LSIC Video Project

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PHOTO: LSIC Videographer Taylor Hall and Client Ray Brooks. Ms. Brooks is represented by LSIC student attorney Samantha Strasser, a third-year student at American University Washington College of Law, and supervising attorney Jay Kim in a landlord–tenant case.

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos to see what happened when LSIC Videographer Taylor Hall and Digital Communications Director Ananda Leeke interviewed alumni, clients, staff, and students for the LSIC Video Project in March and April. Go here to watch the first video created from the project: http://bit.ly/24vKhcn or below.

Union Station Homeless Community Evicted

Union Station Homeless Community Evicted

March 10th, 2016 – WASHINGTON, DC – “More than a dozen people who had sought refuge next to Union Station were evicted from their encampment under the H Street overpass on Thursday morning. The effort was coordinated by the office of Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services (DMHHS) Brenda Donald on behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Cleanup efforts began promptly at 10 a.m., but city and nonprofit outreach workers arrived hours earlier to connect camp residents with various homeless services. They worked tirelessly to help prepare campers for the move by cleaning, packing and labeling their belongings.

The number of residents and tents at the Union Station camp fluctuated over the past few months, with as many as 19 counted in February. At the time of Thursday’s cleanup, there were approximately 14 tents and 12 residents, according to Michael Czin, Communications Director for Mayor Bowser’s office.**”

“The destruction of people’s lives as city employees rushed to erase and “disappear” these people for Muriel Bowser’s so called safer and stronger DC. Lack of a decent living wage, the destruction of housing for working class people, the closing of shelters, doubling and tripling of rents and more are just some of the many tactics that are being used to push Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples out of Washington.***”

** Written by Michael Brice-Saddler

*** Written by Ebony Outlaw

DC Trans Power Drops Banner During Rush Hour Traffic to Raise Awareness of Violence Faced by Trans Community

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Washington, DC — Friday, August 21st, 2015 — DC Trans Power – a collective of transgender activists and their allies – gathered in DuPont Circle this morning during rush hour to bring attention to the recent spate of violence against transgender individuals. Just this year, there have been 20 reported murders of transgender people, the majority of which have been black trans women. In addition, there have been numerous cases of trans people being driven by harassment into committing suicide. In order to raise awareness about these and other issues faced by the transgender community, activists dropped a banner proclaiming “Stop Killing Us; Trans People Demand Respect”.
“There is a war against transgender bodies”, says DC Trans Power organizer Jes Grobman (they/them pronouns). “We are killed off left and right and misgendered in death. Society tells us that our lives are worthless. We are here to stand up and demand that our voices be heard”.

“There is a lot of talk of solidarity with the trans community, but now is the time that people must show it”, says Peace House DC and Zulu Nation activist and artist Sima Lee (she/her pronouns). “We are going to keep coming back until trans people can live without fear of death for being who they are.”

#DCTransPower

Upstream from the Hoover Dam

Clark County, NV

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.

PR7X LIVE II (Pirate Radio Live Broadcast & Performances)

Billy Pilgrim Performing

Art and music is Billy Pilgrim’s life. The painter/poet/rapper began this journey many moons ago, and today is reaping some fruits of his labor. His rap-rock band Mega Def has sent ripples through his hometown of Pittsburgh, he hosted his first visual arts show earlier this year where he presented a series of his paintings that highlighted African-American blues and jazz artists, and he’s been hosting a weekly open mic where years earlier he was developing his own rhyming and performing skills.

Pilgrim’s family has some history working in music. His granddad performed with jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and his cousin toured as a DJ with Run DMC. Although Pilgrim showed a passion for music early in life, his mother wanted him to have a back-up plan, so he attained a degree in History from Slippery Rock University – his studies focused on Latin America, Africa, and China.

While he currently enjoys his role as an arts education mentor working with local youth, Pilgrim is determined to achieve some lofty music-related goals in his near future. One of those goals is going “ghetto gold,” which Pilgrim explains is selling 50,000 units independently worldwide. He adds: “The long-term benefit of a grassroots operation can be rewarding.” As he nears the completion of his latest music project, Pilgrim will be setting out on a tour to distribute and showcase the music and performance that he’s dedicated his life to.

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Morgan State University Homecoming – Jail Killer Cop David Lewis

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[L to R] Me with the West Family

(Baltimore, MD) – October 18, 2014 – the West Coalition, Baltimore Public Safety Collective, and various other grassroots organizations assembled in front of the Northeast Baltimore Police District, calling for the suspension of multiple Violent repeat offenders from the district.

Violent repeat offenders such as Nicholas David Chapman and Jorge Omar Bernardez-Ruiz (from the plainclothes “Special Enforcement Section” unit) should have been suspended after they illegally stopped, beat, and arrested MSU alum Abdul Salaam on July 1, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqJkOIMAhcQ

However they were not, and 17 days later, less than five blocks away, the same offenders went on to beat Tyrone West to death on July 18, 2013. One of the offenders in the beating death of Tyrone West was Morgan State University police officer David Lewis.

David Lewis was the only officer who was not identified throughout the investigation. His identity was discovered over 200 days after Tyrone’s killing, when the West Family obtained the MPIA files. They discovered that David Lewis refused to be interrogated by the State’s Attorney’s Office during the investigation. However, one of the officers who did cooperate gave a statement saying “David Lewis had been sitting on Mr. West’s back for over two minutes after he had been cuffed, until his face turned gray and stopped breathing.“

Still, David Lewis was not suspended or prosecuted and remains on active duty. As are Nicholas David Chapman, Jorge Omar Bernardez-Ruiz and many others in the city of Baltimore district and city.

The West Coalition and Baltimore Public Safety Collective mobilized to raise awareness among the Morgan State community and asked them to join the petitioning for Morgan State University’s President David Wilson, to fire Killer Cop David Lewis. Also for Officer Lewis to apologize to the Family of Tyrone West for his inaction.

Peaceful Protests in Ferguson, MO

“Unc” – A resident of Ferguson who’s been out protesting since day one

(Ferguson, MO) – August 20th, 2014 – About 350 protestors took the streets last night like they’ve been doing for the past 11 days. Stemming from the killing of 18-year old Mike Brown who was gunned down back Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. All and all it’s been quiet for the past two nights with a heavy police presence accompanied by the National Guard who had 3 LRAD’s (Long Range Acoustic Device). There was only one arrest that happened of a young black male, charged with “Unruly Behavior.

National March on the White House: Stop the Massacre in Gaza!

A mother plays with her daughter near the end of the protest

(Washington, DC) – August 2nd, 2014 – Thousands of people from all over the country came to the nations capital to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza. They started out with speakers in Lafayette Park (across the street from The White House), as well as other activities that went on throughout the park. Prior to the march taking off there were a small group of counter-protestors via police barricade. They were escorted out shortly after. From there Pro-Palestinian protestors took the streets and headed towards the Washington Post.

When the protestors arrived back at The White House, there was a peaceful sit-in in the street on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Police forces brought in horses to break up the crowd. Some people got hurt during that time, not hospitalizations. Two arrests took place but as of right now one person is currently released.

In conclusion: Israel receives $4 billion in “aid” from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. More than 1,500 people in Gaza have been killed and more than 8,000 have been wounded from Israeli bombs and missiles. This has to end!

Counter Protest of Israel Solidarity Rally

(Pittsburgh, PA) – July 27th, 2014 – About 45 people came to protest the attacks on Gaza and the Palestinian people at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). In the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, about 300 pro-Israeli’s packed the JCC to support and hear religious and political leaders that support these killings. Not to mention Israel’s illegal usage of gases, the bombing of hospitals, schools, homes and UN shelters. As the death toll has reached 1,000 Palestinians in just under 3 weeks, activists rallied to demonstrate that public opinion has changed. They believe that the populous of Pittsburgh is educated and will be swayed no longer by Israeli hate and “self defense” rhetoric. While they pummel, rob, punish and suppress the people of Palestine.

Protest at the Christians United for Israel Conference

(Washington, DC) – July 21st, 2014 – CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and other activists rallied at the first day of Christians United for Israel Conference (CUFI). CUFI is an extreme ring-wing neo-conservative group who bases their ideologies off of the Book of Revelations. Around 30 protestors showed up to show CUFI who the real oppressors are within this terrible conflict. They asked for an immediate halt to the Israeli bombardment of besieged Gaza and U.S. military funding to Israel.

That evening four people were able to infiltrate the CUFI conference to speak out about the atrocities happening in Gaza. They were met with “Mob Rules” type force. The protestors were choked and hit as well as detained.  This is minimal force if think about what Palestinians and Africans are being faced with on daily basis.