Race/Racism

Trumpers, fascists hold rally for J6 defendents behind walls of cops

On the 18th of September, hundreds of Trump supporters (MAGAts) and assorted fascists held their so-called "justice for J6" rally in front of the US Capitol. Huge numbers of cops protected the Capitol from them, and them from the general public. One counterprotest was held up close, and a larger one at Freedom Plaza

Video-cops, other fascists and counterprotesters at the Capitol 1 min 29 sec

Riot cops and counterprotesters at the US Capitol

March for An'Twan Gilmore and George Watson takes over U st area

Since the police murder of An'Twan Gilmore MPD has not stopped killing. Thus, the name of George Watson had to be added to An'Twan Gilmore's name for the planned Friday night march against MPD. This time around, marchers headed into the crowded U st dining and bar corridor for maximum visibility.

Video highlights of U st March 54 sec

Twice the march passed Nellie's in a chorus of boos

March for An'Twan Gilmore lays siege to MPD's 5D headquarters

On the 28th of August, after a long day of voting rights marches, marchers again assembled at NY Ave and FL Ave NE for An'Twan Gilmore. After a feint downtown, marchers headed E on NY Ave and descended on MPD's 5D headquarters. When they got there, cops stood wall to wall to defend their precinct but avoided a fight. Possibly they know they are guilty and don't want to trigger further unrest.

Video: protesters beseige MPD's 5D precinct 45 sec

Cops face off against protesters at MPD's 5D headquarters but avoid a fight

Final Boycott Nellie's Block Party of the summer

On the 27th of August, the final scheduled Boycott Nellie's Block Party took place in front of nearly empty Nellie's Sports Bar. The boycott itself continues: the previous night, Nellie''s owner Doug refused to show up at a community listening session he had previously agreed to attend.

Video-dancers outside Nellies on Aug 27 42 sec

Furious marchers take to the streets night after MPD executes An'Twan Gilmore

On August 25, MPD cops shot and killed An'Twan Gilmore as he tried to drive away after being confronted for sleeping in his car at NY Ave and FL Ave NE. The following night, furious protesters assembled at the same spot and held a confrontational march down FL Ave into town. Any police cars caught in the march were instantly surrounded and heckled. Cops backed off from confronting these marchers, presumably for fear of causing it to blow all the way up.

Video-marchers use traffic barrels to keep cops at bay 1 min 18 sec

These traffic barrels kept most cop cars off the back of the march until the supply in the street ran out

Line 3 protests in DC culminate in protest at WH Chief of Staff Ron Klain's HOUSE

On the 23ed of August, protesters against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline descended on Washington DC. At first this looked like yet another "snake march" but it soon became apparent these protesters had a special target: Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who can most likely kill off Line 3 with a stroke of a pen. A protracted protest at his house lasted until around 10PM, when 24 water protectors were arrested.

Video-the marches and the game show at Ron Klain's house 4 min 13 sec

The "Klain Game" set up at Ron Klain's house

DC Jail gets another Decarcerate DC noise demo demanding release of ALL inmates

Shortly after dark on the 21st of August, Decarcerate DC again showed up at the DC Jail to hold a noise demo in solidarity with ALL the prisoners trapped inside. Demands are nothing less than the closure of DC Jail and every other jail and prison on the continent and the release of every last inmate. Prison abolition means exactly that.

Video-noise demo at DC Jail 1 min 5 sec

Chanting, singing, and banging pots and pans outside the jail

Protesters at Nellies bring the bikes on possible cusp of victory

On the 13th of August, someone sympathetic to Nellies stabbed out a protester's bicycle tire with a knife. The following Friday (Aug 20), many more protesters were outside Nellie's on bikes, showing the futility of this attack. Doug (owner of Nellies) is also starting to see the futility of defying the community and has agreed to a listening session on Thursday, Aug 26.

Video: bicycle riders circle in front of Nellies-w front wheels in the air 1 min 13 sec

Boycott Nellie's block party not stopped by rain, bar almost totally empty

Continuing rain after thunderstorms did NOT stop boycott Nellie's protesters from descending on 9th and U st. Protests over Keisha being dragged down the stairs on Pride weekend are going into their 3ed month.

Video-Nellie's protest goes on in rain. 43 sec

The Nellie's rubber duck under boycott

Line 3 pipeline fight heats up with daily direct actions, serious police aggression in MN

The fight to stop Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline from crossing Ojibwe lands and potentially destroying the wild rice beds has seriously heated up. For the past week, direct action every day has forced halt after halt to construction, notably stopping Enbridge from "pulling back" pipe under the river by locking to a drilling rig. In response, police have escalated to rubber bullets, chemical weapons, and even rearrests of just released water protectors. There were 19 arrests just on August 4th as water protectors made their stand on the Thief River.

Lockdown blocks drilling under river on July 29

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