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March on Crystal City

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MPDC Captain Jeff Herold takes a moment to survey our march.

MPDC Captain Jeff Herold takes a moment to survey our march.


Once Herold spotted me taking his picture, he started mugging for the camera!  Turns out that Herold is quite the camera whore...

Once Herold spotted me taking his picture, he started mugging for the camera!  Turns out that Herold is quite the camera whore…


All this way, and still carrying the pot of chili!

All this way, and still carrying the pot of chili!


Continuing our westward march on M Street.  Continuing our westward march on M Street.

Continuing our westward march on M Street.



“Capitalism, no thanks!  We’ll burn your f—ing banks!”


Meanwhile, Luke continues his audio recordings.

Meanwhile, Luke continues his audio recordings.


The march continues, now going north on Wisconsin Avenue.  The march continues, now going north on Wisconsin Avenue.

The march continues, now going north on Wisconsin Avenue.


Reaching P Street, we turned east, and crossed to the north side of the street in a somewhat random location, much to the annoyance of Jeff Herold because we didn't use the crosswalk.

Reaching P Street, we turned east, and crossed to the north side of the street in a somewhat random location, much to the annoyance of Jeff Herold because we didn’t use the crosswalk.


Making a quick stop at the home of DC Council member Jack Evans.

Making a quick stop at the home of DC Council member Jack Evans.


Shouting, “Shame!  Shame!  Shame!” and “For the people we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!” outside Jack Evans’ house.


On our way again!

On our way again!


Turning south on 29th Street NW, heading back towards M Street.  Turning south on 29th Street NW, heading back towards M Street.

Turning south on 29th Street NW, heading back towards M Street.

Turning south on 29th Street NW, heading back towards M Street.  Turning south on 29th Street NW, heading back towards M Street.


Say "cheese"!

Say “cheese”!

Say "cheese"!


Oh... hi, Isis!

Oh… hi, Isis!


Returning to M Street.

Returning to M Street.


We departed Georgetown while shouting, "We'll be back in April!" referring to upcoming World Bank protests.  We departed Georgetown while shouting, "We'll be back in April!" referring to upcoming World Bank protests.

We departed Georgetown while shouting, “We’ll be back in April!” referring to upcoming World Bank protests.


With the Georgetown section of the march complete, we turned our sights toward the Lincoln Memorial, with the intention of joining the ANSWER march.  We had no concerns about being late for the mainstream march.  Feeder marches such as ours usually have contacts at the main location, to keep us informed about what’s going on at the main site so that we can alter our plans if necessary.  And true to form, it was well past noon, and ANSWER speakers were still blathering on at the Lincoln Memorial about all kinds of matters.  I’m sure if ANSWER could get away with it, those blowhards would go on all day.  I personally had no problem missing out on the speeches.  Speeches are great and all, but at demonstrations, you’re essentially preaching to the choir.  I personally think that taking it to the streets and engaging outsiders in the cause and engaging in direct action is a much more effective effort than giving speeches to people that already agree with you.

However, the route we took to the Lincoln Memorial surprised me.  I had assumed that we would return to Washington Circle and then turn south on 23rd Street to approach the Lincoln Memorial from the north.  I was very surprised when we turned south before reaching the bridge over Rock Creek Parkway.  We ended up going down a highway ramp, heading down to Rock Creek Parkway, where we followed a bicycle path alongside Rock Creek Parkway to the Lincoln Memorial.  We went under a number of bridges, and went past the Watergate and the Kennedy Center as we followed Rock Creek Parkway’s path along the Potomac River.  Thus we approached the Lincoln Memorial from the northwest.


Taking the ramp down to Rock Creek Parkway to continue our march.  Going this way really did surprise me.  Taking the ramp down to Rock Creek Parkway to continue our march.  Going this way really did surprise me.

Taking the ramp down to Rock Creek Parkway to continue our march.  Going this way really did surprise me.


Marching south along Rock Creek Parkway.  Marching south along Rock Creek Parkway.

Marching south along Rock Creek Parkway.

Marching south along Rock Creek Parkway.  Marching south along Rock Creek Parkway.

Marching south along Rock Creek Parkway.  Marching south along Rock Creek Parkway.

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