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Give Local Together, today

#GivingTuesdayNow is an international day of generosity in response to COVID-19, and it’s today! Locally, you can give through the Give Local Together campaign, featuring 160+ local nonprofits. Find an organization you believe in and help save the local groups working to support our community each day.


You won't see this musician on IGTV

Two popular local Ethiopian jazz artists both released albums they won’t be able to play IRL for their fans. Selam Seyoum Woldemariam usually pulls crowds at bars and restaurants in DC and Falls Church, and Hailu Mergia (organist and ACCORDIONIST!) tours internationally—730DC contributor Dan DiPrinzio interviewed Mergia at home last year, covering his career all the way back to its origin rocking the Addis Hilton


Just cancel rent already

DC continues to take an agonizingly incremental approach to providing relief for tenants — tucked away in the next coronavirus emergency legislation is a bill that would have renters negotiating repayment plans with their landlords. The Council has been resistant to more robust measures, citing feasibility concerns, but it’s unclear how leaving tenants indebted to their landlords for housing during a pandemic is much of a solution. 


AG goes after extra pricey Clorox

Though there have been numerous reports of price gouging in the District (and elsewhere) since the virus hit, Helen Mart is the first to draw the wrath of AG Karl Racine — the Ward 7 convenience store is being sued for ignoring a cease and desist letter and hiking up the price of bleach by over 200%.


Falling for sculpture

Nat Geo is renovating their M St plaza, and they plan to take the opportunity to remove a pond/sculpture that, apparently, people have been falling in for years, setting up a battle between enthusiasts of public art and the Nat Geo accountants who say the personal injury lawsuits just aren't worth it.

Also || We could save the bikes, but the scooter may perish, relaxno murder hornets in MD



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If you recognize some of these, that's because we accidentally copied some of today's events into yesterday's newsletter. We apologize for the error, and hope this just means you're extra psyched to unmask some trash pandas.

Like we said, cancel rent already.

Amanda Huron, a UDC professor who has studied the fight for affordable housing over the decades in DC, will explain the history of tenant organizing and the fights around rent protections for tenants in the District. (3pm)


Houseplant husbandry

Bring some greenery into your studio apartment with this workshop on how to raise a houseplant run by Rhizome DC. Apparently owning a plant can make you a calmer person, and they suck out harmful toxins from the air. (6:30pm)


Call in to the SHAMEBOOTH

According to Paula Williams, secrecy and judgement are the key ingredients to cook up some shame. That’s why she started SHAMEBOOTH, what began as a recording telephone booth and has evolved into a podcast, helping others recover from addiction, trauma, and other sources of shame. It’s like confession, but not anonymous and totally marketable.


Quarantine stacks

Inject some mystery into your quarantine reading, and let the well-read folks at Capitol Hill Books curate a selection of books just for you sight unseen. Live a little! 


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Urban wildlife expert and instructor John Hadidian is leading a virtual interactive talk with Profs & Pints on social interactions and organization. Add it to the list of ways raccoons in the city outsmart their cousins in the country. (7pm)

  • Campaigns for DC Council are still in full swing, and Our Revolution is holding their monthly meeting online with candidates Janeese Lewis George, Medea Benjamin, Jordan Grossman, Anthony Lorenzo Green, and Ed Lazere. (8pm)

Also || Local First townhall for small biz & covid response | Molly Ball profiles Nancy Pelosi in new book | virtual 5k fundraiser for BEST Kids | Vote Safe DC presentation

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