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"Real People Real Relief" hold symbolic march on Capitol for covid relief

On the 25th of February, the "Real People Real Relief" rally demanded Congress pass a covid relief bill that benefits working class people, migrants, and people of color. A key demand was that the $15 an hour minimum wage NOT be dropped from the bill. The event climaxed with a symbolic march to the razor-wire topped fence around the US Capitol.

Video-marching on the Capitol 2 min 26 sec

Marching to the Capitol for covid relief. Fence is at edge of Mall prior to 3ed St

Ongoing covid menace forces AIPAC to cancel 2021 Convention in DC

In prior years, AIPAC has brought hundreds of Congressmen or their staffs to the Washington Convention Center to pick up their lobbying (bribe) money, to the tune of intense protests and sometimes blockades. In 2020 they and CPAC brought some of the the first covid cases to DC. Due to the still ongoing pandemic, AIPAC has announced that their annual convention will NOT take place this year.

Rally held in Arlington to support Amazon worker's union drive in Bessemer, Alabama

On the 20th of February, supporters of Amazon workers seeking to unionize and get a living wage gathered in a series of solidarity rallies at or near Amazon facilities across the US. One of these was in Crystal City Arlington, where Amazon is setting up part of their "HQ2" second headquarters split between Arlington and Nashville.

Protest held on BLM Plaza against continuing deportation of Black migrants

Between Jan 20 and Feb 15 2021, over 26,000 people have been deported in defiance of Obama's supposed deportation freeze. Haitians and other Black migrants seem to have been especially targetted. On President's Day (Feb 15th), migrant and BLM activists gathered on Black Lives Matter Plaza, demanding Biden keep his promises to halt ALL (not some) deportations.

Video: Protesters chant against Biden's deportations on H St 29 sec

Still from Black House News video of President's Day protest against continuing deportations under Biden

Build Back Fossil Free march demands Biden cancel pipelines

On the 11th of Feb, a "Build Back Fossil Free" march demanded new President Biden order the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to halt operation and cancel Enbridge's Line 3 that trespasses on Ojibwa land. Other demands included cancelling all other Federal support for fossil fuel infrastructure and supporting renewables instead.

Video-Build Back Fossil Free march on the White House 1 min 26 sec

"Build it Back Fossil Free" marches on the White House from the EPA

Luke runs in solidarity with 93 mile no-DAPL/No Line 3 run by Standing Rock Youth Council

On the 9th of February, the Standing Rock Youth Council challenged activists to run any distance in solidarity with their 93 mile winter relay run from Timber Lake to Cannonball River, where the No DAPL camps of 2016 were located. DC's own Luke rose to the challenge, supporting the national campaign to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Video-Luke's solidarity run and the 93 mile relay run against DAPL and Line 3 36 sec

The Standing Rock Youth Council's 93 mile relay run.

Cops stage fake kettle, harass They/Them FTP(Fuck the Police) march

They/Them's weekly "FTP" march on Feb 6 ran into a police response that may have been capable of stopping the Jan 6 Fascist assault on the Capitol. On 18th between S and T streets, cops set bike lines trapping the protest. The north line moved out when protesters advanced towards it, but made it plain one command from a whiteshirt and protesters would have had to fight their way out.

Video of cops riding recklessly close, the fake kettle, a cop crashing his bike, and more 2 min 27 sec

FTP March subjected to "Kettle and Release" police tactic

FTP March gets heavy police presence, some physical harassment

Police reaction to the They/Them "Fuck the Police" march on Jan 30th was a stark contrast to the utter lack of police attention paid to the Jan 29 Patriot Front fascist march just the day before. Hordes of bike cops menaced the march, people were harassed trying to go home afterwards, and there were repeated physical incidents though no apparent arrests.

Video of cops harassing Black man trying to leave at end of march 56 sec, by Black House News

Lots of cops on 18th st during the FTP march. None visible in videos of the previous day's outright Fascist march

Dangerous white supremacists return to Mall

On the 29th of January, dangerous white supremacists returned to DC, marching on the Mall carrying an explicity Fascist modification of the US flag. Barely two weeks after a fascist insurrection stormed the US Capitol they carried their flags on long sticks and set off smoke bombs while chanting racist slogans.There was zero police interference or harassment.

Lydia Pillis video clearly showing the fasces added to their modified US flags 29 sec

Photo by Lydia Pillis

Fence blocking access to H st/BLM Plaza removed, some National Guard to stay

As of the evening of Jan 22, the fence blocking access to the "sign fence" on H st from BLM Plaza has been removed. Hopefully no remnants of the coup plotters are still in town to attempt an attack on the artwork.

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