April 2015

Reportback from emergency action to save Mumia's life

Unable to execute political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, prison authorities have instead been trying to kill him by neglect. For three months he showed signs of diabetes and treatment was refused until he was finally taken to an outside hospital and fainted with blood sugar at seven times the normal level. On Friday, the 10th of April, supporters protested all over the US demanding compassionate release for Mumia. Here in DC, supporters of Mumia marched on the US Dept of Justice

Keith X Photo

Protesters show at at Patriot Center Ringlings circus performance

On the evening of April 11th, the protesters who have dogged appearances of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey circus showed up at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Attendance at the circus was down. Protesters suspect Ringling's announcement that the elephants are going to be retired is due to shrinking attendance. All the animals, elephants included, were on stage at the Patriot Center. Outside, an unknown large man opposing the protest tried and failed to intimidate a woman out of distributing leaflets. A second protester intervened and that man decided to back away.

Hundreds ride to cherry blossoms in first DC Bike Party of 2015

On the 8th of April, hundreds of DC area cyclists gathered in spotty rain for the first of the year's DC Bike Parties. They leave Dupont Circle at 8PM on the second Wednesday of each of the warmer months of the year. This one was the Cherry Blossom Chase, and rode to the Hained Point loop, under newly opened cherry blossoms. Just before the ride began the rain tapered off to nothing more than drizzle, nowhere near enough to dampen the spirits of hundreds of riders on the first Bike Party of the year

2 min video of the ride

Departing from Dupont Circle

Greenpeace occupied Shell oil rig heading to arctic drill site

On the 6th of April, Greenpeace activists used climbing gear to ascend high into the structure of a Shell oil rig loaded on a ship heading to one or more Arctic drilling sites. Greenpeace is on record as not intended to "interfere with navigation" of the ship but will hold their position with the "The People vs Shell" banner.

Photo by Greenpeace

Massive power outage blamed on hardware, not monkeywrenchers

On the 7th of April, power outages cascaded from Charles County, MD through PG County and into Washington DC. WTOP News reported that Homeland Security was inundated with calls asking if "nefarious activity" was to blame, but official blame went to failing equipment in Charles County, MD.

MD Residents rally in Annapolis for moratorium on gas fracking

On the 2nd of April, Residents of MD staged a rally in Annapolis demanding the enactment of a moratorium on gas fracking in the state. Although weakened limiting the moratorium to two years, the bill passed the MD House of Delegates by a veto-proof majority.

Video of the rally and attempt to deliver petitions to the governor's office