Are you going to just stand by?

Today is two years since our dear friend Will van Spronsen was killed by the police.

Here’s an old pic we found of Will passing out flyers as a member of our club outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, in 2018:

Will van Spronsen at NWDC, 2018

A year later, he was killed in nearly that same spot.

One thing you’ll see in that picture that you’ll rarely see there today: GEO Group buses, used to transport people into a private prison full of human rights abuses and deaths.

The weekend of Will’s death ICE had to cancel a planned mass deportation and GEO started hiding buses.

Will surely saved several lives.

Even now GEO Group and ICE haven’t publicly admitted that Will successfully disabled multiple buses. We know. They’re afraid to show him as effective.

Will put no human lives in danger, unlike the institutions he opposed.

From an op ed in the South Seattle Emerald:

Van Spronsen’s death — its manner and his reasons for accepting it — thus throws down a gauntlet to any American who purports to oppose fascism, who claims to be against locking children in cages.

We think about him more as we continue to grow. Our members take part in various mutual aid initiatives around the greater Seattle area, and many of us think about Will daily since he cared so much about mutual aid and community defense.

A person can be in your life for a short period of time and yet their absence can be such a void. We are different people on account of having known Will.

It was great knowing him, his calm soothing energy, and unforgettable hugs.