Housing/urban Issues/Gentrification

Suspicious police activity at Franklin Sq homeless camp as DC prepares to reopen

On the 26th of May, several police cars and cops entered the homeless camp at Franklin Square, apparently for the second day in a row. This time around it was US Park Police, there is a report on Twitter showing MPD and National Guard at the same location the previous day. So far not an all-out eviction, exact nature of activity unclear.

Video of Park Police in Franklin Sq homeless camp 56 sec

Mayor Bowser's ReopenDC Advisary Group is developer BULLSHIT

Capitol Hill Corner reports Mayor Bowser's "ReopenDC Advisary Group" "reads like a roll call of political insiders." Included are former gentrifying mayors Williams (AKA Tony the Rat), Fenty(The slippery eel), Susan Rice, and even GW Bush regime war criminal Michael Chertoff.

Video: ReopenDC Advisary Group is literally BULLSHIT 35 sec

Sunrise holds Cancel Rent banners across from Wilson Building

DC Hub, the DC Tenant's Union, and Sunrise are demanding that Mayor Bowser and the DC Council cancel all rent payments citywide for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunrise started things off with banners on Freedom Plaza across from the Wilson Building. This was followed by a phone jam against the City Council and the Mayor.

CancelTheRent motorcade visits Mayor Bowser's house

On Sat, the 25th of April, a CancelTheRent motorcade protest paid a visit tp Mayor Bowser-at her house. This was but the first of many stops in DC, one of over 40 cities hosting CancelTheRent events.

PLS's video of motorcade approaching Mayor Bowser's house1 min 21 sec

The motorcade at Mayor Bowser's house

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)

CCNV Summer Fundraiser: Supporting Our Homeless Neighbors

 CCNV Summer Fundraiser: Supporting Our Homeless Neighbors Everyone is welcome to come out for the CCNV Summer Cookout & Fish Fry Fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward the upkeep of the building and to benefit the nearly 1000 homeless DC residents who reside there. We will have freshy fried whiting fish, flavored to perfection, hamburgers or cheeseburgers, all beef hot dogs, and all the trimmings. Ice cold bottles of water and your favorite chips and sodas on the side.

Code locks return to area Starbucks restrooms

Over the course of the July 4 weekend, several DC area Starbucks outlets were observed with code locks on restroom doors reactivated. They were turned off (but never removed) in the aftermath of the infamous Philadelphia incident where an African-American businessman was arrested after asking to use to toilet. It looks like Starbucks's plan from day 1 was to turn the locks off only long enough for the uproar to die down.

Pride festival features MPD in repudiation of No Justice No Pride's message

Two years ago, No Justice No Pride blocked MPD, Lockheed-Martin, and Wells Fargo's contingents in the Capitol Pride parade. While negotiations and promises resulted and the lead contingents of the parade were real community groups this year, much of the core message has been ignored. MPD's "special Liason branch" was given a display position right at the entrance to the 2019 Capitol Pride festival. This is a direct repudiation of NJNP's "no cops at Pride" posture.

MPD "special Liason Branch" booth at entrance to the Pride Festival. Only the center position at the entrance is more valuble

DontMuteDC holds another huge go-go at 14th and U

On the 7th of May, another #DontMuteDC go-go night took over the streets at 14th and U. This one may have been the largest yet based on videos shot from the air.

Video from a rooftop or drone supporting estimate of 3,000 participants 28 sec

Massive #DontMuteDC event at 14th and U features go-go music, dirt bikes

On the 23rd of April, the #DontMuteDC movement sparked by a single "New Washingtonian" attemting to silence go-go music at MetroPCS returned to 14th and U sts NW. This time the protest had a new demand: fully funding DC schools in Wards 7 and 8. For the evening a touch of Anacostia was brought to 14th st as go-go music pumped and dirt bike/ATV riders showed up to cheers from the crowd.

Video sample of the go-go music and scene with the dirt bikes/ATV's 1 min 24 sec

14th and U shortly before sunset on April 23

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