Local News/Neighborhoods

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.

Mayor Bowser VETOES Metro fare decriminalization bill

Update Jan 22: DC Council overrides Mayor's veto, fare evasion will be decriminalized unless Congress intervenes. Mayor "more cops more jails" Bowser defeated again.

On the 16th of January, DC Mayor Bowser VETOED the Metro fare decriminalization bill. The bill passed the DC Council by a 10-2 margin, enough to override the Mayor's veto if nobody changes their vote. Metro police have been aggressively targeting Black youth for enforcement and arrest on fare evasion charges. This could perhaps be called "Make Metro White Again.

The Mayor's veto

One of three embattled Congress Heights apartment buildings burns.

For years developer Geoff Griffis and his friends at CityPartners LLC have been trying to evict the tenants of the Congress Heights apartments in SE DC so a "mixed-use" condo and office building could be put up over the Congress Heights Metro. For years these plans have been stalled by tenant protests and activism. Griffis has had protesters at his house and WMATA refused to sell him a key parcel. Now, on the night of Nov 1 to Nov 2, one of the three buildings has burned. Tenants are urgently requesting assistance to replace possessions and repair fire damage.(GoFundMe page) Surely CityPartners LLC will give them nothing-the fire is just too convenient for their plans.

Homeless shelter at DC General closed by Mayor Bowser

On the 31st of October, the Washington Post reported that Mayor Bowser has closed the family homeless shelter at DC General. The post reports this fulfulls one of her campaign promises. The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post did NOT report that this makes the site ready for a possible Amazon HQ2 project where DC General now stands. The Post admitted 9 familes were disqualified from further housing assistance for "rule violations" and claims others have been housed.

Developer Adrian Washington gets home demo after illegally padlocking 4 Black-owned businesses

On Oct 3 (possibly using the Kavanaugh drama to divert press attention), develper Adrian Washington's Neighborhood Development's subsidiary 1100 Eastern LLC padlocked three Black-owned buisinesses and a church oin the Deanwood neighborhood in NE. On the 6th of October, Black Lives Matter and other activists paid a visit to Adrien Washington's cushy home near Rock Creek Park and 16th st

Video of the march on developer Adrian Washington's house 4 min 32 sec

Protesters from Black Lives matter in front of the home of developer Adrian Washington

Tenant Activists protest sale of rent controlled buildings to developers by Catholic Church

On the 16th of September, DC area community activists showed up outside the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, demanding that the Catholic Church cancel plans to sell off rent-controlled buildings near Rhode Island avenue to developers who intend to evict the tenants.

Video-speakers call out the greed and hypocrisy of the Church throwing tenants out in the street for 30 pieces of silver

Kathy Griffin at Occupy Lafayette Park: Day 53

Kathy Griffin and friends introduced at 10:05

Marie Connor at 20:51

MC as always is Justin

Ace Ono (Alison Carney) at 46:37,  57:00

#KremlinAnnex #OccupyLafayettePark #KathyGriffin #yaddiya #iamalisoncarney #thistallawkwardgirl

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Metro Transit Union Protests Special Train for Hate Rally

Amalgamated Transit Union 689 protests outside Metro Center demanding the ouster of General Manager Paul Wiedefeld for providing special accommodations to attendees of the Unite The Right II rally.

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Video featuring speaker from Black Lives Matter and the union rep to whom Paul Wiedefeld promised no special trains (3 min 8 sec)

Sanctuary, Not Silence: Calling Out Mayor Bowser over DC ICE Raids

Protesters continue to call out the hypocrisy of Mayor Bowser's claiming DC is a "sanctuary city" even as ICE carried out recent raids in DC's Columbia Heights - evidently with the cooperation of local police. Activists demand immediate action from Mayor Bowser to protect immigrants and to denounce the recent ICE raids.

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Speeches after the delegation comes out at 34:00

Father Moises and parishioners from Sacred Heart Church across the street from where 9 individuals were taken by ICE.

Mock demolition staged at Mayor Bowser's home against DC General demolition near shelter (and kids)

On the 30th of July, supporters of homeless familes living in the DC General shelter showed up in front of the Mayor's home to protest plans to demolish parts of the building before homeless families have moved out of other parts. Demolition can expose children living there to lead dust and other toxins. Apparently the Mayor wants to offer the site to Amazon for their HQ2 project as quickly as possible.

Video from SURG DC's and Emma Cleveland's Twitter clips

Mock demoliton of DC General staged in front of Mayor Bowser's home(Photo by SURJ-DC)

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