July 2017

Vigil marks Terrence Sterling's 32nd birthday at 3rd and M sts

On September 11, 2016, MPD officer Brian Trainer shot Terrence Sterling off his motorcycle at 3rd and M st NW. Ever since a memorial to him has been maintained at the site, and Black Lives Matter protests took place there for months therafter. On July 31, 2017, Terrence Sterling would have turned 32 if he had not been murdered by police. Marking the occasion, his family and friends held a vigil at 3ed and M sts.

"Our Lives On the Line" celebrates victory over Trumpcare 4.0, warns against further attempts

Update Jul 30:Trump vows to cut off ACA subsidies unilaterally unless Congress passes a Trumpcare bill.

The July 29 Our Lives On the Line rally and march on the White House celebrated the 4th defeat of Trumpcare bills in the Senate. The protest also warned against any further attempts to gut medicaid and health coverage.

Video showing Nancy Pelosi talking like she marched in a black bloc, then the march on the White House

Anti-fascists protest American Renaissance Conference in Tennesee

On the 29th of July, the neo-Nazi American Renaissance Conference met at Montgomery Bell State Park in Tenessee. They have been there since they were driven from Dulles and the DC area by anti-Fascist protesters. This time around, fleeing to Tenessee did not protect them. Anti-Facists protested the event, and frustrated alt-right Nazis responsed with scattered violence. A DC activist was nearly run down by a carload of Nazis, and one AMREN attendee had to go to the hospital by helicopter after he didn't do well in the fight he chose to start.

Anti-Fascist rally outside American Renaissance Conference at a park in Tenessee. Photo by Lacy

Trumpcare 4.0 defeated by single vote after still more protests at the Capitol

Twenty hours of scheduled debate on Trumpcare ended at 9:30PM on July 27 with protesters again at the US Capitol and no bill passed. An 8 page bill was released-with two pages dedicated to defunding Planned Parenthood. In a hurried vote beginning at 1:20 AM on July 28, this 4th attempt at passing Trumpcare was defeated by a single vote. McCain voted NO, and Pence left the Capitol in defeat. Protest WORKS!

Protesters at the US Capitol chant "Shame on You!" and "Kill the bill!"

A bit after 8PM at the US Capitol, about 5 hours before Trumpcare was defeated for the 4th time

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J20 solidarity rally held, court hears motion to dismiss Inauguration protest indictments

On the 27th of June, DC Superior court heard a motion to dismiss the superceding indictment and compel disclosure of probable illegal grand jury instructrions. Before the hearing began, supporters of the defendents held a rally outside, including the reading of a statement by Dane Powell, sent to jail for 4 months after rescuing a child from police pepper spray on Jan 20.

Video including reading of Dane Powell's statement and Black Lives Matter solidarity statement describing openly white supremacist cops

Photo from itsgoingdown.org coverage

Planned Parenthood protests Trumpcare near US Capitol as total ACA repeal fails

On the 26th of June, Planned Parenthood held a protest against "Trumpcare" with hundreds of supporters, many dressed in Pink at Upper Senate Park. Speakers noted that once again, all of the proposed bills boot millions off insurance, bring back pre-existing conditions exclusions-and all defend Planned Parenthood. They also pointed out that all this is to fund tax cuts for the rich.

Speakers explain the importance of Planned Parenthood's services-and what's wrong with these bills

J20 solidarity posters and more graffiti appear around DC

The week of solidarity with the J20 defendents continues! On the 25th of June, DropJ20 graffiti was visible at the corner of 12th and I sts NW, scene of some of the most intense action during Trump's inauguration. Elsewhere in town, posters appeared on lamp posts in a classic style showing solidarity with defendents who are at risk for up to 80 years in prison for protesting Trump's inauguration.

A J20 solidarity poster on 14th st

Two GOP Senators get early AM home demos hours before Senate vote to debate Trumpcare 4.0

Update July 25 3:15PM:Motion to Proceed on Trumpcare 4.0 passes Senate on 50-50 vote, Pence casts tiebreaker This starts the official debate in the Senate on what is being claimed to be a straight ACA repeal bill but few details are public.

Hours before the July 25th vote on Trump's mystery 4th try at a healthcare vote, Senator John Boozman (R-AR) got an early AM protest at his home in Virginia, and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) got a similar protest at his home in DC. One protester called the birth of her daughter a "pre-existing condition."

Photo by Thinkprogress

MD Governor Hogan gets home demo asking for safety study of Cove Point gas export plant

On the 24th of July, We are Cove Point and supporters showed up in Annapolis for the 5th Monday in a row of protests demanding a safety study for Dominion's fracked gas export plant at Cove Point, MD. This protest and the last few were in front of the Governor's house. The theme this week was "call the governor" and people are being asked to call Governor Hogan at 410-974-3901 to demand the safety study.

Video from the 5th protest for a safety study on the Cove Point LNG terminal(28 sec)

March for Public Education opposes Trump/Devos budget cuts, privatization

It's been six months since the violent police attacks on protesters at Trump's inauguration, and opposition to the Trump agenda is still turning people out in the streets. On the 22nd of January, a large march took over Independence Ave to oppose the corporate takeover of education advocated by Trump and his transphobic Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. Devos is a radical privatization advocate whose sole qualification for office is giving millions to Trump's campaign fund.

Video of the March for Public Education

3D Citizen's Advisory Council Meddles in J20 Proceedings

July 7 - J20 defendant Dane Powell  was sentenced to serve 4 months of two 36 month sentences after accepting a non-cooperating plea agreement at the end of April. Ahead of sentencing, the government, led by AUSA Kerkhoff and Borchert, submitted materials to the court supporting their position that both Dane and all J20 defendants should spend significant time behind bars for attending a protest.Among the documentation submitted include