Race/Racism

NPI exiled to barn, shut down early after losing Ronald Reagan building

On Nov 19, 2016, Richard Spencer's "National Policy Institue" (NPI) met in the Ronald Reagan building in DC, throwing Nazi salutes while maybe 1,000 protesters beseiged the building. One year later, on Nov 19, 2017 they had to meet in a barn after the Ronald Reagan building dumped them, and it appears far fewer attended. Recent bounced checks by Richard Spencer probably made hotels unavailable.

Update Nov 20,2017:The barn that hosted NPI has been identified as Rocklands Farm in Poolesville, MD. It appears to be a rustic host site for weddings etc and was rented under false pretences. NPI was ordered to leave as soon as the owners realized they had Nazis on their property

NPI has been reduced to a few Nazis meeting in a barn.

Vigil and balloon release mark 2 years since Alonzo Smith's death at hands of "special police"

On Nov 1 2017, Black Lives Matter activists and the mother of Alonzo Smith gathered at Marbury Plaza on Good Hope Rd for a vigil and balloon release marking two years since Alonzo's death. On Nov 1, 2015, two "special police officers" from MD based Blackout Investigations employed as security guards at Marbury Plaza beat or choked Alonzo Smith to death. A witness reported seeing him run into the hallway yelling "Somebody help me, they're trying to kill me."

1 min video of the balloon release

High Heel Race participants lampoon Trump

On October 24, the 30th running of the annual pre-Halloween High Heel Race took over 17th st. Several participants lampooned Donald Trump, two of them about the paper towels he tossed in Puerto Rico as though a roll of paper towels could wipe up Hurricane Maria's mess.

Video showing multiple participants mocking Trump

FEMA riding on Donald Trump with a roll of paper towels

DC Reinvest rallies at Wilson Building demanding DC Government cut ties with racist Wells Fargo

On the 23ed of October, DC reinvest protested at the Wilson Building, demanding that the city government remove all its accounts and business from Wells Fargo. A resolution has been introduced in the council to divest, and activists are focussing pressure on councilmember Jack Evans to get it brought to a vote. Wells Fargo's failing community reinvestment score triggers an existing DC law forbidding the city's business relationship with this notorious and predatory bank.

Video including speaker calling out Wells Fargo's racial slurs and a screenshot of the affidavit revealing the slurs

Marchers for Puerto Rico condemn Trump's paper towel toss, lack of aid

On the 18th of October, Puerto Ricans and supporters marched from the US Capitol to FEMA, demanding the Federal government provide aid for a community where power is still out, food and clean water are hard to get, and the impacts of Hurricane Maria are still largely unabated. One marcher from Silver Spring was quoted by the Washington Post as being especially incensed by Donald Trump's tossing of paper towels during his visit to the island, as though the ravages of the hurricane could be simply wiped up.

Georgetown Law’s ICAP Sues to Prevent Paramilitary Groups' Return to Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Oct. 12, 2017) – The heavily armed private militias and alt-right groups that converged on Charlottesville during the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally engaged in highly coordinated and unlawful paramilitary activity that transformed the city into a virtual combat zone, a suit filed today claims.

DC Reinvest protests as Senate summons Wells Fargo CEO to hearing

On the 3rd of October, Well Fargo CEO Tim Sloan had to face the music, testifying in front of the Senate Banking Committee about the fraudulent loans and unauthorized accounts Wells Fargo opened in the names of unknowing account holders. Meanwhile, protesters from DC Reinvest were outside calling out Wells Fargo for other offenses such as funding gentrification, pipelines and private prisons.

Massive March for Racial Justice "takes a knee" at Trump Hotel

On the 30th of September, the March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women converged at Lincoln Park and marched to the Mall. On the way, the march passed the Dept of "Justice" and Trump Hotel. At Trump Hotel many of the marchers stopped to "take a knee" and boo at the hotel.

Video-the march takes a knee at Trump Hotel first on the street, then the sidewalk up close

Prince William County Killer Cop, Champion Marksman Walks Free

On September 15, 2017 at 10:45 in the morning,  Officer Robert Choyce of the Prince William County Police Department fatally shot 15 year old Rubin Urbina yielding a  crowbar.  Choyce fired his weapon twice, striking Rubin in the chest both times.

According to reports, Rubin had called the police on himself as he was struggling with a psychotic episode.

When the police arrived, they ordered Rubin to drop a crowbar.  15 year old Rubin did not comply.  The police then shot him.  Rubin died on the scene.

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