Second night of Rock Creek deer shooting draws protesters

Late night on Dec 9, the National Park Service began shooting deer for the second night in a row. This time they had some unwelcome attention from nearby residents and animal rights activists furious with the slaughter. The Park Service vehicles appeared to retreat from the protesters, and several roadblocks that existed prior to the protest were removed during it. It appears that one or two areas in which deer were to be shot were abandoned due to the protests.

Short video of the protest

Park Service found shooting deer in Rock Creek on Dec 8

On the 8th of December, The National Park Service's contract deer shooters showed up the earliest they have yet been seen to kill deer in Rock Creek Park. They claim 300 deer in Rock Creek is too many, even though there are nearly 600,000 people in the surrounding city. Animal rights activists are patrolling the woods to document and when possible disrupt this "cull" of the Rock Creek Deer

Spooky video shot during surveillance run showing NPS blockade positions

Barricades and a lit-up truck in the community gardens off Oregon Ave. This is what the Park Service does when they are setting up to shoot deer behind the barricaded positiion

6th night in row of protests after Eric Garner decision blocks 14th st Bridge

On the 8th of December, civil rights protesters shut down streets in evening rush hour for the 6th day in a row since a grand jury refused to indict NY cops for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. This is now the 3ed week of frequent street protests since St Louis cop Darren Wilson was also not indicted in the shooting death Michael Brown. At around 8PM protesters blocked the 14th st Bridge, stopping traffic there for the third time in a week.

Photo: John Zangas, 14th st blockade as time police give 2nd warning

TPP trade talks draw protests and sit-in, one activist dragged from building

On the 8th of December, TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks opened in DC. As the talks began activsts outside staged a sit-in on the steps of the USTR or United States Trade Representatives office, the location of the meetings. Two attempts to deliver a letter demanding release of the proposed TPP text were rebuffed, with one activst dragged out of the building after the second attempt.

A few hours later, hundreds more protesters marched around the USTR building, including both labor and environmental activists.

Video of activists trying to deliver letter, being dragged out of USTR

Video-hundreds march around USTR against "secret" TPP trade talks and "fast track"

An activst is dragged out of USTR after the second attempt to peacefully deliver a letter

US Capitol Police force civil rights die-in to relocate to DOJ

On the 8th of December, civil rights protesters had planned to stage a 4 1/2 hour die-in on the US Capitol West Lawn. They were met with threats and verbal aggression by the US Capitol Police. Since this was not intended to be a confrontational action, protesters decided to march to the US Dept of Justice and stage the die-in there.

Light show and protest as TPP trade talks come to DC

On the 7th of December, protesters set up a banner and a light show outside the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). They were there because negotiations for the TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership are back in town. Protesters are demanding that the still-classified text of TPP drafts-kept secret even from members of Congress expected to vote on it-be released to the public

Secret Service attempts to keep civil rights protesters from White House area

On the 7th of December, Secret Service tried and failed to keep DC Ferguson from the area in front of the White House, claiming "an event" was taking place. In response civil rights protesters went to the sidewalk across from the White House and stayed for a while making as much noise as possible with the announced intention of disrupting the event in question.

Video of march into and protest on area in front of White House

Protesters across from the White House over the objection of Secret Service

Climate First! partially closes PNC Bank branch over MTR coal mining

On the 6th of December, activists from Climate First! showed up at a PNC Bank branch near Dupont Circle. They were there to protest the continuing role of PNC Bank in funding mountaintop removal coal mining. One of them was a PNC account holder, yet PNC Bank shut the doors in their faces, locking out customers in the process. Although bank guards sometimes opened the doors for impatient customers, no doubt others took one look and left.

Civil rights protesters stage die-in at Union Station, Shut down Georgetown and Key Bridge

On the 6th of December the fast and furious pace of protests against police murders of African-Americans continued with a 3PM die-in at Union Station and a street march that began shortly after 6PM on U street. This march went downtown, to Georgetown, and crossed Key Bridge into Arlington before deciding on the Metro to disperse to lose two undercover cops. Just before Georgetown there was an ugly incident where a US Capitol Policeman assaulted one of the protesters.

Youtube video of 3PM Union Station die-in posted by Travis Shoff

Still from the Travis Shoff Youtube video

Man injured by violent arrest at Dec 5 civil rights protest in Chinatown

On Dec 5, civil rights protesters in DC shut down Chinatown on multiple occasions. At about 10:55PM cops suddenly pursued someone said to be one of the protesters, the crowd surged after them. When the scene opened up a bit one man was down and in handcuffs. He suffered seizures police said were caused by being pepper sprayed. They left him in handcuffs through the seizures, and no ambulance was summoned. Finally a bunch of cops picked him up like a log and carried him off to an unknown destination at or beyond the end of the block.

Video showing results of police assault on man said to be a protester

This man was injured by police