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O hushed October morning mild

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Sex Work is Work and legislating it is complicated

A new bill to decriminalize prostitution in DC drew more than 150 people to a Council hearing last week. Orgs like No Justice No Pride and Decrim Now DC helped craft the bill to give greater safety to sex workers, particularly to trans women of color, while combating trafficking. Some opponents (like the National Organization for Women and Rights4Girls) argue that the bill would instead make it more difficult to combat trafficking.

The burden of the Hyde Amendment

The Hyde Amendment, passed 40 years ago, has contributed to worsening healthcare disparities along socioeconomic and racial lines. By preventing the use of federal funds (like Medicaid) to be used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment, abortion access has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable populations, and DC residents don’t have the opportunity to get state funding for abortions.

 

Living in Instagram is hell

But mainly because of other people. At least, that’s the experience the Boston Globe found when they visited Acorn Street, “the most photographed street in the country.

 

Bei Bei on his way way

We’ve been around for six years, and we spent four of them bringing you breaking Bei Bei news. But now it’s time to say goodbei: our large son is headed to China’s Bifengxia Panda Base (!) conservation and research center to spend time getting laid and, presumably, doing what he loves most—randomly falling off shit. November 19 is his last day; the week before will be a "Bye Bye, Bei Bei" series of events.

 

“I simply burst forth into song”

Neat music history: the Post remembers Lillian Evanti, a District-born (1890) lyric soprano who performed abroad—including more than 50 times as the lead in La Traviata—to escape racism at home.

Also || Black Restaurant Week is coming up and it has a beer this year, Brookland trick-or-treat map, DCPS will rethink Rhee-era teacher evals, Annie’s Ace gives discount to Nats hats during WS

Can you afford it? No. Can you tour it? Yes.

Tour some notably fancy/intriguing homes in Crestwood as part of CASA Crestwood to raise funds to prevent homelessness in DC. Reserve tickets ahead of time for this year’s tours happening on Sunday, October 27th, and ponder more systemic solutions than charitable voyeurism while you wait.

 

Local history over lunch

DC Mondays at the Museum by GW hosts a talk about Fort Reno, a “nominally integrated” community, after the Civil War with a "long and little-known" history of contention around real estate and race. (12 pm

 

Maternal health in DC 

Join Washington City Paper arts editor Kayla Randall for a panel discussion with a local midwife, doula, and OBGYN on maternal healthcare in a city with the highest maternal mortality rate in the country—and where black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from complications. (6pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Show up to support accountability and transparency from the Metropolitan Police Department at this public roundtable on the use of body cameras. (10:30 am)

  • “Focusing on vinyl records, and the labels that produced them, this groundbreaking book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution.” (7pm)


Also || class: visible mending | stop avoiding your neighbors | Meet the Ward 4 candidates | tunes: W.I.T.C.H.

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