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“Everything...that is unpopular in this country is done quietly.”

For two months, “Defund the Police” has remained a crucial addendum to the “Black Lives Matter” iconography on 16th Street, adding a policy demand to what is otherwise “a performative distraction from real policy changes.” But sometime last week, the message was quietly paved over. DDOT says permitted construction by Verizon is to blame—yet the rest of the mural remained untouched. 


Shopping local just got easier

Without the spontaneity of in-person browsing, shopping local takes more determination during the pandemic. To support local makers, friends Leela Bhatia-Newman and Mariana Magala recently launched, a new database featuring many of the District’s local businesses. The directory is completely searchable, or you can browse products by category. It also prioritizes Black-owned, POC-owned, LGBTQ-owned, and woman-owned businesses by providing built-in filters.


Bad USPS news is still bad

Maryland and Virginia are taking Louis DeJoy’s statement on election mail handling with a sizable grain of salt—as they should—and joining a coalition of states suing USPS to ensure that the election will not be disrupted. The lawsuit will aim to block the disturbing recent changes within USPS by arguing that they were made illegally, without being submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission. (DeJoy says he won’t reinstate the mail cuts already made.)


That Instagram slideshow ~aesthetic~

Noticing a flood of visually appealing slideshows about social justice topics on your Instagram? You’re not alone. The algorithm-friendly images co-opt and subvert stereotypical millennial corporate branding, gaming Instagram to spread revolutionary messages. Dubbed the Instagram Article, the slideshows are a powerful tool for activists, writers, and creators of color who can reach broad audiences without elitist media gatekeeping and whitewashing.

Also || DC is powered by its own shit (literally), Merge Records cuts ties with Ian Svenonius (see also: Burger Records, Mark Kozelek), the history of Buzzard Point, troubling news from Rose's Luxury, what the hell is going on at Emilie's

Emergency & You

Get your takeout on

Restaurant Week is back, with restaurants ranging from prix fixe at Rooster & Owl to casual barbeque at Rocklands, and everything in between. Skip the reservation and order quarantine-friendly to-go options. (mealtimes)

Raise a glass to bartenders of color

Butterfly Spirits, a Maryland-based distiller specializing in botanical liqueurs, has partnered with Bartenders Against Racism (BAR) to celebrate local Black and BIPOC cocktail makers. Head to Compass Rose, Maydan, The Gibson, or Maketto and order a cocktail to go—proceeds will support BAR. You can also enter to win a $100 gift certificate to one of the participating restaurants! (it's 5 o'clock somewhere)


Become a leader for Planned Parenthood

Applications for the Metropolitan DC Planned Parenthood’s Developing Leaders Program are open. This 9 month-long program trains young adults who are interested in advocacy and/or reproductive health and justice to be agents and advocates for change. (apply by midnight on 8/28)


Also || Lots of cool virtual events at Pyramid Atlantic, virtually tour Melanie Kehoss’s “Through the Kitchen Door” installation at the Torpedo Factory, 14 ways to celebrate the 19th Amendment


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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