Convoy FAIL! First "trucker" convoy to arrive in DC area is 3 vehicles

Late afternoon on Feb 23, three vehicles of Bob Bolus's convoy to "Washington" (actually the Beltway) arrived in the DC area. There had been 8 earlier but two flat tires delayed their departure and traffic obstructed the convoy instead of the other way around. They had the usual anti-vax and pro-Trump flags and signs. The three vehicles that made it to the last I-95 rest stop before DC were one semi, one pickup truck, and one SUV-that's IT.

Video: interviews with participants. One claims his truck has been trashed and burned, none would answer whether "my body my choice" includes abortion 2 min 56 sec

Protest at Peruvian Embassy demands Repsol pay for oil spill

On Jan 15, the Spanish (original colonizer) oil company Repsol spilled over 6,000 barrels of oil in a Peruvian port after waves from the distant Tonga volcanic eruption rocked their tanker in port while unloading oil. Peruvians have been protesting Repsol ever since, demanding accountability. One of these protests took place on Feb 13 at the Embassy of Peru here in Washington DC.

Video-why we protest Repsol 1 min 31 sec

Wiphala on display at protest against Repsol at Peruvian Embassy. This flag represents many Indigenous peoples of the Andean region

Code Pink protests at White House and in cities nationwide against Ukraine war

On the 5th of February, Code Pink held a nationwide series of rallies against increasingly likely war between the US and Russia over Ukraine. One of these rallies was directly in front of the White House.

Photo by Katie

Extinction Rebellion brings debt/extraction protest back to IMF and World Bank

On the 4th of February, protesters returned to the IMF and World Bank. This time around it was Extinction Rebellion DC, protesting IMF and World Bank "loans" to nations in the global South-and demands that "debtor" nations permit fracking, pipelines, and fossil fuel export. From 20 to ten years ago, the IMF and World Bank endured siege after siege by protesters over almost the same issues.

Video of the protest including the failed attempt by security guards to stop chalking 2 min 28 sec

Protesters return to the IMF

Shut Down DC, many other groups take over K st area for Build Back Better act

On the 31st of January, Shut Down DC and many other organizations descended on K st in AM rush hour, marching in from Black Lives Matter Plaza. They focussed on lobbying groups whose work has included pushing the GOP to block the Build Back Better Act. An outfit called "nolabels.org" was singled out for lying to the public.

Video: the scene around K st in AM rush hour as protesters shut it down 30 sec

Photo by Callie Lowenstein

Presumed Nazis scrawl swastikas all over Union Station

On the 28th of January, crude hand-drawn swastikas were found scraweled over nearly every column at an entrance to Union Station. No word on suspects or arrests, people are wondering if security cameras even got video of this hate crime and its perpetrators.


Code Pink holds protest of looming war in Ukraine

On the 27th of January, Code Pink held a mid-day protest in front of the White House against increasingly likely war in Ukraine. The fact that both the US and Russia posess nuclear weapons greatly increases the stakes if both countries commit troops to the same battlefield.

Photo by Morgan Artyukhina

Declare Emergency blockades Rock Creek Parkway-with 1000 pounds of coal

On the 25th of January, climate activists from Declare Emergency blocked southbound traffic on Rock Creek Parkway with themselves-and a thousands pounds of coal dumped across the road. They are demanding the US government formally declare (and thus admit to) a climate emergency

Video clip from longer video recorded by hidden camera at the scene 21 sec

Three activsts and a thousand pounds of coal across Rock Creek Parkway in AM rush

Emergency protest for Palestine held at Israeli Embassy over house demolitions

On the 23ed of January, Palestininans and their allies held an emergency protest at the Israeli Embassy. This was to protest housing demolitions in Sheikh Jarrah, Naqab, and Al-Khalil. After the main protest, some of the activists pitched tents (needed when your house has been demolished) in front of the Israeli Embassy. Seven stayed on and were arrested.

Video by Laura Albast of tents raised in front of the Israeli Embassy 18 sec

Emergency Rally at the Israeli Embassy

"Stop the Mandates" antivax rally includes Proud Boys, looks like a Trump rally

On the 23ed of January, thousands of anti-vaxxers as well as anti-vaccine mandate protesters descended on the Lincoln Memorial. While billed as opposing mandates, much of the imagery and speeches targetted the vaccines themselves. Present in the rally were religious extremists, the Proud Boys, and even a few people displaying swastikas. The overall event resembled a Trump rally.

Video of some of the crazier elements, plus the Proud Boys 2 min 50 sec

Proud Boys including one in a MD chapter jacket at the "Stop the Mandates" rally