May 24, 1998 |
Emblazoned with jackets and buttons remembering America's missing war heroes, nearly 200 veterans on motorcycles rallied outside the Vietnam embassy to push for a final accounting of those lost in action. The rally is part of what has become a Memorial Day weekend ritual. Thousands of veterans and their families are in the area as part of the Rolling Thunder protest.
February 29, 2000 |
About 185 people were arrested outside the Supreme Court building in Washington and 164 more were arrested in San Francisco during protests seeking a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death for killing a Philadelphia officer in 1981. John Riley of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition said the demonstrators were opposing capital punishment for Abu-Jamal, a onetime Black Panther and radio journalist.
February 23, 2000 |
Independent truckers drove their big rigs through city streets to Capitol Hill to protest diesel fuel prices and demand tax breaks to offset greatly increased operating costs. More than 200 truckers joined a convoy that began in New Jersey and traveled through Delaware and Maryland before snaking its way through the nation's capital to a rally on the Capitol steps.
April 18, 2000 |
As a thinning band of protesters brought parts of downtown Washington to a standstill, world financial officials Monday completed two turbulent days of meetings by approving a stepped-up campaign against AIDS and pledging to move forward with debt relief for the poorest countries.
April 8, 2000 |
Springtime invaders of the nation's capital usually come armed with little more than cameras, sunglasses and a desire to see the cherry blossoms and the city's other tourist attractions. But when Lisa Fithian of Los Angeles prepared for her trip, she packed goggles and a handkerchief--to ward off tear gas--memories of wild civil unrest in Seattle and a desire to transform what she sees as an unjust global economy.
April 12, 2000 |
Protest groups, hoping to repeat their success in Seattle by shutting down the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, conducted two small, peaceful protests on Tuesday under the watchful eyes of police. The activities were part of a weeklong Mobilization for Global Justice that has attracted many of the same groups opposed to global capitalism that successfully disrupted meetings in December of the World Trade Organization in Seattle.
April 10, 2000 |
Encouraged by shofar blasts and a trumpet fanfare, several thousand people formed a human chain around the U.S. Capitol in Washington to demand that wealthy nations show biblical forgiveness by canceling billions of dollars in debt owed by the world's most impoverished countries.
April 16, 2000 |
Some had taped down the rings in their pierced eyebrows to guard against having them torn off in a melee. Others wore bandannas to hide their faces like guerrilla comandantes. But the young protesters who took to the solitary, police-lined streets of downtown Washington on Saturday were more quixotic than confrontational and hundreds of them went meekly in plastic handcuffs after the riot squad bottled them up in an office-district canyon and police started making arrests.
September 22, 2001 |
A Washington protest group said it expects more than 10,000 people to join an antiwar march next Saturday from the White House to the Capitol as the U.S. military prepares for retaliatory strikes for last week's terrorist attacks. "The issues of war and racism were issues we were paying a great deal of attention to already," said Richard Becker, a spokesman for International Action Center, which has formed International ANSWER, which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.
May 1, 2000 |
A massive outpouring of gays and lesbians and their supporters from across the nation gathered here Sunday amid a multihued show of pride in their movement and an appeal to mobilize as a political force in the November elections. Representing all 50 states and various countries, participants in the "Millennium March on Washington for Equality" trekked from the Washington Monument to the front of the U.S. Capitol for more than six festive hours of speeches and music.