July 2015

Video: Greece explodes after bailout deal repudiates vote

Early on the 16th of July, the Greek Parliament voted to accept even more extreme austerity than the measures voted down by a supermajority in the July 5 referendum. The previous day and well into the night protesters in the streets to defend the NO vote, responding to police tear gas grenades with Molotov cocktails.

Inspirational Greek Solidarity video

Greek anarchists drive motorcycle cops back

Greeks stand up to German bankers and the IMF

"Christians United for Israel" draws protest

On the 13th of June, protesters showed up outside the Washington Convention Center opposing the "Christians United For Israel" (CUFI) convention being held inside. Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike called out current Israeli occupation policies for violating the philosophies expoused by Jesus, thus calling the convention one of hypocrisy. One of the current positions espoused by CUFI (along with AIPAC) is opposition to any nuclear deal with Iran, as they advocate war against Iran instead.Some "Christian Zionists" believe that the Jews must hold Jerusalem to enable the Rapture, an event associated in the Bible with Armageddon and among other things the loss of the entire Jewish population in Jerusalem. Thus war with Iran would fit their agenda.

Video of the protest (1 min)

THIS is why some "Christian Zionists" support Israel-really crazy

Protesting "Christian Zionist" convention

Huge DC Bike Party takes over streets on 3ed anniversary of first Bike Party

The 10th of July marked the 3ed anniversary of the first DC Bike Party. For this occasion the Bike Party was moved to Friday instead of the normal 2nd Wednesday of every month, and a huge crowd showed up. This was much larger than any previous DC Bike Party I participated in, indeed larger than any other group ride I have ever seen in DC. In some places the ride was slow simply due to the huge traffic volume this many riders amount to.

video of the ride (3 min 3 sec)

Huge DC Bike Party takes over the streets

Rally held for al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Dupont Circle

On the 10th of July, there were al-Quds (Jerusalem) day rallies all over the world demanding an end to the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel and exclusion of most of the Muslim world from their own sacred places there. One of these rallies was held in Dupont Circle, which like Jerusalem is stolen land.

CCAN protests oil carrying "bomb trains" in Baltimore

On the 8th of July, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) protested in front of Baltimore City Hall to support local residents and activists demanding a ban on the growing number of "bomb trains" entering the city. In the past two years there have been a growing number of trains carrying Bakken crude oil to or through Baltimore. These trains are called "bomb trains" due to the severe damage caused by them in recent railroad accidents, including the incineration of half of one small town.

Video from the rally (1 min 52 sec)

CCAN demands NO bomb trains in Baltimore

Confederate flag sighted on Ga Ave Between Olney and Glenwood

On the 8th of July, two men parked a truck with a large Confederate battle flag on the side of Ga Ave on the route to DC from Baltimore. At first the question of Klan activity came up, but on further investigation it appeared they were playing golf.

Occupy DC marches to remember three fallen activists

On the 7th of July, Occupy DC supporters gathered in Freedom Plaza to remember Kyle (Wild Child), Charlie Microphone, and Bill Miniutti, all of whom died recently. After several hours of storytelling and remembering old days with them,everyone marched from Freedom Plaza to McPherson Square. This was from one former Occupy DC campsite to the other, in the streets just like the way Occupy used to march during those intense months of 2011-2012.

Video-Occupy DC marches from Freedom Plaza to McPherson Square(1 min 47 sec)

Occupy DC marches from Freedom Plaza to McPherson Square

Animal rights activists take direct action against DC area Skanska execs

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.

The street in front of the home of Martin Sharpless, VP of Skanska Building

Greek voters defy EU and IMF, vote "no surrender" on austerity

On the 5th of July, voters in Greece went to the polls for Syriza's referendum on the now-withdrawn IMF offer of even more austerity in return for more bailout loans. In spite of closed banks and dwindling supplies on grocery store shelves, Greek voters chose by over 60% to reject the austerity terms.

The people of Greece celebrate victory over the IMF in the July 5 referendum (photo reposted from Popular Resistance)

July 4 pot legalization march faces fences, checkpoints, troops

Every July 4 there is a cannabis legalization march from the White House to a concert on the Mall near 23ed st. The march demands an end to all federal, state, and local laws persecuting pot users. Since 2002 the march has had to pass through police checkpoints to get to the concert site. This year there were an unusual number of troops and military vehicles in the streets as well as all those "Freedom American Style" bag search checkpoints.

Video of the pot parade on the Mall(2 min 15 sec)

Pot parade passes fence, troops, checkpoint