Local News/Neighborhoods

Rent-striking tenants of 1454 Irving backed by supporters rally and march on 14th st

On the 5th of April rent-striking tenants of 1454 Irving St NW rallied at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza and then marched on 14th st.This was the second Friday in a row of these protests. Tenants are withholding rent in opposition to what appears to be an attempt at "eviction by neglect" with mold, broken heat, and pest infestation intentionally not repaired. The landlord has made it clear he wants the tenants OUT. Many have been there since the 1970's and the surrounding area has been gentrified.

Sanctuary DMV video of the march orginally posted to Twitter 17 sec

Sanctuary DMV photo of the rally

Black Lives Matter protests child detentions, Stop and Frisk at MPD's 1D headquarters

On the 5th of April, Black Lives Matter showed up outside MPD's First Division headquarters at 1st and M sts SW. They were there to protest the normalization of Black kids as young as 11 being subject to arbitrary detention, Stop and Frisk, and being handcuffed. MPD claims these are isolated incidents, Black Lives Matter says otherwise and has the testimony and accounts by parents to back it up.

Video-reading out demands in front of MPD 2 min 47 sec

Toll lanes (Lexus lanes) proposed for Beltway on MD side and I-270

The MD State Highway Administration has announced a "traffic relief" plan for the Beltway and I-270 that has been reported elsewhere to include widening both roads and making all of the new lanes "variable-toll" lanes that are meant to ensure the wealthy can bypass traffic congestion. States have learned the hard way that widening roads doesn't reduce congestion, so the focus now is paid bypasses for the rich.

Housing protesters show up at Mayor Bowser's State of the District Address

On the 18th of March, DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser held her annual State of the District address. Outside, protesters demanded she spend money on public housing instead of corporate giveaways and halt "redevelopment" projects that displace low income residents and give public land to private developers.

Video including a discussion with one of the picketers about the Bowser/Greg Casten(developer) relationship2 min 52 sec

Arlington approves funding package for Amazon in hearing disrupted by protests

On the 16th of March, the Arlington County Board met to discuss a multi-million dollar giveaway to Amazon and Jeff Bezos for HQ2, possibly the richest man in the world. Protesters disrupted the hearing, calling affordable housing and similar priorities more important than Amazon. Disregarding the public dissent, the board voted to approve the funding package by 5 to zero.

Update 3-17 11:26PM:There is a report that Amazon may end up quitting Northern Virginia as they gave up in NYC, apparently they fear the wrath of the people more than bought-and-paid for politicians do.

Mayor Bowser VETOES Metro fare decriminalization bill

Update Jan 22: DC Council overrides Mayor's veto, fare evasion will be decriminalized unless Congress intervenes. Mayor "more cops more jails" Bowser defeated again.

On the 16th of January, DC Mayor Bowser VETOED the Metro fare decriminalization bill. The bill passed the DC Council by a 10-2 margin, enough to override the Mayor's veto if nobody changes their vote. Metro police have been aggressively targeting Black youth for enforcement and arrest on fare evasion charges. This could perhaps be called "Make Metro White Again.

The Mayor's veto

One of three embattled Congress Heights apartment buildings burns.

For years developer Geoff Griffis and his friends at CityPartners LLC have been trying to evict the tenants of the Congress Heights apartments in SE DC so a "mixed-use" condo and office building could be put up over the Congress Heights Metro. For years these plans have been stalled by tenant protests and activism. Griffis has had protesters at his house and WMATA refused to sell him a key parcel. Now, on the night of Nov 1 to Nov 2, one of the three buildings has burned. Tenants are urgently requesting assistance to replace possessions and repair fire damage.(GoFundMe page) Surely CityPartners LLC will give them nothing-the fire is just too convenient for their plans.

Homeless shelter at DC General closed by Mayor Bowser

On the 31st of October, the Washington Post reported that Mayor Bowser has closed the family homeless shelter at DC General. The post reports this fulfulls one of her campaign promises. The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post did NOT report that this makes the site ready for a possible Amazon HQ2 project where DC General now stands. The Post admitted 9 familes were disqualified from further housing assistance for "rule violations" and claims others have been housed.

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

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