June 2020

Confederate statue toppled, shattered at Frederick Cemetary

On the 30th of June, the Frederick Post reported that the Confederate statue at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, MD had been torn down and smashed to pieces. They also report that this comes just days after white power stickers were found in nearby Baker Park.

Cropped/reduced resolution version of Frederick Post's photo of the "irrepairably damaged" Confederate statue

Excluded Workers rally demands relief benefits for informal sector workers

On the 29th of June, the Excluded Workers Rally and motorcade demanded an end to the exclusion of informal sector workers from unemployment benefits. This includes day laborers, sex workers, undocumented workers, and many others in the informal economy. None have been receiving benefits as the virus has decimated their trades like so many others.

Photo by GU Kalmanovitz

Protesters set up mock guillotine in front of DC home of Jeff Bezos

On the 28th of June, protesters marched on the massive, palatial DC home of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. They brought a mock guillotine with them-and set it up right in front of Jeff Bezo's home.

Video-guillotine set up at Jeff Bezo's house 1 min 48 sec

Guillotine in front of the DC home of Jeff Bezos

Fuck the Police march storms Target on 14th st

On the 27th of June, an over 10 mile long FTP(Fuck the Police) march started in Dupont, marched beyond Allison St and over to Ga Ave, and finally back down to BLM Plaza. The highlight of the march was the whole group storming the Target on 14th st to protest their calling the cops on Black and Brown people. Street vendors were mentioned-and if Target is siccing cops on their competition that is especially ugly.

Video-the march storms Target 1 min 46 sec

Storming the building housing Target on 14th st

Jack Posobiec removed, escorted out of protest to remove condescending Lincoln Park statue

On the 26th of June, protesters showed up in Lincoln Park with the anounced intent of removing a condescending statue showing Lincoln standing over a formerly enslaved person. Neo-Nazi Jack Posobiec (and Deploraball organizer)was caught livestreaming, removed from the park, and escorted several blocks away. Cops picked him up and took him to his car after he attempted to return to the park.

Video: Hit the road, Jack(or be removed) 1 min 15 sec

Columnist details 6 mysterious `Trump bombshells'

Columnist details 6 mysterious 'Trump bombshells' that could blow at any moment, Jun 26, 2020 https://www.alternet.org/2020/06/columnist-details-6-mysterious-trump-bo...

Columnist details 6 mysterious `Trump bombshells'

Columnist details 6 mysterious 'Trump bombshells' that could blow at any moment, Jun 26, 2020 https://www.alternet.org/2020/06/columnist-details-6-mysterious-trump-bo...

FTP March ends in Defund MPD home demo against Councilmember Allen

DC Councilmember Charles Allen has equated bills to cut MPD funding anywhere from 2% to 15% with defunding the department entirely. On the 25th of June, a "Fuck the Police" march ended at his home demanding the complete, 100% abolition of the police department. This was the second night in a row the Councilmember received a home demo around this issue.

The scene outside Councilmember Allen's house as the FTP march culminated there

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Protesters again recover Black House Autonomous Zone from police

As night fell on June 24, protesters again were in posession of the Black House Autonomous Zone at and around 16th and H sts. Police attempted to provoke multiple incidents, in one case assaulting an elder and in another assaulting a medic. Nothing gave them enough for Mayor Bowser to order another assault on the position.

Trump's wall, second version again being decorated in one section

Black House Autonomous Zone changes hands 3 times: flashbangs, pepper spray and arrests late-night

On the 23ed of June, Mayor Bowser's cops forcibly drove protesters on BLM Plaza back to 16th and I sts. Protesters held out until late in the night cops abandoned their position and protesters retook Black Lives Matter Plaza. A massive fence has now been erected at Lafayette Sq. Not long after police opened up w flashbangs, pepper spray, swarming bike cops and multiple arrests but still had lost the area. Cops took it back again sometime after 3AM.

Video-protesters take Black Lives Matter Plaza back from police 2 min 40 sec

Front line at 16th and I in the evening

Police beat and pepper spray after attempt to pull down Andrew Jackson statue, protesters deploy own shield wall

The June 22 Battle of H st escalated with a late-afternoon attempt to pull down the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Sq. Park Police riot squads broke up this effort in a blizzard of pepper spray and club hits. The police attack over the statue effort the was so violent one person reportedly lost four front teeth to a clubbing. For all their violence, these cops managed to retake only part of H st. Shortly after nightfall a heavy bloc of protesters carrying shields of their own reinforced the front line, leading to a standoff in place.

Video of Andrew Jackson Statue incident and protester shield block deployment that followed 2 min 31 sec

Park cops used force and violence to keep protesters from pulling down that Andrew Jackson(author of Indian Removal Act) statue in Lafayette Sq