From a press release:
“WARD 7 AND 8 WOMEN AND FAMILIES TO CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH
with a free Sisterhood Supper – Serving Self Care
On June 19, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Oxon Run Park in Ward 8
In celebration of Juneteenth a group of Ward 7 and 8 organizations and residents are gathering for a Sisterhood Supper. In addition to the Main Dish of Self Care, and healthy side portions of fun, food, and fellowship, women will kick-off a collective challenge to celebrate sisterhood through sharing recipes to collective action and policy change to improve nutrition security and food justice.
COVID-19 has exposed the need to center self-care for the Black community, especially among women juggling motherhood, work, and personal health. “One of the most important parts of our community’s liberation is achieving health equity; particularly in communities that lack the social determinants of health that enable a community to heal itself,” says Mary Blackford, owner of Market 7, an upcoming food hall in Ward 7.
“Women are the nurturers, and this event celebrates our freedom to be and to heal ourselves,” declared Angela Chester-Johnson, owner of Plum Good Spice and Tea and Ward 8 resident. Read More
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the 1300 Block of Congress Street, Southeast.
At approximately 1:21 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located two adult male and two adult female victims suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported all four victims to local hospitals for treatment. Moments later, members learned of a fifth victim seeking treatment at a local hospital. Read More
Photo by DC Fire & EMS
DC Fire & EMS reported around 6:30pm last night: “Crash with car into building 1200 block Alabama Ave SE. #DCsBravest on scene with SUV into 3 story apartment building with apparent structural damage. 1 patient inside vehicle not trapped. Building being evacuated.
#DCsBravest believe the luckiest person in DC this evening is the gentleman sitting in this room when an SUV plowed thru the wall. Amazingly, he did not suffer major injuries.” Read More
via google maps
Update 1pm: The Body Worn Camera footage can be seen here (warning graphic.)
The Washington Post reported:
“Two city officials who viewed police body camera video of the incident said at least two officers approached a vehicle in a parking lot and a foot chase began. As one officer ran past the vehicle, the officials said the footage shows Kay pulling a gun from his waist. The officials said the officer fired, appearing to strike Kay in the chest.
City officials said they plan to publicly release the body camera footage as soon as Thursday.
Some people near the shooting scene questioned the police account. On Wednesday night, a few dozen demonstrators, including some of Kay’s family members, converged at the 7th District police station.”
WTOP reported this morning:
“Protesters took to the streets in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning, calling for change in the wake of a teen shot and killed by police Wednesday afternoon in Southeast.
About a dozen protesters gathered outside the mayor’s house chanting “no justice, no peace” with police nearby.”
“Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in the 200 block of Orange Street, Southeast.
At approximately 3:51 pm, uniformed patrol officers of the Seventh District responded to the listed location to investigate a man with a gun. Upon arrival, officers encountered individuals in and around a vehicle. Upon seeing the officers, two of the suspects fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the suspect to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the suspect was pronounced dead. The other suspect made good their escape and was not apprehended.
The decedent has been identified as 18 year-old Deon Kay, of Southeast, DC. Read More
Photo by Ted Eytan
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced two monumental agreements to improve health care and address inequalities in health outcomes for District residents. The agreements include the construction of two new, state-of-the-art hospitals:
a 136-bed hospital at St. Elizabeths East in Ward 8, operated by Universal Health Services in conjunction with George Washington University and George Washington Medical Faculty Associates (GWMFA); and
a 225-bed Howard University Hospital on Georgia Avenue NW in Ward 1.
Both hospitals will build upon their existing and new networks of care to deliver fully integrated systems of care, offering the best in clinical integration. Read More
4pm Sunday Okie at Fenwick Street, NE
From Council Member McDuffie’s office: “Shooting in Ivy City: Okie Street NE is blocked off between the 1300 & 1500 block. Multiple victims appear to have non life threatening injuries. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”
“Update: Unfortunately, one of the victims has succumbed to their wounds and has been pronounced dead. We will provide additional updates as MPD makes them available to the public. Anyone with information is asked to call @dcpolicedept at 202-727-9099 or text 50411.”
Update from MPD:
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District and Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with Intent to Commit Robbery that occurred on Sunday, February 23, 2020, in the 1300 block of Okie Street, Northeast.
At approximately 2:22 pm, the suspects, who were in a vehicle, approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects exited the vehicle and approached the victim in an effort to take the victim’s property. One of the suspects brandished a handgun. A struggle ensued in which the victim took the handgun and shot both suspects. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the suspects to an area hospital, where one suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The second suspect was treated for non-life threatening injuries and placed under arrest. A third victim was also treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
The decedent has been identified as 20 year-old Daniel Jackson, of Southeast, DC.
On Sunday, February 23, 2020, 21 year-old Dominique Davis, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Robbery. Read More
via Washington Mystics
Congrats to the @WashMystics on a gutsy, first-ever championship! A great team performance when it counted. If folks aren’t careful, this title thing might become a habit in DC.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 11, 2019
From the Mayor’s Office:
“The #SportsCapital is having a rally to celebrate the Washington Mystics 2019 WNBA Championship! The Washington Mystics celebration rally, presented by Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Events DC, is scheduled for Friday, October 11 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. Read More
Update from Events DC:
“We have heard the concerns from the community and will make arrangements to install water fountains in the facility this fall. Upon request, guests may receive complimentary 5oz cups of water at each concession stand.”
We went to a Mystics game in their new home at the waiting-for-a-named-sponsor Entertainment and Sports Arena. It was a great game, with the Mystics scoring 107 points and a record-setting 18 three-pointers. While I enjoyed the cozier feel on the new stadium, I was shocked when I went to look for a water fountain and was told that there were none. Read More
From an email:
“This year is the TENTH (!) annual DC State Fair will take place September, 8, 2019 at Gateway DC, the first Fair across the river and in Ward 8. The site is a short walk from the Congress Heights metro (green line) and free Circulator shuttles will take attendees back and forth between the metro and Fair site all day. Read More
From a press release:
“Hip-hop sensation MC Hammer will bring his legendary Hammer House Party to D.C.’s new, state-of-the-art venue Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights (1100 Oak Drive SE) presented by SiriusXM Fly on Friday, August 23 with special guests Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kid ‘N Play, Tone Loc, DJ Kool and more. Read More