April 2018

Students Against Sweatshops pickets "Abercrumble and Ditch"

On the 21st of October, Students Against Sweatshops picketed the Georgetown outlet of Abercrombie and Fitch. The sweatshop-friendly retailer was renamed "Abercrumble and Ditch" for their decision to refuse to sign the 2018 follow-on to the post Rana Plaza "Accord on Fire and Building Safety." Worse yet, some of the protesters reported the retailer is still using one or more suppliers who were involved in the Rana Plaza collapse that killed almost 1,200 workers back in 2013.

Video highlights of the protest (55 sec)

IMF and World Bank Meet on 10-Year Anniversary of Financial Crisis

World leaders, finance ministers, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations begin the Spring International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings on the 10-year anniversary of the global financial crisis. On Tuesday the IMF's economic outlook report predicts short-term global growth to 3.9%, it highlights debt levels, trade policies, decreased labor participation and aging populations as risks to long-term growth.

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and NHK World Radio Japan.        From CUBA- Argentine activist and Nobel laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel has led a campaign to nominate imprisoned former Brazilian President Lula da Silva for the Peace Prize. The Mexican government has announced it is increasing the number of federal police currently guarding Mexico's southern border to prevent the flow undocumented immigrants from Central America.

MD residents rally in Baltimore to kick fracked gas infrastructure out of state

On the 18th of April, MD residents from Cove Point, Accokeek, Myersville, and other places menaced by fracked gas project protested outside the MD Dept of the Environment. They were there to demand that the existing state ban on fracking be made meaninful with a ban on fracked gas pipelines and compressor stations, and that the export terminal at Cove Point be shut down.

Video featuring Krish Vignarajah, Chelsea Manning, and more

DC Divest rallies for Wells Fargo divestment bill stuck in Jack Evan's committee

On the 18th of April, DC Divest rallied on the steps of the Wilson Building, then packed the room at the DC Council’s CFO Oversight Hearing. They were there to demand that Jack Evans stop holding up a bill to remove the DC government's money from Well Fargo.

Video featuring councilmember David Grosso, author of the divestment bill

Solidarity posters call out literal trumped-up charges against J20 defendents

Another round of solidarity posters for the J20 defendents has appeared around DC, this time showing Donald Trump aiming a pistol at the viewer and warning of literal Trumped-up charges. In other words, it is believed that the decision to file such questionable cases that the first six defendents were acquitted and later trials have been delayed goes right to the top.

Fracking/drilling protesters greet Ca Gov Jerry Brown at National Press Club

On the 17th of April, California's governor Jerry Brown appeared at the National Press Club. To get in, he had to pass protesters demanding he cut his ties to California's oil and gas industy and ban fracking in his state. The oil industry has CA in their sights for the next big North Dakota style oil fracking boom.

Video-oil rigs raised outside National Press Club, Gov Brown has to run the gauntlet

Science March returns to DC

One of the big anti-Trump marches of 2017 was the Science March. On April 14, 2018 the Science March returned to DC. Although not technically and anti-Trump march, most of the marchers and many chants were militantly anti-Trump. Chants of "fire Scott Pruitt" and demands to save the EPA were heard over and over as marchers worked their way towards the US Capitol. A number of signs also protrayed dinosaurs as a warning about extinction, and climate change came up a lot.

Video of marchers condemning Scott Pruitt and Trump

DC Bike Party holds "Cherry Blossom Chase" ride

On the 11th of April, the DC held their first fully promoted ride of the year, billed as the "Cherry Blossom Chase." The ride went over Memorial Bridge before going to Independence Ave and Haines Point under the cherry blosssoms.

Video highlights of the Cherry Blossom Chase ride

Returning from Memorial Bridge en route to cherry blossoms on Mall

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.        From JAPAN- The Japanese cabinet is going to make low-income families exempt from paying tuition for higher education, including private universities. The Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to open up his country's economy to the world. John Bolton assumed his post as National Security Advisor under Trump.

Black Lives Matter blockades NY Ave, Chinatown after hearing for killer cop

On the 11th of April, MPD officer Brian Trainer had administrative hearing concerning MPD's internal review board's finding that he should be fired for shooting motorcyclist Terrence Sterling on Sep 11, 2016. The evening after the hearing, Black Lives Matter DC, SURJ-DC, No Justice No Pride, and others blockaded NY Ave and Chinatown to remind Mayor Bowser that letting killer cops walk carries a price tag.

Video-Blocking NY Ave and Chinatown for Terrence Sterling

Rush-hour march on NY Ave against killer cop Brian Trainer and all other killer cops in DC

J20 day of solidarity: petitions delivered to US Attorney's office and more

On the 17th of April, the next J20 trial had been scheduled to begin(now delayed until June 4, another trial in May).The defendents are some of the 59 people still facing up to 61 years in prison for daring to protest Trump's inauguration on Jan 20, 2018. On April 10th, supporters dropped off nearly 180,000 signed petitions demanding all these charges be dropped at the US Attorney's office.

Video explaining the current status and implications of the case from itsgoingdown.org

Activists from #DefendJ20, @RightsDissent, and @xychelsea drop off pettions at the U$ Attorney's office

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