a screen shot of your donation to paypal.me/blastthurston and send to [email protected] along with which basket raffle you would like to enter.
Drawing on Dec 6th.
Delivery available to Sea->Oly->Shelton->Chehalis
I'd like to know what is stopping folks from actively putting pressure on ourcity manager, on our mayor and in our coroner to do right by my family and properly investigate the death of Yvonne McDonald. What is it that folks aren't understanding about anti-black racism and how Yvonne was neglected on August 7th 2018 by paramedics, police and others.What part of the investigation that the Olympia Police Department conducted makes anyone believe it was a thorough investigation
I have asked our mayor to tell me if the investigation that was conducted into the death of Yvonne McDonald's by the Olympia Police Department was conducted for her relative, would it be complete and thorough? She has not answered. Is it im the city's best interest to have a police chief and a city manager emails other city employees and tell them that my family is the most difficult family they've worked with. We have done nothing in comparison what was done to Yvonne on August 7th 2018 absolutely nothing but demanded answers, accountability, transparency and justice, but that makes our black family the most difficult family they've ever had to work with. I cried myself to sleep this morning after uncovering more proof that my aunts black life did not matter and that they didn't want her to live that morning, every single person involved in this case working for the City of Olympia that has had anything to do with this investigation, have all obstructed Justice. No one in my family has a complete copy of the autopsy records pertaining to our loved ones murder. Unacceptable!!
White people have you checked in on your Black, Indigenous friends of color. In Olympia, Black people are being hit with acts of racial violence, stuff being thrown through their windows and anyone person of color who encounters the racist officer Ryan Donald may not make it home alive. This sh*t is not f**king cool. NO we can't call the the police.
I'm literally sick today and had to wake and hear about this sh*t. White folks are worried about how the election is going to to turn out, wondering what's going to happen and what to do when it happens. I honestly want to know why?
The presidential election is going to turn out the same way it does every four years.
But in Olympia, Carolina Mejia won and so did Sharonda Amamilo. HELL YES!!!! This is something we can be focussing on. Are they, A
Latina Woman Thurston County Commissioner ( first ever) and a Black Woman Thurston Superior Court judge( first ever) going to be safe? Is my brothers f**king family going to be able to sleep knowing someone threw a rock threw their window because they are an interracial couple or because he is Black? Can our kids play outside with friends these next days of confusion for (white) folks in the community?
I'm not saying folks shouldn't be able worried about trump and his supporters, my point is nothing new is going to happen for BIPOC people. Not even our fights for Justice.
And if y'all stayed ready you wouldn't have to get ready.
This thread is meant for conversation. I will not apologize...because Black Lives Matter and we still need Justice for Yvonne McDonald and Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin in Olympia Washington.
Congratulations Carolina a Sharonda!!!
YWCA of Olympia
It is with great sadness that we are announcing that we need to postpone the Womxn of Achievement event scheduled for November 6th. Due to the politically charged climate surrounding the election, as an organization, we felt it necessary to reassess this event from the perspective of centering people’s safety. We prioritize listening to Black and Brown voices and the safety of our staff and YWCA members. Some members of our YWCA and the local community have expressed heightened safety concerns related to the election and this event. In addition, our colleagues at YWCA Clark County have recently been targeted for their work and we know that others in our area have as well. Keeping in mind our value of Collective Care, it is vital to hold space for this and also be accountable to our friends and colleagues who have voiced concerns for their safety.
For these reasons and with all of the unknowns around the post election climate, we’ve decided to reschedule Womxn of Achievement for early 2021 (Date TBD). We want to center the incredible honorees and make sure they are at the forefront of this celebration. We look forward to that, at a time when they can receive all of the honoring of which they are so deserving.
Until then, there is a lot of work that we need to do as a community. Please remember to vote, support local actions that are taking place in our community that center Racial Justice, and please remember to take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
With love and in solidarity,
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