Posts Tagged ‘demonstrations’

Tax March 2017

April 17, 2017

Tax March 2017

Tens of thousands of citizens marched in Washington DC Saturday to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns, as every American president has done since Watergate. Mr. Trump made many promises to do this before and during the campaign, then reneged. After a 2-hour demonstration on the U.S. Capitol grounds, protesters marched past the GSA-owned Trump International Hotel to the Lincoln Memorial.

Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin and Maxine Waters spoke, but the big surprise was an appearance by the Chief Executive himself, who released his tax returns:

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What It Was About

August 30, 2013

What It Was About

The 2013 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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Jobs & Freedom

August 24, 2013

Jobs & Freeedom

The next week will see commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. That’s what it’s often called now, but the event’s full name was really the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Among the original goals: A living minimum wage of $2.00 an hour.

Guess what? Even that paltry $2.00 in 1963 dollars would be $15.26 today. The 50th anniversary march has a lot of lost ground to cover.

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Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

November 4, 2012

Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

“The Million Puppet March — a political rally against Mitt Romney’s debate remarks about Big Bird and cutting funding to public television — may not have actually been a million puppets strong, but furry monsters came from far and near in a post-Halloween parade of support for PBS on Saturday.

The march to the Capitol set off from Lincoln Park shortly after 11 a.m., with the participants singing the “Sesame Street” theme song, and the Muppets’ “Mahna Mahna.” They were asked to keep to the sidewalk, but the hundreds of marchers soon spilled into the street, requiring a police escort. They chanted:

‘Power to the puppets! We can save the Muppets!’

‘Whose street? Sesame Street!’

‘What do we want? Cookies! When do we want them? Now!’

‘EL-MO! We won’t go!’

–“The Million Puppet March: Fighting for public broadcasting, with felt and fur,” Maura Judkis, Washington Post

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Putin Lights the Fires of Revolution

August 18, 2012

Three members of the feminist Russian punk band Pussy Riot were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison. The criminal incident in question: On February 21st, the band performed a “punk prayer” protest in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral as part of the demonstrations following the disputed re-election of Vladimir Putin. Some feel the Church is too politically tied to the Putin regime.

The prison-bound band members are philosophy student and mother Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, mother and Greenpeace activist Maria Alekhina, and artist and computer programmer Yekaterina Samutsevich. To mark the occasion, the band released a new recording (above), and it’s not a statement of remorse. The song is called “Putin Lights Up the Fires”(путин зажигает костры).

More:

“Russian band’s sentencing shows punk’s power,”  Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times

“Is Vladimir Putin Richer Than Carlos Slim?” Worldcrunch

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Occupy Cottage Cheese

November 1, 2011

Occupy Cottage Cheese

Hundreds of thousands of middle class Israelis began protesting a huge jump in dairy prices this summer, resulting in the largest demonstrations the country has ever seen. These soon became protests about widening economic inequalities in the small nation.

The protests are getting results. The Israeli cabinet has just approved a new tax plan reducing taxes on low-income wage earners and raising them for the rich and for corporations. Other new policies include cuts to the defense budget.

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A New Spirit Sweeps Egypt

February 13, 2011

A New Spirit Sweeps Egypt

Egyptians have been sweeping up debris in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after demonstrations there swept President Hosni Mubarak from power. Popular unrest continues to sweep the Middle East and North Africa, but it remains to be seen if the Egyptian military will permit a clean transition to representative government.

 

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Just Another DC Weekend

October 7, 2010

Just Another DC Weekend 

The IMF/World Bank Annual Meeting paralyzes the streets of Washington again this weekend as police defend our economic overlords from scruffy college kids and hippies playing drums.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk begins at Nationals Park, travels into Maryland and back to Union Station, 60 miles in all.

Saturday pits the Festival of the Building Arts against the Taste of Georgetown.

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Just Another DC Weekend

March 21, 2010

Just Another DC Weekend

This was the first weekend of spring in the Nation’s Capital, and natives spotted the usual signs of seasonal change. Streets were blockaded for:  a marathon, a Tea Party (with clever conversation), rallies for health care legislation, a march and demonstration for immigration reform, a symbolic protest against the Iraq war and an anti-war march. There was an Environmental Film Festival, a Senior Expo in Chevy Chase (and a Bach Marathon just across the Maryland line), several block parties and the rolling roadblocks that accompany motorcades.

Each weekend, groups come to Washington, DC  in the mystical belief that gathering crowds near monuments and marble buildings will somehow alter the cosmos or change the votes of their duly elected weasels. These political pilgrims invariably leave DC disappointed, only to be replaced by next weekend’s hopeful hordes.

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