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Funk the Weekend

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Underway again, heading into Lafayette Park.

Underway again, heading into Lafayette Park.


Adam Eidinger speaks into the microphone on the sound system.

Adam Eidinger speaks into the microphone on the sound system.


Going past the row of tourists.  Going past the row of tourists.

Going past the row of tourists.

Going past the row of tourists.


Marching past the line of tourists in Lafayette Park, and encouraging them to join our march.


A woman gets up on a man's shoulders, specifically reproducing an action seen at Funk the War 8.

A woman gets up on a man’s shoulders, specifically reproducing an action seen at Funk the War 8.


Still underway, near the east end of the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Still underway, near the east end of the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Still underway, near the east end of the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.


We eventually ended up on the east side of the Treasury Building.

We eventually ended up on the east side of the Treasury Building.


At the Treasury Building, two demonstrators managed to gain access to a second-story ledge, where they unfurled a banner.  That certainly took guts to do, but they managed it.  They initially were near the north end of the building, and later moved south toward the center of the building.


 



The two people on the ledge led a second repeat-after-me message, this one apparently unscripted.


Speaking from the ledge.

Speaking from the ledge.

Speaking from the ledge.


Demonstrators on the ground watch the two people on the ledge.

Demonstrators on the ground watch the two people on the ledge.


Awesome outfit, no?

Awesome outfit, no?


Meanwhile, MPDC officers guard the building, making sure no one else goes up and joins them.  Meanwhile, MPDC officers guard the building, making sure no one else goes up and joins them.

Meanwhile, MPDC officers guard the building, making sure no one else goes up and joins them.


An MPDC officer explains to a Secret Service officer about how the people got up on the ledge.

An MPDC officer explains to a Secret Service officer about how the people got up on the ledge.


Still on the ledge, in the second location further down.

Still on the ledge, in the second location further down.


Eventually, the two demonstrators were arrested.  The two were grabbed from behind by a group of officers, handcuffed, and led into the Treasury Building through a window.  Their banner was confiscated as well.


Arrested!

Arrested!


Reaction on the ground to the arrest of the demonstrators on the ledge.


On the sidewalk outside the Treasury Building, what was a roving demonstration turned into a sit-in.  With the two demonstrators arrested, people just basically sat down where they were.  I personally am not a big fan of impromptu sit-ins, because it usually means that the demonstration is going to lose its energy.  This one kind of started to do that, as some people started to leave.  It did, however, liven up for a bit, as some people got up and began dancing down the line of people, with musical accompaniment typical of a Funk the War demonstration.


The sit-in is underway outside the Treasury Building.  The sit-in is underway outside the Treasury Building.

The sit-in is underway outside the Treasury Building.

The sit-in is underway outside the Treasury Building.  The sit-in is underway outside the Treasury Building.

The sit-in is underway outside the Treasury Building.  The sit-in is underway outside the Treasury Building.


A woman gives the peace sign for the camera.

A woman gives the peace sign for the camera.


Dancing!  Dancing!

Dancing!


The situation with the police was a little bit uncertain, as a demonstrator was arrested for what we believed was just for trying to enter the area where the demonstration was taking place.  From what I gathered, people were free to leave (i.e. we weren't trapped), but at the same time, once one left, one could not return.

The situation with the police was a little bit uncertain, as a demonstrator was arrested for what we believed was just for trying to enter the area where the demonstration was taking place.  From what I gathered, people were free to leave (i.e. we weren’t trapped), but at the same time, once one left, one could not return.


Police officers on horses in the street next to the sidewalk we were demonstrating on.

Police officers on horses in the street next to the sidewalk we were demonstrating on.


Talking to Herold outside the Treasury Building.  Note how Herold periodically looks over at the camera.  Keeping the cameras constantly rolling hopefully keeps the police on better behavior than they otherwise might.


The sit-in continued as the sun started to go down.  This is where I finally made the determination that I was done for the day.  The demonstration was not likely to go beyond the sit-in, and who knew how long it would last.  So for me, I called it.  I was done.  I said my goodbyes and my see-you-tomorrows, and headed out.  I ended up walking east towards Metro Center.  I stopped near the station for a smoothie, and then headed into the station, where I caught Breda 3245 for the ride back to Wheaton.  When I got home, I downloaded my pictures from the memory card to the computer, put my batteries on the charger, and uploaded my movies to YouTube.

And then, with the videos up and a Journal entry written about the event, I called it a night.  My weekend of activism wasn’t over yet by any means, but in order to keep going, I needed to get some sleep…

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