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Lockdown halts Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site for 8 hours or more

On the 9th of August, activists opposing fracked gas pipelines and eminent domain for corporate profit locked themselves to construction equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site near I-81. The lockdown held for 8 hours, probably ending the working day on the pipeline

Video of the protest, lockdown, and difficult, time-consuming extraction by a specialized police team 2 min 47 sec

The tough lockdown to a sideboom(similar chassis as a dozer) as seen from the street

Protesters demand Arlington sever all ties with ICE, as drenching rains fall

On the 10th of June, migrant activists and their allies descended on the Arlington County Government Center just ahead of major storms that dumped 3+ inches of rain. They were there as part of the ongoing campaign to end all cooperation with ICE, in all cases, in all of Northern Virginia.

Telemundo's photo of the rally at the Arlington County Government Center

Lessons from the Clarendon Cup bike race: Vaccinations, solidarity, and two shocking surprises

On the 6th of June, bicycle racing returned to Arlington as the Clarendon Cup ran again after being cancelled in 2020 along with most other sporting events due to the pandemic. It is the widespread use of covid vaccines that made this event possible.

Video-lessons from the Clarendon Cup, and antiwar song played at Armed Forces themed race 2 min 28 sec

Racers passing the camera close-up

Protesters march on home of Arlington Board of Supervisers member over arrestee transfers to ICE

On the 22nd of March, pot-and-pan banging protesters marched on the home of a member of Arlington's Board of Supervisers. They were demanding a total and complete end to ALL cooperation with ICE by Arlington Police, courts, and the Sheriff. The targeted politician responded to the story of a man being arrested, turned over to ICE, and deported after a traffic accident with seemingly an hour of bullshit.

Video: marchers at the house met with an attempt to baffle protesters with BS and trivia while Arlington tops ICE detainer compliance

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Armed militiamen, Boogaloo Bois show up at Richmond gun rally/lobby day

The 18th of January saw another armed protest in a state capitol, this time in Richmond. The annual 2nd Amendment lobby day organizers were upstaged by militia and Boogaloo Bois open carrying in defiance of Richmond's recent legislation banning firearms at protests. Two days to go to Inauguration.

Video: Graham Moonaw caught armed milita and Boogaloo Bois admitting to illegally carrying rifles at the Richmond protest 44 sec

Sandi Bachom got this photo of militamen open carrying in violation of new Richmond city laws concerning weapons at demonstrations. One in the Hawaiian print shirt used by the Boogaloo Bois

Protesters demand Alexandria Holiday Inn not host fascists

On the 4th of January, protesters showed up outside the Alexandria Holiday Inn, demanding fascists and Proud Boys be refused rooms for the upcoming coup attempt. A "credible threat" of violence caused organizers to call the event off with 1/2 hours notice, but people showed up anyway and proceeded with the protest though on a smaller scale.

Video-interview w participant 3 min 28 sec

Pipeline protesters dig in against end of stop-work order vs Mountain Valley Pipeline

Beyond Extreme Energy reports that the stop work order against the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been lifted, but a new ban on stream and water crossings has just been imposed. FERC has extended their permit, but a treesit camp stands in their way and observers report no new construction.

DHS boss Chad Wolf gets second protest at his Alexandria house

Department of Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf is responsibe for everything from Customs and Border Patrol BORTAC teams gassing medics in Portland to ICE and CBP sending children to concentration camps to die of COVID-19. On the 9th of August, protesters showed up at his house for the second time in just over two weeks.

Video-A speaker's firsthand report from Portland, and Luke on reports of the tear gas spreading covid 2 min 40 sec

Protesters outside Chad Wolf's Alexandria home

Chelsea Manning released as 2nd grand jury disbands

Chelsea Manning has just been released from jail after defeating the second grand jury to attempt to question her. Any attempt to subpeona her to a 3ed grand jury will now run afound of coronavirus restrictions on court activities. Oddly, this release cooincides with a suicide attempt and a Federal judge had to order her release, raising questions about whether the Feds intended to keep her locked up unlawfully after the grand jury expired

Extreme right attempts, fails to hijack Richmond gun rally

On the 20th of January, tens of thousands of gun owners gathered near the VA state Capitol to lobby against proposed new gun laws, some warned while wearing rifles that gun confiscation would be resisted by force. While tens of thousands protested the proposed gun laws, extreme-right groups from Trump campaigners to neo-Nazis and a few Confederate flag wavers tried and failed to overshadow or take over the rally.

Video: fascists including Jovi Val make fools of themselves at the Richmond gun rally 2 min 19 sec

The man here with the rifle gave an interview about possible civil war in the US to a number of media outlets.

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