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DC Ferguson packs Council oversight hearing on MPD to oppose jumpouts

On the 10th of March, DC Ferguson activists packed a DC Council Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on MPD. They were there to demand nothing less than a complete end to "jump-out" police tactics that terrorize communities of color in DC. Former cops testified that their training justified any and all police shootings, and someone named Trayvon White said cops are even conducting cavity searches during those jump-outs. A jump-out is when cops swarm out of unmarked cars with the intent of initimidating someone into consent to a search.

A packed house at the Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on MPD-Team Grosso photo

Sledders take over Capitol West Lawn over objection of cops

On the 5th of March, a "sled free or die" call went out for sledding on the US Capitol West Lawn. US Capitol distributed fliers announcing that sledding was prohibited but as of 2:20PM have yet to make any attempt to back this up with any kind of aggression against the crowd of sled riders.

Zionists assault cameraman at final protest of Nehtanyahu's speech

On the 3rd of March, under freezing rain, Jewish Voices for Peace and other groups staged a final protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nehtanyahu's warmongering speech. One speaker cited a former Mossad chief as bluntly calling the conflict with Palestine the number one threat to Israel, not Iran's nuclear program. Nehtanyahu's speech seems aimed at sabotaging Obama's negotiations with Iran over nuclear energy and forcing war.

During the protest, two supporters of Israel waded into the crowd, argued with a number of people, then suddenly charged out of the crowd and attempted to destory a camera used by an Indymedia cameraman. Their attempt to destroy the camera failed.

Video-long shot of the rally followed by the attempt to destroy the camera

The Jewish Voices for Peace rally

Code Pink confronts AIPAC in House office buildings as Bibi speaks

On the 3rd of March, Code Pink got into the Longworth House Office Building as Israeli Prime Minister Nehtanyahu gave his speech. Both Code Pink and AIPAC director Cohen then attempted to enter speaker Boehner's office but that one was locked. Code Pink then chased AIPAC's director Robert Cohen through the halls before storming Representative Stivers' office after him.After being driven from the office by cops they managed to boo the speech at a "watch party" surrounded by unhappy AIPAC members.

Youtube video-Code Pink chases AIPAC director, storms Rep Stiver's office

Medea Benjamin asks AIPAC members at "watch party" for Bibi's speech whether they are loyal to Obama or Nehatanyu

AIPAC dinner attendees run gauntlet of protesters on the way out

On the 2nd of March, AIPAC delegates attending a fancy dinner at the Washington Convention Center were the subject of a second day in a row of confrontation. While they ate a noisy protest took place outside, and when they emerged they had to run the gauntlet of protesters. Members of Congress emerging from the AIPAC bribefest were singled out by name to be "named and shamed."

Video of attendees "running the gauntlet" as protesters name and shame them

Vigil outside the Convention Center before the AIPAC attendees began to emerge

Multiple arrests as protesters blockade, enter AIPAC Convention

On the 1st of March, several protesters were arrested while blocking a door of the Washington Convention Center during the start of the convention of AIPAC, the "American Israel Public Affairs Committee." At first conventiongoers bypassed the blockade by other doors, leading to a determined attempt tp get into the building. Some protesters managed to sneak in while others tried to re-establish the door blockade on the inside of the doors. They were dragged outside by cops, who the conceded the top of the steps to protesters. Finally several protesters were arrested while blocking a door open so the sounds of the protest could be heard more clearly from inside.

Video of the blockade, attempt to set an inside blockade, and later arrests at a blockade holding door open

Armed US drones protested at Air and Space

Inside the National Air and Space Museum is a drone exhibit (Predator drone included) that ignores the civilian deaths Obama's and Bush's armed drones have caused while glorifying military drones in general. On Feb 28, protesters showed up with leafets, signs, and a mock drone in front of Air and Space.

video-Antiwar protest "drone" appears to fly outside Air and Space Museum

Environmentalists celebrate as Obama vetoes GOP Keystone pipeline bill

On the 24th of February, US President Obama vetoed the Republican Party's bill attempting to force him to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Members of 350.org showed up outside the White House to celebrate this veto and demand that Obama take the next step and refuse to approve the pipeline itself

Photo from NBC Twitter feed

DC Ferguson marches on 7D police station

On the 22nd of February, DC Ferguson met at the Congress Heights Metro in Anacostia and marched on the 7th District police station. Protesters were demanding justice for Ralphael Briscoe, who was shot in the back by a police "jump-out" squad back in 2011 without having even been suspected of having committed a crime. The shooting was described by one speaker as being a "drive-by." As usual, the police involved in this murder have been cleared of all charges and returned to duty. DC Ferguson is demanding that these murderers be punished-and that police jump-out tactics be ended in DC forever.

Video of march on 7D and speakers in front of 7D

In front of the 7th District headquarters of MPD

Muslims, DC Ferguson protest hypocritical "countering violent extremism" summit

On the 18th of February, Obama began his "countering violent extremism" summit, which is mostly an event to coordinate police efforts to spy on and infiltrate Muslim communities. Outside, both Muslims and DC Ferguson activists called out this event for hypocrisy. The US itself was called out for the drone strikes used for extra-judicial executions throughout the Muslim world. This was compared to the routine and never punished street executions of African-Americans by killer cops, often by jump-outs in DC. Lastly everyone was reminded that the profile of almost every terrorist in the US has been an angry, armed white male. This includes last week's murder of three Muslims by a terrorist in North Carolina. No doubt Obama's summit will pay little attention to the ongoing drumbeat of mass murders by angry white men in the US.

Selected video highlights of the protest

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