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A battle over HUD funds

The Council is urging DCHD to abandon an application for a $38.5 million loan in partnership with Douglas Development. Using the funds for the mixed-use Ivy City project "disregards the city's enormous need for affordable housing.” If approved, it would use up about half of the HUD funds Council intended to use for affordable housing. 

 

We need the 51st state

The authors of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital are calling on Democrats to prioritize D.C. statehood if they win the Senate and White House this year—good for Dems, sure, but also good for democracy. By 2040 roughly 30% of the population could control ~70% of the Senate and a major chunk of the Electoral College.

 

#WeMakeWAMU

The staff at WAMU produce incredible journalism, from the radio stories on 88.5 to the What’s With Washington podcasts about statehood to DCist’s essential web reporting. Following a contentious summer of staff discontent, they are unionizing, citing ingrained bias against women and people of color, job insecurity and lack of transparency.

 

How to organize your building

Speaking of solidarity: In a blog crossposted by 730DC and Stomp Out Slumlords, learn what it’s like to find out your apartment building has been sold—and how to team up with your fellow tenants, navigate the TOPA process, and win a better deal for your building.

 

“Bad Blood” and a great Washingtonian

The fourth episode in the 1619 Project is all about Black history and healthcare, and one Washingtonian cuts a hopeful figure over what is a litany of bleak episodes: William Montague Cobb, the Howard doctor born in DC who fought segregation in medicine, both for patients and doctors. 

Also || Are you a Black artist needing support? Add your voice to the Black Artist Fund survey, getting to know Will Merrifield, BLM DC really not into Marcus Goodwinhighlights from at-large debate, no more rocking the Cusbah

We have some bonus content in our Dispatches from 2120 series to share. Look for it this afternoon if you're subscribed. 

Emergency & You

Black Lives Matter photo competition

A new photo exhibit and competition is opening at Dupont Underground, highlighting DC photographers and their images created during the social justice uprising of 2020. You can go to the exhibit in person with a mask on or check out the virtual gallery. (6pm)

 

Filmfest DC

Our international film festival streams for your private viewing, starting with the Italian film Ordinary Happiness—something we in 2020 are certainly not taking for granted. There are films about a love affair as an invasion approaches Lebanon; a Korean crime drama; biopics about Banksy, Truman Capote, Chuck Berry, and Billie Holliday; a documentary about Argentina’s most famous bank robbery; and so much more. Check it out

 

Peak Fall: Apple Picking

Classic 2020: the weather destroyed most of the apple crop near DC. A few nearby orchards are still offering pick-your-own apples on weekends with masks, but without reservation. (Baughers, Catoctin)

 

Saturday: Tail talk

What’s your dog trying to tell you? Find out by attending this info table at the Virginia Ave park with your dog and learn the basics of dog body language. (11am)

Saturday: Moechella, GOTV edition

The go-go rally phenomenon known as Moechella returns to 14th & U for a concert + At-large Council candidate forum. (5-9 pm)

 

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