June 2021

Pipeline protesters block White House entrances for 2nd time in 3 days

On the 30th of June, activists summoned forth by frontline Indigenous activists blockaded most vehicle entrances to the White House. At 15th and Penn, one of the blockades locked to a mock oil derrick and a mock windmill.

Video-setting up the blockades 3 min

Blockaders locked to mock oil rig and windmill

Sudan Qualifies for Debt Relief

The International Monetary Fund approved a debt relief process for Sudan, according to the country's finance ministry. The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, a debt relief process created in the early 2000s, will wipe out 85% of Sudan's debt, reducing debt from $50 billion to $8 billion.

Sunrise Movement blockades all but one car entrance to White House

On the 28th of June, Sunrise Movement descended on the area surrounding the White House, demanding that Biden create a "Civilian Climate Corps" to address climate issues. After marching to the White House, they redeployed back to the streets-and blockaded all but one of the entrances to the White House compound usable by car

Video-setting up blockades all the way around the White House 4 min 40 sec

The DC Contingent

HIPS holds motorcade demanding full legalization of drugs for personal use

On the 26th of June, a small motorcade organized by HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) wound its way through DC escorted by a banner and bullhorn contingent. They were demanding that the DC Council legalize all drugs for personal consumption, saying "every overdose death is a policy failure. The "War on Drugs" was condemned as explicitly racist.

Freedom Riders on tour hold voting rights rally on the Mall

On the 26th of June, a new generation of Freedom Riders held a voting rights rally on the Mall, demanding that Congress trash the GOP's filibuster that has stopped the For the People Act and other voting rights legislation. Turning back a wave of GOP promoted restrictions on voting in Southern and GOP states is likely to be crucial to blocking a Trump comeback in 2024.

Nellies gets another block party/protest, still CLOSED for brutality

On Friday, the 25th of June, Nellie's Sports Bar again had to remain closed as protesters descended on the intersection of 9th and U sts NW. A block party (including sexy dances) was held in what was made both a GLBTQ and sex worker friendly space, while Nellies missed out on the packed crowds that filled all the other bars on U st. This is the price of dragging a Black woman down the stairs on June 12 during Pride

Video-protesters read out demands, many more show up after dark 1 min 36 sec

Mitch McConnell gets a home demo for his filibuster of bill to limit voter suppression

On the 24th of June, protests against the GOP filibuster that has halted the "For the People Act" started with 42 arrests for civil disobedience at the Capitol fence, and ended in a noisy dance party protest at the home of GOP Senator Mitch McConnell. Protesters were demanding the Democrats abolish the filibuster and push through the "For the people" Federal voting rights protections without GOP cooperation.

Video of the scene at Mitch's House 1 min 36 sec

Protesters fill the street in front of Mitch McConnell's house demanding voting rights and an end to the filibuster

The Shortwave Report 06/25/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr210625.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 GERMANY- There is a movement to charge people wh

DC Juneteenth events include Million Moe March (gogo) and noise demo at DC Jail

On the 19th of July, Juneteenth events all over DC celebrated the 1865 end of legal slavery(excluding prison labor). Speaking of the prison labor exception, one of the events was a pot and pan banging noise protest at the DC Jail. Earlier, the "Million Moe March" go-go began at BLM Plaza and ended on U st, once known as "Black Broadway" before gentrification.

Video-Banging pots and invoking past uprisings at the DC Jail 38 sec

Banging a pot outside the DC Jail

Anti-Racist block party closes U st in front of Nellie's Sports Bar

On the 18th of June, protesters again descended on the 9th and U st area, at now-closed Nellie's Sports Bar. On Pride night Nellie's security dragged a Black woman down the stairs by her hair. Now they have shut down supposedly for training but probably to avoid confrontation with furious BLM protesters.

Video:protesters take over U st, Nellie's is CLOSED 1 min 13 sec

The Shortwave Report 06/18/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, and Radio Havana Cuba.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr210618.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 JAPAN- A Japanese climate activist has won this year'

Police get violent after noisy protest at FOP headquarters

On the 15th of June, protesters against racism and police brutality again staged a noisy protest at the DC headquarters of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). When cops out of uniform began filing out of the building at about 6PM, one of them started pushing and shoving protesters. Shortly afterwards there were several arrests.