January 2015

Undercover cop at DC Ferguson protests outed

On the 20th of January, Untold Carslyle published this photo of an undercover cop that has been seen around most or all of the DC Ferguson protests. Looks like we've just caught another "Missy," the undercover cop who was caught by DC activists in 2013 because she had a big mouth on Twitter.

Undercover cop at DC Ferguson protests

Reclaim MLK march shuts down Chinatown, marches on DOJ over police brutality

On the 19th of January,a Reclaim MLK March set out from the White House for the Department of Justice. More than once it was called the Department of Injustice for failing to investigate the continuing police murders of mostly African-American youth. On the way, the march shut down streets, focussing on Chinatown. The mother of a man killed by Montgomery County, MD police spoke out as a classic DC Ferguson square blockaded 7th and H by the Chinatown arch.

Video of the march featuring the mother of a man murdered by Montgomery County police at 1 min 21 sec

Marching to Chinatown from the White House

Shutting down Chinatown

Cops hold counterprotest against Ferguson/Civil rights movement

On the 17th of January, during the MLK holiday weekend, cops in DC held what was effectively a counterprotest against DC Ferguson and the rest of the new civil rights movement. Their "sea of blue" march featured some participants looking like motorcycle gang members, and speakers advocating an "us vs them" approach to policing. This can be considered a protest in favor of police shooting people who don't "show the proper attitude" and in favor of jump-outs and Stop and Frisk style policing, given the context.Especially galling was the large number of participants wearing clothing calling themselves "peacemakers" when police misconduct has triggered more civil unrest than any other issue in many years.

Photo by Harris from the Post

Amnesty International protests flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

On the evening of Jan 16, Amnesty International showed up outside the embassy of Saudi Arabia. A Saudi cultural event was about to start inside, and Amnesty was there to remind everyone that the Saudi monarchy needs to cancel the remaining 19 flogging sessions liberal blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to, release him from prison, and permit him to exit the country to join his wift and three young children.

Video from the protest (WARNING-short covert camera clip from actual flogging of Raif at 1 min 19 sec)

DC Ferguson shuts down AM Rush Hour traffic on MLK's actual birthday

The 15th of January is Martin Luther King's actual birthday. On that day in 2015, DC Ferguson marched into AM rush hour traffic and shut it down for many blocks in all directions of the protest. Police redirection of traffic greatly magnified the impact by closing off large sections of streets containing protesters, far beyond the protest itself. Police, security guards, and vigiliantes are still shooting another African-American every 28 hours. DC police are still using jump-outs to intimidate Black youth into submitting to illegal searches. Therefore, DC Ferguson is still "shutting shit down," saying no justice means no business as usual!

Video of the march and speech in front of the condo building

7th st just before 8AM on Jan 15, 2014

Saudi Flogging for Blogging Demonstration

Code Pink joined Saudi human rights activist Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington DC to protest the US's continued support for the regime despite continuing egregious human rights abuses, including the ongoing flogging of Saudi blogger Raid Badawi for questioning the role of religion in supporting the Saudi regime.

Al-Ahmed reports that Saudi Arabia flogs three thousand prisoners daily, as well as carrying out daily beheadings.

Keystone protesters show up at State Department

The 13th of January was a day of action against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline throughout Turtle Island. In Washington DC, Climate First! showed up at the US Department of State late afternoon, after an earlier protest at the White House by 350.org

Protesters at the Dept of State demand that the Keystone XL tar sands protest be rejected

Police brutality protesters occupy lobby of DC Police headquarters

On the 12th of January, both Ferguson protesters and Guantanimo Bay protesters joined forces to occupy the lobby of DC Police (MPD) headquarters for just over 28 minutes. The 28 minutes symbolized the fact that every 28 hours a Black man, woman, or child is killed by police, security guards, or vigilantes in the US. The occupation was tense but no arrests were made.

Video of occupation of DC Police headquarters lobby

The scene inside MPD's front lobby

34 countries, 17 states represented "100,000 Tweets for Oscar" Campaign Reaches over 500,000 people

Over 500,000 people were reached on January 6, 2015, Oscar's 72nd birthday, as the National Boricua Human Rights Network and La Respuesta coordinated the "Social Media Campaign for Oscar López." Using various hashtags (e.g.

Hooded protesters march on 13th anniv of Guantanamo's opening

On January 11, 2002, the unlawful prison at Guantanimo Bay opened for business. On January 11, 2015 it was still in business even though President Obama vowed six years ago to close it. As on every January 11th back to 2007, a long line of protesters in orange jumpsuits and black hoods marched to demand the closure of Gitmo.

Video of the march

"Detainees" lining up at the White House for America's march of shame

Fred Sainz of HRC protested for defending Jeb Bush

Former HW Bush staffer Fred Sainz is now the Human Rights Campaign's Vice President for Communications & Marketing. Unfortunately, he has defended Jeb Bush in statements to the Washington Post citing his stance on Gay marriage even though Jeb Bush also supports "religious freedom" bills to legalize businesses refusing to serve or hire GLBT or otherwise gender varient folks. On Jan 11, protesters showed up ouside the offices of the Human Rights Campaign or HRC, demanding that Fred Sainz repudiate this support for religious bigotry.