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Massive DC march protests string of hate crimes against Trans and Gay people

Starting a little after 7PM on the 20th of March, a crowd that appeared
to be in excess of 1,000 people marched in DC against the recent string
of beatings, "robberies" and outright murders of Gay and especially
Trans people in DC.

The Washington Post is reporting the march as 600 people, but that
estimate looked to me like another lowball estimate from them. A march
of 10 columns of 60 people each would be much shorter than the March
20th event and about as wide. This march occupied at least oe full block
at a time of Irving street, all the way across.



The march proceeded East on Irving Street, scene of some of the crimes,
one of which left a Gay man in the hospital with a broken jaw after an
assault that lasted over three blocks of pursuit, according to a
speaker. Present in the march was the mother of a Trans woman who was
murdered on East Capitol Street. These murders of Trans folks seem to
attract far less attention from the police than things like shoplifting
at Neiman-Marcus does.



At the intersection of Ga Ave and Irving street, a "Radical Queer"
contingent including some people who work with Occupy set up an shrine
with candles and posters of one of the Trans women who was murdered.
Similar shrines may have been left at other intersections according to a
poster on Twitter, I can only confirm the one I saw at Ga Ave and
Irving.



At this point, police started pushing some of the radical Queer folks,
trying to prevent them from gaining control of the northbound lanes of
Ga Ave. There was some unnecessary roughness, the police would have
shown more respect if it was the conduct of some of their own at a
memorial for a fallen officer in questions!



As the march proceeded down Ga Ave towards U st, the police aggression
seemed to die out, and the march finally passed west on U st. A left
turn took the march south on 14th st-past the Black Cat where at large
candidates for council were having a candidates forum. They were
challenged to come out and show some respect for the fallen, but not one
of them did. Finally the march turned west again on R st, finishing up
at 17th and R street.

Author's warning: To any viewers who support beatings, robberies, and murders against Gay, Lesbian, Bi, or Transgender folks: Some of us don't carry cell phones for defense, some of us don't dial 9-11, some of us shoot back!

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Added: Mar-22-2012 Occurred On: Mar-20-2012
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  • Massive march of excess of 1,000 people.

    1,000 people is a Massive crowd ????? And how big is DC ???

    Not what I would call a strong representation of the people. More like a small minority , maybe.

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  • really?? taps?? LOL

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  • definitely don't support gay bashing. i wonder why they have to block the street and disrupt traffic, and then get indignant when the cops intervene? seems to do more harm to the image than good.

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    • @sauerkraut Police funerals do much the same

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    • @dcdirectactionnews did these people get a permit to march and do it in a non-disruptive way? there is a proper way to go about it.

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    • @sauerkraut You sound like a cop yourself, with excuses like this.

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    • @dcdirectactionnews No. All I'm saying is if you are going to be civilly disobedient, there are inherent consequences that go along with that. If you wish to demonstrate peacefully without infringing on the rights of others, that is constitutionally protected. If you wish to be disruptive and infringe on the rights of others to show "civil disobedience", then you need to be aware that you will be arrested and subject to legal action. That is the problem with the so-called "protest More..

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    • @sauerkraut I think you misunderstand who I am. I am not a "nonviolence" advocate, though there are many such folks in Occupy. That should be obvious from my avatar, a photo of 500 anticapitalist fighters with riot shields advancing on Georgetown in October 2007 during the IMF meetings.

      I consider the corporate-aligned thugs who run this country and descended from armed settlers who stole Native land to be nothing but armed robbers. There is no moral superiority is submission to gayba More..

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  • It's a pathetic shame people can't focus their negative energy on more positive/productive issues. Don't support the life style...but at the same time never been threatened, felt violated or concerned about World peace because some don't fit societies views as normal. FCS quit the hating.

    RIP victim

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  • WARNING-All homophobic comments will be deleted and their posters blocked. In the streets, I resist gaybashers with armed force. Here I resist them with comment blocking and deletion, which are a lot less painful to the offender. Expect AGGRESSIVE removal of anti-Gay troll posts on this video

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