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“Dear PoPville,

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which kicks off Wear Orange Weekend. We wear the color orange to honor victims and survivors of gun violence, a tradition begun by the loved ones of Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed at a Chicago playground in 2013.

Moms Demand Action DC and our partner organizations, NAARC DC and the Friends of Oxon Run, invite people of all ages to enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the park. Read More


photo by Zak

From MPD:

“The Fourth District is currently investigating a shooting in the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue NW. A male victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg. The victim was transported to a local for what is believed to be a none life threatening wound.

Anyone with information is asked to contact MPDC at 202-727-9099 or text 50411″

A reader reported at 8:19pm: “Drive-by shooting on Georgia between Otis and Newton NW. 3 explosive shots, screams then a car peeling away. A lot of emergency vehicles on scene. It’s been a rough 24 hours in this area”

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next to 1290 Alabama Ave, SE rendering via WMATA

From WMATA:

“Metro joined with minority-owned Standard Real Estate Investments, Trammell Crow Company, and non-profit affordable housing developer National Housing Trust, to announce a transit-oriented development made possible through the sale of Metro’s vacant land adjacent to Congress Heights Metro Station. Read More

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“Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict provides an update to an off-duty MPD officer involved shooting that occurred 10/20/21 in the 1200 block of 28th St NW.”

From MPD:

“Agents from the Force Investigation Team of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an MPD officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in the 1200 block of 28th Street, Northwest.

At approximately 12:17 am, an off-duty MPD officer observed two suspects, both brandishing firearms, while they were conducting an armed robbery at the listed location. The officer engaged the suspects and discharged his weapon, striking one of the suspects. The other suspect then discharged his weapon in the direction of the officer and both suspects then fled the scene. One suspect was later apprehended by responding officers with assistance from the United States Secret Service, Uniformed Division. Officers rendered first aid to the suspect until he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other suspect made good his escape.

The suspect’s firearm was recovered and can be seen in the photo below: Read More


6 year-old Nyiah Courtney via MPD

From MPD:

“MPD is thankful to all who helped us make an arrest in the senseless homicide of 6 year-old Nyiah Courtney that occurred on 7/16 in the 2900 blk of MLK Jr. Ave, SE.

We will not tolerate the reckless actions of any individual that puts our community in jeopardy.”

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photo by Hilary Woodward

From the Mayor’s Office:

“At the groundbreaking for the new Whitman-Walker health care facility, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the new full-service library in Congress Heights will be built on Parcel 16 on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The library will replace the existing Parklands-Turner Library.

“We look forward to delivering a state-of-the-art Congress Heights Library to replace one of DC’s smallest, yet busiest libraries,” said Mayor Bowser. “The St. Elizabeths East campus is transforming into a parcel of opportunity – a place for Ward 8 residents to work, live, and now learn.”

The new larger library in Congress Heights supports the Library’s Facilities Master Plan that guides the next ten years of planning for library buildings across the city. Read More

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, July 16, 2021, in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Southeast.

At approximately 11:11 pm, members of the Seventh District were in the area of the listed location when they heard the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile female, two adult females and two adult males. All sustained gunshot wounds and received treatment at area hospitals. A sixth victim, an adult male, sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. After all life-saving efforts failed, the juvenile victim succumbed to their injuries. The adult victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The decedent has been identified as 6 year-old Nyiah Courtney, of Southeast. DC. Read More

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

From MPD:

“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

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