February 2023

MPD cop whines "I feel threatened" to videographer at heavily defended drag show

On the 25th of February Washington DC MPD ofc Riley whined "I feel threatened" at a DC Homos videographer. He melted down like a snowcone in the FL sun while escorting a solo Proud Boy out of the area of a heavily defended drag show in SE DC. Only ONE Proud Boy showed up, sparking this incident.

Video originally posted to Twitter by DC Homos 7 sec

This zoomed in and cropped image from the DC Homos video shows Ofc Riley pointing at the videographer while escorting Proud Boy Betancur out of the area

Tampa music venue Brass Mug postered as Proud Boy-fronted band Trapt plays

On the 24th of February, Trapt played at the brass Mug in Tampa. Trapt's lead singer is a Proud Boy, and his public pro-Fascist statements have cost the band a drummer (who quit over this shit) and many cancelled shows. While one of the opening acts played, anti-Fascist activists entered the venue parking lot and posted fliers directly on the walls of the brass mug.

Video-posters go up on the venue walls as Proud Boy fronted band Trapt plays 1 min 8 sec

"Justice" Alito gets another home demo

On Sunday, the 19th of February, Supreme Court "Justice" Alito get yet another protest at his northern VA home. Protesters emphasized that he stands for theocracy and is a threat to the lives of trans folks as well as his infamous authorship of the antiabortion Dobbs ruling

Video: protesting at and around Alito's house 1 min 30 sec

Silver Spring DQSH defenders defeat pushing, shoving Proud Boys

On the 18th of February, Proud Boys failed in an apparent attempt to physically bull their way into Silver Spring, MD Drag Queen Story Hour. For all the fighting outside the show went on inside with zero disruption!

Video: Rainbow dressed Parasol Patrol holds their own against pushing, shoving Proud Boys 1 min 37 sec

Still from video from raw clips by Our Rights DC

Both GA Senators get Stop Cop City residential protests at their DC homes

On the 18th of February, outraged activists descended on the DC homes of both of Georgia's Senators demanding action to stop the infamous "Cop City" police training range in Atlanta's Weelaunee Forest. This is in memory of Turtuguita ("Little Turtle") who gave his life defending the woods. Since then the National Guard has descended on Atlanta and a firestorm of retribution has been meted out by activists from coast to coast. Even in the DC home demos the chant changed from "shut it down" to "burn it down" and warnings were issued Cop City would never be built and never be defended if it ever is.

Video: Both GA Senators get home demos, speakers were furious2 min 50 sec

Frontlines to FERC brings Gulf Coast residents to DC to protest dangerous LNG facilities

On the 16th of February, Texas and West Louisiana residents threatened by LNG projects and pipelines showed up at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC is infamous as the oil and gas industry's rubber stamp, and is now planning to allow Freeport LNG to restart their Texas LNG export facility that exploded less than a year ago in June 2022.

Video-speakers recount the Freeport LNG blast, demand banks defund these projects 3 min 1 sec

Park Police raid destroys McPherson Square tent city

In recent months, McPherson Square had hosted a tent city set up by those evicted by Mayor Bowser's sweeps of so many other camps. On Feb 15, US Park Police and biohazard-suited trash collectors stormed McPherson and destroyed the tent city, evicting everyone and arresting two people who stood their ground.

Update Feb 17: Washington Post(disable js to bypass paywall): DC Admits only two former McPherson residents got permanent housing, 20 got temporary housing, 50+ scattered and still sleeping outside

Update Feb 16: Report on Twitter NPS had inserted undercover cops into the tent city

Video: Biohazard suited cowards protected by Park Police load tents into trash trucks, a veteran is arrested for standing his ground 1 min 41 sec

Video-McPherson resident stands his ground with constitutional arguments against tent city eviction 5 min 9 sec

NPS promised to store people's belongings. This storage of course was in the trash truck, transfer station, and landfill or incinerator

DC activists protest Wells Fargo, Cox Enterprises support for Cop City

On the 9th of February, the fight against Atlanta's "Cop City" police training range proposed for the Weelaunee Forest again came to DC. Protesters marched on Cox Enterprises (owner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper), and on Wells Fargo(a major funder of the project) with just one demand: Drop Cop City!

Video from raw clips by Extinction Rebellion DC 30 sec

Photo by Shut Down DC

Our Rights DC protests on State of the Union motorcade route

On the 7th of February, Biden gave his annual State of the Union address, with barely a mention of abortion or trans rights. On the motorcade route outside, Our Rights DC held down, demanding that the ongoing state of emergency (which allows for Federal assistance) for covid not be lifted. Also there was talk after Dobbs of declaring a public health emergency over restrictions on abortion killing women, so abortions could be performed on military bases etc in abortion ban states.

Video of motorcades passing ORDC 1 min 30 sec

Demanding that multiple ongoing public health emergencies continue to be recognized (photo by Our Rights DC)

Cops backed by National Guard assault GA's Weelaunee Forest-AGAIN

On the 6th of February, Ga cops launched yet another raid on the Weelaunee Forest, which is defended by Atlanta Forest Defense/Stop Cop City To this date no raid has succeeded in clearing and holding the site in spite of bullshit "domestic terrorism" charges and the murder of forest defender Tortuguita on Jan 18.

Video originally posted by John Spink to Twitter of stormtroopers unloading near the Forest 10 sec

Christian nationalists/Nazis forced out of Pasco Pride in FL

On the 4th of February, several members of the same extreme-right Christian cult that harassed the Dec 29 Clearwater drag show turned up at Pasco County FL's Pride event. They harassed Pride attendees and screamed that people were going to die, going to burn, and going to Hell. Eventually one of them lunged at a child attending Pride with their parents, drawing instant counterattack.

Video-confronting religious extremists at Pasco Pride 2 min 12 sec

"Bubble guns" have been used at the SCOTUS protests. Here in FL a bubble cannon is being used to foam down fiery religious terrorists like so much burning jet fuel on an airport runway

SDS, Community Action Coalition rally against police brutality in Tampa, FL

The 4th of February was a national day of action against police brutality. In Tampa, FL protesters gathered near near Joe Chullia courthouse in Tampa, FL. SDS and Community Action Coalition were there, speakers covered subjects from the infamous Memphis "SCORPION" unit to "Biking while Black" harassment stops in Tampa.

Video of the protest near Joe Chullia Courthouse 2 min 38 sec