December 2016

Bring back the DC swamp!

Discussion around having a rowdy and festive antifa feeder march starting in Columbia Heights on Jan 20

"Standing Rock and Beyond" march demands DAPL pipeline be cancelled, Leonard Peltier be freed

On the 10th of December, the Standing Rock and Beyond march and rally demanded that Obama move to finish off the Dakota Access Pipeline and grant executive clemency to Leonard Peltier. Leonard Peltier's eldest son spoke at the rally on both his father's ongoing political imprisonment and on the dangers of corporate power over water.

Video-Leonard Peltier's son speaks on corporate control of water, marching to the EPA past Trump Hotel

Nooses found at Dominion's Cove Point gas export construction site

In April 2016, two nooses were found at Dominion's under construction gas export terminal at Cove Point in Calvert County, MD. In November 2016 two more nooses were found. On Dec 7 a fifth noose was found.

Georgetown Solidarity Committee vs Nike: University President's office occupied for two days

Update Dec 9:

University agrees to student's demands, and to meeting by Dec 14. Sit-in withdrawn Friday night. We shall see if Georgetown Nike Air really becomes a thing of the past-or if Nike's Hansae factory stops doing things like locking their workers in

On the 8th of December, the Georgetown Solidarity Committee decided they have had enough of Georgetown University's refusal to cancel their contracts with Nike. At 10AM, a crew of students occupied the University President DeSioia's office, then at around noon a much larger solidarity rally marched into the building and occupied the lobby in front of it as well. As of 6:30PM Dec 8 students are still holding out.

Video including a participant's footage of the building entry and an interview taken inside

The president's office is behind the doors in the back of this photo. More students are inside

Mayor Bowser gets protest for Terrence Sterling at her house

On Sep 11, 2016 Terrence Sterling was shot off his motorcycle by a DC cop while riding home to his family. Ever since then, his personal friends, Black Lives Matter, and SURJ-DC activists have been protesting on Monday nights demanding prosecution of the cop who shot him. On Mon, Dec 5 they escalated by moving their protest from 3ed and M sts (where Terrence was shot) to Mayor Bowser's house near 16th st and the MD line. She got home in the middle of the protest and refused to say even a word.

Video-Terrence Sterling protest catches Mayor Bowser arriving home

Mayor Bowser caught off-guard by Terrence Sterling protest at her house

Veterans hold Standing Rock solidarity "Stand-in" at Capitol after pipeline easement denied

On the 5th of December, DC-MD-VA Veterans Stand with Standing Rock held an all-day"stand-in" on the East side of the US Capitol. Congressman Grijalva was the keynote speaker, warning Trump not to attempt to undo Obama's Dec 4 refusal via the US Army Corps of Engineers to grant an easement to finish the pipeline.

Video-Congressman Grijalva speaks(6:29)

Congressman Grijalva speaks at NoDAPL event

Wells Fargo board member Elaine Cho gets home protest over Dakota Access Pipeline

On the 3ed of December, SURG DC and other opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline marched from the Columbus monument at Union Station to the Capitol Hill home of Wells Fargo board member Elaine Cho. She is married to Senator Mitch McConnell(R-K), and her home in Kentucky received a simultanious protest from the SURJ chapter there. Wells Fargo has agreed to meet with Standing Rock elders but has yet to stop disbursing loan money to the Dakota Access Pipeline project and divest of their major financial interests in the "Black Snake" pipeline.

Video of the NoDAPL march on Wells Fargo board member Elaine Cho's home

Water protectors in front of Elaine Cho's house.

Marching on Wells Fargo board member Elaine Cho's house over DAPL funding

Climate First!, Greenpeace protest Citibank's funding of Dakota Access Pipeline

Dec 1, 2016 was a global day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline(DAPL). Here in DC, Climate First! showed up at four Citibank branches demanding they divest from the project. The fourth and final branch had already been visited earlier the same day by Greenpeace. Citibank organized the loan package that is funding construction of the DAPL.

Video from Climate First!'s four Dec 1 NoDAPL Citibank protests

Reminding a Citibank branch that water is life!

Climate First! protests Citibank's DAPL funding