On the last weekend of June, animal rights activists showed up at the home of Martin Sharpless, VP of Skanska Building, which is trying to build a new vivisection lab at University of Washington (state). Chalked messages were left all over the surrounding streets. Also visited was the Montgomery County, MD office of Skanska Building USA.

On the 26th of June, cops and city workers were met with barricades as they arrived to evict a homeless camp under a Baltimore freeway overpass. The campsite is at Martin Luther King Ave and Mulberry st, sheltered by the freeway overpass. Using civil disobedience, activists sought to defend the camp from this assault by the forces of wealth and urban removal.

Video of the blockade by Harris from the Post,originally uploaded to Vine

On the 23ed of June, the Senate voted to cut off debate on the "fast-track" bill for the TPP, TISA, and TTIP trade treaties. The proposal only needs 50 votes to pass in Wednesday's final vote. Beyond Extreme Energy confronted Sen Dianne Feinstein in her office over her support for TPP fast-track while other activists took up a position on the corner of the Capitol grounds. Just after 11:30AM, the 60th vote to cut off debate was cast.

On the 13th of June, the Clarendon Cup bicycle race was once again held on a a very tight course laid out on the streets of downtown Clarendon. The winning team and rider were sponsored by United Health Care, notorious for removing all dental coverage from their "community" or Medicaid plan. The race itself was sponsored by the US Air Force, known for guzzling jet fuel. In spite of all that, the annual Clarendon Cup is a spectacular bike race including pro teams, some of which also ride in the Tour de France.

Video highlights of the race

Washington's Nakba Museum by Stephen Lendman The Washington Peace Center "envision(s) a world based on respect for people and the planet that is achieved through nonviolence, peace and social justice." Its web site featured an announcement of the opening of America's first ever Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope. It "aims to invite Palestinians to finally tell their stories by providing them with a safe environment in which they can freely share their experiences of loss, devastation and

On the 11th of June, several activists opposing Congressional "fast-track" authority for the TPP trade deal held vigil next to the US Capitol, intending to stay put until the Friday, June 12 vote in the House on the TPP fast-track bill

On the 4th of June, activists began the "Rigged Trade Rebellion" presence on Capitol Hill to oppose passage of "fast-track" for the TPP and other trade deals. This presence will continue every Tuesday and Thursday at Independence and NJ Aves SW. The TPP treaty is nearly done except for disputes between the US and Japan, stopping fast-track is not crucial to stopping the entire TPP.

Video interview-status of fight to stop the TPP

On the 3rd of June, opponents of the proposed TPP or Trans-Pacific Partership delivered over 2 million petition signatures to Capitol Hill.

Youtube video of Keith Ellison's speech at the Capitol Hill rally against the TPP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inaCcQOXSK8

A Twitter message from Anonymous claims that DC police have been ordered to impose an illegal, de facto curfew on the homeless, arresting them between the hours of midnight and 5 AM. It does not cite a context nor a location. Since there is no legal curfew, these arrests would have to be on made up or spurious "charges of convenience." Alternately they use "evidence" from illegal stop and frisks, known as jumpouts in DC. This kind of spurious arrest was how Freddie Grey got killed. Does DC want a week of protests, riots, and no baseball too?

 Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community, We are writing today to let you know that Westboro Baptist Church has received a permit from the city to picket in the public space outside of the main gates at 37th & O Streets, NW, this coming Monday, April 27th, from 4:00 p.m.

On the 17th of April, as the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank got underway, a "clown bloc" showed up asking delegates if they would answer on camera "what is the difference between austerity and poverty?" Not one would answer this on the record. Seeking answers the Clown Bloc moved on to the IMF's "infoshop" bookstore, which is open to the public or supposed to be. Security guards aggressively kept them out, this was repeated when some of the clown tried to enter the World Bank seeking the same answer.

Video-clown bloc questions delegates, tries to get in

Video-Interview with Australian citizen concerning solidarity with United Voice union at IMF/G20

On April 16, 2016, Sen Orrin Hatch(R-Utah), Sen Ron Wyden(Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Misrepresentative Paul Ryan (R-WI) formally introduced "The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015," which is fast-track authority clearly meant for the proposed TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty. At or just before this introduction, protesters demanding "Flush the TPP" marched on the US Capitol, and some were able to enter one or more of the buildings of the Capitol complex

On April 15th, a 61 year old postal worker from Florida attempted to deliver 535 letters to Capitol Hill demanding an end to corporate cash in US politics by gyrocopter. He sucessfully evaded all Washington DC air defenses and landed his aircraft on the West Lawn without damage. He was intercepted on the ground by Capitol Police before he could deliver these letters to all 535 members of Congress.This was perhaps the most profound protest yet against the "Citizens United" case that legalized unlimited corporate campaign cash.

Youtube news video based on tourist's Vine clip

On the 7th of April, power outages cascaded from Charles County, MD through PG County and into Washington DC. WTOP News reported that Homeland Security was inundated with calls asking if "nefarious activity" was to blame, but official blame went to failing equipment in Charles County, MD.

Yes, there are still Critical Mass bike rides in DC. This one was on March 27th 2015, departing Dupont Circle shortly after 8PM. Critical Mass in DC meets at Dupont Circle at 8PM on the last Friday of each month.

Video of the ride

On the 11th of March, Code Pink confronted US Secretary of State John Kerry as he spoke before Congress to support US military intervention both against ISIS and in the Ukraine. Two members of Code Pink were arrested. One point Code Pink was making is that US intervention created ISIS/Daesh, so it stands to reason that more US intervention will produce more terrorism.

CNN Video posted to Youtube by 3ed party

On the 5th of March, a "sled free or die" call went out for sledding on the US Capitol West Lawn. US Capitol distributed fliers announcing that sledding was prohibited but as of 2:20PM have yet to make any attempt to back this up with any kind of aggression against the crowd of sled riders.

On the 3rd of March, under freezing rain, Jewish Voices for Peace and other groups staged a final protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nehtanyahu's warmongering speech. One speaker cited a former Mossad chief as bluntly calling the conflict with Palestine the number one threat to Israel, not Iran's nuclear program. Nehtanyahu's speech seems aimed at sabotaging Obama's negotiations with Iran over nuclear energy and forcing war.

During the protest, two supporters of Israel waded into the crowd, argued with a number of people, then suddenly charged out of the crowd and attempted to destory a camera used by an Indymedia cameraman. Their attempt to destroy the camera failed.

Video-long shot of the rally followed by the attempt to destroy the camera

On the 3rd of March, Code Pink got into the Longworth House Office Building as Israeli Prime Minister Nehtanyahu gave his speech. Both Code Pink and AIPAC director Cohen then attempted to enter speaker Boehner's office but that one was locked. Code Pink then chased AIPAC's director Robert Cohen through the halls before storming Representative Stivers' office after him.After being driven from the office by cops they managed to boo the speech at a "watch party" surrounded by unhappy AIPAC members.

Youtube video-Code Pink chases AIPAC director, storms Rep Stiver's office

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