December 2021

The Shortwave Report 12/31/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB}        From JAPAN- Parts of Japan have received snowfall breaking records for 24 hour

Will Covid make Jan 21 antiabortion march a superspreading "March for Death?"

The Supreme Court appears poised to kill Roe v Wade, and the religious right is smelling blood. On Jan 21, probably about 1/4 million of them will pack the so-called "March for Life," marching shoulder to shoulder with no masks while shouting. Meanwhile, DC has become #1 Covid/Omicron hotspot in the entire US. That could turn this event into a superspreader on the scale of Sturgis 2020-a "March for Death."

The Shortwave Report 12/24/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from  Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana, and NHK Japan.   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB}        From GERMANY- The Belgian government has agreed to shut down their

Video-2021 in activism as seen from DC

Video-2021 in activism as seen from DC 16 min 40 sec

The past year in activism and politics, from the storming of the US Capitol by coup plotters to pipeline fights to the abortion showdowns

Chase Bank gets protest over funding Coastal Gaslink pipeline

On the 22nd of December, protesters showed up at a Chase Bank branch on K st. This was just three days after Wet'suwet'en land defenders again evicted Coastal Gaslink construction crews from unceded First Nations' land. Chase Bank is funding the attempt to build this fracked gas pipeline over land the Wet'suwet'en have never ceded, surrendered, or yielded in any way to so-called "Canada."

Video-lots of cops show up, probably deter bank customers 1 min 23 sec

March and vigil remember at least 96 unhoused who died on DC streets in 2021

On the 20th of December, the People for Fairness Coalition began their 9th annual Homeless Memorial Vigil. After speakers at Luther Place finished, marchers with candles headed down 14th st to Freedom Plaza where an all-night vigil was held.

Video-marchers carry a casket for the fallen 1 min

Canadian Embassy gets anti-Coastal Gaslink posters as Wet'suwet'en evict pipeline drill crews

On the morning of Dec 19, Wet'suwet'en land defenders evicted a Coastal Gaslink drill site for trespassing on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory. On Monday, the 20th of December, pro-Wet'suwet'en, anti-pipeline stickers were densely posted in the area of the Canadian Embassy. Warriors allied with the Wet'suwet'en have a very long reach and arm, able to reach so-called "Canada's" assets anywhere on the continent.

The Shortwave Report 12/17/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from  NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, and Radio Havana.   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB}        From JAPAN- This weekend people in Taiwan are voting on maintaining a ba

Line 3 opponents hold vigil at US Army Corps of Engineers

The 14th of December was a national day of action against Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline, the anniversary of a major drill pad blockade at the Missisippi River that slowed construction in 2020. On Dec 14, 2021, one of the many actions across Turtle Island demanding this pipeline be forever shut down, both the old and "replacement" Line 3.

Video from the vigil 2 min 3 seconds

Reproductive rights activists vigil at Supreme Court on anniv of Roe arguments

On the 13th of December 1971,the Supreme Court's heard oral arguments in the landmark Roe Vs Wade case that legalized abortion in those places in the US that banned it. Fifty years later, as the Court appears poised to reverse Roe, activists held a vigil in the dark, vowing to do whatever it takes to make upcoming bans on abortion, contraception, and other reproductive rights ineffective.

GOP Capitol Hill Club gets anticapitalist carolers

On the 10th of December, Extinction Rebellion DC showed up outside the GOP-dominated Capitol Hill Club for a round of anticapitalist caroling. There was little response from the GOP'ers inside except for one who yelled that Trump would be back in 2024. That drew a response that Trump belongs in prison from one person.

Video-carolers regale GOP with tales of corporate-funded catastrophe 31 sec

Motorists attempt to forcibly clear Declare Emergency's 2nd climate blockade in a row

On the 9th of December, Declare Emergency setup their second blockade of I-395 in a row in afternoon rush hour. Things quickly turned ugly as motorists got out of their cars and dragged them out of the street. Blockaders set back up after those motorists drove off, eventually being arrested by MPD.

Video-motorists get out,attempt to clear the blockade by force 3 min 30 sec

Motorists got out of their cars and dragged these climate blockader out of the streets, only to have them return