November 2014

Net Neutrality protesters demand Obama fire FCC chair Tom Wheeler

On the 6th of November, net neutrality protesters showed up at the White House demanding Obama fire or demote FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, a former Cable TV company lobbyist.

In the face of extreme public opposition to his plans to allow "paid prioritization" or website-paid Internet fast lanes, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is attempting to use a "compromise" to reclassify Internet Service Providers as something other than neutral common carriers.

Video of the protest

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The Internationalist No. 38 is out!

The Internationalist No. 38 is out! Get the journal of revolutionary Marxism -- contact an Internationalist supporter or send US$0.50 to Mundial Publications, Box 3321 Church Street Station, New York, NY 10008 USA. Five issue/one year subscription $10. Articles in this issue:

  1. For Workers Action to Defeat Barack Obama's Iraq/Syria War
  2. México: Masacre en Guerrero exige movilización y revolución obrera
  3. Huge Protests Sweep Mexico Over Massacre of Students
  4. Mexico: Guerrero Massacre Calls for Mobilization and Workers Revolution

The Internationalist No. 38

FERC blockades Day 4: Die-in, blockades hold out 2 hours plus in the rain

On the morning of November 6, 11 activists were arrested as the 4th day of blockades in a row again made it difficult for employees of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to get to their rubber stamps. One of the blockades was a die-in across 1st st NE.

Photo by Stop the Frack Attack

Million Mask March confronts barricades at Supreme Court, one activist tasered elsewhere

On the 5th of November, Anonymous's Million Mask March took to the streets of DC as they did last year. A confrontation with police erupted at the Supreme Court as barricades were torn down. Elsewhere protesters blocked Constitution Ave and another tense confrontation came after cops tasered a protester.

Youtube video of the barricade removal confrontation at the Supreme Court and a standoff at another building

Youtube video of confrontation triggered by Taser incident

Showdown at the Supreme Court-James from the Internet photo

Rough and illegal arrests as activists blockade FERC for 3rd day in row

On the 5th of November, fracking and gas export protesters returned to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the 3rd day in a row. Again protesters set multiple sequential blockades of the driveway. During one of the driveway blockades, Federal Protective Service cops wearing Homeland Security markings arrested protesters who were attempting to comply with the 3ed warning to disperse. During another they used excessive force, tackling seated activists to break up an arm-locked blockade line. There was even an arrest of a protester sitting on a bench not engaged in civil disobediance

Video of 3ed day of FERC blockades including arrests of protesters attempting to comply with 3ed warning and cops tackling seated, arm-locked protesters

Cops tackle seated, arm-locked protesters in FERC's driveway

11 arrests at 2nd civil disobediance in two days at Solomons construction site for gas export

On the 4th of November, activists opposing building a fracked gas export facility at Cove Point staged the second civil disobediance in two days at Solomons, MD. Six activists entered the construction site for the pier needed to unload equipment for Cove Point and climbed to the top of the highest dirt pile on the site with a banner before being arrested. There were five other arrests including two photographers.

Video of the civil disobediance at Solomons on Nov 4

Siege of FERC continues with second day of blockades

On the 4th of November, climate marchers returned to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the second day in a row. Despite a heavy police presence they again blockaded streets and again forced FERC employees to step over protesters and even a mock town. The town is symbolic of all the towns destroyed by projects FERC has rubber stamped.

John Zangas photo

Climate Marchers march on Democrat headquarters, vow to obstruct pro-fossil fuel candidates

Hours after blockading the headquarters of FERC, activists from the Great Climate March and their supporters marched on the national headquarters of the Democratic Party. Marchers warned that candidates who accept fossil fuel industry "donations" and support their positions would not only not get their votes but instead find activists "getting in their way." This is a direct threat to obstruct and oppose compaigns for President or other office by Hillary Clinton, Martin O' Malley, or anyone else who does the bidding of the fracking, tar sands, and mountaintop removal coal industries.

Video of the march on Democratic Party headquarters featuring the threat to "get in the way" of runs for office by Hillary Clinton or other pro-fossil fuel candidates

Hillery Clinton and MD Gov Martin O'Malley star on this banner with other pro-fracking, fossil fuel fiunded Democratic politicians

Lockdowns, 25 arrests at FERC against fracking, gas export

On the 3ed of November, climate and anti-fracking activists blockaded all entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC. 25 were arrested. Some of the arrests were nasty and two without legally required warning. Meanwhile, Kelly Canavan of MD locked down to a crucial piece of construction equipment in Solomons, MD, halting work on a pier needed for the Cove Point gas export facility. Fifteen more actiivsts were arrested at another gas infrastructure blockade at Seneca Lake, NY.

Video:FERC blockades and rough/no warning arrests

Lockbox blockade of the back entrance to FERC

Thousands protest Washington Football Team's racist name at Vikings game

On the 2nd of November, an estimated three to five thousand protesters showed up outside a Minnesota Vikings game to protest their opponents, the Washington Football Team and their racist name and mascot. Some wore "Rethink" jerseys in the team colors of burgundy and gold. Police estimated 3,200 protesters, others (including al Jazeera) said this estimate was low and about 5,000 protesters were present.

Great Climate March arrives in DC after 10 months on road from LA

On the 1st of November, the Great Climate March entered DC and marched to the White House. The march begin 10 months ago in Los Angeles. Since March the Great Climate March has travelled over 3,000 miles. Many of the participants on foot the entire distance, one of them a 71 year old grandmother.

Stirring video of the march

Just past the DC line