Secret Service clears street in front of White House over one protester w bullhorn

As the 4th evening in a row of Occupy Lafayette Park protests was winding down, a single protester with a bullhorn stepped up near the sidewalk in front of the White House fence. She loudly called out the stupidity and the cruelty of racist Donald Trump The response of Secret Service was to clear Penn Ave

As the woman hammering Trump for stupidity spoke , other protesters from the earlier rally took up positions to provide a defensive security presence around her. Shortly therafter came the whistles and demands that everyone present, tourists included, retreat to Lafayette Park or else. She backed up slowly, continuing her speech until it was done. In the end, the other protesters started back up, loudly chanting anti-Trump slogans from the Lafayette Park sidewalk.

Video-police clear Penn Ave in reponse to single protester with bullhorn after dark


This is all it takes to make Secret Service shut down Penn Ave

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Trump/Putin Press conference and hurried retraction draw new protesters to White House

On the 16th of July, Donald Trump and Vladimar Putin held a joint press conference in Brussels, both denying charges that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to hand the White House to Trump. Beginning on the 16th of June, a largely new crop of protesters under the name Occup yLafayette Park was outside the White House, calling Trump a traitor for his dealings with Putin and demanding his impeachment. By the third night, growing crowds managed to create a “pitchforks and torches” atmosphere even using only candles.

It appears that many of these protesters are entirely new to street protest and have no prior relationship with any kind of progressive or left-of-center movement. Some may even be Cold War hawks infuritated that Trump would do business with a former KGB officer to take over the White House for himself. Yet on the 17th of July, other more progressive activists also may have been present judgeing by some of the chants. “Trump’s a traitor” alternated with chants such as “Stephen Miller is a Nazi” and chants against Breitbart News.

During the Tuesday, July 17th protest, Just after 9PM someone in Secret Service or the White House decided they’d had enough. Cops started clearing Penn Ave, shining high-powered bike lights into the crowd. As the crowd retreated, chants of “No Trump, no KKK no fascist USA” could be heard. This shows the influence of more experienced anti-Trump campaigners drawn to this new call for impeaching Donald Trump. At the same time the following night the crowd not only held but filled the street in front of the White House.

The politics of this are interesting, On the one hand, the ICE terror raids, the inhuman separation of children from families, the brazen appointment of Nazis like Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller to his staff, and statements supporting the Nazis after Charlottesville are all far more serious offenses than Russiagate. So are the failed efforts by the Dept of Injustice to send hundreds of activists to prison for the rest of their lives in the Standing Rock, J20, and other cases adding up to nearly 1,000 activists. On the other hand, Russiagate seems to infuriate many middle class white Americans who did not take to the streets or turn against any portion of the US government or its capitalist masters until now.

In addition there are the mathmatics of impeachment. An effort to impeach Trump for separating families or bringing open Nazis into his cabinet would fail on a “party discipline,” strict party-line vote unless the Democrats got 2/3ds of both the House and the Senate in the 2018 election. That result would probably force the Democrats to remove Trump from office or themselves be abandoned by their base in 2020. Russiagate on the other hand could lead to all Democrats, plus “national security hawk” and Cold War leftovers in the GOP all voting to impeach Trump. Probably the Dems would still have to control both houses of Congress to even get it on the agenda, but the votes to impeach and convict would be far more easily obtained. Also Russiagate is the only known “high crime and misdemeanor” that could lead to impeachment in which Vice President Michael Pence is also implicated. That means Russiagate is probably the only issue that can remove Trump from office without boosting Christian Dominionist(meaning “Christian ISIS” style theocrat) Michael Pence into the White House.

Video Night 3:growing crowds develop a somewhat “pitchforks and torches” atmosphere
Video Night 2:police clear protesters from Penn Ave as Trump is called “traitor”


The scene in front of the White House on the third night of impeachment protests (Wed July 18)

Night three, July 18: This far-right videographer (using his phone) was identified by protesters as a Breitbart operative


Protesters in front of the White House, many seemingly for the first or second time

Bike cop turns light on crowd as cops start clearing Penn Ave

Earlier: Mocking the long GOP campaign to use the Hillery Clinton e-mail scandal to mask much more serious charges against Trump

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Migrants, supporters march in Columbia Heights after ICE raids on apartments

On the 12th of July, ICE agents raided the Sarbin Towers apartments on 16th st, arresting nine people both residents and passers by. Other raids also occurred that week, as ICE assaulted this supposed sanctuary city. In response, a very large crowd marched from a the park at 14th and Kenyon and blocked 16th st in several locations, including at the site of the Sarbin Towers raid.

Sarbin Towers was not the only ICE raid in DC in the week leading up to this massive protest. On Ga Ave, ICE raided a private residence with help from DC Mayor Bowser’s Metropolitan Police Department. No doubt a police department whose “gun recovery unit” wears the Sun Cross as a racist symbol in Anacostia was quite happy to help ICE terrorize still more people of color. ICE vans have also been spotted pulling people off the street and at a restaurant.

Some of the speakers at the starting rally on July 16 chewed out Mayor Bowser for claiming DC is a “sanctuary city” while permitting MPD to cooperate openly with ICE on at least one raid and doing exactly nothing to stop ICE’s terror raids on other residential buildings. One bluntly called out the Mayor for collaboration with Trump’s regime and with ICE. After WWII, a charge of collaboration with the Nazis carried very serious consequences including in many cases prosecution in court. Mayor Bowser needs to decide: Is she with DC or is she with Trump and both his real estate developer and alt-right buddies?

ICE has been a major driver of what is turning out to be a long, hot summer in more ways than the weather. The brutality of what they have done tearing small children away from their mothers is now compounded by ICE’s residential terrorism. Their message is that ALL Latinx people regardless of status with the colonial settler regime can be and will be assaulted and humiliated in their own homes so long as Donald Trump keeps giving them the green light. There is only so far ICE’s terrorists can push before people push back. The rally and street march of July 16th was but a tiny taste of what continued aggression might unleash. The Mt Pleasant Uprising of 1991 was triggered by a single cop shooting and wounding one person after handcuffing him for drinking in public. Now ICE is assaulting and kidnapping people in their own homes.

Video: Speakers denounce Bowser’s collaboration, big march heads to 16th st


The starting rally at 14th and Kenyon streets

ICE not welcome here!

Marching to 16th st

Protesters at the location of Thursday’s ICE raid on an apartment building

Circled up blocking 16th st near the end

At 16th and Irving as the last rally blocking the street wrapped up

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Video from big 6th anniversary DC Bike Party

On the 13th of July, the DC Bike Party held a very large ride on the 6th anniversary of their first ride. Normally the rides are on the second Wed of the month, but this special ride was on a Friday.

Video highlights of the early part of the ride


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Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner gets protest at home vs “peace by eviction” plan for Palestine

On the 12th of July, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner received a protest at his house by activists demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Kushner is promoting a “peace plan” without Palestinian input to transfer most Palestinian lands to 3ed party nations and expect peace in return for these wholesale evictions.

Al-Jazeera has compared Kushner’s so-called “peace plan” to a real estate deal of the type a landlord seeking to dispose of “problem tenants” from a highly desired property. The situations in places like Barry Farms and Congress Heights (and home demos against Geoff Griffis over Congress Heights) come to mind here. For their part, protesters staged a skit showing Benjamin Netanyahu being crowned King of Israel after selling off the West Bank and Gaza at auction to the highest bidders. Here Saudi Arabia comes to mind in more than one way.

At the conclusion of the protest, photos showing some of the faces of the at least 147 nonviolent protesters shot and killed by Israeli soldiers were hung from the fence Secret Service had erected in front of the side entrance to Jared Kushner’s palatial mansion of a house.

Video featuring the mock auction of Palestine and display of the faces of the fallen


A mock auction of Palestinian lands in front of Jared Kushner’s house

By the side entrance to Jared Kushner’s house

Faces of the Fallen , nonviolent protesters shot and killed by Israeli soldiers displayed on the fence at Jared Kushner’s luxury home

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Mass Mobilization Against The Alt-Right in Washington DC, August 10-12

We are calling all anti-fascists and people of good conscience to participate in international days of action August 10 through August 12 and a mass mobilization in Washington DC. This is for Heather Heyer, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. We will confront fascism, antisemitism, Islamaphobia, white supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12.

Our lives were forever changed on August 12, 2017, when neo-Nazis, KKK and militia members, and Alt-Right trolls from across the US and North America converged on the town of Charlottesville, Virginia.

White supremacists lit torches and attacked students as young as 17 last year while the police looked on and did nothing. The next day, people bravely confronted hundreds of armed racists. In the ensuing confrontation, one person gave her life, and many more were scarred forever. Tens of thousands immediately took to the streets. Suddenly the world would never be the same.

Old statues fell. And a new street-based, grassroots power rose.

Now the white supremacists want to come back. On August 12, 2018, the Alt-Right will hold “Unite the Right 2” in Washington DC in front of the White House at Lafayette Square. Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and the Trump Adminstration are all implicated in the murder of Heather Heyer. The Alt-Right relentlessly harass and threaten people of color, women, sex workers, trans and non-binary people, and the undocumented.

Their rallies are all public displays of violence and calls for genocide. They are Brian Trainer and every killer cop. They are the ICE agents. They are the prison system that breaks up families. In Portland, DC, and Philly, the movement grows. We occupy ICE offices, confront racism, antisemitism, Islamaphobia, xenophobia, and white nationalism.

https://shutitdowndc.org

Update: corrected video link

Video from shutitdowndc.org



No fascist torchlight in DC!

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Skirmishes break out at Supreme Court after Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh

n the 9th of June, Donald Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh to be the next new Supreme Court “justice.” A large number of protesters gathered at the Supreme Court after his nomination was announced. As right-wingers sought to disrupt a large progressive protest they were surrounded and drowned out by an angry crowd.

Kavenaugh was involved in Kenneth Starr’s GOP witch-hunt against Bill Clinton over oral sex, and is it believed that he would not have been nominated if he would even consider upholding Roe vs Wade. Roe Vs Wade, GLBTQ marriage rights, and even the right of a married woman to buy contraceptives without notorized permission from her husband may all be at risk if Brett Kavanaugh is ever confirmed.

Another threat is the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” a bill in Congress to protect White Nationalists(Nazis), ICE agents, and others whose actions horrify the public from any kind of public protest. The bill would make any “intimidating” act carried out while wearing a mask a felony carrying a prison term of up to 15 years. ANY protest against an individual can be considered intimidating no matter what the format. Protesters who publicly oppose the alt-right without wearing masks expose themselves to almost guaranteed publication of their names and home addresses on neo-Nazi websites. Thus this law is engineered to force anyone daring to oppose the alt-right to choose between risking a J20 style felony prosecution or risking a terrorist attack on their home from the far-right. Needless to say, the odds that a Supreme Court with a 6-3 GOP majority including two Trump nominees would overturn this law are close to zero. Even the name “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018” is a direct reference to the April 2017 “Unmasking Antifa” public event held in the wake of J20 by DC area anti-Fascists.

The Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018 was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary on the 8th of July, with Trump preparing his Supreme Court nomination that was as expected announced the next day. It was a known certainty that Trump would nominate an extreme “conservative” so this meant the constitutionality of a law designed to remove free speech protections from opposition to Trump’s “Make America White Again” agenda would no longer be an issue. It is unlikely that this is a cooincidence, and show just how dangerous the Trump regime truly is. From sexual and health choices to the right to defend small children from family separation, all is under determined, incredibly ruthless attack.

Thus, it is no surprise that announcement of Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court would lead to skirmishes and shoving matches in front of the Supreme Court. The rest of the world can see the chaos and disorder Trump is sowing play out right in front of this courthouse and right behind the US Capitol.

Video of confrontations with aggressive anti-choice activists




Confronting a bullhorn-wielding anti-choice activist who bulled his way into a progressive crowd

Right winger surrounded after barging into the crowd

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