March 2015

DC Ferguson blocks 14th and U after Metro Transit Police shooting

On the 12th of March, Metro Transit Police shot and killed a man in the tunnels near the Potomac Ave station. They have refused to identify him and some media reports didn't even admit the shooting was by a cop! The following night (March 13), DC Ferguson met at Chinatown, got on the Metro, then got off at U st to block the intersection of 14th and U streets.

stirring video of the protest: never yield!

Two arrested as Code Pink confronts Kerry in Congress over ISIS and war plans

On the 11th of March, Code Pink confronted US Secretary of State John Kerry as he spoke before Congress to support US military intervention both against ISIS and in the Ukraine. Two members of Code Pink were arrested. One point Code Pink was making is that US intervention created ISIS/Daesh, so it stands to reason that more US intervention will produce more terrorism.

CNN Video posted to Youtube by 3ed party

Photo by Code Pink

DC Ferguson packs Council oversight hearing on MPD to oppose jumpouts

On the 10th of March, DC Ferguson activists packed a DC Council Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on MPD. They were there to demand nothing less than a complete end to "jump-out" police tactics that terrorize communities of color in DC. Former cops testified that their training justified any and all police shootings, and someone named Trayvon White said cops are even conducting cavity searches during those jump-outs. A jump-out is when cops swarm out of unmarked cars with the intent of initimidating someone into consent to a search.

A packed house at the Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on MPD-Team Grosso photo

Sledders take over Capitol West Lawn over objection of cops

On the 5th of March, a "sled free or die" call went out for sledding on the US Capitol West Lawn. US Capitol distributed fliers announcing that sledding was prohibited but as of 2:20PM have yet to make any attempt to back this up with any kind of aggression against the crowd of sled riders.

Zionists assault cameraman at final protest of Nehtanyahu's speech

On the 3rd of March, under freezing rain, Jewish Voices for Peace and other groups staged a final protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nehtanyahu's warmongering speech. One speaker cited a former Mossad chief as bluntly calling the conflict with Palestine the number one threat to Israel, not Iran's nuclear program. Nehtanyahu's speech seems aimed at sabotaging Obama's negotiations with Iran over nuclear energy and forcing war.

During the protest, two supporters of Israel waded into the crowd, argued with a number of people, then suddenly charged out of the crowd and attempted to destory a camera used by an Indymedia cameraman. Their attempt to destroy the camera failed.

Video-long shot of the rally followed by the attempt to destroy the camera

The Jewish Voices for Peace rally

ISIS 101 What’s really terrifying about this threat

ISIS 101What’s really terrifying about this threatJohn Chuckman ISIS certainly is not what a great many people think that it is, if you judge what they think by what our corporate press proclaims incessantly.  Judging by what ISIS actually does and whom its acts benefit, its clandestine associates, and the testimony of some witnesses, ISIS is a complex intelligence operation. Its complexity reflects at least in part the fact that it serves the interests of several countries and that it has more than one objective.

Code Pink confronts AIPAC in House office buildings as Bibi speaks

On the 3rd of March, Code Pink got into the Longworth House Office Building as Israeli Prime Minister Nehtanyahu gave his speech. Both Code Pink and AIPAC director Cohen then attempted to enter speaker Boehner's office but that one was locked. Code Pink then chased AIPAC's director Robert Cohen through the halls before storming Representative Stivers' office after him.After being driven from the office by cops they managed to boo the speech at a "watch party" surrounded by unhappy AIPAC members.

Youtube video-Code Pink chases AIPAC director, storms Rep Stiver's office

Medea Benjamin asks AIPAC members at "watch party" for Bibi's speech whether they are loyal to Obama or Nehatanyu

AIPAC dinner attendees run gauntlet of protesters on the way out

On the 2nd of March, AIPAC delegates attending a fancy dinner at the Washington Convention Center were the subject of a second day in a row of confrontation. While they ate a noisy protest took place outside, and when they emerged they had to run the gauntlet of protesters. Members of Congress emerging from the AIPAC bribefest were singled out by name to be "named and shamed."

Video of attendees "running the gauntlet" as protesters name and shame them

Vigil outside the Convention Center before the AIPAC attendees began to emerge

Multiple arrests as protesters blockade, enter AIPAC Convention

On the 1st of March, several protesters were arrested while blocking a door of the Washington Convention Center during the start of the convention of AIPAC, the "American Israel Public Affairs Committee." At first conventiongoers bypassed the blockade by other doors, leading to a determined attempt tp get into the building. Some protesters managed to sneak in while others tried to re-establish the door blockade on the inside of the doors. They were dragged outside by cops, who the conceded the top of the steps to protesters. Finally several protesters were arrested while blocking a door open so the sounds of the protest could be heard more clearly from inside.

Video of the blockade, attempt to set an inside blockade, and later arrests at a blockade holding door open