Local News/Neighborhoods

Graffiti Spotted in Solidarity With J20 defendents

Graffiti has recently been spotted in so-called greater Washington, DC in solidarity with the J20 defendents' international week of solidarity, which goes from July 20-27. Graffiti was also spotted in solidarity with the Mariner East 2 pipeline resisters in Pennsylvania at camp white pine. Here are some links for more information.

"Save our System" rally demands no more Metro fare hikes or service cuts

On the 29th of June, Metro bus and rail riders gathered outside the Columbia Heights Metro station to demand an end to fare hikes and service cuts, and that big developers and businesses that depend on Metrorail to make their billions pay their fare share of the cost of keeping the system running. A specific demand was a flat $2 fare for both bus and rail, and the restoration of late-night service.

Video highlights of the the Save Our System rally

Mayor Bowser raids another homeless camp to make way for condos

On the 20th of June at 10AM, DC Dept of Public Works trashed and removed tents and other property of homeless people camping under the railroad overpasses on K and L sts NE around 1st st NE. A construction project is going up between K and L sts just west of the tracks, the Washingon Post reports this is condos and rationalized the attack with a claim that yuppies were walking in the streets to avoid interacting with the homeless.

Here we have a condo project started right next to where the Mayor ordered trash collectors to remove another homeless tent city

DC Zoning approval to "redevelop" Brookland Manor granted as residents protest displacement

On the 22nd of May, the DC Zoning Commission approved the "second stage PUD" to allow redeveloping Brookland Manor without any of the current larger family units and a reduction of over 100 units of affordable housing. This is to make way for over 1,000 small luxury units. Residents protested both outside and inside the hearing, some vowing to camp on or in DC officials and Mid City's own buildings if they lose their apartments.

Video-Brookland Manor tenants, allies vow to occupy city official's homes over just-approved "redevelopment"

May Day AntiCapitalist Bike Ride!

  What: May-Day Anti-Capitalist Bike RideWhere: Starting at Petworth Ave Metro Station and ending at Malcolm X parkWhen: Starting at 11:30am, ending around 1:15pmWho: You!!!Why: Why? Because we have nothing to lose and everything to win! Another world is happening!Calling all bike riders who want to express their love for the people and anger at the capitalists....

What: May-Day Anti-Capitalist Bike RideWhere: Starting at Petworth Ave Metro Station and ending at Malcolm X parkWhen: Starting at 11:30am, ending around 1:15pmWho: You!!!Why: Why? Because we have nothing to lose and everything to win! Another world is happening!

Brookland Manor tenants protest at zoning hearing, with many supporters

On the 23rd 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.

Video Highlights from the rally outside/before the zoning hearing

Mayor Bowser raiding homeless camps again

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.

Hundreds rally, meet against direct Congressional alteration of DC laws

On the 13th of February, hundreds rallied outside the Rayburn building, then dispersed and traveled on their own to an even bigger meeting in the Atlas Theater against ugly Congressional assaults on DC home rule. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city officials participated, raising a number of interesting political issues.

Video by Councilmember Kenyon McDuffie's Twitter: telling Jason Chaffitz to "Go back to Utah!"

Rally outside the Rayburn building: photo by "Raisin Invasion"

Betsy Devos blocked from DC school, DC police "investigating" protest

On the 10th of February, False President Trump's Secretary of Education Betsy Devos attempted to enter a DC Middle School. She was turned away by Black Lives Matter activists. During this event, her SUV ran over one activist's foot. That activist was later arrested, the Washington Examiner reports one arrest for "assaulting a police officer" a charge often filed to cover up police-inflicted injuries.

Video clip from longer ABC News video showing protester's foot run over by Betsy DeVos' SUV

Betsy Devo's SUV has its front right tire on the foot of the activist in the cap

Homeless Memorial March and vigil remembers 46 who died this year

On the 20th of December, the People for Fairness Coalition marched from Luther Place Church to Freedom Plaza to remember 46 people who died on the street or with a housing voucher they were unable to use. The march included a casket in memory of the fallen.

Video of the march from Luther Place to Freedom Plaza

Marchers on 14th St with a casket remembering the 46 homeless people who have died this year in DC

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