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Fur Free Friday: Finnish Embassy gets protest against breeding oversize foxes for fur trade

Nov 24, Black Friday was also Fur-Free Friday this year. Here in DC, animal rights activists descended on the Finnish Embassy, demanding an end to a breeding program to produce foxes up to 5 times their normal body weight for the fur trade. These "Frankenfoxes" can barely stand or move due to their excessive weight, but the fur industry cares for nothing but profits.

Anti Keystone XL activists visit Wells Fargo branches on Black Friday

On Black Friday, the 24th of November, activists from Climate First! visited two local branches of Wells Fargo. They were there to deliver letters to management asking that Wells Fargo divest from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

FCC to end net neutrality,DC protests coming Dec 7 at Verizon stores

FCC Chairman Agit Pai has announced plans to revoke net neutrality protections as early as December this year. Once this takes place, ISP's will be able to block popular websites unless people pay for "social upgrades," "media upgrades," "entertainment upgrades," etc. With Cable TV subscriptions plummeting, Big Cable and Big Telcos are keen to apply that business model to the Internet. As usual, Tor will defeat their blocking.

Protests at Verizon stores will begin on Dec 7, including two stores here in DC

"Tax Prom" with Mike Pence draws Tax March Chicken, protesters

The evening of Nov 16 featured a pro-GOP tax plan "Tax Prom" staring theocratic VP Mike Pence, $2,500 VIP tickets-and some uninvited guests making plenty of noise outside. The Tax March Chicken and Corruption Cleanup were in attendance, the former a reference to the refusal of Donald Trump to release his tax returns while peddling a tax "reform" bill to jack up middle class taxes and cut taxes on the rich.

Video of the "Tax Chicken" and march to the entrance

Odd police behavior at Democrat/Indivisble/Not One Penny protest against Trump tax bill

On November 15, the Senate planned to vote on Trump's tax "reform" bill that would raise taxes on the middle class and cut them for the rich. No vote by 6:30PM that day, and at noon protesters were outside the Capitol East Front. Several Democratic members of Congress spoke, so a hefty Capitol Police presence was no surprise but their behavior was another matter. As soon as a known antifa journalist set up a camera on a tripod, police fanned out to surround the crowd.

Update 6PM Nov 15: GOP Sen Ron Johnson will vote NO

Reportback and video from Catharsis DC "Temple Burn"

On the 11th of November, Catharis DC staged their "Temple Burn" bonfire on the Mall. As always, the bonfire was preceded by a spectacular fire ceremony. Again the NPS limited the size of the bonfire, and this year NPS also banned one of the art installations, a 40+ foot sculpture of a nude woman. This was replaced by a smaller but similar projection installation.

Updated:New, better quality mix video of the fire dance and bonfire

Video-DC Bike Party rides to Catharsis for burn night

John Zangas Youtube video-the daytime scene at Catharsis

Photo by Kevin Bond

Students take over Hart Building in protest for clean DREAM act

On the 9th of November, an estimated 1,000 students walked out of DC schools and swarmed the Hart Senate Office Building for a loud protest demanding that a DREAM act be passed. Such a bill would protect young migrants brought here as children from being rounded up at deported, in some cases to countries they've never even seen. Protesters linked the Atrium galleries and dropped banners, demanding a clean bill with no provisions harming other migrants or border communities. At least one arrest was reported.

Video originally posted to Twitter by Danial Dale

Fernando Pizzaro photo

Mass arrests, proposed formal GLBTQ criminalization in Egypt draw emergency protest

On the 8th of November, protesters from Amnesty International, Human Rights First, Human Rights Campaign(HRC) and the local Egyptian community showed up at the Egyptian Cultural & Educational Bureau to condemn a proposed law to impose prison terms of up to 5 years for almost any kind of GLBTQ social activities, activism, or publicity.

Video from the protest at the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau

Protesters in front of the Egyptian Cultural & Educational Bureau

Video:defend J20 Resistance

1st bloc of trials: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:30am – Trial begins at 9:30am

H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC

On January 20th, 200+ protesters were mass-arrested, detained, and now face 6 decades in prison. Their cell phones were confiscated and searched, their homes were raided, and their social media data was seized. The US Attorney’s Office is setting a repressive precedent for political expression under Donald Trump’s administration. It is incumbent upon anyone who values dissent to stand in solidarity with the defendents in this case.

Video released Nov 8 by Defend J20 Resistance

Ronald Reagan building refuses space to Richard Spencer's NPI

On Friday, the 3ed of November, the Washington Post confirmed that the Ronald Reagan Building has rejected Richard Spencer's request to rent space on Nov 19th for the neo-Nazi "National Policy Institute" conference. Building management cited "security issues" at previous NPI events, and also the bloody violence in Charlottesville as their reasons.

Update: Anti-fascist Anti-conference "from Resistance to Revolution" will take place in DC starting Nov 18.

The view from the Reagan building on 11/19/2016, last NPI event there

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