August 2023

Hurricane Idalia: SURFING on flooded Bayshore Drive in Tampa

Video-street surfing and tubing on flooded Bayshore Drive in Tampa 1 min 11 sec

People were SURFING on Bayshore Drive in Tampa after the storm! Actually more like water skiing, but with a surfboard. Hurricane Idalia served Florida a HUGE lemon, so Tampa made lemonade. Both a surfboard and a tube raft were pulled behind 4 wheel drive trucks, plus a pair of ATV's easily handled the flooding, throwing huge rooster tails as they passed

Jacksonville protest against Saturday's racist murders calls out DeSantis as a Nazi

Video:marchers, speakers call out DeSantis as racist and Nazi 3 min 3 sec

On Monday the 28th of August, what was to be a commemoration of MLK's March on Washington in Jacksonville, FL instead turned into a furious protest against Saturday's murders-and of Fl Governor Ron DeSantis. The Governor is being considered responsible for the shootings. He is being called out for all but soliciting the murders with his steady drumbeat of racist laws and propaganda.

DC Drag Defenders hold ground, defeat attempt by street preachers to push through

On the 26th of August, drag defenders kept a sold-out drag show at Aunt Helen's in Washington DC safe, defeating an attempt by hatemongering street preachers to invade at least their space if not the venue behind them. Defenders deployed umbrellas to shield families with children from the potentially doxxing cameras of the Christian extremist preachers and their allies.

Video: defenders hold the line as bigoted street preachers try to charge through 54 sec

Umbrellas up!

Critical Mass Orlando takes to the streets

On the last Friday of every month, Critical Mass Orlando takes to the streets. Hundreds of bike riders show up every month in cities all over the US, Orlando is one of a great many still holding the monthly rides.

Video-hundreds of riders take to Orlando's streets 1 min

Far right, Nazis show up as Polk County, FL School Board kills proclaimations

The proposal to eliminate ALL proclaimations from the Polk County, FL school board passed with the extreme right (including Nazis) supporting and LGBTQ+ activists objecting.

Video: DeSantis supporter outside claims theocracy "not a threat," speakers inside hammer the proclaimation ban, Nazi medal seen on one of the right wingers 5 min 30 sec

Presumed neo-Nazi at Polk County School Board meeting wearing a (probably fake) Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Note the swastika in the center of the cross, over the "1939"

Declare Emergency blockades AM rush hour traffic on 12th st over climate

At 8:15 am on August 21, six Declare Emergency supporters went into the road and sat down because they were tired of society ignoring the climate emergency. They disrupted traffic on 12th Street NW and Constitution Ave NW in Washington D.C. to demand that President Biden declare a climate emergency and halt all new fossil fuel projects on Federal and Indigenous lands and waters.

Photo by Declare Emergency

"Injustice" Clarence Thomas gets another home demo

On the 17th of August, protesters once again showed up at the entrance to the posh private community so-called "Justice" Clarence Thomas lives in.

video from footage by Our Rights DC 1 min 36 sec

No cops showed up for nearly and hour!

Kamela Harris disrupted at closed fundraiser over Hawaii wildfires and climate chaos

On Saturday the 12th of August, Climate Defiance managed to obtain tickets to a closed Biden fundraiser featuring Kamela Harris in Massachusetts. As she spoke, Climate Defiance activsts stood up and interrupted her. They reminded her that the Biden administration is expanding "expanding fossil fuels faster than TRUMP!"

Climate Defiance's video of their disruption of Kamela Harris 52 sec

Lakeland, FL drag defenders DEFEAT Christo-Fascist attempt to halt drag show

On the 13th of August, one of Momma Rose's drag shows proceeded unobstructed in spite of attempt by two Christian nationalist groups to besiege and halt it.

Video: Chaos at Lakeland drag show ends in victory for defenders 2 min 30 sec

Orlando protests as Desantis replaces area's prosecutor w one of his minions.

On August 10, a substantial crowd protested outside Orlando City Hall against DeSantis sacking his SECOND elected prosecutor. This is not about someone losing their job, but rather about the dangerous fascist being appointed to take her place.

Video from the protest at Orlando City Hall 5 min

Climate Defiance HALTS play at Citi Open

On the 3ed of August, Climate Defiance got inside the Citibank-sponsored Citi Open tennis match in Washington DC. Once inside, they unfurled banners and tossed oversize mock tennis balls painted in flames onto the field. The entire event had to stop and wait while the mock tennis balls were removed, and security got quite rough with Climate Defiance.

Video from raw clips by Ford Fischer 2 min 11 sec

MAGA extremists, counterprotesters descend on DC Federal courthouse as Trump arraigned

Trump's appearance at DC's E Barret Prettyman Federal courthouse created a circus atmosphere outside, MAGA meatheads protested Trump's indictment for three major felonies stemming from his failed Jan 6 2021 coup attempt. They were in turn counterprotested by DC residents and others who were not pleased to Trumpers return to DC given the known history of violence Nov 14 2020-Jan 6 2021.

Video by Iron Snowflake: Scene at DC Federal court as Trump surrenders 4 min 11 sec

Video by John Zangas/DC Media Group: Chaotic scene outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse 2 min 51 sec