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Protesters Rally at Jack Evans' House Halloween Night

A group of protesters with signs stood outside Evans' P Street home on Halloween night.

Around 10 p.m. Halloween a group of about 35 protesters gathered outside Councilman Jack Evans Georgetown home, chanting, holding signs and at one point using blow-horns, according to neighbors.

The Anti- Capitalist Trick or Treating was an effort by DarTT (Defending Animals Right Today and Tomorrow) and Anarchist Alliance DC, which was supported by OccupyDC.*

Evans told Patch he heard the noise outside around 10 p.m. and initially "did not think anything of it" since there had been a steady stream of trick-or-treaters all night.

But when he heard them "chanting my name," said Evans, he decided to go outside to see what it was they wanted.

"I've learned over the years, the best way to deal with a protest is going out and engaging them," said Evans.  He said he's had three or four protests in the past.

Judy Bunnell, a Georgetown resident, told Patch that Evans had police support and that the councilman was speaking with protesters. From what she could tell their concerns centered around shelter for the homeless.

Police were on the scene, though Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Paul Metcalf could only tell Patch that a call came in at 10:13 p.m. for an assist on the 3100 block of P Street, NW. Evans lives on that block.

Evans said he did not call the police, but they did come to his home when they saw the protestors. Police were out in force already for Halloween and were preventing traffic on local streets. 

"It's always nice to have police around," he said.

Homelessness was at the center of the Evans protest, according to one Occupy twitter account.

"Anarchist Alliance and Dart mic checked Jack Evans who closed Franklin Shelter. He promised a public meeting," tweeted @MaxwellEileen Wednesday night.

Both groups were associated in some form with the Occupy DC movement last year.

Evans said it was not entirely clear what the protest was about and that he did not recognize them.

Evans said from what he gathered, the closing of the Franklin School homeless shelter was the loudest of the concerns raised during his conversation with various protesters.

He said they wanted to him to re-open the Franklin Shelter, "which we’re not going to do," said Evans.

"It should never have been a shelter in the first place... In a humane system, no one should be living in the Franklin School," he added.

Patch contacted @MaxwellEileen via twitter about the protest and was told that Evans "spoke to the group and promised a public hearing on their grievances."

Evans confirmed that he promised to hear them out and that he also promised to ask Councilmen Jim Graham and Michael Brown to attend, since they actually have jurisdiction on homeless issues in the Council.

The Ward 2 Councilman's home was not the only stop for Occupy in Georgetown. @MaxwellEileen tweeted, "Occupy is in the house! Happy Halloween from Georgetown! pic.twitter.com/fpqGKdhI" and posted photos of the group at PNC bank and other points along M Street.

Editor's Note: This article originally reported that the protesters were OccupyDC but they were actually a different group, "Anti- Capitalist Trick or Treating."

Lisa Qualls November 01, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Jack Evans is very crafty. What is inhumane is allowing people do die in the cold because you took away their shelter. If there is a problem with the previous shelter; make a new one or fix the old one. I witnessed Jack Evans verbally attack the protesters personally to try to deflect their questions with a lot of talk about nothing, while being extremely condescending. Again, in other comments on this thread, people are talking about anything except the important issue of closing shelters and causing people to die. There is just no excuse for that.
Joan Anders November 01, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Who died? Please specify with examples we don't think it is as bad as you say.
ZenFidel November 03, 2012 at 02:55 AM
let's see if i can step in here and leave a comment. @justa guy: no anarchist alliance is not an oxymoron, it is only oxymoronic to those naive enough to believe that anarchism means "ev'ryone out for themselves" (an opinion circulated by the status quo corporate media, who do not care to understand what anarchism truly is. @shaun courtney: while you updated one aspectof the article, you did not edit the article to reflect the efforts of the anarchist alliance dartt... it still reads as if this were an occupy event. @naynay & joan anders: the point is, in actuality of stripping the lower class of resources like shelters ... if you were destitute and struggling at the bottom and on the street without a warm bed, you would soon learn how very essential shelters are. it isn't really about specific humans who have died, it is about providing shelter for those whom are living, whether you imagine actual humans to be a mere pestilence or not. poverty sucks and our capitalist system is built in such a wayas to facilitate that there are always the under class, those folks who are so destitute, that we want to "blame" their economic lassitude on them instead of on a system that necessarily creates the niche of destitution.
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Joan Anders November 04, 2012 at 03:53 AM
ZinFidel: You are truly poetic. Can I get your input for my next Hallmark card idea?


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