MD

Silver Coalition protests murder of Kevin Costlow by MoCo sheriff's deputy

On the 6th of February, a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy shot and killed MD resident Kevin Costlow. On Fed 14, activists organized by tye Silver Coalition showed up in front of the main MoCo courthouse, demanding that police and sheriff's departments be defunded. Speakers emphasized that police protect the property of the rich, NOT the general public.

Video-protesters read out a statement by one of Kevin's neighbors 2 min 28 sec

Activists hold ground, march to BLM Plaza in face of fascist threats

On the 21st of November, SURJ held some group discussions on BLM Plaza and the Fuck the Police march went there almost directly from Dupont Circle. This was to provide relief for the hard-pressed folks looking after the plaza and the signs on the White House fence in the face of repeated attacks from fascists.

Storage unit construction over Moses Cemetary SHUT DOWN by protest

On the 4th of September, protesters descended on the Bethesda site where graves are potentially being dug up for a self-storage facility. Moses cemetery began as the spot owners of three plantations dumped the bodies of those who died at their unpaid work, and later was taken over by Macedonia Baptist Church. With protesters coming, Bethesda Self Storage or their contractors sent their workers home for the day.

Protesters blocked this access road to the area of construction. Had the site been active, this would have prevented dump trucks from passing.

Tenant activists run off second illegal eviction attempt in two weeks

On the 10th of August, DC area Tenant organzers defeated their second illegal eviction attempt in PG County just over the DC line in less than two weeks. Again the landlord told tenants he was going to throw their belongings into the street and change the locks with no court order. Again activists showed up en masse, and again the landlord scuttled away in defeat.

Video-Tenant activsts deter illegal eviction simply by their presence 48 sec

Housing activists run off attempted illegal eviction in Chillum, MD

On the last day of July, landlord Bob Miley showed up in Chillum, MD with the intent of illegally evicting tenants of a house he "owns." He saw from the end of the block that the area was packed with protesters and beat a hasty retreat. With no court order he could not get police help for his failed attempt to change the locks.

Video: defending the house, and reading the laws the landlord is violating 4 min 38 sec

Extinction Rebellion protests COG climate report w noisy car protest in Rockville

On the 21st of July, Extinction Rebellion Mont County held a rally and noisy car protest at the County Executive Building in Rockville, MD. They were protesting a excuse-riddled COG climate reportS on greenhouse gases. The report claims downward trends in CO2 emissions since 2005 but leaves out the role of the Great Recession in suppressing demand for fossil fuels. If the report included the pandemic error it would claim even more reductions. This makes those reductions strictly temporary and of little meaning.

Video: what's wrong with the COG report, and the honking car caravan 1 min 15 sec

Car caravan circles in front of the Montgomery County County Executive Building

MoCo County Exec Erlich gets home demo over planned destruction of Moses Cemetary

On the 17th of July, protesters showed up at the Takoma Park home of Montgomery County Executive. They are demanding he put an end to plans for the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission to build a storage unit over the burial ground. Already it is paved over for a parking lot, this proposal would dig up graves if not stopped.

Video-singing "This is the scene of a crime" at Erlich's house 1 min 9 sec

Protest against destruction of Moses Cemetary/Bethesda African Cemetary at Erlich's house

Protesters in Baltimore topple Columbus statue, dump it in the harbor

On July 4, anti-racist protesters yanked down the statue of slave trader and father of colonialism Christopher Columbus in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. They then tossed part of the statue in the harbor, throwing Columbus back into the sea to start his deportation back to Europe.

Video compiled from various Twitter clips 35 sec

Breaking: Washington Football Team discussing dumping their racist name

On the 2nd of July, word leaked that Fedex was considering yanking their sponsorship of Fedex Field over the Washington Football Team's racist name. Racism is incredibly "politically toxic" right now, and someone at Fedex must have deemed that name an unacceptable risk. With the team's finances at stake, Dan Snyder is finally "discussing" changing the football team's name.

Confederate statue toppled, shattered at Frederick Cemetary

On the 30th of June, the Frederick Post reported that the Confederate statue at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, MD had been torn down and smashed to pieces. They also report that this comes just days after white power stickers were found in nearby Baker Park.

Cropped/reduced resolution version of Frederick Post's photo of the "irrepairably damaged" Confederate statue

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