"Dream" protesters demand Obama bypass Congress, act unilaterally to legalize migrants

On the 28th of July, immigrants, many of them students who received legal status because they were brought into the US as young children, showed up in front of the White House. They demanded that Obama "go big" and act unilaterally to provide legal status for their parents by executive action, thus bypassing GOP obstruction. Also present were many GLBT immigrants demanding similar relief for their partners or themselves.

Video highlights of the rally

Bad Ass Teachers Assn rally demands end to corporate school "reform" agenda

On the 28th of July, the Bad Ass Teachers Association staged a rally of hundreds of teachers, students, and supporters in front of the Dept of Education. They demanded nothing less than an end to high stakes standardized testing, an end to charters schools and privatization, and an end to the sale of student data to corporations.
Video featuring Newark Student Union members who occupied and shut down a school board meeting over the so-called school reform agenda

Posters near Union Station threaten strike over low wages

On the 27th of July, I saw these posters while riding past Union Station. They condemn Union Station for paying poverty wages while making $168 million a year, and ask people to sign a petition. The word "strike" is prominantly featured on the posters, which can be construed as a warning to Union Station to pay a living wage or else.

Critical Mass ride reportback: these rides are growing!

Critical Mass rides on the last Friday of every month in DC are growing! Although not as big as the 600 rider Bike Parties (yet), these rides now seem to get bigger every month. The July 25th ride went to the DC General/DC Jail area, then to the SE Waterfront between the Navy Yard and the river and a mid-ride stopover. After that the ride went back through town before ending at a bar just south of U st.

Video of the July 25 ride

Hundreds rally for Gaza in Dupont Circle on al-Quds day

On the 25th of July, hundreds of supporters of the besieged people of Gaza, maybe more, gathered in Dupont Circle for al-Quds day, which is the last day of Ramadan. DC was just one of many hundreds of events all over the world.

Video of march around Dupont and short clip from Rev Hagler's speech

Organizing starting in DC for massive NYC Peoples Climate March on Sep 21

On the 23ed of July, pro-Earth and climate justice activists held an organizing meeting at MLK Library for DC activists who will be travelling to NYC for the Peoples Climate March on the UN on Sep 21. The event is still 8 weeks out, and bus captains are being recruited so charter busses can be organized to provide transportation to this event.

Christian Zionist convention draws Gaza invasion protest

On the 21st of July, pro-Palestine protesters showed up outside the Christians United For Israel convention in the DC Convention Center. This group is composed of Fundamentalist Christians, some of whom believe the job of Israel is to start the war of Armageddeon against their neighbors, then to either convert to Christianity or be killed after the Second Coming. I received reports today of more attendees saying Palestinian children deserve to die, though none of the attendees admitted publicly to believing Jewish people are supposed to be next to die unless they convert at the Apocalypse.

Video on Archive of the protest

Breaking:Code Pink, Jewish Voices for Peace disrupt Israeli Ambassador's speech at same event

Thousands march on White House against Gaza War

On the 20th of July, a crowd estimated by some at 2,000 marched from the US State Department to the White House, demanding an end to Israel's deadly invasion and bombardment of Gaza. Without help from the US State Department and the Pentagon, Israel would be incapable of waging this war.

Video of the march

Related:Attendee at Christians United for Israel says no right to grow up for Gaza kids when questioned by antiwar protesterss

Copwatch Report: Park Police enter Gay woods near Dupont

A Copwatch patrol discovered US Park Police shining flashlights inside the "Black Forest" woods west of 23ed st NW south of O st NW at approximately 11:20PM on May 18th, 2014. They seemed to be moving slowly, as if they were looking for something on the ground-or like they were in bear country, seeking to avoid startling anything more powerful than them. At about 11:38PM, the cops suddenly ran to their cars and left in a bug hurry, presumably responding to some other call.

Angry confrontations at pro-Israel protest as ground offensive in Gaza begins

On the 17th of July, Israel invaded Gaza with ground troops, a major escalation in their second Summer War against their neighbors. That same day, Code Pink counterprotested a pro-Israel rally in Farragut Square. Their Twitter feed reported "Code Pink protesting against pro-Israel rally in Farragut Square. Very angry confrontations out here."