On the morning of August 20th, Chesapeake Earth First! locked down blocking the front doors of the downtown office building housing ANGA or America’s Natural Gas Alliance. The activists are demanding that ANGA stop lobbying for gas fracking and stop lobbying for Dominion’s gas export plans at Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay.
Video of the lockdown
A building or security manager objected to the exit being blocked, but he had to exit by the back door and come outside to do so. In Calvert County, by comparison, the only back door out of the county is the bridge over the Patuxent River at Solomons, and it cannot handle the evacuation of all of Calvert County south of Cove Point in an LNG “incident.”
The lockdown remained in place from just after 10 AM until almost 12:30PM.A massive police and fire department response arrived but could not seem to decide what to do for a while. When they finally decided to use a grinder to cut the U-locks, they first hung a massive green tarp to block the view. When they finally did cut through the locks, the police decided not to arrest either locked down activist, instead writing citations and letting them go.
ANGA is not the only “problem tenant” in the building in question. Wal-Mart’s DC lobbying office is in the same building, so they too got blockaded by the protest.
On the 16th of August, the mock LNG tanker “SS Dominion Titanic” paid a port call to the town of Solomons on the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, MD. This was an educational visit by SEED (Stop Energy Exports and Destruction) to educate area residents about Dominion Energy’s plans to rebuild the old liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at Cove Point for exporting fracked gas.
Video of SS Dominion Titanic “port call” at Solomons
On the 14th of August, several thousand people in a very diverse crowd showed up for a rally billed as a “moment of silence” to remember Michael Brown, murdered by Fergerson, MO cops.
Video from the rally
The rally was so big that after the moment of silence a reported march of maybe 10-20% of the participants was able to slip away unnoticed by anyone in my crew, bound for Howard University. I never found them, but I did find a lot of cops hanging around Howard. There was a substantial police presence at Malcolm X park as well, including Captain(formerly Sgt) Reed, notorious for violence against Occupy DC. There were a few calls from the crowd for much more militant action, but those calls did not seem to take hold, possibly as none of Michael Brown’s murderers have a home or an office in DC. I also heard talk about the insane housing and rent situation in DC, however, something the landlords and condo owners might want to think about before a DC cops shoots someone in a front-line neighborhood for buying a pack of gum.
Earlier in the day, references to “1967” were heard on the street here in DC.
The same evening, the NYPD attacked Michael Brown marchers, kettling the entire march, then letting some people “go” and immediately arresting them. DC Media Group videographer “James from the Internet” reported being caught in the NYPD kettle and livestreaming video from inside. In St Louis there was en even uglier report that a pastor trying to dissuade the crowd from taking militant direct action the previous night was shot with a rubber bullet by police, raising a sever bruise the size of a dinner plate
In North Carolina Anarchists destroyed three police cruisers in solidarity both with the Michael Brown/fergerson protests and with Luke o’Donovan, sentenced to two years in prison plus exile from Georgia for defending himself from three armed gaybashers with a knife.
On the 13th of August, the DC Bike Party took to the streets again, with hundreds of riders. These rides are the second Wednesday of every month, departing Dupont Circle at 8PM. They sometimes attract over 600 riders.
This ride began in daylight and ended well after dark at a pub, with a stopover in the middle at the Washington Monument reflecting pool.
min 50 sec video of the Aug 2014 DC Bike Party
On the 13th of August, protesters gathered in front of the White House to demand an end to police shootings of young African-American men and boys. The murder of Michael Brown(who was unarmed) by a cop in Fergerson, Missouri is the latest in a long line of unprovoked police shootings to spark outrage and protests. After enduring disruptors and troublemakers at the White House, protesters marched to the FBI chanting “hands up, don’t shoot!” referring to the fact that Michael Brown was shot after raising his hands in surrender.
Video of the march
This shooting was especially ugly. It began when Mr Brown was walking home from a convenience store and a cop pulled over to object to him and a friend walking in the street instead of on the sidewalk. After verbal arguments the cop decided to arrest Michael Brown, witnesses report he was shot after raising his hands in surrender
One serious disruptor against the Aug 13 protest while it was at the White House was a white man who claimed to be from Portland, Oregon and cited the (much less common) shooting of a white youth by a cop there to claim that race was not an issue in police shootings. Three protesters who are in fact from Portland, Oregon called him out, and another person reported he had been seen before at protests near the White House.
In Fergerson, there was another police shooting the previous night. One protester was shot and critically wounded by police who claim he drew a gun during the protests. Given the record of that police department this claim is to be taken with more than a grain of salt. Also, Anonymous is saying they are going to release the name of the cop who shot and killed Michael Brown. This will effectively make that cop a fugitive from the people like George Zimmerman.
On the 12th of August, rain fell at thunderstorm intensity from early morning until mid-afternoon. That evening at almost 6PM, Beach Drive near Kensington Parkway was submerged under about two feet of water. Nearby residents told the TV News they had never seen anything like it.
I did see one cyclist cross Beach Drive-wading though water up to his knees, thus the depth estimate. This is yet another example of the extreme weather that climate change is making more common and more severe.
Video of flooded Beach Drive on 8-12
On the 11th of August, Code Pink staged a protest in front of the White House demanding an end to renewed US bombing in Iraq. Nobody trusts Obama with this anymore than George W Bush, and the US is known to fight for geopolitical influence and oil, not for human rights or to rescue refugees. We shall see when all the Yasizi refugees are off that beseiged mountain position in Iraq what Obama’s true intentions are with this war.None of us thought in 1990 that we would still be protesting the Iraq War 24 years later!
Already there are statements from Obama about fighting to “deny Islamic State a haven” but only if Maliki, whose sectarian rule propelled Islamic State to prominance, steps down from office. Clearly that is a mission far bigger than rescuing people from a siege. Speaking of sieges, Obama has been called a hypocrite for supporting Israel’s siege of Gaza while opposing Islamic State’s similar siege of the Yasizis. While Obama has been bombing and talking of but denying plans for wider war, it’s Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who have been choppering some refugees off the mountain and securing the route for over 40,000 more to escape on foot.
40 sec video clip on Archive