Wake to Washington

Est. 2013

Pedestrian bridge collapse in NE

A multi-vehicle collision reportedly caused a truck to collide into the bridge (footage). The truck driver involved thought he was “going to die”; five people involved in the crash were mildly injured. Bowser reports that the bridge was last inspected in February and deemed structurally sound, but now Kenilworth and Deanwood will be separated for as long as it takes to replace the bridge


Initiative 77 part deux

A former service worker laid off during the pandemic is reviving the controversial Initiative 77 measure which passed the ballot vote in 2018 but was then overturned by the DC Council. The initiative seeks to gradually phase out the subminimum wage of service industry employees to eventually match the minimum wage of other workers in the District by 2027. 


Living in an immunity community

All of DC, Maryland and Virginia have now hit 70% vaccination, which isn’t so much an epidemiologically magical number as a politically significant one: 70% is the White House’s goal for national vaccination by the Fourth of July. 


Give us more e-bikes

“E-bikes made up 13% of Capital Bikeshare’s fleet but 23% of the rides.”


Enter the guilded age

Workers at Washingtonian Magazine voted to form a union, joining a powerful current in journalistic workplaces towards collective bargaining. “We know the strength of Washingtonian is the strength of its staff.”

Also || DC’s “Black Ballet Celeb Taking On Racism in Dance,” do Business Improvement Districts really need public tax money?, Alexandria politician cites Hot Girl Summer for why city should spend on tourism ads

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Field trips to the Mall

You can now make reservations for one of the 24 athletic fields around the National Mall through the National Park Service’s new online system that provides real-time status updates. Softball/frisbee/spikeball/general field enthusiasts rejoice!


Tired of ordering in?

Take an all-levels cooking class with James Beard Award-winner Beth Dooley to help you turn farmer’s market baskets into delicious meals that bring joy to your home while supporting local food systems. (6 weeks, get $25 off with code “730”)


20 Years of DC JWJ

Learn about the groundbreaking campaigns that advocated for fair wages, benefits, and job opportunities for the DC community from DC Jobs with Justice leaders. (6pm)


Walt Disney x WWII

Mickey Mouse may not have been a spy, but Walt Disney was definitely involved in supporting U.S. efforts using propaganda featuring Donald Duck… or something like that. Head to Lost & Found to get the exact details while sipping on Donald’s Pacific Wings cocktail. (8pm)


Art for a New Future

Justice Arts Coalition is convening a series of workshops, discussions, and presentations between June 24-26 that align with the abolitionist and community-oriented core values of the program, Art for a New Future. Register here.

Also || Regional Vision Zero summit, creative writing workshop, sunset cinema, Gigi at the White House!, the making of butter and cheese, dc improv, a chance to thrive, DC lines

How did Native Americans become American Symbols? 

How did American Indians become national and commercial symbols?  Learn more in the Americans exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian. Open now. Reserve free passes here.   


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