January 2018

Black Lives Matter DC selected to be Grand Marshalls at MLK Day parade

On the 15th of January, Black Lives Matter DC marched in the annual DC MLK day parade. Black Lives Matter DC also had the honor of being selected as grand marshalls in the parade this year.

Video highlights of the Black Lives Matter contingent

DC Black Lives Matter in the house!

ICE raid on Mt Pleasant 7-11 no-show after activists mobilize

On Jan 11, 2018, multiple sources reported that ICE was planning to raid the Mt Pleasant 7-11 the next day. People showed up in shifts to monitor the situation throughout the day, but ICE never showed up. Word of the planned raid had leaked the previous evening, coming to the attention of migrant rights, anti-racists, and anti-fascist groups. If you see ICE agents in the community at any time, please CALL the Sanctuary DMV Hotline at 202-335-1183!

Protest against GITMO on 16th anniversary of opening leads to five arrests

On Jan 11, protesters marked the 16th anniversary of the opening of Gitmo with a protest in front of the White House,. They found Penn Ave closed (as usual) so they held a tea ceremony for the current 41 detainees on the park side sidewalk. Afterwards, five people marched into the prohibited zone in an act of civil disobedience and were arrested.

Video highlights of the protest and civil disobedience

41 detainees are still in Gitmo

The Shortwave Report 01/12/18 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,             The latest Shortwave Report (January 12) 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} 

Environmentalists rally in Annapolis for 50% renewable energy mandate

On the 10th of January, environmentalists gathered in Annapolis, MD to demand that the General Assembly pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2018, mandating that 50% of energy used in the state come from renewables such as solar and wind. The existing Clean Energy Jobs Act calls for 25% renewables by 2020, now climate, environmental justice, and faith activists are asking the state to double down with 50% by 2030.

Video highlights of the rally and electric vehicle parade

Rally for 50% renewable energy mandate at the MD State House

Breaking: ICE Gestapo descends on 7-11 stores, including in DC

On the 10th of January, ICE agents descended on about 100 7-11 stores in a coordinated attack aimed at "interviewing" worker and delivering some kind of audits or "notices of inspection." Fortunately, only 21 arrests came from the entire sweep. Stores were hit in D.C., Maryland, Indiana, Illinois,California, Florida, Missouri, and elsewhere.

Islamic State in Pakistan, Baloch Leader Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWBWF (World Baloch Women Forum)Vancouver, Canada(9/1/2018) - Head of World Baloch Women Forum , Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch issued following statement to media regarding growing Islamic State footprint in Pakistan and role of Pakistani Millitary and Intelligence.The footprint of the militant Islamic State group is continuously on the rise in Pakistan as over the past year responsibility for as many as six deadliest attacks, in which 153 people were killed, was claimed by the outfit, according to a think-tank report.The security report by Pakistan Institute for Peace

Black Lives Matter distributes Smartrip cards to protect needy Metro riders

On the 8th of January, Black Lives Matter activists instituted the "Swipes on Us" program, distributing preloaded Smartrip cards at the Anacostia Metro station to riders who otherwise would have had to risk confrontations with Metro management over no longer accepted negative balances when exiting at the other end.

Distributing Smartrip cards at Anacostia Metro station (photo by Black Lives Matter DC)

2018 Year of Dr. George Washington Carver ~ Legacy Preserved

Reprint from Marilyn Jones

It’s whisper quiet in the museum as I pull open large windowed doors to what used to be the campus laundry.  The century-old brick building served Tuskegee Institute students and faculty in a utilitarian way for decades until, in 1941, it was turned into a museum to honor George Washington Carver; a memorial to what can be accomplished with intellect, imagination and integrity.

Protesters at White House after Trump cancels TPS for Salvadorans, 250K+ face deportation

On the 8th of January, Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary Kisstjen Nielson announced that Temporary Protected Status for Salvadoran immigrants is being terminated. Now an estimated quarter million people risk deportation after Sep 2019, the formal end date for TPS. As word of this racist decision spread, protesters gathered at the White House.

15 sec video clip-speaker asks immigrant voters who stayed home in 2016 to boot GOP, Trump

Photo cropped from image posted to Twitter by Brynna Quillin

Remembering Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (video)

On the second anniversary of the execution of Shia civil rights and democracy activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi Arabian government, his god-son Mustafa and a colleague drove from Michigan and joined Code Pink to protest in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy. Despite a wind chill in the single digits, the late Sheikh's voice filled the street in a reminder of the continuing human rights abuses against Shia citizens in Saudi Arabia.

YouTube Livestream

 

Short interview at 16:35

Riders OBJECT to proposed DC Circulator route changes to favor private business over other riders

On the 4th of January, riders of the DC Circulator objected at a public hearing to proposed April 2018 "major service changes" that would favor upscale development on the Potomac Waterfront over existing bus riders and over nonprofit and governmental agencies and their workers.

Video highlights of the hearing (5 min 15 sec)

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