Race/Racism

Fuck the Police march descends on DC Jail for noisy solidarity protest

On the 11th of July, a fiesty "Fuck the Police" march out of Dupont Circule wound their way though wealthy areas of Capitol Hill chanting "Fire, fire, Gentrifier!" The march ended at DC Jail, where statements of support for people held captive inside were read and noisy chants reached those held inside. People held prisoner by the Enemy appeared at the windows to wave to protesters in response.

Video-march through gentrified areas ends w protest at DC Jail 1 min 6 sec

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MPD arrests at least 9 BLM protesters on H st/BLM Plaza

On the 7th of July, some kind of minor skirmish on Black Lives Matter Plaza was used by MPD as an excuse to pounce on and arrest several Black Lives Matter protesters. From there matters escalated, and police were suspected of provoking fights to "sting" protesters. H st ended up blocked off by cops again, only to be effectively back in protester hands by sunset.

Video of arrests and assaults by MPD 4 min 21 sec from DC Media Group and Kate Kanterell raw clips

DC Councilmember Allen gets all-night Defund MPD home demo before budget vote

Black Lives Mater activists are demanding that all DC Councilmembers vote NO on the budget until funding for MPD is entirely removed. On the night of July 6, eve of the vote, Black Youth Project 100 held an all-night protest at the home of Councilmember George Allen. Protesters demanded he come outside but he refused until the following morning.

Protesters in Baltimore topple Columbus statue, dump it in the harbor

On July 4, anti-racist protesters yanked down the statue of slave trader and father of colonialism Christopher Columbus in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. They then tossed part of the statue in the harbor, throwing Columbus back into the sea to start his deportation back to Europe.

Video compiled from various Twitter clips 35 sec

Protesters chase fascists and Trumpers through July 4 crowds

On the 4th of July, a toxic mix of Proud Boys, MAGAts (Trumpers) and other far-right supporters descended on DC seeking confrontations with Black Lives Matter protesters. They got their confrontations but not their desired outcome. The "Fuck the Police march" put them to flight, chasing them through the Washington Monument area and eventually back to their base at Harry's Bar.

Video: chasing the fash through the Monument area, and Harry's Bar gets shut down 5 min 29 sec

This is probably the best photo anyone got of the smoky chaos at the Monument. It made the rounds of listservs etc from someone's FB post.

BLM, anti-Fascists break up fascist anti-migrant rally on Freedom Plaza

On the 3ed of July, a small crew of fascists and Trumpers from nearby Harry's Bar held an anti-migrant hate rally on Freedom Plaza. Black Lives Matter supporters and antifascists descended on them to counterprotest. Cops held them apart until a second BLM contingent came in behind the police. At that point, cops folded their hand, and the fascists had to literally strike (lower) their flags and leave.

Video: BLM and antifascists shut down anti-migrant hate rally 1 min 21 sec

Counterprotesters literally forced a fascist/MAGAt rally to strike their flags

Breaking: Washington Football Team discussing dumping their racist name

On the 2nd of July, word leaked that Fedex was considering yanking their sponsorship of Fedex Field over the Washington Football Team's racist name. Racism is incredibly "politically toxic" right now, and someone at Fedex must have deemed that name an unacceptable risk. With the team's finances at stake, Dan Snyder is finally "discussing" changing the football team's name.

FTP March raids another fine dining restaurant, visits Mayor Bowser's house

On the last day of June, a "Fuck the Police" march set out from Columbus Circle in front of Union Station. The march stormed an expensive restaurant en route to Black Lives Matter Plaza. From there they successfully marched to Mayor Bowser's house, despite being outnumbered 5-1 by cops at one point.

Video: diner at restaurant wades into protesters to argue-WITHOUT A MASK 1 min 20 sec

"While you are dining, Black people are dying"

Confederate statue toppled, shattered at Frederick Cemetary

On the 30th of June, the Frederick Post reported that the Confederate statue at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, MD had been torn down and smashed to pieces. They also report that this comes just days after white power stickers were found in nearby Baker Park.

Cropped/reduced resolution version of Frederick Post's photo of the "irrepairably damaged" Confederate statue

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