April 2015

Unions march Trojan Horse to USTR against TPP fast-track

On the 20th of April, unions members staged a march from the AFL-CIO's DC headquarters to the office of the United States Trade Representative against the TPP. The TPP is a proposed NAFTA style trade deal that would affect about 40% of the world and whose terms the negotiating parties are attempting to keep secret. The march featured a giant Trojan Horse as a warning against this secret treaty and the Congressional "fast-track" bill.

Video of the march starring the TPP Trojan horse

The TPP Trojan Horse, a plain brown box for Congress to vote on but not look inside

Empower DC visits DC Council demanding money to fix vacant public housing

On the 20th of April, Empower DC sent a delegation to the DC City Council to demand a total end to demolition of public housing. They also are demanding that that the 2016 government budget include money to repair vacant public housing units so homeless familes can move into them.

Activists protest and flier at World Bank sponsored greenwash concert

On the 18th of April, the World Bank Group staged the "Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day" concert, with Fallout boy headlining. This concert was during their Spring Meetings, and in spite of an increase in overall World Bank investments in fossil fuels. Global justice activists set up in front of the main bag search checkpoint and some went inside to hand out hundreds of fliers contrasting the message of the show with the World Bank Group's actual record.

Video-crazy security at concert, contrasted to "A16" IMF protests 15 years ago

Clown Bloc tries to enter World Bank, IMF's Infoshop

On the 17th of April, as the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank got underway, a "clown bloc" showed up asking delegates if they would answer on camera "what is the difference between austerity and poverty?" Not one would answer this on the record. Seeking answers the Clown Bloc moved on to the IMF's "infoshop" bookstore, which is open to the public or supposed to be. Security guards aggressively kept them out, this was repeated when some of the clown tried to enter the World Bank seeking the same answer.

Video-clown bloc questions delegates, tries to get in

Video-Interview with Australian citizen concerning solidarity with United Voice union at IMF/G20

Solidarity at the IMF/G20 with Australia's United Voice union

Fracked gas export protesters dragged out of FERC meeting-again

On the 16th of April, new FERC commissioner Norman Bay got a taste of vehement opposition to his agency's record of rubberstamping fracking related projects. She tried to brush off protests by Calvert County residents and their supporters opposing Dominion's fracked gas export facility now under construction at Cove Point. On of the protesters lampooned the previous FERC director saying "Oh my God, we have a situation here. The situation is not going away," continuing "There is no democracy here. You just ignore what I write on my computer." This in reference to similar remarks by the last commissioner of FERC.

Youtube: Security guards drag citizens from FERC meeting for speaking up

Still from John Zangas Youtube video

Protesters march on Capitol for 2nd day as TPP fast-track bill introduced

On April 16, 2016, Sen Orrin Hatch(R-Utah), Sen Ron Wyden(Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Misrepresentative Paul Ryan (R-WI) formally introduced "The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015," which is fast-track authority clearly meant for the proposed TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty. At or just before this introduction, protesters demanding "Flush the TPP" marched on the US Capitol, and some were able to enter one or more of the buildings of the Capitol complex

John Zangas photo

Gyrocopter landed on Capitol West Lawn in campaign cash/corruption protest

On April 15th, a 61 year old postal worker from Florida attempted to deliver 535 letters to Capitol Hill demanding an end to corporate cash in US politics by gyrocopter. He sucessfully evaded all Washington DC air defenses and landed his aircraft on the West Lawn without damage. He was intercepted on the ground by Capitol Police before he could deliver these letters to all 535 members of Congress.This was perhaps the most profound protest yet against the "Citizens United" case that legalized unlimited corporate campaign cash.

Youtube news video based on tourist's Vine clip

Tough talk at anti-TPP union rally on Capitol Hill

On the 15th of April, large numbers of union supporters gathered on Capitol Hill oppose the proposed TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership. They called this "another NAFTA," and even used the term "SHAFTA" for the trade deals that have been offshoring US jobs and led to plummeting wages since 1994. Multiple members of Congress as well as union officials had some unusually tough talk against the "fast track" bill for the TPP. Fast track means a quick ratification vote with no debate if a treaty is signed, for a treaty whose very text is being kept secret.

Video-tough talk at Capitol Hill rally against the TPP

NYPD resorts to orange nets, violence after Brooklyn Bridge shut down

On the 14th of April, #ShutDownA14 protests took place in many cities demanding an end to mass incarceration and the ongoing wave of extrajudicial executions by police. In New York City, police turned violent after protesters blockaded the Brooklyn Bridge. Two serious injuries were reported, and police rolled out orange nets to arrest everyone in target areas just like durng the RNC or when Occupy Wall St blocked the exact same bridge.

Youtube video-NYPD assaults, arrests protesters on Brooklyn Bridge as motorists watch

Orange "Freedom Fence" just like during the 2004 GOP Convention. Photo by James from the Internet