Sunday, March 09, 2008

FOX 5 Video, Wash. Post Cover G-Town Amplifiers

Maybe Councilmember Jack Evans simply does not understand how D.C. residents--many in Wards 3 and 6--are negatively harmed by amplified noise in their homes every weekend. Evans' neighbors most likely got the point on Saturday and Sunday.


Saturday's FOX 5 News' 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts carried coverage from the day's amplified noise in one usually quiet Georgetown neighborhood. Click here to see the video.

The front page of the Washington Post's Metro section also carried a story. Click here to read it.

The ruckus started on both Saturday and Sunday shortly after 7 a.m. The noise pollution was spewed by D.C. mothers and fathers, grandmas and grandpas, workers and retirees. The group represented D.C. Wards 3 and 6.

The artificial grassroots power of an amplified simply allowed a handful of people to act as if they were hundreds. Six hardy--and very wet--souls carried out the deed on Saturday. Only three were necessary for Sunday's wake-up call.

Three Metropolitan Police Officers stood watch each morning--and a good thing, too. While many Georgetowners empathized with their fellow citizens' plight, other seething residents wanted blood. In fact, I've never heard the word "fuck" directed at people in so many unusual and creative ways.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...

Wow, you guys have serious guts. Much respect. I wonder if FOX would ever venture out to H & 8th St, NE to film the street preachers...

I think we know the answer to that one.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job. Now go back at 2 am on a work and school night. Tell him it's all about freedom of speech. Keep going back frequently. Eventually he will give in or his neighbors will force him too. Some politicians just need a bit of a push to see reason.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

A question:

The noisemakers were fined in 2005, and were quieter. What has changed from 2005 to 2008?

9:45 AM  
Blogger Klav said...

LB:

Powered amplifier-wielding people have sprouted in all parts of the city--especially downtown and in residential areas of Ward 3.

As a result, a coalition has developed across the city--Wards 3, 6, 7, neighborhood civic associations and even labor unions.

In fact, just as the noise bill began to bubble in the city council in January, the ISUPK mysteriously stopped assembling at H and 8th St NE and moved to Chinatown (H and 7th St NW).

So, the northeast residents are less affected, but our D.C.-wide coalition has pledged to stick together.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Klav said...

Anon:

Even amplified non-commercial noise is prohibited at 2 a.m. But everything is fair game from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.--anywhere in the city.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Klav said...

Henry:

After the D.C. Attorney General discovered the noise loophole passed in 2004, the fines were tossed. Afterward, one group at H and 8th St NE resumed being as amplified and loud as ever.

Meanwhile, other amplified groups have sprouted in other parts of D.C.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please please please keep this up. It exposes hypocrocy and the lack of advocates even our locally elected officials have become. I hope to run by you guys this Sat and Sun and every week-end after that until you have the same justice these people in Georgetown claim.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to Go! Stay focused on the noise, not the content.
Will you be back next weekend?

8:55 PM  
Blogger Klav said...

Please know our group detests doing these amplified noise demonstrations. We are moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, workers and retirees. We'd rather be home with family or conversing with neighbors.

That said, I think folks are disgusted with how some on the city council have placed special interests over citizens. It's reprehensible behavior.

We'll continue to demonstrate the absurdity of the city's broken noise law as necessary, where necessary. Any such action most likely will be unannounced.

12:19 PM  

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