Caps and Ceilings
Shawn McCarthy, below, submits Ralph Nader’s letter to Chief
Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, asking whether he can certify that the
city council’s so-called “cap” on city spending for the ballpark
giveaway will really limit the city’s spending. We all know the
answer; we’ll see if the CFO replies and, if so, what he’ll say. I
do have one way by which the council can reassure the citizens that they
mean the cap seriously: pass a bill that every dollar that the city
spends over the cap will be deducted from the salaries to be paid to the
mayor and councilmembers. Of course, they’ll never do that — who
wants to go without a salary for the next century?
Correction: In the February 12 issue of themail, I wrote, “At the
end of Friday’s edition of the DC Politics Hour on WAMU-FM, host Kojo
Nnamdi discussed the debate that has been going on in themail about the
National Capitol Medical Center (not yet available online, but when it
is posted it will be at http://www.wamu.org/programs/kn/06/02/10.php).
Kojo commented, in what is for him a very rare sharp barb, that the
attacks on critics of the NCMC seem to come from people who ‘must have
flunked reading comprehension.’” I wish the program had been online
then so I could have checked it and found out that the reason the
comment about flunking reading comprehension had sounded
uncharacteristic for Kojo was that it wasn’t Kojo who said it, but
Jonetta Rose Barras. As everyone knows, it isn’t rare at all for
Jonetta to make a witty barbed comment.
I disagree with Jonetta, however, about whether the problem is one of
reading comprehension. If the distortions and misrepresentations of Dr.
Eric Rosenthal’s comments in themail had been made once or twice, and
ended after they had been corrected, they could have been honest
mistakes. But they continue to be written and sent to themail, which
makes me believe that they are deliberate. In the last issue of themail,
I promised not to print any more personal attacks on the topic of NCMC.
My resolve hasn’t lasted long, because below I print another one. I do
so because the message comes from Councilmember Vincent Gray, and I find
it significant and newsworthy that a sitting councilmember, one who is
about to announce his candidacy to become Council Chairman, would lower
himself to join in a disreputable campaign of personal vilification in
order to advance his cause. But, because I promised not to run any more
of these messages, I am taking the unprecedented step, which I hope
never to repeat, of interjecting editorial comments at several points in
Councilmember Gray’s message where he misstates and misrepresents what
Dr. Rosenthal actually wrote to themail.
In the future, no more of this stuff. Factual arguments only over the
desirability of the NCMC and the necessity of going through the
Certificate of Need process. As a footnote, Citizens for the National
Capital Medical Center has begun a web site to state their case, http://www.cncmc.org.
The site for this “grassroots” organizations is registered to and
run by the webmaster for Howard University, the administration’s
partner in the NCMC project.
Slavery in DC?
David Sobelsohn, dsobelso -at- capaccess -dot- org
A recent City Paper article carried the headline “Days Inn
to Become Chinese Dorm.” It reported that the Days Inn on New York
Ave., NE, now has “a chain-link fence topped by a string of barbed
wire that blocks all entrances.” The article provides evidence that,
for the next few years, the Chinese government has leased this Days Inn
in order to house laborers imported from China to build a new Chinese
Why the chain-link fence and barbed wire? One explanation: it will
prevent the Chinese laborers from defecting. But how much can the
Chinese government control the free movement of their workers before it
becomes a form of slavery? (The article does not guess whether or how
much the Chinese government will pay its workers.)
Most provisions of the US Constitution limit only government action.
In general, only the US or one of its states or territories can violate
the US Constitution. The one big exception is the 13th amendment, which
prohibits slavery. Does the 13th amendment apply to foreign governments
on US soil? (The embassy is foreign territory, but a leased Days Inn
probably is still US soil, and there’s no doubt about the roads
between the two.) Who could enforce the 13th amendment against the
Chinese government? Will the laborers’ conditions fit the
constitutional definition of slavery? Calling Art Spitzer.
Mayor Proposes Phase-Out of Rent Control
Dorothy Brizill, firstname.lastname@example.org
DC is a city of renters; about 60 percent of all DC residents rent,
and the District’s long-standing rent control program is very popular
among them. As a result, most people were surprised when Mayor Anthony
Williams, at his weekly press briefing today, announced as a major
policy initiative a proposal to substantially rewrite the District’s
rent control laws. Last year various councilmembers introduced five
pro-tenant bills, mostly technical and minor in impact, that are
scheduled to be marked up in Councilmember Jim Graham’s Committee on
Consumer and Regulatory Affairs this Friday.
Today, the mayor released his proposed bill, which he and
Councilmember Jim Graham have agreed to introduce as a substitute for or
amendment to these bills (http://www.dcwatch.com/council16/16-x.htm).
The mayor’s proposal would establish a means test for tenants living
in rent-controlled apartments, effectively eliminating middle-class
tenants from rent control and requiring that “tenant incomes will be
certified for vacant units so that they [tenants] will pay 30% of their
income for rental housing.” It would place the dysfunctional
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of Rent
Administrator in charge of implementing and policing the legislation,
including recalculating a new base rent for every rent controlled unit
in the District. And it would eventually phase out rent control ceilings
completely. In the mayor’s press conference today and at a follow-up
briefing for reporters by the mayor’s office, officials from the
Executive Office of the Mayor could not provide details on the number of
vacant apartment units in the District or the number of people who would
be impacted by the legislation.
According to the mayor’s office, they have been engaged in private
discussions for the past several months with Councilmember Graham on
incorporating in the rent control laws changes advocated by the mayor
and by the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan
Washington (AOBA). When I asked about the lack of any public disclosure
of or public dialogue on the changes, the mayor’s office indicated
that they had been consulting with tenants. When pressed to name tenant
organizations with whom they had consulted, they could come up with only
one group, and they said that at their meetings DC tenants were
represented by the DC Tenant Action Network, an organization headed by
David Conn and Betty Sellars, who are residents of Montgomery County.
Tutorial Program for Schools
Gary Rice, Kentarr02@yahoo.com
Did anyone read the article in the New York Times a couple of
days ago where the District has 24,500 students eligible for entrance
into a tutorial program, some of which is funded by the federal
government? There are only 3,000 students enrolled in the District. A
spokesperson for the District stated 3,000 students is all they can
afford. Yet the District has a budget surplus and can built a baseball
stadium. Selling popcorn, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks does not get people
off of welfare. It is not real job creation. Wages from these types of
jobs will not support a family or even one single person. Let us be real
people. We are not educating the kids and not offering them meaningful
Public Parking Spaces Reserved for For-Profit
Annie McCormick, email@example.com
On the corner of 14th and N Streets, there are two large, prime
parking spaces that are reserved for Zip and Flex car. These spaces used
to be public parking. The pavement is painted with reserved notification
and there are signs, as well. When did this happen? I heard nothing
proposed about these for-profit companies snagging public parking
spaces. The signs say that you can be ticketed and towed if you park
there and the vehicle is not a Zip or Flex car. Since when did public
streets become private reserved parking spaces for companies? Do they
pay the DC government anything for the convenience and privilege for
reserved spaces while we private citizens will get ticketed and towed?
Does anyone else find this outrageous?
Messenger of Death?
Ed T. Barron, edtb@aoldotcom
The Wednesday Post picture of Adrian Fenty [not available
online] in a long black overcoat and matching fedora campaigning for
mayor looks very ominous. Is Fenty the messenger of Death?
Snow Emergency Routes
Ralph J. Chittams, Sr., firstname.lastname@example.org
In the January 26, 2005, edition of themail I noted the lack of snow
emergency routes in southeast Washington, DC. At that time I stated that
I was communicating with the DC Department of Transportation regarding
this issue. DDOT informed me that although Minnesota Avenue, SE;
Massachusetts Avenue, SE; Ridge Road SE; and Branch Avenue, SE; between
Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue, are not Snow Emergency Routes,
they would give those streets priority because they are vital to public
safety. It took over a year to find out what would happen. Well, kudos
to DDOT! I cannot speak for Ridge Road, but all of the other streets
were plowed within twenty-four hours of the snow ceasing to fall. In
fact, even the side street on which I live was plowed, three times!
Granted they were just doing their job, but a big thank you is in order.
I have nothing personal against Mr. Rees, and only know about him
through his submissions to themail. Despite my unfamiliarity with him, I
would have difficulty supporting a candidate who openly admits (not that
I’d prefer he hide his acts) to littering and breaking the law through
illegal advertising methods: “While I am 51 years old, I walk five
miles every night up and down the streets of Ward 3 putting my mini
flyer on telephone poles, on car windows, and in doors, and I will not
stop until September 12, 2006” [themail, February 12]. Individuals and
businesses that litter can be reported to the Clean City Initiative, http://cleancity.dc.gov/
Why I Didn’t Comment on the Stadium Vote
Bryce A. Suderow, Streetstories@juno.com
I didn’t comment on the council’s vote on the proposed stadium
because I was stunned. Fooled by their rhetoric, I was sure they’d
vote it down. Next thing I knew, they’d voted for it. Now I’m no
longer in a daze. Now I’m disgusted and angry.
Ralph Nader to CFO on Baseball Cap
Shawn McCarthy, email@example.com
[This is an open letter from Ralph Nader to Chief Financial Officer
Natwar Gandhi] The residents and taxpayers of the District of Columbia
have been told by members of the DC Council and in subsequent press
reports, that the approved baseball stadium lease -- as written -- now
contains a $610.8 million cap on spending from city resources for the
new stadium project. I am requesting that, as the District’s Chief
Financial Officer, you release a statement immediately either verifying
to the people of the District that the $610.8 million cap on city
spending for the new baseball stadium is a true, ironclad cap, with no
loopholes, or an explanation as to why it is not.
A verification of the cap should include a statement pledging that
under this legislation — should a new baseball stadium be constructed
— not one dollar more than $610.8 million can be spent on the total
stadium project using District of Columbia public resources of any kind,
including from tax dollars, tax breaks, development rights, bond
revenue, private monies provided in exchange for something of value from
the District or any other resource connected to the District, including
those from the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, the DC Sports and
Entertainment Commission or any other quasi-governmental entity of the
If there is no cap, and there remains one or more channels which
leave open the possibility of more than $610.8 million being spent on
the stadium project using District of Columbia public resources of any
kind, please provide a detailed explanation in your statement.
In addition, I would like your opinion on what the impact of issuing
bonds for this stadium would be on the city’s ability to raise funds
on Wall Street for District needs. There is a level of fiscal integrity
required regarding the overall very high indebtedness per capita in the
District of Columbia (highest in the nation). Also, the people of the
District need to understand that you interpret the language from the
Council’s legislation as a true, ironclad cap, with no loopholes. It
is in that spirit that I look forward to your considered response.
This letter does not change our opposition to the taxpayers’
financing this stadium and other costs. Renovating RFK Stadium with
Major League Baseball’s money is the answer.
Mary C. Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
My list of concerns has grown so long that I can’t find the time to
address them all. I am just baffled by the District’s continuing
ability to waste taxpayers’ money without even giving a second thought
as to how these actions impact our community. And I’m not even talking
about the stadium this time. I’m speaking of the Anacostia Waterfront
Corporation, the multimillion dollar organization that not only
duplicates the work of the Office of Planning and Economic Development,
but also performs exactly the same function as the other multimillion
dollar quasi-government agency of a different name, the RLA/NCRC. All
are planning and development organizations with huge tax-supported
budgets and not a lot to show for their efforts except to hire many
outside consultants and collect inflated salaries.
Now it seems that the AWC wants to be even more than another
extraneous development organization. It is now a philanthropic agency.
Could it be that it doesn’t have enough to do developing our
southeast/southwest waterfront and giving away all of our valuable
property to favorite developers? It certainly appears to be the case
these days. How else do you explain the fact that the highly paid AWC
Executive Director and two of his staff members visited our ANC on
Monday to promote their "partnership and grants" program, a
fairly extensive project that will disburse educational and
youth-oriented grants to 501(c)(3) organizations and provide up to three
internships for high school students. For a moment I forgot who these
people were and what they were paid to do. Then I came to my senses and
The AWC presentation was really professional, but it outraged me,
especially because it was apparent that a lot of time and expense went
into planning this project. There is even a designated staff member
hired specifically to oversee the project. I had to ask Mr. Washington
if he knew the mission of his organization. It’s a development
organization. We don’t need another taxpayer-funded agency to give
away money to the needy. How many middlemen does it take? We have more
than enough human services and youth organizations to hand out grants to
needy people and probably can do a heck of a better job at it. And where
exactly is the money to fund this project supposed to come from? It is
absurd that our tax dollars are being used to build political empires,
carve out little fiefdoms, and to pay for elaborate public relations
campaigns for an organization that was not needed and no one wanted in
the first place. The AWC pushes the envelope because it should never
have been approved and has no real purpose in this government except to
hire consultants to do the job that they can’t do. My ANC voted 3-2 in
support of a motion that asks our city officials to reign in this
quasi-government agency and force it to perform only its mission and,
hopefully, disappear. How much more of the taxpayers’ dollars can they
On a sad but similar note, the city is paying out hundreds of
thousands of dollars to maintain the old Randall School in Southwest for
a handful of starving artists and the Art Enables program, after
shutting down the homeless shelter that was housed there for many years.
The building was supposed to have been sold to the Corcoran School of
Art last year but the sale has been held up for unknown reasons.
Meanwhile, the city has been footing the bill for utilities, leasing a
portable boiler on a trailer at a cost of $100,000 and providing a
full-time engineer from the Office of Property Management to maintain it
fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, while the artists, and even my
own ANC, maintain offices there for free. Prior to that, the city
absorbed the cost of all utilities for three years under the lease
agreement with Bill Wooby, and ended up paying him $1.5 million to move
after he failed to pay on the lease for years. And now, the greatest
irony is that about five of the starving artists have made this old
place their full-time residences, setting up private bedrooms and living
areas inside this warm and cozy building, while outside in the doorways
and crevices of our own government building, about a dozen or so
homeless people who used to find shelter nearby now sleep out in the
I am reluctant to point this fact out but the racial disparity is too
blatant to ignore. The artists and those people who have taken up
full-time residences in this rent-free government building are all
white; those living just outside the door are all African-Americans. Do
we provide only for those homeless people who are politically connected
enough to disguise their plight? If we are going to pay hundreds of
thousands of dollars to keep a few starving artists warm through the
night, then open up the doors and let everybody in. It’s the most
prudent and compassionate thing that you can do.
On February 2, Gary Imhoff and Dorothy Brizill wrote an apology to
readers that referenced me and my involvement with the Citizens for the
National Capital Medical Center. There are numerous errors in the
article that warrant a response. Much of this seems to emanate from a
conversation which I initiated with Ms. Brizill concerning an article
written by Dr. Eric Rosenthal that was published by DCWatch. In that
article, Dr. Rosenthal made references to a meeting of supporters of the
National Capital Medical Center (NCMC) held on January 12th. He stated
in part, “. . . some of the rhetoric emerging from the meeting
included appeals to racial divisiveness,” and “intellectually lazy
and divisive appeals to race.” [Editor’s note: Councilmember Gray
elides two unrelated phrases here in order to distort them and
misrepresent Dr. Rosenthal’s meaning. Rosenthal’s message is at http://www.dcwatch.com/themail/2006/06-01-29.htm#rosenthal.]
I asked Ms. Brizill how DCWatch could publish such a statement from Dr.
Rosenthal since he did not attend the meeting and, at best, was offering
secondhand hearsay. I went on to state that I was aware Dr. Rosenthal
did not attend the meeting because I did and, thus, knew he was not
there. Moreover, I indicated to Ms. Brizill that, in the meeting, I
heard absolutely no references to race nor was there any attempt to
engage in racially divisive rhetoric. [Editor’s note: this again
misrepresents what Dr. Rosenthal contended.] Ms. Brizill then asked me
about an E-mail sent by Leo Alexander, which she indicated was “nasty
and ugly.” I stated to her that I had not seen this E-mail message nor
was I even aware of its existence (I subsequently saw Mr. Alexander’s
E-mail message). [Editor’s note: Alexander, writing as a spokesman for
Citizens for the National Capital Medical Center, attacked Rosenthal
largely on the basis of what he presumed to be Rosenthal’s religion,
Since Gray does not either criticize these comments or disassociate
himself from them in any way, I assume that he sees nothing wrong with
them.] Since I reiterated that I still could not understand how Dr.
Rosenthal’s message could be accorded validity when he was not at the
meeting, and therefore had no firsthand knowledge of what had
transpired. Again, I noted my attendance at the January 12th meeting and
our conversation ended.
This conversation was then reported by DCWatch as, “Gray tried to
deny to Dorothy that he had any involvement with the group until she
confronted him with the fact that his chief of staff, Dawn Slonneger;
Gina Lagomarsino, and others had already confirmed that he began it and
that he was coordinating its activities with the Mayor’s office.”
First of all, at no time did I ever deny involvement with the group. In
fact, I told Ms. Brizill the reason why I knew Dr. Rosenthal’s
assertions were inaccurate is because I was at the meeting, heard no
racially divisive references and, as an attendee, knew firsthand Dr.
Rosenthal was not present. [Editor’s note: Councilmember Gray may not
recall that there were several witnesses to the conversation between Ms.
Brizill and him.]
Although “Offense in themail” states otherwise, at no time did
Ms. Brizill confront me about having spoken to Ms. Slonneger or Ms.
Lagomarsino. Ms. Slonneger told me about her conversation with Ms.
Brizill after the article appeared in DCWatch on February 2nd. Assuming
Ms. Brizill asked them, I am certain Ms. Slonneger and Ms. Lagomarsino
did confirm my participation in the group of supporters. Why wouldn’t
they, since I have spoken to many people about these efforts as well as
the fact that a citizens group was organizing in support of the National
Capital Medical Center? It was a perfectly truthful and appropriate
response for them to provide. What masquerades as journalistic sleuthing
was nothing more than confirming what I had already stated to Ms.
Brizill and what was known to many.
Mr. Imhoff and Ms. Brizill state that the NCMC, “was originally
organized by Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, growing out of
discussion in December in the Ward 7 Democrats.” That is inaccurate.
The Ward 7 Democrats did not even conduct a meeting in December, instead
holding our Annual Holiday Celebration, which was attended by over 300
people. The Ward 7 Democrats are on record, like many other
organizations, as supporting the NCMC. [Editor’s note: Ms. Lagomarsino,
Senior Policy Advisor on Health to the City Administrator, told Ms.
Brizill that the organization grew out of the councilmember’s
discussions with the Ward 7 Democrats; do all discussions among Ward 7
Democrats take place solely in their formal monthly meetings?]
The facts are that formation of “Citizens for the National Capital
Medical Center” was discussed and approved by those who attended the
meeting of supporters on January 12, 2006, the meeting at which Dr.
Rosenthal erroneously claims racially divisive remarks were made.
[Editor’s note: this again misstates what Dr. Rosenthal wrote.]
Surely, no one can make a credible argument that there is something
wrong with a group which supports the hospital formalizing its efforts
and working concertedly on behalf of the project. That is basic advocacy
which is the hallmark of a democracy. I also hasten to add that the
group which attended the meeting on January 12th, where Dr. Rosenthal
alleges racially divisive rhetoric occurred, was racially diverse. But I
cannot expect him to know that since he was not there.
The article penned by Mr. Imhoff and Ms. Brizill stated that I,
“condemned Rosenthal to Dorothy. . . .” That is patently inaccurate.
[Editor’s note: Again, there were witnesses to the conversation.] As
stated earlier, I queried Ms. Brizill on how DCWatch could run an
article containing uncorroborated accusations about such a potentially
inflammatory issue as “racial divisiveness” written by someone not
in attendance. That hardly sounds like condemnation. I am still awaiting
an answer to how credibility could have been accorded information
provided by someone not present at the meeting.
The article also references an encounter in which Ms. Brizill states
she was not admitted to what was actually the first meeting of the CNCMC
on January 30th following formation on January 12th. She claims to have
identified “most” of the people in attendance when that occurred.
She includes me in her list. That is inaccurate. While I attended that
meeting, I arrived well after this situation occurred and neither saw
Ms. Brizill outside nor inside the meeting. Thus, she could not possibly
have identified me because I was not in attendance during the time she
was there. [Editor’s note: Councilmember Gray attended the meeting,
but it is inaccurate to say he attended the meeting because he didn’t
see Ms. Brizill there? What?} Moreover, East of the River paper,
which wrote an article on the meeting in its February issue, stated the
following, “Councilmember Vincent Gray, who arrived in the middle of
the meeting, said afterward that he would not have condoned reporters
being sent away from the meeting. ‘I don’t mind anybody listening to
what we have to say here . . . the message is that we need a hospital.’”
Whether one supports construction of the National Capital Medical
Center or not, there is a professional and ethical obligation to get the
facts straight. Reporting news is one thing. Inventing it is another.
This is to advise that the February 2006 online edition has been
uploaded and may be accessed at http://www.intowner.com.
Included are the lead stories, community news items and crime reports,
editorials (including prior months’ archived), restaurant reviews
(prior months’ also archived), and the text from the ever-popular
“Scenes from the Past” feature. Also included are all current
classified ads. The complete issue (along with prior issues back to
September 2002) also is available in PDF file format directly from our
home page at no charge simply by clicking the link provided. Here you
will be able to view the entire issue as it appears in print, including
all photos and advertisements. The next issue will publish on March 10
(the second Friday of the month, as always). The complete PDF version
will be posted by the preceding night or early that Friday morning at
the latest, following which the text of the lead stories, community
news, and selected features will be uploaded shortly thereafter.
To read this month’s lead stories, simply click the link on the
home page to the following headlines: 1) “Corcoran Street Safeway
Major Rehab to Start — Product Changes Completed”; 2) “Public
Space Use Application by Mt. Pleasant’s Bestway Food Market Denied
After Neighbors’ Complaints — DDOT Intervenes”; 3) “Heurich
Mansion Facing Foreclosure — Efforts to Save House Museum for the
Public Now Underway”; 4) “Historic Firehouse in Bloomingdale to be
Restored and Given New Uses”; and 5) “Adams Morgan Essay: Four O’clock
in the A.M.”
CLASSIFIEDS — EVENTS
At-Large Councilmember Campaign Debate,
John Capozzi, email@example.com
The first debate of the at-large councilmember campaign will be held
at the Thursday February 16, Kalorama Citizens Association meeting, on
Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m., at Goodwill Baptist Church, 1862
Kalorama Road, side entrance, near Columbia Road. Our guest speakers
will be city council at-large candidates A. Scott Bolden and incumbent
Phil Mendelson. For more information, see http://www.kaloramacitizens.org.
DCPS Budget Hearing, February 16
Sharon Gang, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday, February 16, Mayor Anthony A. Williams will hold a
public hearing on the District of Columbia Public Schools FY 2007 budget
proposal. The hearing will be held in the former Council Chamber at One
Judiciary Square beginning at 5 p.m. Mayor Williams invites the public
to testify at this hearing to provide input as he develops his FY 2007
Budget and Financial Plan.
Anyone wishing to testify should contact Robert Boik at 27-8805 or
via E-mail at email@example.com, no later than February 16 at noon.
Witnesses representing organizations will be permitted a maximum of five
minutes for oral presentation. Witnesses representing themselves as
individuals will be permitted three minutes. Individuals are encouraged
to collaborate with other like-minded individuals to present
consolidated, joint testimony.
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, you are encouraged to
submit a written statement to Mayor Williams. Copies of written
statements should be submitted to Deborah Gist, State Education Officer
for the District of Columbia, One Judiciary Square, 4414th Street, NW,
Suite 350 North, Washington, DC, 20001. The deadline for the submission
of written statements is Thursday, February 23.
Carter Woodson Tea Ceremony, February 18
Alexander M. Padro, PadroANC2C@aol.com
Shaw Main Streets’ Black History Month Celebration will honor
Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History, with an African American
Tea Ceremony on Saturday, February 18, at 1:00 p.m., at the Shiloh
Baptist Church’s Henry C. Gregory, III Family Life Center, 1510 9th
Street, NW. The tea ceremony will engage participants to share what they
know about Dr. Woodson and how his work has affected their lives. Men
and women who worked with or met Dr. Woodson will be present to share
their reminiscences. Participants will then enjoy tea. The ceremony will
be led by African American Tea Praises founder Johnetta Bagby.
News about other efforts to honor Dr. Woodson in Shaw will also be
presented. Each pre-registered participant will receive a special
souvenir of the event. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
For more information or to RSVP, call 265-SHAW or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let My People Vote, February 19
Kevin Kiger, email@example.com
On Sunday, February 19, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., the Foundry Democracy
Project will host “Let My People Vote 2006: How Faith Communities Can
Take Action to Pass the DC FAIR Act” at Foundry United Methodist
Church, 1500 16th Street, NW, on the corner of 16th and P Streets, NW.
This event is being held to engage communities of faith in a discussion
of how they can take urgent action to pressure Congress to pass the DC
FAIR Act, which would create a voting representative in Congress for
Washington, DC. The DC FAIR Act was introduced by Representative Tom
Davis (R-VA) and would establish DC as a congressional district for the
purposes of representation in the House. The bill would also provide for
the temporary apportionment of an additional representative in the next
eligible state, Utah. Speaking at Let My People Vote 2006 will be James
Winkler, general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society,
the public witness and advocacy agency of the United Methodist Church.
Let My People Vote 2006 is a follow-up event to Let My People Vote
held in June 2004, which brought together clergy and religious social
justice activists from different faith traditions to discuss why people
of faith should be concerned about congressional disenfranchisement. Let
My People Vote 2006 is free and open to the public. Advanced
registration is not required, and Foundry United Methodist Church is
National Building Museum Events, February 18,
Lauren Searl, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Festival: Discover
Engineering Family Day. The National Building Museum and The National
Engineers Week Committee welcome families, scout groups, and all curious
visitors to this fascinating festival. Meet engineers and discover how
they turn their ideas into reality through engaging hands-on activities
and demonstrations. Make slime, watch US FIRST robot demonstrations and
competitions, design bridges and helicopters out of paper, build
cantilevers from drinking straws, solve math challenges for prizes, and
much more! Young visitors will also enjoy special appearances by Harry
and Digit from the PBS animated kids’ series Cyberchase. Free. $5
suggested donation. Most appropriate for children ages 5-13. Drop-in
program. Scouts and large groups should register with the Family
Programs Coordinator at 272-2448, ext. 5213 or email@example.com.
At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Judiciary Square
stop, Metro Red Line. Register for events at http://www.nbm.org.
Wednesday, February 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Lecture: The Willard Hotel: A
Landmark Reborn. A fixture in Washington history for more than 150
years, the Willard Hotel has a fascinating history of its own. Richard
Wallace Carr, president of The Oliver Carr Company which redeveloped the
hotel in the 1980s and author of The Willard Hotel, An Illustrated
History, will discuss the hotel’s history from its beginnings on
Pennsylvania Avenue, the purchase by the Willard family, its history
during Civil War, redevelopment at the turn of the 20th century, and its
demise in 1968 and resurrection in 1986. After the lecture he will sign
copies of The Willard Hotel, An Illustrated History, and his wife
Marie will sign Dolly and Ike at The Willard. This lecture will
be held at The Willard Hotel in the Crystal Room, 1401 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW. $10 Museum members, Friends of the Willard, and students;
$15 Nonmembers. Prepaid registration required.
Louisiana Network’s Fat Tuesday, February 28
Elena Temple, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Louisiana Network, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization
comprised of natives of the state of Louisiana, is hosting a local Mardi
Gras Celebration in honor of our New Orleans heritage and traditions.
Boasting one the city’s most authentic celebrations, the LA Network’s
‘Fat Tuesday’ event will be held at Phish Tea Café, 1335 H Street,
NE, on Tuesday, February 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is $15 for
non-LA Network members; and proceeds will benefit the LA Network and its
ongoing hurricane relief efforts.
Established in 1999 to assist Louisiana natives relocating to the
Washington Metropolitan area, the LA Network has evolved into an
outreach organization providing both a professional network and a social
outlet to a membership of several hundred. Immediately following
Hurricane Katrina, the LA Network initiated a campaign to help displaced
residents of Louisiana who relocated to Washington, DC, and surrounding
jurisdictions. The LA Network extends a special invitation to New
Orleans evacuees currently residing in the DC Metropolitan Area to join
them on Fat Tuesday at Phish Tea Café.
CLASSIFIEDS — HELP WANTED
Part-Time Administrative Position
Trudy Reeves, email@example.com
Forty hours per month, administrative support for Advisory
Neighborhood Commission 3C, a nonprofit community organization that
covers Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, McLean Gardens, and Cathedral
Heights. Flexible hours; must have web site management experience,
proficiency in MS Office, possess excellent organizational skills, and
have own transportation, must take minutes at evening meetings (third
Monday every month), finalize, mail, and post resolutions on web site;
and keep web site up to date. Prefer candidate who lives in or near
ANC3C area. For general information visit web site at http://www.anc3c.org.
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