Morgan State University Homecoming - Jail Killer Cop David Lewis | October 18th, 2014 | Baltimore, MD
(Baltimore, MD) - October 18, 2014 - the West Coalition, Baltimore Public Safety Collective, and various other grassroots organizations assembled in front of the Northeast Baltimore Police District, calling for the suspension of multiple Violent repeat offenders from the district.
Violent repeat offenders such as Nicholas David Chapman and Jorge Omar Bernardez-Ruiz (from the plainclothes “Special Enforcement Section” unit) should have been suspended after they illegally stopped, beat, and arrested MSU alum Abdul Salaam on July 1, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqJkOIMAhcQ
However they were not, and 17 days later, less than five blocks away, the same offenders went on to beat Tyrone West to death on July 18, 2013. One of the offenders in the beating death of Tyrone West was Morgan State University police officer David Lewis.
David Lewis was the only officer who was not identified throughout the investigation. His identity was discovered over 200 days after Tyrone’s killing, when the West Family obtained the MPIA files. They discovered that David Lewis refused to be interrogated by the State’s Attorney’s Office during the investigation. However, one of the officers who did cooperate gave a statement saying “David Lewis had been sitting on Mr. West’s back for over two minutes after he had been cuffed, until his face turned gray and stopped breathing.“
Still, David Lewis was not suspended or prosecuted and remains on active duty. As are Nicholas David Chapman, Jorge Omar Bernardez-Ruiz and many others in the city of Baltimore district and city.
The West Coalition and Baltimore Public Safety Collective mobilized to raise awareness among the Morgan State community and asked them to join the petitioning for Morgan State University’s President David Wilson, to fire Killer Cop David Lewis. Also for Officer Lewis to apologize to the Family of Tyrone West for his inaction.
Peaceful Protests in Ferguson, MO | August 20th, 2014 | Ferguson, MO
"Unc" - A resident of Ferguson who’s been out protesting since day one.(Ferguson, MO) - August 20th, 2014 - About 350 protestors took the streets last night like they’ve been doing for the past 11 days. Stemming from the killing of 18-year old Mike Brown who was gunned down back Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. All and all it’s been quiet for the past two nights with a heavy police presence accompanied by the National Guard who had 3 LRAD’s (Long Range Acoustic Device). There was only one arrest that happened of a young black male, charged with “Unruly Behavior.”
National March on the White House: Stop the Massacre in Gaza! | August 2nd, 2014 | Washington, DC
(Washington, DC) – August 2nd, 2014 - Thousands of people from all over the country came to the nations capital to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza. They started out with speakers in Lafayette Park (across the street from The White House), as well as other activities that went on throughout the park. Prior to the march taking off there were a small group of counter-protestors via police barricade. They were escorted out shortly after. From there Pro-Palestinian protestors took the streets and headed towards the Washington Post. When the protestors arrived back at The White House, there was a peaceful sit-in in the street on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Police forces brought in horses to break up the crowd. Some people got hurt during that time, not hospitalizations. Two arrests took place but as of right now one person is currently released. In conclusion: Israel receives $4 billion in “aid” from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. More than 1,500 people in Gaza have been killed and more than 8,000 have been wounded from Israeli bombs and missiles. This has to end!
Counter Protest of Israel Solidarity Rally | July 27th, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA
(Pittsburgh, PA) – July 27th, 2014 - About 45 people came to protest the attacks on Gaza and the Palestinian people at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). In the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, about 300 pro-Israeli’s packed the JCC to support and hear religious and political leaders that support these killings. Not to mention Israel’s illegal usage of gases, the bombing of hospitals, schools, homes and UN shelters. As the death toll has reached 1,000 Palestinians in just under 3 weeks, activists rallied to demonstrate that public opinion has changed. They believe that the populous of Pittsburgh is educated and will be swayed no longer by Israeli hate and “self defense” rhetoric. While they pummel, rob, punish and suppress the people of Palestine.
Protest at the Christians United for Israel Conference | July 21st, 2014 | Washington, DC
(Washington, DC) - July 21st, 2014 – CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and other activists rallied at the first day of Christians United for Israel Conference (CUFI). CUFI is an extreme ring-wing neo-conservative group who bases their ideologies off of the Book of Revelations. Around 30 protestors showed up to show CUFI who the real oppressors are within this terrible conflict. They asked for an immediate halt to the Israeli bombardment of besieged Gaza and U.S. military funding to Israel. That evening four people were able to infiltrate the CUFI conference to speak out about the atrocities happening in Gaza. They were met with “Mob Rules” type force. The protestors were choked and hit as well as detained. This is minimal force if think about what Palestinians and Africans are being faced with on daily basis.
EMERGENCY PROTEST Against the Bombing of Gaza | July 11th, 2014 | Washington, DC
The rally was in front of the Israeli Embassy (3514 International Dr NW, Washington, DC 20008), July 11th, 2014. To call for an end to the recent bombing campaign of Gaza along with an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza.Since June 12th, 2014 Israel has engaged in a brutal campaign of collective punishment against the Palestinian people, bombing Gaza and raiding West Bank towns and villages, arresting hundreds of civilians, including children across the West Bank and 1948 Palestine. This past week we have witnessed the brutal deaths and beatings of dozens of Palestinians at the hands of both Israeli forces and Israeli settlers. This includes the horrific death of 15 year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped, tortured, burned alive, and tossed in a field in an unbelievable act of savagery by Israeli settlers.Israel also began intensifying its bombing of Gaza in the most serious flare-up in the territory since November 2012. Israel has deemed their latest attacks “Operation Protective Edge”, and in ways that are horrifyingly reminiscent of the 2009 and 2012 attacks, they have called up 1,500 reservists in the Israeli military. Across Palestine, this wave of violence has also been met with a wave of protest and action. Palestinians are rising up and responding across all of historic Palestine including the West Bank, Gaza, and 1948 Palestine.Protest co-sponsors included CODEPINK, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Washington Peace Center.TAKE ACTION:
Call the White House (202) 456-1111 and Secretary of State John Kerry (202) 647-4000 and demand condemnation of the Israeli assault on Gaza. Call the Israeli Embassy in DC too: (202) 364-5500
D.C. Library on Wheels | July 17th, 2014 | Washington, DC
What is a library on wheels?A bookmobile or mobile library is a vehicle designed for use as a library. It is designed to hold books on shelves in such a way that when the vehicle is parked readers can access them.Long before Amazon was bringing books to your doorstep, there was the bookmobile! A traveling library often used to provide books to villages and city suburbs that had no library buildings. The bookmobile went from a simple horse-drawn cart in the 19th century to large customized vehicles that became part of their culture and reached their height of popularity in the mid-twentieth century.The D.C. Library will be visiting different communities within the metropolitan area of Washington D.C. Provides books for different age groups, genres and hopefully helps to bring communities closer and encourage literacy.This Free Project is organized by The Peace House D.C. and is completely run on a volunteer basis. You are very welcome to keep the books you want to keep. A donation of your choice in exchange is appreciated.We accept book donations for future library runs at The Peace House, 1233 12th st. NW, Washington, DC 20005.Any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.
Die-In at The White House | July 17th, 2014 | Washington, DC
With over 200 Palestinians murdered in Gaza and over 1,200 injured, the DMV Students for Justice in Palestine and other organizations stood in solidarity with Gazans and held the U.S. government accountable for providing the Israeli government $3.1 billion annually. The goal was to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people and expose the atrocities committed by the Israeli Occupation forces in occupied Palestine.
Trans-Ally 201: A Workshop for the Community | June 21st, 2014 | Washington, DC
Kayley Whalen, Digital Strategies & Social Media Manager at The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Trans Ally 201 was an informative and interactive learning experience. It helped activists gain a deeper understanding of transgender issues and advocacy. They looked at how the trans community experiences oppression, including high rates of incarceration, harassment and hate crimes and high unemployment rates. Participants were challenged to gain a deeper understanding of gender and how it influences their lives as well as what it means to be a transgender ally.
1156 presents: Andy D!! with Amoeba Knievel & Weird Paul | June 13th, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA
Phat Man Dee, Andy D and Anna VisionAndy D fancies himself the anachronistic love child of Punky Brewster and Lee Van Cleef – the perfect amalgam of a fictional rogue and a real-life badass. He plays music this like he lives life and it sounds like Andrew WK meets Grand Master Melle Mel or Like Prince if he couldn’t sing that well and if he weren’t a hyper-talented multi-instrumentalist. This is what his music is all about: part epicurean hip-hop-dance songs and part sincere dance rock songs, being eclectic and catchy is the only goal. “God Loves Drunk Chicks” is a infectious dance ditty lamenting date rape culture and “Just Push Play” is a witty indictment of “the next big thing” trend in the music industry and pop culture in general (both tracks are from the debut album Choose Your Perversion). This is rap but not hip-hop. It rocks but it’s not rap-rock. These songs are meaningful party songs but maximized! Andy D bends the genres but his influences are pretty apparent. And people take notice where ever he goes. From rapping about having sex with Werewolves to singing about knife fights in a roller rink, no subject is taboo in an Andy D song; and he gets raunchy with it. Half of the fun of Andy D is hearing what he will say next… the other half is dancing. Welcome to your new addiction!