Concepcion Picciotto, 1989 photo by Lorie Shaull
Photo by Lorie Shaull

Lorie writes:

“Concepcion “Connie” Picciotto, who held a peace vigil in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House starting in 1981, died on January 25. At the time that she began her demonstration, there were other activists camped out in Lafayette Park but slowly, through the 80s they left the park mainly due to the National Park Service’s more restrictive regulations on protesters and demonstrations. Connie’s anti-nuclear vigil has been reported as the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history.”

Live by the bomb die by the bomb photo by Victoria Pickering
Photo by Victoria Pickering

RIP
Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Norm Ralston and Brie Husted. While Norm had moved back to Ohio he was a familiar face to many in the Adams Morgan community. He bartended for years at Angles and was not only a friendly face but he was a genuine friend. It seems cliche to say but when I was going through tough times of my own – Norm was one of the few constants who always turned my mood around. I think those that knew him will always remember his smile and his laugh which fortunately for those who needed it, came frequently. I can hear it right now.

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Norm Ralston courtesy Gunnar Larson

One of Norm’s last Facebook posts over the summer said:

Have you ever had one of those days where the bills are paid, the lawn is mowed and gas in the car. Today is my day off. I’m sitting on my porch, a woman walks by (probably 90) and says you look content, I tell her my day. She says “enjoy, your day you’re allowed to have good days in life”.

You brought so many of us good days Normie. May you be content and at peace.

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Brie Husted courtesy ‘Memories of Brie Husted’

Brie I did not know as well. But what I do know is that whenever her name was mentioned the person talking about her always glowed. Brie lived in Petworth and was an incredible architect who’s work can be seen all over town. Most recently Brie was part of the team bringing Timber Pizza to Petworth. To Brie’s friends and family you have my deepest sympathies.

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Gone but not forgotten.

From American University:

“Matt Shlonsky loved Washington, DC. Since arriving at American University in 2010, Matt had embraced his adopted city, attending historical events, concerts, and other local activities across the district. After his graduation from the School of International Service in May 2014, Matt elected to remain in Washington, starting a career in business communications and consulting. Matt continued to give back to the School of International Service as a generous volunteer and a donor. Matt was already on his way to a successful career with Deloitte and other exciting pursuits outside of his work.

Our hearts are broken to report that Matt’s future of unlimited possibilities ended tragically on August 15, 2015, when he fell victim to gun violence in Washington. Matt left behind a loving family, many hundreds of loyal friends, and a remarkable legacy of caring and kindness that betrayed his 23 years. (more…)

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From the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy:

“THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF
Algernon (Jay) Cooper, III
CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US A MEMORIAL
CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE AND WORK

DECEMBER 8 at 6:00 PM
BUSBOYS AND POETS
1025 5TH STREET NW

WE REQUEST YOU BRING YOUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, AND FONDEST MEMORIES OF AJ AS WE MOVE FORWARD
TOGETHER AND ALWAYS CHOOSE PEOPLE OVER POLITICS. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED
SUPPORT TO OUR FAMILY AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO AJ COOPER SCHOLARSHIP FUND AT DC CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY.

All I can say is that all of the emotions you are feeling need to be channeled into political power. Let that burning feeling in your gut be the fuel to power a movement. Otherwise when the smoke clears all we will have left are tears and ashes. – A.J. Cooper, December 2014

Funeral services for Algernon “Jay” Johnson Cooper, III will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church, 6001 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011; beginning with family visitation at 10:00 AM and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. The family requests that in lieu of flowers or cards, contributions be made in Jay’s honor to DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1112 11th Street NW, Suite 100 Washington, D.C. 20001.

Friends are invited to join the family for a repast in the Nativity Catholic Church Community Room immediately following the service.”