Culture/Entertainment

Final Boycott Nellie's Block Party of the summer

On the 27th of August, the final scheduled Boycott Nellie's Block Party took place in front of nearly empty Nellie's Sports Bar. The boycott itself continues: the previous night, Nellie''s owner Doug refused to show up at a community listening session he had previously agreed to attend.

Video-dancers outside Nellies on Aug 27 42 sec

DC Bike Parties are BACK

On August 11, the DC Bike Parties returned to their traditional 2nd Wed of every month rides that depart Dupont Circle at 8PM. This was after a special July 16th ride on the anniversary of the first DC Bike Party.

Video highlights from early in the ride 1 min

Rainbow over the start of the August DC Bike Party as the last of the rain moved out

DC Juneteenth events include Million Moe March (gogo) and noise demo at DC Jail

On the 19th of July, Juneteenth events all over DC celebrated the 1865 end of legal slavery(excluding prison labor). Speaking of the prison labor exception, one of the events was a pot and pan banging noise protest at the DC Jail. Earlier, the "Million Moe March" go-go began at BLM Plaza and ended on U st, once known as "Black Broadway" before gentrification.

Video-Banging pots and invoking past uprisings at the DC Jail 38 sec

Banging a pot outside the DC Jail

Mass bike rides take to the streets as most covid restrictions lifted and cases plunge

On the 21st and again on the 22nd of May, massive group bike rides took to the streets of DC, similar to the DC Bike Parties of the pre-covid era. In the past year, police made no attempt to enforce covid gathering limits against 1st Amendment activities probably for fear of a court using the 1st Amendment to toss ALL the gathering limits. Cultural events (including bike rides) that were not about speech were mostly suspended-until now.

Big mass bike ride set out on the evening of May 22

After Default, Zambia Becomes Third Country Seeking G20 Debt Relief

Zambia requested the G20 coronavirus debt relief process, the "Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the Debt Service Suspension Initiative." The process allows up to 73 of the world’s poorest countries to seek support under the mechanism.“The pandemic is hitting the economies of poor countries pretty hard and many more countries will be requesting debt relief," noted Eric LeCompte who leads the religious development group Jubilee USA and advises the United Nations on debt issues. "Zambia needs serious debt relief.

Video-DC Bike Party, ShutdownDC, Extinction Rebellion DC stage joint "get out the vote" ride

On the 14th of October, DC Bike Party partnered with Shutdown DC and Extinction Rebellion DC for a Halloween-themed "Get out the Vote" bike ride. Hundreds participated.

Video-the ride at St John's Church, and Halloween theme on display at Union Station 1 min 15 sec

The bike party passes St John's Church, site of Trump's June 1 tear-gas enabled Bible thumping photo op

DC Bike Party rides on eve of major protest against Trump's nomination speech

On the 26th of August, the DC Bike Party took to the streets to open the coming weekend of protests against Trump's GOP nomination acceptance speech.

Video originally posted by Wyatt Reed to Twitter of bike party circling Freedom Plaza 1 min 41 sec

Still from Wyatt Reed video of DC Bike Party circling Freedom Plaza

Mayor Bowser lifts "Cherry Blossom Blockade"

On the 26th of March, the swarm of cops and occasional National Guard vehicles were gone from the Tidal Basin area, but the cherry blossoms were still out. With very few people present beyond some car traffic it was an utterly safe time for the few who braved reports of the Mayor calling out the Guard over the cherry blossoms and got to see them in privacy.

Video-"private showing" of Haines Point cherry blossoms after Mayor Bowser withdraws National Guard 1 min 34 sec

Some car traffic but relatively few people on foot

DC Bike Party's Gender Equality Ride takes place safely outdoors as pandemic of fear grips DC

On the 11th of March, a pandemic of fear could not stop the DC Bike Party's Gender Equality Ride from taking to the streets. Organizers warned riders to leave some distance between each other, but also reminded everyone that the ride is outdoors and thus well ventiliated. The ride was a success, and was seemingly the busiest traffic in otherwise near-empty streets

Video: Early portions of the DC Bike Party-and ugly reality on way home 2 min 28 sec

A rider pulls a wheelie early in the ride

2019 in Progressive Activism

Video compilation of protests and direct actions mostly but not entirely in the DC area as the resistance against the regime of Donald Trump enters its third year. (16 min 58 sec)

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