WMATA's Tom Bulger gets residential protest over proposed increase in Transit Police powers

Video-Tom Bulgar gets a home demo 2 min 9 sec

Update July 30:WMATA postpones vote on proposed police power expansion until Sep 9.

On Thursday, July 29, Metro's board had been scheduled to vote YES or NO on giving Metro Transit Police power to bar anyone merely accused of a variety of offenses from riding Metro for a prolonged period. On the evening of July 27, furious Black Lives Matter protesters showed up at the fancy Upper NW home of Metro board member Tom Bulger, who could have killed the proposal by voting NO if the vote had taken place as scheduled.

In front of Tom Bulger's house

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Protesters move in on the Hart building

Video: Tense moments yield to civil disobedience as protesters roll in on the Hart Building 3 min

On the 2nd of August, the Poor People's Campaign's "Moral Mondays" string of voting rights protests culminated in a major civil disobedience centered on the Hart Senate Office Building. Hundreds were arrested outside after the Capitol Police refused to let them enter the building.

Midnight rally against the return of evictions. Some of these protesters havce been sleeping outside the US Capitol

Video-midnight rally on Capitol steps demands eviction moratorium be extended 41 sec

At midnight beginning Aug 1, the national (not the DC local) moratorium on evictions (due to covid) expired. At midnight beginning Aug 1, the national (not the DC local) moratorium on evictions (due to covid) expired. At the same time, protesters held a rally on the steps of the US Capitol demanding extension of the moratorium.

Marching on the headquarters of the Gaithersburg police

On the 31st of July, protesters marched through the streets of Gaithersburg, MD for Kwamena Ocran and Ryan Leroux. Kwamena was shot and killed by Gaithersburg police in January, and Ryan shot down in a blizzard of gunfire (24 shots in all) by Montgomery County Police on Friday, July 16.

Protesters assembled first at the headquarters of the Gathersburg police department, where family members and friends of the fallen young men spoke out. Afterwards, protesters moved by motorcade to the Montgomery County Police Department's Gaithersburg headquarters.

Snowplows attempt to charge into the intersection held by protesters in front of Nellie's Sports Bar

Video of the failed police attempt to push through using snowplows 53 sec

On the 30th of July, Boycott Nellie's protesters showed up for the 7th week since Keisha was dragged down the stairs over Pride weekend. The bar was open but sparsely attended. During the protest, snowplows summoned by MPD tried to clear the intersection, one of them coming in straignt-on and honking while others flanked. The plows were halted by advancing protesters and the attack failed.

Video-some high points of the march 44 sec

On the 29th of July, Extinction Rebellion DC held an evening "truth blasting parade" in traffic. The march demanded that Biden's administraton reject new oil and gas pipelines such as Enbridge's Line 3 project.

The totem pole as seen from behind the stage

Video: Ojibwe elder demands Enbridge Line 3 construction be halted 3 min 32 sec

On July 29, the House of Tears Carvers and their allies arrived on the National Mall, bringing a totem pole and ending a journey of thousands of miles. The totem pole was delivered to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (who also spoke at the rally) and to the Biden administration. Later speakers demanded that the construction of Enbridge Line 3 and other trespassing pipelines be stopped.