Race/Racism

Boycott Nellies block party ends in thunderous finale of dirt bikes, ATV's

On the evening of Friday, July 23, Boycott Nellies protesters returned to 9th and U, the bar having been open since the previous Sunday. This time around, ATV and dirt bike riders provided a thunderous finale in front of the near-empty bar. All the partying was in the streets.

Video of the block party and its thunderous finale 1 min 35 sec

ATV riders at Nellie's

Nellie's Sports bar tries to reopen, gets shut down by protesters, reopens again

On the 14th of July, an attempted reopening by Nellie's Sports Bar failed after community activists formed a human chain to block the doors. People are still furious about Nellie's former security guards dragging Keisha down the stairs during Pride weekend. The Friday protests were back on July 16, and on July 17 Nellies was closed, though the TV's were on and staffers inside.

Update: Nellies spotted OPEN on Sun, June 18

Chuck Modi video originally posted to Twitter of human chain blockade 29 sec

Nellies "Closed"-but staff inside and all the TVs on on July 17

Fuck July 4 march gets tons of bike cops

On the 4th of July, activists gathered at BLM Plaza, then marched through town on a "Fuck July 4, demand Black Liberation" Platform. Marchers also emphasized in chants that the US is stolen land and thus nothing to celebrate. Large numbers of bike cops followed the march, at least once at near contact range.

Video: Two Romy Starks clips of march show umbrella line up front, emphasis on stolen land 40 sec

Photo by "Wayward Streamer"

Nellies gets block party/protest for 4th weekend in a row

On the 2nd of July, BLM and HIPS activists once again blocked off 9th and U in front of Nellies Sports Bar. Nellies is now under investigation by both the DC atty general and the liquor board for that infamous dragging of a Black woman down the stairs.

Video-dance party as night falls on U St 16 sec

Pipeline protesters block White House entrances for 2nd time in 3 days

On the 30th of June, activists summoned forth by frontline Indigenous activists blockaded most vehicle entrances to the White House. At 15th and Penn, one of the blockades locked to a mock oil derrick and a mock windmill.

Video-setting up the blockades 3 min

Blockaders locked to mock oil rig and windmill

HIPS holds motorcade demanding full legalization of drugs for personal use

On the 26th of June, a small motorcade organized by HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) wound its way through DC escorted by a banner and bullhorn contingent. They were demanding that the DC Council legalize all drugs for personal consumption, saying "every overdose death is a policy failure. The "War on Drugs" was condemned as explicitly racist.

Nellies gets another block party/protest, still CLOSED for brutality

On Friday, the 25th of June, Nellie's Sports Bar again had to remain closed as protesters descended on the intersection of 9th and U sts NW. A block party (including sexy dances) was held in what was made both a GLBTQ and sex worker friendly space, while Nellies missed out on the packed crowds that filled all the other bars on U st. This is the price of dragging a Black woman down the stairs on June 12 during Pride

Video-protesters read out demands, many more show up after dark 1 min 36 sec

DC Juneteenth events include Million Moe March (gogo) and noise demo at DC Jail

On the 19th of July, Juneteenth events all over DC celebrated the 1865 end of legal slavery(excluding prison labor). Speaking of the prison labor exception, one of the events was a pot and pan banging noise protest at the DC Jail. Earlier, the "Million Moe March" go-go began at BLM Plaza and ended on U st, once known as "Black Broadway" before gentrification.

Video-Banging pots and invoking past uprisings at the DC Jail 38 sec

Banging a pot outside the DC Jail

Anti-Racist block party closes U st in front of Nellie's Sports Bar

On the 18th of June, protesters again descended on the 9th and U st area, at now-closed Nellie's Sports Bar. On Pride night Nellie's security dragged a Black woman down the stairs by her hair. Now they have shut down supposedly for training but probably to avoid confrontation with furious BLM protesters.

Video:protesters take over U st, Nellie's is CLOSED 1 min 13 sec

BLM, NJNP protest Nellie's Sports Bar after Black woman beaten by security

On the evening of the June 12 main Pride events, security at so-called Gay bar Nellie's Sports Bar claimed to see a Black woman drink an outside beverage. They responded by brutally dragging her down the stairs by her hair-as a camera rolled. One patron intervened against the security thugs. The next day, protesters showed up at Nellies vowing to shut them down.

Video-Chuck Modi's interviews at the protest, and Nee Nee Tay's video of the violent assault by security 3 min 43 sec

More: Chuck Modi's video of police assaulting protesters at Nellie's Sports Bar 53 sec

Stop Police Terror Project photo of the evening noise demo at Nellie's

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