December 2018

The Shortwave Report 12/14/18 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Spanish National Radio, and Sputnik Radio.    http://www.outfarpress.com/swr181214.mp3        From JAPAN- Several reports from the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 24- there was an event showcasing municipalities taking actions beyond that of their central governments, protests against the US representation at the conference, and the UN Secretary General urged progress in i

Mother of three facing deportation takes sanctuary from ICE in local church

On the 11th of December, Rosa Gutierrez refused a demand from ICE to self-deport, instead taking sanctuary in Cedar Lane Church in Bethesda, MD. Rosa has three children and has cited concern for their welfare as her reason for defying ICE's demand to leave the US. For years she put up with an ankle monitor and repeated ICE checkins, only to ICE demand that she leave anyway.

Photo by SanctuaryDMV

Migrants and supporters call for defunding Department of Homeland Security

On the 10th of December, migrants and their supporters held a protest at the White House demanding a clean DREAM act and renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In addition they called on Senator Chuck Schumer and others in Congress to defund or at least cut the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, of which both ICE and CBP are large components.

Video: call defunding DHS over family separation, candle ceremony, bonus footage of nearby pro-ICE propaganda removed and burned 4 min 30sec

The scene outside the White House

Over 100 arrests as Sunrise Movement occupies Nancy Pelosi's office

On the 10th of December, the Sunrise Movement visited a number of Congressional offices and staged a sit-in in Nancy Pelosi's office, demanding a "Green New Deal" on climate change and fossil fuels. Reports on Twitter indicate more than 100 people were arrested and over 800 participated althogether.

Still from "Rebel HQ" video (note: Rebel HQ states they are a progressive media outlet, not Posobiec's former outfit)

Luke Kuhn rips down, burns Patriot Front stickers in DC

On the 7th of December, members of the neo-Nazi "Patriot Front" posted several stickers on the backs of street signs in DC, then published deceptive close-up photos on Gab.ai making them look much larger. The next day Patriot Front held an unannounced march in DC. That night, DC activist Luke Kuhn followed the Gab posts to the offensive stickers, ripped them down, and burned the one that came down in large enough pieces.

Update 12-10-2018: ALL of the stickers Patriot front posted and photographed have been found and destroyed

Video-Luke Kuhn removing and burning Nazi propaganda posted by Patriot Front 1 min 17 sec

Pro-ICE Patriot Front sticker burns. Note the presence of the fasces (symbol of Fascism copied from the Roman bundle of rods bound around an ax) above the eagle

Fed Says College Students Have More Debt than Previous Generations

A study released from the Federal Reserve Board notes that 70 percent of college students are graduating with more than $37,000 in debt."Student loan debt has reached crisis levels," noted Eric LeCompte who heads the religious debt watchdog, Jubilee USA Network. "Current graduates are carrying higher debts than any previous generation."The Federal Reserve Board study found that college student debt levels in 2017 were twice as high as student debt in 2004.Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 650 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners.

The Shortwave Report 12/07/18 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.    http://www.outfarpress.com/swr181207.mp3        From SPAIN- Alison Hughes reports on the inauguration of the new Mexican President Obrador who says he will end corruption and impunity, and turn away from neo-liberal economic model.

Fascist meeting at Woodley Park Marriot flops

From Thursday Nov 6 through Saturday Nov 8, the Marriot Wardman Park hosted the "American Priority" conference featuring among others Deporaball organizers Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich. Very little was pubished from the event other than livestreams of a few high-profile fascist speakers. By the second night, Twitter reports were calling it "a dud" and reporting that organizers spend $200K but very few people showed up.

White House Peace Vigil, Impeachment protests pushed back for Bush Funeral

The 3ed of December was the 141'st night of the "Kremlin Annex" impeachment protests, and the White House Peace Vigil has been around 37 years. Both were pushed back nearly to H St to make way for the Bush I (HW Bush)formal state Funeral ceremonies.

White House Peace vigil pushed most of the way to H st as though Bush I was being inaugurated not buried

Park Service shooting deer in Rock Creek for second week in a row

On the 3ed of December, National Park Service's USDA "Wildlife Services" deer shooting operation was back in Rock Creek Park for at least the 4th and probably the 5th time this season. They had been confirmed present on Nov 26,27, and 29 but not Fri Nov 30. It is suspected but not confirmed they also were present Nov 28.

Video-where the deer killers are closing park roads 1 min 49 sec

Peoples Climate Emergency Congress holds session in the streets in front of US Capitol

On the 2nd of December, one of many "Extinction Rebellion" events held across Turtle Island demanding action on climate change was held in front of the US Capitol. Activists assembled in a nearby park, read out a statement of rebellion against the US government for ignoring climate change, and marched to the Capitol. Upon arrival they convened a People's Climate Emergency Congress on 1st street, the Capitol being closed off to prepare for HW Bush's funeral.

Video-A Declaration of Rebellion, then the People's Climate Emergency Congress passes six bills 13 min 48 sec