June 2014

Protesters object as Supreme Court permits Hobby lobby to refuse contraceptive coverage

In a 5-4 split decision on the 30th of June, the US Supreme Court once again ruled that corporations are people, this time granting them religious freedom to discriminate against women who use birth control in the notorious Hobby Lobby case.

As the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious bigotry and corporate personhood, protesters outside showed their disapproval with signs saying things like "my uterus is not on payroll," and "My health care is not your hobby," and "keep your rosaries off my ovaries.

WSQT Audio Report

Photo by Thinkprogress

Do You Know John Kiriakou?

On February 28 2013, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou began serving a thirty month sentence for revealing details about the Bush administration's use of torture. On the eve of his imprisonment, Code Pink and Naomi Pitcairn hosted a farewell party for him on the roof of the Hay Adams Hotel, overlooking the White House. Speakers in order of appearance:

Jesselyn Radack, Government Accountability Project

John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower

Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower

Keystone XL protesters enter TD Bank

On the 28th of June, protesters from Climate First! entered two branches of TD Bank demanding they sever their ties to TransCanada, builder of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Video on Archive of the first TD Bank entry

Critical Mass DC June Video Reportback

On the 27th of June, over 50 riders showed up for Critical Mass DC. This ride was less than a week after the Solstice, so the first half way in daylight even with an 8PM start time on the last Friday of every month.

Video of the June Critical Mass ride

Argentina Debt Payments Blocked by US Court

The Argentine government announced Thursday that it transferred funds to the Bank of New York Mellon to pay the 92% of bond holders who restructured after Argentina's 2001 default. Reuters reports that Judge Thomas Griesa blocked the restructured debt payments until a settlement is reached on $1.65 billion that Griesa ordered be paid to hold-out creditors. "We are in the middle of a ping pong match between Argentina and the hold-outs," stated Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious debt relief group, Jubilee USA Network.

Pickets at FERC continue Days 3, 4, and 5

On the 25th and 26th of June, MD residents and supporters continued their noon pickets at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, considered a rubber stamp for the oil and gas industries.

Video Day 3:focus on Myersville compressor station needed to feed Cove Point
Video of 4th day in a row of picketing at FERC
Video of final day of picketing featuring Interfaith Power and Light

Picketers outside FERC on the 4th day of protests against LNG export out of Cove Point, MD

Thousands gather in Dupont Circle to watch World Cup "Eviction Games"

On the 26th of June, a huge, mostly white crowd gathered in Dupont Circle to watch the US team lose to Germany in the World Cup. These Eviction Games were made possible by tens of thousands of evictions of favela residents in Rio and tens of thousands more in the rest of the country. The next Eviction Games in Brazil are the Olympics, and here in DC the rich want both the Olympics in 2024 and the evictions.

Stirring "Eviction Games" Video

Video of Al-Sisi Protest in Support of Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists

Code Pink Demonstration at the Egyptian Defense Office to protest the unjust sentencing of Al Jazeera Journalists and 183 Egyptians Sentenced to Death, and Call for an End to US Military Aid to Egypt .

 On Monday, June 23, an Egyptian court convicted three Al Jazeera journalists of “aiding the Muslim Brotherhood,” sentencing two of them to seven years in prison and one to ten years!! Just a few days earlier, 183 Egyptians were sentenced to death for simply being allegedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Speakers:

IMF Paper: Corporate Tax Avoidance Hurts Global Economy and Poor Countries

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a staff paper noting that corporate tax avoidance negatively impacts all economies, but hurts developing countries the most. The IMF's release comes as the G20, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and United Nations bodies seek vehicles to diminish corporate tax avoidance. "The developing world loses more in corporate tax avoidance than it receives in aid from developed countries," stated Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious anti-poverty group, Jubilee USA Network.

FERC picketers Day 2: Dominion's money in Cove Point will be spent on doctor bills and oxygen tanks

On the 24th of June, Calvert County residents spoke out against gas export out of Cove Point in the second day of the week-long pickets at FERC organized by Chesapeake Climate Action Network or CCAN. At 4:06 in the video, the last speaker says the money Dominion is spreading around will be spent on doctor bills, hospital bills, air tanks, and oxygen tanks.
Video on Archive

Code Pink protests Egyptian death sentences and arrests of al-Jazerra journalists

On the 24th of June, Code Pink showed up outside the Egyptian Defense Office in DC, demanding that the military coup government of Egypt free the latest 183 protesters sentenced to death and free the three Al-Jazeera journalists they have arrested.

Photo by Code Pink

CCAN, Southern MD residents begin daily pickets at FERC over Cove Point gas export

On the 23ed of June, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and residents of Calvert and St Mary's counties in MD showed up for the first of a week of lunchtime pickets outside FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, otherwise known as the fracking industry's rubber stamp. They are demanding that FERC reject Dominion Energy's plans to export fracked gas from Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay.

Video on Archive

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