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Critical Mass rides to National Police memorial, King Memorial for Ferguson Solidarity

On the 29th of August, Critical Mass bikes rides around the US were transformed in part or in whole to Ferguson solidarity events. Here in DC, the ride made a pit stop at the National Police Memorial, where "hand up don't shoot" photos were taken and the NWA song "Fuck Tha Police" was at one point played by a rider from a portable sound system. A second and more somber stop was at the Martin Luther King memorial.

Video of the ride

hands up-don't shoot!

Hundreds arrested in immigrant civil disobediance at White House

On the 28th of August hundreds of immigrants and supporters organized by CASA de Maryland were arrested in front of the White House after marching there from the national headquarters of ICE, demanding that Obama end deportation of undocumented migrants by executive order.

Video of the march from ICE and the civil disobediance at the White House

In front of the White House (photo by SOA Watch)

Texas landowner speaks on TransCanada's bullying at Tar Sands Blockade film screening

On the 27th of August, the film Above All Else, about the Texas tree sitting blockade against the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was shown for the first time in DC at the E St Cinema. The film showing was followed by a panel discussion about the pipeline and the tar sands blockade, featuring landowner Julia Trigg Crawford who recounted in person the bullying tactics TransCanada and their lawyers used to deter landowners from refusing to sell them easements to build the pipeline

Trailer on Vimeo for Above All Else

Landowner Julia Trigg Crawford speaks about TransCanada's brutal bullying tactics

Ferguson protesters at Dept of Justice demand arrest of Ofc Darren Wilson for murder

On the 27th of August, protesters gathered in front of the Dept of Justice to demand the arrest of Ofc Darren Wilson in Ferguson for murdering Michael Brown. They also demanded accountability for all other killer cops, removing all military hardware from police possession, and body cameras on all cops, all the time. The rally effectively blocked the Constitution Ave doors of the Dept of Justice. The rally was followed by a march through Chinatown to a related event at Busboys and Poets.

Video-reading of demands at DOJ followed by quick march clip

Code Pink protests at SecState Kerry's house for release of American journalist held by Egypt

On the 25th of August, Code Pink and area Egyptians showed up outside the Georgetown home of US Secretary of State John Kerry. They were demanding that the US Embassy in Egypt take steps to demand that the illegal coup government of Egypt to release journalist Mohommed Soltan, who is a US citizen with family ties to Egypt. He has been effectively held hostage for a year, denied medical treatment for a bullet wound suffered while covering a protest, and has been on hunger strike. The government of Egypt receives nearly as much US aid as Israel, even though US aid to coup governments is illegal.

Video of the protest
Downloadable audio-Omar Soltan speaks on what the Egyptian coup regime did and is doing to his brother

DC Ferguson march takes Chinatown streets for second night in a row

A FAQ on D.C. Voting Rights, Representation, and Statehood

During my 12 years living in the District, I have heard a lot of questions about, and uninformed arguments against, D.C. congressional representation and/or statehood. But I had never been able to find a single list of those questions or criticisms with reasonable answers. I did a bit of research and put together this Q & A. If you like it, please feel free to distribute it however you wish. (You need not put my name on it.) Thank you!

What is the issue?

Ferguson Solidarity protesters march on Chinatown, shut down streets

On the 23ed of August, several hundred protesters marched on Chinatown demanding that Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown, be charged with murder and that all cops be required to wear video cameras at all times. A speaker reported that a WNBA game was going on at the Verizon Center, so marchers went down 7th st to the heaviest crowds and closed intersections in Chinatown. These protests will continue every night at 7PM, meeting at Mt Vernon Square as on Aug 23.

Video of the march

Solidarity march for Ferguson Saturday night Aug 23

There will be a march in solidarity with those resisting police brutality in Ferguson, MO on Saturday, Aug 23. Meet up at 7PM Mt Vernon Square by the Convention Center, march through Chinatown.

Fergerson solidarity rally in Columbia Heights

On the 21st of August, DC residents gathered on the open plaza in Columbia Heights on 14th st to demand justice for Michael Brown, murdered by police in Fergerson, MO. At the rally there was talk of starting a serious Copwatch program here in DC to reduce the danger of a similar police shooting here.

Photo by Sam Jeweler

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