Activists with the group “Anacostia Conservative Coalition” held a news conference Tuesday to protest D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowsers’ alleged human rights abuses of inmates who were held in near-solitary confinement at the D.C. jail during the coronavirus pandemic.
For almost 400 days straight, 1,500 people at the D.C. jail were locked in their cells for 23 hours a day to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Washington Post reported in April 2021.
Activists called for congressional action against Mayor Bowser, the D.C. city council, and “all other parties complicit in this abuse of power and violation of basic human rights” when they gathered at the Black Lives Matter Plaza, according to the coalition.
“The bottom line is very simple. We stand next to a sign that says Black Lives Matter, yet the majority of the lives that are going ‘unmattered’ in D.C. Jail are Black lives. Black men