3-19:War protests all over DC plus TPP and Cove Point protests

The 19th of March marked the 12th anniversary of the first day of George W Bush's invasion. The day the war began, protesters in DC blocked Key Bridge in a combined foot-bike operation. There have been protests on that day most years since, and 2015 was no exception. With war and dirty trade deals again leading threats, protests popped up all over DC. One of them,the "Spring Rising" bus tour of warmongers, ran into significant police harassment at the Pentagon.

The Pentagon's "Pentagon Memorial" was visited by antiwar activists on a bus tour of DC area warmongers. The bus was surrounded by cops in the Pentagon parking lot while other tour busses were permitted to pass. Finally, activists were permittted off the bus to visit the Pentagon 9-11 memorial, where a relative of one of those killed that day spoke out against the wars that have followed.

The police problems and resulting delays forced the bus tour to scrap visits to the Department of Energy, the Carlsyle Group, the IMF and World Bank, and General Atomics, maker of Predator drones. The bus still managed to deliver protesters to FBI headquarters and the "Dept of Injustice," followed by visits to AIPAC and finally the White House.

Earlier, Code Pink entired the offices of Sen's McCain and Corker for some "spring cleaning" of "war scum."

Also on the Hill, Popular Resistance activists wore blue vests for a "flood Congress" protest against fast-track authority for the proposed TPP or Trans-Pacific-Partnership trade deal. They swarmed into the Hart building from many directions and two banners were hung in the atrium. They were threatened with arrest for wearing tape and pennies over their mouths but were able to complete their protest without the tape.

Not far from Capitol Hill, We Are Cove Point activists from Lusby, MD were joined by supporters from Beyond Extreme Energy in disrupting a FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) montly meeting. This was a determined action including protesters sitting down directly in front of the FERC commissioners and locking arms. At that point they were chanting "stop construction at Cove Point." Cops had to take that sit-in apart one person at a time. In all, twelve activists were dragged or otherwise forced out of the hearing while protesting FERC's ugly decision to rubberstamp Dominion's fracked gas export terminal at Cove Point in Calvert County, MD.

Video-interview with a participant about the harassment of the bus by Pentagon Police

Video of Spring Rising at AIPAC's supposedly secret DC headquarters

Youtube video of Flood Congress TPP protest

Video of Cove Point protesters disrupting FERC meeting

Spring Rising at AIPAC

Spring Rising at the FBI

Spring Rising at the White House

In the halls of Congress: photo by Code Pink

Scrubbing war scum from Sen McCain's office-photo by Code Pink

Flooding Congress against TPP fast-track: Photo by Eleanor Goldfield, artkillingapathy.com

One of the vests worn at the Flood Congress TPP protest: photo by Eleanor Goldfield, artkillingapathy.com

An opponent of the fracked gas export plant at Cove Point, MD being dragged out of FERC's monthly hearing.

Popular resistance photo of banner hang in the Hart building

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