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Body cam program under fire

Among the criticisms raised at yesterday’s D.C. Council’s public roundtable, five years in: officers not turning on their cameras and the MPD’s resistance to releasing arrest footage (that is, when they aren’t deleting it entirely). Per Martin Austermuhle: “body-worn cameras are fine and good, but if the video is hard to obtain, what's their value?”

 

Today in transit nostalgia

Some 70 years ago, before they were wiped off the map by the advent of new bus lines and a transit monopoly, the District was a veritable streetcar paradise. The weary survivors of the great streetcar purge ended up in several far-flung locations around the world, but only one of the original PCC streetcars still remains active and carrying passengers today: Car #71 in Sarajevo. 

 

More in local history

In 1939, Alexandria was the site of one of the first civil rights sit-ins when five African-American men sat down in the (segregated) library to read. (“Oh lord, Miss Scoggin, there’s colored people all over the library!”) They were never charged, but the city did just formally dismiss the charges in a symbolic but powerful move.

 

High schoolers don’t know who Jeff Bezos is

America’s richest man crashed a computer science class and apparently there’s video of one of the students whispering, “who’s Jeff Bezos?” Sometimes we wish we could remain so blissfully ignorant


Also || this Citylab comic imagines our dystopian transit future, “Your sons are truly out of their fucking minds but your daughters are honestly funny as hell", have an “organic xanax” at DC’s kava bar, we talk about our subject line philosophy if you’re into that

Plan ahead: Protecting Our Vote with Eric Holder

On Wednesday, Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman interviews former US Attorney General Eric Holder on the state of voting rights in America, from new voter suppression laws to gerrymandering efforts that manipulate district lines. Learn more about civic actions to protect these rights at a critical moment for our country—and get 25% off tickets with code MOJO25. (7pm)

 

Plan ahead: Vision Zero Omnibus Bill hearing

On Thursday, this hearing will cover 7 bills introduced by the DC Council that relate to transportation and safer streets—including provisions affecting how quickly DDOT installs protected bike lanes across the city. Watch the Washington Area Bicyclist Association recorded webinar to learn more about the bill, sign up to testify, or submit written testimony with this handy template (you have until Nov. 7!). (11:30am)

 

Art-build for rent control

Join Metro DC DSA in making big, beautiful art for an upcoming rally to strengthen rent control laws in the District. Snacks, supplies, and a vision for equitable housing are all provided! (6pm)

 

Oh yeah, World Series Game 1

Yes, the Astros have home field advantage, and yes they’re deeper than we are, but we have spirit goddamnit! (8:07 pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • We had no idea that legendary Marxist and pan-Africanist CLR James (Black Jacobins) actually lived in DC in the 70s, teaching at local universities including Howard. Join Kojo Nnamdi and others at UDC to discuss the legacy he left for and with local activists. (7 pm)

  • We all know the story of the moon landing mission from the astronauts’ perspectives. But what about the people on the ground? Hear the story of the Apollo 11 recovery firsthand from three of the people who had to retrieve the astronauts and return them to port in quarantine. (8 pm)

  • Learn about Ethopian music from this documentary about the partnership between a music journalist and a producer who made 120 singles and 14 albums with Ethiopian musicians between 1969 and 1975. (7 pm)

Also || tunes: Machine Gun Kelly + Young Thug | tunes: Lightmare | Women: A Photography Exhibit opens | green drinks hh

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