May 2018

Conoco-Phillips office in DC gets protest over attempt to sieze Venezuala/CITGO assets

In the aftermath of yet another election in Venezuala that US backed candidates failed to win, the US Dept of State is imposing more sanctions on Venezuala and multinational oil company Conoco-Phillips is attemptiomg to sieze Venezualan oil assets including tankers. Here in DC, protesters showed up at Conoco-Phillip's lobbying office to denounce this brazen attempt at piracy

Video from in front of Conoco-Phillips(1 min 8 sec)

Poor People's Campaign protests inside US Capitol, about 50 arrests

On the 21st of May, the Poor People's Campaign returned to the US Capitol for a second round of civil disobedience. While cops lined the street to prevent a second round of obstructive street protest, activists went inside the US Capitol itself and protested there. Reports at the scene were of approximately 50 arrests resulting.

Video-Capitol Police threaten support team with arrest for protesting without a permit

Arrestees lined up outside after protesting inside the US Capitol

Haitians, allies protest Trump's deportation plans and "shithole" insults

On May 19th the 1804 Movement for All Immigrants gathered in front of the White House. They were protesting Trump's decision to end TPS for Haitian and Central American refugees, and his related remarks calling their countries "shitholes."

Video: tourists join the protesters in front of the White House

Vatican Urges Transparency to Address Inequality and Prevent Financial Crisis

The Vatican released an official assessment on global economics entitled, "‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones" or "Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system." The document calls for improvements in global finance policies on debt resolution, taxation, financial crisis prevention and transparency.

The Shortwave Report 05/18/18 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and NHK World Radio Japan.        From SPAIN- Alison Hughes covered two topics, the new president in Catalan and the massacre of Palestinian protestors during ceremonies in Jerusalem. On Monday the Catalan parliament elected the pro-independence candidate Quim Torra to be its regional president. Quim was favored by exiled president Puigdemont who remains in custody in Germany.

Blockade in front of Trump Hotel, Protest at White House after over 50 Palestinians killed protesting Embassy move

The 14th of May marked the opening of Trump's new US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. When Palestinians tried to protest with a peaceful march to the Apartheid Wall, Israeli snipers and troops opened fire. Reports are that 58 protesters were killed and over 1,000 wounded. Here in DC, IfNotNow blocked Penn Ave in front of Trump Hotel and a second group protested in front of the White House against this outrage.

Video of the protest at the White House including Ray McGovern 4 min 30 sec, on Liveleak after being removed by Archive.org.

Coffins and tombstones symbolize 52 protesters shot and killed by Israeli snipers as the US Embassy moved to Jerusalem. More have been killed in prior protests.

Mass civil disobedience, arrests as Poor People's Campaign kicks off at US Capitol

On the 14th of May, the Poor People's Campaign kicked off six weeks of direct action with civil disobedience in cities all over Turtle Island, resulting in hundreds of arrests. Here in DC, protesters marched into the streets from the US Capitol and were quickly but partially kettled by US Capitol Police. The route back to one sidewalk was not blocked but protesters stood their ground and were then arrested.

Video of the civil disobedience (3 min 27 sec) on Liveleak after being removed by Archive.org

Police block the march before it can reach the Independence Ave intersection, use a "half-kettle" formation

Rally and Actions on Eve of next J20 trial demand charges be dropped

On the 11th of May, activists held a protest in Franklin Square park in front of lunchtime yuppies to demand that the US Government drop all charges against all J20 defendents and cancel the trials. The keynote speaker was Chelsea Manning. The night before, DropJ20 tags appeared in Columbia Heights.

Video of the May 11 rally featuring Chelsea Manning

Rally demanding J20 charges be dropped

Chelsea Manning Speaks Out in Support of J20 Defendants (photos)

At a rally on May 11, Chelsea Manning spoke out at a rally in support of the J20 defendants.

 

Photos and a brief audio excerpt.

Chelsea Manning speaks out in support of all protesters targeted by the Trump administration.

The Shortwave Report 05/11/18 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Sputnik Radio, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.        From RUSSIA- On his program called Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi interviewed John Pilger, legendary documentarian. This took place a few days before Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Big DC Bike Party rides to site of A16 (April 2000 IMF) Convergence site

On the 9th of May, a rather large DC Bike Party rode from Dupont Circle to a park in NW, and finally through Adams-Morgan, past Howard, and ended up at a warehouse on Florida Ave. Eighteen years ago, that same warehouse served as the convergence center for the A16/2000 IMF protests, where amoung other things scout bikes had been assembled.

Video highlights of this spectacular ride(5 min 18 sec)

DC Bike Party rides down 18th st after the halfway point break

Trump Makes America Great Again by Breaking Another Treaty (Video)

Outside the White House, as Trump withdraws from the nuclear accord and argues the case for regime change in Iran, Code Pink responds before being drowned out by MAGA people.

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