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Pepco is building a substation next to a school. Residents want to know: Why here?

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Nestled between a public school and affordable housing for seniors and families lies a bustling community garden. Schoolchildren learn how to grow food. Seniors pick up bundles of fresh veggies on the cheap. And some of the District’s most acclaimed chefs purchase herbs and edible flowers grown here.

But the K Street Farm is living on Pepco-owned land, and the utility is preparing to bring a $143 million electrical substation to the property in Washington’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Community activists are attempting to thwart the plans, saying an industrial facility does not belong so close to a school.

Pepco — the utility company that provides electricity to the District — is proposing to build the substation on the 100 block of K Street NW, a reflection of growing power needs there and in other gentrifying neighborhoods with booming populations, including Shaw and NoMa.

The project has been in the works for about three years, and a small group of parents, churchgoers and neighborhood residents organized protests last week, saying the proposed substation represents the latest example of the city catering to new, wealthier residents at the expense of longtime Washingtonians. The Walker-Jones Education Campus, which is separated from the Pepco property by a parking lot and street, serves children who mostly come from low-income families.

“I don’t think anyone could doubt that the city tends to put these things next to communities they feel have less ability to fight and be heard,” said Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower DC, a local advocacy group.

The two-acre-plus parcel was city property until 2015. But Mayor Muriel E. Bowser transferred it to Pepco as part of a huge land swap so that the city could acquire property needed for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington, now D.C. United’s Audi Field.

Read more by Perry Stein @ The Washington Post HERE

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Donald Trump Conveniently Ignores Anniversary of One of America’s Worst Acts of Terror

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Three days before a national tragedy would shake the entire world, on September 8, 2001, George Bush issued a proclamation recognizing one of the darkest hours in American history. On September 15, 2013, Barack Obama’s White House sent out an official statement recognizing the same solemn day.

George W. Bush’s Proclamation 7460 reads, in part:

As a Nation, we celebrate those achievements and look forward to new challenges. At the same time, we also recognize that racism still exists in America.

One of the darkest days for the cause of civil rights was September 15, 1963, when a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The blast ended the lives of four young African-American girls, and ultimately demonstrated the tragic human costs of bigotry and intolerance.

Barack Obama’s Statement from the President on the 50th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Al, reads:

Today, we remember Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley who were killed 50 years ago in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. That horrific day in Birmingham, Alabama quickly became a defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement. It galvanized Americans all across the country to stand up for equality and broadened support for a movement that would eventually lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Earlier this year, I was honored to meet with family members of those four precious little girls as America posthumously awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal, one of our nation’s highest civilian honors.

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‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory | Champagne and Reception, Friday, October 12

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The heckling is raw in “Turn Me Loose,” and you can get in on it if you dare. Edwin Lee Gibson plays comedian Dick Gregory in this biographical drama of the comedian/activist, who died last year at the age of 84, and true to Gregory’s form, the joking gets serious. You want to call him something? He invites the audience to stand up in the light and do it.

It’s a stark moment, and reflective of the combative tone that saturates Gretchen Law’s 90-minute drama at Arena Stage. Gregory’s life and career were indelibly shaped by the civil rights era; he knew the breakthroughs of getting attention on late-night talk shows (and playing hardball to land the gig on dignified terms), and he lived through the setbacks of murders and assassinations. The show draws plenty of laughs with jokes that still sting: a long story about moving into a white neighborhood, cutting his lawn and being mistaken for “help” that culminates in a racy punchline too explosively funny to spoil here.

But Dick Gregory knew, and Law underlines, that at some point it’s just not funny anymore.

“Do you want to be funny?” Gregory is asked at one point during an interview. The answer comes slow, and it drives the point home.

Bio-dramas can be hero worship, and Law’s script — fully titled “A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory” — does not break the mold. (The play premiered when Gregory was alive, and the extensive producing credits for this show include John Legend.) Director John Gould Rubin sticks close to the comedy-club environment of Christopher Barreca’s showbizzy set as the stream-of-consciousness scenes hit the high points of Gregory’s life.

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There’s Gregory in the early 1960s, a hip-looking young man cracking savvy jokes, cradling a cocktail and a cigarette, getting a gig in front of Southerners at the Playboy Club. There’s Gregory in later years, an aged sage wagging his finger at us about the conspiracies we just won’t get wise to, from food (he evangelized for a strict vegetarian diet) to undying American racism.

View feature by By Nelson Pressley @ The Washington Post HERE

Turn Me Loose September 6 – October 14

Get tickets  for the Friday, October 12 show and champagne reception @ http://bit.ly/dick-gregory-dmv

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What $2,500 a month rents you in D.C.

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various D.C. neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $2,500 a month.

↑ In Northeast, these two-bedroom, two-bathroom units at the Brookland Press community start at $2,447 a month. The units are split across two buildings called The Foundry and The Forge that take cues from the neighborhood’s industrial past and offer modern amenities, including stainless steel appliances. The project is up the block from the Metro’s Red Line.

↑ For $2,500 a month, you can rent this updated three-bedroom, 2.5-bedroom house in Historic Anacostia. It has high ceilings, exposed brick, copious natural light, a backyard with a shed, and an unfinished basement for storage. The house is near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Good Hope Road SE, and the neighborhood’s library.

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