Gender/Sexuality/Identity

Women's march and counterprotests spark heated debate at Supreme Court

The Oct 17 Women's March targetted both Trump and Amy Coney Barrett as unfit for office, and had as its focus the efforts to vote Trump out of office(if possible...). The march drew both Trumper and antichoice counterprotesters. These in turn drew a counter-counter protest by young activists. Heated debates ensued, with right-wing signs blocked and at least two antichoice signs painted over.

Video: women's march and confrontations at the Supreme Court 2 min

Blocking theocratic anti-choice signs at the Supreme Court

Daily AM "speak-outs" against Barret begin outside the Supreme Court

On the 29th of September, a series of "speak outs" began outside the Supreme Court. Activists (some with frontline healthcare ties) demanding that nobody be confirmed to the Supreme Court prior to passage of a coronavirus relief bill or better yet, the Inauguration.

Day 2: Handmaids at the Supreme Court (DCnewsvideo photo)

Police attack BLM protesters on day Trump nominates Amy Coney Barret for high court

The 26th of September was an ugly and violent day in DC. Hours after Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barret to the Supreme Court, bike cops violently attacked the They/Them FTP march (3 arrests), and followed up on that with a 4th arrest on Black Lives Matter Plaza. Earlier an estimated 30,000 theocrats supporting Amy Coney Barret rallied on the Mall, and at one point burned a BLM flag.

Video of the police attack on BLM marchers 1 min 39 sec

Bike cops using their bikes as handheld push bars in one of the police attacks on the FTP (Fuck the Police) march (still from Madison Muller video)

Immigrants and supporters march from Supreme Court to GOP's HQ

On the 23ed of September, huge crowds gathered as Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's casket laid at the Supreme Court for a public viewing. Shortly before noon, activists including Casa in Action, Spaces in Action, CBD action, and FIRM action left the Supreme Court and marched to Republican Party headquarters. Demands there were simple: No nomination and no confirmation prior to the next inauguration.

Video-the march on GOP headquarters from the Supreme Court 2 min 55 sec

Huge Sat night crowd at Supreme Court as protesters march in gentrified areas

On the 19th of September, a crowd estimated by Twitter posters at over 1,000 gathered at the Supreme Court to remember Ruth Bader Ginsberg-and to warn GOP Senators NOT to attempt to ram through a Trump nominee prior to the election. Elsewhere in town, the Fuck the Police march confronted wealthy white restaurant patrons about the behavior of the police they are funding.

No Justice No Pride march to defund MPD brings crowd to Mayor Bowser's house

On the 13th of June, a hundreds strong No Justice No Pride march and motorcade that originated in MD showed up at the home of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. They were there to demand that MPD be defunded, sex work be legalized, and more. On the approach march a sound system blasted NWA's "Fuck the Police," and at the Mayor's house dancers breakdanced right up to the cops.

Video of the march and motorcade to Mayor Bowser's house 1 min 27 sec

The scene in front of Mayor Bowser's house

Reportback from counterprotests as Trump speaks, fascists march in anti-choice parade

On the 24th of January, what used to be the annual Roe V Wade anniversary anti-choice parade marched two days late. Donald Trump spoke at their rally, MAGA hats appeared in the parade(though not all that densely), and flat-out fascists marched in the parade. Counterdemonstrators condemned their hypocrisy in front of the Supreme Court

Video-MAGA hatters, fash, and apparent Christian milita in antichoice parade 2 min 28 sec

Patriot Prayer (founded by Joey Gibson) often appears with the Proud Boys and has been involved in several major West Coast battles

4th annual Women's March takes to the streets amid scattered right-wing crazies

On the 18th of January, the 4th annual Women's March took to the streets for a march all the way around the White House. Far-right counterprotesters included antichoice banner holders shut down by a single pair of anarchists, and some Alex Jones supporters in an armored truck.

Video-scenes from the Women's March including the right-wing extremist counterprotesters 1 min 42 sec

Women's March participant calls Trump a "Shithole President"

MPD solicits sex from, assaults DC activist

At about 2AM on the 4th of January, an MPD decoy targetting customers of sex workers first solicited sex themselves from an area activist, then resorted to potentially deadly force when their sting operation blew up into a chase. This was the 5th in a month-long series of harassment incidents by area police depts and their allies against the core crew of the activist in question.

2019 in Progressive Activism

Video compilation of protests and direct actions mostly but not entirely in the DC area as the resistance against the regime of Donald Trump enters its third year. (16 min 58 sec)

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