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The ACLU is suing the Washington, D.C., police for violating the rights of Trump inaugural detainees

  • The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on Wednesday against the District of Columbia, officers of the Metropolitan Police Department and Police Chief Peter Newsham on behalf of people they say were mistreated after being arrested amid large-scale protests at President Donald Trump’s January inauguration.
  • The ACLU Washington, D.C. affiliate’s complaint charges the police with “making unconstitutional arrests, using excessive force, denying arrested people food, water and access to toilets” as well as conducting “invasive bodily searches of protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.”
  • The plaintiffs in the suit, Horse v. District of Columbia, include a photojournalist and a legal observer. Read more. (6/21/17, 9:01 PM)
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Donald Trump’s first 2020 fundraiser will be at his DC hotel, raising ethics concerns

  • President Donald Trump has decided on the location of his 2020 re-election campaign’s first major fundraiser — and it’s at his Washington, D.C. hotel, which has already raised major concerns about conflicts of interest.
  • According to the Associated Press’s Julie Bykowicz, campaign director Michael Glassner confirmed the Trump International Hotel in Washington will be the site of the June 28 event.
  • Trump’s federally contracted leasing of the Washington landmark for the purposes of building a hotel there has long been a source of ethical and legal contention
  • Its owner, the General Services Administration, reportedly was worried Trump was not capable of meeting the terms of the deal without engaging in risky borrowing, and BuzzFeed reported in April 2016 he had already reneged on several promises. Read more. (6/22/17, 8:41 AM)
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These #JusticeforNabra vigils honor the life of Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen

  • On Sunday, Virginia teen Nabra Hassanen was walking home from a mosque after late-night Ramadan prayers, when she was kidnapped and fatally beaten. 
  • While Hassanen’s father refuses to call it anything but a hate crime, police are instead investigating the situation as a road rage incident. Officials are also looking into whether she was raped as well.
  • Supporters across the country have been mourning her death with a series of planned vigils. 
  • But on Wednesday morning, police announced that the memorial created for Nabra at a Washington, D.C., vigil was set on fire; police are investigating the incident. Read more (6/21/17)

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In 1980, soon after Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan, Zubair Popal fled the country with his wife, Shamim, two young sons and infant daughter.

“There was no hope for me to stay,” he recalls. “I thought about the future of my kids. And in those days when the Soviet Union went to a country and invaded that country, they never left.”

Eventually, the Popals landed in America and rebuilt their lives. Today, the family owns several successful restaurants in Washington, D.C., including the acclaimed Lapis, which serves Afghan cuisine. On a recent evening, they opened up the restaurant to host a free dinner welcoming refugees in their city.

“We came here exactly like these people – we had no place to stay,” Zubair Popal recalls. He chokes up and takes a long pause before adding, “It reminds me of the days we came … I know for these people it’s very hard, very hard.”

The dinner was part of Refugees Welcome, a campaign that encourages locals across the U.S. to host similar meals for refugees in their community — and to break barriers by breaking bread together.

“The intention is to really humanize the refugee issue and to say, let’s meet each other as neighbors. Let’s talk about ways that we’re similar rather than ways that we’re different,” says Amy Benziger, the U.S. lead for the campaign, which was launched in February and is sponsored by UNICEF, among other partners.

These Dinner Parties Serve Up A Simple Message: Refugees Welcome

Photos: Beck Harlan/NPR

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‘Pizzagate’ shooter gets 4-year prison sentence, lawyers urged judge to deter vigilantism

  • Edgar Maddison Welch, the North Carolina man persuaded to storm a Washington, D.C., pizza place by an internet rumor that it hid a Democrat-run pedophile ring, was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday, the Washington Post reports.
  • Welch apologized to the victims and the people of Washington, D.C., for his entering Comet Ping Pong with a loaded AR-15 military-style rifle. He requested an 18-month sentence before eventually begin given four years, just below the four-and-a-half years prosecutors sought. Read more. (6/22/17, 2:25 PM)

Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C, USA

Built to honor the 16th president of the United States of America, The Lincoln Memorial is located across from the Washington Monument. The building resembles a Greek Doric temple, and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, which was designed by Daniel Chester French. 

The walls of the memorial feature inscriptions from two of Lincolns most famous speeches, “The Gettysburg Address”, and his second inaugural speech. The site itself has been the location for many famous speeches, such as Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. 

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Gabriela Mistral (7 April 1889 – 10 January 1957) 

Born Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, she was a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and humanist. In 1945 she became the first Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, “for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world”. Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother’s love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Her portrait also appears on the 5,000 Chilean peso bank note. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Frontispiece from Gabriela Mistral (1889 - 1957). Washington, D. C.: Pan American Union, 1958.  2. Cover from Antología. Gabriela Mistral. (3.a Edición) Santiago de Chile: Zig-Zag, 1953.  3.Frontispiece from Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral. Translated and Edited by Doris Dana. Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi. Published for the Library of Congress By the Johns Hopkins Press / Baltimore, 1971.  4. Front matter detail from Ternura. Gabriela Mistral. Buenos Aires - México: Espasa Calpe Argentina, S. A., 1945.

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Claude Monet - Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers [1880] by Gandalf
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[National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. - Oil on canvas, 99.6 x 73 cm]

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In today’s episode of “things that should make you fucking livid” we have the Turkish president’s guards (in the suits in the video.) attacking protesters in WASHINGTON GODDAMNED D FUCKING C while the protesters are the ones who get arrested because protect and serve, amirite? 

Here’s Phillip Defranco talking about it, and his feelings line up well with mine: 


This dictator brought his thugs to American soil (at the invitation of our corrupt as hell manchild in chief.) and let them beat up American citizens and our government is letting them get away with it.  There should be protests over this.  We should be surrounding the Turkish embassy and screaming till they can’t hear anything else.  Fuck them, fuck their president, and their authoritarian bullshit.  How dare they come here and bring this with them and do this to our people in our country? HOW DARE THEY? And that said, HOW IS THIS NOT A BIGGER DEAL???  If you were looking for a watershed moment, a match for the fire, this is it.  Our gov’t, our police force, is LETTING an authoritarian Turkish dictator’s bodyguards beat up our citizens with no punishment at all.  *Everyone* should know about this.  Everyone should be angry.  Everyone should be holding our leaders accountable for this, and I don’t care that diplomatic immunity means they can’t be tried.  They can be kicked out, they officially represent their gov’t, their gov’t can be punished.  

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON????? 

Also, for those who don’t like video or think I’m exaggerating, here’s an NYT article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/turkish-embassy-protest-dc.html?_r=0

TalesFromRetail: Columbia isn't in the U.S.

Posting on behalf of a friend who doesn’t use Reddit.

I work as a bank teller, and I was helping a woman with a transaction that was really difficult to focus on.

To my left, one of my coworkers (We’ll call her Debbie) was attempting to help a man who wanted to do a cash advance on a debit card. The man was tall, African American, and had a foreign accent, so he was definitely not from the area

Upon asking for his ID, Debbie looks at it confused. She says “Sir we only take valid United States IDs.”

“That is a valid ID.”

His ID was from the District of Columbia.

Debbie calls our supervisor over and this is where it got bad. Our supervisor insisted that “Columbia isn’t in the US. This is a Columbian ID.” The man started to raise his voice and it eventually became something that everyone in the bank could hear.

“WASHINGTON D. C. - D. C. - Pull out your ID book. I know you have one, and I guarantee you it’ll be in there.”

Our supervisor pulls out the ID book and TURNS TO THE STATE OF WASHINGTON to look for a valid ID. He grabs the book and flips to the right page where, alas, District of Columbia is right there as a valid US ID card.

“But it says Columbia.”

“DISTRICT. OF.” The dude said over and over.

She eventually, reluctantly, let him do his cash advance and he left angrily.

I asked her afterwards if she finished 6th grade.

By: JoshofTCW

An honor guard stands next to the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights July 4, 2001 at the National Archives in Washington, D. C.