On the 13th of October, Black Lives Matter activists, some of them by motorcade, showed up at the US Attorney's office on 4th st NW demanding that the "special police" who killed Alonzo Smith in the Marbury Plaza apartments be prosecuted for murder.
On the 13th of October, the mainstream press was buzzing about the five women who have come forward to declare that they were sexually assaulted by Donald Trump. On that same day, hundreds picketed Trump's brand new luxury hotel in DC over yet another crime by Donald Trump: his flat refusal to honor the outcome of an election by workers at his Las Vegas hotel to seek union representation.
On the 5th of October,the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held a hearing on the tribe's request for an injunction against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline during the appeal process of previous decisions. The builders of this pipeline have a record of trying to finish as much construction as possible before court cases can be heard. After the Oct 5 hearing. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II gave a statement outside the courthouse
Video-Statement by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II in front of the courthouse plus some questions answered by the tribe's attorney
On the 22nd of September, outraged "representatives" of Spectra Energy were kicked out of the monthly meeting of FERC for whining about the possibility of a “stop work order” on Spectra’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline project.The magic words were "we pay your salary!"
Town Hall meeting of united organizations and activists against police state murders and mass incarcerations.
August 20, 2016
Host Organization: Gethsemane Baptist Church
Khalfani Drummer, Pastor
On the 1st of September, Fox 5 News broadcast one of their incessant "crime news" stories, this one about a shooting in DC. FOX went well beyond covering this young man's death, they went into his neighborhood seeking anyone who they could induce to say on camera that they wanted the incoming police chief to bring back "plainclothes vice squads." These squads are known as "jump-outs" and are infamous for stopping and forcibly searching all young African-American males on a block if any crime by anyone is observed. Police deny they now exist but this sort of harassment is still pervasive in many parts of DC. A key demand of Black Lives Matter in DC has been to total and complete elimination of police jump-out squads. The FOX broadcast carefully avoided the words "Jump-out" as well as "Black Lives Matter" even while covering a non-police involved shooting.
On the 21st of August, plainclothes security guards forcibly removed a number of animal rights activists from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception after they began a "vegan outreach" protest/speakout. As soon as they got outside the door they became violent enough to inflict bruises, knocking down the activist using the camera. The camera stopped when it hit the ground. Not knowing the camera had stopped, the woman using it turned it on one of the guards while he was boasting "yeah I assaulted you" to another activist. The camera still some of what that same guard was boasting about, meaning his "testimony" isn't needed anyway.
Early AM on Sun, August 21, the entire area of K and L streets between N Cap st and 1st st NE was overrrun with cops while transgender sex workers were forced to move east to a temporary area to meet their clients. Presumably their clients knew to check further east if the normal area was overrun with pigs, as this is the direction cops have been pushing them since condos took over the old 5th and K area. Out of state cars seen parked near places like NPR radio were harassed with fake "crime alert" parking tickets whose real purpose no doubt was to warn that license plates were being logged by cops. The broken piles of car window glass indicating an active car break-in zone have never been evident in that area, thus casting doubt on any actual "crime" problem concerning anything other than sex work.
Update August 6: A/C still not working 4 days after contractors worked on it in front of protesters-they need to finish the job!
On the 14th of July, "LT" Leslie Irby died from the effects of extreme heat in the DC Jail. The air conditioning system has been broken since before that time and inmates have reported temperatures as high as 100F in their cells. On the 3rd of August, Cease Fire: Don’t Smoke the Brothers and Sisters led a march on and around the jail demanding repairs and an end to the baking hot cells. On the very day the protesters arrived a crane was set up, with a new condensor section for that HVAC system being slung to hoist to the roof where maintainance crews were finally at work. The odds that this is a cooincidence are low, given that the system has been broken for many weeks.
Over the weekend of July 9-10, DC Stampede and Tidewater Earth First! combined forces to protest at the homes of three executives of Skanska USA ijn Virginia. There is a report that police used a pretext traffic stop against one of the activist cars to bully and intimidate the passengers in the car demanding personal information. Skanska is building a new vivisevction laboratory for the University of Washington, and the national No New Anijal Lab campaign has sworn to prevent it from ever opening.
On the the 8th of July, the DC Bike Party took to the streets once again, now having been in existance for four years. Although not the largest ever, this was a very large bike party of hundreds of riders. This was also roughly the 4th anniversary of the first DC Bike Party In this ride, a few riders wore signs saying things like "Black Lives Matter" and "Disarm the police."
Come Out to Support President Obama Granting Leonard Peltier Clemency.
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President Obama has explicitly said he will not permit the Democratic Party platform to take a position against the TPP trade deal. In response, on the 7th of July fair trade protesters showed up at the offices of Representative Elijah Cummins, who chairs the Democratic Party's platform committee. Elijah Cummins has said before he opposes the TPP and has repeatedly voted against TPP related bills including Obama's treasured "fast-track" bill last year. The protesters were there to say they've got his back and are asking him to stand up to bullying from the Obama administration and ensure that the party platform opposes the TPP trade deal.
On the 3ed of July, activists from Direct Action Everywhere showed up at the National Zoo with fliers, signs, and a bullhorn denouncing the zoo as a prison for animals. Zoos have been compared to life in prison with no parole before. The comparison made the zoo sufficiently uncomfortable that as soon as the bullhorn started up, zoo cops responded, trying to claim ownership of the sidewalk in front of the zoo. Protesters rejected that lie, and both Park Police and MPD showed up, in the end reminding the zoo police that the zoo does not in fact own the sidewalk. Many times security guards have made that claim at a protest, and time after time even the police have had to admit this claim is a lie.
Critical Mass bike rides still take place here in DC, currently on the last Friday of every month.
The June ride took to the streets about a half hour later than usual to give riders time to assemble after a heavy rainstorm passed through, then set out at about 8:30PM with somewhere around 50 riders.
On Thursday, the 23ed of June, protesters showed up at the White House demanding that 28 now-classified pages of the 9-11 report detailing Saudi complicity in 9-11 be released. One of the signs charged Obama with concealing the lies of George W Bush.
Hate, Terrorism, The Orlando Massacre And Labor With AFL-CIO Pride At Work Jeramy DavisWW6-14-16The Orlando Massacre And Labor With AFL-CIO Pride At Work Jeramy Davishttps://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww6-14-16the-orlando-massacre-and-labor-with-afl-cio-pride-at-work-jeramy-davisPacifica WorkWeek radio looks at the attack on Orlando massacre on LBGT people and the reasons for this hate and violence with Jeramy Davis who is the executive director of the AFL-
On the 15th of June, Beyond Extreme Energy showed up for the second time at the home of FERC chairman Norman C Bay. They were there to demand an end to FERC's rubberstamping these gas pipeline and fracking projects, and especially of eminent domain for these destructive activities. This time around they were joined by Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein. Earlier in the day, Sen John Barrasso and Politico called Beyond Extreme Energy "extremists" over these very peaceful home demos. Jill Stein responded that "what is extreme here" is extreme energy and the expected 9 foot sea level rise by 2050
Early AM on the 12th of June, a gunman swearing alliegance to Daesh (ISIS) shot up a Gay bar in Orlando, FL, killing over 50 people and wounding over 50 more. A second attack was defeated in California when the attacker ran afoul of police. In defiance of the attacks, hundreds of thousands showed up at DC's Capitol Pride festival, the second day of a two-day event. Days earlier, the Washington Blade ran a cover showing Donald Trump wagging his finger and warning GLBTQ people to "Enjoy Pride-it may be your last." The day that was widely circulated was the same day Donald Trump spoke before the anti-Gay group Concerned Women for America. Daesh is but one of many theocratic ememies of GLBTQ rights.
On the 11th of June, the Clarendon Cup bicycle race returned to the streets of Arlington, VA. This particular running was unusual in that a large team breakaway got away very early and lapped the field while the race was less than half over. As the race continued smaller breaks-and a solo rider-managed to escape the main peleton and lap the field themselves, thus getting back into contention and preventing the race from being effectively over. All the winners were from these breaks, with a team sponsored by United Health Care sweeping the podiums.