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New Documentary on DC Activist Music Scene: “Positive Force: More Than A Witness”

New Documentary Chronicles DC Punk Rock Activist Organization “Positive Force” A new documentary film “Positive Force: More Than A Witness” has just been released that chronicles the great activist work done in DC for decades by the progressive activist organization Positive Force. The film also delves into the local DC activist music scene both past and present, and has rare…


DC LIbrary Creates Punk Rock Archive

SPECIAL COLLECTION WILL PRESERVE DC’S PUNK HISTORY OCT 1, 2014 – In order to collect, preserve and to provide access for citizens to primary source materials that document the local punk rock history unique to DC, the DC Library has established a Special Collections to gather artifacts, documents, recordings and more. Local activist James Schneider has…


DC Board of Elections Gets Mobile App

DC Government Strives to Make it Easier to Vote SEP 28, 2014 – I was perusing the DC government website, and I discovered that the DC Board of Elections has embraced smartphones and Apps to make it easier for DC citizens to not only get city services, but also to vote. The new App called…

Medical Marijuana Comes to DC

OCT 5, 2013 – Medical marijuana has come to the District of Columbia, and the program is fully up and operational. As of October of 2013, about a dozen or so people with health aliments that are treatable by medical marijuana have signed up and received their DC medical marijuana card from the DC Department of Health. The list of health ailments for DC medical marijuana is short: HIV/AIDS, cancer, patients undergoing chemotherapy, protease inhibitors or radiotherapy treatments, glaucoma, and muscle spasticity diseases such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease and others. The last part is tricky, and sometimes reviewed by the DC Department of Health on a case-by-case basis, and they will be adding diseases as time goes by. Watch a brief video below detailing the whole process of a DC medical marijuana patient going through the process of obtaining a card, and filling their first prescription below. We also sat down and interviewed Rabbi Jeff Kahn, director of the Takoma Wellness Center, one of the medical marijuana dispensaries set up here in DC. JTMP strongly urges our supporters to contact your state and federal representatives, and tell them you want medical marijuana enacted or expanded in your state, and you want marijuana removed from the Category I drug classification, for marijuana DOES have many accepted medical uses and treatments.

Young, Progressive Russians Deciding to Stay in Russia Instead of Fleeing

July 31, 2012 – Young, progressive Russians, who used to flee to other countries to get away from the brutal oppression of free speech and dissent by the government, are now deciding to stay and try and change things at home. Most notably is the women punk musician-activist band Pussy Riot that is challenging free speech restrictions by doing "actions". 3 members of the band were arrested in February of 2012 and are now on trial for singing an anti-Putin song at the cathedral of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. They face charges of "hooliganism" and face up to 7 years in prison. Even their spouses are being attacked, such as the husband of one of the women arrested, Pyotr Verzilov, who had a Canadian passport when he was attending school in Toronto years ago and the Russian government flashed an image of his passport on TV and called it evidence that he and his wife are trying to "tear Russia apart". Read more on WashPo here, and also there is a good article about the trial on NBCNews.com here.

They are all part of a movement called "Voina", a group consisting of artists, musicians and others that stage provocative actions deliberately meant to test the boundaries of their freedoms and liberties, and challenge the government's authority. They call this "polical protest art"; and at least 20 criminal investigations have been launched against the group and its members. The government of Russia says the Art group VOINA, "is a left-wing radical anarchist collective whose central goal is to carry out PR actions directed against the authorities…" Check out the org's website and read about the many political prisoners in Russia consisting of journalists, artists and even regular activists trying to bring about progressive change in Russia on their website: http://en.free-voina.org/.

The trial has divided old Russia against the youth, and even spilled over to America as protesters held a rally in front of the Russian embassy here in Washington, DC on July 28, 2012 to protest what they see as government overreach and oppression of free speech. NME.com reports that many musicians have spoken out against the detention and prosecution of the women, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand. Check back because JTMP will be posting on this issue regularly, and will also have a video out soon. (photo credits: CC\Wiki)

REAL Grassroots in action! Tour De Frack visits Hart Senate Office Building

(Above: Jason from Tour De Frack meets with aide for Sen. Mikulski (D-MD) and shows contaminated water and explains facts about the harmful process of "fracking")

July 26, 2012 – The anti-fracking bicyclist-activist group known as Tour De Frack biked all the way from Butler, PA to DC to talk to their elected officials at the federal level about the harmful effects fracking does to our environment, and JTMP was there to record it for a video. The US Capitol building is too small to house the offices of all the Senators and Representatives, so there are satellite buildings around the US Capitol grounds, where citizens can visit and talk to their elected officials about their concerns on issues.

Jason and the others of Tour De Frack told me that some of the representatives considered fracking to be a state issue, but they told them they feel let down by their state government, and their environment and health are not being protected. They will continue this citizen lobbying effort all week and beyond, and plan to see Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), James Inhofe (R-OK), and many others. There will also be a music concert tomorrow night, so check back for more video with political music! "No Freakin' Frackin'!" Watch the Hart Senate Office Building visit video below, including interviews of Tour De Frack activists afterwards.

Earth Day 2012 on the National Mall Music Videos on JTMP Green!

APR 25, 2012 – Musician activists performed at Earth Day 2012 on the National Mall here in DC last Sunday to promote a green and sustainable lifestyle. The Chad Hollister Band was there and had DC legend tenor sax player Ron Holloway blowin' sax for them. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason brought his guitar and great songs, along with Cheap Trick who played a few of their classics for the sparse but dedicated activists who braved the rain calling for better treatment of Mother Earth. JTMP asks our supporters to try and "Mobilize The Earth" and do one green act today. One can switch out and incandescent light bulb with an LED or a CFL, we can walk to the store today and bring a cloth bag. We all can do small things to try and be as green as possible.

Check out the music videos over on JTMP Green!

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