Matthew Halbe’s charge of crossing a police line was dropped on Tuesday, while Michael Dranove faces four new charges in addition to defacing government property.
Michael Dranove is a self-described anarchist. “It has nothing to do with chaos — that was some Wilson Red Scare propaganda that seems to have stuck to this day for some reason,” said the freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences who was arrested at the recent “Funk the War: Bad Romance” protest. “[Anarchism] advocates workers’ control over the means of production. [It’s] all about organization and community.”
D.C. police arrested two AU students at the Funk the War protest Friday. An unknown person or group vandalized the Armed Forces Recruiting Center during the protest, according to AU graduate student Geoff Ramsey. • AU students participated in two other protests Saturday at the Capitol and the mall, respectively.
Legalizing gay marriage in D.C. in 2009 would have boosted the local economy $52 million over the course of three years, according to a Williams Institute estimate. Christopher Ramos, research associate at the Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law that focuses on sexual orientation law, explained the number of dollars generated in the economy would be lower now, but the D.C. economy would still receive a boost.