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Emergency action

As a first, immediate step at containing fallout locally, the Council expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits, defers some business taxes and makes grants available for businesses. Evictions in DC are also suspended, though advocates are pushing for a two-year rent freeze given the lost income (and likely downturn) many worker/renters face. 

 

Support local business

Small and local businesses face an uncertain future following mass closures. Cafes forced to shutter and members of the gig economy like freelancers and artists, for example, will have a hard time rebounding after week’s government-enforced shutdowns

 

Empty aisles and long lines 

As panic buying sets in and aisles go empty, grocery store woes are old news to residents of Wards 7 and 8. Three major grocery stores serve 149,750 residents east of the Anacostia River, so long lines are “business as usual” to some constituents. To combat scarcity during the pandemic, a number of citywide organizations have formed the DC Mutual Aid Network for Ward 7 and 8. Organizers are launching in-person meal providing stations, delivering food to those who can’t travel, and providing childcare to those who can’t telework to supplement under resourced areas. 

Feeding children remains a challenge

Schools serve more than 20 million free lunches every day nationwide, and some public health experts think the benefit of closing off schools as a vector might not be worth losing childcare, education and nutrition. But public and charter schools are distributing meals for pickup, as are a number of area restaurants.

 

We want to hear from DC performers and musicians

(Turns out the future of live music isn’t holograms.) With venues closed, artists are getting creative. If you have plans to perform or play a concert through any kind of livestream (like Ben Gibbard or local Justin Trawick), we’d like to hear about it. We plan to share the results asap with readers.

We asked what helps. You answered. 

Dancing. Yoga. Bob Ross. Walking, running, hiking, smoking, singing, reading, cleaning. Friends. Gratitude. Read the responses and add your own.

Emergency & You

 

Wednesday, March 18

 

She Loves Me... from afar

If there’s someone you are about but can’t breathe on right now, maybe try and brighten up their home office. Through 5pm today, if you order a bouquet delivery from She Loves Me, part of your purchase will go to We Are Family DC to aid Seniors. Flowers all come from women-owned farms. (‘till 5)

 

Stretch that lunch break a bit longer

Still solidifying a daily or weekly routine for yourself? Is it finally time to actually pick up yoga? Brookland Bluebird Sky Yoga is now streaming classes online with no cost. Classes start at 12:30 p.m. each weekday. Donate if you can.

 

Also || Join a virtual baking party on Insta with @thesweetfeminist aka those political slogan cakes you keep seeing! 

 

Thursday, March 19

 

A business-casual chatroulette

Break up the day while you work from home. Block off your calendar and find time to meet remotely with other teleworkers for a virtual lunch or coffee break. Schedule your next break at Cafecito.

 

Did you know there’s also a climate crisis?

The DC Environmental Film Fest has moved online, and made it’s listing available on its website. You can still take the discussion to Twitter. (Thru 3/31)

 

Friday, March 20

 

DC Dance Party

Bandcamp is waiving their revenue share from album sales on Friday, so now’s a good opportunity to support some local artists. For some recent talent we might recommend Bacchae, Lotion Princess, Mock Identity, or the OSYX. Or let Listen Local First be your guide, as always. 

 

Virtual Happy Hour! 

You know what’s extremely cool and sexy right now? Staying in on a Friday night. But that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the evening happy hour you’re contractually obligated to have as a resident of the District of Columbia. Grab a couple friends or coworkers or erstwhile Bumble dates or strangers, pick a bar to pretend to go to, and crack a couple cold ones on a video chat. Then — and this is important — make sure to still tip your pretend bartender using this list of service industry workers’ venmo accounts

 

Saturday, March 21

 

Siri, play Digital Get Down by *NSYNC

Book drops at DCPL are locked for now, and late fees are being extended, so hold on yours and give it another go! Or, if you want to try something new, try out their digital platform.

 

Solo bloom admiration encouraged

Peak cherry blossom season would be, in any other year, the typical “large gathering” season in DC. But with expected hits to tourism this year, you have a better chance of enjoying the blooms without crowds this weekend -- just remember to keep a safe distance from others who are trying to do the same. Or if you’re sick, please stay home entirely! Nature finds a way. (Or really, nature cares little about the follies of man.) 🌸

 

Sunday, March 22

 

Read the District

Stockpiling toilet paper is for losers. Stockpiling books is where it’s at. Capitol Hill books has started taking one-hour appointments where you can have the whole store to yourself. If you’re elsewhere in the District, we definitely recommend patronizing your local bookstore — most do online orders! If you need a place to start, here are 50 essential books on DC history

 

Monday, March 23

 

A (virtual) art fair!

The Spring Cleaning art sale is going digital! Find new works from DC artists with #SpringCleaningDC on Insta and DM @amy_loko or the artist directly to purchase. We’ll all be spending more time at home...why not make it a pretty place to be? and give your neighbors a boost at the same time. (6pm)

 

Let it out

Apologize to your neighbors beforehand—the “DC Area Primal Scream” event has 1200+ attendees. (7pm)

 

Tuesday, March 24

 

The Social Distancing Festival

Stay ~*~a patron of the arts*~ and check out this site, dedicated to all the talented work being cancelled/delayed/disrupted. Poke around for rehearsal clips, webcam performances, workshop recordings…up today: a wellness hour and a stream from the Paris Opera. (lots of times!)


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