Housing/urban Issues/Gentrification

Mayor Bowser gets Cancel The Rent protest at her house

On the 20th of November, Cancel the Rent DC marched on the suburban-style home of DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser. Activists were demanding the recently-expired moratorium on evictions be put back into force among other demands. An eviction notice is an especially nasty Yule present from any landlord.

Video featuring the demands of Cancel the Rent DC 2 min 22 sec

Neighbors ask lone counterprotester to turn down music or leave at rally to save McMillan Park

On the 30th of October, opponents of "redevelopment" of McMillan Park into "mixed use" office, upscale retail, and luxury apartments held a rally at 1st and Bryant Sts NE. A single supporter of the developers attempted to counterprotest by playing one song over and over at top volume on a sound system mounted in his car. Neighbors disturbed by the noise demanded he turn it down or leave.

The car with the raised hatch contains the solo pro-developer counterprotester

One person hit by bulldozer in violent police/DPW eviction of L and M st tent emcampments

On the 4th of October, DC Mayor Bowser suddenly moved up an eviction of the L and M st unhoused encampments scheduled for two days later. MPD and DPW attacked with bulldozers and trash trucks, and one person was struck when an occupied tent was partially bulldozed. Earlier, an Indymedia vidoegrapher was told by cops he could be run down by a bulldozer that was about to move a tent to a trash truck.

Update: Bowser's tent removal program SUSPENDED after occupied tent bulldozed.

Video: tent resident DOWN, cops get violent after occupied tent bulldozed 48 sec

Video: Dozer trashes tent after videographer warned of potentially being run down 1 min 56 sec

Video-Mike Murillo's clip of scene after attempt to bulldoze occupied tent 15 sec

Mayor Bowser's position on the unhoused

Truist Bank makes 2nd failed attempt to evict Adams-Morgan Plaza using old/revoked permit

On Friday, Sep 24, Truist Bank launched a predawn assault on Adams-Morgan plaza and its defenders. They showed an old and revoked permit, and MPD said the "big boys downtown" said they were "good to go" but the assault reportedly failed, with the defenders still holding the plaza later that day.

Truist's hired guns again tried and failed to evict Adams-Morgan plaza at 18th and Columbia Road(Photo by rvltn)

Protesters halt eviction and fencing of Adams-Morgan plaza

At Noon on the 22nd of September, Truist Bank had planned to evict unhoused people from the plaza at 18th and Columbia Road and fence the area off. They got an unpleasant surprise: activists were holding the plaza, and the delay allowed city officials to call them out for attempting to build the fence without a permit. Had the fence been up before the inspectors arrived it would probably have been allowed to stay.

Video of the occupation of Adams-Morgan Plaza 2 min 13 sec

The plaza at Noon Sep 22, when it was "supposed" to be fenced off

Community removes planters installed at 17th st safeway after homeless sweep

On the 3ed of August, DC police and DPW swept an unhoused tent camp from in front of the 17th st safeway. Afterwards, someone installed planters where the tents had been to block their return. The planters did not belong to the DC government-and community members removed ALL of them after twitter posts announced "free planters" at that location. A GoFundMe to replace them failed and was shut down after raising just $100 out of a $2K goal.

ALL of these planters installed to block unhoused people from returning have been removed by the community

Eviction protesters rally, sleep at US Capitol as eviction moratorium expires

At midnight beginning Aug 1, the national (not the DC local) moratorium on evictions (due to covid) expired. At midnight beginning Aug 1, the national (not the DC local) moratorium on evictions (due to covid) expired. At the same time, protesters held a rally on the steps of the US Capitol demanding extension of the moratorium.

Update: After 5 days of protests new limited eviction moratorium in place

Video-midnight rally on Capitol steps demands eviction moratorium be extended 41 sec

Midnight rally against the return of evictions. Some of these protesters have been sleeping outside the US Capitol

Cancel Rent activists march on home of councilmember Anita Bonds

On the first of June, protesters gathered in front of the DC Housing authority to march on the home of councilmember Anita Bonds. Activists were there to demand at least a two-year rent freeze with cancellation of back rent due to the pandemic. Across the street from DCHA, low income apartments burned as firefighters gave their all to battle the blaze. This while activists hope to douse the flames of gentrification and displacement.

Video of the march and rally at Anita Bond's house 1 min 51 sec

Protesters gather at DC Housing Authority as an affordable apartment building burns across the street

Tenants of the Woodner, other Van Metre properties hold Cancel the Rent protest

On the 26th of March, tenants of the Woodner, the Oaklawn, and other Van Metre properties protested in front of their buildings demanding back rent and rent be cancelled in the face of the majority of tenants losing their jobs to the COVID-19 pandemic. While tenants starve, Ms Woodner rides $100,000 horses and sponsors art shows!

Video featuring tenant organizer telling of Ms Woodner's expensive horses and art shows 1 min 26 sec

Rallying at the Woodner for rent cancellation in face of pandemic job losses

Activists limit 2nd L st homeless sweep to opening 9 foot clearance on sidewalk

On Dec 8, an "area cleanup" of the L st underpass homeless camp was limited by community pressure to trash removal. On Dec 21, the Mayor's troops returned, only to again face a potential hornet's nest as camera-wielding activists waited ready. Again the Mayor had to let the homeless stay, again only trash was removed. This time, tents etc were moved by residents and activists to clear a 9 foot walkway.

Scene at the L st underpass as cops and trash trucks showed up (phot bt Remora House)

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