Six transgender rights protestors were arrested today after shutting down the intersection of 16th and K Streets.
The demonstrators were chanting slogans and carrying signs in English and Spanish to protest the deportation of trans people in the U.S.
— Tim Regan™ (@MrTimRegan) June 30, 2015
The protest was organized by United We Dream, an organization that advocates “for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.”
Police cleared the intersection of K and 16th Streets around 4:26 p.m.
In a Facebook event page, the group said it was protesting “against racist, militarized policing in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.”
Dozens of protestors marched from in Mount Vernon Square Park to the Chinatown gate last night.
A press release from earlier this week says the protest was related to the now-infamous arrest in McKinney, Texas, in which a white officer pulled a gun on and shoved several black teenagers at a pool party.
The protest was also meant to coincide with the anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Uprising in South Africa, where hundreds of student protesters were gunned down and killed by apartheid police.
Read the full press release below:
Recent footage of an officer brutalizing and pulling a gun out on teenagers at a pool party in McKinney,Texas, have once again shed light on why Black Lives Matter protesters have referred to widespread police misconduct as “terror.” Widespread racially biased harassment, brutality and murder have all gotten plenty of media attention, but authorities have taken little action to end them.
On June 16, at 7:00pm, DCFerguson will be taking to the streets demanding an end to these practices.
Events like those in McKinney, Baltimore, Ferguson, Madison and elsewhere ring just as true in Washington, D.C. We have received reports of the militarized jump-out tactic being used by MPD to conduct unwarranted interrogations at gunpoint, seizures of money, and illegal searches, including public cavity searches. We have seen the video of Ralphael Briscoe gunned down in the back. We remember the execution of DeOnte Rawlings, shot in the back of the head by an off-duty D.C. police officer, who was later cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
June 16 marks the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, where brave student protesters were shot down by police in what became a turning point in the struggle to bring down the brutal system of apartheid. We are in the midst of an uprising against pervasive, systemic racism right here in this country.
We want this summer to become a turning point where talk becomes action and injustice is confronted.
On June 16, we will gather at Mt. Vernon Square Park where we will rally then march through the streets of Washington D.C. to honor the freedom fighters that came before us and those who continue our fight today.
Photo via Facebook.com/dcergusonmoves
A small group of protesters occupied the ATM lobby and a small space on the sidewalk in front of the TD Bank branch at 1489 P Street NW Tuesday morning. The group was protesting TD Bank’s funding of the Keystone XL Pipeline. One of the group members said there was no organization behind the protest, although some of them had come from the Occupy DC movement.
DC Police were on hand in full force, and the 1400 block of P Street was closed to traffic at 7:30 am Tuesday morning. By 8 am, the two protesters inside the ATM lobby and the sidewalk protester — who was chained to a 300-pound chunk of cement — had been removed by police.
The protesters were giving media interviews and talking to early morning foot commuters at 15th and P NW. Police on the scene said no arrests were made. There was no representative of TD Bank on hand to confirm that the bank was not pressing charges against the protesters.
The planned fourth phase of the Keystone Pipeline has yet to receive final approval from the U.S. Government, and is the subject of considerable controversy; it is opposed by a number of major environmental groups, including the Sierra Club.
According to TransCanada, “The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alta., and extending south to Steele City, Neb. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the energy security of the United States and for strengthening the American economy.”
As Wikipedia explains, “The Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system to transport petroleum products from Canada and the northern United States “primarily to refineries in the Gulf Coast” of Texas.(USSD SEIS March 1, 2013 p.ES-2). The products to be shipped include synthetic crude oil (synbit) and dilbit (diluted bitumen) from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in Alberta, Canada, and Bakken synthetic crude oil and light crude oil produced from the Williston Basin (Bakken) region in Montana and North Dakota. Two phases of the project are in operation, a third, from Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf coast, is under construction and the fourth is awaiting U.S. government approval as of mid-March 2013.”