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Defend DC From White Supremacy: #AllOutDC Weekend Of Events

The Shut It Down DC Coalition, representing 38 different organizations and local groups in the DC metropolitan area, has released a schedule of events for the upcoming mass days of action from Friday to this Sunday, in opposition to the neo-Nazi and Alt-Right rally, Unite the Right.

Video-Defend DC Aug 10-12

Movement for Black Lives DC hosts Night out for Safety and Liberation

On Tuesday, the 7th of August, Night out for Safety and Liberation hosted the Night out for Safety and Liberation as an alternative to the cop-focussed "National Night Out." The Night out for Safety and Liberation is all about solutions to problems on the street and elsewhere that avoid reliance on police and prisons.

In front of DC's Night Out for Safety and Liberation

Clean It or Close It : Protesting Inhumane Conditions at DC Central Holding block

Rev. Graylan Hagler and the DC Poor People's Campaign protest inhumane conditions at the DC Central holding block including roaches and vermin. Protesters describe their experiences being held at the DC jail and call for it to either be renovated or closed.

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Speeches and soundbites after 19:33

Rosie O'Donnell, Broadway stars perform at White House impeachment protests

On the 6th of August, Rosie O'Donnel and cast members from several Broadway musicals took a 5 hour each way bus trip to DC to perform at the ongoing protests for impeachment in front of the "Kremlin Annex." The biggest crowd yet at OccupyLafayettePark gathered for this singalong protest.

Singalong mode as Broadway stars lead at impeachment protest

Aug 8:A Federal worker and veteran speaks out against Trump

Rosie O'Donnel, Broadway stars draw biggest crowd yet to OccupyLafayettePark

Sanctuary, Not Silence: Calling Out Mayor Bowser over DC ICE Raids

Protesters continue to call out the hypocrisy of Mayor Bowser's claiming DC is a "sanctuary city" even as ICE carried out recent raids in DC's Columbia Heights - evidently with the cooperation of local police. Activists demand immediate action from Mayor Bowser to protect immigrants and to denounce the recent ICE raids.

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Speeches after the delegation comes out at 34:00

Father Moises and parishioners from Sacred Heart Church across the street from where 9 individuals were taken by ICE.

Fourth week of Occupy Lafayette Park begins with vow to stay until Trump is gone

Sun, Aug 5 was Day 21 of Occupy Lafayette Park protests demanding impeachment of Donald Trump over the Russiagate election tampering scandal. After some electric violin music protesters vow to keep coming until Trump resigns or is impeached("till he's gone!")

Protesters vow to return night after night until Trump resigns or is impeached

View from inside the semicircle of protesters facing the lighted letters and sound

Occupy Lafayette Park Day 17: T-Rexes and shark rock out as Manafort trial gets moving

The first of August was Day 2 of jailed former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort's trial for tax and bank fraud. That evening was also the 17th consecutive evening of Occupy Lafayette Park's protests demanding that Donald Trump be impeached for the related Russiagate scandal. Three activists in T-Rex costumes and one dressed as a shark provided extra energy to this vigorous protest.

Occupy Lafayette Park Day 17:T-Rexes and a shark dance in vigorous protest demanding Donald Trump's impeachment

Occupy Lafayette Park Day 18: A speaker lists crimes and corruption by Trump

A Statement from the Shut It Down DC Coalition on Facebook's false "Russian Bot" censorship

Earlier today(July 31), Facebook deleted numerous Facebook pages, including one event aimed at promoting a protest against Jason Kessler's Unite The Right 2, the sequel no one asked for. The Shut It Down DC Coaliton has been meeting for weeks. We took over the Facebook event created by outside groups, in a desire to keep it accountable to local organizers. At numerous points, national groups have organized events in DC, and often demanded the resources of local organizers. We took over the Facebook event in question to prevent over-burden, and to control it.

In front of Facebook's DC headquarters on Aug 1

Mock demolition staged at Mayor Bowser's home against DC General demolition near shelter (and kids)

On the 30th of July, supporters of homeless familes living in the DC General shelter showed up in front of the Mayor's home to protest plans to demolish parts of the building before homeless families have moved out of other parts. Demolition can expose children living there to lead dust and other toxins. Apparently the Mayor wants to offer the site to Amazon for their HQ2 project as quickly as possible.

Video from SURG DC's and Emma Cleveland's Twitter clips

Mock demoliton of DC General staged in front of Mayor Bowser's home(Photo by SURJ-DC)

Ivy City residents, Empower DC crash Mayor Bowser's birthday party to save Crummel School

On the 26th of July, DC Mayor Bowser celebrated her birthday with a "public" party at the Ivy City Smokehouse, a restaurant owned by ProFish president and developer Greg Casten. Outside, Empower DC and Ivy City residents staged a loud protest demanding the Mayor include a rec center and playground in any redevelopment of the historic Crummel School site, saying "Something's fishy in Ivy City."

Video-Mayor Bowser shows up 40 minutes late, scuttles in the back to evade protesters in front

Something is fishy in Ivy City!

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