April 2014

White House vigiler tasered for "too many signs" combines many into one giant sign

Video interview with activist tasered by Park Police

On the 13th of April, White House peace vigil participant Barry Knight answered the Park Police decision to taser him for "too many signs" a couple weeks ago by combining as many signs as possible into a single giant sign.

Read 'em and weep, Sgt Reed!

Food Not Bombs offers free food while IMF/World Bank delegates meet

On the 13th of April, social activists from Food Not Bombs served free food in Murrow Park outside the IMF and World Bank meetings. Not one of the delegates accepted the food. Food Not Bombs then moved to Franklin Park where there was much more interest in the food from area homeless folks who rely on the availablity of free food.
Video from Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs in Murrow Park 4-13-2014

Photos from 4-12 drone protest at CIA headquarters

CIA entrance closed again!

CIA headquarters entrance closed again for drone protesters

"Plague of Debt" street theater marches from IMF to Mall during Cherry Blossoms

On the 12th of April, anti-globalization protesters staged a "Plague of Debt" street theater event against the IMF/World Bank meetings
Street theater video

Code Pink disrupts Egyptian Minister of Finance' event at US Chamber of Commerce

On the 11th of April, Egyptian Minister of Finance Hani Qadri Demian showed up to be "honored” at a luncheon staged by the US Chamber of Commerce, only to face disruption by Code Pink. Video (Youtube)

Video: bike racers train under the cherry blossoms

44 sec video of bike racers training under the cherry trees at Haines Point

Footage of DC area bike racers training under the cherry blossoms on their first or second day open. As of two days later WTOP Radio reported crowds so heavy this was no longer possible, at least at the noon hours reported by them.

Update: Park Police Tasered activist in March 29 arrest at White House antinuclear vigil

While covering the immigration rights march on 4-25 I was told an ugly piece of news: the US Park Police have returned to their old habit of using Tasers against activists believed to be associated with Occupy. When Barry Knight was confronted by US Park Police on March 29 for "having too many signs" as part of an apparent police attempt to drive off the White House peace vigil, the US Park Police shocked him with a Taser, a potentially lethal weapon, then arrested him.

Immigrants march on GOP House Speaker demanding vote on immigration reform

On the 9th of April, hundreds of immigrants and their supporters marched up Capitol Hill to the office of Speaker of the House Jim Boehner. He is refusing to permit the House to vote on an immigration reform bill that has already passed the Senate.

Video of the march on Speaker Jim Boehner's office

Photos from ongoing "Act Fast" Mall presence against deportations

After the Saturday, April 5 march to stop deportations, a big tent and stage were established on the Mall for presentations and performances lasting until the closing rally on the morning of April 9

Immigrants march on White House demanding not one more deportation

On the 5th of April, thousands of immigrants and their families and supporters marched from Mt Pleasant Park down 16th st to the White House, bluntly demanding that Obama entirely cease and desist deporting migrants. One of the banners called Obama the "deporter in chief." This, in turn, could indicate that Obama won't be getting any more slack from Latino voters and should be prepared to kiss their votes goodbye if deportations continue.

Video of the Dream March (Liveleak)