May 1, 2001 |
About 200 chanting environmentalists representing 22 different organizations marched at the White House on Monday, accusing President Bush of doing more in his first 100 days in office to harm the nation's land, air and water than any previous president. A towering sign was hoisted in front of the White House gates depicting an out-of-control oil well spewing crude in all directions. Smaller signs said, "No nukes," "Don't plunder the planet" and "Stop the rollbacks."
July 21, 1998 |
Demanding millions more for HIV prevention and televised condom ads, AIDS activists said Monday that the nation has slacked off vital efforts to keep Americans--especially young people--from catching the AIDS virus. Saving lives isn't the only issue. Every year at least 40,000 Americans catch HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. An estimated half of those stricken are under 25. They add $6.
October 6, 1998 |
Nineteen civil rights advocates, including the head of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, were arrested in front of the Supreme Court building on Monday as part of a protest against the lack of minorities among law clerks hired by the justices. The demonstration, organized by the NAACP and attended by more than 1,000 people, coincided with the start of the court's new term. Only one of the 34 law clerks hired for the 1998-99 session is a minority--a Latina.
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.