MD

MD residents rally in Baltimore to kick fracked gas infrastructure out of state

On the 18th of April, MD residents from Cove Point, Accokeek, Myersville, and other places menaced by fracked gas project protested outside the MD Dept of the Environment. They were there to demand that the existing state ban on fracking be made meaninful with a ban on fracked gas pipelines and compressor stations, and that the export terminal at Cove Point be shut down.

Video featuring Krish Vignarajah, Chelsea Manning, and more

Nearly unanimous opposition at fracked gas compressor station hearing in Charles County, MD

On the 28th of March, the MD Dept of the Environment (MDE) held a public hearing in Charles County, MD concerning Dominion's proposed fracked gas compressor station. Residents from the area placed at risk by the project and their supporters spoke unanimously against the project. Near the beginning, someone projected scenes of what a potential explosion at the compressor station on the walls of the room. MDE tried to order the projector turned off while the packed room erupted into yelling.

Video-speakers denounce the proposed compressor station

Mothers against the Potomac Pipeline arrested at MD State House

On the 14th of March, Mothers against the Potomac Pipeline blocked one of the MD State House doorways and the blockaders were arrested. This was just days before Governor Hogan is expected to make a decision about whether or not to permit the Potomac Pipeline to proceed.

Video compilation from CCAN's and Katherine Brzozowsk's Twitter clips

Photo by John Zangas

Environmentalists rally in Annapolis for 50% renewable energy mandate

On the 10th of January, environmentalists gathered in Annapolis, MD to demand that the General Assembly pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2018, mandating that 50% of energy used in the state come from renewables such as solar and wind. The existing Clean Energy Jobs Act calls for 25% renewables by 2020, now climate, environmental justice, and faith activists are asking the state to double down with 50% by 2030.

Video highlights of the rally and electric vehicle parade

Rally for 50% renewable energy mandate at the MD State House

Cops demand ID for residents to enter own block in W Baltimore

As of the 19th of November, Baltimore Police are holding the 500 block of Shroeder (at Edmondson & Schroeder) under armed occupation, with at least 9 police cars on site and residents of the block required to show ID proving an address on the block to enter. Residents without ID presumably can leave but cannot return to their own homes.

Update Nov 22:The "crime scene" is no longer active. Turns out Detective Suiter was killed with his own gun, in a no-cameras area, one day before he was to testify before a grand jury against a squad of indicted cops.

Video clip-resident points out 17 cop cars at checkpoint

Still from video showing swarm of police vehicles at checkpoint

Hundreds protest on Rumsey Bridge against Potomac Pipeline

On the 14th of October, over 350 people participated in "Hands Across the Potomac, a protest against TransCanada's proposed Potomac Pipeline for fracked gas. After assembling in Shepherdstown, W Va for speakers, protesters marched onto the Rumsey Bridge over the Potomac, lining the downstream rail from W Va to MD.

Video from Hands Across the Potomac(1 min 25 sec)

Protesters lined Rumsey Bridge from shore to shore

Immigrant youth stage pro-DACA skit at Univ of MD as supporters block roads

On the 29th of August, immigrant youth staged a skit simulating an ICE raid on a family in the center circle of University of MD's campus roads. Supporters including area antifascists blockaded the roads around the circle. The protest held the streets and circle for 11 minutes, symbolising 11 million people at risk for deportation under the Donald Trump regime.

Video of the street action/theater and blockades at the "M circle" at University of MD

Video by Yvette Lerma Jones of the indoor encore performance of the street theater simulated ICE raid from the M circle action

IWW sucessfully unionizes Takoma Park Food Co-op

On Sunday, the 20th of August, workers at the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op also known as the Takoma Park food co-op voted to unionize with the DC Chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Pro-Indigenous activst takes sledgehammer to Columbus monument in Baltimore

Early AM on August 21, a pro-Indigenous activist took a sledgehammer to Baltimore's oldest monument to racist, murdering, slave-trading Christopher Columbus. Cities can remove monuments to slavery and murder or people are going to do it for them, their choice.

Video by Popular Resistance,

Indivisible protests in Olney against Nazi hate

On the 20th of August, Olney residents organized by Indivisible protested at the corner of Ga Ave and Rt 108 against the torches and hate of the Nazis in Charlottesville, VA. Indivisible is a network of groups that seeks to become the Democrat's counter to the Tea Party.

Indivisible's rally against Nazi hate at the corner of Ga Ave and Rt 108

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