by Prince Of Petworth May 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm 0

Photos by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Thanks to nevermindtheend for the sending:

“So there were ADAPT protesters blocking the roadway on F Street between 6th and 7th yesterday, right at the peak of the PM rush. (Information about the protest here.) Police decided that it was a good idea to let cars out of the parking lot on the south side of the street and direct them ONTO THE SIDEWALK on the north side of the street so they could get to 7th Street.

To do this, access to Gallery Place Station was completely blocked off to pedestrians walking westbound on F Street. There was no warning at 6th Street that the sidewalk was closed 3/4 of the way down the street and police didn’t even bother to alternate letting cars through and letting pedestrians through. It’s quite clear that this city prioritized cars over people.”

Update from the Chief of Police:

by Prince Of Petworth May 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From President Obama’s Facebook:

“There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place.

The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.

That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0

From a press release:

“On Friday, May 4th,  Health Care Voter is marking Star Wars Day and the one year anniversary of the date the Republican Health Care Repeal Bill passed the House with a Lightsaber Rally to Defend Health Care  in Dupont Circle. The event will occur in coordination with activists across the country who will use #StarWarsDay and #HealthCareVoter to defend the ACA. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm 0

2036 G Street, NW, photo by Endrit

Thanks to Endrit for sending:

“Just saw what appears to be President Macron’s vehicle and security team park at Tonic on GW’s campus. Reportedly he’s having lunch there.”

Photo by Kristin Furio

Kristin writes us:

“He walked along all four corners of G St & 21st and shook hands and spoke with GW students. He was accompanied by Rep. John Lewis.” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0

Photo by Liz Trotter

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to let you know that today The Wilderness Society erected a 10-foot-tall working Oil Rig on the National Mall in front of tourists, cherry blossoms, and Washington Monument in support of their Too Wild to Drill campaign.

As you know, energy companies already have claim to more land than they can use — of the 27 million acres currently under lease, more than half are sitting idle. Giving away some of our last remaining wild places for the oil industry’s short-term gain is unconscionable right now.

The demonstration, was meant to remind visitors that public lands belong to all of us, not just the extractive industry. We must come together to protect our wildest places for future generations, not allow drilling to permanently destroy them. “

by Prince Of Petworth April 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm 0

A reader sends the photo above and we had a discussion on PoPville’s twitter over the weekend:

This weekend, all of us at Nellie’s learned an extremely important lesson.

At the end of this week, a group of LGBT police officers were meeting at Nellie’s to gather in a welcoming space. This happened to fall just as we were taking down our Irish flag for St. Patrick’s Day, and we opted to welcome them with what we thought was just a flag representing the police.

Soon after the flag was hoisted, we learned from our customers and the community that this flag is also used to undermine the work of the Black Lives Matter movement, and we promptly removed it. We in no way meant to state that we are opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement, especially in the wake of Stephon Clark’s tragic death and the disturbing new facts coming to light in the Alton Sterling case.

We now understand that flying this flag — at this point in time, in particular — was at best tone deaf, and at worst offensive. We sincerely apologize to our customers and our neighbors for this egregious mistake, and want to assure you that this flag will never fly at Nellie’s again. What it represents to you is not what we want to represent, or what we want our bar to be.

We messed up. There is no excuse. We will learn from this and try harder to make Nellie’s the safe, welcoming space for all that we want it to be. Thank you for teaching us this important lesson. We want to make this better — so we will be sending a donation to No Justice No Pride, and recommitting ourselves to learning more every day.

I walked by on Sunday morning and the flag was indeed removed and there was a line around the block to get in:

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