December 2021

DC Bike Party holds final ride of 2021

On the 8th of November, the DC Bike Party held their final ride of the 2021 season.

Video-start of the Dec DC Bike Party 22 sec

White House Hosts Democracy Summit and Highlights Global Anti-Corruption Commitments

Treasury Releases Draft Rule Improving Transparency for "Anonymous" Shell Companies

More than 100 leaders showcase initiatives to counter dictatorships, fight corruption and promote human rights at a virtual summit the White House hosts December 9-10.

The Shortwave Report 12/10/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from  Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana, and NHK Japan.   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB}        From GERMANY- Olaf Scholz was sworn in as the new German Chancellor.

Climate blockaders strike 2nd day in a row in AM rush hour

On the 8th of December, climate blockaders shut down I-395's exit from the tunnel onto New York Ave. The previous day, climate blockaders had been part of the larger ShutDown DC direct action that choked off much of the vehicle access to the US Capitol. I-395 over the 14th st Bridge is the route most Congressmen use to get to work, and blocking the tunnel exit often backs it up past the bridge, shutting off this access.

Video-arrests of blockaders at I-395 46 sec

Global Pandemic Aid for Developing Countries is Focus of High-Level Event

On Wednesday, a high-level panel explores the role of IMF emergency currency or Special Drawing Rights in pandemic recovery. The event, Special Drawing Rights and Global Pandemic Recovery, is convened by Jubilee USA Network and features Ambassador Sam Brownback, former US Senator and US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Africa Union Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze and President of Bread for the World, Reverend Eugene Cho.

Social Justice and climate groups blockade much of Capitol Hill in AM Rush Hour

On Dec 7, 2021 social justice and climate groups launched waves of blockaders against AM rush hour traffic near the US Capitol. Cops managed to pre-empt Extinction Rebellion DC's boat, only to get Code Pink's Peace Tank blocking Independence Ave anyway. Other blockades hit Penn Ave NW and SE, Mass Ave NE, and there was even a report on radio of traffic issues near the White House.

Video-cops pre-empt the boat, but other blockades set up all over Capitol Hill while they do 2 min 22 sec

Cops paid too much attention to this XRDC boat, a costly mistake for them

Fascist Patriot Front march on US Capitol draws jeers and heckling from DC residents

On the 4th of December, the explicitly fascist group "Patriot Front" again marched into DC with zero advance publicity, hoping to avoid anti-Fascist counterprotesters. This is not as effective as it used to be. Random DC residents and tourists followed the march, heckling, shouting insults, and running a noisemaker.

Video-Patriot Front fires smoke, gets heckled in front of the US Capitol 2 min 48 sec

Patriot Front retreats from the Capitol after their very short rally was heckled by local folks

Protesters march on MPD's headquarters for Antwan Gilmore

On the 4th of December, protesters including members of Antwan Gilmore's family marched on MPD's main headquarters.The march began at the NY and FL Ave intersectionm where MPD officer Enis Jervis killed Antwan Gilmore on Aug 25. They found him asleep in his car, woke him up-and opened fire when he allegedly tried to drive away. Now family members and BLM activists are demanding that Enis Jervis be not just fired but locked up for his crime.

Video-speaker in front of MPD calls out pro-life hypocrites for ignoring Black lives 2 min 35 sec

Manchin/Filibuster protesters return to the Wharf

Senator Joe Manchin (D?/W-VA) is the reason the GOP still has the filibuster available to block everything from paid family leave to climate/carbon legislation. He lives on the 3ed largest yacht at the Washington Yacht Club and has been a target of repeated protests. On the evening of Dec 2, Sunrise Movement showed up with a brass band on Maine Ave near his dock.

Video-brass band plays at Manchin protest 30 sec

The Shortwave Report 12/03/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from  NHK Japan, Sputnik Radio, and Radio Havana.   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB}        From JAPAN- Japan has reported fewer Covid cases- the Omicron variant led the government to at

Pro-Choice protesters face off with extreme right, theocrats as SCOTUS hears abortion case

On Dec 1, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Missisippi abortion law case. It is widely suspected that with Trump's "justices" on the court, this case will bring a destablizing end to Roe vs Wade. Outside, "warriors for Christ" and the "official street preachers" hate group attempted to disrupt a big pro-choice rally, while Liberty University and other theocrats held their own antichoice rally.

Video-some of the most unsavory of the antichoice elements, including a hate group member with a Confederate flag glove 1 min 11 sec

An antiabortion protesters displays a Confederate flag on his glove outside the Supreme Court