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Let’s Talk Chicken

Yesterday the Post reported:

“On Monday, the charitable arm affiliated with Chick-fil-A revealed that it had overhauled its donation strategy and had stopped giving money to several organizations — donations that had long angered LGBTQ activists.”

From the Chick fil A Foundation:

“Starting in 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation is introducing a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports. Staying true to its mission of nourishing the potential in every child, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.

Today we are excited to announce the Foundation has committed $9 million to the following initiatives for 2020: Read More

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From DC Police Union: “to avoid confusion, FOP DC Lodge 1, the host of this event, is separate and apart from the DC Police Union. Lodge 1 promotes fellowship and support among police families from many different agencies in the region. The DC Police Union is the bargaining unit for MPD.”

A reader writes: “the DC Fraternal Order of Police is hosting the holiday party at the Trump Hotel this year. Sends quite the message to DC residents, no?”

From the Fraternal Order of Police’s website:

“Please join the DC Lodge #1 family for our Annual Christmas Holiday Party, a night of celebration surrounded by elegance!

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 6pm to Midnight

Location: Trump International Hotel, 1100 Penn. Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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From an email:

“I just finished a film short, Downloading Statehood, which builds on my DC/Adapters project (an archive of the ways that folks in the District use and adapt our flag). Downloading Statehood points to our flag, but really it’s about encouraging more people to play with the graphic design of the flag — but specifically as a way to advocate for DC statehood.”

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Locations of Likely Human Trafficking Cases in the U.S. via Polaris

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Fully decriminalizing the sex trade in Washington, D.C. would increase the risk of sex trafficking
Brad Myles, CEO of Polaris

Proponents of legislation headed for hearing before the D.C. Council in mid-October would have you believe that the question of how to handle the sex trade in our city is a binary one: Either you decriminalize sex work, or you don’t. Period.

That’s no accident. Even the name of the bill – the “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act” – is designed to send this misleading message. The reality is far more complicated. This bill does not solely decriminalize sex work in an attempt to help keep people in prostitution safer. It also repeals crimes related to pimping, brothel-keeping, and sex buying, on the grounds that people in prostitution should not have their livelihoods interfered with in any way. In doing so, it increases the risk of sex trafficking for vulnerable people in the District.

Here’s the more complicated, honest version. The sex trade in DC is heterogeneous – a market ecosystem involving many different actors and impacting tens of thousands of lives. Some people are in the sex trade out of intentional choice. They exist, but it is a minority of the trade. Some of the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our society are exploited in the sex trade, or get involved out of desperation and lack of other options. Read More

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From a press release:

“Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) will zoom into Washington D.C. on Wednesday, stopping outside the United States Capitol with its XP-1 test pod as part of its national road show to introduce the promise of hyperloop technology to people across the United States, and give them the chance to see it up close.

Members of the United States House and Senate will be in attendance and will speak on the future of hyperloop technology in the United States at 8:00am ET.

LOCATION: Below the West Front of the United States Capitol Building Maryland Ave, SW

BACKGROUND: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

This weekend is the 3rd annual Best in Shaw Dog Show, which we have participated in each of the last two years. It has been a fun, community event and raises money for a good cause.

That is why it was disappointing to see the organizers recently announced that this year’s event will feature former Trump administration official Omarosa Manigault Newman as a “celebrity judge.” Read More

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