In December, we launched our campaign to fund a resistance house in Washington D.C. and you responded enthusiastically. With your help, we were able to raise over $40,000! Here is an update of what we’ve been up to since then:
Members of our Action Faction were in D.C. for the Resist J20 demonstrations and the Women’s March, where they participated in the events which are well documented via the Millennials for Revolution, and People for Bernie Sanders Facebook page and Twitter accounts. Our story has been watched by millions and played a major role in amplifying the resistance to the masses.
Since then, members of District 13 have been involved in amplifying other protests and demonstrations in D.C. such as the Anti-Muslim Ban march that took place in February, and more recently the Women Workers Rising event which occurred on International Women’s Day, as well as the Native Nations Rising protest from earlier this month. You can find some of these images in our gallery.
We moved into our D.C. residence in late February, and we are currently working on setting it up to accommodate as many visitors as possible. We believe that we should be able to house ten other people aside from the two-three members of the Action team taking care of the house. We have an application ready, and encourage you to share it with anyone who might be interested. We are looking for folks with interesting ideas, with or without direct action experience. We have already received some applications, and have hosted some amazing activists.
Most recently, some members of District 13 were involved in direct action planning happening around the AIPAC conference at the end of March, and Action Faction members Moumita Ahmed and Maia Rosenberg joined the hard blockade in front of the conference center alongside members of IfNotNow–one of the main organizations protesting AIPAC. Act.tv documented the action. We are also involved in planning around the People’s Climate March in April.
Our other big project is organizing a ‘Congressional Direct Action Tour’. This will be something we offer to those staying at District 13 as a way to support direct action efforts. We will share information about security, good areas for large groups to gather, what spaces are ‘off-limits’, and other relevant details about Capitol Hill. We hope this will prove to be a valuable resource for those organizers coming from outside D.C.
We are excited to continue our work here, we feel like we’re just getting started. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see us do, please let us know!