Labor/Economics/Business

G20 Must Act, Say Hundreds of Religious, Labor, Human Rights, Environmental and Development Groups

Ahead of Saturday's G20 Finance Minister meetings, a wide range of 213 organizations is pressing for more action to confront the global health and economic impacts of the coronavirus. The largest religious bodies in the United States and Africa were joined by the biggest labor unions, human rights, environmental and anti-poverty groups in letters sent to the G20, IMF and White House.

Bowser imposes no-vending zone on BLM Plaza

On the 12th of July, Mayor Bowser rolled out a new tactic to harass the ongoing occupation of 16th st, which she herself renamed "Black Lives Matter Plaza." A "No vending zone" was declared on the plaza, signs posted, and venders warned to leave or else. This tactic is normally used to protect corporate chain stores from competition.

Excluded Workers rally demands relief benefits for informal sector workers

On the 29th of June, the Excluded Workers Rally and motorcade demanded an end to the exclusion of informal sector workers from unemployment benefits. This includes day laborers, sex workers, undocumented workers, and many others in the informal economy. None have been receiving benefits as the virus has decimated their trades like so many others.

Photo by GU Kalmanovitz

Protesters set up mock guillotine in front of DC home of Jeff Bezos

On the 28th of June, protesters marched on the massive, palatial DC home of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. They brought a mock guillotine with them-and set it up right in front of Jeff Bezo's home.

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Guillotine in front of the DC home of Jeff Bezos

G7 Finance Ministers Discuss Coronavirus Debt and Transparency Impacts for Developing Countries

Amidst questions of upcoming G7 meeting dates and which countries are participating, G7 Finance Ministers met virtually about economic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breaking: DC lifts stay-at-home order, restaurant workers get "back to work" order

At 12:01AM on Friday, Mayor 29, Mayor Bowser lifted DC's stay-at-home order, theoretically removing the power of police to arrest people in disfavored neighborhoods for just for being away from their homes. For those in neighborhoods where police have not used the stay-at-home for harassment, the main change is "back to work" orders for those working in a long line of businesses not deemed "essential" by government.

Developing Countries Struggle with Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts

Washington DC - From Ecuador to the Dominican Republic to Ethiopia, developing countries are struggling to obtain aid and financing to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus."Because of high debts and austerity policies, countries like Ecuador cannot provide basic health services to confront the coronavirus, let alone help their people survive the economic disaster," stated Eric LeCompte a United Nations finance expert who leads the religious development group, Jubilee USA Network.

Mayday Action Roundup

Early afternoon on Mayday, May 1 2020, car and bike caravans began lining up for another day of caravan protests.One of the motorcades began the day by essentially driving laps around the White House.while bicyclists rode by HHS chanting "Do Your Job!" Videographer Jane Recker reports at least 40 cars in the motorcade.

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Still from Jane Recker's Twitter video of cyclists near HHS chanting "Do Your Job!"

ShutDownDC activists paint murel at Amazon CEO Bezo's DC mansion

On the 29th of April, ShutdownDC activists showed up in front of Jeff Bezo's new DC mansion. Once there, they painted a murel demanding that Amazon protect their workers from COVID-19, now known to be spreading in Amazon "fulfillment centers" as online shopping soars.

Video of murel painting at the home of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos 16 sec

Photo by Shutdown DC

Essential not Expendable caravans crisscross DC

On the 27th of April, two motorcades and a bike caravan crosscrossed the city visiting locations where essential workers are placing themselves at risk for the public before converging in SE DC. During the closing rally in SE, cops demanded protesters leave-and some of the cops removed their own personal protective equipment to do so.

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