October 2014

Ferguson Marchers shut down Georgetown

On the 4th of October, a Ferguson/Michael Brown solidarity protest marched through the streets of Georgetown, shutting down Penn ave, M st, and Wisconsin Ave. Normally busy Georgetown streets were shut down as marchers swarmed between the cars and blocked Wisconsin and M, Wisconsin and N, and other key intersections.

Video of the march on Georgetown

Wisconsin and M st shut down to protest the shooting of Michael Brown-and at least 20 police shootings in DC

Code Pink protests killer drone exhibit at Air and Space Museum

On the 4th of October, Code Pink showed up at the National Air and Space museum to protest an exhibit of armed drones. The exhibit even includes videogame looking footage of drone bombings with nothing said about what these bombings do to real people on the ground. As the protest continued, the security line to enter the museum grew and grew, extending right around the protest. This provided almost an ideal forum to educate the public about Obama's role as judge, jury, and executioner with these drones.

Video from the Code Pink drone protest at Air and Space showing massive security line

Fundamentalists still harassing Planned Parenthood

On the 4th of October shortly before noon, fundamentalist Christians were holding some kind of prayer vigil on the lawn of Planned Parenthood in DC. I do not know how they got the right to be on that lawn. Clinic escorts were present to help patients get past the anti-choicers. I asked one of the escorts when would be a good time to get photos with no patients in the way, and was told "right now." As I was doing so one of the right-wing "sidewalk counselers" engaged me with angry rhetoric. One of the escorts said their objective is confrontations with anyone present so as to create a tense atmosphere to deter patients. Years ago I even saw them do this to a full service hospital in Virginia.

FERC Found Guilty of Fracking the Chesapeake by a "People's Court"

On the morning of Oct 3, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Calvert County residents convened a "People's Court" outside FERC to protest their rubber stamp approval of fracked gas export from Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay. Defendants included president Barrack Obama, MD Governor O'Malley,the entire Calvert County board of commissioners, and the head of FERC. All were found guilty of multiple charges.

Video of people's court-all defendants

Video-Mike Tidewell vows "no surrender"-even if the LNG export plant is built, CCAN will fight on to prevent any gas from being exported

Secret Service expels Code Pink, NK from Lafayette Park for Israeli PM's visit

On the first of October, Code Pink and Neturi Karta set up in Lafayette park to protest the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House, condemning him for murder and genocide. The response from Secret Service was to clear the park, even though they had already cleared the street for him to leave when it came time for his motorcade to depart.

Video of the protest

Code Pink pulling back from the White House after repeated demands from Secret Service