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.
DCist and CityLab are meeting up with readers on H St tonight to talk about RFK, cities and stadiums. (6:30 pm)
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.
Merit raises favor white journalists and male journalists
Women make less than men company-wide, and people of color make less than white people
The more white men on your desk, the higher its median pay
Interestingly, pay disparities have shrunk under Bezos
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.
(*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
Prolific local musician Anthony Pirog brings jazzy invention and punk intensity to Luce Unplugged. Peeped his Allmusic and found out he was in a band with Smashed Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin? (Luce Unplugged, btw, is not necessarily acoustic at all; 5:30 pm)
Baked & Wired wants you to preview their fall line of food and pastries! (5:30 pm)
Support ONE DC’s work building neighborhood equity and fighting gentrification with the grassroots with a happy hour at Dew Drop. (7 pm)
New Latin market La Cosecha is hosting salsa dancing on Thursdays. Take a class, or join for open dancing at 8pm. (class 7pm)
Phillips after 5 takes on a French theme this month, featuring French wines and pastries from Patisserie Un Je Ne Sais Quoi. (5pm)
Devon Welsh’s work in Majical Cloudz (“Downtown”) was been nothing short of enchanting, a baritone clear and vulnerable. Now you can catch his solo act at Comet. (9 pm)