January 2019

Reportback from Women's March

On the 19th of January, the Women's March totally overflowed their Freedom Plaza rally site, filling that area plus a short march route past Trump Hotel and around a few blocks almost continuously. The counterprotesting "march for all women" was a tiny failure by comparison. Several women in Handmaid's Tale uniforms made them look like fools.

Video-the scene around Trump Hotel 1 min 23 sec

Massive crowd at Trump Hotel

Reportback from Counterprotesting the Theocrat/Anti-Choice "March for Life"

On the 18th of January, pro-choice activists gathered at the Supreme Court to counterprotest the annual "March for Life" which is essentially a march for theocratic control of women's bodies. The pro-choice activists outnumbered and outmaneuvered those antichoice activists who showed up early at the Court, but things got a bit intense when the main march of seemingly every antichoice extremist in the US showed up.

Video of the counterprotest including the surprisingly few MAGA hats and overt Trumpers in the antichoice march 4 min 5 sec

Update Jan 19:Trigger warning-heavy duty brownshirt behavior! MAGA-hatted students from Covington Catholic High School break away from March for Life, surround and harass elder at Indigenous Peoples' March 3 min 54 sec first 1 min 20 sec silent

Counterprotesting the annual antichoice march

Video: Indigenous People's March descends on Washington DC

On the 18th of January, the Indigenous People's March came together at the Department of the Interior from all over Turtle Island. From there the march proceeded to the Lincoln Memorial. Three speakers there featured on video: a welcome to Piscataway land, a warning not to take buyouts from petroleum companies, and an Ojibwe great-grandmother on how so many prophecies such as the Black Snake are coming true

Video-the march and three spectacular Indigenous speakers 8 min 15 sec

The march on Constitution Ave

Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance Funding

On Thursday, Judge Laura Taylor Swain delayed approval of a $17 billion debt deal between Puerto Rico "COFINA" creditors and the island's oversight board. Citing concerns that her ruling could alter Puerto Rico's constitution, the judge requested additional materials to review on Monday from the federally appointed oversight board."We are concerned that the plan under consideration doesn't cut enough debt," said Eric LeCompte who heads Jubilee USA and has monitored the island's financial situation since 2015.

The Shortwave Report 01/18/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190118.mp3        From GERMANY- On Conflict Zone, Tim Sebastian interviewed Mischael Modrikamon, the executive director of The Movement. Steve Bannon who was Trump's chief strategist for 7 months before returning to the media outlet Beirbart.

Senate retreat at Nationals Park draws union protest against shutdown

On the 17th of January, the GOP-controlled Senate held a retreat at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium. Sen Mitch McConnell has been blocking any vote on proposals to reopen the US government without Trump's racist wall funding. Outside the stadium, unions representing government workers furloughed or working without pay chanted "Call the vote!"

Video-Union members chant "Call the Vote!" 34 seconds

Ongoing #KremlinAnnex protest calls for shutting down Trump

On Jan 16, the ongoing #KremlinAnnex protest for impeaching Trump called for shutting Trump down instead of the government in loud chants and music during what might be Trump's dinnertime.

Video including protest songs-and the aggressive moves by several counterprotesters 2 min 25 sec

Mayor Bowser VETOES Metro fare decriminalization bill

On the 16th of January, DC Mayor Bowser VETOED the Metro fare decriminalization bill. The bill passed the DC Council by a 10-2 margin, enough to override the Mayor's veto if nobody changes their vote. Metro police have been aggressively targeting Black youth for enforcement and arrest on fare evasion charges. This could perhaps be called "Make Metro White Again.

The Mayor's veto

Nancy Pelosi orders Trump to delay State of the Union address due to shutdown

ALERT for State of the Union protest organizers: on Jan 16, it was reported on twitter that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ordered Donald Trump to delay his State of the Union address or submit it in writing unless the Federal government is reopened this week. The reason given is "security concerns" caused by the government shutdown.

Gitmo protest marches on White House, Trump Hotel, Central Cell Block

Jan 11 was the 17th anniversary of the opening of AmeriKKKa's dungeoun at Guantanimo Bay, Cuba. On Jan 11, 2019 protesters marked the occasion with a broader protest both of indefinate detention at Gitmo and US mass incarceration in general. Immigration detention was also singled out as protesters marched from the White House to Trump Hotel, and then to DC's own Central Cellblock.

Video highlights of the rally and march 4 min 15 sec

Solidarity with Gitmo detainees at the White House

Pay the Workers, Furlough Trump!

Labor leaders joined federal workers in a protest against the ongoing federal government shutdown. After giving speeches in front of the national AFL-CIO headquarters, demonstrators took their message directly to the White House just a block away. 

YouTube Stream of White House March
YouTube Stream of Speeches 1
YouTube Stream of Speeches 2

YouTube Stream of Speeches 3

Federal workers march on White House against Trump's shutdown

On the 10th of January, thousands of Federal workers gathered in front of the AFL-CIO's headquarters, then marched on the White House demanding an end to Trump's lockout of Federal workers. Speaker after speaker denounced GOP Senator Majority leader Mitch McConnell for blocking any votes on bills to reopen the Federal government without caving to Trump's demand for a racist border wall.

Video highlights of the rally and short march

The scene in front of the White House as locked out Federal workers march on Trump

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