About Works In Progress

Works In Progress is a free, volunteer-operated progressive community newspaper based in Olympia, Washington. Established by the Thurston County Rainbow Coalition, the paper published its first issue in May 1990.

Mission Statement:

Our aim is to confront injustice and encourage a participatory democracy based on economic, social, and environmental justice. Works In Progress is dedicated to providing a voice for those most affected by the exclusionary and unfair practices that seek to silence the oppressed.


Please send text as Word attachments. Artwork and photos can be sent electronically or we can scan them for you as camera-ready/black & white.

Works In Progress is committed to stories misrepresented or ignored by the mainstream media. We value local, well-researched news stories, accounts of personal experience, and reflections by local authors. Opinion pieces, also valued, are often best supported by facts, examples, and sources, and we encourage writers to include these elements to submissions.  We’re also looking for graphics, poetry, cartoons, and articles that push the boundaries of conventional journalism.

WIP reserves the right to publish in whole or part all submissions. For editing purposes, please enclose your phone number. Articles may be reprinted. Please cite sources.

If your issue isn’t being covered in Works In Progress, it’s because you’re not writing about it.  (No excuses; get out that pencil and paper!)

Send submissions to olywip@gmail.com or mail to Works In Progress, PO Box 295, Olympia, WA 98507-0295. You can also use our contact form at the bottom of this page.

Governing Tool:

The following statement is part of our Editorial Policy and is the governing tool for the Anti-Discrimination Clause:

WIP will make every effort to work with the contributor of material considered by WIP to be offensive in order to reach a mutually agreed upon resolution, but WIP reserves the right as a last resort to edit or not print submitted material.

Anti-Discrimination Clause:

We will collectively endeavor to be sensitive and respectful to all those oppressed in this society, and their issues. However, if and when we should make a mistake in this regard, we expect to acknowledge it and to express regret for injury or insult given.

Mailing Address: Works In Progress, PO Box 295, Olympia WA, 98507

Email: olywip@gmail.com

Back Issues: In addition to the back issues available through this site, some back issues are in available in the Timberland Library System. WIP is being archived on microfilm by the University of Washington Library. An archive of our even older issues is available in our Drupal Archive. You may also find the internet wayback machine to be useful.

Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Works In Progress and are solely those of the authors.



3 Responses to “About”

  1. Regon Unsoeld

    Thank you for the valuable service you provide our community! I did notice in the July issue that both the URL and the title of the online article about the Racial Justice Summit incorrectly identify the sponsor as the YMCA when it should be the YWCA. The print headline is correct. The two organizations are often confused, although they are strikingly different in their respective commitments to social and racial justice.

  2. Adriana Carlton

    Hello, I am reaching out on behalf of another individual. I am searching for someone who can provide details about a thing that used to take place in downtown Olympia called Olympia Bucks or Sound House. Mayby 10 to 15 years ago. Like a bartering system or giftcard system. Thank you in advance.

  3. Kanani Higbee

    I wish you had a link to Facebook for these articles. I wanted to share the article about incarceration among Hawaiians. It was well written and people need to be aware. I wanted to share it to Maui a Thieves Neighborhood Watch Page. But I will still find a way. Thanks


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