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DC mayor’s office on Trump’s military parade: ‘He will have to pay for it’

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Washington (CNN)If President Donald Trump wants a military parade, then he’s going to have to find a way to pay for it.

At least, that’s what a spokesperson for the Washington, DC, mayor’s office told Washingtonian magazine.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s communications director, Anu Rangappa, told Washingtonian that the mayor’s office will have “more to say when formal outreach begins,” but until then, “we do know that just like the wall, he will have to pay for it.”
In an interview with Washington’s Channel 9 WUSA news, Bowser said she thinks “most people are concerned with the obstacle” an M1 Abrams tank rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue would create, and “what it would suggest about our country and the direction our country is moving in.”
Bowser also said she hasn’t gotten any official notice on the potential parade.
“I don’t know how they’re going to promote it or when they’re going to suggest it — but we will always be concerned with (the parade’s) impact on the city, the impact on safety, pulling personnel, and our roadways, and the attention it would attract,” Bowser told Channel 9.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that Trump had asked the Pentagon to plan a military parade, similar to France’s Bastille Day. Military planners are looking at dates and locations for the parade, as well as costs, logistics and whether it is feasible to hold a parade displaying large weaponry such as tanks on Pennsylvania Avenue, a defense official told CNN.
Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said Tuesday that Trump asked for the military parade, adding that the planning process was in its “infancy.”
Trump was present at last year’s Bastille Day celebration with French President Emmanuel Macron, and later referred to it as “one of the greatest parades” he had ever seen.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford later confirmed that planning for the military parade is in the works.
A senior defense official previously told CNN that one option being considered is to hold the parade in November in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I on November 11, 1918.

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“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

“SPREAD SOUTHSIDE LOVE” Mural featuring Frederick Douglass and his friends

16th & W STREET SE [2200 16th Street SE] 

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HISTORIC ANCOSTIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.: During the week leading to the birthday celebration muralist Rebeka Ryvola has been working with community members to install a new mural honoring Frederick Douglass and his friends at the newly renovated corner store at 16th and W Street SE, down the street from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Ephrame Kassaye, the new owner of the corner store, has supported an effort to create an honorific and community-based mural on the 16th Street SE side of his building, similar to the mural of the 1963 March on Washington on the side of a building he owns at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Mellon Street in Congress Heights.

The mural, “Spread Southside Love,” re-creates an imaginary Sunday literary salon on the back lawn of Cedar Hill. Captured in the public artwork is the historic home, Anacostia River, DC Capitol and Washington Monument in the background.

Douglass is joined by friends and contemporaries, including radical abolitionist John Brown, activist lawyer and the first black graduate of Harvard Richard Greener, journalist and Civil Rights leader and suffragette Ida Wells, first African American to serve a full-term in the United States Senate Blanche K. Bruce, abolitionist and Douglass mentor Wendell Phillips, and groundbreaking journalist Grace Greenwood, seen playing baseball with a number of modern day neighborhood children. A young person serenades the gathering with the violin.

Ryvola, who has worked with the Anacostia Watershed Society, will finish the mural installation on Saturday, February 17.

For more information on the mural visit http://rebekaryvola.com/#/frederick-douglass-mural-commission/

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Where to celebrate Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday around D.C.

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Frederick Douglass was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Although the abolitionist and author lived in New York and Massachusetts after escaping slavery, he spent the last years of his life in Washington, serving as a U.S. Marshal and the city’s recorder of deeds, and living at a 15-acre estate in Anacostia named Cedar Hill.

It is at Cedar Hill, now the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, where the National Park Service will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth on Feb. 17 and 18. (Douglass’s actual birth date is unknown, and he chose to celebrate it on Feb. 14 later in life.) National Park Service spokeswoman Pya Langley says the two-day celebration will be the biggest celebration of Douglass’s life at any Park Service site this year. “Some of our other sites highlight his life,” she says. “But this is the only site 100 percent-dedicated to Frederick Douglass in the [NPS] system.”

This weekend’s festivities are not the only way to honor one of America’s greatest statesmen: There are tours and events around the area throughout February.

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Metro wants to switch D.C. students’ ride passes to SmarTrip cards. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

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If you ask some school officials about the special cards D.C. students use to ride Metro, they talk about the “initial frustration” some parents experienced when they tried to register the passes.

“Our parents ran into a few kinks,” Adam Rupe, spokesman for the KIPP DC charter school network, said diplomatically.

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans is more blunt in his assessment of the DC One fare cards, which are provided to students and paid for by the District.

“The One card has not worked, it’s not going to work, and there’s a lot of reasons it doesn’t work,” said Evans, who also is a D.C. Council member. Evans said he frequently hears from parents frustrated at the cumbersome process of activating the cards and from students irritated at how they need to tap twice to be able to board.

“I could go on and on and on about it,” he said.

For years, the city’s public school students have used a DC One card — designed to be an all-in-one student identification, library card and Metro pass — to ride public transit to and from school. The card allowed them to board a bus or enter a Metro station and flash the pass at a Metro employee who would wave them onto the bus or through the swinging fare gate without needing to tap the card, as other riders do with a SmarTrip card.

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