By Ben Cohen
Those who battle against their governments complicity in war, corporate corruption and environmental crimes are cast as extremists, not representative of the majority and a burden to society. It is often hard to understand what protesters are protesting about, given the scant attention paid to them and the massive distortions in the media. Despite their growing occurrences in the U.S, the focus is usually on the disruption they cause, rather than the cause of the disruption. However, with the emergence of the internet, protesters have been able to promote their cause from their own perspective. The videos and websites are often raw and amateurish, but a hugely valuable resource in understanding a movement that grows larger by the day.
The Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (OlyPMR) is a group attempting to end their community’s
participation in the illegal occupation of Iraq by stopping the US
military’s use of the Port of Olympia. Here's a video of their resistance movement, with footage you certainly won't see in the mainstream media: