Race/Racism

Indigenous activists rally outside Federal court status hearing for potential DAPL shutdown

On the 21st of June, Judge Boasberg held a status hearing in the Federal courthouse on Const Ave for the ongoing case between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Standing Rock Sioux concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline. This was to set a schedule to determine remedies for what he held last week to be the unlawful bypass by Donald Trump of normal pipeline approval processes. As the hearing went on, the Rising Hearts Coalition held a solidarity rally outside the courthouse.

Video from the rally ending with attorney reportback from court hearings

Memorial for slain Muslim teenager burned in Dupont Circle

Early morning on the 21st of June, a memorial for slain Muslim teenager Nabra Hassanen was burned in Dupont Circle. It has been placed the previous night during a "Justice for Nabra" vigil.

DCist thumbnails of after and before photos

DC Reinvest rallies at Wilson Building demanding DC govt cut ties to Wells Fargo

Related:Court finds Trump's approval of DAPL violated Federal law, ruling still to come on whether pipeline must be shut down

On the 15th of June, DC Reinvest continued their campaign against Wells Fargo with a round dance and rally at the Wilson Building. Wells Fargo is reviled by Indigenous activists today for their role in funding both the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines.Wells Fargo is also infamous for their role in funding private prisons through the GEO Group. Under existing DC law, their recent Federal "failing grade" should disqualify them from DC government business.

No Justice No Pride lockdowns kick MPD, Wells Fargo out of their parade slots

Update June 11: Twitter report of Pride board member calling NJNP "terrorists"

Update June 11: Twitter report of white cisgendered males throwing bottles (unknown material) and yelling racial slurs at NJNP, also report of post-Pride "fight" at Dupont Circle. Same incident or were there two?

On the 10th of June, No Justice No Pride first marched over the Capitol Pride route, then used hard lockdowns to block the MPD, Lockheed-Martin, and Wells Fargo contingents. The rest of the parade rerouted around the blocked streets. MPD's contingent withdrew, unknown if they managed to get back into the parade. Wells Fargo got stuck, had to rejoin the parade at the back by the garbage trucks. Lockheed-Martin's contingent was also blocked. No reports of arrests, even at the blockades.

Video of No Justice No Pride blockade against MPD plus footage of pre-blockade march over the Pride route and Wells Fargo blockade

The cable blockade stopping MPD's contingent in Capitol Pride

Nazis fail in attempt to shut down "Against the Fascist Creep" author talk at Potter's House

On the 2nd of June, the author of the book "Against the Fascist Creep" held a discussion at the Potter's House about the history of fascism and how it relates to current events. Four neo-Nazis in MAGA hats showed up and barged in. Antifascists posted guards all around the Nazis and photographed them. Meanwhile the free speech about the history of fascism kept right on going as though the Nazis were safely in a cage at Nuremburg.

Video showing Nazis at Potter's House, then challenging Antifa activists to fight,and finally fleeing by taxicab

Four neo-Nazis barged into the Potter's House in a failed attempt to disrupt or maybe shut down an author talk

Park Police SWAT shuts down Black Pride event at Malcolm X Park

On the 27th of May, US Park Police, some in SWAT uniforms shut down a Black Pride event at Malcolm X Park. Other Black Pride events still going on. Reports on Twitter claim that the Capitol Pride organizers do not consider this incident to be grounds to expel police from marching in the Capitol Pride parade on June 10.

DC Reinvest again rallies at Wells Fargo against DAPL and other pipelines

On the 17th of May, DC Reinvest and Rising Hearts Coalition once again showed up in front of the Wells Fargo across 17th st from the White House. They were demanding that Wells Fargo dump the Dakota Access Pipeline and similar pipelines such as the revived Keystone XL. Failing that, they are demanding that the DC Government terminate their business relationship with Wells Fargo and advising depositors to move their money elsewhere.

Video of the Wells Fargo speakers and round dance

Victory at AU in sit-in over racist noose incident

On the 5th of May, students at American University stages a sit-in with three demands over the racist noose/banana incidents on campus. The university agreed to all three demands by the end of the day to end a siege that was preventing any cars from getting out of a parking garage

Photo by Alejandro Alvarez

Indigenous "Red Line" protest blocks 3ed st at US Capitol

On the 28th of April, Indigenous marchers organzed by It Takes Roots declared a "red line" on climate change, pipelines, and fossil fuel extraction with a march around the US Capitol followed by a blockade of 3ed st.This was not long after an insulting remark from Trump about Pocohontas and breast size even though Pocohontas was a child raped by one or more settlers.

Video of the march around the Capitol and 3ed st blockade

Indigneous drummers lead round dance on Penn Ave in front of Trump Hotel against pipelines

On the evening of April 27, as the People's Climate March was two days out, drummers from multiple Indigenous communities held a drum circle and round dance in front of Trump Hotel. At the climax the entire round dance took over Penn Ave in front of the hotel, blocking traffic in all 4 directions at Pennm and 12th sts. The drummers and dancers were there because of Trump's executive orders ramming pipelines through Indigenous lands, and Trumps general pro-extractive agenda too.

Video of the Round Dance in front of Trump Hotel

The round dance on Penn Ave with Trump Hotel behind it

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