Indigenous pray-in at US Capitol opposes GOP tax bill

Leaders from the Gwich’in Nation and Inupiaq Tribe traveled from northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada on Dec 6 to lead a pray in against the tax bill and urge Congress to drop drilling in the Arctic from the bill. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Mark Udall, and Representative Alan Lowenthal all came out to support and joined the call to stop Arctic drilling.

Deer Slaughter returns to Rock Creek Park Dec 4 and 6

On the 4th of December, the Park Service's "deer management" (killing) operation once again returned to Rock Creek Park. This time they were seeking to hide in the dark, rather than lighting themselves up like in previous years.

Update Dec 6 8:50PM: They are back, this time all lit up. Heavy activity Oregon Ave and Beach Dr near Military Road. Protesters with cameras at Oregon & Military can deter the movement of dead deer to the "nature center" where they are processed.

Barricades blocking Beach Drive Dec 4 just north of the construction closure

Neo Nazis blocked from reaching Lafayette Park for rally

Video:Counterprotesters halt Nazi march on Penn Ave, swarm of police respond

On the 3rd of December, neo-Nazis attempted to march to Lafayette Park in front of the White House for a rally with speakers. They ran into stiff opposition as two different groups opposing fascism marched onto Pennsylvania Ave to confront them. The advance of the Nazis then stalled, and this was as far as they got. A large number of cops then blocked the road and pushed into the space between the Nazis and the much greater number of counterprotesters.

Front line on Penn Ave

#NoNewKKK Don't Let Richard Spencer Spread Hate

Video from the counterprotest to Richard Spencer's rally at the White House. Afterwards police escorted the white supremacists to the Metro, where Metro police closed the station for the white supremacists' protection.

Video from the counterprotest(Youtube)

Neo Nazis blocked from reaching Lafayette Park for rally

Protesters gather at US Capitol as vote looms on Trump tax bill

Update Dec 2: Tax bill passes Senate 51-49 despite after report it would add $1.4T rillion to deficit, must still be reconciled with House bill.

Update Dec 1: Tax bill stalls after report it would add $1Trillion to deficit, GOP trying to recover

Beginning at 3PM on Nov 30, protesters gathered at the East side of the US Capitol to oppose the Trump tax bill. Like most GOP economic efforts, this bill robs from the poor and middle class to give to the rich. Under this bill, a person with $3M a year in income gets a $100K tax break, while a person with less than $50K in income will usually pay more.

Video including a speaker declaring Trump's racism as necessary to preserving extreme income inequality

Kill the Bill! The People's Fillibuster at about 3:30PM


On Saturday, November 25, 2017, on or about 2 PM, while demonstrating against Donald Trump in front of the White House, Jim was physically attacked by a hyper-aggressive pro-Trump goon.  The attacker was a young guy, very muscular, very enraged at the  demonstration signs, and shouting violent epithets at Jim and cursing his anti-Trump signs. 

Jim at White House after mugging

Protesters take over Dirksen Building hallways against Trump Tax Bill

On the 28th of November, protesters opposing Trump's bill to cut taxes on the rich, jack up middle class taxes, and cut Medicaid and other benefits swarmed into the Dirksen Building and took over at least one hallway. Many refused to leave and were dragged away by Capitol Police, leading to multiple arrests.

Screen capture of Buzzfeed News Twitter/Periscope video

Solidarity protest held for J20 defendents at DC Superior Court

On the 27th of November, a protest was held outside DC Superior Court in soiidarity with J20 (Inauguration protest) defendents facing up to 65 years in prison. One message of the protest was that "a vote to convict is a vote for Trump" driven home by a chant. It has also come out that police already had decided to carry out the mass arrest prior to the march ever leaving Logan Circle.

Video highlights of the J20 solidarity protest

Fur Free Friday: Finnish Embassy gets protest against breeding oversize foxes for fur trade

Nov 24, Black Friday was also Fur-Free Friday this year. Here in DC, animal rights activists descended on the Finnish Embassy, demanding an end to a breeding program to produce foxes up to 5 times their normal body weight for the fur trade. These "Frankenfoxes" can barely stand or move due to their excessive weight, but the fur industry cares for nothing but profits.

Video overview of the protest at the Finnish Embassy