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DC Bike Party "Organizer's Ride" first ride in 2018

On March 15, the DC Bike Party staged the "Organizer's Ride" promoted mostly on the core crew that puts on the ride but open to the general public. This ride allows the crew to "warm up" before the big rides with hundreds of participants begin in April

Video highlights of the ride

Kurds, allies rally at White House against Turkish invasion of Afrin

On the 13th of March, Kurds and supporters of the YPG/YPJ protested at the White House, demanding the US force an end to Turkey's bloody invasion and bombing of Afrin in Syria. If the US threatened to cut off military aid and weapons sales to Turkey, Turkey would have no choice but to comply. Turkey is attacking the YPG/YPJ, who in turn defeated Daesh/ISIS. Thus Erdogan is fighting on the side of ISIS.

Update 3-15:Turkish shelling and airstrikes kill 12, wound 60-and displace 10,000 on just March 14-15

Video: Protesters charge Turkey with supporting ISIS by fighting Kurds

No Justice No Pride rallies in solidarity with Black Pride 4

On the 12th of March, No Justice No Pride activists held a solidarity protest at the Dept of "Just-Us" for Ohio's Black Pride 4, the first of whom was scheduled to be sentenced the following day.

Video featuring a speaker giving information about the case

Fists Up for the Black Pride 4

ADAPT protests at home of FDA director against electroshock torture of autistic people

Beginning on the weekend of March 10-11, ADAPT has been camping out in front of FDA Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb's home. Things got a little hot on the evening of March 11 as ADAPT occupied the circular driveway, and MPD showed up to push them back. ADAPT is there to demand the FDA ban the use of electroshock aversive "therapy" against autistic children and adults at the Judge Rotenberg "Educational" Center.

Video of the protest in the circular driveway and the police response

Video originally posted by John Zangas of the daylight portion of the same protest

Naming and Shaming!

Bozzuto's Maple View Flats/Starbucks construction site shut down by protesters two days in a row

On the 9th of March, protesters called to the scene by DC Councilmember Trayon White shut down Bozzuto's Maple View Flats construction site in Anacostia for the second day in a row. One of the anchors of the project is a Starbucks, whose products are not affordable for current Anacostia residents. The protest is because Bozzuto is refusing to hire local residents to work on the project and because gentrification projects are not welcome in Anacostia.

Video: Protesters shut down Maple View Flats construction Day 2

Protesters descend on the site

Protesters for DREAM act lock down on Capitol Hill, storm DNC HQ

On the 5th of March, protesters demanding that Congress pass a clean DREAM act hammered Capitol Hill and the Democrats with a two-pronged direct action. A march from Union Station was able to storm Democratic Party headquarters and confront Nancy Pelosi in person. In addition protesters marched up the Mall and some locked down in a hard blockade to shut down Independence Ave by the Capitol itself. Over 80 arrests were reported.

Video compilation showing march on the Mall, lockdown on Indep Ave, confrontation with Nancy Pelosi

Protesters in lockboxes take over and hold Independence Ave by the US Capitol

Sunrise Movement blockades, shuts down oil lobbyists' dinner in Trump Hotel

On the 5th of March, the Sunrise Movement sucessfully slipped past the defenses of Trump Hotel and blocked the entrances to a room where "IPAAaccess" planned to eat dinner while lobbying politicians to do their bidding. All got out safely after an hour-long blockade. IPAAaccess is a lobbying arm of the Independent Petroleum Institute of America, and the purpose of the dinner was to promote fracking.

Video of both the support protest and the blockade inside Trump Hotel

Photo by Sunrise Movement

Palestinians and supporters march on AIPAC Convention

On the 4th of March, Palestinians and supporters from many organizations marched on AIPAC's convention from the White House.

Video with music showing highlights of the march

Code Pink protests for release of Ahed Tamimi on eve of AIPAC convention

On March 3, as pre-convention activities for AIPAC ramped up, Code Pink held a protest at an entry checkpoint demanding that Israel release 17 year old Ahed Tamimi. She is being held without bond through her "trial" by an Israeli military court for slapping an occupation solder who participated in a raid on her home.

Video highlights of Code Pink's pre-AIPAC protest

Code Pink blocking checkpoint at entrance to AIPAC

MPD/NewSham oversight hearing suspended after community activists ejected

On the 1st of March, the DC Council held a long-awaited oversight hearing on MPD and Chief Newsham. Citizens called out Newsham for lying in his own testimony. Citizen testimony call condemned Newsham for fostering overt racism in DC's police department and using counterinsurgency tactics learned from Israeli trainers to suppress dissent, notably in the J20 mass arrest and cases.

Video: tough testimony and citizen expulsions from the MPD oversight hearing

Photo by Jewish Voices for Peace Metro DC

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