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Wake to Washington

Est. 2013

Being single in DC is like…

Hitting 0 mph traffic downtown: not surprising and everyone’s in it together. DC Fray is here to make it better (the dating, sorry we can’t help with traffic.) Try Speed Dating at Pinstripes in Georgetown.

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Rats, lies, and videotape

A mysterious video showing a dozen rats going nuts inside Dupont Pizza has the owner claiming foul play by a disgruntled former employee. Recent inspections by the D.C. Health Dept. showed no signs of a rat infestation at the pizzeria, and the viral footage might actually be over three years old—either way, we may never get to the bottom of this baroque revenge plot.  

Stepping up as a sanctuary city 

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen has proposed new “emergency” legislation to immediately stop all cooperation between the city’s jails and federal immigration enforcement agencies (I.C.E. and friends). If it passes, ICE would no longer be able to access personal data such as release dates for detainees, and the District might live up to its designation as a “sanctuary city” by offering more robust legal protections for immigrant communities. 

  • The bill will be reviewed by Council today, and though most councilmembers are on board, there are still some hold-outs, so call to voice your support

“Everything worthwhile is done with other people”

Inject this statement into everything you do, politically and socially. Eve Ewing interviews Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture) about how her childhood and experiences impact her organizing.

  • But seriously, if you’re doing it alone, it’s probably not effective or sustainable. What power we have is power we have together. 

Make friends with Friendship Heights

Fun facts about the neighborhood so far Northwest it’s practically Seattle: It was the original site of a transit-access-aided spike in land value followed by NIMBYism so fervent it almost led to the demolition of a 17-story apartment building still in construction. Geico and a bunch of radio stations are there too.

 

5 a.m. firing

Another year, another episode of incompetence by the Washington Football Club, which bizarrely summoned their head coach to their Ashburn HQ for a very early morning dismissal. (If you’re going to fire a guy, pick a decent hour?) The team is bad, but some players actually cried; meanwhile, management seems to be back up to their dirty tricks of sharing unflattering information about fired personnel to influence media coverage.

Also || Flyovers are a bit scary if you’re not in the stadium, dockless comment period extended through end of month, ban SUVs from cities?, Bread for the City’s huge new center on Good Hope

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Book swap!

Trade any titles clogging up your shelves for some NEW (to you) BOOKS at the BYT book swap at Eaton Workshop. (5pm)

 

Houses, but tiny

Always wanted your own tiny house? Meet fellow enthusiasts at this informative meet and greet. (6pm)

 

Destroy the patriarchy with OSYX

Come out to hear riotous tunes from the debut album of D.C.’s all-female punk group, OSYX! OSYX’s music and record label are not just about burning down the patriarchy, but creating a welcoming community for all non-traditional artists. (7pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • One art: Draw and discover in the Luce Gallery. (2:30 pm)

  • Two art: Paint a mug at Kuzeh Pottery. (6 pm)

  • Three art: An open mic at Sauf Haus, the beer hall south of Dupont. (7:30 pm

  • Plan a Wilson Center rally for health equity. (6 pm)

  • Public housing teach-in at Bread for the City; part of the new Rent Control DC campaign with DC Jobs with Justice and Empower DC. (6 pm)

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