Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

As I was out grabbing lunch Saturday, a protest against police violence was coming up 14th. Cops were closing streets, redirecting traffic, and the chants of “No racist police” echoed over the sirens.

As I walked up 14th, I saw a man speaking to his young daughter as she sat in her stroller watching the protest. I didn’t hear their whole conversation, but I heard the words “Isn’t this cool . . . In other countries, you couldn’t do this.” Read More

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1226 Vermont Avenue NW

Chelsey passes on the sad scene earlier today from Luther Place Memorial Church: “Lamenting this act of vandalism and lifting up the names and legacies of Dorothy Day and MLK Jr. this morning.”

Pastor Karen Brau writes: “As I walked in this early morning, this vandalism greeted me @LutherPlace #DorothyDay and #MLKingJr teach us about revolutions of the heart and systems. On the ground and in the air, these saints remain in place and on the move.” Read More

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Thanks to @jessfainberg for sharing the above video last night of Albert Pike being toppled from 3rd and D Street, NW.

AP reported:

“The statue, dedicated in 1901, was located in Judiciary Square about half a mile from the U.S. Capitol. It was built at the request of Masons who successfully lobbied Congress to grant them land for the statue as long as Pike would be depicted in civilian, not military, clothing.” Read More

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Thanks to spaxson for again sharing this great google doc of today’s Juneteenth events with us.


Photo by Denise Rucker Krepp

Also happening this morning – thanks to Denise for sharing with us around 8am: “George Preston Marshall statute at RFK is being taken down this morning. Truck just arrived to haul it away.” Read More

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From MPD:

“On Friday, June 19, 2020, Saturday, June 20, 2020 and Sunday, June 21, 2020, multiple First Amendment demonstrations are scheduled to occur throughout the District of Columbia. In conjunction with these events, there will be street closures and restrictions that motorists should take into consideration:

The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking for the demonstrations beginning on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. and extending through Sunday, June 21, 2020 to 11:59 p.m.: Read More

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via GoFundMe

Thanks to JC for passing on this GoFundMe campaign:

“Ahead of the August 28th March on Washington, our non-profit initiative is raising funds, spreading awareness and seeking partnerships to help provide tens of thousands of black umbrellas to all those marching for change. All be it simplistic in nature, the free distribution of these black umbrellas will serve three essential functions for what will be a historic event in our nations Capitol. A sea of black umbrellas stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, providing a message the world cannot ignore. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if you or your readers have insight as to where I might pick up a BLM yard sign today. I was unsuccessful at the google. Heading out of town tomorrow morning and would love to bring the sign to my destination.”

Also another reader passes on “A Call to Action: Showing Solidarity with the Global Response against Racial Injustice

In response to the murder of George Floyd on May 25, millions of people around the country plan to commemorate JUNETEENTH (JUNE 19) to show solidarity and support to the African American community.

In agencies across the federal government, employees are exposing the disconnect between the agency’s stated commitment to diversity and inclusion and the daily employee experience. In solidarity with these employees, we must stand up for ourselves and for each other by building a workforce that reflects our nation’s diversity and leverages the creativity of diverse, talented groups to advance America’s foreign policy priorities.

If you plan to take leave on Juneteenth and want to be in solidarity, please consider including the below message as your out of office message: Read More

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Thanks to BJ for sending:

The 2020 DC Juneteenth Front Yard Festival for Justice!

What: DC-wide Juneteenth Celebration – Memorial for George Floyd – Community Cookout (separate but together)
Where: YOUR own front yard/porch/balcony/Sidewalk etc
When: Friday, June 19th from 6-10pm

It’s a little tricky to explain, but basically we want EVERYONE to celebrate Juneteenth, but because of COVID, we want people to celebrate from their own Front Porches/Yards/Balconies/Sidewalks. Thinking of it as an event that is Together-Apart.

I know that our block (Illinois/Taylor and the surrounding ones) are keen to all cookout in our front yards and walk around on the sidewalks and visit etc.. but we have a lot of elderly and immuno-compromised folks in our area and a block party with everyone mixing together would be unsafe. Read More

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