Protesters swarm Hart Building, occupy Sen Grassley’s office against Kavanaugh

On the 20th of September, the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee had originally planned to vote on confirming Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The vote was postponed after Christine Ford came forward with her story of attempted rape at the hands of Kavanaugh. A previously-planned civil disobedience protest went forward, occupying Judicial Proceedings Committee chairman Chuck Grassley’s office.

Video compiled from raw clips originally posted to the Women’s March Twitter

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WH Impeachment protest Day 65 and 66: Me Too vs Trump and Kavanaugh

The 18th of September was the 65th day of ongoing protests outside the White House demanding the impeachment of Donald Trump. With Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on the hot seat for attempted rape, the focus was on the “Me Too” message and movement.

Kavanaugh’s committee vote on confirmation had been scheduled for Thursday, Sep 20. Now it has been put off pending the outcome of the Monday, Sep 24 public hearing at which Dr Christine Ford will most likely testify against Kavanaugh in person. Kavanaugh will no doubt attempt to respond by smearing her with the same kind of garbage Anita Hill had to deal with from Clarence Thomas, but Anita Hill did not have the #MeToo movement backing her up.

Sep 19, Day 66Full HD Video: Trump called “Amoral” in lights

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Protesters rally at Supreme Court as sex assault charges force hearing, delay in Kavanaugh nomination vote

On the 17th of September, protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court as the announcement came in that the scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination would be delayed. Instead of a vote on Thursday, there will now be a public hearing on Monday, the 24th of September to discuss Dr Ford’s charge that Kavanaugh tried to rape her.

Two groups of protesters were already at the Supreme Court for back-to-back previously scheduled events, enduring rain bands from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The first protest was by the Constitutional Accountability Center and the Center for American Progress, and the second rally focussed explicitly on the “Me Too” aspects of the Kavanaugh nomination and very serious charges of sexual assault. Christine Blasey Ford (Mr Kavanaugh’s victim) has chosen to step forward and has said she will testify at the Monday, Sep 24 hearing about Brett Kavanaugh’s attempt to rape her.

Speaker after speaker at the Sep 17 rally recounted their own experiences and said flatly that they trust that Dr Ford is telling the truth. Speakers also condemned the brutal public shaming and harassment that Anita Hill was subjected to after coming forward back in 1991 with her charges of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. The GOP chose brush off her report and confirm Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court anyway. She has been harassed ever since by supporters of Thomas and the GOP. Knowing this, Dr Ford has come forward anyway with her charges against Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Near the end of this back-to-back pair of rallies, a single Trump/Kavanaugh supporter tried to shout down the proceedings, only to himself be shouted down and soon leave in defeat.

At the first protest, many speakers had disabilites or spoke on behalf of family members or friends with medical issues. Kavanaugh of course would gladly bring back the “pre-existing condition” exclusion in health insurance that used to exclude 25% of the US population from getting health insurance if they were not employed by a company providing a group policy. Worse yet, Kavanaugh is well known for his ruling that attempted to prevent a teenage migrant girl from getting an abortion, and even for attempts to deny people with learning disabilities the right to choose for themselves whether to pursue surgical procedures.

One disabled speaker who as a child had already endured too many surgeries cited her own doctor’s willingness to respect her wishes when she declined to have eye surgery. If Kavanaugh is part of a Supreme Court ruling that the state makes the medical decisions for learning disabled people, such surgeries in the future could become compulsory. People could even told they must submit to surgical sterilization because they did not score high enough on a racially biased standardized test in school if this is taken to its logical conclusion. This sort of thing happened in Nazi Germany, so the support of Kavanaugh for bringing it back is just yet another example of why Donald Trump is so often compared to Adolf Hitler.

Video-Trump/Kavanaugh supporter attempts to shout down rally

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Tenant Activists protest sale of rent controlled buildings to developers by Catholic Church

On the 16th of September, DC area community activists showed up outside the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, demanding that the Catholic Church cancel plans to sell off rent-controlled buildings near Rhode Island avenue to developers who intend to evict the tenants.

Tenants of 636 Girard St. N.E., 628 Girard St. N.E., 1265 Raum St. N.E, and 1364 Bryant St. N.E are all facing eviction from buildings owned by the Catholic Church near the Catholic University Basilica. These are rent-controlled buildings being sold to the highest bidder. In at least one case, a building given as a gift to the church is being sold for profit, as developers exploit loopholes to evict tenants and escape rent control.

On September 24, 2015, Pope Frances declared flatly “We can find no social or moral justification, no justification, no justification whatsoever, for lack of housing.” Thus, we have the Basilica at Catholic University effectively defying the Pope on the question of housing.

It is expected that Mammon-worshipping developers would gladly evict a building full of families and longtime residents into the street. The church is supposed to be held to a higher standard, unless of course the recent wave of sexual abuse scandals and a history of other kinds of scandals and controversies indicates this is for public consumption only. As long ago as the Middle Ages, the Church was often a major landholder and this led in turn to the buying and selling of valuble positions of power within the Church, known as Simony and a cause of major controversies in days gone by. Pope Gregory VII (1073–85) aggressively attacked Simony, but the practice persisted at reduced levels after his reign, supposedly disappearing after the 1600’s when a lot of Church property was transferred to secular owners. The events on Rhode Island Ave suggest that this is not all the way over, however. Even if no church offices ever were bought and sold at the Basilica, somebody there is acting exactly in the way one would expect of one who had purchased his office: selling property donated to the Church for hard cash,throwing tenants out in the streets in defiance of 2,000 years of religious tradition.

Video-speakers call out the greed and hypocrisy of the Church throwing tenants out in the street for 30 pieces of silver

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Impeachment protests at White House reach Day 60

The 13th of September marked 60 days of nightly impeachent protests outside the White House.

These protests began in response to Trump’s July 16 joint press conference in Helsinki with Vladimar Putin. Both denied any meddling by Russia in the 2016 election. Trump now has a problem: With his own attorney Michael Cohen and now maybe Paul manifort flipping on him, it looks like the “Trump Train” may be riddled with informants.

Video-calls to lock up Trump, taunts that Manifort may be flipping on him

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DC Bike Party rides as rain lets up

Late afternoon on Sep 12 featured heavy rain, but the rains quit just in time for the regularly scheduled DC Bike Party’s “Tropical Cruise” themed September ride.

Video from early portions of the ride

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DC Grand Jury Resistor burns subpeona, learns it has been withdrawn

On September 11, 2018, DC Grand Jury resistor Luke Kuhn burned his subpoena outside US District Court. This was after a statement and a march from nearby DC Superior Court, site of the J20 persecutions. Minutes after the protest ended came word from defense attorneys that the subpeona had been dropped.

Video-burning the subpeona

Burning the subpeona outside US District Court

Luke Kuhn face masks as protesters gather at DC Superior Court before marching to nearby US District Court

Outside US District Court, site of this particular grand jury witch-hunt

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