On the 27th of March, at least three different actions were carried out against the AIPAC dinner gala at the Verizon Center. IfNotNow projected an image beginning at around sunset while Code Pink, Avaaz, and others set up on F st where most of the AIPAC delegates had to go to enter. Still another group set up alongside the arena on 7th st about a block further north.
Emergency rally protests Trump's rollback of Clean Power Plan
On the 28th of March, Trump signed an executive order killing outright the EPA's "Clean Power Plan" to limit CO2 emissions from electrical utilities. The same order ends a moratorium on new Federal lands coal leases, and weakens restrictions on fracking on Federal lands. The Sierra Club, Mom's Clean Air Force, and People's Climate Movement protested in front of the White House against what amounts to a War on the Climate by Trump.
Hordes of AIPAC delegates had to pass protesters to get to the building
On the 26th of march, the progressive Jewish organization IfNotNow charged the doors of the Washington Convention Center and locked down to blockade both entrances to AIPAC's annual convention. The blockades did not last all day, but the protests did, even after JDL counterprotesters assaulted some of the activists on the scene. Both Jewish and Palestinan protesters stayed put to oppose AIPAC essentially the entire day.
Police dragged activists out of the hearing, saying they were going "to the trash can"-photo by BlackLivesMatterDC
On the 24th of March, the DC Council held a public hearing on whether or not to confirm acting police chief Newsham. A "Mock Bloc" blocked 14th st outside after chalking warnings about Newsham's domestic abuse history and related gender issues in front of the Wilson Building. Some protesters inside the hearing partially hog tied each other as a reminder of Newsham's role in the 2002 Pershing Park mass arrests, and were eventually dragged out by cops saying they were being taken to trash cans.
The warm February and early March in DC this year was followed by snowflakes and a hard freeze just four days before the cherry blossoms were forecast to peak(70% bloom). Those blossoms that were the earliest to open (about half) were killed by the cold and many of these still hang from the trees after turning brown. The other half were not so far along, survived, and are not open. This video shot March 25, the day the blossoms were said to reach peak this year.
Photo by Alejandro Alvarez
Update 3-23 4:30PM: House of Representatives puts off Trumpcare vote due to not enough votes to pass bill.
On the 23ed of March, protesters marched on Penn Ave as Congress prepared to vote on "Trumpcare" also known as the AHCA. After a die-in at Trump Hotel protesters marched on the White House. Some then took over the sidewalk in front of the White House in what may be the first civil disobedience at the White House in Trump's term.
Photo by ImpeachNow
On the 21st of March, over 60 congregations came together to launch the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network. They gathered at Foundry United Methodist Church and marched down 16th st to the White House.