Washington, DC


Photo by Tim Brown

From The Nationals:

“The Phillies and Nationals players have collectively decided to postpone tonight’s game.

We support their decision to use their platform to call attention to the racial and social injustice that continues to exist in our country. We will continue to stand behind our players and those on the front lines working to generate accountability and real change in our society.”

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Photo by Arav Kharkwal

“Dear PoPville,

Am I the only one who finds this a little cringe?

I get their heart is in the “right place,” but I feel this is capitalizing on a movement and for a brand “trying to get some good name recognition.” This all seems like a marketing ploy of like “performative activism” to get people in the door and then pressure them to get a membership.”

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Photo by Victoria Pickering: “Shanna Lim, with gold-color body paint, as Lady Liberty in an Artists Against Racism video filming on Black Lives Matter Plaza”

“Dear PoPville,

My heart tells me to join the March on Washington this Friday/weekend, but I don’t feel comfortable in such a large gathering. Does anyone know of any smaller, neighborhood versions of protests/demonstrations being organized? Especially any that children are welcome at?

Thanks!
your neighbor in Woodridge”

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“Dear PoPville,

I am a cofounder of an organization called Fuel the People which raises money to feed protestors through partnerships with local Black & POC-owned restaurants. Our mission is to nourish protestors while also supporting and uplifting local businesses. Since we started in June, we’ve fed over 16,000 protestors in DC & NY. We’re currently raising money to support protests commemorating the March on Washington throughout the upcoming weekend in DC, and would greatly appreciate it if you could share our GoFundMe.”

The Post reports:

“A civil rights rally timed to the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is expected to bring thousands to the same spot on Friday.

Headlined by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who will be joined by King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, and family members of several men and women who were killed by law enforcement officers, the demonstration will conclude a week of large-scale events in the nation’s capital, including days of protests and a fireworks display over the Washington Monument to mark the end of the Republican National Convention.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department would like to announce on Friday, August 28, 2020, the Commitment March: “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” along with other First Amendment demonstrations, will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with these events, there will be extensive street closures that motorists should take into consideration.

The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking from approximately 12:00 am to 11:59 pm: Read More

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20th and S Street, NW

Readers started reporting around 10pm: “what is going on on 16th and V / Florida NW? Multiple cop cars on both corners plus back along 17th and Florida”

at 10:30pm:

“Just rode my bike through 18th and Columbia. Small fires on the road, newspaper boxes strewn throughout, heavy police presence. People were already gone west on Columbia.”

at 11:45pm:

“Protesters have been kettled at 18th and Willard for at least an hour. Whole block police taped off. Chants of “why are we being detained?” breaking out.”

at 12am:

“One protester in medical distress just taken away on a stretcher.”


18th and Willard St, NW

The Washington Post reported:

“Tysean Hoffman, of Alexandria, said the group of marchers numbered about 50 and began to march from Meridian Hill Park (also known as Malcolm X Park) toward the Third District police station and throughout Northwest Washington.

Some marchers lit fireworks, turned over trash cans and may have lit at least one trash can on fire, Hoffman said. But there was no damage to property and the marchers were otherwise peaceful.”

Updates when/if MPD/DC Gov releases more info.

More photos: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

As I was out grabbing lunch Saturday, a protest against police violence was coming up 14th. Cops were closing streets, redirecting traffic, and the chants of “No racist police” echoed over the sirens.

As I walked up 14th, I saw a man speaking to his young daughter as she sat in her stroller watching the protest. I didn’t hear their whole conversation, but I heard the words “Isn’t this cool . . . In other countries, you couldn’t do this.” Read More

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