Local News/Neighborhoods

Developer Adrian Washington gets home demo after illegally padlocking 4 Black-owned businesses

On Oct 3 (possibly using the Kavanaugh drama to divert press attention), develper Adrian Washington's Neighborhood Development's subsidiary 1100 Eastern LLC padlocked three Black-owned buisinesses and a church oin the Deanwood neighborhood in NE. On the 6th of October, Black Lives Matter and other activists paid a visit to Adrien Washington's cushy home near Rock Creek Park and 16th st

Video of the march on developer Adrian Washington's house 4 min 32 sec

Protesters from Black Lives matter in front of the home of developer Adrian Washington

Tenant Activists protest sale of rent controlled buildings to developers by Catholic Church

On the 16th of September, DC area community activists showed up outside the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, demanding that the Catholic Church cancel plans to sell off rent-controlled buildings near Rhode Island avenue to developers who intend to evict the tenants.

Video-speakers call out the greed and hypocrisy of the Church throwing tenants out in the street for 30 pieces of silver

Kathy Griffin at Occupy Lafayette Park: Day 53

Kathy Griffin and friends introduced at 10:05

Marie Connor at 20:51

MC as always is Justin

Ace Ono (Alison Carney) at 46:37,  57:00

#KremlinAnnex #OccupyLafayettePark #KathyGriffin #yaddiya #iamalisoncarney #thistallawkwardgirl

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Metro Transit Union Protests Special Train for Hate Rally

Amalgamated Transit Union 689 protests outside Metro Center demanding the ouster of General Manager Paul Wiedefeld for providing special accommodations to attendees of the Unite The Right II rally.

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Video featuring speaker from Black Lives Matter and the union rep to whom Paul Wiedefeld promised no special trains (3 min 8 sec)

Sanctuary, Not Silence: Calling Out Mayor Bowser over DC ICE Raids

Protesters continue to call out the hypocrisy of Mayor Bowser's claiming DC is a "sanctuary city" even as ICE carried out recent raids in DC's Columbia Heights - evidently with the cooperation of local police. Activists demand immediate action from Mayor Bowser to protect immigrants and to denounce the recent ICE raids.

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Speeches after the delegation comes out at 34:00

Father Moises and parishioners from Sacred Heart Church across the street from where 9 individuals were taken by ICE.

Mock demolition staged at Mayor Bowser's home against DC General demolition near shelter (and kids)

On the 30th of July, supporters of homeless familes living in the DC General shelter showed up in front of the Mayor's home to protest plans to demolish parts of the building before homeless families have moved out of other parts. Demolition can expose children living there to lead dust and other toxins. Apparently the Mayor wants to offer the site to Amazon for their HQ2 project as quickly as possible.

Video from SURG DC's and Emma Cleveland's Twitter clips

Mock demoliton of DC General staged in front of Mayor Bowser's home(Photo by SURJ-DC)

Ivy City residents, Empower DC crash Mayor Bowser's birthday party to save Crummel School

On the 26th of July, DC Mayor Bowser celebrated her birthday with a "public" party at the Ivy City Smokehouse, a restaurant owned by ProFish president and developer Greg Casten. Outside, Empower DC and Ivy City residents staged a loud protest demanding the Mayor include a rec center and playground in any redevelopment of the historic Crummel School site, saying "Something's fishy in Ivy City."

Video-Mayor Bowser shows up 40 minutes late, scuttles in the back to evade protesters in front

Something is fishy in Ivy City!

DC Council Candidates condemn Stop and Frisk, racist policing at ACLU candidate's forum

On the 30th of May, the ACLU hosted the #ReformDCJustice candidate's forum for DC Council Chair and at-large candidates. Two at-large candidates seeking to unseat Anita Bonds were present, Anita Bonds was a no-show. The ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and No Justice No Pride would have been a tough audience for a councilmember known to answer to big buisness and gentrifiers, and who attended Trump's inauguration. Issues from Stop and Frisk to sex work to Amazon's efforts to invade DC came up during the forum.

Video: Jeremiah Lowery on Amazon vs homeless funding, Lowery vs Goodwin on sex work legalization

Jobs With Justice 2018 May Day Parade

Jobs With Justice DC observed International Worker's Day 2018 with a May Day parade to construction sites in DC to bring awareness of subcontractors such as Power Design Inc. with a history of wage theft. Also highlighted were gentrification and the displacement of DC historic communities of color as well as salary abuses among restaurant and domestic workers. Video Link

Full house at St Stephens Town Hall against Amazon HQ2 coming to DC area

On the 22nd of May, a wide spectrum of community organizations held a town hall meeting at St Stephens Church to begin organizing strong opposition to proposals to locate Amazon.com's "HQ2" in DC, Montgomery County, MD, or in Northern VA. One of the speakers revealed that the sudden push to close the homeless shelter at DC General may be to clear the site for Amazon to build there.

Video highlights of the town hall plus author's observation on historical precedent of hospital closure for failed Olympic bid

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