Resident artists at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory have been met with a wave of change that some have long tried to stave off. The city has proceeded with a new selection process for residency and something called a “vibrancy plan,” which would cut existing studio space to make room for “new art spaces” and also … a restaurant? The result is thirteen longtime resident artists will leave their studios at the end of the summer, when fifteen new artists will find their spot within the historic art space.
78 artists applied for 26 slots. TLDR: we need more space for local artists.
The head of the city's Office of Arts complains that the studios are "quiet" — what did she expect?
Abortion’s gone but the First Amendment is thriving /s
Planned Parenthood clinics in the DC region have seen an increase in anti-abortion protestors and need more protection for patients and staff. It’s serious: stalking, blockades, threats, and other violent disruption tactics have increased as much as 600% nationwide since last year. There is a federal law that’s supposed to protect patients from obstruction to their reproductive health service, which is so beyond a twisted irony I’m not even sure what to call it.
A class-action lawsuit brought by Civil Rights Corps, law firm WilmerHale, and Georgetown University Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection alleges that hundreds of people — as many as one in three — in pretrial detention in Prince George's County were illegally jailed until trial, even after judges had authorized their release. The suit names Prince George's County, the leader of the county department of corrections, and all eleven judges who oversee plaintiff's bond hearings.
The Next Gen Giving Circle is accepting applications from local nonprofits that work to advance the financial and economic security of BIPOC individuals and families in the DC region. Apply by July 21!
Tearing through your summer reads?
Capital Book Fest is back today at Woodrow Wilson Plaza, right off the Federal Triangle metro stop, where you can “[s]hop thousands of gently used books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl all on sale for $6 or less”!!! (10am-5pm)
Bring books and vinyl you want to swap and then hang out, listen to live music, shop a local vendor’s market, and listen as event organizers lead a conversation about freedom for all. Food and drinks available. (3pm)
Michael Pollan's told you why to eat better and do drugs [thoughtfully]. What do they have in common? Plants! Pollan on plants with Ari Shapiro at Sixth & I for his new book, "This Is Your Mind on Plants." (7 pm)
For the book people who are really word people: Live crossword at Arlington Drafthouse (7 pm).
For the book people who are really story people: Science-themed Story Collider at Smitty's. (7 pm)
Want to run for ANC? Here's how.
Bless every one of you: Greater Greater Washington runs a two-hour free training detailing what it takes to run for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. (6 pm)
Mad as HELLcat improv abortion fundraiser
Add a dash of laughter to your fury when you join Hellcat, Washington Improv Theatre's all-female ensemble, for an evening of improv to support the National Network of Abortion Funds. (7:30pm)