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What’s a winter without a snowball fight? 

For the last several years, the DC Snowball Fight Association has organized impromptu, massive gatherings of thousands whenever a winter storm has struck. But in this globally-warmed winter, all they can do is reflect on past successes.

The state of our unions

Big corporations successfully weakened union membership for decades; since 1967, union membership has declined from nearly 30% in 1967 to a record low of 10.3%. But as a rash of DC nonprofits unionize—Food & Water Watch, Jews United for Justice, Action Network and more—nonprofit management aren’t always welcoming unions, even at ostensibly progressive workplaces.

Wash Met will close

The push to keep the alternative school serving some of DC’s most vulnerable students has failed. The city cited declining enrollment and lackluster attendance rates; those fighting to keep it open (including students) cited disinvestment by the city. There’s no clear plan yet on transitioning the students to other campuses.

 

A vote for psilocybin? 

DC is considering a proposed ballot initiative to decriminalize shrooms in November’s elections. It would apply to any plant or fungus that contains “ibogaine, mescaline, or psilocybin.” Advocates argue that magic mushrooms can help those who suffer from addiction, PTSD, and depression. 

Hate this way

Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh argues for Gen X-Millennial solidarity. (We know we have an intergenerational readership.)


Also || MGM Roast Beef rises like a phoenix, VA rep on Metro Board to resign to sort out bankruptcy, Riide 2, DC’s new XFL team starts playing this Saturday, get your tickets for Hamilton

Eat some food at the Great Wall

The Szechuan restaurant in Logan Circle has been listed for sale. Some history on the place: until a local food critic found out the owners were from Szechuan, they made Americanized Chinese food for “General Tso’s people.” His rave review of their native cuisine set them on a new, more interesting course. Here’s wishing them good health!

 

Siri, queue “LOVE” by Sleater-Kinney

Want a head start on the mushy gushy this year? If you’re not too busy posing in front of the LOVE mural in Blagden Alley with your S.O., stop by The Cheshire for their Love pop-up shop and exhibition event. (5pm)

 

Phillips After 5: Nag Champa, A Live Album Experience

Part of the Phillips’ Monthly Music Series, Nag Champa Art Ensemble, a DC-based cosmic jazz and esoteric hip hop group, will perform alongside guest musicians Corbin Canvas and Babby. (5pm)

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

 

Also || two scientists walk into a bar | book talk: Alice McDermott, future histories, brother & sister | tunes: standard deviation jazz session | ANC5E01 (Edgewood) Comp Plan workshop 

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