ICWA News and Views

Weekly Stories about What’s Happening in Washington State and Stories of Interest to Washingtonions

by Gerald Braude

Students Protests Masks in Washington

For three weeks leading to Governor Jay Inslee’s February 17 announcement of removing school mask mandates on March 21, student mask mandate protests swept through southern Washington.  

On a planned walkout for Monday, January 31, “Freedom Fighters” at Washougal High School led a mask protest rally of about one hundred students at Fishback Stadium. After seeing the Washougal High School walkout, Richland High School students organized a walkout for Wednesday, February 9. Ridgefield students assembled in the school’s parking lot and walked unmasked into the school building. They declined requests by school officials to put on masks and later continued to protest for about an hour just outside the school building. A handful of parents and other adults cheered from across the street as passing cars honked their horns.

Also on Monday, January 31, about two dozen Richland students from various schools walked out of classes, with the support of a Richland School Board member, to protest having to wear masks. Schools closed in Richland on February 16 after the school board voted to defy the state requirement that students wear masks inside buildings.

On Tuesday, February 8, approximately thirty Ilwaco High School students gathered at 1 p.m.  near the front steps of the school. Under the beaming sun, they waved signs, such as “No more masks” and “Unmask our kids.” Some vowed not to return until the mandate was lifted. Several Hilltop School students and a few parents joined in support.

Kelso School District Superintendent Mary Beth Tack said about one hundred students received unexcused absences Wednesday, February 9 when they came to Coweeman Middle School without masks at the start of the school day and were asked to exit the building. Most of those students gathered near the school’s driveway off Allen Street, held anti-mask signs, and received supporting honks from passing drivers. One white sign with red print read, “No masks” and had crossed out scribbling below it. A blue sign read, “Healthy Until Proven Sick!” A yellow sign read, “America the free. Let me be free!”   

On February 9 and February 10, the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District dealt with forty to fifty protesting students and parents. Protesters accused the school staff of blocking the school’s front entrance. At times tempers flared from the protestors, such as when someone from the parent group yelled “Communist” a few times, and an adult got in the face of the school district secretary and said, “Something stinks.” Soon, the protestors calmly moved around the building and protested down by State Route 4.  

The question is whether the student mask protests will continue until the lifting of the mandate on March 21. 

Myocarditis in Washington

At about the eight minute mark during the February 18, 2022 An Informed life Radio show on KKNW AM 1150 and CHD-TV, Bernadette Pajer quoted the following from the Myocarditis Foundation:

“The area of the heart that is affected by the myocarditis will develop as ‘scar’ similar to when you get a cut. The area remains irritable for a period of time, but the area of irritability will lessen as time goes on, but the scar will always remain. Scar tissue is not like heart muscle tissue, because it does not contract, and it cannot help the heart to pump. If enough scar tissue forms in the heart, it can lead to heart failure of dilapidated cardiomyopathy.”

As of February 11, 2022, the Vaccine Adverse Events Recordings System (VAERS) from the Center from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the following heading on its web page for the United States and its territories:

“Found 12,489 cases where  vaccine is COVID-19 (COVID19) and Symptom is Myocarditis” (link https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?TABLE=ON&GROUP1=AGE&EVENTS=ON&SYMPTOMS=Myocarditis+%2810028606%29&VAX=COVID19)

Of those reported myocarditis cases following COVID-19 shots, seventy-one (71) of them have occurred in Washington. Below is the age breakdown:

6-9 years: 1
12-17 years: 9
17-44 years: 44
44-65 years: 10
66-75 years: 3
75-plus: 2
Unknown: 2

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The Corona Needle at Blue Heron

By Jodi Wilke

As a curious licensed practical nurse for ten years, I strolled past a dozen COVID-19 shot clinic protestors outside Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend and eventually arrived inside at the cafeteria entrance.

At the door, I told a representative from the emergency management staff that I wanted a package insert for the COVID-19 shots. He led me inside to an expansive room of sweaty bodies. A long snake-like line led to a set of five tables. It looked like a cattle line ready for slaughter. 

The first of the front two tables was the intake station. The second table had the medical history and informed consent forms. The attendants at that table would not let me listen to their questions to the attendees. 

I encountered a young man with magenta hair and dressed in a blue scrubs. He looked like a smurf. I asked him for a package insert for the shots. He directed me to two young nurses who were talking casually to each other. They looked almost as if they were sisters: tall, medium weight, shoulder length hair, and long eyelashes. After I asked them for a package insert, the one with extended fake eyelashes said in a bossy tone, “We don’t have any of those, and if we did, we wouldn’t give it you because they belong to the health department.” I responded, “Which I pay my taxes to, so they belong to me.” The bossy lady stepped back, face momentarily frozen. Finally, she said, “Well, you’ll have to talk to the supervisor.” 

At that moment, a boy with his father appeared at one of the three back tables, which were the injection stations. No shields were between the tables. The boy had a cute, cherub face and curly blond hair. He reminded me of my older son at that age. He screamed, “No, Daddy, no.” His nose shot out snot. Tears ran all over his reddened face. His father said in a theatrical voice, “Be a brave boy for your own good.” The father then held him down on the chair as the boy thrashed and kicked his legs. I prayed and murmured, “God, give him strength. Make him a lion.” The nurse pointed to a door that was between the tables and rows of chairs.  The father led him there, where the boy sat on the floor. As the boy continued to scream and cry, a little girl with her mom walked up to him. The girl pointed to the Band-Aid on her arm and said, “See, I have good manners. It’s okay to take the shot.”

Behind me was a stage where I saw the smurf. I ascended onto the stage and again asked him for the package insert. He said, “We don’t’ have any empty boxes, and I can’t give you one until I open a new box.” I sat down and waited. He went back to his job of filling the syringes. Other nurses came up to me and said I could get the insert online. I told them I wanted the actual insert. 

The cordial of the two sister-looking nurses then approached the smurf, held up a syringe, and asked him whether it was a Pfizer or Moderna. He held it up to the light and said, “Moderna.” The bossy nurse approached and asked for a Pfizer syringe. Surrounding the smurf’s tiny, eight-by-ten inch workspace were disorganized boxes of icepacks, needles, unused syringes, and alcohol pads. This was a scene I would expect to see only in a third-world country. He filled the syringe with ten milliliters of Pfizer. As soon as he handed the syringe to the bossy lady, she turned to the cordial nurse and said, “Give me that.” The cordial nurse handed her the Moderna syringe. After holding them together, the bossy nurse gave one of the syringes back to the other nurse and said, “This is a Pfizer.” The cordial nurse held the syringe toward to the smurf and asked, “Is this a Pfizer or a Moderna?”  He took it and said, “Actually, it’s a Pfizer.” After he handed it back to her, the cordial nurse asked, “What do I do with it.” I said, “As a member of the public, I would waste it.” The three of them gave me a cold, sharp stare. The smurf then took the syringe, and I don’t  know whatever happened to it.  From there, I left to look for the supervisor.

I walked out the cafeteria door, where the emergency representative asked me whether I received the package insert. After I told him about my experiences, including not receiving the insert, he told me that emergency management did not set up this clinic. If they had, they would have done it totally differently. I offered to write a report. In a we don’t want a record of that kind of tone, he said, “Don’t do that.” 

The emergency management supervisor and school principal then approached. After I asked for a package insert, the supervisor looked around in boxes and garbage cans but could not find one. I then learned how little they knew about the shots for COVID-19. The supervisor knew what messenger RNA was but not what VAERS was. When the principal mentioned that she did not know about VAERS or what messenger RNA was, she laughed and said, “I’m an administrator. I’m not really a ‘sciencey’ person.” Neither of them knew that those who receive the shots still carry the same COVID-19 viral load as those who did not receive the shots. 

A week later, I received the package insert. Package inserts for any drug or vaccine should list ingredients and disclosures. I opened the insert for the COVID-19 shots. It was a four-foot-by-two-foot sheet of blank paper except for the far right side, which had two images of a QR Code and the words “Intentionally Blank.”

Upcoming Freedom Rallies

A March for Freedom Rally will be held in Tacoma on Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. at the Ruston Shopping Center. Mandate protestors will gather along Ruston Way near 5058 Main Street. 

A March for Our Rights rally will be held on Saturday, March 5 on the Olympia Capitol Campus. The rally is called G.R.I.T, which stands for “Government Resistance Impedes Tyranny.” Informed Choice WA is one of the partners. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m. This family event will have speakers, patriotic merchandise, and food. Jordan Page will be the featured performing musician.

The “Big One for Seattle Rally” will be Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street. More information will be forthcoming. 

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