Race/Racism

Virginia Governor Proposes "Natives Are Immigrants" and Columbus Was a Good Businessman

Virginia Governor Youngkin just proposed new history standards for all Virginia students. He released them over the weekend and the first hearings are this Thursday, to try to force them through quickly. He proposes to teach Virginia children a lot of falsehoods about Natives and very little mention of Asian, Latinos, or Pacific Islanders. His new standards include genocide denial and that Natives are "immigrants."

Virginia Students Oppose Giving Youngkin an Honorary Degree Because of His Bigotry

Leonard Peltier walk to justice arrives in DC

On the 13th of November, the final leg of the Leonard Peltier walk to justice, with stops at the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument before finishing the over 1,100 mile walk at the US Capitol. Marchers demanded that Leonard Peltier be released unconditionally from the US prison system, where he has been held hostage for 47 years for a "crime" he did not commit, for supposedly shooting two FBI agents with rounds ballistics proved his weapon could not have fired. Leonard is a political prisoner.

Video by Our Rights DC: Marchers at the Lincoln Memorial 49 sec

Still from Our Rights DC video

Protesters march on SOD headquarters against killer cop Jason Bagshaw's return to "duty"

On the 15th of October, protesters showed up at MPD's Special Operation Division (SOD) headquarters. They were protesting police brutality and Jason Bagshaw in particular. Bagshaw is the killer cop that gunned down David "Lazarus" Wilson over the summer. He has been back on the street maybe a week, but even one day is one day too long for a proven killer.

Video of protesters at SOD 25 sec

Indigenous People's Day rally and speakout held on the Mall

One of a great many Indigenous People's Day events was held on the Mall in Washington DC near 3ed st SW.

Video including Jay Winter Nightwolf's explanation of so-called "Columbus Day" and a water protector speaking on Enbridge's Line 5 (5m 17 sec)

An Indigenous water protector who was present at Declare Emergency's Capitol Beltway blockade earlier the same day speaks

Harriet's Dreams protests at MPD Chief Contee's HOUSE over recent shootings by cops

On the 23ed of September, Harriet's Dreams showed up to protest at the homes of MPD (DC police) chief Contee. They were there to protest recent shootings by DC cops.

Video originally posted to Twitter by Harriet's Dreams 51 sec

Photo by Harriet's Dreams

Protesters at Fraternal Order of Police demand DC get killer cops off the streets

On the 26th of August,protesters showed up at the DC offices of At the the HQ of the Fraternal Order of Police. This was called "America’s most violent fraternity" as protesters demanded that the DC government or MPD itself get killer cops off the streets. The FPO is infamous for defending killer cops from investigation, prosecution, or even being fired for their crimes.

Video-a speakers calls out cops for beating/shooting first Black man they see when responding to calls about shootings/guns 27 sec

Photo by Shut Down DC

Protesters disrupt DeSantis "Education Tour" event as Proud Boys glower outside

On the 21st of August, Florida's religious extremist governor Ron DaSantis held a campaign rally at of all places Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403. The rally was for his far-right agenda in the schools and school board candidates he supports. Two protesters managed to get inside and disrupt the event while Proud Boys tried and failed stop more protests from being held outside.

Video including disruption of DeSantis speech, protests and counterprotests outside 2 min 9 sec

The protest against DeSantis (Photo by Jonathan DeCamps)

Protesters shut down 9th and Penn at DOJ demanding investigation of recent MPD killings

On the 19th of August, Harriet's Wildest Dreams held a protest demanding investigation of MPD's shootings of Lararus David Wilson and Kevin Hargraves-Shird. The former was killed by infamous protest cop Jason Bagshaw. At the height of the protest, activists shut down the intersection of 9th st and Penn Ave. At one point, numerous Karens and Kens in their cars leaned on their horns.

Video-protesters take 9th and Penn 1 min 45 sec

Holding the cars off the street rally (still from Anthony Tilghman video)

Protesters disrupt Trump's first post-J6 "America First" DC rally

On the 26th of July, Donald Trump returned to DC for the first time since he fled Biden's Inaugural on Jan 20, 2021. He was the keynote speaker at an indoor "America First" rally at the Marriott Marquis near the Convention Center. Protesters dropped an "Indict Trump" banner inside and chants of "No Trump, no KKK no Fascist USA" resonated from the walls.

Video: Protesters both inside and out disrupt the "America First" fash event 1 min 59 sec

"Greenshirt" goons

Scenes from the Poor People's Campaign rally

On the 18th of June, the Poor People's Campaign returned to Washington DC, this time for a single massive rally on Penn Ave. The rally area stretched from 3ed at to 6th st NW

Video-scenes from the PPC rally 52 sec

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