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Kicking it up a notch

Sneakerhead destination DTLR says New Balance have long enjoyed outsized popularity in the DMV, and now they’re collaborating on a DTLR x New Balance “DC992” shoe to commemorate the culture.

 

Justified, but change all your policies and procedures

Independent auditors stated the death of Deon Kay was the result of “unnecessary and reckless actions” by MPD, but stopped short of calling MPD unjustified. The audit team stated that Kay’s killing “did not violate department policies” but “demands a tactical opportunity for improvement.” Can also be read as: MPD policies do not protect Black lives so perhaps we should change them?

 

Nonprofit x farmer x entrepreneur collab

While still preparing fresh meals for the city’s hungry, DC Central Kitchen’s 2020 ‘pivot’ included buying up produce from struggling small, local farms to stock corner stores and grocery bag distributions - over 2 million pounds distributed! Local farms noticed, some thanking DCCK for keeping them afloat, and so too did Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, who donated $300,000 to DCCK, on his mission to address hunger nationwide.

 

A striking racial gap

Recent coronavirus data shows a rapid spike in positive cases among Black residents, as a simultaneous drop in case counts of white residents is occurring. Black people account for a striking 80%, 8 out of 10, positive cases in recent days. Experts are correlating this directly with vaccination rates, citing vaccine access issues and hesitancy among Black residents. 

 

Racine files antitrust lawsuit against Amazon

The DC Attorney General’s case contends that Amazon’s practices have led to a general rise in prices for DC consumers, “by requiring, in practice, that third-party sellers offer their products for the same price that they sell them elsewhere.” It’s the first such government lawsuit against the ecommerce behemoth HQ2’ed next door

 

Howard, MedStar score on racial inclusivity

By comparing who hospitals actually serve against the racial demographic of their surrounding areas, the Lown Institute came up with a list of the country’s most and least racially inclusive hospitals, with MedStar finishing 18th.


Also || homeless woman stabbed to death in NoMa; DC restaurant workers’ wage strike; peak cicada expected next week; hybrid workplaces coming to a federal job near you; another restaurant closes: Coconut Club; the CDC doesn’t know you; Minneapolis, one year later; National Guard leave this week

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Emergency & You

Wednesday, May 26


DC Jail Food

#Don’tMuteMyHeath & Impact Justice host a community conversation on the Eating Behind Bars report and the state jail food in DC. The first of a three-part series, the talk will feature firsthand accounts of formerly incarcerated individuals (noon

 

All the Hand Pies

For International Cultural Awareness Month, Immigrant Food & Plant Word team up for a comprehensive virtual tour of handheld dough. Learn about samosas, piroshkis, pupusas, pastys, empanadas,and Jamaican meat pies and finish with an Arepa cooking class. (6:30pm

Also || music for the moment, black wall street, DC Pride - A Conversation with Sheila Alexander-Reid,women uncorked, persian tea talk

 

Thursday, May 27

 

Speak out for Brookland Manor

Residents with the Brookland Manor Coalition have been fighting neglect by landlords and threats of displacement for most of the past decade. In the most recent incident, owner MidCity’s private police called for MPD to break up a community film screening. They call for community support to spotlight MidCity and MPD’s behavior. (6:30 pm)

 

Talk about a Thursday

Also || storytelling night, hiring immigrants & refugees

 

Friday, May 28

 

Alley art and artist talk

Catch Christopher Chen’s artist talk for his photo series, “Floating World,” documenting DC streetscapes which is displayed on an alley wall in Mount Pleasant, next to Elle. Photos will be on display through May 31st. (7pm)

 

AAPI artist exhibition and art benefit

“We Are Home” is a show curated by art boutique HOMME featuring DC-based Asian American artists. 20% of proceeds will go towards BLM DC, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development. Gallery opens today and is on view by appointment through June 6.

 

Also || dc impro, drive-in: bridesmaids, one acts festival, architecture, music: veronica swift, a version of La Boheme set in Columbia Heights? 


Saturday, May 29

 

Heavyweights Comedy Show 

Laugh off the woes of the week with a comedy showcase featuring Gibran Saleem, a Virginia-raised Pakistani comedian. (7:30pm)

 

“Sorry, I was talking on mute”

If you just can’t take any more loud keyboard sounds/lagging screen shares/random call drops, this Zoom circus gone wrong might be the laugh you need to get through the last stretch of remote work. (8pm)

 

Also || art: MAZES & MAPS, film: Navajo Code Talkers; carnivorous plants, jazz festival

 

Sunday, May 30

 

Get your classics on

Chill at Rhizome’s latest outdoor concert, featuring composer and bassist Thomas Helton. (7pm)

 

Monday, May 31

 

Normalize Monday brunch 

Also || DuPont cookout

 

Tuesday, June 1

 

Create to stop hate

Take a stand against AAPI hate by supporting entrepreneurs, makers, and creators within the AAPI community during their weeklong artists auction. Proceeds benefit Stop AAPI Hate. (All week)  


Also || DanceAfrika, game genius design committee; yoga @ the Wharf

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