September 2014

Code Pink disrupts Senate war hearing

As US Secretary of "Defense" Chuck Hagel prepared to address the Senate Armed Services Committee for an ISIS war hearing, Several Code Pink activists rose from their seats chanting "No More War!" They were supported by other members of Code Pink with signs
Official Code Pink video reposted to Archive

CNN video reposted by 3ed party to Youtube

Photo by Code Pink

FCC gets another Net Neutrality protest

On the 16th of September, net neutrality protesters returned to the headquarters of the FCC, where chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing a plan to allow "paid prioritization" of content from websites willing to pay internet service providers for premium access. This "internet fast lanes" plan would allow your phone or cable company to slow your access to videos from this site so that Facebook and Netflix would load faster, and could lead to the removal of most independent websites from the Internet if nobody can reach them. After all, the bandwidth has to come from somewhere.

Photo by We Act Radio 1480 AM

Antiwar protesters greet Obama's Iraq War speech

On the 10th of September, Obama gave a speech formally announcing the US was return to war in Iraq and now also in Syria, but only from the air supposedly. Antiwar protesters were in front of the White House booing some of his more bellicose words. One of the protesters said Obama wanted to bomb Assad last year, but now wants to join with Assad to bomb Islamic State. Which side is he on in Syria anyway-the chemical weapons side, or the religious extremism side?

54 sec video clip including booing protesters

Police cars crowd Bike Party, drive dangerously

Video of the ride showing police interactions

On the 10th of September, several DC cops assigned to or othewise escorting the monthly Bike Party drive their cars in ways that made some of the riders feel they were being put as risk for a collision. They muscled their cars directly into the packs of riders, followed riders ahead of them too closely, and as a result had to make sudden stops that put riders behind them at risk of ramming the police cruisers if they could not stop quickly.

A police cruiser crowds into the ride across the double yellow line

Alliance for Appalachia blockades Obama's Council on Environmental Quality over MTR coal mining

On the 9th of September, the Alliance for Appalachia delivered a very bad report card (mostly incompletes and an F-) to Obama's Council on Environmental Quality for five years of broken promises on protecting people from water being poisoned by mountaintop removal coal mining. While a traditional square dance provided support several people blocked the steps in a civil disobedience.

Video of bucket brigade, square dance, and reaction to cops throwing report card into trash

Square dancers support a blockade of Obama's "Council on Environmental Quality"

GLBTQ immigration advocates protest "death sentence deportations" at White House

On the 9th of September, GLBTQ immigration rights activists held a rally at the White House demanding protection from deportation, which can be especially dangerous GLBTQ when people are returned to homophobic countries like Uganda or post-coup Honduras.

Video-one of the speakers explains the physical dangers of being deported back to homophobic countries like Russia or Uganda

Earth Quaker Action Team shuts down PNC branch over MTR coal mining, moonshine mixer follows

On the 8th of September, Earth Quaker Action team showed up at the Dupont Circle branch of PNC Bank, intending to enter the bank and perfrom a "4th grade math" themed skit against PNC's investments in mountaintop removal coal mining. Upon arrival the bank branch was found closed, with customers being turned away at the door. The branch appeared to have been closed long enough before protesters arrived that all but a few of those who got in before the closure had finished their business and left. The few remaining customers were escorted out by security when the finished, but no new customers were allowed to enter.
Video of protest that shut down PNC Bank at Dupont Circle

Earth Quaker Action Team in front of PNC Bank

Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party --An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell

(PHOTO:  Angela A. Allen-Bell joins Amnesty International in support of the Angola 3 outside of the Louisiana State Capitol on April 17, 2012.) Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party --An interview with law professor Angela A.

Albert Woodfox, left, with Zulu Whitmore, right

Ferguson/Michael Brown protesters shut down U st, Adams-Morgan

Saturday night, the 6th of September was the third Saturday night in a row that Ferguson/Michael Brown protesters marched into and shut down one or more gentrified parts of the city. Two weeks earlier it was Chinatown, last week it was H st where all the new money is flowing into NE, this time around it was U Street and later Adams-Morgan and Columbia heights.

Video of the march set to "thunderstruck" for the storm that rolled in

Taking over U Street

Sierra Club demands Dominion Resources dump ALEC at ALEC's headquarters

On the 4th of September, the Sierra Club backed up by Virigina residents including the Mayor of Alexandria showed up in front of the offices of ALEC, the American legislative Exchange Council. They were demanding that Dominion Resources stop contributing money paid by Virginia ratepayers to this far-right thinktank. ALEC is the largest non political party donor of campaign cash in Virginia, and Dominion's customers literally have no choice but to help ALEC corrupt the political process simply by paying their electrical bills.

Video featuring speakers including the Mayor of Alexandria

Video from DCFerguson Rally and March

In solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri, a coalition of activists marched in Washington DC. Speakers include (in order of appearance):


Eugene Puryear, ANSWER Coalition


Kymone Freeman, WEACT Radio


Aisha Fleury, Uhuru Movement, Black is Back Coalition


Salim Adofo, National Black United Front


Stuart Anderson, Family and Friends of Incarcerated People


?, Homeless Advocate, Empower DC

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