August 2019

Climate Strike DC

Friday, September 20, 2019•11:00 AM - 2PM  John Marshall Park and marching to the Capitol Building

Kremlin Annex protests continue at White House as new fences, 2020 concerns rise

The "Kremlin Annex" protests began in July 2018 after the Trump/Putin Helsink summit where Trump stood alongside Putin to deny Russian interference in the 2016 election. Over a year later, these protests continue, now on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. They've had to move a bit because of the "White House Fence Replacement" project, new fortifications going up to protect Trump from an increasingly angry public.

Kremlin Annex protesters on Aug 29

The Shortwave Report 08/30/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.   http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190830.mp3        From SPAIN- Alison Hughes reports on the G7 meeting in France last weekend, beginning with some history of the gathering of the wealthiest capitalist nations. There was a strong division between all the leaders and Donald Trump.

Extinction Rebellion DC protests Bolsonaro burning the Amazon Rainforest

On the 26th of August, Extinction Rebellion's DC chapter staged a noisy protest at the Embassy of Brazil in response to the suddent wave of fires in the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil's fascist, Trump-like president Bolsonaro has fired the scientists who revealed the wave of fires, and his supporters in land-hungry agrobusinessnesses are suspected of setting many of the fires.

HD Video highlights of the protest against Bolsonaro's fires in the Amazon 2 min 14 sec

The Shortwave Report 08/23/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Sputnik Radio, NHK Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.   http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190823.mp3        From RUSSIA- Afshin Rattansi interviewed legendary journalist John Pilger. They discuss the exclusion of Russia and China from the upcoming G7 meeting- one of the main topics will be protests in Hong Kong but nothing about the Yellow Vests in France which were met with even more police brutality.

Mono Diner in Georgetown closes after refusing or shorting last paychecks to all their workers

For months Georgetown's Mono Diner has had a problem: owner Mohammad Esfahnani had discovered he could save money by withholding employee's last paychecks outright and paying for only some of the hours employees had been clocked in on others. This is flat-out wage theft. Now he has shut the restaurant down, and apparently nobody there will get their last paycheck. Mohammad Esfahnani now owes at least $6,602 in back wages and has refused to pay even in the face of months of pressure and complaints to the DC government.

Video-start of the Aug 2019 DC Bike Party

On the 14th of August, the DC Bike Party again took to the streets with hundreds of participants. DC Bike Parties ride on the second Wed of every month from April to December

Video-start of the August DC Bike Party 1 min 16 sec

Leaving Dupont Circle with the DC Bike Party

US Park Police entrap, arrest Gay men in Malcolm X Park

For decades Malcolm X Park has been a popular cruising area for Gay men, mostly men of color. Since August 2018, US Park Police have been entrapping and arresting Gay men there, using 1950's style tactics including directly propositioning their targets. This and police raids on Gay bars were the factors that led to the Stonewall Riot, a three day uprising in which NYC's police were soundly defeated. It has the potential to lead at any time to violent confrontations beyond what police expect, as they found to their sorrow on June 28, 1969. The GLBTQ community has refused to tolerate this kind of assault since Stonewall.

The Shortwave Report 08/16/19 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.   http://www.outfarpress.com/swr190816.mp3        From GERMANY- Greta Thunberg is on her way to the UN Climate Summit in New York on a racing yacht powered by sails and solar energy. An analysis of increased climate awareness in Germany and measures being taken by the government.

Mock statue of liberty set up at US Citizenship and Immigration "Service"

On the 14th of August, opponents of Trump's racist pogrom against migrants set up a mock Statue of Liberty outside the Mass Ave offices of the US Citizenship and Immigration "Service." The statue bore an inscription welcoming migrants in many languages at the base. Security removed the statue after USCIS acting director Ken Cuccinelli took a selfie with it, carefully cropping out the inscription at the base welcoming migrants

Video originally published by CommonDreams.org of security removing statue after Cuccinelli's cropped selfie

Tisha B'Av Protest Against Howard County Contract with ICE

Never Again Action, Jews United for Justice, Truah, CASA and other human rights activists marched to the Howard County Detention Center and risked arrest protesting Howard County's contract with ICE.

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According to a Jews United for Justice Facebook post, "County Executive Ball has already indicated a willingness to "reexamine" the intergovernmental service agreement (IGSA) that Howard County has with ICE."

Protest Against the US Embargo of Venezuela (video)

On August 10, 2019, protesters gathered in front of the White House to protest Trump's executive order declaring a total economic embargo of Venezuela.

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