On the 24th of April, a day long speakout and hip hop gathering in front of the so-called “Department of Justice” celebrated the birthday of Mumia-Abu Jamal by demanding the release of ALL political prisoners as well as the serious prosecution of George Zimmerman for the racist murder of Trayvon Martin.
The rally lasted from 11 AM to about 3PM with hundreds present, to the considerable embarassment and inconveniance of those who shut the gates of justice in the faces of people of color.
At around 3PM, the entire protest marched all the way around the Department of Justice, than all the FBI, before marching to the White House for a civil disobedience protest.
At the White House the whole march swarmed the “prohibited zone” on the sidewalk directly in front of the White House, and one sign was placed on the side of the fence facing the White House, to the considerable consternation of Secret Service. It was recoveered and the protest continued.
At one point, someone from one of the African-American militant groups spotted a souvenier Obama pen dropped on the sidewalk and stomped it under his polished boot! I can’t think of a better way to show utter disappointment in someone who was SUPPOSED to be a Black president than that simple but clear act.
Shortly after Park Police cleared the area of everyone except the civil disobedience team, someone from the support rally was mysteriously arrested by Park Police and dragged to the area of the CD for processing. The CD itself looked like around 20 people, many in orange jumpsuits, refusing to leave the prohibited zone.
Caught with their pants down by the choice of the White House as the target for the CD, the Park Police held off on reading out warnings until a “pen layer” truck could be summoned to replace police tape with steel fences. There were still an estimated 350 people on site at this time. Horse cops were also brought in, and as warnings were read out, they were positioned to block as much camera view of the arrests as possible.
The Washington Post reported 28 arrests, unsure if that is just the CD or includes the support person who was arrested