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Muslim activists demand community boycott Obama's political iftar dinner over Gitmo, Gaza, and domestic spying

On the 14th of July, Obama held an Iftar, the ceremonial dinner at the conclusion of the day's Ramadan fasting by area Muslims. A number of Muslim groups including the American Arab Anti-Discrimination league refused to attend and called for a boycott, instead protesting out front. They were opposing US aid to Israel's assault on Gaza, the continuing existence of Guantanimo Bay, mass incarceration and domestic spying in the US targeting Muslims and people of color in the US.

Video on Archive

Gas export protesters blockade FERC, 24 arrests

Shortly before 8AM on the 14th of July, activists opposing fracking and LNG export out of Cove Point or anywhere else blockaded all doors into FERC's headquarters. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC is suspected of being ready to rubber-stamp permits for gas export facility construction at Cove Point in Calvert County, MD. Cops helped FERC employees and bureaucrats push through lines of protesters, appearing at one point to use a pain hold to force a protester to let go of another. The blockades remained in place until about 10AM, at which point 24 activists were arrested.

Video on Archive in 540P half HD quality

Blockade at the front doors of FERC

Over 1,000 march on FERC against gas export from Cove Point or anywhere

On the 13th of July, over 1,000 people marched from the Mall to the 1st st NE offices of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They were demanding that FERC refuse to approve permits for fracked gas (LNG) exports from Cove Point, MD or anywhere else. Until now FERC has acted like a rubber stamp for fossil fuel energy projects.

Video of the march from the Capitol to FERC

The march coming up N Capitol street

Independent Journalist stopped and frisked at Gaza/Israeli Embassy protest

On Friday, the 11th of July. protesters gathered at the Embassy of Israel to demand and end to the raid of Israeli rockets and bombs on the Gaza Strip, The cops had protest pens set up, George W Bush Memorial Freedom Fence. One independent journalist was detained by Secret Service for standing on the sidewalk on the Israeli Embassy side of the street to shoot pictures.
Video featuring interview with journalist subjected to stop and frisk

Massive Bike Party rides after Washington Post prints call for assaults on cyclists

On the 8th of July, the Washington Post published a vicious Courtland Milloy editorial encouraging motorists to run down cyclists. Cyclists on Twitter responded with the handle #BikeTerrorist, and on the evening of July 9 hundreds of riders took to the streets for the already-planned DC Bike Party.

Video-Bike Party takes Memorial Bridge

Bike Party takes Memorial Bridge

Mountaintop Removal protest at PNC Bank

On the 5th of July, a PNC Bank account holder backed by Climate First! and Earth Quaker Action Team showed up at PNC Bank to demand that they stop investing in mountaintop removal coal mining.

Video focussing on account holder and the manager's response to her

UPDATED: Call for an Anticapitalist Bloc in the July 13 Cove Point fracked gas march on FERC

On Sunday, the 13th of July, thousands will march from the US Capitol to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission against fracking and against fracked gas export from Cove Point, MD on the Chesapeake Bay.

We are calling for an anticapitalist bloc within this march on the grounds that stopping the destruction of Earth by fracking, tar sands, and mountaintop removal will require the overthrow of capitalism

The march will be gathering on the West side of the US Capitol along 3ed st NW on the Mall, bounded by Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive SW, which is the center area. Meet at the rolling infoshop cart under the red and black flags, wear black T-shirts.

July 4th Hemp/Cannabis parade runs into "freedom fence" and checkpoints

On the 4th of July, the annual Hemp/Cannabis legalization march had to pass through the Mall bag search checkpoints, at least one arrest was reported just past the checkpoints. Some others refused to enter the concert area due to the checkpoints. Those checkpoints are probably why this march and concert no longer draws the thousands it used to before George W Bush brought public event checkpoints to DC.

Video of the march and checkpoint encountered

DC is on the verge of legalizing pot, so long as a certain Congressman from MD's Eastern Shore does not succeed in derailing DC's decision. There is a call for a boycott of MD Eastern Shore products due to his interference.

The hemp/cannabis legalization parade coming down 17th st

Moms Against Monsanto march in Palisades 4th of July parade

On the 4th of July, the Palisades 4th of July parade included a "Moms Against Monsanto" contingent organized by Moms Across America. They showed up with young children in tow, objecting both to GMO foods and to Roundup in food making its way into breast milk at over 1,000 times the levels permitted in European drinking water.

Video clips of Moms Across America contingent in Palisades July 4th parade

Net Neutrality activists stage people vs Big Telcos tug-o-war at FCC

On the 1st of July, net neutrality activists returned to the offices of the FCC, this time staging a tog of war between "the Big Telecoms" and "the People" with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler as a bystander. Suddenly, Chairman Wheeler changed his mind, joined on the side of the people, and the resulting greater force pulled down Comcast, Verizon, and At&T.

Musical video on Archive featuring corporate bribery of the FCC and Tug of War

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