On the 19th of February, GLBTQ activists held a "make-out" protest in front of Trump Hotel. This was a spin-off from similar events held in front of Trump Tower in New York City. Organizers have stated "President Trump insists he stands for the LGBTQ+ community, the LGBTQ+ community stands for the fair and just treatment of all underprivileged groups." This is a clear rejection of the "Lavendar Shield" strategy by which some right-wing forces try to pit the GLBTQ and Muslim communities against each other.
Not My President's Day march takes the streets
The 20th of February marked one month since Donald Trump's chaotic inauguration, and the protests have not stopped. A large "Not My President's Day" march took over the streets to march from Dupont Circle to the White House. An attempt to counterprotest on the part of "Bikers for Trump" fizzled, one marcher reported only two of the counterprotesters showed up.
On the 20th of January, as Donald Trump was inaugurated, police unlawfully trapped and arrested over 230 protesters, journalists, and bystanders. Police made no attempt to distinguish who did what simply charging all arrestees with felony riot, which carries a theoretical maximum ofg ten years in prison. On the 18th of February, protesters gathered at the US Attorney's office to demand that these charges be dropped.
One of Mayor Bowser's signature programs has been "fighting homelessness" by sending police and trash collectors against tent cities erected by the homeless.Earlier this week, Bowser's forces again destroyed the homeless camp in Rock Creek Park near Whitehurst Freeway. Then, on the afternoon of the 16th of February, a trash truck and a few other vehicles were parked menacingly close to a homeless camp on the east end of town.
Photo by Maya Shwayder
On the 24th of February, "left-wing operatives" were expelled from CPAC after sucessfully infiltrating this notorious right-wing convention and distributing Russian flags emblazoned with Trump's name. Unaware of the nature or source of the flags, many at the Conservative Political Action Committee or CPAC accepted the flags and began waving them before staffers managed to round them up.
On the 23ed of February, an unusually large crowd of supporters backed up Brookland Manor tenants at and before a zoning hearing. The hearing concerns a proposed redevelopment that would displace larger families and many low income tenants. On the grounds that an injury to one is an injury to all, many groups stood with the tenants. Supporting organizations ran the gamut from One DC to the IWW and many others.
On the 22nd of February, Donald Trump issued the executive order equivalent of those bigoted GOP "bathroom bills" targetting transgender students. He revoked the federal guidelines permitting trans students in public schools to use the restroom corrosponding to their gender identities. As he did so, protesters gathered outside the White House to denounce Trump's potty decree.