“London Calling” ... to Olympia?
The City Council approved a proclamation at Tuesday night’s meeting officially marking Wednesday as International Clash Day in Olympia and encouraging all citizens to “Rock the Casbah.”
International Clash Day got started one day back in 2013 in Seattle when KEXP DJ John Richards decided to play Clash songs all morning.
In recent years the day has taken on more political significance. Olympia’s proclamation, for instance, calls out the band’s message of “anti-imperialism, anti-racism, poverty awareness” and the city’s status as “a Sanctuary City and Hate-Free Zone, committed to a set of values including inclusivity, tolerance, diversity and hope...”
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This is the first year Olympia has officially recognized International Clash Day. It joins a dozen other cities, along with radio stations and record stores across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee has also signed a statewide proclamation.