Local News/Neighborhoods

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

Howard University occupation ends in victory with 7 of original 9 demands met

Late afternoon on the 6th of April, student negotiators emerged from a meeting with the Howard University trustees with a signed agreement in hand. Shortly therafter it was reported that the nine day occupation of the administration building has come to an end, the students having essentially won. Protest works, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Howard students hold rally outside Kwame Ture Student Center (former Admin building)

The 5th of April was the 8th day of the occupation of the former Adminstration building now known as the Kwame Ture Student Center at Howard University. Students marked the occasion with a spirited rally outside, and announced that negotiations are going well.

Video highlights of the rally

Students occupy administration building at Howard University

#huresist

On the 30th of March, students at Howard University occupied the main administration building at 2400 6th st. The adminstration attempted without succcess to get them out by turning off the HVAC and letting the building become quite hot inside. Demands included housing for all students under 21, stopping tuition hikes, disarming the Howard University Police, sacking the university President and many more.

Update Apr 6: Administration agrees to 7 of the 9 original demands, occupation ends in victory-protest WORKS!

Update Apr 4 8PM: Progress reported in negotiations, students at press conference report far more Howard Trustees now attending the negotiations. Emphasis on "transparency" as an overall demand

Update Apr 3 4:20PM: This is now the longest occupation in HU history

Update Apr 2 2:22PM: HU Trustee Rock Newman grabs at WUSA Cameraman's camera(this is assault)Rock Newman's video originally posted to twitter

Update April 2 2:10PM: Police attack does not materialize, occupation holding strong. Students rename Admin building Kwame Ture Student Center

Update April 1 10:30PM: Calm for the moment, no cops after earlier police buildup, and fears of forcible eviction if 9PM meeting w Board of Trustees went badly. Students chanted as board members entered, Trustees promised not to use violence to clear the building. Worries that MPD will be quietly told to do exactly that, followed by denials of responsibility. Watch this promise!

Update April 1 2PM: University agrees to one demand, extends housing deposit deadline to May 1. Negotiations with Board of Trustees ongoing, 8 demands to go.

Update March 30 7PM: University President still refusing to meet with students, Board of Trustees doubles down with statement of support for HU President Wayne A.I. Frederick.

Video-students chant and read out their demands inside the Administration building

Bozzuto's Maple View Flats/Starbucks construction site shut down by protesters two days in a row

On the 9th of March, protesters called to the scene by DC Councilmember Trayon White shut down Bozzuto's Maple View Flats construction site in Anacostia for the second day in a row. One of the anchors of the project is a Starbucks, whose products are not affordable for current Anacostia residents. The protest is because Bozzuto is refusing to hire local residents to work on the project and because gentrification projects are not welcome in Anacostia.

Video: Protesters shut down Maple View Flats construction Day 2

Protesters descend on the site

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