December 2020

Hotel Harrington, Harry's Bar CLOSE for Jan 5-6 MAGAt/Proud Boys march

Within 24 hours of a Washington Post story about the Proud Boys hanging out at Harry's Bar and staying at Hotel Harrington, both establishments have stated they will close their doors for Jan 4-6. They have said publicly this is to protect their employees.

Harry's Bar and Hotel Harrington will CLOSE Jan 5-6 to protect their own staff from dangerous, violent fascists

"City under siege" feel as buildings stay boarded up over fears of MAGAt violence

As 2020 draws to an end, many buildings downtown remain boarded up. For all the city government's begging building owners to remove the boards, the recent bouts of MAGA/Proud Boys violence and fears of Inauguration street battles are keeping the boards up, and more buildings have boarded up since the brutal Dec 12 MAGA/Proud Boys mess.

Democratic Socialists of America "Santa" delivers coal to Congress

On the morning of Christmas Day, Dec 25, MetroDSA delivered a sack of coal (may have been charcoal) to Congress in "honor" of their betrayal of working-class people during the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Shortwave Report 12/25/20 Listen Globally!

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Stimulus Deal Ups Food Aid for Puerto Rico

Washington DC – Congress passed additional Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits for Puerto Rico as part of its $900 billion COVID stimulus plan.“During the pandemic too many people in Puerto Rico suffered cuts to food benefits,” said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA. “The new food assistance in the stimulus bill impacts 1.5 million people on the island.”Since the pandemic hit, Puerto Rico religious leaders, US national faith groups and Jubilee USA encouraged Congress to include Puerto Rico in stimulus package plans.

Video: 2020 in review: Pandemic, uprising, and a violent transition of power

Video: 2020 in review by Iron Snowflake 21 min 16 sec, link is fixed

Content warning! This is the most violent year I have ever seen in DC and the US. Video include two murders by police, the resulting long hot summer of fighting, fireworks used as artillery, and brutal fighting against the Proud Boys on Nov 14 and Dec 12.

One climax of the year: the fall of the Albert Pike statue

Trumpers planning "This is our Inauguration" riot on Jan 6

As if the violence of the last two "Million MAGAt Marches" was not enough, Donald Trump is now telling his supporters to descend on DC as Congress votes to certify Biden's election on Jan 6. He is telling the Proud Boys etc to "get wild" and claiming "this is our Inauguration." In any other country this would be considered a call to a coup attempt, perhaps like Mussolini's "March on Rome."

Promo for Trump's 3ed riot in DC in as many months

Activists limit 2nd L st homeless sweep to opening 9 foot clearance on sidewalk

On Dec 8, an "area cleanup" of the L st underpass homeless camp was limited by community pressure to trash removal. On Dec 21, the Mayor's troops returned, only to again face a potential hornet's nest as camera-wielding activists waited ready. Again the Mayor had to let the homeless stay, again only trash was removed. This time, tents etc were moved by residents and activists to clear a 9 foot walkway.

Scene at the L st underpass as cops and trash trucks showed up (phot bt Remora House)

Karon Hylton's mother arrested at 4D protesting cops who murdered her son

On Dec 19, Karon Hylton's mother was arrested after confronting MPD cops at their 4D stationhouse for killing her son. This triggered an hours-long siege of the station by protesters ending in the release of Karon's mother. Threats to mace protesters and bike cops riding around to threaten a kettle failed to disperse protesters. In the end, MPD threw in the towel.

Video-Karon Hylton's mother challenging MPD at 4D's front door and being arrested 1 min 20 sec

MPD swarms Karon Hylton's mother

Religious Leaders Press Congress on Puerto Rico Relief, Jobs and Child Poverty

As Congress negotiates a coronavirus stimulus bill, Puerto Rico and US religious leaders met with Congress leaders on job creation, disaster relief and food benefits for Puerto Rico."Nearly 60% of our children, US citizens, live in poverty in Puerto Rico. Our children are in vital need of Congressional action. The suffering our children face from the high level of poverty, the recurring natural disasters and now COVID-19, can only be described as tragic," wrote leaders of Puerto Rico Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Christian (Disciples) and Evangelical Churches to Congress over the summer.

The Shortwave Report 12/18/20 Listen Globally!

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Chuck Modi publishes interview with protesters arrested for stopping a Proud Boy with a gun

“One of the had a gun on them & came charging toward me. This is because MPD allowed them to do what they did the first time. U use mace/tear gas/rubber bullets on us all summer long? Why not them?”

Chuck Modi's interview with a BLM protesters arrested for stopping a gun-carrying Proud Boy 2 min 16 sec