July 2020

Banner drop in solidarity with Portland protesters

On the 24th of July, unknown activists dropped a banner from a highway overpass in solidarity with the Portland protesters who have been slugging it out with Trump's Federal Stormtroopers.

Five Seattle media outlets subpeonaed for raw video/photos of protests

On the 31st of May, protests in Seattle included the burning of police cars same as in DC the previous night. Also included was the seizure of two guns from the cops. A month and a half later, a Federal judge issued subpeonas to the Seattle Times and four TV stations for all photos and videos of the protests that night. If they comply, they will have to be treated as police photographers at all subsequent protests.

DC Indymedia journalist Luke Kuhn burns a 2018 grand jury subpeona on the courthouse steps. The Seattle Times and those four TV stations can do this too.

Bowser demands 14 day "self-quarantine" of travellers/returnees from high virus areas

On the 24th of July, DC Mayor Bowser issued an order demanding that anyone entering or returning to DC from high coronavirus areas such as Florida "self-quarantine" for 14 days. There is no enforcement measure included other than business being allowed to deny service to those who do not comply, and the potential to invoke the Communicable and Preventable Diseases Act. Thus MPD does not appear to be empowered to make arrests for violation of this. It is Possible that Trump knew this was coming and that this is the reason the Jacksonville, FL RNC events have been cancelled.

Car pushes protesters as Mayor Bowser gets another Defund MPD home demo

On the 23ed of July, Black Lives Matter activists arrived outside Mayor Bowser's house for yet another residential protest demanding she defund MPD. The protest was largely an educational session on how cops don't make Black people any safer. As a real-world example of this, cops did nothing about it when an impatient driver tried to forcibly push through protesters as the rally began.

Video of the car incident 1 min 52 sec

Driver using his car in an attempt to forcibly push through protesters across the street from the Mayor's house

The Shortwave Report 07/24/20 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK World Japan.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr200724.mp3   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)        From SPAIN- Aliso

Video: Federal cops get their asses kicked in Portland street battle

Wow! Wrestling with bacon on the bottom!

Extinction Rebellion protests COG climate report w noisy car protest in Rockville

On the 21st of July, Extinction Rebellion Mont County held a rally and noisy car protest at the County Executive Building in Rockville, MD. They were protesting a excuse-riddled COG climate reportS on greenhouse gases. The report claims downward trends in CO2 emissions since 2005 but leaves out the role of the Great Recession in suppressing demand for fossil fuels. If the report included the pandemic error it would claim even more reductions. This makes those reductions strictly temporary and of little meaning.

Video: what's wrong with the COG report, and the honking car caravan 1 min 15 sec

Car caravan circles in front of the Montgomery County County Executive Building

Franklin Square closed for "renovation"

It looks like the question of why police harassed homeless people camping in Franklin Square just before the George Floyd Uprising started has been answered. A "partnership between the National Park Service and ... Mayor Muriel Bowser" has fenced off the park for a major renovation project. No doubt this is to include permanent expulsion of the homeless to make way for upscale office workers and power lunches.

Yuppies in, Homeless out. Mayor Bowser and Trump's federal troops (in the form of Park Police) working in unity

Trump to take Portland snatch squad tactics national?

Since protests have gone hot and heavy every night in Portland for over 50 days, Trump has deployed unmarked Federal snatch squads to grab people off the streets. This has been condemned even by the Washington Post, yet another snatch squad kidnapping occurred on the 19th of July. Ken Cuccinelli has stated that these unmarked Federal jackbooted thugs will now be used nationwide.

Wheels for Justice bike ride takes I-395

On the 19th of July, exactly a month after the Pike statue outside MPD was torn down, the "Wheels for Justice" bike ride took to the streets. The highlight of the ride was taking over I-395.

Video-the ride on I-395 2 min 20 sec

Wheels for Justice on I-395

Fuck the Police march reaches BLM Plaza just in time to stop police harassment

On the 18th of July, MPD attempted to intimidate protesters into leaving BLM Plaza-just before the "Fuck the Police" march arrived and by their presence ended the police offensive. The John Lewis Vigil and midnight yoga then took place without further harassment. En route, the march chanted "Fire, fire, gentrifier! in Adams-Morgan and other gentrified areas.

Video-marchers chant "fire, fire, gentrifier!" in Adams-Morgan 33 sec

The march arrives at BLM Plaza, ending police attempts to scare away protesters

G20 Finance Ministers Kick COVID Crisis Decisions to Fall

Chaired by Saudi Arabia, G20 Finance Ministers met virtually and focused on the global health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.