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.
#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)
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
ACLU talk on statehood with local leaders including Rep. Jamie Raskin. (5 pm)
“Cave dweller” you don’t hear much anymore, but used to be a term for the old society families that stayed in Washington over time. It’s also the title of Christina McDonald’s new midcentury murder mystery set among the mansions of Georgetown, Kalorama and Capitol Hill. (6 pm)
BuzzFeed maven and poet extraordinaire Saeed Jones talks about his memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives, with DCPL for Black Pride. (7 pm)
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.
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)
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