July 2020

Mayor Bowser gets another Defund MPD home demo

On Friday, the 17th of July, Black Lives Matter protesters again marched on the home of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, demanding that she defund MPD. Her response was to summon over 30 cops to "protect" her from the public.

Still from video posted by Chuck Modi to twitter

ICE refuses 250K petitions after release of detained kids delayed

Friday, the 17th of July was supposed to be a court-ordered deadline for ICE to release detained children so they don't get COVID-19. Instead, ICE went and got another ten-day extension, twice the 5 day average covid incubation period. In response, protesters descended on ICE with 250K signed petitions demanding these children and their families be released. Guards refused to accept the boxed petitions, claiming nobody was there.

Video-scene at the door as ICE refuses the petitions 2 min 23 sec

Scene at ICE's door

Police harassment over table at BLM Plaza defeated as protesters stand their ground

On the 16th of July, MPD cops at Black Lives Matter menaced protesters and attempted to intimidate them into removing a table used for a "paint and protest" sign-making workshop. The cops cited vending laws even though nothing was for sale, only to back down when protesters refused to remove the table. The vending enforcement goons did not even show up.

Video of the failed attempt by MPD to intimidate protesters into removing the paint table 2 min 50 sec

lead cop takes pose intended to intimidate protesters

MoCo County Exec Erlich gets home demo over planned destruction of Moses Cemetary

On the 17th of July, protesters showed up at the Takoma Park home of Montgomery County Executive. They are demanding he put an end to plans for the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission to build a storage unit over the burial ground. Already it is paved over for a parking lot, this proposal would dig up graves if not stopped.

Video-singing "This is the scene of a crime" at Erlich's house 1 min 9 sec

Protest against destruction of Moses Cemetary/Bethesda African Cemetary at Erlich's house

The Shortwave Report 07/17/20 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from  Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Japan, Spanish National Radio, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr200717.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 C

G20 Must Act, Say Hundreds of Religious, Labor, Human Rights, Environmental and Development Groups

Ahead of Saturday's G20 Finance Minister meetings, a wide range of 213 organizations is pressing for more action to confront the global health and economic impacts of the coronavirus. The largest religious bodies in the United States and Africa were joined by the biggest labor unions, human rights, environmental and anti-poverty groups in letters sent to the G20, IMF and White House.

Police harassment and failed arrest attempt fail to drive protesters from BLM Plaza

harass activists on Black Lives Matter Plaza for things OTHER than vending, such as setting up tables prior to the 8PM yoga session. At one point, cops attempted to arrest someone without a warrant for "fitting a description" only to be deterred and driven off by the crowd. After all this tension the yoga session drew quite a crowd.

Big crowd at 8PM yoga on Black Lives Matter plaza after tense day of police harassment

Bowser imposes no-vending zone on BLM Plaza

On the 12th of July, Mayor Bowser rolled out a new tactic to harass the ongoing occupation of 16th st, which she herself renamed "Black Lives Matter Plaza." A "No vending zone" was declared on the plaza, signs posted, and venders warned to leave or else. This tactic is normally used to protect corporate chain stores from competition.

Fuck the Police march descends on DC Jail for noisy solidarity protest

On the 11th of July, a fiesty "Fuck the Police" march out of Dupont Circle wound their way though wealthy areas of Capitol Hill chanting "Fire, fire, Gentrifier!" The march ended at DC Jail, where statements of support for people held captive inside were read and noisy chants reached those held inside. People held prisoner by the Enemy appeared at the windows to wave to protesters in response.

Video-march through gentrified areas ends w protest at DC Jail 1 min 6 sec

The Shortwave Report 07/10/20 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from  Spanish National Radio, NHK World Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr200710.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=&)   &nbs

World Leaders Meet to Tackle COVID Debt and Development Crises


The G20 and Paris Forum convened a global virtual High-Level Ministerial conference for 39 countries focused on the economic, debt and development impacts of the coronavirus. 

Protest WORKS: DAPL pipeline ordered shut down, Atlantic Coast Pipeline abandoned

July 5 and 6 bought Indigenous activists and environmentalists two huge victories. On July 5, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy threw in the towel and abandoned the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, citing court delays. Then on July 6, US District Court judge Boasberg ordered the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline shut down by August 5, requiring its operators to apply for new permits.