October 2017

Trump pinyata smashed at Trump Hotel

On the 30th of October, a pre-Halloween dance party at Trump Hotel featured a balloon banner lift for hurricane relief-and a genuine, made in Mexico Trump pinyata.

Video: Bashing and smashing the Trump pinyata,plus the banner lift

This is a genuine Trump pinyata from Mexico

Climate First! protests at Wells Fargo branch against Keystone XL stake

On the 28th of October, Climate First! showed up in front of the Wells Fargo branch near Howard University, which they reported is the last Wells Fargo branch in DC to be open on Saturdays. Activists were there to protest the bank's role in funding the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which TransCanada will announce in December whether they still plan to go forward with or not.

Video from the Wells Fargo protest

Fair trade activists disrupt pro-NAFTA/pro-ISDS Heritage Foundation event

On the 27th of October, the far-right Heritage Foundation held a pro-corporate event featuring speakers such as Dr. Gary Hufbauer, who gushed over special corporate rights provided by NAFTA. Twice protesters interrrupted the event, focussing on ISDS "investor-state dispute settlement" corporate courts included in NAFTA

Video showing both disruptions of the pro-corporate speakers at Heritage

Original video clip of second disruption inside Heritage's event

The Shortwave Report 10/27/17 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,             The latest Shortwave Report (October 27) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} 

Israel Must Recognize An Independent State of Kurdistan

Israel Must Recognize An Independent State of Kurdistan

 

By Ariel Natan Pasko

 

Banner drop calls WMATA bosses "vampires"

On the morning of the 25th of October, a banner drop at the Dupont Circle Metro station denounced the fare-hiking, service-cutting, cop-loving managers of WMATA as "vampires sucking the life out of our city."

Karen Agness

High Heel Race participants lampoon Trump

On October 24, the 30th running of the annual pre-Halloween High Heel Race took over 17th st. Several participants lampooned Donald Trump, two of them about the paper towels he tossed in Puerto Rico as though a roll of paper towels could wipe up Hurricane Maria's mess.

Video showing multiple participants mocking Trump

FEMA riding on Donald Trump with a roll of paper towels

J20 Defendant—Dane Powell—Is Coming Home. Donate To His Post Release Fund

We are so thrilled about his release. It is a day to celebrate, but we must be mindful, too, of the post-release challenges that await Dane, and offer our help, whenever, however, and wherever we can. Rebuilding his life (under probation restrictions and release conditions) is no small thing. Folks who know Dane personally will realize how different the life he will be required to live over the next two years on probation will be from the life he envisioned for himself—in the short term, at least.

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/dane-is-heading-home-fund

DC Reinvest rallies at Wilson Building demanding DC Government cut ties with racist Wells Fargo

On the 23ed of October, DC reinvest protested at the Wilson Building, demanding that the city government remove all its accounts and business from Wells Fargo. A resolution has been introduced in the council to divest, and activists are focussing pressure on councilmember Jack Evans to get it brought to a vote. Wells Fargo's failing community reinvestment score triggers an existing DC law forbidding the city's business relationship with this notorious and predatory bank.

Video including speaker calling out Wells Fargo's racial slurs and a screenshot of the affidavit revealing the slurs

DC Bike Party stages Pre-Halloween "Dark Alleys" ride

On the 18th of October, the monthly DC Bike Party took place a week later than normal and had a special pre-Halloween theme. This was the "Dark Alleys" ride, with some riders in costume and a lot of alley cut-throughs included on the route.

Video highlights of the ride(3 min 58 sec)

Heading downtown at the start of the ride

The Shortwave Report 10/20/17 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,             The latest Shortwave Report (October 20) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} 

Marchers for Puerto Rico condemn Trump's paper towel toss, lack of aid

On the 18th of October, Puerto Ricans and supporters marched from the US Capitol to FEMA, demanding the Federal government provide aid for a community where power is still out, food and clean water are hard to get, and the impacts of Hurricane Maria are still largely unabated. One marcher from Silver Spring was quoted by the Washington Post as being especially incensed by Donald Trump's tossing of paper towels during his visit to the island, as though the ravages of the hurricane could be simply wiped up.

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