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Arlington approves funding package for Amazon in hearing disrupted by protests

On the 16th of March, the Arlington County Board met to discuss a multi-million dollar giveaway to Amazon and Jeff Bezos for HQ2, possibly the richest man in the world. Protesters disrupted the hearing, calling affordable housing and similar priorities more important than Amazon. Disregarding the public dissent, the board voted to approve the funding package by 5 to zero.

Update 3-17 11:26PM:There is a report that Amazon may end up quitting Northern Virginia as they gave up in NYC, apparently they fear the wrath of the people more than bought-and-paid for politicians do.

Alexandria jail REFUSES to allow Code Pink to visit Chelsea Manning

On the 9th of March, Code Pink tried to visit Chelsea Manning at the Alexandria, VA "Adult Detention Center" at 2001 Mill Road near the Eisenhower Ave Metro station. Guards claimed she could not have ANY visitors until she was "fully processed in" up to 72 hours later. There is a good chance this is a lie, as it was not the policy at the nearby Arlington County Jail in Feb 2017.

Video: Jail refuses to allow Code Pink to visit 3 min 4 sec

News2Share photo of Code Pink outside the jail where Chelsea Manning is being in effect held hostage for testimony she is refusing to give.

Federal court denies Chelsea Manning's motion to quash grand jury subpeona as protesters rally outside

On the 5th of March, a Federal court in Alexandria, VA denied Chelsea Manning's motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for which almost all details have been kept under seal. Chelsea reported a very large number of government attorneys were present at the hearing. Outside, protesters including several previous grand jury resistors stood in solidarity with her.

Video-Chelsea speaks outside the courthouse 5 min 58 sec

Chelsea Manning gets grand jury subpeona

Federal grand jury witch-hunters are at it again: This time they have subpeonaed Chelsea Manning to appear before a Federal grand jury in Virginia on March 5. She has declared she will use "every available avenue to challenge this subpeona."

To learn more about Chelsea Resists or to donate to Chelsea’s legal defense visit: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/chelsea-manning-needs-legal-funds-...

Reportback from Women's March on the Pentagon

The 21st of October featured Cindy Sheehan's Women's March on the Pentagon. Protesters assembled outside the Pentagon City shopping mall, and set off chanting "out of the shopping malls and into the streets." The march wound under the highway and through the streets around the Pentagon before finally ending in one of the Pentagon parking lots.

Video highlights of the march 2 min 16 sec

Alexandria, VA gets one of over 80 #StopKavanaugh rallies

On the 26th of August, the Unite for Justice Virginia Rally ws held by the the Women's Equality Coalition with one simple demand: that the Democrats do anything and everything they can to prevent Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavenaugh from being confirmed. This was one of over 80 such rallies on Aug 26 held in the portions of Occupied Turtle Island claimed by the United States.

Video-blowing whistles, signs and issues of the crowd, speakers on the Trump investigation and Roe v Wade issues

Democratic Socialists of America protests at home of recently retired ICE director

On the first of July, the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America marched on the home of recently retired ICE director Thomas Homan. He has said undocumented migrants "should live in fear" so the DSA threw him a retirement party at his house in Virginia.

10 sec video clip shot by Metro DC DSA

Former ICE director Thomas Homan gets a "retirement party" (photo by Metro DC DSA)

DHS Sec Kirstjen Nielson gets audio of detained kids played outside her house

On June 22, Homeland Security secretarty Kirstjen Nielson got an early morning surprise at her Aleandria townhouse. Before she could leave for work, protesters showed up playing audio of the children she helped to separate from their parents.

Video by Philip Lewis including the audio of the children Kirstjen has helped detain.

Photo by Philip Louis

Pro bike racers run in N Va

On the 9th and 10th of June, pro bike racers returned to the streets of Clarendon and Crystal City, for the Clarendon and Crystal cups respectively. With the furious resistance mounted by marginalized communities against corporatization of events like Pride, it can be shocking to see the degree of overt corporatization (and militarization in this case) in pro bike racing.

Video from the 2018 Crystal Cup, second race of the series

Neo-Confederates in Richmond carry rifles, hide behind cops from anti-fascists anyway

On the 5th of May, 12 members of the "DIxie Defenders" and "Confederate States of America II" showed up in front of the Robert E Lee monument in Richmond, VA. They mostly hid behind police even though three of them carried military style AR-15 rifles. Opposing them were between 50 and 100 people in three clusters of counterprotesters.

Video of events in Richmond showing overall scene, Lee descendent leading "take the symbols down" chant, and some gun safety/brandishing issues by right-wingers

A dozen neo-Confederates hide behind Richmond police despite having three AR-15 rifles

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