From the the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty:
“The Law Center is disappointed at the common misconceptions in NoMa BID’s open letter. We understand that people are worried about their ability to safely walk through public spaces and would also like to point out that we should be equally concerned about the safety of solutions for the underrepresented NoMa residents – those living with homelessness.
The request to place “pedestrian safe-passage zones” in NoMa can quickly become a way to exclude vulnerable NoMa residents. It is an act of dividing human beings into groups of people who are considered “illegally encamped” and those who are not, those deemed worthy of safety and those who are not. We are falling into an “us versus them” narrative, which sees the “other” as a threat that must be strategically removed.
As the only national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to prevent and end homelessness in America, we believe it is essential to ensure the well-being and dignity of homeless individuals instead of seeing these efforts as another “challenge.” The Law Center uses human rights standards to end criminalization and to work for a day when every person in America has a safe, secure home. Though immediate services are part of the solution, they are not a permanent “fix” to the housing crisis in NoMa or America. Insufficient income and lack of affordable housing are the top causes of homelessness, which is why the housing first approach is vital. Housing stability makes it possible for a person to get or keep a job, address health problems, or get an education.
We encourage NoMA residents to voice their concerns to their councilmembers. However, reporting individuals for sheltering themselves and asking for help is continuing the cycle of criminalization of homelessness. Instead of helping people escape life on the streets, criminalization creates a costly revolving door that circulates individuals experiencing homelessness from the street to the criminal justice system and back, wasting resources that could otherwise go to solving the problem.
The Law Center would be more than happy to work with NoMa BID and residents of NoMa to explore constructive approaches to addressing the issues that create the need for panhandling and encampments. We must also remember that people experiencing homelessness are not on the street by choice, but because of the lack of choices; criminal and civil punishment serves no effective purpose.
The high cost of housing prevents too many people from being able to get into affordable housing, and lack of health care has turned our streets and prisons into our default housing for those with health issues. No one wants to see people forced to live on the streets–not businesses, not residents, and most of all, not those on the streets themselves. We’re all better off when we live in communities that work together to solve problems.”
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You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
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Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
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Bookings are now open for game dates in January through April 2024. The game generally takes place Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM but special arrangements can be made upon request. It is designed to be played by a group of 3 to 6 people (ages 16+) and lasts for one hour. No prior escape room experience is needed to enjoy the game.
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