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“We become their friends and family for this final moment of their life."

DC bodies unclaimed after 30 days find their final resting place in Washington’s Congressional Cemetery, where their cremated ashes—96 so far in 2019—are buried alongside deceased Senators and Representatives, Matthew Brady, Marion Barry, and three presidents. 


New rights for survivors of sexual assault

The DC Council unanimously approved expansions to the rights of survivors. The update includes the right for survivors older than 13 to have access to a victim advocate, “ensures that advocacy services are available at any District hospital, further codifies when D.C. police must update victims about sexual assault kit testing and toxicology reports, and ensures that sexual assault counselors are trained in trauma-informed care.”


An unlikely cathedral

Here is a swan song for RFK, the bygone coliseum that had, at one point, a “holy feel” to it. Its days are now numbered, though, and DCist takes us back to its beginnings in the 50s, to its grand opening in 1961, on to when it was a battleground for civil rights, its glory days throughout the 70s, and finally to its uncertain future today.

Meet the new head of the Smithsonian

Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of NMAAHC, was officially appointed head of the Smithsonian Institution, the first African American to hold the post in its 173-year history. He hopes to increase the diversity of museum visitors, and commemorate the history of the city for both residents and tourists—one way of doing this is to encourage visits to the Anacostia Community Museum, the only Smithsonian east of the river. 


Young women and people of color underpaid at Post

The Washington Post Guild (their union) released a study showing that the Post pays women and people of color, as a group, less than men. Some of the findings include:

The Guild recommends that the Post stop asking prospective hires how much they made at previous jobs, allow managers to know how much their reportees make (which...isn’t standard practice?), and establish a diversity committee.

Also || Capitol Hill Pitango moving to larger location, Bowser wants to ban Council from second jobs, P St SW cycletrack on its way, VA Dems should start with repealing right to work, “our transportation system values some lives more than others,” march for maternal health

NPR Politics Podcast Live

(*extreme radio voice*) It’s the NPR Politics Podcast, y’all. Head to the Warner Theater for a live taping of the show. Enter the code ROADTO2020 for discounted $25 tickets. (8pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

Also || Boozy Gelato HH | microcinema | baked & wired tasting | stadium & the city | pamyua performance | support Manna


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