Race/Racism

Massive #DontMuteDC event at 14th and U features go-go music, dirt bikes

On the 23ed of April, the #DontMuteDC movement sparked by a single "New Washingtonian" attemting to silence go-go music at MetroPCS returned to 14th and U sts NW. This time the protest had a new demand: fully funding DC schools in Wards 7 and 8. For the evening a touch of Anacostia was brought to 14th st as go-go music pumped and dirt bike/ATV riders showed up to cheers from the crowd.

Video sample of the go-go music and scene with the dirt bikes/ATV's 1 min 24 sec

14th and U shortly before sunset on April 23

Controversy erupts as yuppie dog walkers invade Howard University

In recent weeks, white dog walkers from nearby condos have been literally shitting on parts of Howard University deemed sacred space by some students. Meanwhile, African-American dog walkers from neighborhoods near Howard generally do NOT walk their dogs at Howard according to the Washington Post. The hashtag "#HUisNotADogPark" has arisen on Twitter, and the push to remove the yuppie dog walkers from Howard has been tied to the succesful #dontmutedc campaign that restored go-go music to MetroPCS after a resident of the upscale Shay effectively ordered it stopped.

White Man says on FOX News that Howard University should move 19 sec

Black Lives Matter DCMPD 1st District Protest FullHD 60p

Video of Speakers at the April 4 Protest in front of the 1st District DCMPD headquarters YouTube Link

From the Press release:

 

Black Lives Matter protests child detentions, Stop and Frisk at MPD's 1D headquarters

On the 5th of April, Black Lives Matter showed up outside MPD's First Division headquarters at 1st and M sts SW. They were there to protest the normalization of Black kids as young as 11 being subject to arbitrary detention, Stop and Frisk, and being handcuffed. MPD claims these are isolated incidents, Black Lives Matter says otherwise and has the testimony and accounts by parents to back it up.

Video-reading out demands in front of MPD 2 min 47 sec

Palestine supporters march on AIPAC, face harassment by Holocaust deniers

On March 24, Palestinians and their supporters marched on the annual convention of AIPAC(American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which is known (same as corporate lobbyists etc are) for buying influence on Capitol Hill. On arrival they ran into a curious opposition: A Holocaust denier and his sidekick proceeded to harass and argue with the pro-Palestine protesters. Perhaps this is no surprise given anti-Muslim hate modern Nazis (alt-right) are famous for.

Video of the march on AIPAC and the two visible Holocaust deniers 2 min 55 sec

In front of AIPAC's convention at the Washington Convention Center

"Banantifa" protest at Tucker Carlson's house after his racist and sexist remarks

In the wake of Tucker Carlon's gutter racist and misogynistic remarks on "Bubba the Love Sponge," protesters arrived at his home on the evening of March 15. Several were dressed as "Banantifa" in banana costumes, while more were in Halloween costumes. A lot of cops and a number of area fascists stood on the other side of the street.

Video from in front of Tucker Carlson's house 2 min 32 sec

"Banantifa"

Costume Party at Tucker Carlson's house

When: Friday March 15, 6PM

Where: meet outside National United Methodist Church 3401 Nebraska Ave NW.

Video: Indigenous People's March descends on Washington DC

On the 18th of January, the Indigenous People's March came together at the Department of the Interior from all over Turtle Island. From there the march proceeded to the Lincoln Memorial. Three speakers there featured on video: a welcome to Piscataway land, a warning not to take buyouts from petroleum companies, and an Ojibwe great-grandmother on how so many prophecies such as the Black Snake are coming true

Video-the march and three spectacular Indigenous speakers 8 min 15 sec

The march on Constitution Ave

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

Protesters descend on Canadian Embassy against raid on Wetsuwet'en anti-pipeline checkpoint

On the 8th of January, both Native and non-Native activists and showed up at the Canadian Embassy to protest an armed RCMP raid on checkpoints set by Wetsuwet'en First Nations people against a TransCanada gas pipeline project. The DC protest was one of a series of protests all over Turtle Island in solidarity with the Wetsuwet'en.

Update Jan 9: Port of Vancouver, highways blockaded in solidarity with Wetsuwet'en.

Video from the protest 2 min 34 sec

A mock pipeline and spill on the steps of the Canadian Embassy. THEY are the ones who are trespassing, not the protesters.

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