March 2016

Cove Point LNG export protest takes to the water in kayaks

On the 13th of March, "Kayaktivists" with a banner set up from their boats joined a protest at Solomons, MD against LNG export out of nearby Cove Point, MD. Dominion is about 1/4 of the way through converting the old liquified natural gas (LNG) plant at Cove Point, MD into a substantially larger export plant for fracked gas from both existing and new fracking "sacrifice zones."

video of the kayaks and banner shot from another kayak(52 sec)

Kayaktivism against Dominion's LNG export from Cove Point

Bowser's regime raids another homeless camp

On the morning of March 10, Mayor Bowser's DC government declared the homeless people living in tents along the 1st st wall near Union Station to be garbage and sent the Department of Public Works to discard their belongings. Some but not all of the tent campers were offered housing, some have no place to sleep tonight. Once again those who don't make $100,000 a year can thank Mayor Bowser for her determination to prevent those who cannot afford rent from sleeping anywhere that offers overhead cover except for the very limited space in government-approved shelters.

Video from clips by Street Sense and Mike Brice Saddler

Photo by Street Sense

Anacostia residents protest Congress Heights mass eviction plans

On the 9th of March, Anacostia residents rallied at the Congress Heights Metro to protest continuing attempts to force out tenants at the Congress Heights apartments. The landlords there hope to illegally evict or drive away all tenants so the apartments can be razed and replaced with a larger complex of shops, offices, and luxury housing. Residents are standing their ground and refusing to leave in spite of a total maintenance cutoff and other harassment. They were supported in this protest by residents of Barry Farms, who are resisting similar displacement/gentrification plans.

Video from the Congress Heights Rally: "we ain't going anywhere!"

Photo by Justice First

Anacostia residents vow to defy mass evictions

Neo-Nazi NPI forced to run gauntlet of protesters at Reagan Building

On the 5th of March, the racist "National Policy Institute" met in the government-owned Ronald Reagan Building. To get there many of the white supremacists had to run a gauntlet of angry anti-racist protesters.

Video showing confrontations with NPI's white supremacists and descriptions of what two of them stand for

Setting up to confront Neo-Nazi "National Policy Institute"

Showdown with neo-Nazi NPI at Ronald Reagan Building

Texas abortion case draws huge pro-choice protest, smaller right-wing to Supreme Court

On the 2nd of March, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of the Texas abortion clinic restriction law HB2. A lower court upheld a law imposing numerous architectural requirements on clinics and requiring doctors to be affiliated with hospitals. Huge crowds outside the Supreme Court chanted "Stop the Sham" referring to bogus claims this law was meant to protect women from doctors. A much smaller number of right-wingers was buried in this crowd, many of them surrounded by an arm-locked line of pro-choice activists. One of the right-wing speakers was from "Concerned Women for America,"(CWA) which is listed as an anti-Gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Video-huge pro-choice protest surrounds smaller antichoice contingent, showing the speaker from CWA anti-Gay hate group(2:28)

Stop the Sham-Supreme court protest against Texas HB2 clinic closing law